Microbubble Generator Washes Dog w/o Shampoo
IDEC Corp will release a microbubble generator for a dog bath June 20, 2008, in Japan. Microbubbles produced by the generator reach the skin and hair roots of a dog and clean it without shampoo.
IDEC developed the generator "Wan Love Yu," which is externally attached to the dog bath, by applying the company's microbubble generation technology "GALF." The GALF is a technology to continuously and stably generate microbubbles without using a compressor. It can stably produce bubbles whose diameter is 20μm on average and density is 600,000 bubbles/cm3.
More than 200 units based on the GALF have been adopted in various fields where a high level of safety is required such as machine, automobile, semiconductor and food factories. They are also used in public baths and resort facilities.
The surfaces of the microbubbles generated by the GALF are negatively charged, so they attach to positively-charged and neutral organic substances in a liquid, dissolving dirt and grease. In addition, bursting bubbles clean the surfaces of objects.
In general, when gas and liquid flow together as a mixture, bubbles insulate heat. And microbubbles attached to a body surface act as an heat insulating layer. Therefore, the water stream does not take a toll on the dog.
Also, microbubbles can maintain the skin temperature of lower limbs. Considering those features, IDEC applied the GALF to the microbubble generator for a dog bath.
This time, the company developed a technology to keep air dissolved in hot water before the water is ejected from the shower head and to generate microbubbles in the ejected water. As a result, the generator provides not only a massage effect by the water stream but also a cleaning effect by the microbubbles.
The generator can be used just by putting a hose into a bathtub without any piping work. Also, with no air adjustment valve, it can be easily controlled by using switches. It has passed a conformance test for electric appliances (specific electric appliances: electric bubble generator for bath tub) based on the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law established by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.