May 10

Copper Surfaces Kill Superbug MRSA

Anti-biotic resistant superbugs such as MRSA are an enormous public health problem as they spread so easily around hospitals. In fact, an estimated 7 million people worldwide catch healthcare-associated infections each year. But there is a way to combat this, and it’s not the solution you’d be inclined to jump to. Forget anti-biotics or cleaning products, copper plated surfaces actually have the natural ability to kill bacteria on contact.

Here at NiTEC, we make habit of keeping a close eye on the research and experimentation surrounding the use of copper surfaces in the medical industry.

Copper is often used to plate laboratory and medical equipment in hospitals, which is why we launched our new service copper plating medical clipboards for use in hospitals.

With the evidence for copper killing bacteria on contact mounting, we are confident that our service of copper plating medical clipboards is the logical solution to preventing the spread of infection and superbugs such a MRSA in hospitals.

Bill Keevil, of the University of Southhampton recently carried out an experiment which would test the theory that copper could be a very effective way of combating anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The live experiment took place on World Health Day and involved Keevil sterilising copper and stainless steel plates, and then coating them with 10 million MRSA cells. The plates were placed under a microscope and the results recorded.

The MRSA on the stainless steel surface thrived, but amazingly, the MRSA on the copper surface began to die off. Bill Keevil understandably believes that copper and copper alloys should be used on contact surfaces around hospitals such as door handles for example.

If you would like more information about our service of copper plating medical clipboards and other equipment used in hospitals and laboratories, call us today on 0845 224 3571 or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk

May 08

Copper Plated Medical Clipboards

In our ongoing effort to develop our metal plating services and keep up to date with advances in the industry, we have recently expanded our copper plating services. As specialists in the process of copper plating, NiTEC have launched a new service copper plating clipboards for use in hospitals.

Copper plating has a natural ability to kill bacteria on contact, and therefore is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment. “Copper plating is already used to plate door handles, push plates, and other equipment used in hospitals,” says NiTEC’s Commercial Director Marcus Hill. “I believe that by copper plating clinician’s clip boards, we can further contribute to providing an effective defense against the spread of infections in hospitals.”

Hospital-acquired infections are not only very common, but also very costly to the NHS. And recent research by carried out by the University of Southampton has shown that metallic copper surfaces kill microbes in minutes by causing significant membrane damage to the bacteria.

Copper has been proven to prevent the horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, which is to blame for antibiotic resistance, in turn increasing the number of health care associated infections. Horizontal gene transfer commonly takes place in hospitals on surface that are frequently touched. Copper plating contributes to the prevention of infection spread and gene transfer.

Copper plated clip boards are a logical step forward in the quest to reduce the spread of bacteria and provide extra protection alongside the standard hygiene practices in the hospital environment,” said Marcus.

To find out more about the copper plating service offered by NiTEC, please visit the Products and Services page on our website, call 0845 224 3571 or email info@nitec-enp.co.uk

 

Jan 30

NiTEC’s Surface Technology Capabilities

Here at Nitec, we provide a wide range of surface treatment options for a variety of businesses. Specialising in electroless nickel plating, we also offer a range of other services including diffused nickel plating, copper plating and our very own surface treatment, SeaTEC 100 which has been developed especially for sub sea conditions.

Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating offers great wear and corrosion resistance, and is very cost-effective.

Find out more about our electroless nickel plating services here.

 

Diffused Nickel Plating

Diffused nickel plating is the gold standard in corrosion resistance and great for a marine environment.

Find out more about diffused nickel plating here.

SeaTEC 100

SeaTEC 100 is a an extremely effective way of increasing the longevity of components in subsea environments. This product can reduce maintenance costs and increasing the strength of components.

Find out more about SeaTEC 100 here.

Copper plating

Copper plating is an excellent conductor providing EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding purposes.

Find out more about Copper Plating here.

Shotblasting and Heat Treatment

Thorough surface preparation can be achieved using Shotblasting and Heat Treatment in addition to the standard chemical cleaning and activation process.

 Find out more about Shotblasting and heat treatment here.

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting is the perfect process to clean all types of metal removing paint, adhesive, plastic, grease and rust.

Find out more about chilled iron shot blasting.

Special Projects

Electroless nickel plating has been used in many special projects where corrosion resistance is required such as art installations and architectural applications.

Find out more about our special projects here. 

Jan 24

New NiTEC Website is Now Live!

Derbyshire based electroless nickel plating company NiTEC are pleased to announce the completion of our new website.

We have worked closely with Seven Creative, web design and marketing agency in Sheffield to create a new, modern site that reflects the growth of the business.

As our customers will already know, we have established ourselves over the past 20 years as electroless nickel plating, corrosion resistance and surface technology specialists. Therefore, our website needed to demonstrate effectively the various types of service that we provide.

Social media and blogs

The new website also includes links to our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr. Our 3 blogs can also be accessed from the website, which are updated regularly to include case studies, testimonials, recent projects and technical information.

To find out more about the services we offer, including electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment, visit our new website at www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk