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New door hardware for healthcare facilities made with antimicrobial copper

Copper Development Association (CDA) : 16 August, 2013  (New Product)
Ingersoll Rand unveiled its new ActivClean portfolio of door hardware, made from Antimicrobial Copper, at the 2013 ASHE Conference and Exhibition. The global industrial giant joins a rapidly-growing list of companies marketing products featuring the powerful antimicrobial properties of copper.

The new ActivClean range of door hardware, made with CuVerro bactericidal copper alloys, was launched at the 2013 ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) Conference and Exhibition, which took place 21–24 July in Atlanta. CuVerro is an Olin Brass company wholly owned by GBC Metals and specialises in providing antimicrobial copper surfaces for product manufacturers serving the healthcare, education, hospitality and other industries.

The ActivClean portfolio – which includes locks, push-pull latches, exit devices, pull handles and push plates – is expressly designed for use in hospitals, medical offices and other healthcare facilities. The use of antimicrobial surfaces in these settings has proved a welcome and much-needed tool in the ongoing fight against healthcare-associated infections.

"With CuVerro touch surfaces, ActivClean hardware products proactively protect patients and staff from infectious bacteria," said Peter Gude, Business Development Director of Cuverro."CuVerro antimicrobial copper alloys have been shown to continuously kill bacteria on contact – more than 99.9 percent of bacteria within two hours."

The arrival of ActivClean opens a promising new market for Ingersoll Rand, whose widely-diversified product offerings include locks, credentials, exit devices, door closers and other hardware from such well-known brands as Schlage, aptiQ, Von Duprin and Steelcraft.

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