• 8 top tips for running the most energy-efficient autoclave in 2024
    Efficient autoclaves conserve energy within them, and minimise loss.

Temperature Control / Sterilising

8 top tips for running the most energy-efficient autoclave in 2024

Jun 06 2024

Start with the load: An autoclave at load capacity operates most efficiently. Calculate what needs autoclaving in a typical day before picking your autoclave.

Then, select a chamber: Cylindrical chambers distribute pressure evenly and heat quickly but may have unusable spaces. Cuboid chambers offer more usable space but need thicker walls.

Next, look at water volumes…: Find an autoclave that heats the smallest volume of water to generate steam, reducing energy consumption. 

… And water heaters: More powerful heaters give faster water-to-steam conversion. This speeds up sterilisation, reducing energy loss.

Consider heating and cooling jacket: Jackets prevent cycle failures and use ambient water for cooling, saving energy.

Then look for energy-saving features: Look for autoclaves with intelligent sleep modes, optimal pump functionality, and low-power electronics to minimise energy waste.

Once you have your autoclave, ensure regular maintenance…: Regular servicing, calibration, and validation ensure the autoclave runs efficiently and maintains accurate temperatures.

…And effective scheduling: Develop timetables to ensure full loads. Run multiple cycles back-to-back using an autoclave with an Ecofill tank to conserve heat and shorten cycles, reducing energy use.

Astell produce a wide range of autoclaves with a variety of energy saving features and options, and are happy to help you find the most effective autoclave for your needs.

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