Cleanroom professionals attack contamination head-on: Unotron’s washable computer keyboards, mice and smart card readers support compliance and optimal environment

May 16, 2006 — /BUSINESS WIRE/ — DALLAS — To counter the concerns of cleanroom professionals that computer keyboards and other peripherals are contributing to rising infection rates, airborne contamination and possible product corruption, Unotron, Inc. confirms that its SpillSeal(R) patented technology allows its keyboards, mice and smart card readers to be repeatedly washed and disinfected. Cleanrooms – contamination-free environments where high-tech manufacturing and assembly take place – employ technology that is used in a wide range of industries including semiconductor assembly, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, aerospace, food, medical devices and hospitals.

“Cleanrooms epitomize a work area in which the air quality, temperature and humidity are highly regulated in order to protect sensitive equipment from contamination,” explains Joseph H. Carabello, Director of Unotron, Inc., international manufacturers and marketers of high quality, washable data input and security devices. “In these settings, Unotron’s technology is of significant importance since it can withstand repeated immersion in water, as well as recurring applications of commercial-grade disinfectants, soap, bleach, and alcohol-based products, without compromising the effectiveness or user-friendly touch and feel of the keyboards and mice.”

Cleanrooms are important features in the production of silicon chips, hard disk drives and other technologies such as satellites. The air in a cleanroom is repeatedly filtered to remove dust particles and other impurities that can damage the production of highly sensitive technologies.

“In the miroprocessing industry, for example, the smallest speck of dust to a chip could ruin thousands of transistors and render them unusable,” says Carabello, emphasizing the importance of Unotron’s SpillSeal(R) technology to endure repeated cleansing without compromising functionality. “Moreover, this technology has significant impact upon pharmaceutical industry cleanrooms where overcoming the challenges of microbiological contamination are vital for safe drug manufacturing.”

Carabello asserts that Unotron’s products minimize the potential threat of infection among multiple users and damage caused by contamination of products and highly sensitive technologies. The efficacy of Unotron’s patented technology has been validated at multiple hospitals and laboratories with a 100 percent kill rate of all bacteria using disinfectant spray products. Studies to confirm disinfection procedures for Unotron’s patented SpillSeal(R) washable computer keyboards were conducted at Direct Laboratories, Wolverhampton, England; LibertyHealth Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus, N.J.; and Graham Regional Medical Center, Graham, Tex. Visit for cleaning protocols.

“Not only are traditional keyboards and mice hotspots for bacteria, but also for the ingress of dust and other particulates – both organic and inorganic,” Carabello continues. “In the production-oriented cleanrooms for manufacturing electronics/semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other sensitive assembly, computer technology that meets NEMA4/IP 66 specifications, yet offers performance standards expected for daily use, is now regarded as essential.”

For more information about purchasing Unotron’s SpillSeal(R) products, visit or call 800.381.5817.

About Unotron

With 30 years of OEM manufacturing experience, Unotron maintains a global footprint with offices located across North America, Europe and Asia, making everyday computing clean and safe for organizations around the world. Unotron designs, manufactures and markets high quality, washable data input and security devices that are easily cleaned and disinfected to mitigate the spread of infection in healthcare, education, commercial and government environments. Unotron holds patents for SpillSeal(R) technology and draws upon a catalogue of patents in automated manufacturing systems and office products. For more information, visit or call 800.381.5817.

CPR for Unotron
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