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Powder Technology Inc. (PTI, Schofield, Wisc.) has partnered with antimicrobial (AM) additives manufacturer BioCote (Coventry, U.K.) to bring antimicrobial powder coatings* to the U.S. market. The PTI AM series is the antimicrobial formulation of PTI’s thermoset powder coatings.
PTI fully extrudes in BioCote silver ion technology to ensure full dispersion throughout the powder coating. The AM powder coating line can be custom-formulated in a variety of gloss, color and chemistry, including textures.
Quint Towle, director of sales and marketing, explains that PIT’s AM coatings underwent a strict validation process to prove that the technology works to BioCote’s performance standards. In addition, the coatings will undergo regular, ongoing testing to ensure they meet antimicrobial protection requirements.
While BioCote technology does not protect users against disease-causing bacteria, germs, viruses or other harmful organisms, it does reduce the number of microbes on its coated surfaces. Independent testing of BioCote additives, which are integrated into PTI AM coatings, has shown to reduce microbes by up to 99.99%, according to test method ISO 22196. In the time of COVID-19, antimicrobial technologies like this are in demand for applications in hospitals, schools and other high-traffic areas.
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