SCIENCE OF OTEX

Explore the science behind the development of the OTEX ozone disinfection system and understand what makes it so revolutionary.

Otex Disinfection Explained

OTEX provides fantastic peace of mind for laundry room staff across the UK, but just how does it work? 

Ozone, a gas, is produced when oxygen molecules are split into single oxygen atoms, and then reformed via the corona discharge to create an ozone molecule, which consists of three oxygen atoms.

When injected into a cool water wash cycle through our patented interfusor, ozone attacks and damages the cell membranes of bacteria, spores, viruses, yeasts and moulds by causing an oxidative reaction on contact. As they can no longer hold their original shape, the cell or micro-organism dies or is destroyed. This process is sometimes referred to as lysis.

During the OTEX disinfection process, ozone gas is continuously generated and injected into the machine drum throughout the wash cycle. Afterwards, ozone quickly breaks down into harmless oxygen molecules and is washed away.

The OTEX Process

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Oxygen is collected from the air and concentrated in situ to begin the OTEX process. Using a variety of filters to remove other elements such as nitrogen and hydrogen, the unit can produce 85% oxygen or greater – the more oxygen collected, the better the ozone yield will be.

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A corona discharge sends a high-voltage current through the oxygen (O2) to split the molecules into individual atoms (O), which then reform to create ozone gas (O3).

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The ozone is injected into the machine drum through our patented interfusor, generating bubbles which deliver the gas into the wash cycle. The ozone is continuously carried into the washer until the second-to-last rinse.

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Ozone disinfects the laundry in ambient water and opens up the fibres, enhancing the wash process and increasing the efficiency of the final spin.

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The wash cycle is verified to confirm disinfection has taken place. Receipts are then printed for reporting and auditing purposes.

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Clean, fresh smelling, decontaminated laundry items can now be unloaded ready for use.

Meet and Exceed Regulatory Standards with OTEX

OTEX is designed to aid compliance with a number of different regulations, including HTM 01-04 and HACCP reporting. It makes auditing and compliance easy, as it provides verification of disinfection after every wash.

A Natural, Cost-Effective Solution

With OTEX, you’ll get clean, hygienic linen that lasts longer, as you won’t be running hot temperatures that destroy fibres and cut short the life of your towels, sheets and other items. With no need for hot water, you can run cool wash cycles and still be confident that your laundry has been completely disinfected.

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