August 28, 2012
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI), a leading manufacturer of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and advanced molecular filtration products, today announced the release of a new corporate website at www.UVDI.com. The new website fully incorporates product and technical information from the UVDI®, ALTRU-V®, UVDI MED™, and Sparks Technology™ brands in one web location.
The new website represents UVDI’s commitment to all of its brands, showcases its industry leadership and highlights its ISO 9001:2008 certification. The site acts as a portal for the latest information regarding corporate news, product information and technical advancements.
“The timing is ideal to launch the new website that benefits our customers, distributors and stakeholders,” reported Richard Hayes, President of UVDI. “We last updated our website three years ago and much has changed in those several years. Recently, UVDI introduced UVDI MED, a dedicated medical products brand for products and devices designed and engineered specifically for the healthcare industry. The new website incorporates significant new content and has been designed for improved ease of navigation. It is a true resource for healthcare, HVACR, indoor air quality (IAQ), environmental and facilities management professionals,” Hayes continued.
August 13, 2012
Recently the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal published a news story highlighting the history and success of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI). “Local Company Leads Competitors” describes how the third-generation family owned and operated business has thrived during 20 years of innovation, leadership and manufacturing excellence with technology driven products.
The article quotes UVDI’s CEO and Co-Chairman, Peter Veloz, discussing the company’s recipe for success. “We take something that can really make a difference in peoples’ lives. We find a need that hasn’t been met and then figure out how to meet that need,” Veloz said. “And we do it better than anyone else.”
The article also highlighted the celebration of UVDI’s 20th anniversary. Acknowledging the important role their 52 employees play in the company’s success, 5 in particular were honored during their anniversary celebration for their 20 years of service.
The company’s growth strategy has always been driven by innovation and technology which has helped keep UVDI in a leadership role within the industry. Richard Hayes, UVDI’s President, stated, “We’re an industry leader in terms of research and development; it’s one of our assets. Our development and testing capabilities, and our experience, spans over a great period of time. We have the industry knowledge and know-how.”
Although UVDI manufacturers molecular filtration products and UV products for residential, commercial and industrial applications, this article also highlighted UVDI’s development of new products designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection of air and surfaces in hospitals has been increasingly used by the healthcare industry to battle microbial pathogens and infectious agents associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
August 1, 2012
Florida Hospital in Orlando
Florida Hospital has been providing healthcare services for more than 100 years. They are one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in Florida. For many years, Florida Hospital has been on the cutting-edge of utilizing new technologies to ensure patients receive the highest levels of care and service.
With a 2,247-bed acute care medical facility and 7 campuses, Florida Hospital is always looking for ways to provide a better value and experience for their customers. One technology utilized to do just that is ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI).
UVGI technologies installed in air handling units of the hospital’s HVAC system are designed to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), increase energy efficiency, reduce the impact on the environment, increase sustainability and improve O&M by maintaining building operating efficiencies.
Florida Hospital recently conducted an in-house project to test the effectiveness of UV-C products from four major manufacturers. The ease of installation and service, lighting effectiveness and total cost of ownership were all analyzed. Ben Fitzgerald, Florida Hospital’s Director of Energy Management & Control, reported after the analysis was completed that, “Moving forward we will be utilizing the UVDI standard intensity approach for applying UV-C in our Air Handling Units.” This approach for microbial growth control on cooling coils is described in Chapter 60 of the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications.
Ross Shoemaker, UltraViolet Devices’ (UVDI) Southeastern Regional Sales Manager, responded, “We are elated with the results of Florida Hospital’s analysis of UV-C systems. The total cost of ownership for UVDI’s UV-C system proved to be less than half that of the other manufacturers evaluated. This is a powerful endorsement of UVDI’s overall strategy of optimum UV-C intensity and dosage.”
July 27, 2012
Recently, UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) was contacted by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal about publishing a business journal article regarding the technology driven company’s success.
“Clean Machines” was published on July 23rd and discusses how the Valencia-based company develops technologies to eliminate harmful microorganisms in healthcare environments. Mark Madler, the article’s author, interviewed Peter Veloz from UVDI. Mr. Veloz is the CEO and Co-Chairman of UVDI and is a third generation family member dedicated to developing disinfection technologies that utilize ultraviolet (UV) energy.
Although UVDI manufacturers molecular filtration products and UV-C products for residential, commercial and institutional environments, the focus of this article was on UVDI’s development of new products for the healthcare industry. In recent years, UV energy has been increasingly used by the healthcare industry to battle microbial pathogens and infectious agents such as MRSA and C. diff.
“UV light has this amazing ability to deactivate single cell organisms on contact,” reported Mr. Veloz. “We believe hospitals need a two-prong approach of disinfecting the air stream and surfaces.”
One of UVDI’s newest tools in the battle to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs) received special recognition in the article. The V-360° Room Sanitizer, designed and manufactured by UVDI, has recently been installed in numerous hospitals across the nation. A mobile device that is moved from room to room, the V-360° is designed to provide a measured dose of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and can achieve 99% disinfection of target surfaces in minutes.
June 12, 2012
Washoe County Jail
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services for the unincorporated area of Washoe County, Nevada. It is responsible for operating the only adult detention facility for pretrial detainees and sentenced misdemeanants within Washoe County.
In 2010, the county was looking for a cost effective way to treat the air in the county jail’s medical isolation unit. Indoor air quality (IAQ) was a major concern as inmates housed in the unit can be infected with contagious microbial pathogens, including tuberculosis (TB). At the time, operating procedures required extensive air exchanges which consumed large amounts of energy and could potentially shorten the life of the air handling units.
Washoe County contacted Jace Cook from Cook Mechanical & Air Systems (CMAS) to find a solution. After discussions with county authorities, he developed a plan to address both the IAQ and energy concerns for the jail’s medical isolation unit. “By installing the V-MAX UV airstream disinfection system from UVDI, we were able to significantly reduce the requirements for outside air flow and minimize the number of air changes necessary in the jail’s medical unit,” reported Mr. Cook. “Not only did the system deliver improved indoor air quality, but it also generated substantial energy savings by reducing the air handling unit (AHU) cooling load for treating large volumes of outside air.”
Scott Rose, Building System Controls Specialist for Washoe County couldn’t be more pleased with the results. When asked about how the system is performing after several years of service he stated, “Better than ever, we had no idea we would see the results we have and the longevity of the lifetime for the bulbs is better than expected. Cook Mechanical & Air Systems has been great in the support of the project and we look forward to applying this technology on future AHU retrofits.”
The V-MAX system, installed by the Washoe County Jail, offers flexible and effective high intensity ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for airstream and surface disinfection applications. Air stream disinfection, also known as “on the fly kill”, is the application of high intensity UV-C energy to disinfect a fast moving air stream to neutralize microbial pathogens.
May 16, 2012
In January of this year, almost 60,000 visitors from the United States and over 120 countries attended the 2012 AHR Expo in Chicago, Illinois. The AHR Expo is the world’s largest HVACR exposition.
In the March issue of the ASHRAE Journal, a survey of industry trends was published from information compiled at the AHR Expo. A number of attendees and exhibitors were surveyed and major industry trends emerged from their responses. They included:
• Energy Efficiency
• Costs/the Economy
• New Technologies
• Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
UVDI was also at the event showcasing their ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and gas phase molecular filtration products to the HVACR industry. These products address many of the top trends that were recognized in the survey published in the ASHRAE Journal. UVDI’s products are designed to improve indoor air quality, increase energy efficiency, reduce the impact on the environment, increase sustainability and improve O&M by maintaining building operating efficiencies.
“The trends reported by the ASHRAE Journal confirm the importance of technologies developed by UVDI,” reported Gene Doucette, Global Sales Manager at UVDI. “UV-C energy and molecular filtration have long been recognized as solutions to address many of these concerns that the world’s HVACR professionals know are critical to a building’s operations and to address emerging trends involving indoor air quality (IAQ), maintenance and energy efficiency,” he continued.
The March issue of the ASHRAE Journal also showcased the V-MAX GRID system that UVDI unveiled at the expo. Installed in air plenums, it is designed for cost effective and efficient airstream disinfection of microbial contaminants.
May 9, 2012
UV Test chamber
UVDI recently commissioned a new, world class lamp testing facility to support their goal of providing customers with superior UV disinfection systems. At the company’s headquarters in Valencia, California, the R&D testing laboratory is managed by UVDI’s Director of Technology, Dr. Ashish Mathur.
A key element of UV-C system performance involves understanding UV lamp behavior under a variety of use conditions. “UVDI’s new lamp testing facility is used to test the effectiveness and efficiency of manufacturers’ UV-C bulbs in conjunction with the power supplies of UVDI’s UV-C systems,” reported Dr. Mathur. “We test all lamp types for specific output over their useful life in our lamp testing laboratory. Without extensive lamp performance data a UV-C manufacturer can only guess at the performance of their equipment. With our level of testing capability, UVDI maintains industry leadership,” he continued.
Lamp testing is just one of the R&D capabilities employed by UVDI to design and test advanced UV and filtration products. Other R&D assets include wind chill test equipment to simulate HVAC systems, a gas phase filtration and PCO performance test system, UV degradation accelerated test chamber, environmental test chambers and an EMI test cell.
As an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer that embraces a Six Sigma continuous improvement culture, these testing capabilities are essential for UVDI’s continuing leadership of UV-C and activated carbon filtration technologies across the globe.
February 22, 2012
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) is pleased to announce that Roger Kiesling has been hired for the position of West Coast Regional Sales Manager. His responsibilities at the nation’s leading provider of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and molecular filtration products will include managing sales and providing customer service for clients in the Western United States.
In the position, Roger will be responsible for market penetration of UVDI’s products and services marketed under the UVDI, ALTRU-V and Sparks Technology brands. He reports to Gene Doucette, UVDI’s Global Sales Manager.
Roger has over 30 years of business experience in sales and management in the HVAC, indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy management markets. Previous experience includes sales and sales management positions with Optimum Energy Company, Lennox Industries and Hydro Thermal Technologies. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
“Roger’s years of experience working with HVAC systems, applications and energy management technologies are a major benefit to UVDI’s clientele across the West Coast,” reported Gene Doucette, Global Sales Manager at UVDI. “His track record and expertise for developing customer centric solutions will be a tremendous asset for UVDI’s customers.”
February 14, 2012
In less than three weeks, thousands of indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals and air conditioning contractors from across the globe will converge in Las Vegas, Nevada for the largest dedicated Indoor Air Expo in the nation. For the fourth year in a row, the exposition halls will be shared with members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) who are celebrating their 44th annual meeting and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) who are having their 15th annual meeting.
One of the most highly anticipated exhibitors again this year will be UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI). UVDI is a leading provider of ultraviolet (UV) and molecular filtration technologies for the indoor air quality and HVAC markets.
UVDI will be exhibiting at booth #225 at the 2012 Indoor Air Expo from March 5th – 7th. The event is taking place at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The event is the principal industry conference for the nation’s largest specialized association of indoor air quality professionals dealing with mold and other indoor airborne contaminants.
IAQ and air conditioning professionals attend the Indoor Air Expo each year to learn about the latest products that improve air quality and energy efficiency as well as research new sustainable technologies. UVDI is pleased to be exhibiting and presenting their innovative UV technologies that:
• Improved IAQ through simultaneous airstream and surface disinfection.
• Improve IAQ with gas phase activated carbon filtration products
• Reduce HVAC energy consumption by maintaining clean coils.
• Lower HVAC maintenance costs by eliminating costly coil cleaning.
January 23, 2012
UVDI is one of the oldest and most respected ultraviolet germicidal disinfection (UVGI) companies in the industry. The company has an impressive pedigree and it all began with the hard work and ingenuity of one man.
Three generations ago, Louis Veloz was an engineer for Westinghouse when its R&D engineers developed and patented the first commercial ultraviolet lamps. Mr. Veloz was intrigued by this new technology and in 1949 purchased a Westinghouse UV lamp dealership. Forty-three years later, UltraViolet Devices Inc. was founded by Tom Veloz, the son of Louis. At the time, Tom was the successful owner and CEO of Aquafine, a commercial water UV manufacturing company.
“UVDI was founded by my father in 1992 with a vision to become a world class designer and manufacturer of ultraviolet products,” commented Peter Veloz, CEO and Chairman of UVDI and third generation co-owner along with his brother David. “Pursuing that vision for over twenty years my father Tom, and now my brother David and I, have guided UVDI’s growth into an international supplier of UVGI technology and products and have also diversified the business into activated carbon filtration. Today, UVDI provides sustainable, green, energy saving and healthy solutions in many applications that benefit millions of people around the globe,” he continued.
UVDI’s 20 years of success is built upon the commitment of employees, partnership of customers and the dedication of stakeholders. The company looks forward to future milestones as UVDI continues to prosper and grow.