Rinnai produces mobile handwash station in just 25 days from concept to production

Rinnai handwash station
The Rinnai handwash station went from concept to delivery in less than a month

Rinnai’s mobile hand wash station is now on sale with the first units already sold and on site working -  this is a timescale of just over 25 days from concept to prototype to be ready for market and in use, on site.

The Rinnai Hand Wash Station is a complete mobile unit geared to supply limitless amounts of continuous flow hot water for any and every site needing instant access to this facility.

Handwashing is still a cornerstone in the prevention of Covid-19 transmission and so this unit can be sited anywhere with a constant need for this.  The station consists of a Rinnai 17e hot water delivery unit, mounted on a robust stainless-steel mobile hand wash pod, complete with water connections and secured cage. The unit is easily connected to the water supply and gas is via LPG.

The major features of the Rinnai Handwash station are:

  • Constant Temperature, tamper proof accurate hot water (pre-set 37 degrees Celsius or 98 Fahrenheit)
  • High hot water flow rates – between 11 and 16 litres per minute (temperature dependent)
  • Unit is designed to be sited outdoors, as a support to social distancing
  • Prevents need to use poorly ventilated interior washrooms
  • Minimizes individual contact with any surfaces possibly contaminated with Covid-19
  • Knee operated controls
  • Includes all electric components, connections and regulators
  • Surfaces of the Rinnai Handwash station can carry healthcare and hygiene messages and be branded
  • Includes robust housing for LPG (13kg) bottle
  • Complete station with 13kg LPG bottle will supply more than 900 hand washes at the government's advised 20 second duration.

While it is likely that very high temperatures will also inactivate the virus, this is not an advised due to the risk of burns and lack of testing on what temperature is needed and for how long. Soapy water or an alcohol-based disinfectant are better and easier ways to clean hands and surfaces.  The virus has a fat-based envelope that makes it very susceptible to detergents and alcohol.

Scientific and public health information consensus is to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands. Hand-useable hot water helps makes more foam and it is the soapy lather which kills the virus.

The proprietary Rinnai technology delivers hot water without temperature fluctuations to ensure consistent supply.

Rinnai's multipoint ErP A-rated 17e needs no flue as the unit is placed outside and so waste gas gases safely escape.

A single unit is readily capable of flow rates of up to 510 litres per hour at a 50°C rise and has full frost protection.

Hot water delivery flow is an impressive 17ltr per minute max flow. Nominal operation pressure is 2-3 bar however it can operate at pressures lower than 1 bar and it uses a 230V AC 50Hz 1ph power supply with an electrical consumption of 80W.

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