CALGARY — As president of Reggin Industries, Phil Alle watched as the pandemic began to eat away at his metal fabrication business. Instead, Alle and a group of Calgary innovators created a sterilization unit he says kills the COVID-19 virus in under one minute.
“I was worried about keeping my employees employed through the pandemic. And I wanted to find something we could manufacture to make a difference,” said Alle. “That was where we came up with the sterilization chambers, using UVC technology.”
Alle formed Teser Technologies to design and build a small but powerful U-V light sterilization unit. Alle, as well as Reggin Industries’ Brett Kosta, and John Fox, as well as Utechnology’s Kam Hammond, designed the units from the ground up.
The unit’s primary purpose will be to sterilize PPE, in order to make them reusable.
“What we want to do is have it prepared if there’s a second wave, and if the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages keep going, ” said Allle “so that hospitals can change to repurposing PPE by cleaning it for reuse. We want to have a product ready there for them.”
While medical facilities like hospitals and dentists offices are the first target customers, Alle believes the market for sterilization of PPE is set to explode.
“There’s other companies that aren’t in the medical facilities, but right now want to keep their employees safe. They’re having to give them N95 (masks). That’s a massive cost and they’re extremely hard to source.” said Alle “If you can reuse them for maybe the week, rather than just the day, you can automatically decrease your costs maybe down to one fifth, […]