Full-Featured Programmable Benchtop Autoclave Control System
The bulk of small-footprint autoclaves on the market are essentially glorified pressure cookers. If they offer any “control system” at all, it is little better than the “controls” on a toaster oven. The few benchtop models that do offer robust control systems are primarily repurposed medical devices. Since they were originally intended for dental offices and other clinics, their control systems are often limited to a few pre-programmed, FDA-approved cycles. Even if the control system is flexible enough to accommodate research tasks, the hardware itself is rarely up to the task: Sterilizing clean dental instruments is significantly less demanding than common research tasks like growth media prep and waste-load processing. “Low-cost” dental-style benchtop autoclaves used for daily research tasks often begin to break down in just 24 months, and rarely last longer than five years.
Benchtop Autoclave Construction Quality
An increasing number of low-end benchtop autoclaves are entering the market. These off-brand autoclaves are made using lower-quality materials, with lowest-bidder components and electrical systems. Poor thermal insulation on external panels results in hot-spots–some hot enough to damage adjacent equipment, melt pens, and burn operators.
Pressure vessels on these “affordable” units are often un-stamped, indicating either low-quality or poorly tracked steel or aluminum construction. Subsequently, these benchtop autoclaves lack some required certifications. Even if you get a good unit–one bearing all the certifications your lab needs, and made with solid parts and good labor practices–the unit won’t last for more than a couple years. They are essentially disposable, and that’s no accident.
Meanwhile, our 40L Benchtop and 60L Benchtop compact research-grade autoclaves feature fully customizable digital control systems, ASME-stamped chambers, and are backed by an unparalleled 36-month parts and labor warranty.
Premium Benchtop Sterilizers
For more than 25 years Priorclave has been building some of the world’s finest research-grade sterilizers. While a similar-sized, stripped-down “affordable” unit won’t last a few years —and can’t accommodate even moderately complicated sterilization cycles —a feature-rich Priorclave benchtop autoclave will last at least a decade with moderate use and regular maintenance.
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