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ABACO

 

THE DECISIVE ANTIBACTERIAL COATING

All objects in common use that could potentially be in contact with handled or touched by people, should have inherent antibacterial properties to inhibit the proliferation of pathogens upon their surface, which can cause infections.

ABACO® is the ultimate and latest generation of thin film antibacterial coatings that combines the advantages of strength, durability and beauty of PVD with an assured nanotechnology providing exceptional antibacterial properties.
Thanks to the innovative production processes developed, ABACO is able not only to completely inhibit the growth of bacteria but also to eliminate them, guaranteeing a durable and perfectly hygienic surface. ABACO has therefore not only a bacteriostatic effect, but it’s also bactericidal.

This antibacterial efficiency, certified by precise lab test, is due to the Nano inclusions present in the complex architecture of the multilayer coating, which destroys the bacterial cell membrane by blocking its nutrition and interrupting the cell division cycle.

SEM image (Scanning Electron Microscope) shows antibacterial ions that form clusters (nano-inclusions) within the, complex architecture of the multi-layer coating. These groupings release antibacterial ions on the surface, destroying the
cell membrane of bacteria, blocking their power source and interrupting the cell division cycle.

 

PVD: PHYSICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION PVD – Physical Vapour Deposition

– is a coating technology that allows depositing of a thin film onto many different kinds of base materials. During the process, different metals which can be deposited – in this case silver – evaporate in a vacuum atmosphere.
Due to kinetic energy and a potential difference between the products, ions move on the surface where they condense
creating the desired coating.

The metal film is obtained by a complete physical process and therefore possesses higher technical characteristics than any other chemical or electrochemical process.

ABACO® coatings are obtained through CAE (Cathodic Arc Erosion): the evaporation of the solid metal is due to a device that generates an electric arc on the surface of the metal to be evaporated. The electric arc melts the metal that sublimates.

 

THE ANTIBACTERIAL ACTION OF ABACO IS EVERLASTING

The antibacterial action continues throughout the active life of the object. The finish is fully hypoallergenic, also in accordance with DM and 3/21/1973 the coating has no cautions for daily use and is completely safe for human contact. The
antibacterial efficacy is quantified and measured through the parameter R. If R is a value between 0 and 2, the activity
of the coating is considered BACTERIOSTATIC. If R is greater than 2, the activity of the coating is considered BACTERICIDE.

The graph shows the ABACO coating values of R (Gold and Stainless Steel finishes) before and after use. In both cases,
the BACTERICIDE effect persists. Unlike regular paints that will fall apart due to wear, creating a zone of accumulation of bacteria and directly in contact with the substrate, ABACO coating persists, deforming along
with the substrate and thus maintaining its bactericidal activity. Hence, by increasing the available surface area, it increases its bactericidal strength. The antibacterial properties of ABACO combines the aesthetic qualities of PVD: hardness, inalterability to UV rays, high color stability, resistance to scratching.

Actual available colors: GOLD and STAINLESS STEEL, BRIGHT or SATIN/PEARL.

 

TECHNOLOGY SUITABLE FOR EVERY STAINLESS STEEL ARTIFACT

The antibacterial coating ABACO can be achieved on a wide range of stainless steel products, such as gastronorm
containers, lids, baking pans, trays, sink bowls, basins and accessories for ice-cream shops and much more.

 

CERTIFICATIONS AND LAB TEST

The test of scientific validation on ABACO coating were carried out at the University of Navarra (Spain) and the
University of Brescia (Italy) – Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine – according to the reference standard JIS Z 2801 / A12012. This standard is the most rigorous and widely applied by the scientific community.

The effectiveness of the coating ABACO has been tested against the bacteria of the strains Escherichia coli (Gram
negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive), both belonging to the families of most prevalent bacteria and responsible for many “contact”-infections, with excellent results both on just produced samples as well as on products that had followed an extended period of use.