After developing a cost-effective robot and successful innovation of contactless thermal gun, the Nagpur-based mechanical engineer posted in the Solapur Division of Central Railway has come out with running room cubicle automation to restrict the spread of Covid-19.
The running room cubicle automation by the divisional mechanical engineer (DME) Suryakant B Munjewar is proving to be of great help to avoid the Covid-19 threat as one can switch lights off and on by just waving hands.
“The basic idea is to ensure that occupant does not need to physically touch any of the electrical switches (for cubicle light, study lamp or for mobile charging) available, and same is installed at running room Solapur,” said railway spokesperson and assistant commercial manager (ACM) Ajay Kumar Shakya.
Munjewar told TOI, the electrical switches are known to be a common source of contagious infections. The regular sanitization of switches (wiping with sanitizer liquid-soaked cloth) also involves ingression of the liquid, which has inflammable alcohol contents and could also lead to fire hazards.
“Hence, to do away with the regular sanitization of the electrical switches and also to completely avoid the touching of the switches in such difficult times of highly contagious Covid-19, this running room cubicle automation has been developed,” said Munjewar.
Earlier, Munjewar successfully converted a hand-held thermal gun into a wall-mounted thermal gun for saving the life of the most exposed person who is deputed for checking the temperatures of people. The innovation was appreciated nationwide and replicated in other railway zones. His automated innovations are widely appreciated across the Indian Railways.
Munjewar said, “On a trial basis 24 switches have been automated. The automation board is equipped with PIR enabled light bulb. Whenever one enters in the cubicles, the light automatically gets switched on. The entrant needs to just wave his hand over the designated point by keeping the desired distance.”
The moment, entrant exits the cubicle the lights go off — saving electricity as well. Nowhere the entrant has to touch any switches till exiting the cubicle.
“The system is powered by normal 220v electrical supply and is controlled by the microcontroller. For enabling the touchless configuration, sensors are used in the system. The conversion cost of each cubicle is just Rs950,” Munjewar informed.
(With inputs from timesofindia)