Forth Engineering disinfecting robot, using trusted technology honed in nuclear industry to rapidly disinfect large areas to fight COVID-19.

A ROBOT capable of rapidly disinfecting large areas has been invented by a world-first solutions business to speed-up the fight against coronavirus.


Forth Engineering in Cumbria is known for its innovations to solve complex industry challenges in the nuclear, oil and gas, renewables and other sectors all over the world.

Now Forth managing director Mark Telford and his team have responded to the fight against COVID-19 by inventing a remotely-operated disinfecting robot.

“It’s an amazing bit of kit. I took it to one of our sites and it disinfected 68,000 square feet in just 20 minutes. It’s very impressive,” said Mark.

“We’ve put together our tracked robot, vapour cannon, camera and lights, and developed the first one in a matter of days.

“That’s how quickly we always work, it’s just that the sectors which need our help are different right now and this is a national emergency.

“We have had lots of inquiries about it and we are now going into production. We will have to see how many robots people want us to manufacture.”

The robot is able to be worked remotely, controlled from a safe distance, to help the NHS and other organisations keep areas sanitised during the coronavirus outbreak.

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“It can be used to sterilise ambulances, hospitals, shops and supermarkets, wherever it’s required,” said Mark.

“It works in a similar way to a vapour cigarette in that it fires high pressure vapour which will settle in every part of a designated area.

“It can also be used to disinfect factories and offices, schools and colleges, before people return after the lockdown to make sure they are safe to use.”

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In terms of the impressive speed of Forth’s response, it’s how Mark and his team always work to help solve complex industry problems.

“When people have a problem, we come up with solutions. That’s our skill-set. That’s what we do.

“We are known across industry for responding quickly and coming up with quick, cost-efficient solutions which are ready to go.

“Our unique skills have been developed over the last 20 years of solving complex issues on the Sellafield site.

“We have exacting standards with our proven products tried and tested in the nuclear industry.

“If anywhere in the world can pull off a rapid response, working in adverse conditions, against the clock, and to a tight budget, then we can.”

Mark Telford, managing director, Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd.
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