Food and medical supplies are two things that we really do not wish to associate with bacteria. Everyone understands that you cannot put down fruit or surgical supplies on a dirty table, but what if those products have already been contaminated during the time they spent lying on a shelf? Shelves used to store food or hospital equipment are crucial to keep clean since bacterial growth on those surfaces could lead to food poisoning or spread of hospital acquired infections. Dave Salus, Market Manager, and James Kilgallon, Operations Manager at Metro® explain how they solved this issue by partnering with Microban® International.
Metro: Bringing organization and efficiency to the world
Metro is a world leader when it comes to manufacture and distribution of storage solutions such as shelves, carts and cabinets, used in the food service, health industry and commercial products. The company has always been ahead of the trend when it comes to antimicrobial solutions, incorporating Microban protective technology into their product for over 20 years.
Metro has more than 90 years of experience in shelving, and is well known as the creator of “the green shelf”, a product that has become a symbol of quality in both medical and food storage. Although Metro is an expert in shelves, it is much more than just a storage company, providing their clients with workflow optimisation programs and audits that helps them purchase the right product and make the most out of their workspace. Metro’s products have a variety of different features, such as corrosion resistance, build in heating, modularity, ergonomics and many more, making it easy for the customers to find the perfect product that suits their needs.
Challenge: Storage contamination
Many food, medical or commercial products spend a lot of time on shelves before being purchased or used, during this period they can become contaminated with bacteria, which puts the consumers or patients at risk. Shelves can of course be cleaned, but in order to do that, everything standing on them needs to be removed and even after a good go with disinfectants, the surfaces will become contaminated again as soon as they are touched. And what about the products themselves? Lying on a dirty shelf will make them unclean too, spreading the bacteria back to the freshly cleaned shelf as soon as they are placed there again.
Solution: Flexible lifelong antimicrobial protection
Microban has partnered with Metro, providing its shelves, carts and cabinets with antimicrobial protection that keeps them fresh between cleans, limiting bacterial growth and preventing product deterioration. James explained: “We decided to include antimicrobial solutions to further improve our product and since Microban was, and still is, the leader in that field, it was an obvious choice. Having antimicrobial product protection is extremely practical and since a lot of our customers rely on surfaces that are easy to clean, they come to us for that extra layer of security and added confidence.” Microban has a vast collection of antimicrobial solutions that can be built into any material. David clarifies: ”We are dealing with epoxy coatings and a variety of polymers that are processed in different ways, but this is not a problem for Microban, having a broad portfolio of antimicrobial technologies, they have a solution that works for every one of our manufacturing processes.”
Benefits of Microban® antimicrobial solutions
- Metro customers benefit from added protection to the company’s high-quality shelves, cabinets and carts, giving them an added piece of mind and confidence, and enhancing the effect of regular cleaning routines.
- Once Microban technology has been incorporated into a product it cannot be removed by harsh cleaning chemicals or wear, and protects the product throughout its entire lifetime.
- Microban antimicrobial technology provides 24/7 protection and keeps the shelves, cabinets and carts fresh between cleans, significantly suppressing growth of bacteria.
- By partnering with Microban, the Metro team receives consistent support and guidance on global regulatory considerations for antimicrobial claims in each region where their treated products are distributed.