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Antimicrobial film from MacDermid Autotype is being used in a range of Medicare nurse call systems to ensure the devices meet the stringent hygiene standards demanded by hospitals.

In addition to its antimicrobial functionality, the Autotex AM film combines durability with the ability to be embossed, making it ideal for the systems’ control panels, manufactured by MTM Products.

Medicare Systems develops radio nurse call systems for care homes and hospitals in addition to a range of infection control equipment for the NHS.

As the company’s equipment is predominantly used by the elderly and the vulnerable, it is important that its products offer a high level of protection against infectious bacteria and cross-infection.

When looking for a manufacturer to produce the embossed control panels for its plastic nurse call systems, Medicare Systems approached MTM Products in Chesterfield.

MTM Products investigated a number of film substrates for the control panel before settling on Autotex AM from MacDermid Autotype.

Autotex AM is a hard-coated polyester film that has been developed for applications such as membrane keyboards, fascia panels, wall coverings, shelf and bench tops, where durability and antimicrobial protection are key.

The film offers a tough, high-quality durable, textured and tactile surface, making it the ideal touch surface for nurse alarm control panels.

Additionally, the second surface of the film offers an ink adhesion primer, which enables the control panels’ graphics to be printed directly onto the reverse side of the film.

The antimicrobial quality of the film is due to Microban technology, which is built into the textured hard coat during manufacturing.

This ensures an even distribution of the antimicrobial agent throughout the texture and film surface.

This Microban element continuously fights the growth of harmful bacteria on the film’s surface, disrupting the key cell functions of bacteria and other micro-organisms that come into contact with the surface of the film, preventing microbes from functioning, growing or reproducing.

Tests carried out on Autotex AM by an international laboratory proved the film substrate kills a range of bacteria, fungi and moulds, including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella enteritidis, Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes.

In addition to this antimicrobial protection, the Autotex AM film allows MTM Products to incorporate embossed buttons into the design of the control panel, and provides a consistent low gloss, textured surface, making the alarms easy to use.

The film is also scratch and chemical resistant, enabling it to withstand everyday use and rigorous cleaning.

MacDermid Autotype

MacDermid Autotype is a world-leading industrial manufacturer of coated films and blended liquids for use in the printing, automotive and electronics industries. Founded in 1868, Autotype draws from its wealth of history embracing leading-edge technology combined with exceptional applications to help support its customers to succeed.

For over 140 years we have been leading innovators of high-quality precision coated films. Our product ranges include overlay films for membrane touch switches, stencil products and cleaning chemicals for screen printing, products for film insert moulding (FIM/IMD) and graphic display films.

Our extensive expertise in precision coating technology enables us to transform and enhance the performance of films for many high-tech and demanding applications.

We are committed to supplying products that meet our customers' exacting designs and application requirements, manufactured to standards ensuring a consistency of performance that meets their full requirements.

Operating from global locations — England, Chicago, Singapore and Shanghai — enables us to maintain worldwide coverage through experienced and dedicated sales personnel, responding in real time to the changing needs of local markets.

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