On March 19, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in an effort to help with the production of vital ventilators, had an engineering conversation with the Medtronic team. Medtronic is one of the largest medical technology companies in the world, which, among other, produces ventilators.
March 25, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak announced on CNBC that his company has already started working with Tesla on getting ventilator production at Tesla’s Fremont factory up and running.
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak announced on CNBC this morning that they’ve already started working with @Tesla — and they’re fast on track to start production of ventilators at Fremont!— Viv 🐉 (@flcnhvy) March 25, 2020
Tesla 👏 team 👏 gets 👏 it 👏 done 👏 @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/AwMH2QkI59
As part of this collaboration, SpaceX is already making a vital component for critical care ventilators. Thanks to this, Medtronic can produce more devices, which is now essential for the survival of critically ill patients.
#MDTisMobilizing with @elonmusk. Our collaboration with @Tesla / SpaceX is bearing fruit. @SpaceX is now making a vital component for critical care #ventilators — more vents sooner for #COVID19 patients. https://t.co/vm37fZSuRZ— Medtronic (@Medtronic) April 4, 2020
Bought, but SpaceX is spooling up to manufacture proportional solenoid valves for Medtronic (confirmed as critical today with chair & CEO) pic.twitter.com/zIuesSaXrZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 4, 2020
In addition to manufacturing parts, Tesla, in collaboration with Medtronic, will also produce ventilators. Ishrak previously confirmed this: “We’re also opening up with other partners who have come forward. Tesla is one that I think people have heard about. One of our ventilators will be made by them, and they’re fast on track to make that as well." And yesterday, Musk introduced the first such ventilator that had already been delivered to New York Hospital.
First Medtronic units from Tesla getting installed in NY metro area. These are for worst case situations. pic.twitter.com/xyFRZwv1M7— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 4, 2020
The help provided by Medtronic, Tesla and SpaceX is very important and vital. In order for us to be able to successfully defeat COVID-19, we need united work, the main goal of which should be organized and generous support of those who need help.
. @Medtronic & @Tesla / SpaceX engineers getting it done for #COVID19 patients. @SpaceX to supply important valve that will help us scale production sooner. Thanks to @ElonMusk for partnering. #MDTisMobilizing https://t.co/YoS7qtWqhQ— Omar Ishrak (@MedtronicCEO) April 4, 2020
Great progress by @Medtronic & @Tesla / SpaceX engineering teams. More PSOL valves coming from @SpaceX means more #ventilators quicker. Thanks to @ElonMusk! Open source project gaining momentum as well! #MDTisMobilizing https://t.co/2zevVHiluV— Geoff Martha (@GeoffMartha) April 4, 2020
Meanwhile Medtronic announced it is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett ™ 560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19.
“Medtronic recognizes the acute need for ventilators as life-saving devices in the management of COVID-19 infections. We know this global crisis needs a global response. Over the past few weeks, we have ramped up production of our Puritan Bennett ™ 980 ventilators. But we also know we can do more, and we are, ”said Bob White, executive vice president and president of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic. “By openly sharing the PB 560 design information, we hope to increase global production of ventilator solutions for the fight against COVID-19.”
Unfortunately, despite the invaluable help provided by Tesla and SpaceX, a group of people continues to spread untruthful and confusing information about this. Therefore, we are trying to highlight the real facts.
Elon Musk’s first Tesla-donated ventilators go online in NY hospitals https://t.co/99rjuWCJJA— TESLARATI (@Teslarati) April 4, 2020
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