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Partnering to respond to Covid-19 pandemic

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Cummins has reached an agreement with 3M to manufacture high-efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M’s Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). PAPRs are important equipment for front-line healthcare workers responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. PAPRs use a battery-powered blower that sends filtered air into a hood or head top that covers the wearer’s head or face. They provide increased levels of respiratory protection, especially for critical healthcare situations such as aerosol generating procedures. PAPRs may also be more comfortable to wear for those who need respiratory protection for long periods of time.

The partnership has the potential to more than double the current production of filters for 3M’s PAPRs. The additional filters are needed as the company has ramped up its production of PAPRs to meet a surge in demand for personal protective equipment due to the  pandemic. Cummins will use existing manpower and equipment at its Neillsville, Wisconsin facility in the US to pleat the media, assemble it into cartridge housings and carry final testing before shipping the filters to Valley, Nebraska, where the PAPRs are manufactured.

Contact Deepa Rungasamy, Cummins Africa Middle East, Tel 011 589-8512, deepa.rungasamy@cummins.com

 

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