Likon Antimicrobial rubber (AMR)Antimicrobial rubber preventing growth of bacteria, microbes, etc.
Bacteria can grow and divide every 20 minutes. One single bacterium can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours.
LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber (LBR)
LIKON offers an antimicrobial, pro-active rubber that messes with the metabolism of bacteria. It prohibits bacteriological and microbial growth on equipment and materials. In food and beverage handling and processing equipment, packaging, medical devices, and drug-production systems, products used in wet or damp environments the use of our bacteriostatic, rubber adds extra safety to the processing. It also reduces cost and time involved in cleaning.
LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber is loaded with an additive containing silver ions. Silver is well known as being safe for human contact. Mixed with our rubber compounds it prevents the growth of bacteria, microbes, fungi, and yeasts. It is effective against a broad spectrum of micro-organisms that cause odor, discoloration, biofouling and other aesthetic problems. The additive is tasteless, odourless, and non-toxic. It is effective in different approved LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber grades (and plastics) to impart bacteriostatic, fungistatic and algistatic properties to the material and the end-use article. It is mixed with the raw materials prior to polymer formation.
Antimicrobial protection has long been imparted by coating the surface of a material with a liquid or powder disinfectant. LIKON Bacteriostatic Rubber is engineered to provide a non-migratory, long-term antimicrobial effect. After polymerization the active substance is an integral of the end-use part. It stays active over a long period of time. Traditional microbial decontamination involves hot water and detergent with little residual protection. LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber is proactive with residual protection.
With LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber the inhibited growth of micro-organisms means less labour intensive inspections, sterilizations and repairs. It reduces cost and time for a traditional routine decontamination.
No surface degradation
Microbial contamination can induce degradation of rubber surfaces degradation, reducing the life of rubber parts. Therefore the use of LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber is also benificiary in terms of cost.
Variety of Rubber Grades
Currently we can offer EPDM, NBR, FKM (Viton™), VMQ (silicone) and HNBR grades as Bacteriostatic Rubber.
Likon Antimicrobial Rubber explained
The growth of microbes on rubber surfaces can lead to foul odours, discolouration, the formation of mildew and slime. Another potential effect of microbial contamination on rubber components is serious surface degradation. A process that can significantly reduce the component’s operational lifespan. Traditional protection against microbial contamination involves thoroughly cleaning procedures, especially where the rubber components are sited in difficult to access locations, can be costly and time consuming. What’s more, these procedures do not offer residual protection against further contamination. Very often, to ensure compliance with health and hygiene regulations, rubber components are simply scrapped and replaced frequently at significant expense.
LIKON Antimicrobial Rubber is a pro-active antimicrobial rubber that provides residual protection against microbial contamination, thereby dramatically reducing the necessity for a traditional routine decontamination service agenda.
The antimicrobial agent forms an integral part of the rubber compound. It is not simply a skin or liner. The antimicrobial properties always remain active. Furthermore, any abrasion or wear to the surface of the rubber actually increases the exposure of the silver and with it the efficacy of its bacteriostatic qualities.
REDUCTION > 99,999% Tests have shown a very high antimicrobial performance of the treated sample. In fact, the highest possible reductions were measured. Data is available upon request.
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