SEAT begins production of respiratorsApril 1, 2020
Various industries have switched to creating tools that can be used in the context of a major crisis.
The auto industry also connected, and now Seat began to produce respirators. All over the world, factory workshops are quickly converted to the production of masks, respiratory or cleaning equipment. Normal operations are stopped, but the production of much needed things is booming. Several European Formula 1 teams have already begun to produce respirators, and Ford now manufactures such devices in the United States. Seat, who is in the midst of a crisis in coronavirus-hit Spain, is now also about to release respirators.
Over the past few weeks, 150 employees of various companies have begun to develop the most promising respirator of 13 prototypes. The “winning” version is currently being rigorously tested for approval in hospitals.
Production takes place at the Seat factory in Martorell, in the hall where parts for the Seat Leon are usually made. This room was transformed in one week. Seat has gathered people from all over the factory for respirators in this department. The heart of the device was the Seat Leon wiper motor. It provides revolutions, which, in turn, are converted using various gears into the pumping movement of air bellows.
How many such devices are being built and for which period is still clear, but due to the relative simplicity of the device, it is likely a matter of significant numbers. They can be used in Spain, and who knows, this design and working method can also be adopted at other Volkswagen Group factories in Europe.
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