Autoclaves

Autoclaves blog posts category, where science meets precision in the pursuit of sterilisation excellence. In this series of blog posts, we delve into the heart of autoclaving technology, exploring its intricate mechanisms, diverse applications, and pivotal role in ensuring the safety and integrity of numerous industries. From medical laboratories to industrial settings, autoclaves stand as the guardians of cleanliness, eradicating pathogens with efficiency and reliability. Join us on a journey through the inner workings, best practices, and evolving innovations of autoclaves, unlocking the secrets behind these indispensable sterilization marvels.

DWK safety blog – autoclaving glass bottles
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DWK safety blog - autoclaving glass bottles

An autoclave is a specialised piece of equipment which is a physical method for disinfection and sterilisation. The process is achieved using a combination of steam, high pressure, and time. Steam is effective at transferring thermal energy (compared to dry air) and can sterilise a load at 121°C in just 15 minutes. The majority of laboratory glass bottles are suitable for autoclaving. Howev...
Autoclave plastic bottles
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DWK safety tips and tricks - Autoclave plastic bottles

A variety of laboratory processes require sterile containers. If you're using laboratory plasticware, it is important to consider several factors before the container is placed in an autoclave. Duran plastic coated bottles Here are 6 questions to ask before autoclaving plastic bottles: 1) Is your plastic bottle suitable for autoclaving? Not all plastic polymers are suitable for au...
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How do you sterilise liquids using an Autoclave?

Most labs will need to sterilise liquid solutions. Media, agar, saline, water and lysogeny broth to name a few, but how should you do this in an autoclave? An Autoclave liquid cycle is used to avoid the phenomenon known as "boil-over". This is when a liquid boils so violently it spills over the top of the container. This can occur if the pressure in your autoclave chamber is released too qui...
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What are the cooling options available for Autoclaves?

Waiting for the cooling of your autoclave after the sterilisation cycle can be the most time-consuming stage, if there is fast throughput in your laboratory you may want to consider the cooling options available to speed up the autoclave cycle. [caption id="attachment_12789" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Astell Front Loading Autoclave[/caption]   Fan Cooling (external)  Available on...
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Astell Autoclaves providing vital decontamination and sterilisation at Barts Cancer Institute, London

Astell Scientific autoclaves are trusted to ensure the safety and reliability of laboratory work at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London. Read on to see how the Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence uses their autoclave and why they chose Astell for this vital instrument. [caption id="attachment_11289" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Loading the autoclave at Barts Cancer...
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Steam generation in Autoclaves explained

Autoclaves sterilise objects or media in their chamber by exposing them to a high temperature, typically 121oC, and steam pressurised to at least 1.1 Bar G. This steam can be generated by a number of options; heaters in chamber, integral steam generator or an external steam generator. Heaters in Chamber This is the standard configuration for the circular chambered Astell Autoclaves. Water is ...
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Fully programmable Autoclaves without plumbing! The Benchtop series by Astell

Astell's range of Benchtop autoclaves offer a totally self-contained solution with no need to connect a water supply. The range offers fast, flexible sterilization with standard or custom programs available all in standalone, benchtop units. [caption id="attachment_10246" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Benchtop Autoclave by Astell - totally self contained, the unit doesn't require conne...
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