shield is a
unique chemical technology that can be applied to
a material making it Antimicrobially active. The AEGIS Microbe Shield
technology permanently bonds (polymerizes) with the substrate and will
not leach or diminish overtime. The technology relies on the coating
remaining affixed to the substrate.
How does the
Antimicrobial technology work?
The AEGIS Microbe Shield is a reactive silane quaternary ammonium
compound. When applied as a liquid to a host filter material, the
ingredient in the AEGIS Antimicrobial forms a colorless, odorless,
positively charged polymer coating which chemically bonds, virtually
irremovable, to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer
of electrically charged swords. When a microorganism comes in contact
with the treated surface, the sword punctures the cell membrane and the
electrical charge shocks the cell. Since nothing is transferred to the
now dead cell, the Antimicrobial doesn’t lose strength the
ready for the next cell to contact it.
What is the
difference between AEGIS Microbe shield technology and other
Antimicrobials on the market?
Conventional Antimicrobial products penetrate livings cells and kill by
way of poisoning the organism. This poisoning technology is applied to
a host media where it slowly leaches out creating a “killing
zone” around the surface into which targeted microorganisms
are designed to act quickly and dissipate quickly in order to avoid
adverse effects to humans and animals due to their toxic ingredients.
The AEGIS Antimicrobial takes a totally unique
approach. It provides an effective initial impact,
like the conventional methods, but it also provides long-term control
of growth on treated surfaces for the life of that surface. The surface
itself is modified to make it anti-microbially active.
How long does
Since the cured Antimicrobial is non-volatile, insoluble and
non-leaching, the treatment should last for the life of the treated
surface. Effective levels of the technology
do not diminish overtime
even after repeated rinsing. (Abrasive or caustic (pH>10.5)
solutions will shorten the effective life of the AEGIS Microbe Shield)
Is the AEGIS
No. It does not volatilize, dissipate, or leach onto other surfaces or
into the environment. The AEGIS Microbe shield is non-biodegradable.
Its chemistry polymerizes where it is applied and forms a permanent
bond that lasts for the life of the treated surface.
With over two
decades of use, the Antimicrobial
technology has been verified by its use in consumer and medical goods
including hosiery, surgical drapes, carpets, orthopedic soft goods and
even nurses’ uniforms.
do you dispose of materials treated with the AEGIS Microbe Shield?
New material treated with the AEGIS is totally safe, non-hazardous and
can be disposed of in a municipal landfill.
Used materials must be disposed of according to local, state and
of AEGIS Antimicrobial Shield