Why has Transmon Engineering developed a UVC In-Cabin Sanitisation system?
Currently there is a lack of a system or regime in place for cleansing vehicle cabs on-road or off-road that will provide consistent results. Some companies use sprays and fogging processes to clean vehicle cabs which leave odours, require drying time, and PPE that has to be disposed of once used.
With the recent global pandemic highlighting the vital role of sanitisation, numerous academic studies have been carried out and global experts have concluded that the use of UVC light is highly effective in eliminating viruses (such as SARS-CoV-2) and bacteria on surfaces and in the air.
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UVC systems have been used for a number of years to great effect in the sterilisation of hospital surgical theatres and other cleanroom environments. Taking this UVC technology to the vehicle market is the next stage of the technology’s development with numerous applications.
UVC light is able to provide a consistent, thorough and waste-free clean, every time. At the correct exposure, it can sanitise a vehicle cab within a short period, as little as 5 minutes depending on the size of the cab.
Additionally using UVC light offers a greener alternative to the use of cleaning products which is not only environmentally beneficial but also significantly reduces any waste otherwise resulting from traditional cleaning methods.
There are numerous situations where communal vehicles require sanitisation to ensure a safe environment for both driver and passengers, such as:
- Forklift / reach trucks
- Hire cars / golf carts
- Commercial vehicles / HGVs
- Ambulance / paramedic vehicles / fire engines
- Community vehicles / buses & coaches etc.
How does the Transmon Engineering UVC System work?
The unit consists of a control module that will facilitate the connection of a mandatory 1 x main UVC board and if needed 2 x UVC sub, or slave boards. The control module regulates the exposure time, the input output safety circuits, and the indicators.
The unit is fitted within the cab of the required vehicle ready to start.
Timings can be set at 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the distance, size of cab and number of UVC modules placed within.
To initialise cleansing, a push button can be fitted to the outside of the vehicle. There is also an option to use a remote control fob to initialise the cleansing process if required, which allows for multiple vehicles to be cleaned simultaneously, with just a click of a button.
Once the process is initialised the motion sensor is activated and the UVC light is enabled, this is indicated by a blue led on the UVC light modules. The indicator light on the dashboard will flash RED while cleansing is in progress.
If the motion sensor detects any movement, the cleansing process is paused for 10 seconds and if no further motion is detected, the process resumes. If any of the safety circuits are interrupted, the cleansing process is reset and the UVC modules are disabled and will need to be re-initialised giving a full exposure time.
Once the cleansing is complete the indicator on the dashboard shows GREEN and the UVC modules and motion sensor are disabled. The GREEN LED indicates to the operator that the cab area is cleansed.
Once the operator begins normal activity with the vehicle by either sitting on the seat, turning on the ignition or if they interrupt the safety circuits, the LED indicator will turn RED when the ignition is then turned off, indicating that the vehicle has been used, and will need a new cleansing cycle.
It is also possible to prevent the vehicle from being used if the LED on the dash is RED, ensuring a cleansing cycle is then initialised prior to usage.
How efficient is the Transmon Engineering UVC System?
The TE UVC system provides a consistent clean when activated as it does not rely on human intervention. This saves on labour as once the UVC lights are installed, the clean process is fully automated thereby improving efficiency across the workforce.
The unit contains an indicator that monitors the UVC current draw and will indicate lamp failure if the unit current alters when initialised.
The TE UVC Sanitisation system we supply meets the recommended exposure level.
What PPE or other materials are required?
Safety glasses should always be worn that will block UVC light. There is no need for additional substances, chemicals or cleaning materials which would then need disposing of.
What are the benefits of the UVC System?
- The process is consistent
- Speed of a full clean - approx. 5 minutes for an average clean e.g. on forklift; down time is kept to a minimum
- Many vehicles can be initialised at the same time; improved management of fleets as 10, 20, 30+ vehicles can all be cleaned in the same timeframe
- No PPE to dispose of
- No dangerous chemicals
- No smells or pollutants
- Low power consumption
- Easy to install
- LED modules have a small footprint and takes little room within the vehicle
- No labour required during the cleansing process
- No special skills needed to set up
- No storage for chemicals needed
- Running cost are negligible
- Peace of mind as operators know that the vehicle is sanitised
Are there any concerns to using the UVC system?
Momentary or accidental exposure is not harmful to the operator. Additionally we use a motion sensor with failure monitoring and interlocks to prevent exposure to personnel.
The only requirement to operate the UVC sterilisation system is the use of safety glasses by the operator at all times during the clean process.
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Article Date: February 2022
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