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Shannon company puts forward idea to accelerate return to work

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*MD of CW Applied Technology, John O’Connell with Independent TD, Michael McNamara. Photograph: Joe Buckley

A Shannon company has delivered a concept that they maintain will allow companies to return to work safely.

CW Applied Technology based in the Shannon Industrial Estate has deployed its advanced product design and manufacturing facilities to scale up the manufacture of its portable UV-C Room Steriliser.

Having partnered with a US manufacturer to re-engineer the room steriliser, CW Applied Technology will build on its current work in supplying the medical devices, automotive, energy, communications and general industries.

Managing Director of the Shannon based company, John O’Connell explained that the portable steriliser arose following a request from a surgeon in the Mater Hospital which led to a conversation with a partner company in the US. “We realized that by re-engineering established proven technology we could offer this low cost and portable alternative to the businesses anxious to determine how they will operate in a safe manner as restrictions are eased and the return to work can be actively planned for”.

On how the machine operates, O’Connell outlined that following a standard cleaning of a room, the steriliser is “merely plugged into a standard socket for a required period of time and when you come back the room has been sterilised”. He detailed that it was suitable for working environments but also nursing homes, care homes, schools, retail outlets, doctors and dentists offices.

“We know from the decades use of UV-C that it works in killing all bacteria and virus but units up to now have either been ineffective and possibly dangerous hand held units or large and prohibitively expensive units. This effective, portable, and very much lower priced unit will be affordable to most businesses and we feel these types of units will become an essential part of getting back to some semblance of normal life in the weeks and months ahead. Our units are made in our manufacturing facility in Shannon Industrial Estate,” John added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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