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”Anti-pandemic” door handle

Minimize the contact between the hand and the door handle

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Unfortunately, contact through door handles is one way of exchanging viruses and other pathogens. Since replacing all door handles with electronic non-contact devices is not realistic, it is suggested to minimize the contact between the hand and the door handle.

To do this, it is proposed to replace the locking mechanism of the locking latch with a cross-wedge, for example, such as in the attached drawing. Then the lock will open from a simple front push on the handle on one side and a simple pull on the opposite side. This will make it possible to make a handle in the form of an arc of stainless steel or other nickel-plated wire with a diameter of about 5 mm, and to carry out all manipulations on opening and closing of doors with only one finger. If necessary, the finger can be wrapped with a disposable cloth or napkin, which already minimizes the very possibility of contact with a possibly contagious substances left on it, such as sweat, which may contain viruses or other microorganisms.

The shape of the handle in the form of a half circle or an ellipse with no sharp edges, and if desired, a different simple geometric shape, makes the handle safe not only when opening and closing, but also with any unintended contact with it.

 And of course, the handle of nickel-plated wire or monolithic stainless steel can be disinfected by any powerful chemicals or alternative means (UV or Infra-red light, ozone, ets) as often as deemed necessary with no negative effect on the material


What is the need are you focusing on?

By reducing the contact area between a person’s hand and a door handle, we greatly reduce the likelihood of transmission of pathogenic biota from person to person.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Рroposed to replace the locking mechanism of the locking latch with a cross-wedge, for example, such as in the attached drawing. Then the lock will open from a simple front push on the handle on one side and a simple pull on the opposite side. This will make it possible to make a handle in the form of an arc of stainless steel or other nickel-plated wire with a diameter of about 5 mm, and to carry out all manipulations on opening and closing of doors with only one finger. If necessary, the finger can be wrapped with a disposable cloth or napkin, which already minimizes the very possibility of contact with a possibly contagious substances left on it, such as sweat, which may contain viruses or other microorganisms.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Many chains of transmission from person to person will break off - and as a result - the pandemic spread will decrease

What is the name of your business or organization?

Lviv Technological Lyceum

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Educational institution

What is your profession?

Head of the Scientific Laboratory of the Lviv Technological Lyceum

Where are you located (country)?

Ukraine

Where are you located (region)?

  • Europe

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Education
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 250+

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We want to offer manufacturers of door handles a new concept for the door handle, taking into account the realities of today.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Inertia of production

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Learning ...

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

https://www.facebook.com/LvivMAN.Ukraine/posts/909486309497560 https://www.element14.com/community/community/project14/fightinggerms/blog/2020/04/05/method-of-purifying-indoor-air https://www.ennomotive.com/category/recent-challenges/

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https://www.facebook.com/koldun.victor

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Hi Koldun Victor , what has been the progress on your concept? Have you gotten any feedback from manufacturers?

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So far, submitted to the contest "Maniglia Nuova": https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ALeKk0217pROKndO4n2ZuihP_f78yPalZg:1588865034738&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=Maniglia+Nuova&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjlgfe_h6LpAhVF2aYKHf2nC3QQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1536&bih=706

Well, we continue to work on a detailed design.