Ground-breaking Furniture Range for Super-sterile Environments
Apr 25 2022
Hygienox from Teknomek supports aseptic environments
Hygienox brings together furniture and equipment specially designed for ultra-sterile manufacturing spaces where ISO 14644 is front of mind. All products in the range have been specified to support environments where effective particle management and contamination control is critical, supporting efficient risk management.
Designed to withstand harsh sterilisation techniques
All Teknomek products are built to be long lasting. But with a thorough understanding of the rigorous cleaning processes involved in ultra-sterile environments, the Hygienox range of furniture is designed to be futureproof. Because harsh sterilisation methods have become standard in pharmaceutical and micro-biological manufacturing environments, Hygienox products made by the highly skilled Teknomek team have a range of intelligent design and specification features to mitigate the risk of rouging or tiger stripes while reducing contamination risk and supporting improved clean down productivity.
“Harsh cleaning chemicals such as chlorine and hydrogen peroxide can reduce the lifespan of furniture built from 304-grade stainless steel,” said Sue Springett, Commercial Manager at Teknomek. “Hygienox furniture is manufactured from 316-grade stainless steel because it is more robust against pitting and crevice corrosion by chemicals.”
In addition, the stainless steel used in Hygienox furniture has a 0.3 Ra finish so is ultra-smooth. Chemicals can pool on coarser surfaces if not thoroughly removed with IPA wipes and, over time, the trace amounts of these chemicals will corrode, stain and contaminate the passive layer of the stainless steel.
“The ultra-smooth finish we have opted for in all our in-house manufactured Hygienox products means furniture is easier to clean,” continued Sue Springett. “In addition, the lower surface roughness of the steel allows for fewer microscopic grooves where harsh chemical cleaning fluids can lurk and corrode the furniture.
“The ultra-smooth finish is also less abrasive; preventing friction between furniture and any surfaces it may come into contact with, such as gloves or equipment. Any abrasive contact could cause particles to be released into the atmosphere and pose a risk to hygiene.”
Major investment in research, development and design has gone into all products in the new Hygienox, from Teknomek range. This is to ensure that every element of every product is perfect for purpose. For example, because off-the-shelf solutions available were not up to the meticulous Hygienox standards, castors have been specially commissioned to include a chemical resistant polypropylene wheel inside a 316-grade stainless steel body.
“With Hygienox we have created a range designed to revolutionise the sterile manufacturing market and set a new benchmark in performance. As with every Teknomek product, we listen to and learn from our customers, creating intelligent solutions for managing risk whilst still enabling efficiency and productivity,” said Sue Springett.
As well as stainless steel furniture manufactured in-house, the Hygienox, from Teknomek range will feature other, specially selected and specified products designed for ultra-sterile environments where ISO 14644 compliance is non-negotiable.
Teknomek is staying true to its open and transparent pricing, with Hygienox products having an instantly available list price. Every product in the new range will be offered in standard sizes, available with Teknomek’s reliable on-time delivery.
“Within ultra-sterile research and production facilities, where compliance with ISO 14644 is critical, nothing but an obsessive approach to contamination control will suffice. Hygienox, from Teknomek has been developed to provide a completely elevated range that offers our customers best in class products when they need them,” concluded Sue Springett.
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