Lighting the path to germicidal technology solutions

Continuing to highlight exemplary technologies and processes, the Endeavour Awards is recognised as the premier awards program within the manufacturing industry. Lindo, an Australian Germicidal technology company, proudly received the 2023 Safety Solution of the Year award, Manufacturers’ Monthly reports.

The Safety Solution of the Year award, sponsored by Weld Australia, recognises innovative solutions that significantly enhance industry safety.

Since 2020 Lindo, the Winner of the Safety Solutions Award, has been creating innovative germicidal lighting solutions for cleaning and disinfection across a range of industries – from health and defence to transport.

The company has two influential products, the Lindo Chamber and the Lindo Light, with more germicidal solutions in development.

Lindo’s germicidal solutions utilise rays of UV-C and antimicrobial blue light to neutralise pathogens on surfaces and in the air.

Manufacturers’ Monthly spoke to Lindo founder and director, Robert Gangi, to find out more about the beginnings of this innovation, its operation, the implementation of Lindo’s solutions, and the future of the company.

The growth of Lindo

Lindo’s success at the 2023 Endeavour Awards was rewarding for both Gangi and the entire team who have worked on innovating germicidal solutions.

“The award validated our thought processes and the path Lindo is on,” Gangi said.

Lindo is currently in the process of setting up a prototyping facility, to accommodate prototyping their new processes and technologies and ultimately contribute to Australia’s efficient manufacturing sector.

“We want to use the facility to prototype new devices and products, and also use the facility to prototype manufacturing processes,” said Gangi.

Lindo will use the facility to ensure, when they begin manufacturing, that they have the most efficient and streamlined manufacturing processes for the Lindo solutions.

As a new business growing Australia’s germicidal solutions Gangi explains the importance of being resilient: “You have to be quite tenacious and you have to be very resilient.”

Lindo has received support from the Victorian government through grants and resource assistance. Gangi explains his close work the with Global Victoria has been significant in exporting their product both nationally and globally.

“They have been really supportive and the systems they have provided have been instrumental for our large healthcare organisation agreement negotiations,” said Gangi.

A critical component of Lindo’s effectiveness is the approach Lindo takes in listening to the end user. This is to ensure the Lindo integration process is effective and fit for purpose.

Gangi explained Lindo listens to the user’s problems, current processes of how they clean and disinfect, and how absenteeism and employee sickness affects their business.

“Then we go in and build a solution based on the information with our most suitable solution, which could be either UV-C, blue light or a combination of both.”

An effective technology

Lindo’s germicidal solutions are backed by research and evidence: “Everything that we claim to do, we can do, and we get another approved laboratory to back that up,” said Gangi.

The Lindo Chamber is a healthcare equipment disinfector, it uses germicidal lighting to reduce pathogens such as staphylococcus by up to 99.3 percent in under 5 minutes.

The system offers detailed tracking and reporting of when the equipment has been disinfected and notifies the users of when the equipment requires disinfection again.

“We are giving you an automated system that takes all human error out of the disinfecting process, we’re not making a sterile environment but what we are doing is reducing the microbial load, over time,” Gangi said.

The Lindo Light is a collection of germicidal light fittings to automate surface disinfection.

The processes behind Lindo solutions involves duration times, for UVC light sources.

Under UVC, pathogens will reduce at a quicker rate, however, can be damaging to human skin if exposed for prolonged periods.

Alternatively, blue light will take longer to be effective, but can be exposed safely to human skin over time.

These processes are automated: “As the systems are automated, we know exactly what parts of the environment we are going to disinfect, and this provides assurance to organisations and stakeholders,” Gangi said.

Each technology, UVC and antimicrobial blue light, use certain wavelengths to disrupt the DNA of bacteria and viruses, effectively deactivating them.

Educating perceptions around the effectiveness of lighting technologies has been a challenge for Lindo.

To tackle this Lindo has focused on demonstrating the technologies effectiveness within the user’s specific environment.

Gangi explained the germicidal solutions offered by Lindo are reducing the spread of disease and the number of resources required to disinfect and clean equipment, facilities, and enclosed environments.

The safety solutions also has positive environmental impacts, Gangi said the chemical industry emits 5 per cent of global emissions and Lindo is playing their part in aiding a reduction.

Intersecting multiple industries

Lindo’s solutions were developed to be implemented across a diverse range of industry needs.

Lindo saw great success with their Lindo Chamber and Air Ambulance Victoria (AAV) trial, resulting in installing permanent Lindo solutions for the disinfecting and cleaning of ambulance patient stretchers.

For the AAV patient stretchers, “the chamber reduced Staphylococcus (Staph) by 99.3 per cent in five minutes,” said Gangi.

This healthcare solution enables safer and more efficient processes, Gangi said, “There is an appeal and appetite for this technology within healthcare, making it an exciting time for us.”

Further application in the health industry includes Lindo solutions being integrated into 50 aged care homes.

Lindo has also received requests for solutions to suit childcare centres and manufacturing parts and service facilities.

Another recent implementation involved the Lindo Light application into emergency transport aircrafts where the Lindo Light was installed as a mobile device to disinfect and clean the aircraft carrier.

Gangi explained the importance of the Lindo Light being locked into place to achieve a significant reduction of Staph in the environment, under a given position and time.

“For this technology to be effective, you need to have a surety of the intensity, distance and duration at all times,” he said.

Lindo has partnered with Eurofins Australia, a global life sciences company providing a range of laboratory testing, to collect results and evidence of the success behind their solutions.

In a recent test, Lindo has explored portable water treatment solutions, testing included collecting water samples from the Yarra River in Melbourne and cultivated Escherichia coli (E. coli) provided by Eurofins, to put through a filtration system.

This filtration demonstrated the water samples ripple, colour, sediment, and E. coli, and is being used as efficacy research for disinfection of water supplies.

Gangi explained with Lindo being appropriate to a range of industries it is the required research and development that differentiates their ability to implement the solutions.

He said defence and aviation require partnerships and collaborations, due to the industry standards and requirements.

The future of Lindo

Lindo is working hard on their future with a focus on advancing their product development and research to drive innovation and growth across industries.

The company is staying attentive to market needs and leveraging partnerships with academia and industry to continuously refine and grow the company’s solution offerings.

Gangi has recently meet with three potential US partners, and with the assistance of Global Victoria, is negotiating with a large healthcare organisation.

Additionally, Gangi explained the company has current research opportunities in Papua New Guinea to explore additional evidence for a portable water treatment solution.

To continuing growing the business and expand its innovative solutions, resources are being put back into the business to invest in innovation, prototyping and manufacturing.

“The growth, current implementations and future plans of Lindo demonstrate its strength. “It’s all about changing lives and really benefiting the end user,” Gangi concluded.

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