The current exceptional situation surrounding the coronavirus has brought about several innovations. Companies worldwide are preparing for a "new normal". This includes, at the forefront, hygiene measures in daily life, such as frequent hand washing and disinfecting of surfaces. K-D Hermann LLC specialises in labelling systems, but now also offers a slightly different type of labelling: "The contact antisepticon is a label that almost disinfects itself," says Harald Jantzen, Sales Manager of contact Auszeichnungssysteme.
At the contact stand at expoSe 2019: Harald Boller, Kay Wagner, Harald Jantzen and Thomas Helfrich. These gentlemen welcomed existing customers and interested parties at their stand with sausages and coffee.
"The antisepticon labels are coated with the special Lock3 dispersion coating. Once applied, the label ensures efficient germ reduction on its surface, thus reducing the possible spread of pathogens. All it takes is light and oxygen to kill up to 99.95% of germs," he explains. The coating ensures that when light hits the label, a process is triggered that significantly reduces or even destroys the majority of the germs present on the surface of the label.
Among these are Sars and corona viruses from past outbreaks. "The novel corona virus has not yet been released for testing, but we are very confident based on the positive results with previous influenza viruses." The dispersion coating is already in use in other areas, he said: "Between March and May this year, we have now developed a variable, designable and cost-effective label - a novelty from contact.
Within food retailing in particular, the antisepticon is a "game changer" and at the same time it fits perfectly into the core business of contact - the development and production of labels, stickers and labelling solutions: "The label solution makes it a really very versatile product: All door handles of freezers and refrigerators, handrails of stairs, lift buttons, even counters and touch screens (for example at self-service checkouts) can be provided with a transparent film. The dimensions are individually selectable."
This naturally also applies to the handles of shopping trolleys and baskets, which has involved an unpredictable amount of work in recent months: "At present, a regular supermarket uses up to 25 litres of disinfectant per day on average. In addition, there are cloths and, if necessary, service staff who do the cleaning for the customers. These are enormous costs for the stores." But costs are not the only factor: "The labels have a shelf life of one year, so the volume of waste is significantly reduced by manual disinfection. In contrast to the disinfectant, the label does not attack the natural pH value of the skin and is therefore very gentle on the skin when handled."
Ultimately, the label offers reliability to retailers and consumers: "Through the label, we give the users of shopping carts the secure feeling of an almost germ-free grip surface," Jantzen concludes.