What Are Antimicrobial Agents?

Antimicrobial agents are any substances that kill or slow the growth of microbes. These substances can be derived from naturally occurring substances or can be synthetic. They are highly regulated in the United States and many other countries to ensure that the products and solutions that utilize them are safe for consumers and for the environment and ultimately provide value to the consumers.

Some commonly used antimicrobial agents include silver, copper, and other metals. Microban® silver technology works individually with polymer manufacturers to make SilverShield® integration as simple and seamless as possible without disruption to existing manufacturing processes.

Microban ZPTech® is a wide-spectrum antimicrobial and is based on zinc pyrithione, which was first developed in the 1930s for its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Zinc pyrithione is also used in paints, textiles and polymer products to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi on susceptible surfaces.

Microban is equipped to study and refine these antimicrobial agents and solutions with antimicrobial testing labs including analytical testing, antimicrobial testing, a microbiology lab, an engineering lab, product development, technical development, quality assurance & testing and sustainability. With all of these facilities and departments working together, you can be sure that Microban antimicrobial agents are a product of superior science and research and detailed study that ensures they are safe and effective for you and your customers.

How Antimicrobial Agents Work

Microban antimicrobial agents are added to products during the product development process or existing manufacturing process and become an intrinsic part of the product. These antimicrobial agents work to disrupt the vital life processes of microbes and prevent reproduction. Once the antimicrobial additive technology has been incorporated into your product, it begins to work as soon as microorganisms come into contact with a product surface. This eliminates surface microbial growth, keeping products cleaner between routine cleanings.

Unlike many antimicrobial technologies on the market today, Microban antimicrobial agents were developed for optimal product integration. This means that during the product manufacturing process, Microban antimicrobial additives can be infused with existing product materials for minimal manufacturing disruption.

This reduces overhead cost while ensuring the antimicrobial technology is built into the product itself allowing for fast acting antimicrobial protection. Microban antimicrobial agents offer you and your customers superior products through our superior science and research behind all of our antimicrobial solutions. Partner with Microban and offer your customers the solution they want so they can continue to live their lives free of the battle with bacteria. Contact us today to get started!