UV light has been used to sterilise medical equipment, treat wastewater, disinfect drinking water etc. for years and is now seeing an expansion of its applications due to the pandemic.
The adoption of devices that use UV-C light to disinfect has been rising significantly, with the market for UV sterilisation equipment growing exponentially and is projected to reach £7.1bn by 2027.
Where you most likely will have seen the use of UV-C technology is at Heathrow Airport, the UK’s largest airport. Featured in the ITV programme, “Britain’s Busiest Airports” Heathrow have installed UV robots to disinfect the airport throughout the night.
These robots use UV-C light that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses by permanently damaging their DNA, rendering them inactive and killing the cell. Not just Airports, but organisations across the country have decided to invest in UV disinfection as a low maintenance, dry and effective way to sanitise their premises for users.
For more detail on how UV-C light kills germs, read our blog on the science behind UV-C
The airport also uses UV-C devices to continuously sanitise handrails on escalators and anti-viral films on lift buttons, trolley handles and security handles. This focuses on killing the microorganisms at shared touch points, a key area of transmission.
Equally when travelling around the airport, the UV Robot will be sterilising the air matter, creating safer air spaces and reducing the count of airborne pathogens. While Heathrow had made this decision last year, it is still relevant now as the country is opening back up and people start to travel more.
There are many UV-C robots on the market that promise effective disinfection, but if you are looking for a high quality robot to sanitise your premises then there are certain features you need to look for.
The first is motion sensing technology, this allows the robot to manoeuvre around tables and chairs by itself so it can sanitise a room without being stopped by any obstacles.
The next is certifications, before you make the leap to buy a UV-C robot, you need to check if it has its certifications from a lab showing that the product actually kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and is safe in operation.
Finally, the productivity of the Robot is important to recognise. This looks at the Robot’s ability to travel around the designated environment and how quickly they can effectively sterilise the area in question. Greater productivity allows for better sterilisation coverage over time.
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