MicroBlok®: The Power of Protection of Plastic

Stain-causing bacteria, molds, mildews, and fungi are menacing threats to the safety of your medical devices, appliances, and all other consumer contact applications. These unforgiving decomposers will quickly turn your product from treasure to trash. Knowing this, it is important to not only fight back, but to be preventative. The reputation of your company depends on it. There is no better way to call a stop to these harmful assailants before they start than with the help of Plastics Color Corporation's Microblok S and MicroBlock Z antimicrobial formulations.

Getting to Know MicroBlok S and MicroBlok Z

Discover your long-term solution with the help of Plastics Color's MicroBlok S and Mi-croBlok Z. These antimicrobials inhibit biofilm build up, putting a stop on the problem before it can even begin.

Stable at any polymer processing temperature, MicroBlok S consists of silver ions that are evenly dispersed throughout your application. MicroBlok Z contains a zinc compound and ideal resins with low melting temperatures. Both MicroBlok S and Z will not get depleted during the inhibition process, which means you never have to worry about their effect being depleted over time. Common resins for MicroBlok S include TPU, PC, ABS, PP, and PE, while TPE, TPU, PE, and PP are suitable for MicroBlok Z.

The Many Uses of MicroBlok

Microbes are single-cell organisms that are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye. They single-handedly disprove the saying, "what you don't know, can't hurt you." Because while it may appear your everyday products are safe, what you don't know about them is many of them are vulnerable to a broad spectrum of microorganisms!

The amount of bacteria, per square inch, that is found on average with your daily household items is a bit alarming. As reported by BBC News, a telephone can harbour up to 25,127 bacteria per square inch, keyboards 3,295 and computer mice 1,676. These are all very disturbing numbers. But it is also where MicroBlok works best.

Did you know MicroBlok can be used with common household products including ear buds, hearing aids, bottles, treadmills, and bikes? Perfect for eliminating undesired odors, enhancing product freshness, preventing product degradation, and addressing growing consumer concerns — MicroBlok is an essential component to the long-term preservation of many common household products.

Be that as it may, microbial invasions are not restricted to homes alone. Despite a per-ception of cleanliness, hospitals, extended care facilities, and nursing homes are also filled with microbes waiting to attack vulnerable plastic products.

Just think of all the plastic pieces you can find in a hospital alone. From the plastic trays that transport the patients' food to the bedside organizer that holds their belongings to the phone that sits on the nearby table. All of which are susceptible to foul odors, spoilage, and degradation. But with the help of the continuous microbe-fighting action of MicroBlok, these nasty problems can often be prevented.

Rigorous Lab Testing, Consumer Approved.

MicroBlok is strictly regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal In-secticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Sanitation Foundation. It has been tested and approved to meet (or exceed) several regulatory statutes, including ISO 22196:2011. The ISO test measures the growth of bacteria within a 24-hour period on the tested plastic substrates.

Bottom line, there are thousands of threats out there just waiting to call your plastic products home. But with the help of MicroBlok S and Z, you can inhibit these nasty microbes from discoloring, deteriorating, and simply making your products smell bad. It is the ultimate line of defense, and it is the perfect way to ease growing consumer concerns.

Plastics Color Corporation is an industry leader in colorants, compounds, additive masterbatches, and custom polymer technologies. With an enduring commitment to innovation, they pioneer state-of-the-art products that go on to lead an extensive range of markets. MicroBlok is formulated with antimicrobials to help suppress the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms on the treated plastic. MicroBlok is not intended as a substitute for good hygiene or to prevent foodborne or infectious illnesses. For more information on MicroBlok S or Z, visit www.PlasticsColor.com.

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