The Purifying Power of UV Light

Ultraviolet light is a naturally occurring form of radiation with powerful purifying properties. Over the years, technology has been developed and produced to artificially manufacture UV light as a reliable and cost-effective water treatment option. To learn more about UV light and how it interacts with ozone, click here.

Ultraviolet water purification systems use a shortwave UV lamp called a “germicidal” lamp to destroy harmful substances in water. The frequency of UV light produced by this lamp is deadly to viruses, bacteria, fungi and other harmful microorganisms that can be found in water. A major benefit of using this method is that it is completely chemical-free meaning no potentially harmful chemical residue is left behind and it will not cause unpleasant tastes or odors. There is no risk of ‘overdosing’ or contaminating the water through this process and it is ready to use immediately afterward.

The germicidal lamp emits ultraviolet energy at 254 nanometers which has proved to be the most effective region of germicidal effectiveness. Water enters one end of the purifier and flows through a space between the quartz-sleeved germicidal lamp and the chamber wall. Inside, the system comes equipped with a dual-action wiper mechanism that is used to circulate the water allowing even exposure to the ultraviolet light. It also works as an internal cleaning device.

The lamps within these systems are designed to be effective up to 10,000 hours, or 14 months of continued use. During that time they are able to purify anywhere between 3 and 560 gallons per minute depending on the selected model and water quality. When the bulb runs out, replacement is simple and can be done by hand, requiring minimal disassembly.

The following diagrams display the key components of the Sanitron and Megatron ultraviolet water purification systems. The purple areas indicate the space through which the water flows to be exposed to the cleansing UV light. It is recommended that the purifier be installed horizontally as close as possible to the point of use.

Our full line of UV Systems can be viewed below. UV Systems or replacement lamps can be found below or on our website.

Sanitron Water Purifiers
Model Voltage GPM Inlet/Outlet Power Usage Height Length Width
S17A 120 3 3/4″ NPT 18W 8.1875″ 19.375″ 4.3128″
S23 120 6 3/4″NPT 25W 8.1875″ 25.375″ 4.3125″
37C 120 12 1″NPT 48W 9.5″ 39.375″ 5.6875″
S50C 120 20 1-1/2″ NPT 65W 9.5″ 52.375″ 5.6875″
S2400C 120 40 2″ NPT 140W 11.125″ 52.375″ 6.625″
S2400C 120 70-560 varies varies varies varies varies

New Product: Kynar Fittings

Kynar, or PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), is an extremely durable material renowned for having an outstanding aging resistance. With more than double the strength of PVC, PVDF can withstand harsh and prolonged mechanical abuse and maintain its properties for several years. PVDF is abrasion, corrosion, and fire resistant having been given the highest rating in the Underwriter’s test which indicates that it is both non-flammable and self-extinguishing. Fittings made from PVDF having a working chemical range of -40°F to 250°F and are FDA compliant meaning they are non-toxic and suitable for repeated contact with food products.

Another important feature of PVDF is its chemical resistance. This particular feature makes them the ideal companion for ozone-related systems because they will not easily be broken down by prolonged exposure to ozone. PVDF is resistant against strong inorganic and organic acids, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, and halogenated solvents. It is superior to all other thermoplastics in handling highly corrosive fluids and has the largest working chemical range.

The Kynar fittings are equipped with a nut that uses a plastic gripper which is designed to ensure a solid grip around plastic tubing. The nut’s internal components, a plastic gripper and a sleeve, tighten around plastic tubing as the fitting is screwed into place. This makes them ideal for use with FEP tubing. The nuts and their internal components are made out of the same Kynar material, guaranteeing a long life and high performance.

With the addition of Kynar fittings to our website we now offer everything you need for complete system setup. These fittings allow you to connect to injectors, and diffusers and other equipment. See the chart below for our full selection of Kynar fittings or check them out on our website.

Male Straight Connectors
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Pipe Thd. NPT Price
KF 10-4-2 1/4 1/8 $3.01
KF 10-4-4 1/4 1/4 $2.94
KF 10-6-4 3/8 1/4 $4.59
KF 10-6-6 3/8 3/8 $4.78
KF 10-8-4 1/2 1/4 $6.11
KF 10-8-6 1/2 3/8 $5.50
KF-10-8-8 1/2 1/2 $5.58
KF 10-10-6 5/8 3/8 $6.93
Union Connectors
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Price
KF 15-4 1/4 $2.56
KF 15-6 3/8 $6.63
KF 15-8 1/2 $7.95
Reducing Union Connectors
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Price
KF 15-6-4 3/8-1/4 $5.62
KF 15-8-6 1/2-3/8 $7.55
Male Elbows
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Pipe Thd. NPT Price
KF 40-4-2 1/4 1/8 $3.25
KF 40-4-4 1/4 1/8 $3.23
KF 40-5-4 5/16 1/4 $3.50
KF 40-6-4 3/8 1/4 $4.70
KF 40-6-6 3/8 1/4 $4.78
KF 40-8-4 1/2 1/4 $5.54
KF 40-8-6 1/2 3/8 $5.60
Female Elbows
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Pipe Thd. FNPT Price
KF 45-4-4 1/4 1/4 $3.60
KF 45-6-4 3/8 1/4 $4.89
Union & Reducing Elbows
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Price
KF 50-4 1/4 $4.10
KF 50-6 3/8 $6.42
Male Branch Tees
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Pipe Thd. NPT Price
KF 60-4-4 1/4 1/4 $4.34
KF 60-6-6 3/8 3/8 $10.32
Union Tees
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Price
KF 70-4 1/4 $5.47
KF 70-6 3/8 $9.33
KF 70-8 1/2 $10.93
Plastic Gripper Nuts
kynar fitting
Part Number Tube O.D. Price
KF K-PG-4 1/4 $470
KF K-PG-6 3/8 $470
KF K-PG-8 1/2 $470

Oxidation Tech on Youtube

Over the past year, the Oxidation Tech Youtube Channel has been growing to provide detailed information on our latest products, and new information on familiar products. Links to and clips from these videos can be found throughout our website and are a great way to learn about the power of ozone and how to use various ozone related products.

Our most recent uploads feature information on the K-7404 Dissolved Ozone Test kit including specifications, product information, and demonstrations. These videos are a great way to see the test kit in action and can help you decide if this product is right for you.

Some of our earlier uploads have included information on the S200, D16, and EcoSensors and also include general insight into the utility of ozone. Subscribe to our channel for more information and updates on new and existing ozone products or visit our website to view our full line of ozone products.

Product Update: GAXT to BW Solo

The GasAlert Extreme (GAXT) ozone detector has been a great portable gas sensor for several years. However, due to changing consumer needs, it is being replaced by a new line of portable detectors called the BW Solo O3. This detector is a serious upgrade from the old sensors with better speed and reliability as well as some new features.

The new BW O3 is equipped with a very small sensor (the 1-Series) which is almost a third of the size of the GAXT sensor. Because of this compact design, gas is able to diffuse into it more quickly granting the device a faster response time to changing conditions and more accurate readings. This also allows the detector itself is lighter and slimmer making it easy to handle and keeping it out of your way.

These sensors are also very easy to replace. The BW O3 is designed specifically to make sensor, filter, and battery replacement easy and with a lower risk of damaging internal components. The sensor and filter can both be accessed through a front panel that pops open. Once inside, the sensor and filter are separated from the other internal components by a cover meaning that the circuit board is never exposed during replacement. That being said, frequent sensor replacement should not be necessary as 1-Series sensors are designed to have a 5-year life expectancy and come with a 3-year warranty.

The battery is also easy to replace. You can remove the back to the device with a Phillips head screwdriver and the battery will come out with it. From there it can be replaced with no risk to the internal components.

The BW O3 uses a single button operation system which makes it easier to use while wearing gloves. It also comes equipped with an alligator clip on the back, allowing it to be attached to a belt or pocket. It has a higher operating temperature range, from -40 to 60 C or (-40 to 140 F) and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Another cool new feature of the BW O3 is the option for wireless compatibility. The wireless detector allows you to share data with desktop software via without using a dock. You can even pair your device with a smartphone using Honeywell’s Safety Communicator App from which you can set up the detector and choose alarm set points from up to six meters away. The app can also be used to see detailed information on recorded readings such as who performed the reading, when, and on what gas all in real time. This data can be accessed from any device with an internet connection.

Honeywell is offering some great Windows-based and cloud-based software to make it easier to view and organize sensor data. The Windows-based Device Configurator allows you to view and export data, configure alarm set points and deploy firmware updates. Meanwhile, the cloud-based SafetySuite Device Manager features at-a-glance dashboards that show you the alarms and compliance status of connected monitors. With this software, you can also receive email and text notifications of alarms and know that all reports are stored in one place.
Some features the Solo shares with the GAXT sensor are:

  • Vibrating, audible, and visual alarms
  • Internal data logging
  • Multiple built-in languages
  • Concussion-proof housing
  • Real-time readings

Overall the Honeywell Solo is a significant upgrade from the GAXT model and we’re excited to be offering it. The new BW Solo O3 can be found on our website here: 

This detector is faster and more reliable than its predecessors making it safer and more effective in the workplace.

Aqueous Ozone: A Better Cleaning Solution

Cleanliness, especially in high-risk environments such as hospitals, plays a crucial role in keeping people healthy and safe. But traditional chemical cleaners gradually take a toll on the human body. Director of environmental services and patient transportation at Cape Coral Hospital, Richard Helvey, began to research the potential aqueous ozone as an alternative to chemical cleaners when he noticed the adverse effects they were having on his staff. 

In an article covering his work (link below), Nicole Bowman writes, “For decades, the environmental services department at Cape Coral Hospital tackled infections using a traditional arsenal of cleaning chemicals which included general-purpose cleaner, a hospital grade disinfectant, glass cleaners, floor cleaners, carpet cleaners, and specialty cleaners.” The most common side effect of long-term exposure to these chemicals on hospital staff is occupational asthma.

According to research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention’s annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) the healthcare industry reported a higher prevalence of asthma than any other major industry group. Constant contact with substances such as latex and formaldehyde in addition to a daily barrage of aerosols and other cleaning chemicals puts healthcare workers at high risk for asthma attacks and asthma-related emergency room visits. Concerned for the safety of his staff, Helvey turned to aqueous ozone as an environmentally safe solution that was still effective enough to be used in a hospital setting. 

Aqueous ozone combines regular tap water with ozone gas to create a substance that is attracted to germs, bacteria, and other contaminants. The ozone attaches itself to these soils and breaks them down, turning back into oxygen and water in the process. This results in a residue-free cleaner that doesn’t leave streaks, and more importantly, doesn’t contain harmful VOCs or fragrances.

Helvey and his staff found that not only was aqueous ozone an effective cleaner, it was also an effective deodorizer that worked by breaking down the bacteria that causes odors rather than simply masking the scent. Quoting Helvey, Bowman writes, “We all noted the scent after using it is the same smell you might detect after a thunderstorm — that smell you recognize is ozone.”

Helvey’s work and research led the environmental services department and infection prevention department at Cape Coral hospital to replace all its general-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and carpet cleaners with aqueous ozone. They even stopped using restroom deodorizers. Cape Coral became the first of all five hospitals within the Lee Memorial Health System to make this switch. 

In addition to improving the environment for their workers, the hospitals have benefited from saving tens of thousands of dollars on chemical purchasing cost. After the initial equipment investment, the only other cost to use this equipment is water and sewage. “Additional benefits,” Bowman writes. “include reduced chemical inventory storage demands, reduced chemical packaging waste, and reduced supply distribution labor.”

Aqueous ozone has a ton of potential as a general purpose cleaner inside and outside the healthcare environment. At Oxidation Technologies, we sell a variety of ozone equipment including the O-pen and Ozo-pod and Spray Bottle, which all create small amounts of aqueous ozone very simply and on demand. To find out more about these and our other ozone-related products, check out our website.

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