Need For Disinfection Wipes
With the outbreak of Covid-19, the whole world is obsessed with a more disinfection conscious lifestyle at an increasing pace. Hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, face masks became indispensable parts of our lives. Studies show that bleach-free alcohol-containing wipes of among 70-95% proved to be one of the most effective instruments in killing bacteria, germs, viruses including SARS-CoV 2. The properties within the isopropyl/ethanol are also known as antimicrobial which means that it kills microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, germs), stops or cripples their growth.
High Concentrate Alcohol Wipes?
You can manufacture alcohol/disinfectant wipes on Kansan machines but by its nature alcohol releases highly flammable vapor at a high rate. Each flammable chemical has different auto-ignition temperatures, flashpoints, vapor densities. When wipes are moistened with flammable liquid, the vapors of flammable liquid pose a risk of explosion when mixed in the air even by 1-2% in the volume. This requires a certain set of or rules and regulations that are imposed on the machine set-up, components selection, machine building, and even the workplace. If there is a risk for machines where flammable vapour is mixed with air, then a certification may be compulsory for wet wipe converting and flow pack machines.
What is ATEX?
If a potentially explosive atmosphere exists where a mixture of air gases, vapors, mists, or dust combine in a way that can ignite under certain operating conditions then specially designed and operated machines are required for the safety of the workers and environment. These rules are described in The ATEX directive of the EU. The directive describes the requirements of the equipment and workspace for an environment with an explosive atmosphere. Kansan ATEX wet wipe machines are designed to eliminate the risk of explosion and fire hazards according to this directive.
ATEX derives from the French title of the 94/9/EC «Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives» The current directive in effect: 2014/34/EU
The equivalent of an ATEX certificate in the USA and Canada is known as IECEx or HAZLOC
If you want to have more information about ATEX fitted machines, alcohol wipes or disinfectant wipes with peroxides or chlorides please contact us.