CABIN SAFETY hygiene protection important to airlines; it is also compliant with fire, smoke, toxicity (FST) and heat release requirements for aircraft around the world. With the coating, the company claims that airlines can save money for disinfection and reduce the number of cleaning cycles without any toxic side effects. “They need to still clean the lavatory as usual but with less aggressive cleaning agents. A further major benefit is that it does not put additional weight or coating layers,” said Janine Paelchen Key Accounts Manager Aviation Interior at Mankiewicz. With the FST requirements and the ability of Mankiewicz to create a nearly unlimited number of shades, the company said ALEXIT® “will allow airlines not only a hygiene add on for the marketing but also full freedom to design their interiors and differentiate from others.” ALEXIT® is among the standard interior offerings for the lavatories of the 737 and is an option on the A350. Already, company officials say several airlines have opted for the additional hygiene protection with the aircraft deliveries. Mankiewicz has been supplying the airline industry with interior coatings for more than 40 years from its location in Hamburg and several the group companies around the world. The company’s products are found in more than a dozen applications ranging from automotive to aviation and rail, to yachts and graffiti removal. Next to interior coatings, it is well known for exterior coatings and structural parts coatings within an aircraft’s fuselage, giving the company the capability to supply all an airline’s painting needs.
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Celeste develops cleaner to solve tray table woes Surfaces and materials aboard an aircraft cabin are evaluated and tested extensively, but even the best efforts by airlines and manufacturers can bring unforeseen results. One of those results prompted Easton, Maryland based Celeste Industries to seek out companies to collaborate with, and led to the development of a new aircraft interior cleaning agent that it will bring to this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo. The latest version of the company’s Sani-Cide product, called Sani-Cide EX3 is a bio-degradable cleaner and disinfectant that is water based, non-toxic and, as important, safe to use on virtually any aircraft surfaces. It is an answer to the industry’s need to protect equipment that recently have been experiencing permanent staining, forcing replacement. It is a problem that has been around since about 2012, said Carla Repko, Aerospace Marketing Manager at Celeste. Cleaning agents by Celeste and more than a dozen other companies, in combination with fire-retardant additives to onboard equipment were determined to be the cause of a chemical staining that was turning tray tables an unpleasant tea color. The company set about to develop a new version of its Sani-Cide cleaner that could alleviate the problem. Repko said the new EX3 version could be used by airlines with confidence. To help develop the product, Celeste worked with a wellknown seat maker, said Repko. On the company’s website, Ronn Cort, President of COO of Sekisui SPI (which makes Kydex and Allen brands) also gave EX3 a thumbs up for cleaning thermoplastic interior components made by the company. Now, she said, the company has the endorsement of a seatmaker that its disinfectant/cleaner is non staining. In addition to disinfecting, EX3 is an effective cleaner for the cabin and lavatories and is safe for any glass, mirrors, metal, plastic, leather, fabric and carpet.
Celeste’s new Sani-Cide EX3 is safe for nearly all cabin surfaces
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