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Creating a Safe and Sterile Waste Exit Route

Nov 08 2023

Often an essential part of any laboratory ‘containment’ suite that requires hazardous waste sterilisation prior to safe disposal is inclusion of a pass-through (also known as a double door) autoclave. Key requirement is that both ends of the autoclave sterilising chamber are isolated.

Double-door autoclaves are a unique design and this is where the experience and expertise of Priorclave, a dedicated UK manufacturer of laboratory and research grade autoclaves is essential.

With total control over the autoclave build, the company often adapts a standard steam steriliser or develops a totally unique autoclave to meet customer requirements. The overall design and build of each double-door autoclave takes place at Priorclave’s UK manufacturing centre where the company introduces a robust bulkhead mount to facilitate a strong structural fix into a dividing wall between the sterile lab and non-sterile areas.

Safe sterile transit is essential; therefore, interlocks prevent both doors being open at the same time as this would obviously breach the integrity of the site. The door at the unloading end will not open until the sterilisation cycle has been successfully completed. Also, it is not possible to release the loading door until the unloading door has been opened and subsequently closed and locked.  Once installed the double-door Pass-Through research autoclave is the perfect partner working as an interface between sterile and non-sterile areas.

All sterilising processes are controlled through the very latest Tactrol®3 controller. Depending on the application Priorclave will configure layout of the Tactrol® controller to suit lab requirements. A typical set-up could be that only one side of the double door steriliser has access to the full control system, the other side of the autoclave equipped with just a screen to show process status so that staff are aware when a job is complete, and it is safe to remove the media or waste.

British autoclave manufacturer Priorclave can supply pass through autoclaves with sterilising chamber capacities up to 700 litres. These robust designs have an uncompromising level of safety to preserve sterile area.

Since each installation site is different, it may require doors to be hinged on the left or right as well as consideration given to location of electrical, water and drain services. This is where the in-depth knowledge of the Priorclave engineers is a valuable asset. They are always on hand to advise on critical installation issues, ensuring the autoclave build program accommodates local site requirements for a smooth path from delivery to installation and operation.

The build quality and performance of Priorclave top loading autoclaves is unquestionable - durable and dependable. They incorporate epoxy coated panels and frame members treated with an anti-bacterial agent that is highly effective and a permanent treatment for control of harmful bacteria. It makes surfaces cleaner, more hygienic and provides a durable lifelong protection against the threat of cross contamination. And is proven to reduce bacterial growth by up to 99.99% and is highly effective against MRSA, E coli, Listeria, Legionella, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Pseudomonas and over fifty other species.

Buying a Priorclave brand of autoclave is an investment. The high standards maintained at every stage of design and autoclave production ensures the operational longevity of every research grade laboratory autoclave. And every steriliser benefits from first class pre- and after-sales technical support and warranty.

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