Should automakers be forced to make ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic?
President Trump recently ordered General Motors to make ventilators. This order came shortly after GM had already planned to start making ventilators and had required “top dollars” for doing so. Are automakers well positioned to produce ventilators? This article examines the challenges they face when building production capacity for specialized, medical devices.
Video Spotlight: Ford Planning to Produce Ventilators
This post is based on the CNN.com article, Automakers Are Racing to Make Ventilators. But It’s Not That Easy, by J. Wattles and P. Valdes-Dapena, March 27, 2020, and the YouTube video, Ford Motor CEO on Shifting Production from Cars to Ventilators, by CBS This Morning, March 24, 2020. Image source: Fuse/Getty Images.
1. In the article, what are the obstacles to the immediate production of ventilators by non-medical manufacturers?
Guidance: According to the article, the obstacles include: intellectual property rights, lack of engineering and process expertise, lack of trained workers, and safety concerns. Other obstacles to consider are potential shortages of raw materials needed worldwide as well as the time and cost to repurpose factories and get new production Continue reading