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AIONX® is defining the new class of continuous, self-cleaning technologies. We have developed a platform technology for use in healthcare settings that continuously cleans treated surfaces, without any manual assistance from cleaning staff. As the infographic depicts, our platform solution uses silver and copper in a novel and efficient way to actively force the rapid release of antimicrobial metal ions* into any contaminated media that contact the treated surface. Our system dynamically responds to external stimuli to release antimicrobial ions only as needed. Applications of our technology are virtually limitless. The use of AIONX®  technology at a use site is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.

The unique efficacy of the AIONX® technology comes from its patented combination of silver and copper, along with a microampere electrical current to stimulate and an insulator to control the metal’s inherent antimicrobial properties.* Moreover, the silver and copper are deposited onto treated surfaces in a specific geometric pattern designed to optimize cleaning efficacy for each application. In essence, surfaces treated with the AIONX® technology possess anodic and cathodic regions comprising silver and copper. When contaminated media contact treated surfaces, a low energy circuit is completed thereby releasing antimicrobial metal ions, which clean the surface.*

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The AIONX® difference

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The AIONX® technology is revolutionary because of its ability to release large quantities of antimicrobial metal ions as needed.* Ions from silver and copper are what give those metals their cleaning capabilities, meaning the effectiveness of any silver/copper technology is dependent on their ability to release metal ions. The AIONX® technology uses a patented system to actively force the release of metal ions as treated surfaces are contacted by contaminated media. The result is rapid, effective self-cleaning precisely where and when needed.

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In contrast, all other self-cleaning technologies rely on passive ion-release mechanisms, such as natural metal oxidation (used by solid/alloy metal products) and ion exchange between the environment and treated surfaces (used metal ion-filled zeolites and metal ion-doped coatings). These other methods are slow, provide limited ion release, and result in minimal cleaning efficacy.

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Continuous cleaners as a class (including the AIONX® technology, as a leader in that class) are superior to cleaning methods intended to clean surfaces in a given moment. It has been possible to effectively clean surfaces for hundreds of years. Nonetheless, efforts continue to try to develop better episodic—or non-continuous—cleaners. No matter how clean episodic cleaners may make surfaces, recontamination begins immediately after the cleaning ends. The inherent limitation of non-continuous cleaners is most problematic in dirty environments like hospitals. In such places, continuous cleaners—like AIONX®’s technology—are the ideal solution because of their ability to prevent recontamination.

How silver and copper clean

AIONX® has developed a platform technology that uses silver and copper to continuously clean treated surfaces, without any manual assistance from cleaning staff. Low concentrations of ions from these heavy metals are highly toxic to microorganisms.* The ions attack and kill microbes in at least three simultaneous ways (see the infographic to the right), making it virtually impossible for microbes to develop a resistance to heavy metals.* In contrast, antibiotics possess a single mode of action making the development of bacterial resistance much more likely.

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Historical uses of heavy metals.

Keeps Water Clean

Keeps water clean

Ancient Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations used silver to line drinking vessels to keep their water supplies clean.

Sterilizes Drinking Water

Sterilizes drinking water

Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and to sterilize drinking water.

Reduce Surface Contamination

Reduce surface contamination

Copper alloy products are currently being marketed to hospitals to reduce surface contamination.

Silver Used As A Bactericidal

Silver used as a bactericidal

In the 1880s, German obstetrician Carl Siegmund Franz Crede pioneered the use of silver as a bactericidal and antiviral agent, using silver nitrate eye drops to prevent conjunctivitis (pink eye) and blindness in newborn babies.

Silver Leaf Was Used To Kill Bacteria

Silver leaf was used to kill bacteria

In the early 1900s, soldiers used silver leaf during World War I to kill bacteria in battle wounds to reduce infection rates.

Produces Hygienic Drinking Water

Produces hygienic drinking water

In the 1970s, both the US and USSR chose to use silver-based systems to produce hygienic drinking water aboard manned space flights, after extensive research into all manner of water sanitation methods.

Silver Can Be A Antifungal Agent

Silver can be a antifungal agent

Studies suggest that silver can be an effective antifungal agent.
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Reducing Surface Contamination

Reducing surface contamination

Copper alloy products are currently being marketed to hospitals to reduce surface contamination.

Silver Can Be A Antiviral Agent

Silver can be a antiviral agent

Studies suggest that silver can be an effective antiviral agent.
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For more information about the use of silver as an antimicrobial, go to this link: http://www.factsaboutsilver.org/history/
For more information about the use of copper as an antimicrobial, go to this link: https://www.copper.org/publications/newsletters/innovations/2000/06/medicine-chest.html

* The AIONX® technology is registered with the EPA (EPA Reg. No. 91681-1) as an antimicrobial agent that effectively inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi, algae, mold, and mildew that cause unpleasant odors, discoloration, staining, deterioration or corrosion on surfaces to which it is applied. The EPA has not reviewed or approved, nor does AIONX® make, any claims that its technology has efficacy against any particular pathogenic microbes. The use of AIONX® technology at a use site is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.