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Alconox Inc. Product Innovation

Alconox Inc. is honored to have reached our 75th anniversary milestone. Lets take a look back at some important dates in the company’s history.

1940s

  • Pre 1941
  • Pre 1941
  • While working at a hosiery company, chemist Louis Zisman learned about the emerging chemistry of synthetic surfactants. He discovered that a wetting agent he developed excelled at cleaning glassware without leaving a residue.

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  • 1941
  • Louis Zisman combined his talents with that of William Lebowitz, owner of Standard Scientific Supply Corporation. Standard Scientific was a distributor of products focused on the laboratory market. Together, they began selling and distributing detergent to hospitals and laboratories.

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  • 1946
  • Alconox Inc. was formed May 28th, 1946, to hold exclusive rights to Alconox detergent and its distribution.

1950s

  • 1950
  • 1950
  • Alconox Inc. opens an office on 853 Broadway, New York, NY. Over time, more and more dealers signed up to distribute Alconox detergent and the product became widely distributed by just about every lab or hospital dealer.

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  • 1951
  • Alconox Inc. launches a decade of innovation with some hits and some misses. They created the powdered detergent, Oranox® Rust Inhibitor, that targeted dentists and oral surgeons. It was ultimately not successful and was discontinued in 1954. Recently, one box was recovered from an antique store in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • 1957
  • 1957
  • Alcotabs® Tablet Pipet Detergent, a tablet solution to better clean siphon pipet washers, was developed and hit the market July 12th, 1957. The new, innovative, flotation cleaning, slow dissolving tablet allowed for cleaning over multiple cycles in the pipet washer resulting in better pipet cleaning.

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  • 1959
  • Closing out the decade came another Alconox Inc. powerhouse, in fact our flagship detergent for lab washers. Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent was created and put in distribution August 12th, 1959. It was invented to provide a low-foaming detergent effective in automatic dishwasher glassware washing applications.

1960s

  • 1964
  • 1964
  • On Oct. 28th, 1964 Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent, was developed in response to customer requests for a phosphate-free detergent that would not interfere with biological oxygen demand (BOD) bottle washing where unrinsed bottles could result in contamination with phosphate essential nutrients causing false high readings in BOD testing.

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

2020s

  • 2021
  • 2021
  • Alconox Inc. celebrates 75 years of solving critical cleaning challenges. Read More

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