Karatek systems provide air hygiene in all scales
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the issue of air hygiene is also becoming a focus in the supermarket. Technical solutions for air disinfection help to sustainably reduce the risk of airborne infections in the future. BÄRO managing director Dr. Sandra von Möller continues: “Supermarkets benefit from individual, rated and tried and tested air hygiene solutions. Its range extends from mobile or ceiling-mounted UV-C devices and flexible inlet to fully integrated UV-C disinfection modules in the air conditioning system. “
In the past few months, the huge responsibility that the grocery business carries for its customers and employees has become clear: Open supermarkets are indispensable to supply people – but of course the air inside is contaminated with microbes from outside. Wherever there are large numbers of people or the audience is constantly changing, there is a real risk of infection. The virus concentration in a room is decisive for the probability of infection. Aerosols can float in the room for hours or spread by convection and air movements. Especially where people gather in the supermarket, for example in the checkout area and in front of or behind the service counters.
This is how air hygiene with UV-C works
The good news: With UV-C light with a wavelength of 253.7 nm, we have a tried and tested and proven highly effective weapon against pathogens in room air. Radiation destroys the genetic makeup of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria or other microbes, rendering them harmless. The functional principle of BÄRO’s UV-C technology is to continuously disinfect polluted air in a highly efficient, fully shielded UV-C chamber – ozone-free, chemical-free and harmless to humans. This can be adapted to the application situation on a module such as AirStream, which is integrated into a room air conditioning (RLT) system during or after a new installation. The alternative is UV-C devices placed directly in the room: mobile like the AirCom, or like a light permanently mounted under the ceiling like the AirCom Pro. In this way, BÄRO offers retailers simple and effective solutions even when an urgent need for action is required.
AirStream : havalandırma teknolojisine entegre
Daha büyük pazarlarda genellikle havalandırma ve klima sistemleri bulunur. Korona salgını sırasında pek çok süpermarket operatörü sistemlerini kapattı veya daha enerji yoğun besleme havası moduna geçti: Temizlenmemiş havayı devridaim modunda odaya dağıtırlarsa enfeksiyon riskinin artacağından korktular. BÄRO’nun AirStream gibi UV-C dezenfeksiyon modülleri, gıda endüstrisi gibi hassas sektörlerde uzun süredir yaygın olan klima sistemlerine mükemmel şekilde entegre edilebilir. Entegrasyon ile sistemin beslediği tüm odalarda optimum hava hijyeni sağlanır. UV-C modülünün boyutu ve çıkışı, uzman planlamacılarla birlikte üretici tarafından uygulama için ayrı ayrı boyutlandırılır. Kural olarak, operatörler mevcut sistemlerini de güçlendirebilir, hava akışı önemli ölçüde değiştirilmeden, böylece ek maliyetler ortaya çıkmaz. Örneğin, HEPA filtre sistemlerine kıyasla, filtrelerin düzenli olarak değiştirilmesine ve atılmasına gerek olmadığı için bakım maliyetleri uzun vadede daha düşüktür.
AirStream: integrated in ventilation technology
Larger markets often have ventilation and air conditioning systems. During the corona outbreak, many supermarket operators shut down their systems or switched to a more energy-intensive supply air mode: They feared that the risk of infection would increase if they distributed uncleaned air into the room in recirculation mode. UV-C disinfection modules such as BÄRO’s AirStream can be perfectly integrated into air conditioning systems that have long been common in sensitive industries such as the food industry.
With the integration, optimum air hygiene is provided in all rooms fed by the system. The size and output of the UV-C module are individually sized for the application by the manufacturer together with expert planners. As a rule, operators can also retrofit their existing systems, without significantly changing the airflow so that additional costs are not incurred. Compared to HEPA filter systems, for example, maintenance costs are lower in the long run as the filters do not need to be replaced and disposed of regularly.
AirCom : mobile solution
For non-public areas in the supermarket, for example social rooms and storage rooms or offices, powerful mobile UV-C devices such as BÄRO’s AirCom are also suitable: one socket is sufficient to provide additional safety via sterilized air, depending on the situation. BÄRO sees itself as a system supplier that accompanies the dealers during the project process and can offer the appropriate solution for each project, in the field of air hygiene as well as in the retail lighting field. The proven support provided by the region-wide distribution of lighting solutions is complemented by the expertise of clean air technologists. The service aspect is as important here as it is with the lighting: from on-site inspection, to the selection and design of the right UV-C products, to their number and positioning to assembly, as well as service and maintenance services in the next operation. Early traders and market operators were already convinced of the advantages of UV-C technology “Made in Germany” from BÄRO: at EDEKA Bonus in Leichlingen, at E-Center Jahke in Ramstein and at Denn’s Bio-Markt Klaus Wolf GmbH Siegen AirCom Pro UV-C devices are already in use and provide greater safety for customers and employees.
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