Developed in the IDEAWORKS Innovation Suite, ICARUS (Intense Contained ARtificial Ultraviolet Sanitizer) is a device that utilizes UV-C light for non-invasive equipment sanitization.
In the IDEAWORKS Innovation Suite, we approached this challenge by starting with the industry leaders – interviewing a number of companies that rent large volumes of camera equipment to professionals on a daily basis. We also looked at the medical field, with vast surfaces and delicate electronics that shared a similar challenge, like in a hospital or dental facility. One tool that was found throughout was the use of UV-C light.
The IDEAWORKS Innovation Suite has developed a new tool to address this problem on campus. ICARUS (Intense Contained ARtificial Ultraviolet Sanitizer) is a table-top device which employs a powerful 72w UV-C light that destroys 99.9% of Covid-19 and other viruses from the surfaces of objects in a matter of seconds. It’s designed to be safe and fool-proof in operation, for consistent results by our trained staff.
To make ICARUS user friendly, there are three sets of LEDs that indicate machine status. A green LED is lit when the UV-C lamp is off and it’s safe for the door to be open. When a sanitization cycle is started, the green light turns off and the three “Danger In Use” LEDs light up. If a user attempts to start the machine with the door open, the “Error Door Open” light will flash several times and the UV-C lights stay off.
With the door closed, there would be no way to look inside to know if there was a problem. If a bulb were to burn out or the tray stopped spinning, it would affect the effectiveness. We incorporated a small camera inside with an external LCD monitor to let you view inside the enclosure.
ICARUS has a compartment to organize all the controlling electronics, controls, and wiring. The top panel is clear acrylic to encourage a look behind the curtain. We want our students to explore their curiosity and discover that many of the components used are already familiar to them. In fact, most of the parts used in constructing ICARUS are salvaged or left over from previous projects. Only the UV-C lamp fixture itself was purchased specifically for this project.
You may recognize the following parts from a previous life: