Aircraft Cabin Management

Boltaron develops product to meet ‘critical needs’ of airlines post-coronavirus

Boltaron 9815N

Simona Boltaron has launched a new product for use in 2D or 3D thermoformed aircraft interior seat parts, which has been developed to meet the critical needs of airlines post-Covid-19.

Boltaron 9815N was engineered to be the next generation of the company’s leading high-impact product, 9815E, and its new formulation enhances its ability to withstand regular ultraviolet-C (UV-C) disinfection.

UV-C cleaning is a practice used in healthcare applications and is expected to be more frequently utilised in aircraft interiors.

The company collaborated with GermFalcon, the first UV-C system designed for airplanes. GermFalcon kills bacteria and viruses using hospital proven doses of ultraviolet-C light using its patented machine engineered to disinfect the most challenging surfaces.

In an independent test by GermFalcon, Boltaron 9815N samples were tested to understand its performance after long-term UV-C exposure.

Several factors were observed, including colour changes, bending properties and impact resistance. The samples were exposed to doses of exposure equalled to one to six years of UV-C exposure.

GermFalcon used Dimer Protocol 62-4c, which is a test protocol for UV-C exposure effects on surfaces after six years.

At the conclusion of the test, the Boltaron 9815N samples were observed in open daylight with levels >3000 lux to detect colour changes.

As a result, the 9815N test samples showed no visible changes over a six-year equivalent UV-C exposure. The tactile “feel”, as well as bending properties, appeared unchanged, with no cracking.

Simona Boltaron president, Kevin Asti, said: “Our research and development teams dove right in to come up with a material formulation that would provide the long term performance and durability that our customers can rely on as they ramp up their cleaning frequency and techniques.

“Understanding the cleaning technologies that are available to the aircraft interiors industry, such as GermFalcon, and how they interact with our materials is critical to that process.”

Additionally, 9815N is safe to clean using all aviation interior cleaning products, including those that contain quaternary ammonium salts, with no adverse effects to the appearance of the material.

These cleaning products include, but are not limited to:

  • Callington Aero Glass Cleaner (ethanol)
  • Callington CH2200 (ethanol, alcohol solvent)
  • Celeste Biozyme EX3 (bacillus spores)
  • Celeste MicroGreen™ AGR (d-limonene)
  • Celeste SP-NG85000 Interior Cleaner Complete (alcohols, ethoxylated)
  • Celeste Sani-Cide 32 (ammonium chloride quat)
  • Celeste Sani-Cide EX3 (lactic acid)
  • Celeste Sani-Cide FSC (ammonium chloride quat)
  • Celeste San-Com® (ethanol)
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Dawn Dish Soap and Water
  • Frasiers Bacoban for Aeropsance (quaternary ammonium salts)
  • Lysol Clean and Fresh Multisurface Cleaner Sparkling Lemon Scent
  • Lysol Dual Action Wipes Citrus Scent
  • Palmolive and water (ammonium lauryl sulfate isodecyl alcohol ethoxylate)
  • Real Clean AeroCide Aircraft Interior Disinfectant
  • Zip-Chem Calla 7127
  • Zip-Chem Calla 1452
  • Zoono Microbe Shield
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)
  • Clorox Bleach

Boltaron 9815N is available in custom colors and a wide range of textures to allow for design flexibility. 

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