In its fourth year, the Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the cleanroom equipment and supplies that readers judge most effective and trusted in their work. Cleanroom equipment and product suppliers were invited to submit their products for these prestigious awards. Winners in each category were chosen based on a voting survey sent to a select group of Controlled Environments readers.
CRITICAL CLEANING – Air-Surface Disinfection Unit
The Air-Surface Disinfection Unit from Far-UV Sterilray provides a high-level of pathogen disinfection in room air and surfaces with just the flick of a switch. Center-mounted, its rotating field of irradiance will kill microbes facing the lamp on surfaces: a run of 7 hours produces a greater than 6-log (99.9999 percent) kill on floor-level surfaces. It simultaneously disinfects air passing by a lamp with a 99.98 percent single-pass kill, including any pathogens entering the cleanroom from outside make-up air. One day it will be safe for human exposure. The light may offer low-cost solution to eradicating airborne viruses in indoor public spaces. Continuous low doses of light can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues, according to a new study at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). The findings suggest that use of the overhead light in hospitals, doctors’ offices, schools, airports, airplanes, and other public spaces could provide a powerful check on seasonal influenza epidemics, as well as influenza pandemics. Until FDA approval, this unit can only be used when the room is unoccupied. Unlike traditional UV-C, the unit’s wavelength matches the resonant molecular (peptide and disulfide) bonds frequencies on the outside of all pathogens. Bacteria, virus, and spores literally explode due to higher Far-UV photon energy. The lamps contain no mercury or electrodes, have very long lamp-life, and produce no ozone. Also, the product will not damage rubber or plastics, or even penetrate skin.
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