Arcolectric Pioneers Brand New Range of Antimicrobial Switches


Romford UK/US/China, - Arcolectric, an Elektron Technology plc brand, today announces a unique new range of antimicrobial switches launched as part of an exclusive partnership with BioCote Ltd, a leading provider of evidence-based antimicrobial technology.

Arcolectric's best selling ranges of standard and miniature rocker switches, push button switches, double pole splash resistant switches and splash/dust covers will be manufactured with BioCote's silver ion technology during the moulding process moulded to produce the world's first antimicrobial electronic components. The antimicrobial ranges present OEMs with a distinctive new feature which offers a key point of end equipment differentiation and significantly enhances the benefits to the end user or the product.

Integrating BioCote® at the point of manufacture provides in-built antimicrobial protection for the life span of the component part, reducing microbes including bacteria mould and fungi by up to 99.9%. Arcolectric's switches are already sold into a wide range of industries including healthcare, laboratory science, education, catering, leisure and other 'high traffic' public places.

"Arcolectric's switches are already used for a wide variety of 'high traffic' consumer and industrial devices. Our partnership with BioCote ensures the surfaces of Arcolectric switches will help prevent the spread of microbes including viruses, mould and bacteria," adds Stuart Hutchings, Marketing Manager, Arcolectric. "We anticipate a strong reaction from our customers to these significant enhancements to our best selling ranges."

Five of Arcolectric's best selling ranges will utilise BioCote's technology at manufacture stage, with further plans to roll out this process in time, as demand increases:

o 1500 standard and 1300 high inrush single pole rocker switches

o 1550 standard rocker and 1350 high inrush double pole rocker switches

o 8500 and 8550 miniature rocker switches

o 8300 push button switches

o 6050 double pole and twin splash resistant switches

o Transparent splash/dust proof covers

Arcolectric has undergone a rigorous R&D and testing process for the launch of this range. All BioCote protected products are regularly validated and quality control tested to ISO 22196 where applicable, in an independent laboratory. Only products that demonstrate over a 95% reduction in bacteria are allowed to use the BioCote brand as a guarantee of superior antimicrobial performance.

BioCote has carried out a number of environmental trials in hospitals, food processing and care homes to scientifically prove BioCote protected products are as effective in situ as in laboratory testing, consistently reducing levels of microbial contamination in the environment by over 95%.

About Arcolectric

Arcolectric is one of the electronic industry's longest established brands and is recognised worldwide as a leading manufacturer of specialist appliance switches, indicator lights and fuseholders. The company delivers over 72 million finished products each year for all kinds of end product from computers to coffee machines and lighting to laser printers.

The company has a proud heritage of product engineering and has contemporary manufacturing capabilities strategically located on three continents, combined with a worldwide sales and support network for a local response.

In recent years Arcolectric has used its engineering expertise, application knowledge and IP to offer the customisation of products for bespoke customer applications. This flexibility means Arcolectric now delivers added value well beyond the traditional supply of standard off-the-shelf components.

Arcolectric is part of Elektron Technology plc.

Website: www.arcolectric.com

About Elektron Technology plc

Elektron Technology plc is a global group, managing, exploiting and developing its technologies within fast moving industrial markets.

The group employs over 1200 people across 6 continents supplying worldwide directly to original equipment manufacturers and through an extensive distributor network.

The fifteen brands within the Elektron Technology plc Group are: 'components' brands Arcolectric, Bulgin and Sifam; 'Instrumentation' brands Agar Scientific, Digitron, Tinsley Ophthalmic, Tinsley Precision, Wallace, Sheen, ASL, Qados and Queensgate; Carnation Design; as well as 'Hard Metal' brands, Total Carbide and Titman Tools. More detailed descriptions of the brands can be viewed at www.elektron-technology.com/group_profile/our_brands/

The group's core competences include:

o Monitoring and control of temperature/pressure and environmental systems

o Harsh environment connectivity and sealing, indication and illumination

o Precision instrumentation and measurement systems

o Electronic management systems and power conservation

o Calibration and metrology equipment

o Precision, industrial cutting tools and high wear industrial components

o Bespoke design and manufacture solutions for specific customer needs

Website: www.elektron-technology.com

About BioCote

BioCote incorporates antimicrobial technology into products at the time of manufacture, providing built-in antimicrobial protection for the expected lifetime of the product. For more information please visit www.biocote.com

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