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Anti-bacterial treatment for industrial hardware

29 November 2010

Industrial hardware specialists FDB Panel Fittings says it now offers a range of hardware specifically treated to facilitate the prevention and control of bacterial infection

This new process is suitable for anything that is powder coated, as well as most moulded items such as grab rails and handles. Standard finish is black but most other colours are possible with anti-bacterial additive in the powder coat.

In terms of industrial hardware, typical situations for products requiring anti-bacterial solutions are bacteria rich environments with human contact; the most obvious being medical, veterinary, food processing, schools and public transport.

These processes are in common use by manufacturers of medical equipment, bathroom equipment, gym equipment, kitchen equipment, TV remote controls and architectural hardware.

The basic properties of using silver and its derivatives to protect and treat infection has been experimented with and recognised for many years – while urban myths have been around for a long time, such as cowboys putting a silver dollar in their drinks canteen for water purification!
Today the technology works at a molecular level and can be fused or embedded onto a surface. It can also be supplied as an additive that’s used in powder coating and plastic granules prior to moulding.

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