Gore, Precision Associates, and Parker Join the Fight Against Covid-19
What Gore is doing to help
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the world, Gore is working hard to identify ways in which they can apply their materials science expertise and production capabilities to help during this time of need.
Several initiatives are underway that bring together the knowledge, skills and capabilities from across Gore.
As an immediate and initial response to the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage, Gore rapidly engineered prototype reusable mask covers to supplement clinicians’ primary face masks.
The effort went from a product concept to prototypes in less than one week. Gore currently has prototypes being evaluated at a limited number of U.S. facilities in COVID-19 outbreak hot spots.
Additionally, by providing their customers and other manufacturing companies with Gore’s highly specialized component materials, they can use them to produce a variety of finished PPE items, such as:
- Protective medical gowns, using fabrics laminates from Gore’s current inventory
- Universal filter cartridge prototypes for fixed masks that incorporate Gore’s filtration materials intended to provide N95 particulate protection,
- Disposable N95 respirators, using Gore’s filtration laminates
It is through these collaborations with those who have the technical capabilities and production capacity needed to produce the finished goods in volume that together, Gore and its partners truly are improving life.
Gore has even donated medical supplies and protective gear to healthcare workers in the communities in which their facilities are stationed. They’ve also extended a hand to provide engineering and prototyping support to address other urgent equipment needs at local hospitals.
What Precision Associates is doing to help
Precision Associates, Inc. has ramped up its production of several essential rubber components for ventilator manufacturer Ventec Life Systems. Ventec recently announced plans to partner with GM to increase the output of these crucial units in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Critical patients suffering from the virus have difficulty breathing and require ventilator assistance for life support. GM is now transforming one of its factories to begin assembling ventilators for Ventec in early April.
Brad Kadue, President of Precision Associates states that the company “has dedicated engineering, production and tool-making resources to meet the accelerated production timeline.”
Precision Associates also molds parts for other ventilators and diagnostic equipment used in laboratories for COVID-19 testing. “Our team continues to produce the high-precision, tight-tolerance parts that are the foundation of our 65-year reputation. But now we’re doing it with the realization that our parts are helping to save lives,” says Kadue.
What Parker is doing to help
Parker has stepped up to deliver technologies and products to support the front line workers in the epidemic of Covid-19:
- Technologies used in ventilators to treat those who are sick
- Engine filters and transmission components for heavy-duty trucks to transport food, water and supplies
- Aerospace rotorcraft products to support emergency transport of patients
- Refrigeration technologies to help keep food fresh and medicine viable
- and many other technologies essential to people’s daily lives.
Across countless critical applications, Parker products and systems are helping with the front-line effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 and support its treatment around the world.
Gallagher is proud to work with suppliers who are willing to extend such a helping hand in a time of need.
We salute their efforts and support them in their initiatives to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.