UV-C Robot helps businesses win the fight against Covid
Published on 2021-06-16 09:15:24 UTC in Flexible Manufacturing
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Restoring customer confidenceEnsuring the highest levels of hygiene will be essential to entice customers back to the high street post-pandemic. In a survey of 2,000 UK adults by Citron Hygiene and OnePoll, 67% of respondents said they are more afraid of germs and conscious of hygiene now than before March 2020. Employers and owners of supermarkets, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, gyms and other leisure facilities, as well as office spaces, must therefore deploy a robust indoor cleaning protocol to stop the spread of Covid and other bacteria and pathogens. Companies that fail to do so run the risk of an outbreak being traced to their facility and subsequent closure. Not only would this lead to a significant loss of business, but brand reputation, consumer safety and workforce wellbeing are also on the line.
Autonomous sanitisationComprising an array of precision UV-C lamps developed by Phillips and mounted on top of a cutting-edge OMRON mobile robot platform, the UV-C Robot autonomously navigates the natural features of a facility, requiring no user input. As opposed to manual cleaning that would require numerous personnel, when modelled on a 100,000 sq ft supermarket, a single robot would complete the ceiling-to-floor sanitisation process within 2-3 hours. A run time of up to four hours means it can treat large areas efficiently, reliably and quickly, even returning itself to the charging station once the regime is complete. The solution is also built with sensor technology to allow the robot to detect obstacles in its path and prevent collisions. If a human comes within eight metres of the system, it will automatically shut down.
Fully traceableIn addition, the wi-fi enabled UV-C Robot provides full traceability of the area being treated. With manual and mechanical processes, there is no official record or validation, or even a way to check that every touchpoint has been sterilised. By contrast, the UV-C Robot tracks, logs and records its path to provide complete validation that a space is Covid-free. If it fails to sanitise an area due to obstruction, for example, it reports the information so the issue can be resolved.
“With a minimum ten-year lifespan and the ability to eliminate all bacteria and viruses, the UV-C Robot is the only proven method to kill Covid on all surfaces and touchpoints of indoor work and leisure spaces,” says Andrew Hunt, CEO of UV Systems Ltd. “It is set to play a critical role in helping British businesses protect their customers, staff and brand for years to come.”