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ARAUCO introduces InCopper™ antimicrobial technology, a proprietary formulation that actively protects the surface of the TFL panel against fungi and mold that can cause stains and odor. Prism TFL with InCopper is ideal for interiors where humid conditions or high traffic flow are likely to expose the surface of the panel to harmful microbes. Office spaces, healthcare facilities, restaurants, community centers, retail locations, schools, closets, bathrooms and locker rooms are a just a few fitting applications.
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1. What is InCopper™ ?
InCopper™ is a proprietary technology developed jointly by forest products industry leader ARAUCO, and Codelco, the largest copper mining company in the world. InCopper consists of a mixture of copper salts developed for laminate applications.
2. How is this technology incorporated into PRISM panels?
InCopper is introduced at the time the decorative sheet is saturated with resins, prior to lamination to the substrate.
3. Where is PRISM with InCopper protection recommended for use?
PRISM TFL with InCopper antimicrobial protection can be used in a variety of decorative applications. Its protected surface is suitable for interior spaces where humid conditions or high traffic flow are likely to expose panel surfaces to harmful microbes. InCopper protects against mold and mildew on the surface of the panel. It inhibits the growth of bacterial odors. With InCopper, the TFL panel is treated to resist deterioration and stain caused by mold fungus and mildew. Prism TFL is ideal for office work spaces, hospitals, locker rooms, schools, closets, hotel furnishings; and restaurant, retail and medical fixtures.
4. What method is used to test the efficiency of InCopper when it comes to protecting the surface of Prism panels?
The international ISO 22196 standard testing method is used to measure the efficiency of InCopper as an antimicrobial agent to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of the Prism panel, thereby protecting it against associated stain and odor.
This method is one of the most recognized in the scientific world. These tests have been performed in various independent labs in the U.S., Chile, Argentina and Brazil. ARAUCO conducts regular tests in independent labs in the U.S. to evaluate PRISM’s antimicrobial effectiveness. Test results are available upon request.
5. What is the effect of InCopper on fungi?
InCopper is effective in eliminating many fungi by inhibiting the formation of spores, thereby inhibiting reproduction of the fungi. In technical terms, InCopper reduces the metabolic and reproductive (sporulation) mechanisms of filamentous fungi.
6. Is InCopper registered under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
Yes, InCopper is EPA-registered (number 93650) for its antimicrobial properties that protect the surface of PRISM TFL panels, excluding public health claims. InCopper protects surfaces, not people, from contamination. For additional information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/treatart.htm
7. How long do the properties of InCopper last?
The antimicrobial properties of InCopper are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The antimicrobial attribute remains for the life of the panel, as long as the decorative surface remains intact. Download the care the guidelines here, or find them in the Resources section of www.prismTFL.com.
8. Is copper harmful to humans?
Copper is not found to be harmful to humans or pets. On the contrary, copper is an essential part of our diet and drinking water.
Some examples of copper rich foods are mushrooms, nuts and avocados. The World Health Organization (WHO) allows 2mg/lt of copper in drinking water. Additionally, copper is naturally regulated by the human body.
9. What kind of maintenance is needed for PRISM panels?
No special maintenance or care is required. Visit www.prismTFL.com for recommendations in the resource section on how to clean or maintain PRISM laminates.
10. Is InCopper™ antimicrobial technology available for the PRISM Symmetry program (edgebanding, HPL, 3DL, etc.)?
Currently InCopper is a proprietary technology available only for PRISM TFL panels.