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Antimicrobial keypads for hygiene critical applications from MacDermid Autotype

Autotype International : 18 July, 2005  (Company News)
In any industry electronic data processing equipment needs to satisfy the various demands of the environment in which it is to be used in. This is particularly true in environments demanding high levels of hygiene, such as hospitals, doctors
With the help of industry leading Autotex AM, the new hardcoated polyester film from MacDermid Autotype that incorporates Microban Antimicrobial protection, the Germany based company, Richard Wöhr GmbH, has developed and produced an innovative range of ABAK antibacterial keypads that are ideal for use in any hygiene critical application.

The Microban technology continuously fights the growth of microbes on the film’s surface creating a built-in active protection against harmful germs and bacteria. Furthermore, as the films are reverse-printed the decorative graphics are protected from the rigours of everyday use and general cleaning methods.

For many years now Autotex has been synonymous with quality, hard-coated, scratch and chemical resistant films. The new substrate, Autotex AM, combines these qualities with active Microban antimicrobial protection, a proven technology that inhibits the growth of bacteria, as well as fungi, mould and mildew. The revolutionary Microban antimicrobial technology is built into the Autotex textured hard coat during manufacture, ensuring an even distribution of the active antimicrobial agent throughout the texture and film surface. The result is a film that is ideally suited for any surface application in environments where it is vital to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria.

Extensive testing carried out on Autotex AM by leading international laboratories has proved that the film substrate kills a wide range of bacteria, fungi and moulds including MRSA, Salmonella Enteritidis, Escherichia Coli and Listeria Monocytogenes.

Antimicrobial films incorporated into switches and equipment can be a cost effective weapon in the fight for more hygienic and safer environments. The benefits of antimicrobial keypads, such as the ABAK range from Wöhr, compared with conventional keypads, are fast becoming apparent and not only in the medical sector. For instance, antimicrobial touch pads can be used in food preparation and serving equipment and in any other hygiene critical environments.
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