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Are Automatic Shoe Cover and Medical Bootie Dispensers and Removers Worth the Cost?

High-traffic cleanrooms use tightly controlled procedures with repeatable processes to maximize the passage of people in and out of sanitary environments. Cleanroom facilities of all sizes find advantages in using automatic shoe cover removers and dispensers to improve adherence to procedure, maximize throughput, cleanliness, and safety. The result is cost savings of up to $250+ per employee each year with cleaner operation and less maintenance.

The cost savings generated by automatic shoe cover dispensers is easily underestimated. On average, each employee enters and exits the cleanroom four times each day: twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. Each time, they walk to the shoe cover storage bin, walk to a designated area for application, find or wait for an open spot to sit down, put the booties on, and stand up.

Instant application and minimized movement offered by automatic shoe cover dispensers yield time savings of 29 – 39 seconds per application, totaling 116 – 156 seconds of time savings per day. Over the course of a year, at a pay rate of $25 per hour, the reduction of labor costs totals $180 –$252 per employee. This figure does not include the boost in production, increased manufacturing capacity, or reduction in potential workers’ compensation claims. Easily loaded refill packs for nearly any type of shoe cover type Most importantly, the effortless process encourages adherence to protocol while reducing contamination and safety hazards.

All entries and exits from gowning rooms, especially at high-volume, amplify the risks of contamination and accidents. Bending over and standing on one foot both create opportunities for loss of balance and falls. Furthermore, bacteria are easily spread from our feet to our hands by touching walls, the floor, or our shoes in the gowning process. Freestanding shoe cover machines maintain spatial barriers and streamline floor layouts by eliminating seating benches and the need to awkwardly balance on one foot or wait for an open seating bench. Open layouts also ease congestion and limit particle generation caused by shuffling feet in tight spaces. Decreased friction and reduced obstacles for personnel help maximize safety and minimize labor by removing trip hazards, and forgoing repeated sanitation of gowning room furniture.

Learn more about different models of shoe cover removal machines and the cost savings generated with high-volume and low-to-mid volume shoe cover removers and dispensers. Browse the PAC web store for exact specifications on CleanPro® models.

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Mitch Walleser

Mitch Walleser

Mitch works with manufacturing engineers and product specialists to examine new technology and products. His background includes 3D printing, electronics and cleanroom manufacturing. Stay up to date with new insights on automated production solutions by following on Twitter. @Go_to_PAC

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