The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has developed a device that limits the spread of COVID-19 and sterilizes documents.
The device was the result of a thesis that the mechanical engineering students were working on based on the disinfection rate of ultraviolet rays, which can disinfect objects in as little as 8 seconds.
The university’s Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO), meanwhile, expanded the students’ concept and helped design the machines.
Their dissertation led to a P100,000 project initiated by the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research, Planning, and Development (OVPREPD) in collaboration with IPMO.
According to Gino Andres, project head and director of IPMO, the conveyors will be sent to offices that use up large quantities of paper.
“We plan to distribute the machines to crowded areas [in the university], like the accounting office, registrar’s office, and those… that are receiving a lot of documents,” Andres said.
Seven units were initially made to start off the project. Moreover, the university said that more conveyors would be built for the benefit of its entire academic community.
The university also said that the IPMO aims to commercialize and mass-produce the technology in the future.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has earlier recommended the use of ultraviolet-C (UVC) lamps in disinfecting surfaces in homes, saying that UVC radiation was effective in reducing the spread of bacteria.
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