By the Spring of 1942, when the US Military had already taken action in response to the Pearl Harbor bombing, General Motors
had stopped making cars and shifted into overdrive on the production of arms, trucks, planes, and anything necessary to be more effective during World War II. Today, Ford and GM are doing the same against COVID-19, striving to increase and quickly distribute as many life saving ventilators
According to the Washington Post:
Scrambling to get production underway, [Ford] workers took apart a ventilator and 3-D scanned each of the roughly 300 parts, creating computer simulations of how the device could be assembled efficiently. Ford, which has partnered with a ventilator-maker and GE Healthcare, has been rushing to train workers and obtain the parts to have its first prototype ready early next week.
With projection goals set for Ford and GM to be producing ventilators in the thousands by later this month, the question is whether this shift in productivity will be enough to keep up with patients or if it will match the peak of sick Americans who are beginning to see a downward slide in the bell curve. For now, let’s cheer on our biggest American manufacturing companies.
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