Anixter Pitches Allegion Anti-Germ Coatings, But Allegion Says Ineffective Against Coronavirus

By Brian Rhodes, Published Apr 14, 2020, 11:38am EDT (Info+)

Anixter touts 'Solutions that Protect' amidst ongoing Coronavirus, but Allegion, a featured manufacturer in the ad, warns against this.

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Inside we examine why Allegion does not recommend this.

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I don't see either of those examples mentioning Coronavirus at all. Did I miss it or are you saying these are bad because people will make their own assumptions?

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Thanks for the comment!

Anixter is touting 'protection' against germs in a time when people are significantly disrupted by a virus.

But Anixter doesn't disclaim or mention at all the one virus people have top-of-mind and want protection against is not at all impacted by anti-microbial products.

Though to your point, I clarified the last statement:

However, during this global pandemic, Anixter's promotion causes confusion. Promoting protective coatings that do not protect against Coronavirus (and failing to mention that) creates a false sense of safety.

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I would agree the timing and way Anixter is promoting this is dubious at best. I usually try to give the benefit of the doubt and might normally say this was a person in promotions misunderstanding of antimicrobial as a catch all in all cases.

However, this would not be the first time Anixter would be stretching the truth.

Anixter: H.264 Video 'Pretty Much Unusable' With Cat 5e

"We don't sell to end users"

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"I would agree the timing and way Anixter is promoting this is dubious at best."

I think this goes beyond dubious (so I agree with you) and falls smack in the middle of insidious.

Their wording seems clearly and specifically designed to dance along the line of truth vs untruth. Wordsmiths are valuable to any marketing department... but they should not imagine that the words they craft can not be seen as what they are by knowledgeable industry people.

The insidious part is that they also know this - and are trying to spin their words to convince un-knowledgeable people... without using words that are specifically stating that their stuff helps against COVID_19.

I could not sleep at night if this was my job.

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to be clear, I think that Allegion's position is the right one, namely the coating "is not proven to be effective against viruses."

however this re-statement in the article:

...this door hardware's antimicrobial coatings are not effective against viruses.

is a significant leap from Allegion's, and makes the same mistake as Anixter's by assuming we know whether or not silver ions actually are or are not effective against viruses. which, imo, we do not.

moreover, although I could not find a COVID-19 particular study, there are numerous studies available at the NIH which do show an antiviral efficacy of silver, for instance:

Synthesis and Application of Silver Nanoparticles (Ag NPs) for the Prevention of Infection in Healthcare Workers

Studies on the antiviral action of Ag NPs are far behind those targeting microbicidal properties, and the mechanism of antiviral action is still not well understood. A viral infection is established when the nucleic acids of the virus are introduced into the host cell and then replicated. Ag NPs possibly act on the surface of the virus and physically inhibit the contact with host cells. Previous studies have demonstrated that the size of the Ag NPs is essential for the manifestation of antiviral effects, similar to the observations in bacteria.

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These coatings are not new, and brass doorknobs have been used for centuries. At no time have these antimicrobial/self disinfection claims been extended to viruses.

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These coatings are not new, and brass doorknobs have been used for centuries. At no time have these antimicrobial/self disinfection claims been extended to viruses.

are you referring to commercial claims? the last sentence i posted was literally

Previous studies have demonstrated that the size of the Ag NPs is essential for the manifestation of antiviral effects, similar to the observations in bacteria.

as for brass, you may be interested in this article, also from the NIH.

the remedy is not difficult:

...this door hardware's antimicrobial coatings are not effective against viruses.

should be changed to

this door hardware's antimicrobial coatings are not proven effective against viruses.

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So people should not use the door for ~40 - 120 minutes after the last person touches it (depending on the alloy of the handle) to avoid being infected?

Considering this is not the expectation of anyone, nor the manufacturer, these coatings/material aren't effective in the expected way.

Unless we want to debate what 'effective' means, if a person touches a uncleaned super brass/antimicrobial door, they run a risk of being infected.

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So people should not use the door for ~40 - 120 minutes after the last person touches it (depending on the alloy of the handle) to avoid being infected?

no, depending on the alloy, it could be as little a 2.5 minutes (the study said <=40, not ~40 ).. also, it starts killing the virus right away. compare with stainless steel:

as the study notes:

In this new study, human coronavirus 229E was rapidly inactivated on a range of copper alloys (within a few minutes for simulated fingertip contamination) and Cu/Zn brasses were very effective at lower copper concentration. Exposure to copper destroyed the viral genomes and irreversibly affected virus morphology, including disintegration of envelope and dispersal of surface spikes. Cu(I) and Cu(II) moieties were responsible for the inactivation, which was enhanced by reactive oxygen species generation on alloy surfaces, resulting in even faster inactivation than was seen with nonenveloped viruses on copper. Consequently, copper alloy surfaces could be employed in communal areas and at any mass gatherings to help reduce transmission of respiratory viruses from contaminated surfaces and protect the public health.

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Considering this is not the expectation of anyone, nor the manufacturer, these coatings/material aren't effective in the expected way.

tell me what your expectation is regarding antimicrobal surfaces on microbes.

5 min, 1 min, or instant annihilation?

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you also stated:

Considering this is not the expectation of anyone, nor the manufacturer, these coatings/material aren't effective in the expected way.

tell me what your expectation is regarding antimicrobal surfaces on microbes.

5 min, 1 min, or instant annihilation?

If a door handle is advertised as 'protective' but does not protect right away, how much time is reasonable to suggest people wait before touching it?

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If a door handle is advertised as 'protective' but does not protect right away, how much time is reasonable to suggest people wait before touching it?

if someone sneezes in a room with a hepa filtered air purifier, how long should you wait to breathe?

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