American Dryer recently unveiled a new product that incorporates cold plasma, a natural occurring phenomenon, into its hand dryers. The company worked to perfect its new, patent-pending Cold Plasma Clean™ (CPC) technology for several years, and with its release, cold plasma-enabled, warm-air dryers will advance cleanliness in restrooms and markets such as healthcare, schools and food processing.
“Cold Plasma Clean technology was developed by our engineering team to create the most hygienic hand drying method possible,” says Michael Robert, American Dryer's vice president of sales and technology. “CPC kills germs on and around your hands naturally, without chemicals. HEPA filters, the solution used by some manufacturers, may trap microbes, but can’t eliminate them, nor do the filters clean the air surrounding the hands the way CPC does.”
HEPA filtration simply traps germs inside the dryer, but by incorporating warm-air CPC, American Dryer’s latest models are designed to kill germs on the surfaces of hands and in the surrounding air. In contrast, HEPA neither sanitizes hands nor kills germs. “CPC creates a purifying bubble of air, which surrounds the hands without the creation of harmful ozone,” says Daniel Rabahy, American Dryer's president. “This is a true evolution in hand dryer technology because of its comprehensive hygienic benefits.”
Cold plasma, or bipolar ionization, is nature’s way of cleaning the air and killing germs. High levels of ionization are found throughout nature. The Cold Plasma Generator, available only inside select American Dryer eXtremeAir® models, uses steady-state positive and negative discharge points to split water molecules in the air into oppositely charged hydrogen and oxygen ions. These ions then break down gases to harmless compounds commonly found in the atmosphere.
CPC technology is also proven to kill harmful and microscopic pathogens including E. coli, C. diff, staph, MRSA and TB. Testing has been done independently by EMSL Labs, a CDC-certified lab. The eXtremeAir with CPC technology has been independently tested for safety by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), passing both the UL867 and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
Additionally, CPC technology is a solid-state, maintenance-free solution. There are no expensive filters, chemicals or labor, and as with all American Dryer hand dryers, eXtremeAir CPC are compact and come equipped with universal voltage and adjustable sound and speed.
Proven cold plasma technology has been successfully used to purify the air in commercial buildings since the 1930s. The Cleveland Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital currently use it, and most recently, cold plasma has been used in medicine to treat surgical incisions and to kill bacteria in the food processing industry. The eXtremeAir CPC hand dryer has advanced this technology to kill the germs on your hands while you dry them.
Source: American Dryer, Inc.