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Utilizing Antimicrobial Cables to Improve Lab Safety

 

In all types of labs, environmental requirements are strict and consistent. Something as  minute as the room temperature being a few degrees warmer or traces of airborne particulate can compromise the integrity and validity of the lab’s work.

One way to mitigate disruption to research is the use of antimicrobial cables, plugs, and connectors. These cordsets incorporate a unique design specifically engineered to inhibit the growth of bacteria, molds, mildew, and fungi. Unlike other disinfectant methods, such as manually-applied cleaning products or machines that heat equipment to a temperature that kills bacteria, antimicrobial cables have internal components that provide continuous, long-lasting protection.

Chemist holding up beaker of green chemical in the laboratory

During the manufacturing process, components are added directly into the product. This results in a gradual release of the antimicrobial additives to the surface of the cables, enabling ongoing growth inhibition throughout the life of the product. Additionally, the cables are able to work at full strength in the event of an abrasion, scuff, or physical cut.

For the best protection, consumers should evaluate products based on their Ingress Protection (IP) system. IP is an internationally recognized standard of measurement for how much water and particulate a device protects against. For the best protection, select a product with an IP69K rating. such as Ericson's Perma-Kleen antimicrobial wiring devices, cables, and plugs.

After seeing the typical prices, some companies question whether the additional upfront cost of antimicrobial cabling is worth it. However, in the long run spending more on quality products versus opting for their cheaper counterparts ultimately saves the company money and ensures the reliability of any research, tests, or projects conducted in lab facilities.


Written by: April Miller
April Miller is the Marketing Specialist at Ericson Manufacturing. She has a BA in Marketing and Fine Arts from Capital University and an MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and rewatching The Office for the hundredth time.

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