How a small cable tie helps combat contamination in a big way

ABB’s new Ty-Rap® TyGenic™ antimicrobial, detectable cable ties help cut contamination risk

The cost of contamination can add up, including downtime, waste, loss of customer trust and even public health concerns. The estimated financial impact alone can include a product recall, averaging between $10 – $30 million in direct costs, and rise even higher based on complying with post incident requirements and lost sales, brand value and customer confidence. There can also be criminal liability. 

From food and medication to toothpaste and lotion, we expect the products that touch our lives to be safe to consume and use. Helping prevent contamination in production environments and healthcare settings is critical to reducing risk and waste.

Contamination is the presence of an unwanted element or impurity that spoils, infects or makes something unusable.

It’s important to implement safety and hygiene controls at every touchpoint across food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical, healthcare and other contamination-sensitive environments – from personnel and practices to processing and packaging. ABB works with partners in all types of hygiene-critical locations to help create cleaner, safer environments. In many facilities, ABB’s Ty-Rap® cable ties are used to safely secure everything from electrical cords and equipment to hoses, wires and more.

From other planets to production plants

Focused on delivering the right product for the environment, ABB Installation Products offers more than 250 varieties of Ty-Rap cable ties available in multiple materials and proven in a wide range of temperatures and applications in space and on earth. This includes heat-reactive cable ties that change color to warn of potentially dangerous high temperatures and cable ties that have buoyancy for easy visual detection in batters and liquids. After introducing our detectable Ty-Rap ties in 2006 and bacteria resistant one-piece cable ties, customers asked us to combine antimicrobial and detectable capabilities into one cable tie, while making it as strong as our standard Ty-Rap cable ties with the Grip of Steel™ stainless steel locking device.

A tiny and mighty solution to help cut contamination risk

In response to the needs of customers in food and beverage processing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and other contamination-sensitive environments, ABB developed Ty-Rap® TyGenic cable ties as the industry’s first two-piece cable tie that is both antimicrobial and detectable. The latest innovation in ABB’s Ty-Rap product line, Ty-Rap TyGenic antimicrobial* detectable cable ties help reduce risk, complement cleaning protocols and enhance food safety for hygiene-critical location in multiple ways:

  • Tested to be over 99 percent effective at inhibiting microbial growth and helps protect against a broad spectrum of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans and fungi like mold and mildew.
  • Delivers three-way detectability to help ensure tie pieces don’t end up in products. Ty-Rap TyGenic ties are colored a distinctive deep blue and contain detectable particles for easier identification using visual, x-ray and metal detection systems.
  • Molded from an FDA and EU food contact-approved, halogen-free nylon resin blend, Ty-Rap TyGenic cable resist microbes from adhering and replicating on its surface.
  • Designed with UV-resistant material for operating temperatures up to 85 °C (185 °F).
  • Patent pending, available in four sizes and meets industry safety standards.

No one wants “secret ingredients” like fragments or particles in their food or beverages. View how ABB’s Ty-Rap TyGenic antimicrobial* detectable cable ties help resist the growth of microorganisms and deliver three-way detectability here and download the related white paper. As part of the ABB Installation Products portfolio of electrification solutions, Ty-Rap TyGenic antimicrobial detectable cable ties are available globally and can be found at

*Ty-Rap® TyGenic™ antimicrobial detectable cable ties provide no antimicrobial inhibitory activity beyond protection of the cable ties themselves. They do not provide protection against specific pathogenic organisms, nor do they prevent growth of bacteria on adjacent or nearby surfaces. The antimicrobial efficacy of the material is designed to last for the life of the cable tie under normal use conditions.

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Brian D. Barr

Brian D. Barr leads the Food & Beverage and Technology segments of ABB Installation Products, part of ABB’s Electrification business area. He has more than 22 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, spanning global market development, food service, quality, electrical design and technology. Brian and the ABB Electrification team work with partners across the Food & Beverage processing spectrum to deliver solutions that enhance operational efficiency, flexibility, quality, productivity and safety.
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