The new protective filter system reliably neutralises up to 99.9 per cent of coronaviruses, bacteria and special moulds from the intake air
Bauer Kompressoren’s new patent-pending B-VirusFree virus filter offers highly effective protection against viruses like SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), bacteria and moulds of all kinds for firefighters and disaster teams.
Eliminating viruses at the air intake stage, the system is designed to protect firefighters, divers, pressure chamber operators and medical staff from these hazards whenever they require respiratory equipment for their daily operations.
"For Bauer, protecting the health of breathing air consumers has always been paramount. The B-Detection Plus online gas measurement system already provides accurate measurements of the commonest hazardous substances associated with breathing air, such as CO, CO2, moisture and oil, and eliminates them using Bauer filter systems," says the company.
However, a new threat now lurks in the form of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), as well as bacteria and moulds. These new dangers are particularly insidious because they are invisible and highly communicable, and cannot be measured by sensors, it says.
"They can spread at lightning speed by contact or droplet infection. Inhaled in ambient air, they can pass through any commercially available standard air purification system. Even the high temperatures and pressure levels of the compression process have little effect on them because of their short exposure to the process."
The new B-VirusFree protective filter system reliably neutralises (depending on the charging rate of the compressor) up to 99.9 per cent of coronaviruses, bacteria and special moulds from the intake air.
Brilliantly simple and wholly effective, the chemical- and ozone-free technology of the B-VirusFree System uses a special UV light source to destroy pathogens in the intake air flow before they can reach the compressor.
The highly-effective 254-nm UV wavelength is absorbed by the pathogens’ DNA, where the photons destroy the bonds between the DNA strands of the viruses, bacteria and mould spores and effectively prevent them from reproducing.
"B-VirusFree can be ordered alongside any new Bauer system and is also easy to retrofit. The filter system is designed for flexible mounting to a wall and has a compact footprint for extra ease of handling and convenience."
Furthermore, long maintenance intervals keep operating costs down. The filter does not require replaceable filter cartridges, while the UVC light source has an extremely long service life of approximately 2,000 hours and is simple to replace.
The control unit reliably displays the filter functions and includes visual and acoustic warning signals in the event of a malfunction, for example, in a power cut. A standard 220/230 V power outlet is all that is needed for operation. A version for regions with 110 V power supply is also available.