What is antimicrobial?

Antimicrobial Definition

An antimicrobial is defined as something that can resist, inhibit, and prevent the growth of microbes, including bacteria and mould. In essence, it acts as a shield against the invisible microorganisms that surround us daily. The applications of antimicrobials are vast and impactful, ranging from plastics, to paints, textiles, and beyond.

The Importance of Antimicrobials

Antimicrobial agents have emerged as indispensable contributors across various industries, with their significance prominently illustrated in the healthcare sector. Primarily, AM technology serves as reinforcement for prevalent cleaning regimes and standards within hospitals, clinics, and surgical facilities. By incorporating AM additives, these environments can significantly augment their efforts to maintain stringent cleanliness standards and enhance overall hygiene protocols.

Another example is BioCote®s specialty: the field of food manufacturing, which stands out as we are the first and only antimicrobial technology globally to attain the HACCP International certification that allows us to create products that come into contact with food. The introduction of BioCote® antimicrobial additives into the manufacturing process of food processors, for instance, facilitates a continuous reduction in the potential for cross-contamination.

In essence, the importance of antimicrobials transcends the conventional understanding of cleanliness. Its application extends into critical sectors, enhancing operational hygiene, expanding material lifespans, and fortifying the overall reliability of products within the healthcare and food manufacturing industries. BioCote® exemplifies the seamless integration of innovation and functionality, aligning itself as a key ally in the pursuit of operational excellence across diverse industrial landscapes.

How does our Technology Work?

BioCote® antimicrobial additives are extremely diverse and control microbes via many different means. They function through various mechanisms, disrupting the vital processes of microorganisms to prevent their proliferation. From targeting cell walls to interfering with cellular metabolism, these solutions are designed to be effective against a wide spectrum of harmful microorganisms.

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