Archive for July, 2011

New Technology Kills Bacteria that Cause Hospital Infections

July 28th, 2011 No comments

By Harold Michels, CDA Senior Vice President, Technology and Technical Services

Study results presented at World Health Organization Conference on infection prevention

We were pleased this summer to share the early results of a comprehensive multi-site clinical trial examining the effect of antimicrobial copper surfaces in reducing bacteria in intensive care unit rooms at the World Health Organization’s 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more…

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Ricardo Advances Technology as Well as Customer Businesses

July 22nd, 2011 No comments


Fans of science fiction are accustomed to seeing intelligent vehicles making life’s everyday tasks easier and more efficient.  But at Ricardo, a global, multi-industry engineering provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting, intelligent vehicles are all in a day’s work.  According to Chris Domin, Ricardo’s Chief Engineer for Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Systems, coming up with innovative solutions to customers’ problems is what his company does best.  “I have a dual role,” he said.  “I’m a hands-on technologist working with engineers on the day-to-day work of various programs.  The other focus is on business development. I talk to prospective clients and offer solutions, whether it’s a service or a product.  I get to be part of continually moving the company toward the leading edge of innovation.” Read more…

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Webinar Announcement on the topic of Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces – Clinical & Laboratory Performance

July 19th, 2011 No comments

By Wilton Moran, CDA Project Engineer

On Thursday, July 21st, at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Copper Development Association will host a live webinar about Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces – Clinical & Laboratory Performance.  Copper surfaces are intrinsically antimicrobial, a property of these materials which has never been fully employed for the benefit of society or fully understood.

Dr. Harold Michels, Senior Vice President of Technology and Technical Services for the CDA, is the presenter.  Dr. Michels holds several U.S. patents and has authored and co-authored numerous technical papers including papers relating to the antimicrobial properties of copper.  He is one of the Principal Investigators of the clinical trials underway at three major hospitals investigating copper’s ability to reduce biological surface contamination in Intensive Care Unit rooms.

To learn more about the upcoming webinar and to register, please visit this site.


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Copper Heat Exchanger Performance: A Study of the Cooling Season at Ft. Jackson

July 10th, 2011 No comments

By Charles Feigley, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of South Carolina

Charles Feigley, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina, this month presented a paper at the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Austin, Texas. The paper described studies underway at the Fort Jackson U.S. Army base in Columbia, S.C on the use of copper heat exchangers to suppress the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause odors and compromise system effectiveness. This study is supported by the U.S. Army and is a collaboration of the Copper Development Association, the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina and Washington State University.
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After 125 Years I’m Still Standing Tall

July 1st, 2011 No comments

Happy Birthday to Me!

by Lady Liberty

On October 28, 1886, a dedication ceremony was held in my honor on Liberty Island, New York.  That was 125 years ago.  As we prepare to celebrate our Declaration of Independence this weekend, I thought I’d share a few insights on “Coppertalk” about how my exterior has withstood the test of time. Read more…

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