Foot-operated door opener to eliminate the door handle as a source of contamination

Stefan Preiss & Axel Kramer
Aim: As door handles represent a transmission route for viruses and micro-organisms, a door opening and closing mechanism should be developed without manual operation. Method: To solve the problem, a device for opening the door with the help of a foot pedal was built into the door leaf. Results: The design enables mechanical opening of the door with a foot pedal without manual operation. Subsequently, the door closes with the help of a mechanical locking...