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23 April 2021
 

In this Spotlight interview, we join CPA Engineered Solutions to discuss their new air sterilisation device, The Biojet.

CPA Engineered Solutions Ltd has a 29 year track record of product innovation providing clean air solutions for industrial, commercial, and retail premises. Having tested and developed a combination of air ventilation, sterilisation and purification technologies, CPA are now designing tailored installations that create COVID-19 free air in workplaces, thus providing a solution for a cleaner, safer new normal. 

 

"Innovation is at the heart of what we do as a business. We listen to our customers and understand the current demands of the market."

 

– Euan Whelan
Product Technical Support Engineer, CPA Engineered Solutions

 

Striving to Safeguard and Innovate
 

Product Technical Support Engineer, Euan Whelan explains, “COVID-19 has presented a tough task for employers to ensure the safety of their employees’ return to work and for all businesses to ensure public safety, travelling through indoor public places – shopping malls, schools, colleges, hospitality venues, bus stations, train stations and airports."

"Innovation is at the heart of what we do as a business. We listen to our customers and understand the current demands of the market." It's their combined experience and knowledge that allows them to accurately assess an issue or challenge, and consequently prescribe the best of course of action and utility for the job, as well as feed back into their own service progression to accommodate for trends.

 

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

 

UVGI is now forming part of CIBSE ventilation guidance for COVID 19 and independent testing has shown that UVC is effective at inactivating coronaviruses when the correct dosage is applied.  Combined with ventilation and purification measures, this technology is considered to be amongst the most vital engineering applications in infection control. 

In November 2020 SAGE commissioned a report with regards to air cleaning devices suggesting they may be a useful strategy to reduce airborne transmission risks in poorly ventilated spaces. They recommend such devices for settings where the ventilation is poor, and it is not possible to improve it by other means. They also note that the efficacy and safety of such devices should be evidenced by relevant test data, and that the effectiveness of air cleaning devices depends on multiple parameters, including the design of the device, the in room location, the environment it is used in and also the maintenance of the device.

Euan adds. “To minimise transmission, effective air ventilation is crucial in assisting infection control during the pandemic and the evidence continues to suggest that in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, airborne aerosols still pose a transmission risk. Having researched what existing equipment we could work with, we established very quickly that there was little available and that we would have to design our own equipment.

“At CPA, the key to cleaner and safer indoor air is more than just the products. It is about creating a measured solution for each unique space."

 

The Biojet

 

“Good indoor air quality is the cornerstone of any internal air management strategy going forward if we are to maintain our way of life, protect our people, make buildings safer and more robust, keep supply chains open, running efficiently and to protect our environment.”
 

– Emmet O’Callaghan
UVGI product specialist, CPA Engineered Solutions

 

The Biojet is a high volume air cleaning device that passes air through an Ultra-Violet C (UVC) Germicidal Irradiation chamber (UVGI) which deactivates viruses, including coronavirus, mould and bacteria.

With 14 years’ experience in UVGI, CPA’s UVGI product specialist,  Emmet O’Callaghan explains, “We know the damage microbial activities can cause to both lives and the economy. 

“CPA’s ambition is to reduce this microbial activity and reduce the probability of another transmission event. On a more positive note, we now see that groups like CIBSE and ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) are recommending the use UVC as part of a suite of solutions to deal with poor indoor quality. 

“The Biojet and similar technologies should be considered as solutions for the future proofing of our buildings against both existing microbial threats and the inevitable arrival of similar pathogenic microbes like COVID 19. The recent pandemic has shown the damage that can be caused due to Lockdown, so consideration should be given to protecting our buildings against such threats. 

“Good indoor air quality is the cornerstone of any internal air management strategy going forward if we are to maintain our way of life, protect our people, make buildings safer and more robust, keep supply chains open, running efficiently and to protect our environment.”

 

Watch the Spotlight Interview to Learn More…

 

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 23 April 2021

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