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Electrolyzed Water Generator: Understanding the science and technology

As we battle against viruses, bacteria, and other impurities in our environment today, we use a lot of cleansing and disinfecting products. In this post-COVID-19 era, this is likely to be the “new norm” of enhanced safety protocols across organizations globally. Scientific evidence proves that Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) – also called electrolyzed water – is more effective than traditionally available chlorine-based disinfectants. It’s clear that, in our “new reality” world, organizations in every industry will require large amounts of cost-effective antimicrobial cleansing agents for the foreseeable future. Having an in-house electrolyzed water generator, therefore, makes perfect sense.

Without Getting Technical

This post isn’t meant to serve as a technical paper, so we’ll stay away from highly-technical descriptions and definitions. However, some elaborative technical details may help put our discussions into context.

HOCL SCIENCE

The chemistry behind HOCL is surprisingly non-complex. All it takes is salt, water and electricity to produce electrolyzed water. For the slightly more technical minded audience, HOCL is the product of the process of applying electrolysis to a distilled salt solution. It’s really that simple!

Once the process is performed, you get HOCL – a product that’s contained naturally in our bodies’ white blood cells. Its primary function is to protect us from diseases. And it is that power which the electrolyzed water generator unlocks.

HOCL TECHNOLOGY

Today, organizations of all sizes can make electrolyzed water with an in-house HOCL generator. The technology to do so comes in various formats. There are HOCL machines that are dual stream systems, which separate a cathode from the anode using a diaphragm (or membrane). You’ll find other single stream systems too; but which are also based on membrane cell technology that utilize a membrane. The common aspect about both the above technologies is that they operate using extremely high pressure.

The most effective form of HOCL water generator is the one that uses single cell technology. This type of electrolyzed water generator does not contain a diaphragm (or membrane), but is a single stream system that generates only an anolyte solution. So, what makes single cell technology-based HOCL machines superior to their membrane cell competitors?

The Right Choice

The simple answer: Maintenance!

The simpler a technology is, the easier it is to maintain. Additionally, any piece of equipment that uses fewer complex components, is likely a better performer than those with more complex parts and technologies. With high-pressure applications, there’s always higher need for maintenance, which:

  • Adds to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the technology, which therefore reduces the technologies’ total return on investment (ROI)
  • Requires additional down-time, putting the machine off-line and reduces the organization’s capacity to make electrolyzed water

With cleansing and disinfection high on the agenda in today’s post-pandemic world, every organization is going to need its own, in-house high-volume HOCL production capacity. Taking that capacity off-line for more duration that required, can limit the organization’s response to its own, and government mandated, enhanced safety protocols. It’s for these reasons, and the fact that ECOLOXTECH manufactures its machines with the highest quality components for dependability, that more organizations prefer single cell HOCL generators to membrane-based ones.

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