Cummins and 3M partner to respond to COVID-19 pandemic

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Cummins pleater in action
Cummins will use its workforce and existing equipment at its Neillsville, Wisconsin facility to pleat filter media for 3M respirators.

Cummins will utilize labor 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 will manufacture high efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M's Powered Air Purifying Respirators

The partnership has the potential to more than double the current production of filters for 3M’s PAPRs

Cummins (NYSE: CMI) has reached an agreement with 3M (NYSE: MMM) to manufacture high efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M’s Powered Air Purifying Respirators, or PAPRs. 

Powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) are an important piece of 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; and can 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.

3M PAPR device in use
Pictured: A 3M Powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) in use.

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, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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."

Cummins will use its workforce and existing equipment at its Neillsville, Wisconsin facility to pleat the media, assemble it into cartridge housings and do final testing before shipping the filters to Valley, Nebraska, where 3M's PAPRs are manufactured. Production of the filters at Cummins' Neillsville location is expected to begin by the end of April.

“3M continues to work around the clock to get personal protective equipment, including PAPRs, to the heroic healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight,” said Mike Roman, 3M Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our partnership with Cummins will help us produce more of this critical equipment in the coming months.” 

Cummins’ Filtration business designs, manufactures and sells air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, as well as chemical technology products for diesel and gas-powered equipment around the world.
 

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A Cummins Inc., líder global em energia, é uma corporação de segmentos de negócios complementares que projeta, fabrica, distribui e fornece serviços para um amplo portfólio de soluções de energia. Os produtos da empresa vão de trens de força a diesel, gás natural, elétricos e híbridos a componentes relacionados, incluindo filtragem, pós-tratamento, turbocompressores, sistemas de combustível, sistemas de controle, sistemas de tratamento de ar, transmissões automatizadas, sistemas de geração de energia elétrica, baterias, sistemas de eletrificação, geração de hidrogênio e produtos de células de combustível. Com sede em Columbus, Indiana (EUA), desde sua fundação em 1919, a Cummins emprega aproximadamente 57.800 pessoas comprometidas a impulsionar um mundo mais próspero por meio de três prioridades de responsabilidade corporativa globais que são essenciais para comunidades saudáveis: educação, meio ambiente e igualdade de oportunidades. A Cummins atende a seus clientes on-line, através de uma rede proprietária e de distribuidores locais independentes, bem como de milhares de revendedores locais ao redor do mundo, e lucrou cerca de US$ 1,8 bilhões em vendas de US$ 19,8 bilhões em 2020. Saiba mais em cummins.com .

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