U.S. Manufacturers Step Up To Mass Produce Medical Supplies

Ford, GM, and Tesla have been given the go ahead to produce ventilators

Ventilators are a critical piece of medical equipment for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. There are about 160,000 ventilators in the United States and another 12,700 in the National Strategic Supply. Read more on TechCrunch

The US Government seeks direct contracts with USA made companies to buy medical supplies and equipment

Here is an example list:

  • Cotton swabs with long wooden sticks
  • Endotracheal tubes (assorted sizes)
  • Falcon tubes
  • Gloves (all sizes)
  • Lightweight protective suits
  • N95 masks
  • Over-the-shoe booties
  • PAPRs
  • Rapid PCR test kits
  • Ventilators, specifically Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) ventilators
  • Vital sign monitors

The coronavirus crisis is hitting the economy hard, but the reshoring effort going on now will help human health now and jobs and the economy later.

Here is an example on Linkedin of U.S. manufacturers that were already stepping up to the plate before this announcement.

Another example on Twitter of even individual makers helping the U.S. prepare more medical supplies.

How Surgical Masks are Made

A manufacturing resource released a detailed article showing the needed procedures to create a surgical mask. “We’ve created this guide outlining some basics about these masks as well as how they’re manufactured.”
There are four levels of ASTM certification that surgical masks are classified in, depending on the level of protection they provide to the person wearing them: Minimum protection, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. To learn more about the manufacturing process, read the full article.

Coronavirus Resource Hub For Manufacturers and Industrial Professionals

Thomas has been the backbone of North American manufacturing for more than 120 years. In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Thomas has created a resource hub to help you and your industrial business with the mission-critical, real-time data and information. Go to Resource Hub for Manufacturers and Industrial professionals.

Recent Survey: 54% of Manufacturers ‘Extremely Likely’ or ‘Likely’ to reshore supply chain

One positive that seems to be developing from this situation is the call for more domestic production. From everyday people to executives, the need to have a strong manufacturing sector again is shown to be critical for the nation. We look forward to help lead this mission of more American Made.

Our American Made community is ready to help. Follow along for more developing stories and information from U.S. manufacturers.

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