The global pandemic has led businesses to search for opportunities to create safer products and working environments. Viruses and bacteria can live on plastic and metals for up to 72 hours, thus rendering touchable items and surfaces, a significant risk in the spreading of germs. Copper alloys such as MB1 and AB2 are known to have strong antimicrobial properties, which destroy 99.0% of the DNA and RNA inside bacteria or viruses, thus preventing mutations that create drug-resistant superbugs. Buttons, switches, latches, catches and handles are all applications where such alloys can make a significant difference. Copper does this through its atomic makeup and when a microbe or virus lands on copper, ions blast the pathogen preventing cell respiration. Sylatech regularly casts with these alloys and the process provides a fast and cost-effective method for the production of parts, in both small batches/large quantities and is appropriate across many product applications.
Why not challenge your own business and the products that you create for customers and identify where copper-based alloys could limit the spread of germs?
Together with our foundry, Sylatech has a comprehensive CNC machining capability and operates within an AS9100 certified quality management system. Contact our engineers for a FREE CONSULTATION to aid the development of your metal components.