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One Million Masks and Counting: A Deeper Look at GM's PPE Production

One Million Masks and Counting: A Deeper Look at GM's PPE Production GM


Additionally, GM's trim technicians are contributing to the development of PPE by leveraging their sewing skills to make hospital gowns from donated materials. The team may be small---seven people in all---but in the last month, they’ve sewn more than 1,400 gowns, filling a serious need at a hospital in Michigan. Like the face shield project, initial prototypes were developed and sampled by hospitals for evaluation, and improvements were made, resulting in a lightweight, breathable gown.


As GM develops, builds, packs and ships PPE from its facilities to the people who need it most, it is also learning and evolving its processes along the way.


By asking for feedback from professionals using its medical shields, GM has been able to fine-tune its design to improve the visor and protective shield for more comfortable, sustained wear.


Those conversations also surfaced both the importance of and need for aerosol boxes in treating patients with COVID-19. These see-through containers help protect medical staff while they are intubating patients, so GM's design fabrication team has produced nearly 200 hand-formed boxes for hospitals in need.


To enable collaboration and greater PPE supply, GM has also shared its manufacturing plans for face masks with GM suppliers, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association. GM's goal is to get more masks to the people who desperately need them.


All in, there is an army of just over 3,000 people from across General Motors who have mobilized to help fight COVID-19. The safety of GM's customers and communities has always been its No. 1 priority, and the pandemic we face now is no different. As many on the front lines fight to keep people safe, GM will do everything it can to help do the same for them.


Source: GM

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