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Self-Cleaning Nanotechnology Debuts With Checkpoint Akron-Canton Airport

Self-Cleaning Nanotechnology Debuts With Checkpoint Akron-Canton Airport

One opportunity for extending cleanliness at airports is the set of bins used in security checkpoint lines.

Today, in a first among the world's 9,000 airports, the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) launched a nanotechnology solution that uses light to clean checkpoint bins 24/7.

Sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital and developed by NanoTouch Materials, new specially designed NanoSeptic mats and skins for the checkpoint bins contain mineral nano-crystals. They create a self-cleaning oxidation reaction that's stronger than bleach, continuously breaking down organic contaminants. 

"Travelers' health and happiness is a priority of ours," said Rick McQueen, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport. "Our employees pride themselves on holding high standards for the cleanliness of the airport, and there is a lot of hard work that goes into meeting those standards. We're proud to be the first airport to implement this product because it's one more way CAK continues to be a better way to go."

Western Reserve Hospital, an independent, physician-owned hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, is providing the self-cleaning skins and mats as part of its commitment to community health and safety. The skins are applied like stickers to the checkpoint bins' handles, and the 1/16-inch-thick, self-cleaning mats cover the bottoms of the bins.

NanoTouch Materials, based in Forest, Va., has supplied self-cleaning skins, mats and other surface covers to the healthcare, commercial cleaning, education and other industries for three years. Today's launch at CAK is the first use of the technology in an airport.

"This initiative reflects our commitment to support the health of our community far beyond our hospital walls," said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO at Western Reserve Hospital. "It also exemplifies the type of community health innovation our independent physician owners seek to execute. As many of our patients travel through CAK, we are pleased to be a partner in this effort."

Dennis Hackemeyer, co-founder of NanoTouch Materials, added, "Delivering self-cleaning surfaces in high-traffic areas like TSA security improves traveler experience and public perception of cleanliness while traveling. Additionally, we're empowering the consumer by offering portable mats that can be used throughout their travels. These mats are also a tremendous opportunity for hotels, cruise lines, airlines and travel agencies to provide a new high-value amenity in rooms, while concurrently extending their brands."

About Akron-Canton Airport

What makes Akron-Canton Airport a better way to go? At CAK, we're all about offering our customers a convenient, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Travelers love our big airport amenities and small airport feel. We are proud to offer nonstop service to 14 destinations and one-stop access to the globe aboard four exceptional airline partners. Keep up to date on all things CAK at akroncantonairport.com, Facebook or Twitter. Akron-Canton Airport, a better way to go.®

About Western Reserve Hospital 
Western Reserve Hospital is an advanced community hospital, dedicated to exceptional patient care and excellence in healthcare services, as well as education, community outreach and the overall wellness of Cuyahoga Falls and the surrounding areas. Owned and operated by physicians in the community, Western Reserve has a staff of more than 1,000, all dedicated to 100 percent patient satisfaction. More information is available at westernreservehospital.org.

About NanoTouch Materials

NanoTouch Materials is located at the Center for Advanced Engineering & Research in Forest, Virginia. All NanoSeptic products are made in the USA, along with a research and development lab, funded by a $2 million grant, which is constantly developing new products and applications in an effort to provide cleaner, healthier (less chemicals and poisons) places in which to live, work and play. And this mission is being embraced worldwide with the help of distributors in 30 countries. NanoTouch is out to create, not just a clean world, but a self-cleaning world! More information is available at nanoseptic.com.

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