November 16, 2021
OhmniLabs, which develops autonomous mobile robotics, has announced the launch of OhmniClean, a fully autonomous robot that disinfects areas using UV-C light. At just 58 pounds, the OhmniClean is designed for use in hospitals, schools, hotels and other environments that require deep cleaning in high-touch, hard-to-reach places.
The company said OhmniClean aims to eliminate the risk of bacteria and viral transmission, and can disinfect a 3,000-square-foot space in less than 15 minutes.
“We developed OhmniClean to address a critical need in the market for fast, simple and effective disinfection,” said Tra Vu, chief operating officer at OhmniLabs. “At a time when sterile cleaning and infection control are top of mind, OhmniClean is helping to restore normalcy by simplifying existing cleaning processes and making disinfection more intelligent through providing access to efficacy and compliance data. In addition, OhmniClean is made in the USA, so we are able to bypass global shipping and supply chain issues currently faced by other manufacturers.”
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While ultraviolet light has been used as a disinfectant for decades, UV-C has been proven to reduce overall bacterial counts on high-touch surfaces. Additional research suggests that the COVID-19 virus is highly vulnerable to this form of UV light, and can be inactivated using the robot. OhmniLabs said independent testing showed that OhmniClean’s solution rapidly eliminates pathogens such as MRSA, VRE, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, and SARS-CoV-2 with an efficacy of 99.999%.
“The OhmniClean robot is incredibly easy to use,” said Hector Garcia, president of ProClean Janitorial. “My team was able to get it up and running after just 10 minutes of training. The robot’s autonomy allows our staff to clean multiple rooms while the robot disinfects other areas of a property. The whole process is quick and efficient.”
The company said a short cleaning cycle time makes it possible for one person to manage a small fleet of disinfection robots, instead of a human crew. An autonomous UV-C system also increases efficacy and reduces human error, as well as dependence on human judgment, eliminating the risk of injury caused by mixing chemical solutions or handling heavy UV equipment. Because the robot navigates itself in complex environments, its UV-C lamps can get closer to surfaces than static devices, delivering stronger UV-C exposure.
For more details on the OhmniClean robot, visit the OhmniLabs website here.