Premium Purity™ is built to achieve desired hygiene levels in the most sustainable way possible. The ACT ECA System™ is a perfect example of this.
With the ACT ECA System™, we remove all toxic detergents from daily cleaning and replace them with products made from water and salt. It is suitable everywhere from health care facilities, hotels and restaurants to food processing sites and beverage production.
Introducing the ACT ECA System™
The ACT ECA System™ is the sustainable alternative to conventional cleaning with harsh detergents.
ECA means electro-chemically activated. It is a process in which water and salt are run through a cell and create a mild hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda and lye.
With an ACT ECA Pro Generator, you can create your own pH-neutral and environmentally friendly ACT ECA Water.
BENEFITS of the ACT ECA System™
Using the ACT ECA System™ can positively affect the job satisfaction of cleaning personnel. With ACT ECA Water, the need for gloves, masks, and other protective measurements becomes redundant.
In contrast to soaps and other conventional cleaning agents, ACT ECA Water does not need to be rinsed off after application. This saves several steps in the cleaning protocol, making daily cleaning easier and faster.
The ACT ECA System™ replaces strong chemical detergents and disinfectants. The leftovers will decompose and break down only into water and salt, without any negative impact on the environment. As additional rinsing is unnecessary, the use of ACT ECA Water (compared to a conventional cleaning process) saves water every time you clean.
ACT ECA Water is produced with an ACT ECA Generator, which is installed on-site – reducing the need for transportation and storage of detergents and disinfectants.
According to Danish law, it is required to rinse surfaces after a disinfection process.
ACT ECA Water consists only of water and salt and has been granted an exception from this rule in Denmark due to its mild formula. In many food production sites, this means less time cleaning and more time for production.
Reduced use of toxic chemicals. The ACT ECA System™ replaces toxic cleaning detergents and disinfectants. The surplus will decompose, and only water and salt remains, without leaving any negative effect on the environment.
Less plastic. With the ACT ECA System™, the need for the plastic containers that hold conventional cleaning detergents is reduced.
Lower water consumption. The ACT ECA Water reduces the conventional cleaning process with several steps, including rinsing after application on surfaces.
Provides a better working environment. As ACT ECA Water is close to pH-neutral, there is not any need for gloves or masks when handling the fluid.
THE CHEMISTRY behind ACT ECA System™
When compared to traditional cleaning with products containing toxic chemicals, the ACT ECA System™ is environmentally friendly. ECA is an acronym for electro-chemically activated. It is a process in which water and salt are run through a cell and create a mild hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) (also known as caustic soda and lye).
The core of the process is a diaphragmatic cell designed using a unique technology to effectively deliver ECA solutions using salt.
A diaphragm cell separates the water and salt into an anolyte (HOCl) and a catholyte (NaOH) solution. These are generated at the anode and cathode chambers of the cell, preventing the two streams from mixing and reacting to form a unique hypochlorous acid solution.
The active components in ACT ECA Water are:
- NaOH (Sodium hydroxide): an alkali compound that easily dissolves in water
- HOCl (Hypochlorous acid): a weak acid
NaOH acts as a detergent removing dirt, and HOCI acts as a disinfectant.
Over time ACT ECA Water loses its disinfecting properties, and decomposes into salt and water.
HOCl – the anti-microbial agent
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a weak acid with a high oxidative potential. HOCl does not have any charge and is thereby able to penetrate microbial cell walls. This makes it an effective disinfectant against bacteria, viruses, algae, yeasts, and airborne mold spores.
HOCl decomposes and inhibits the growth of microorganisms by oxidative stress of cell walls and other vital organelles. HOCl inactivates key enzymes in the cells, alters cellular metabolisms, and degrades nucleic acids.
These processes will decompose microbial cells without the risk of microbes becoming resistant.
NaOH – the cleaning agent
Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is an alkaline base that is also called lye or caustic soda.
It is an excellent floor, surface, and carpet cleaner without the need for additional detergents. Sodium hydroxide is effective in removing proteins and nucleic acids.
In the ACT ECA System™, it is used in a mild concentration.
As a cleaning agent, sodium hydroxide saponifies* fats and dissolves proteins.
Due to the chemically activated NaOH, the ACT ECA Water has very low surface tension. This means that ACT ECA Water can get closer to the top of the surface that needs cleaning, improving the cleaning result.
*Saponification is the process in which fats and oils are converted into soap and alcohols, which can easily be removed by water.
HOCl mimicking the human immune system
When the body is under attack from microorganisms (e.g. bacteria and viruses) the immune system responds immediately.
The body sends an increased number of neutrophils, (a type of white blood cell) straight to the invasion site. When activated, these cells produce large amounts of a mixed oxidant solution, which is effective in decomposing invading microbes and pathogens.
The oxidant produced by neutrophils, Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), and it is one of the most efficient natural disinfectants. It is non-toxic to humans and highly effective as an anti-microbial agent
The HOCl concentration is highly dependent on the pH value of the salt mixture. Thus, it is possible to adjust the product to fulfil different cleaning needs by slightly changing the salt formula.