The DECON95 system is a conveyorized UV exposure system that can be used to decontaminate surfaces of parts by exposing them to levels of UVC energy that can inactivate pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
DECON95 was developed to meet stringent requirements for decontaminating N95 facial forming respirators, but its application can be extended to other high touch items such as cell phones, hand tools, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) like face shields, etc.
We at INPRO have been searching for how we can utilize our knowledge, competencies, contacts, and technologic resources to contribute to the larger humanitarian response to the current COVID-19 crisis. We have had several conversations – internal as well as with members of the medical, scientific, and manufacturing communities – in which we’ve been able to explore how we could contribute. We are proud to say that we have now officially partnered with the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition (c19hcc.org), and have been asked to develop a proposal for providing equipment for in situ UV decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help mitigate the PPE shortage sub-crisis being experienced by healthcare professionals everywhere.
In these extreme circumstances, much of the testing and qualification normally needed for devices and processes like this is being circumvented in the short term. This places INPRO and its industry partners in a position to help now. Following commitment from the coalition, we will be turning our focus toward producing as many conveyor systems as we can to aid in the fight against the coronavirus. Due to the urgent nature of this activity, one of the courses of action that INPRO has decided to pursue is solicitation of our customers and industry partners for any parties willing to support by providing their existing UV lamps and conveyor systems to INPRO for modification/integration into a system designed for this application.
The impact to our business is unknown at the moment, but we have committed ourselves to serving a cause larger than profitability during this time. While we will take measures to ensure we are able to remain operational in the post-crisis environment, capital motivation remains secondary to service to our national and global communities.
Every minute healthcare professionals go without these systems is potentially a minute they go unprotected, putting them at significant risk of infection, and potentially death. Let that be the motivator that drives our sense of urgency in succeeding in our mission:
INPRO Technologies seeks to make healthcare processes safer, more reliable, more efficient, and more productive by engineering solutions and working alongside our customers to connect them to the technologies that meet their needs.