The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) today announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reduce the critical shortage of medical equipment and supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The industry organization said it is seeking feedback from advanced manufacturing companies about capability, capacity, time frames and other data to help DOD and FEMA understand the current and future supply base while expediting connectivity and communications.
NCMS said it is encouraging its members and other manufacturers to participate. Some of the prioritized needs are for:
- N95 face masks.
- Level 4 gowns.
- Face shields.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) sterilization technologies.
“With the engagement of our diverse network, NCMS will rapidly identify innovations and accelerate these solutions into the hands of those who need them most,” said center president & CEO Lisa Strama in a news release. “It is imperative that we all bring our resources forward to help the COVID-19 fight.”
More information is available here.