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Eriks has launched a bio-hygienic seal compound for the pharmaceutical and medical industries that inhibits the growth of micro-organisms and deters them from contaminating or colonising its surface.

The bio-hygienic seal compound is also suitable for use in water treatment, beverage production and dispensing applications.

Bio-hygienic is a proactive antimicrobial rubber compound that provides residual protection against microbial contamination augmenting decontamination procedures in locations that are poorly served by clean-in-place/steam-in-place procedures.

The antimicrobial agent – a zirconium phosphate-based ceramic, ion-exchange resin, containing silver – forms an integral part of the rubber compound, not simply a skin or liner.

This means the antimicrobial properties always remain active and any abrasion or wear to the surface of the rubber actually increases the exposure of the antimicrobial agent and with it the efficacy of its antimicrobial qualities.

The result, according to Eriks, is a material that is inherently hygienic and eliminates foul odours caused by bacteria build-up, plus discolouration and the formation of mildew and slime.

Bio-hygienic’s technology can be incorporated into a range of compounds to meet a variety of sealing requirements.

It can be fabricated into both standard and bespoke O-rings, extruded profiles, sheets and mouldings in HNBR-70, EDPM-70 and Silicon-70.

Its antimicrobial agent is safe for human contact and is effective against a broad spectrum of micro-organisms.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant grades are available.

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