The Covid-19 pandemic has put a strain on casinos in many ways. Casinos are adapting to the new operating environment by implementing many strategies to keep patrons and employees safe. Casinos are not just following the state-mandated guidelines; many are going beyond those guidelines to ensure a safe and much cleaner environment.
Traditionally, casino chips are washed only a couple of times a year, if that. The current response in many casinos is washing the chips in the cage as they are cashed in, and the remaining chips out on the floor in the chip trays are being hand-washed at the end of each day by table games staff, adding a lot of labor to that closing shift. Many of the cleaning solutions being used are not designed for chips but for sterilization in other industries.
These cleaners are taking a toll on this expensive casino resource. The frequently washed chips are not faring very well. Many are experiencing color fading and color shifting. One of the more damaging things witnessed is chips with the printed style inserts starting to bubble up and come off of the chip surface.
Bottom line: Chips are not designed to be washed with this regularity, especially with cleaning solutions that are not designed to clean and protect the integrity of casino chips.
There is a solution—UVC light. UVC light it is capable of sterilization of the chip surface. The CDC has stated that UVC at wavelength 240-280nm is effective against coronaviruses and bacteria. This range of UVC light is harmful to not only bacteria and viruses, but it will also damage and harm people if exposed to it—so containment of this light is paramount.
There are a lot of products being marketed as UVC nowadays. Most are not producing light in the correct range of wavelength to be effective against the Covid-19 virus.
Avalon Gaming, Inc. is distributing a product designed in collaboration with Cook Security Group. It is a Chip Tumbler Sanitization Cabinet. This cabinet’s tumbler assembly rotates at a slow proprietary rate to protect the chips from damage and ensure all surfaces of the chips are exposed to a killing dose of UVC light.
This can be done 500 chips at a time, with the least amount of labor offered in the industry.
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