Portable wide-area sanitiser for virus decontamination

A hand-held sanitiser that uses ultra-violet (UV) light to inactivate biomolecules and microorganisms including coronavirus Covid-19 has been developed by Oxfordshire UV technologist and manufacturer, Integration Technology. A high-power portable UVC rapid sanitiser, the compact, lightweight SubZero RS-170 is designed for use on all surfaces in applications posing a high risk of public cross-contamination.

Target applications include ambulances and blue light services, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, buses, aircraft and cruise ship cabins, train carriages, and other public transport, and schools, offices, and hotel rooms.

Integration Technology specialises in making UV light curing systems for the print industry.

“We had just started work on making portable versions of our products for use in markets other than just print,” explained managing director, Simon Roberts. “When the rate of spread of coronavirus Covid-19 became clear, priority was immediately given to developing a medical application in a bid to help beat back the virus. UV is non-contact, and allows widespread coverage, so you get greater and faster overall decontamination.”

Reportedly easy to use and maintain, the 285 x 85 x 142 mm, 3 kg air-cooled unit can be plugged into a standard electrical wall socket, offers rapid warm-up and cool-down, and comes with a quick-change lamp cassette for reduced downtime on site. The RS-170 offers high output 1700 W input power with a high intensity reflector system. It ‘draws on a proven technology’ in Integration Technology's SubZero Series UV lamp technology, introduced to the print industry by the company in 2005.