WHAT ARE ENZYMES?
INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS
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WHAT ARE
ENZYMES?
What are enzymes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are enzymes safe? + -

In one word: Yes. For thousands of years enzymes have been used to make bread, cheese, and wine. Over the past few decades, enzyme use has extended into the laundry and dishwashing detergent market, agriculture, animal feed, chemical production, cosmetics, dental hygiene, dietary supplements, food, leather treatment, medicine, odor control, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, textiles, water treatment to name a few! As a matter of fact, you have all ready used products which contain enzymes or have been manufactured using enzymes or both!

How do enzymes work? + -

The specific mechanisms responsible for explaining enzymatic activity are very complex. A simplified answer would be that enzymes lower the activation energy of a reaction.

 

This lower level dramatically accelerates the reaction. As a result enzymes massively decrease required reaction times. Reactions which may normally take a few days could take as little as a few seconds to complete once enzymes added! Some reactions might not ever take place without the right enzyme being present.

 

One might say enzymes are the facilitators of Mother Nature’s life cycle.

 

Enzymes are naturally produced by every living thing. Biotechnology allows for the commercial production of enzymes using a process known as fermentation.

 

In the fermentation process the living conditions of certain microorganisms are optimized and carefully controlled producing enzymes. Specific enzymes are then harvested, isolated, filtered and stabilized.

What are the performance benefits of enzymes? + -

What are enzymes?

 

Catalysts are materials that help chemical reactions to occur faster without being consumed in these reactions and therefore are available to help multiple reactions.

 

Enzymes are proteins produced by a living organism that act as a catalyst.

 

They speed up chemical reactions that would occur at a much slower rate if they were not involved.

 

Enzymes are therefore specialized proteins which naturally enable and accelerate chemical reactions in all living organisms. Many enzymatic reactions break down larger molecules into smaller ones.

 

An example of this reaction is food digestion which is a role enzymes play in all living organisms.

 

Many of the enzymes currently being used in the cleaning industry have been introduced in the 1960s.

 

These include protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, mannanase, and pectinase.

 

These enzymes have enhanced detergents in many ways that made them work better at removing stains, reduced required volumes, and lower wash temperatures required to clean.

 

Enzymes are very specific in the target (substrate) they act on.

 

When they find their substrate, they lock on, break it down, then continue to the next stain.

 

The enzymes used in laundry detergents act on materials that make up a variety of stains and soils so that these materials can be washed away more easily. These enzymes are named after the materials they can act upon, for example:

  • Proteases break down protein based stains,
  • Lipases break down lipid (fat) based stains,
  • Amylases break down starches and other carbohydrate based stains (amyl comes from the Greek for starch) and
  • Pectinase remove fruit and pectin-based stains that traditional detergent ingredients have trouble removing, doing it efficiently at low wash temperatures.

 

Adding enzymes to degreasers, cleaners, and laundry detergents is efficient and affordable.

 

A small amount of an enzyme is required for each reaction since the same molecule can target many substrate molecules (soils in this case) before being exhausted in the reaction.

 

Are enzymes safe?

 

Enzymes are proteins by definition, therefore, they are completely biodegradable.

 

They are generally non-toxic to plants and animals in the environment.

 

They are harmless if accidentally ingested by a child.

 

However, like many other proteins, enzymes can cause respiratory allergy in some people if they are breathed in at very high concentrations, frequently, and for long periods of time. This doesn't pose a safety issue for consumers who use laundry detergents.

 

But this can represent a health issue for people that work in enzyme-making facilities and in detergent production facilities, if enzymes are not handled properly.

 

References

Flindt, M. L. H. 1969. Pulmonary disease due to inhalation of derivatives of Bacillus subtilis containing proteolytic enzyme. Lancet, 1:1177-81.

 

Pepys J., J. L., Longbottom, F. E. Hargreave and J. Faux. 1969. Allergic reactions of the lungs to enzymes from Bacillus subtilis. Lancet, 1:1181-4.

 

Newhouse M. L., B. Tagg, S. J. Pocock, A. C. McEwan. 1970. An epidemiological study of workers producing enzyme washing powders. Lancet, 1:689-693.

 

Juniper, C. P., M. J. How, B. F. J. Goodwin and A. K. Kinshott. 1977. Bacillus subtilis enzymes: a 7-year clinical, epidemiological and immunological study of an industrial allergen. J. Soc. Occup. Med., 27:3-12.

 

Flood D. F. S., R. E. Blofeld, C. F. Bruce, J. I. Hewitt, C. P. Juniper and D. M. Roberts. 1985. Lung function, atopy, specific hypersensitivity, and smoking of workers in the enzyme detergent industry over 11 years. Br J Ind Med.,42:43-50.

 

 Schweigert, MK, MacKenzie, DP and Sarlo, K. 2000. Occupational asthma and allergy associated with the use of enzymes in the detergent industry - a review of the epidemiology, toxicology and methods of prevention. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 30: 1511-1518.

 

Sarlo, K and Kirchner, DB. 2002. Occupational asthma and allergy in the detergent industry: new developments. Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2:97-101.

 

Sarlo, K. 2003. Control of occupational asthma and allergy in the detergent industry. Annals Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 90(suppl):32-34.

 

 In addition, a complete literature review on enzymes has been completed by the European Union.

 

 Aberer, W., M. Hahn, M. Klade, U. Seebacher, A. Spök, K. Wallner and H. Witzani. 2002. Final report: Collection of information on enzymes, European Commission Contract No. B4-3040/2000/27845/MAR/E2.

 

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INDUSTRIAL
SOLUTIONS

OZYMES’S Industrial Solutions

 

As OZYMES’S proprietary enzymes are unlike any other enzymes on the market, superior and novel solutions are available to your customers. OZYMES’S enzyme technology offers biodegradable replacement for harsh chemicals used often in detergents.

 

Once added, our enzymes will make detergents safer, milder in pH, and reduce water and energy consumption as required temperatures for effective cleaning drop Additional savings will also be realized as the life of the equipment and textile will be extended.

 

 

 

The secret ingredient:

OZYMES’S proprietary enzymes with catalytic and targeted action can be used in unlimited application opportunities including:

  • Laundry.
  • Surgical instrument cleaning.
  • Clean In Place.

 

The results of adding our enzymes will be realized in many aspects:

 

  • Improved cleaning as each enzyme has a specific soil that it will destroy.
  • Cost-saving efficiency.
    • Shorter cleaning cycles at lower temperatures.
    • Extending the lifetime of equipment and textile.
    • Concentrated detergents that are cheaper to ship and store.
  • Flexibility of application as our enzymes can be used for small and industrial scale cleaning in either manual and automatic.
  • Improved environmental profile of your organization.

 

For more detailed information about Ozymes’s proprietary enzymes and they can help offer your customers superior performance please contact us.

PRODUCTS
Mechanical Industry
Ozagrese™

Ozagrese™ is an innovative enzyme-based degreaser with the power of Lipesterase™; a unique enzyme developed by OZYMES™.
Ozagrese™ effectively and efficiently cleans the floors and machines of mechanical, automotive, or metal fabrication shops in a sustainable and green manner.

Ozagrese Tech™

Ozagrese Tech™ is a highly concentrated enzyme-based degreaser with novel features. Ozagrese Tech™ is very effective in industrial applications such as cleaning production lines, use in construction industry, or maintenance of turbines and transformers.

Hotel Industry
Oza-Carpet

Oza-CarpetTM is an enzyme-based biological formulation for cleaning, degreasing, stain removal and odor control for carpets, rugs, chairs, sofas, curtains and vehicle interior. The mixture of enzymes and surfactants rapidly dissolves stubborn stains and biodegrade organic matter while eliminating malodors after cleaning.

Oza-Net™

Oza-NetTM is a biological cleaner-degreaser based enzyme mixture with powerful features for household cleaning: kitchen, countertop, cooktop hoods, stainless steel, floor, carpet, ceramic, sinks and toilets.

Oza-Neutral™

Concentrated enzyme mixture that has a neutral pH formula recommended for cleaning floors, walls, wood paneling, linoleum, marble and tiles, etc. Oza-NeutreTM has a neutral pH formula, free of mineral solvents, effectively dissolves organic matter and grease, while irreversibly eliminating odors.

Carpet-Pro™

Carpet-ProTM is a mix of enzymes and surfactants, designed to clean carpets and rugs. Carpet-Pro eliminates stains (red wine, food, tea ...) and neutralizes odors in an irreversible way. It safely cleans carpets made of natural fibers (wool, silk, bamboo, coconut ...) and those made of synthetic fibers.

Agri-Food Industry
Ozagrese P™

Ozagrese P™ is a very efficient cleaner based on an enzyme mixture that easily penetrates foods, milk and meat residues, and general restaurant waste. It is useful for areas of restaurants, microbreweries, dairies and butcher shops.

Ozagrese P Tech™

Ozagrese P Tech™ is an ultra-concentrated cleaner based on a mixture of novel enzymes that efficiently penetrates grease, grime, gunk and sticky food.

Automotives Sector
Oza-Truck™

Oza-truck™ is a powerful biological car shampoo concentrate with the power enzymatic mix of “LIPESTERASE and PROTEASE”. At room temperature, the mixture of enzymes, surfactants, and emulsifying agents quickly dissolves grease stains and deep cleans metal components. This makes it ideal for interior cleaning of carpets, seats and fabric roof. Moreover, it leaves a film preventing the redeposition of grease giving the lustrous appearance of the dashboard. Also, it perfectly cleans the front grille traces of insects and blood.

Oza-Carpet

Oza-CarpetTM is an enzyme-based biological formulation for cleaning, degreasing, stain removal and odor control for carpets, rugs, chairs, sofas, curtains and vehicle interior. The mixture of enzymes and surfactants rapidly dissolves stubborn stains and biodegrade organic matter while eliminating malodors after cleaning.

Oza Steel™

Oza-Steel™ is an enzyme-based rust remover first of its kind to target rust on different types of metals without the use of acids. Indeed,

Domestic Sector
Oza-Neutral™

Concentrated enzyme mixture that has a neutral pH formula recommended for cleaning floors, walls, wood paneling, linoleum, marble and tiles, etc. Oza-NeutreTM has a neutral pH formula, free of mineral solvents, effectively dissolves organic matter and grease, while irreversibly eliminating odors.

Oza-Net™

Oza-NetTM is a biological cleaner-degreaser based enzyme mixture with powerful features for household cleaning: kitchen, countertop, cooktop hoods, stainless steel, floor, carpet, ceramic, sinks and toilets.

Carpet-Pro™

Carpet-ProTM is a mix of enzymes and surfactants, designed to clean carpets and rugs. Carpet-Pro eliminates stains (red wine, food, tea ...) and neutralizes odors in an irreversible way. It safely cleans carpets made of natural fibers (wool, silk, bamboo, coconut ...) and those made of synthetic fibers.

Animal Pro™

Animal ProTM is a Biological Cleaner and Odor remover, which quickly degrades dirt and odors from vomit, feces and even stubborn urine, leaving behind a fresh, clean smell.

Cuir-Pro™

Cuir-ProTM is a biological leather stain remover. It removes dirt of organic origin from leather, neutralizes unpleasant odors and leaves a fresh smell of flowers.  It's an enzymatic ready to use formula that is 100% composed from organic ingredients.

Heavy Industry
Oza-Power™

Oza-Power™ is a powerful bioenzymatic degreaser with innovative features , it has ideal  use in  oil industry, mining and construction.

Oza Steel™

Oza-Steel™ is an enzyme-based rust remover first of its kind to target rust on different types of metals without the use of acids. Indeed,

Ozagrese Tech™

Ozagrese Tech™ is a highly concentrated enzyme-based degreaser with novel features. Ozagrese Tech™ is very effective in industrial applications such as cleaning production lines, use in construction industry, or maintenance of turbines and transformers.

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