Leading manufacturer of quality sanitaryware and plumbing supplies, Cobra Watertech, reported a growing demand for touch-free sensor taps to help stem cross-contamination following the spread of the swine flu virus in South Africa and internationally last year.
Touch-free electronic Smart taps – in the latest Cobratron range – are being installed in areas where there is a particularly high volume of human traffic, such as schools, shopping malls, airports, petrol station restrooms, hospitals and restaurants.
Prisca Mashanda, marketing manager of Cobra Watertech says one of the problems with conventional taps and mixers is that users unwittingly contaminate the tap with germs and transfer them back to their hands or to the hands of others.
The touch-free sensor taps eliminate that risk. The user simply places his or her hands under the tap and an electronic sensor activates the water flow. When hands are moved away from the spout the water flow stops.
“Many institutions are realising that the touch-free Cobratron taps are the best way to avoid risk of contamination. I have no doubt that this cutting edge technology is a trend that will become part of our lives now and in the future,” she adds.
Cobratron taps and mixers are designed to look good and are vandal-resistant. The range includes options that can be programmed to supply cold water, hot water or water set to desired temperature.
Cobratron products are in use around the world in a number of buildings that see a high level of public traffic, including shopping malls in South Africa and Australia, the Intercontinental Hotel UK, the Olympic Stadium in Greece, Turkey’s Samsun Airport, German post offices, Expo Guadalajara in Mexico and the New York Times building.