Esys Automation, a JR Automation company, was asked by General Motors (GM) to build in less than one week a line for producing face masks to aid in the response to COVID-19. The line would run in GM's Warren, MI cleanroom.
Esys and JR Automation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., put together a plan that consisted of:
- JR Automation's engineering and build teams in Nashville and Holland providing input and expertise with Esys Automation.
- JR Automation's in-house machining and fabrication department designing and building customized machinery to assemble the masks.
- Controls and mechanical engineering teams working with the supply chain team throughout JR Automation to secure all components, despite many supply chains disrupted by the crisis.
The line, which is capable of producing 50,000 masks a day, was built in six days, enabling GM produced their first mask in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Friday, March 27.
"JR Automation is truly honored to partner with customers like General Motors to help combat this pandemic and support our dedicated medical workers on the front lines every day. With the best customers, automation services, and talent in the world, we can and will continue to push innovation forward, no matter the need. Other teams across JR Automation are already gearing up to provide automation solutions for other essential items in response to this crisis," the company stated in a news release.
JR Automation provides intelligent automated manufacturing and technology solutions for customers in the life sciences and other industries. Esys Automation, a JR Automation company, is a full-service automation solutions provider, specializing in vehicle assembly applications.
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