Antimicrobial technology is given by the sum of knowledge, experience and methods of using compounds, capable of creating products that can generate protection against the colonization of microorganisms.
What does antimicrobial mean?
Antimicrobial is a product that when in contact with a microorganism (bacteria, fungi or even viruses) is capable of reducing or inhibiting its development.
What types of antimicrobials are there?
There is a wide range of substances defined as antimicrobials, among which we can mention disinfectants, antiseptics, antibiotics and antimicrobial additives.
What kind of antimicrobial additives are there?
We can summarize four main types, based on ion release technology, which are copper, silver, zinc and organics:
Copper: Used in a wide range of materials and applications worldwide, they are able to provide natural antimicrobial protection. Widely used in agriculture, health, food, among other industries, with even low dosage presence in food, as it is an essential trace mineral element for life, which provides extra food security.
Silver: Used in different materials and applications, including paints and coatings, silver is not recommended on surfaces in contact with food, as its presence in food is not allowed.
Zinc: A well-known antibacterial and antifungal compound.
Organic antimicrobial additives: Quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC or QUAT) and fungicides (Tiabendazole), including phenolic biocides.
Does any antimicrobial work for me?
Not all antimicrobials are the same, so it is very important to know how they work, how they inhibit possible residual effects and how long they last, in order to define an effective incorporation of them.
Copperprotek® has antimicrobial technology that efficiently increases the natural defenses of copper against the inhibition of microorganisms when applied in packaging or on surfaces.
How does Copperprotek® technology work?
Copperprotek® is designed using a wide range of copper, with different capacities of ionic dissociation, all incorporated in the same micro-structured micro-particle (patent pending) that assures the dispersion and homogeneity of the active ingredient throughout all the surface. This particularity means that copper concentrations are minimal on the surfaces where Copperprotek® is applied, helping its translucency and antimicrobial effectiveness.
What microorganisms are capable of inhibiting copper?
Multiple studies throughout the world indicate that applications with copper have the ability to inhibit and reduce the propagation of bacteria, fungi and even viruses such as: