The Role of Polished Sanitary Tubes in Public Health and Safety
Every day, it seems a new antimicrobial product hits the market. From hand soaps, to dishwashing liquids, to laundry detergents – numerous personal care brands are creating new product lines with antibacterial properties.
The question is, do any of these products actually work? And beyond that, could there be any unintended consequences?
Though most consumers will choose antimicrobial soaps versus standard options, research has found very little difference between the two. In fact, it’s the handwashing itself that has more impact on the presence of germs than the type of soap used. Frequency of handwashing and the length of time spent washing hands has been found to have the greatest effect.
There has also been speculation that antimicrobial soaps can contribute to antibiotic resistant infections. Currently the results have been inconclusive, however longer study periods are needed to observe the long-term effects of exposure.
Overall, it seems that the best way to safely eliminate bacteria is through better hygiene. This includes frequent washing at home, but actually starts with cleaning production equipment at the factories where these products are formulated.
When choosing equipment for sanitary production, it’s important for manufacturers to select tubing that is free of voids or weld seams. These are areas where bacteria can hide and multiply. Choosing tubes that are bent rather than welded ensures a smooth surface that is easier to clean and maintain.
By improving the cleanliness of equipment during production, companies can reduce the need for antimicrobial agents. It’s a two-fold cost saving strategy, since you eliminate the cost of antimicrobials, and tube bending is actually cheaper than welding.
At Stam, Inc., we’ve been seeing continued high demand for polished sanitary tubes used in food and personal care product manufacturing. With a strong focus on reducing illness, we don’t expect this trend to change any time soon.
To learn more about tube bending and how it can improve product safety, feel free to contact us online or call 440-974-2500.