During one of the many, many hours we've spent in the gym with our gymnast daughters, I noticed the coaches using UV light wands to sterilize the beam. I thought that there is a better way to do this that would save coaches time and gyms money; create a small robot to run the beam and sterilize with UVC light as it goes. My friend and fellow gymnast parent is amazing at turning ideas into reality and the BeamBot was born!
We are currently in BETA with the fantastic owner and coaches at Buckeye Gymnastics and are getting ready to offer BETA BeamBotz to other gyms as well. Please contact us below if you are interested in hearing more or in buying a Bot for your gym.
Safe and effective
The ability and effectiveness of UV light to kill bacteria and viruses has been known for a long time. However, there was concern with the human health hazards of UV light (skin cancer and cataracts) which prevented its use in public areas. The Ultraviolet light is commonly divided into three spectrums which is determined by their wavelength:
UVA (400nm to 315nm)
UVB (315nm to 280nm)
UVC (280nm to 200nm)
This is where UVC comes into play. Due to its limited range, UVC light cannot penetrate through the outer deadcell layer of human skin or the tear layer in the eye. This means that there isn’t a risk of skin cancer or cataracts when humans come into contact with the UVC light spectrum. However, because bacteria and viruses are of micrometer or smaller dimensions, UVC can penetrate and inactivate them. In an article published by Scientific Reports, it was shown that UVC efficiently inactivates airborne aerosolized viruses with a very low does of 2mJ/cm2 of 222nm light inactivating > 95% of aerosolized H1N1 influenza virus. This is why UVC light was chosen as the germicidal light for Beambot. It has been proven to kill bacteria and viruses and is safe for humans to be around.
Martin, SB, et al. “Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation - current best practices.” ASHRAE Journal, no. 8, 2008, pp. 28-36, https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ashrae/ashraejournal_200808/index.php?startid=28.
Welch, David, et al. “Far-UVC light: A new tool to control the spread of airborne-mediated microbial diseases.” Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 2018, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-21058-w.