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Air travellers in and out of Las Vegas now have an added measure of personal security in the form of an advanced cleaning technology. McCarran International Airport has installed Ecolab's new Hydris cleaning system to help make the airport cleaner, safer and healthier for travellers and airport employees.
McCarran handles more than 42 million arrivals and departures annually, the nation's ninth-highest passenger volume, which puts it in the top 1% of US airports. On average, 115,000 people travel through the airport every day.
"We like the Hydris system because it generates three different solutions that are effective at cleaning and disinfecting our busy facility, but are also non-toxic, which is safer for our employees and the environment," says Ralph LePore, assistant director, Terminal Operations Division for McCarran. "The system also helps us control costs with a monthly lease, reduced packaging waste and lower shipping expenses."
A single Hydris unit dispenses three products: a one-step disinfectant, an all-purpose sanitiser and glass cleaner, and a multi-surface daily floor cleaner. The unit fits into a typical janitorial closet and utilises advanced mineral tablet technology and water to generate the equivalent of 5,000 ready-to-use bottles of cleaning solution per one case of 200 tablets. Hydris provides great performance and value in a wide range of large facilities, such as airports, college campuses and commercial buildings.
Chris Steep, senior product development programme leader for Ecolab's Global Institutional business, explains how it all works: "Using Hydris is very simple. Mineral tablets inserted into the unit are mixed with filtered tap water to create a brine solution. This solution then flows through Ecolab's three-chamber electrolytic cell, resulting in a product that is dispensed in the right amount and at the right dilution every time."
Chris adds that Hydris can generate a disinfectant solution with five-minute kill times for use as part of an infection prevention programme or in response to flu or other outbreaks. The products are registered with the EPAi as effective at killing pathogens that include Influenza, Norovirus E.coli and MRSA, along with odour-causing bacteria. McCarran International Airport is amongst the first airport facilities to adopt the Hydris system.
McCarran's janitorial supplier, Waxie, introduced Hydris to the airport as an innovative option for achieving its cleaning and sanitising goals. The company's vice president and general manager, Lou Richards (pictured), explains:
"Hydris products are effective on a variety of surfaces, including glass and mirrors, finished floors, wood laminate furniture, washable walls, stone, metals, kosher metals, plastics and melamine surfaces. Hydris provides McCarran with a cost-effective alternative for effective cleaning that protects health without harming the environment."
Rick Johns, executive vice president and general manager of Ecolab's Institutional business in North America, says: "Our challenges are our customers' challenges - and they look to us to provide solutions that help drive overall operational efficiencies. We're experts at developing products and programmes that solve our customers' issues, but that's not enough. It's our field sales-and-service associates who deliver value, that our customers like McCarran, have come to expect."
Hydris recently earned a 2013 Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association for its impact on the industry.
Waxie Sanitary Supply is an industry leader in the distribution of sanitary products and janitorial supplies and equipment to commercial, industrial, contractor and institutional markets. Based in San Diego, Calif., the company operates 20 inventory centres in nine Western US states where more than 800 employees serve approximately 25,000 customers.
1st May 2014