Ingersoll Rand adds antimicrobial coating to wide variety of door hardware

CARMEL, IND. – March 31, 2008 – Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced today that Schlage levers and locks, Von Duprin exit and panic devices, Glynn-Johnson push/pull levers and Ives door accessories are now available with an optional antimicrobial coating that inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on their surfaces.  The antimicrobial clear coat is a durable BHMA compliant coating that provides long lasting protection to the door hardware and enhances its appearance.

The coating utilizes ionic silver (AG+), a single atom that is missing one orbital electron.  The natural antimicrobial interacts with bonding sites on the microbe surface, slowing the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.  The silver ions are released at a slow and steady rate creating a safe, continuous, long-term protection from microbes.  Silver has long been recognized for its antimicrobial properties and has been used to combat microbes for many years in many applications.

“High traffic, public use buildings are ideally suited to antimicrobial coated door hardware simply because they may have hundreds of people going in and out every day,” explains Doug Miller, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Schlage marketing manager.  “Adding door hardware with an antimicrobial coating can make a big difference by inhibiting the growth of bacteria on hardware surfaces.  Applications where antimicrobial coated hardware is especially valuable include healthcare, education and food service.”   

Door hardware with the antimicrobial coating is available now.  Schlage biometric HandKey and HandPunch readers are also available with antimicrobial protection. 

More information is available at www.securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.

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