UTM to mass produce its disinfection chamber

Adib (second from right) looking at a portable UTMShield-ADC during his visit to UTM.

JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is planning to mass produce its disinfection chamber dubbed UTMShield Automated Disinfection Chamber (UTMShield-ADC) that the university has come up with to help frontliners fight Covid-19.

UTM deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail said the chamber was developed by UTM’s Covid-19 special task force as an additional protection apparatus.

“We have come up with a proposal and will be meeting with the company to discuss the funding and the raw materials and if everything goes well we can start working on the production by the end of this month, ” he said after the handing over ceremony of the UTMShield-ADC to Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud at the Faculty of Engineering here.

He added that the 4x5x7 sq ft chamber was developed by a group of 20 students and lecturers from its mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and health science schools.

The chamber is made of aluminum rod, plastic shield, rubber tube and a fluid pump that can automatically spray any person that comes right into the chamber.

“The disinfectant we use can kill 99.9% of the germs and each person is required to stay inside the chamber for about 20 seconds.

“Our main concern right now is the availability of the materials used to make this product as most of the stores are closed due to the movement control order (MCO), ” he added.

Ahmad Fauzi added that the chamber was one of the six products that UTMShield has come out with, apart from face shields, incubation box and hand sanitiser.

“UTM has the capacity to produce about one tonne of hand sanitiser and so far we have distributed more than 3,000 face shields, 100 incubation boxes and thousands of hand sanitiser bottles.

“The items were donated to hospitals such as Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Sultan Ismail Hospital, Hospital Kulai, Hospital Permai, Hospital Kluang and Hospital Sungai Buloh, ” he said.

On the programme, Ahmad Fauzi said UTM received RM30,000 in allocations from MBJB to come up with 10 stationary and portable UTMShield-ADC that would be used by the local council’s enforcement personnel.

He said UTM has the capacity to produce three chambers in a day.

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