Cummins will utilise labour and equipment typically used for producing diesel engine filters to manufacture high efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M’s Powered Air Purifying Respirators.
Cummins has reached an agreement with 3M to manufacture high efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M’s Powered Air Purifying Respirators, or PAPRs.
Powered air purifying respirators are an important piece of equipment for front-line healthcare workers responding to the COVID19 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 can provide increased levels of respiratory protection and are essential kit for those working frontline on the crisis.
The partnership has the potential to more than double the current production of filters for 3M’s PAPRs.
The additional filters are needed as 3M has ramped up production of PAPRs to meet a surge in demand for personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Cummins has been striving to find ways to help during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Tom Linebarger, CEO of Cummins.
“Working with 3M, we discovered our technologies and manufacturing expertise could be relevant as we partner in new ways to help protect healthcare professionals.”