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Introducing a shielding material proven to have antiviral properties

21st May 2020

At HITEK our products are aimed at protecting electronics. Whether that is to stop your electronics emitting energy that could interfere with other electronic devices or to shield them from other electro-magnetic energy.
Part of our product range is the highly electrically conductive fabrics manufactured by Statex in Germany.

These fabrics have been used in the electronics industry for many years in many forms, from fabric-over-foam enclosure gaskets, to reflective back-planes for microwave absorbers all the way to deployable shielded rooms used to isolate sensitive electronic testing equipment from the electro-magnetic fog of the outside world.

It has also been long known that the constituent conductive metals used in the manufacture of these fabrics, i.e. silver and copper, are anti-microbial in that it does not support the growth of bacteria on the surface of the fabric.

As the Covid-19 virus began to spread Worldwide, Statex investigated how their product could assist in the protection against the virus.

They enlisted the assistance of Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG and Eurovir Hygiene-Labor GmbH to test the copper fabric products to see if they were resistant, not only to bacteria, but to viruses.

The results were extremely positive – in that the copper fabric tested did not support the growth of the virus tested (transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus of Swine (TGEV-Coronavirus)).

The tests indicated that the virus did not survive longer than 1 hour following exposure to the fabric surface. In comparison, it has been reported that Coronavirus can remain active on surfaces for up to 72 hours. Further tests are being carried out to investigate how many minutes it takes before the virus is no longer detectable.

Statex has now launched a pack of self-adhesive pads that can be attached to door and window handles (as well as any other areas used to operate a door or equipment). The pack includes a pair of pads (80mm x 100mm) along with a set of comprehensive installation instructions, and a door-knob hanger card.

The packs are available in 1, 5, or 10 pairs as well as bulk quantities. Bespoke sized pads can also be created.

This product is now in stock at HITEK and can be purchased through our online store.

For more detailed information and access to the test data, click the link below.

https://www.hitek-ltd.co.uk/copper-handle-cover

HITEK will donate 10% of all sales (before tax) of this product to charities that support the NHS.

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