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There was a widespread controversy last year about the safety of the vinyl many companies were using to construct jumper combos and other interactive inflatables. The attorney general from California slapped a number of companies with a lawsuit claiming that the amount of lead allowed by these businesses surpassed legal limits. As written in this blog, Inflatable 2000, a reputable renter of inflatable products, follows all regulations regarding Proposition 65 and the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. Its products are totally safe and complaint and remain phthalate-free.
While there hasn’t been an update on the progress of that lawsuit, the safety of inflatables have taken a major step forward with one special invention. According to Engineer Live:
“Pawling Engineered Products Inc…introduced the industry’s first silicone inflatable seal with built-in antimicrobial properties. The AMS Series antimicrobial silicone provides an added layer of protection in food processing, pharmaceutical, medical and scientific applications and other high-performance environments, where cleanliness and inhibiting microbial contamination are critical.”
Think about every time you’ve opened a new bottle of Tylenol or other pain medicine available over-the-counter. The seal on the top of that bottle is essential to keeping you safe and that’s what this invention makes possible. The article says that Pawling Engineered Products Inc. has actually made products last longer with this seal as well.
“Among the additional benefits customers can expect is long cycle life. Pawling Engineered Products’ internal tests show that after 2 million cycles, under standard sealing conditions, the material retains its integrity.”
Consider the inflatable bladder which acts as a tourniquet for soldiers with life-threatening wounds. If that product is combined with the antimicrobial properties of this invention, what could this mean for the future of medical inflatable technology? How much further can inflatables go?