TekniMop Innovation

Teknipure has just developed another innovation in its product line of TekniMop cleaning systems. Developed with customer input, best performance, and contamination concerns in mind, we have developed a completely hands-free mopping system. The system is intended to support all TekniMop flat microfiber pocket mops, in conjunction with our TekniCart double bucket and foot-wringer cart. The complete system allows operators to install, wring, and remove the mop, all completely without the use of their hands. Our mopheads are cleanroom laundered and packed, available in both knit & woven microfiber, and provide industry best “pick up and hold” technology.

The TekniMop frame and handle are made from polished 3016 SS and are Class 10 compatible. In a single motion, the frame releases to allow for the mop to easily be installed, then it snaps into place for use. When the mop is ready to be disposed of, of, collapses with a snap and the mop drops for disposal. The frame is connected to the SS telescopic handle with one single push button for easy installation. The handle is a 2-piece design, which allows for 2 different lengths of 4’ & 6’, marked for convenience, and achieved with a single button push.

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Our TekniCart is also produced from welded and polished stainless steel, and features a double-bucket system for both un-used and used cleaning solutions. We developed an innovative foot wringing system that is ergonomic, effective, and hands-free. The tank has a drain with a valve for easy disposal of fluids after use.

TekniMop and TekniCart utilize proprietary Teknipure technology and offer the most state-of-the-art performance. Please contact Teknipure or one of our distributors to learn more about how our TekniMop can work in your facility. Visit us at www.teknipure.com or call 844-309-2376

Teknipure News

Backed by strong and growing industry demand for our TekniSat wipes & saturated TekniMop, we have instituted 3 full production shifts running 24 hours a day.

We have added many new production employees, completed their training, and are now in place to exponentially grow our capacity. Our daily production volumes have increased over 3X with these new shifts in place and other efficiencies implemented. This is allowing us to greatly reduce order backlogs and provide prompt service to our growing client list going forward.

We have more plans in place to continue to improve and grow Teknipure and become the industry-leading contamination control partner and supplier. We thank our partners for your growing support, and we look forward to a dynamic 2021 and beyond! Please look to Teknipure to solve your contamination problems, and implement products and systems to protect your people, products, and facility.

Why are Wipers Used Wet Versus Dry

Wipers are used for many purposes, however, when employed for cleaning, they are typically used in tandem with a fluid like a sanitizer or disinfectant. Many wiper materials (textiles) are insulative materials that will tribocharge (build static thru friction) as much as 10,000 volts. This can cause a significant ESD event, potentially resulting in electrical damage to products or transferring contaminant. As soon as these wipers are saturated, any built-up charge is reduced to <1 Volt rendering it ESD safe.

Additionally, the use of saturated wipers provides for improved cleaning performance. There are many forces which can hold a contaminant to a surface (capillary, mechanical, and chemical), and the use of saturated wipes helps remove the contaminant by reducing the capillary force of adhesion through reduced surface tension. The liquid works as a bias force which helps remove the contaminant and transfer and hold it on the wiper. Proper saturation levels do impact this performance, which is why many chose to use a pre-saturated wiper, as they are saturated to ideal levels consistently. Over-saturation will facilitate the spread of what was removed instead of capturing it. Contaminants can take many forms and the selection of the cleaning fluid should be based on the type, size, and surface characteristics.

Typically, sanitizing wipes are intended for cleaning a surface, while disinfectants kill organic contaminants. However, a blend of 70% IPA and 30% DIW can also be effective as a disinfectant, depending on the type of organism, virus, or pathogen. In medical applications, the surface should be sanitized then disinfected. TekniSat wipes are used in a variety of industries, with many materials and blends being available. Usually, environmental cleaning is done with a weaker dilution of 9-10% IPA, while process cleaning is most commonly 70/30. In some equipment cleaning applications, there can be no trace of DIW as it harms the process, in which case 100% IPA is used. TekniSat wipes are produced on an automated system, with operator oversight and inspection, to produce very consistent and accurate results. Teknipure offers the broadest range of materials and packaging in the industry. Please contact us if you have questions, or would like information or samples of our TekniSat products.

Types of Alcohol (Part 2): Methanol and Ethanol

In 2020, we’ve all become very familiar with the substance that was the subject of our first ‘Types of Alcohol’ installment – isopropanol, or isopropyl alcohol, as we see it in the ingredients list of our COVID-zapping hand sanitizers. And most of us have gotten to know our next two alcohols pretty well this year too – methanol, featured in news stories about some incorrectly produced hand sanitizers; and ethanol, which seems to help many people with the stressful, anxiety-inducing, seemingly never-ending year that 2020 continues to be.

Also known as wood alcohol, it’s primarily used as an industrial solvent, as in paint remover, some cleaners, dilution liquids, antifreeze, and in gasoline. a small amount could be found in ink for copy machines and printers. It is much more toxic than ethanol, and can also be found in embalming fluid, holding the formaldehyde suspended in the solution and promoting a better looking, more natural appearance of the dearly departed.

Methyl alcohol should not be ingested, and caution must be used around the face. If taken internally, it can limit the amount of oxygen getting to cells, and externally, can damage the optic nerve, creating permanent blindness.  Methanol was once made from the distillation of wood, which is how it came to be known as ‘wood alcohol’.

Grain alcohol, or Everclear as most commonly seen on store shelves, is the strongest ethanol you can buy. At 95% alcohol (or 190 proof), several states do not allow it to be sold (and they can’t do much about consumption, even though that is against the law in some places too). Due to it being almost pure ethyl alcohol, without flavorings or sweeteners, people trying to avoid carbs favor Everclear as part of an adult beverage.

Taking it straight has been said to “put hair on your chest”, but it will probably not feel like it’s hair growing, but a fiery hole being opened up in your stomach instead. Grain alcohol is also used to strip oils and beneficial compounds from plants to make concentrated forms that are easier to use.

Most ethanol sold in stores is of a more reasonable concentration that makes consuming a bit easier, though involuntary responses like ‘whiskey face’ and similar reactions to it indicate that maybe it’s not our body’s best friend. To be sure, consuming ethyl alcohol quicker than our livers can process and metabolize it can result in a dangerous situation, especially if the consumer is already too drunk to realize how not well, they are beginning to feel, or does and continues to drink alcohol anyway.

Ethanol can be made using home distillation, but that process is not legal in the US. It’s too bad though, because something as simple as fruit juice or the fruit itself can be fermented to make wine, or corn, wheat, barley, or rye can be processed into ethanol in a relatively easy process with a few other ingredients.

Methanol and ethanol together with calcium acetate creates a gel usually used for stoves or keeping food warm. You’ve probably seen Sterno, burning under the chafing dishes at either a buffet-style wedding reception or certain restaurants. The fact that the alcohol is gelled makes it a somewhat safer fuel option, but an open flame is still part of the deal with this product.

We recommend you give last month’s isopropanol feature a read, as it also included an overview on alcohols in general and some important knowledge, such as how you can tell alcohol apart from water. Next month, we’ll look at some other alcohols “masquerading” as ingredients that are part of our daily lives.

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