Hand Dryer Manufacturers Drive New Technologies Forward

Touchless technologies allow facilities managers to focus on more meaningful tasks.

By Mackenna Moralez

It is essential that healthcare facilities managers embrace innovative technology to ensure their organizations remain competitive. As the staffing shortage continues, more hospitals and other healthcare facilities have begun relying on automation, such as touchless technology, to streamline operations. Healthcare Facilities Today talks with hand dryer manufacturers on ways they are advancing product technology and what they expect in the future. 

In what ways will technology continue to play a role in the way hand dryers are used in facilities? 

“Touchless technology is the way of the future for hand-hygiene products. It’s a major step forward in technology that is constantly being improved upon. In the past, surgical scrub sinks were foot operated. We recently worked with D|13 Group to create an all-encompassing solution — an integrated sink system that includes a motion-activated hand dryer, faucet and soap dispenser on a custom washbasin. This increasingly popular innovation allows users to wash, rinse and dry hands all in one place with no direct contact necessary. 

At Excel Dryer, we recently added the option for an electrostatic filtration system to one of our products. The system uses static electricity to charge particles moving through the dryer, causing them to stick to the internal filtration system and be removed from the air. With this technology in place, the dryer boasts faster drying times and greater durability and has been proven to remove 99.999 percent of viruses and 99.97 percent of bacteria from the airstream. Maintenance is minimal, and filter replacement is required every 6-12 months depending on usage.” 

— William Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales, Excel Dryer, Inc. 

“Bobrick’s PureDri is a unique innovation in terms of offering continuous sanitization of the air in the restroom. Bobrick’s agnostic approach to hand drying options is especially important in healthcare settings. In addition to increasing optionality, healthcare facilities may also value noise levels, water containment and other considerations in appropriate settings for hand dryers.” 

— David Leigh, vice president of marketing, Bobrick Washroom Equipment 

Mackenna Moralez is the associate editor of the facilities market. 

November 17, 2022

Topic Area: Information Technology , Maintenance and Operations

Recent Posts

Patient Chokes Out Roommate at Norristown State Hospital

The incident stemmed from a dispute over the roommate throwing the patient’s books.

OhioHealth Announces Expansion of Dublin Methodist Hospital

Construction is expected to begin in winter 2026.

Atlantic Health System Forms Joint Venture with Premier Health Associates

The joint venture seeks to expand its ability to provide comprehensive primary care.

Environmental Services and the Fight Against AMR Bacteria

Disinfecting and training are low-cost options that address the rising threat of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.

97 Senior Care Facilities in Southeast Texas Lose Power After Hurricane

The power outages have created concerns for seniors’ health during the summer heat.


FREE Newsletter Signup Form

News & Updates | Webcast Alerts
Building Technologies | & More!


All fields are required. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Healthcare Facilities Today membership includes free email newsletters from our facility-industry brands.

Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn   Posts

Copyright © 2023 TradePress. All rights reserved.