Marker system delivers instant and reliable confirmation of successful Sanitized application and makes it possible to check quickly for counterfeit products
Swiss producer of antimicrobial protection for textiles and plastics, Sanitized, has developed a fast and efficient way for textile mills and brand-owners to guarantee the presence of its branded antimicrobial protection in their articles.
The new Sanitized Spotlight marker system delivers instant and reliable confirmation of successful Sanitized application and makes it possible to check quickly for counterfeit products. It is part of Sanitized’s licence agreement that all customers must carry out an annual quality control on treated articles carrying the Sanitized logo. The company has several products that offer a hygiene function, including products effective against MRSA targeted at the apparel, home textiles and bedding textiles segments.
Sanitized Spotlight provides 100% proof of the use of Sanitized T 99-19M, Sanitized TH 27-24M and Sanitized T 28-28M. The new system can be used throughout the logistics chain of the entire textile process, from the production floor to a point-of-sale store check on a finished product.
The development is based on an integrated marker substance, which is detectable only with the dedicated, hand-held reader. The integrated marker is visible at a specific wavelength under infrared light. The reader is a closed laser system that emits light at precisely this wavelength. The reader gives a visible green light for the accurate fabric treatment. At point-of-sale or during brand owner quality checks, for example, the reader easily reveals whether Sanitized is applied or not to a treated fabric.
‘Every manufacturer is familiar with the waiting times for laboratory approval after material testing,\' said Urs Zihlmann, Product Manager Textile, Sanitized. \'The advantage of Sanitized Spotlight is that it instantly confirms to the mill that the Sanitized antimicrobial protection has been accurately applied, so they can proceed more quickly with production of their apparel, mattresses or bedding. It also gives broad assurance to the value chain that it really is a Sanitized treatment that is being used.’
The new reader is designed to be used with a small sample of the treated fabric. The battery-powered device locks the sample in place and blacks out stray light. Through the viewfinder, the user will see tiny reflecting spots on the test sample if the Sanitized product is present.
‘The Sanitized Spotlight is an efficient and unique quality control system with the potential to save time and costs for the textile manufacturing chain and retailers,’ concludes Zihlmann.