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14/07/2020
How companies tackle health issues

Air 2 San di Texa

Having now entered the so-called "Phase 2", the one in which we will all have to learn to live more or less peacefully with the Coronavirus, the subject of hygiene (rather broad, it must be said), whether relating to the environment or our vehicles have become a central issue. In fact, many microorganisms could potentially be calling our cars home, nesting inside the cabin or the ventilation system, and it is therefore important to clean all surfaces

Andrea Forti

Having now entered the so-called "Phase 2", the one in which we will all have to learn to live more or less peacefully with the Coronavirus, the subject of hygiene (rather broad, it must be said), whether relating to the environment or our vehicles have become a central issue. In fact, many microorganisms could potentially be calling our cars home, nesting inside the cabin or the ventilation system, and it is therefore important to clean all surfaces correctly to protect the driver, passengers and why not, even the mechanic working on it. At the moment, several companies have presented, or are in the process of doing so, new products or equipment dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting our vehicles.

This is the case, for example, of Air2 San, Texa's new sanitation device, launched on the market in mid-May.

This device is entirely designed and built in Italy, in the company’s headquarters in Monastier di Treviso, and as the company specifies, it works in three phases: in the first, the oxygen present in the passenger compartment is turned into ozone through an electrostatic charge. The Dust Filter prevents the passage of dust towards the ozone generator, guaranteeing a longer duration of the generator and eliminating, at the same time, the risk of producing unwanted nitric acid. The actual disinfection, says the manufacturer, takes place in the second phase: the microprocessor embedded in the device, through the data collected by its ozone, humidity and temperature sensors, maintains the ideal amount of ozone and determines the time needed for it to stay inside the car to eliminate mould, fungi, viruses and bacteria. In the third and final phase, the inverse process takes place, and the residual ozone is turned into oxygen through a catalyst. Texa points out that, this last step prevents garage employees and customers from coming into contact with ozone which, if present in high concentrations, is harmful. The Air2 San device is activated from outside the vehicle via a remote control or by a free smartphone App and proceeds to disinfect the passenger compartment quickly and automatically. The device can be used on its own or combined with a Texa diagnostic system: this makes it possible to interact with the vehicle's on-board electronics by remotely activating the air conditioning system (fan, recirculation, flow direction, etc.). In addition to its use in the workshop, Air2 San can be used for sanitizing rooms such as offices, hotel rooms and so on.

OzonO3, a machine recently launched by Fasep, is another device Made in Italy, able to, according to the manufacturer, sanitize small volumes such as cars and campers and larger volumes, such as buses or offices, thanks to the production of 10g/h of ozone, which makes it possible to sanitize a space of 100 m3 in about 20 minutes; in addition to cleaning the environment, OzonO3 can also be used to eliminate nasty smells.

Killing 500CT, instead, is Sipav’s answer to the competition, a professional ozone generator  designed to decontaminate and deodorize the surrounding space. As Sipav states, the device can transform small quantities of oxygen present in the air into ozone, saturating the environment in a short time: in 15 minutes of use in fact, according to the company, Killing 500CT is able to sanitize an area of 75 m3. In order to guarantee the safety of the personnel using the device as well as the final customer, Killing 500CT is equipped with a patented catalyst system, which allows to reconvert the residual ozone into oxygen.

However, in addition to the passenger compartment, it is important to carefully clean and disinfect the air conditioning system to prevent it from becoming a vehicle for spreading germs, bacteria and harmful substances. Therefore, moving away from sanitizing devices to products dedicated to disinfecting a/c systems, the offer remains wide and varied. Ecotechnics, for example, proposes Saniflux, an atomizer that disinfects both the vehicle’s interior and the air conditioning system. The liquid used inside Saniflux, confirms Ecotechnics, is a disinfectant registered with the Ministry of Health as an alcohol/phenol-based medical-surgical product, which makes it possible to obtain a biocidal action against viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores. From Arexons comes yet another solution for disinfecting a vehicle’s cabin and air conditioning ducts, which uses Neo Bicid spray disinfectant and germicidal deodorant. According to the manufacturer, sanitising the entire passenger compartment is quick and easy and can also be used in "manual" mode for disinfecting small areas. In this case too, Arexons states, the formula is deposited with the Ministry of Health as a medical-surgical product.

Deotex Plus Aerosol is a perfumed disinfectant proposed by Fra-Ber, specifically designed for the maintenance of air conditioning systems in cars, vans, campers, trucks and buses. The semi-finished product present in the aerosol (excluding the propellant) contains an alcohol concentration of not less than 70%, and relies on an anti-odour molecule capable of trapping the substances responsible for bad smells, favouring their removal.

The solutions proposed by companies for cleaning and disinfecting the interior of our vehicles are many indeed, whether you are looking for real a professional equipment or solutions for immediate use.

On the other hand, other companies thought about sanitizing also the exterior of the vehicles, adapting their production to the new needs of the market: Istobal, a Spanish company producing vehicle wash and care solutions, has in fact started the production of arches for the disinfection of PPE used by health personnel and emergency services, and for the external disinfection of medical vehicles and vehicle used by law enforcement agencies. This equipment, which can disinfect an average of a thousand vehicles per day, is already in use in Spain, in Madrid and Valencia.

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