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Article | June 30, 2003
Milliken Chemical: Antimicrobial rubber
Elastoguard® antimicrobial rubber from the Specialty Elastomers Business of Milliken Chemical & Co. is a new line of antimicrobial heat-cured rubber compounds that is said to help solve cleaning challenges in food, medical, and pharmaceutical packaging machinery.
The biocide used in Elastoguard compounds is Alphasan® silver-sodium-sirconium-phosphate (silver-NZP) ion-exchange resin. It permeates the entire rubber part to provide skin-to-core protection. The silver-based antimicrobial agent is nonleaching so parts achieve thorough and long-term protection than is offered by organic biocides. Suitable for seals gaskets O-rings wheels casters diaphragms tubing and belts.
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