Why can’t we produce N95 masks fast enough?
As the US faces shortages of N95 masks, this article highlights the challenges of producing them. China, a country that has ramped up production for itself and for the world, has had to overcome major obstacles even with huge government subsidies and help from regulators. Problems ranging from material shortages to building machines threaten the conversion of existing capacity to mask manufacturing.
Video Spotlight: How China Can Produce 200 Million Masks a Day
This post is based on the npr.org article, COVID-19 Has Caused a Shortage of Face Masks. But They’re Surprisingly Hard to Make, by E. Feng and A. Cheng, March 16, 2020, and the YouTube video, Inside China’s Biggest Mask Factory, by Goldthread, March 19, 2020. Image source: ERProductions Ltd/Blend Images LLC.
1. What problems do manufacturers face when they repurpose their facilities for the production of masks?
Guidance: Manufacturers have to overcome their lack of expertise in making new components, set up operations in sterile environments, buy used or new machines, purchase specialized materials in short supply or set up production lines for those materials, experience delivery delays, and train existing and new Continue reading