Ionic+™

Ionic+ Technology

Ionic+ harnesses the power of positive ions to fight microbes on soft surfaces. Noble Biomaterials offers three levels of Ionic+, from consumer to healthcare to wound care.

Ionic+ Positive Ion Activity Level 1: Consumer Use

Ionic+ Positive Ion Activity Level 2: Infection Prevention for Healthcare Only

Ionic+ Positive Ion Activity Level 3: Infection Management and Wound Care Only

How Ionic+ Works

The primary mechanism of action behind Ionic+ is the release of silver ions from the yarn, fiber, fabric, or foam. When you incorporate Ionic+ into products, positively charged ions are released in the presence of moisture (such as moisture vapor naturally emitted by the skin). This ionic action helps inhibit and eliminate microbes on the surface of the product, protecting it from microbial impacts.

Ionic+ Delivery Vehicles

Positive ions permanently extruded into the fiber or filament

Metalized
In the metalized form of Ionic+, 99.9% pure silver is permanently bonded to the surface of fiber, filament, fabric, or foam.

Extruded
In the extruded form of Ionic+, positively charged silver ions are permanently embedded into the fiber or filament.

Topical
In the topical form of Ionic+, positively charged ions are added to the fabric at the finishing stage.


Ionic+ Technology for Consumer Goods

(Previously branded XT2® or X-STATIC®)

Ionic+ harnesses the power of positive ions to fight microbes on soft surfaces.

How It Works

When you incorporate Ionic+ technology into products, positively charged ions are released in the presence of moisture (such as moisture vapor naturally emitted by the skin). This ionic action eliminates microbes on the surface of the product.

How Do Microbes Get On Clothing?

Clothing and bedding are in close contact with the microorganisms of the skin and those of the environment. This creates a warm and often moist environment next to the skin, which leads to the growth of bacteria. These microorganisms can lead to unpleasant odors, staining, fabric deterioration, and even physical irritation.

Benefits Of Ionic+

  • The world is full of microbes; preventing your clothing, footwear, bedding and towels from breeding them makes good sense.
  • Less odor means more confidence. Humans can distinguish at least 1 trillion different odors. When your clothes don’t stink, you’re not self-conscious.
  • Everyone has their own unique scent signature that is used to communicate information between humans. When your garments are bacteria free, odor on clothing does not overpower your own scent signature.
  • Less bacteria and odor on clothing means less washing. You can get multiple wearings out of your garments with Ionic+, saving resources and time.
  • When you do wash, you can use lower temperatures because the fabric is maintaining microbial cleanliness.
  • Ionic+ fiber and filament have received Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 accreditation, which certifies that it supports human ecology through biocompatibility and the absence of harmful substances in the manufacturing process.
  • Made with ions that can be found in water, land, and sea. Noble NEVER uses nano technology.

Where Can Ionic+ Be Used?

Ionic+ can be used everywhere—footwear, athletic clothing, sportswear, tailored clothing, denim, accessories, bedding, towels. There’s no limit!


Fabric Hygiene: What’s Living On Your Clothing

In a study called Microbial Odor Profile of Polyester and Cotton Clothes after a Fitness Session, researchers investigated the microbial growth and odor development in cotton and synthetic clothing fabrics on T-shirts collected from 26 healthy individuals after an intensive bicycle spinning session.

The figure at right represents 31 unique species found on the T-shirts. The isolates were classified into three bacterial phyla: Firmicutes, Antibacterial, and Proteobacteria.

As you can see, moisture and sweat create a perfect environment on clothing for microorganisms to flourish and generate the waste that creates odors, stains, and fabric deterioration. Ionic+ resists microorganism growth on the product.


What Causes Odor?

It begins with sweat. Humans produce two kinds: eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine sweat is the watery, salty, and generally neutral smelling sweat that you secrete it all over your body. Even when you are not working out, your body is still emitting moisture vapor. Apocrine sweat comes from glands and is a thick, oily fluid made up of fatty compounds. Like eccrine sweat, apocrine sweat doesn’t stink on its own either.

Your microbiome, which is made up of the microbes that live on your skin, love to eat the fatty, oily compounds in endocrine sweat. It’s actually the molecular waste from these microbes eating the sweat that leaves odor and stain.

Ionic+ is self-cleaning of microbes. When clothing or footwear is inhospitable to microbes, the clothing won’t carry the smells associated with those odor-causing bacteria.

FEATURED BRAND PARTNERS


Ionic+ Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare Fabrics

(Previously branded X-STATIC®)

Products powered by Ionic+ inhibit the growth of microbes—even drug-resistant bacteria and viruses—on the surface of fabrics. We believe that cleaner hospitals are safer hospitals and that protecting soft surfaces is equally important as hard surfaces. Our brand partners are making great strides in providing solutions.

Even before coronavirus changed the face of healthcare, Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) were widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading healthcare challenges. Despite the measures taken and improvements made to manage the issue, the current costs associated with H AIs—both human and financial—are staggering. Annually, they kill more people than influenza and pneumonia, car accidents, and breast cancer. These infections can lead to significant morbidity and mortality, with tens of thousands of lives lost each year. Additionally, H AIs are estimated to cost billions of dollars annually.

Ionic+ Antimicrobial Fabrics Offer a Permanent and Continuous Solution
Ionic+ is used in the healthcare market to provide clinical-quality antimicrobial performance. Manufacturers of advanced wound care products incorporate Ionic+ into various medical devices including advanced wound care treatments, dressings, medical socks, and orthopedic soft goods. To protect fabrics surrounding patients and staff in a healthcare environment and prevent the growth and cross-contamination of bacteria on the surface of fabrics, manufacturers of healthcare apparel and textiles incorporate Ionic+ into soft surfaces like privacy curtains, scrubs, lab coats, patient apparel, and bedding.

Benefits of Ionic+ Infection Prevention Textiles

  • No Behavior Modification by Staff or Patients Required
    As the mechanism of action is inherent in the fabric, it is self-cleaning of microbes.
  • Permanent Protection
    Not a chemical finish, Ionic+ lasts the life of the product (more than 200 laundering).
  • Antimicrobial Testing to The Industry’s Most Stringent Standards.
    Minimum 3-log reduction in 1 hour for certification. Noble tests and certifies 100% of the end-use applications for its technologies.
  • Clinically Proven
    Clinical studies, performed in hospitals on soft surfaces, showed successful reduction of pathogens on fabric in 1 hour.
  • Tested and Safe
    99% pure silver. Millions of EPA and FDA approved products powered by Ionic+ are on the market today.
  • Odor Protection
    Ionic+ naturally eliminates odor, keeping apparel smelling fresher for comfort and confidence during long shifts.

Survival of Pathogens on Fabric

Bacteria have been shown to live on cotton and polyester fabrics for weeks, and even months. Laundering alone is not effective enough, as there is no residual protection against further contamination. Instead, soft surface protection must be addressed and recognized as part of a more complete infection protection protocol.

FEATURED BRAND PARTNERS


Ionic+ Antimicrobial Technology in Wound Care

(Previously branded X-STATIC®)

In advanced wound care applications, silver can help prepare the wound for closure by managing the microbial contamination at the surface. Ionic+ for Infection Management & Healing is a proprietary silver-based antimicrobial technology used for mission-critical healthcare applications, including advanced wound care.

Noble Biomaterials currently holds multiple 510(k) FDA approvals for advanced wound/burn care dressings. They are versatile, can be cut to size, sterile and non-adherent. They provide a sustained release of silver cations for broad spectrum coverage and high versatility, which allows dressings to be used for indicated wound applications such as partial thickness burns, incisions, skin grafts, donor sites, lacerations, abrasions, and Stage I-IV dermal ulcers (vascular, venous, pressure and diabetic).

Benefits of Ionic+ for Infection Management & Healing

  • Continuous. sustained release of silver cations for broad spectrum antimicrobial protection.
  • Demonstration or rapid bactericidal activity against a broad range of pathogens in pharmacotherapy in “Vitro” model.
  • No soaking or shedding of elemental silver.
  • High versatility, allowing dressings to be used for all wound applications.
  • No staining of patient wound bed or clinician.
  • Smoother skin application and greater patient comfort

FEATURED BRAND PARTNERS