Laboratory Autoclave Procedure Warning: Do You Account for “Thermal Inertia”?

Many labs don’t heat large liquid loads long enough to assure sterilization. The standard autoclave procedure is “hold a load at 121ºC for 20 minutes to assure sterilization.”  This is endorsed by everyone, from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention and Food & Drug Administration, to the Department of Health & Human Services and every university on … Continue reading “Laboratory Autoclave Procedure Warning: Do You Account for “Thermal Inertia”?”

Autoclave Procedure: Four Rules for No-Mess Liquid Sterilization

As we’ve discussed before, the best autoclave procedure for running liquid loads is trickier than just loading up the autoclave and choosing the “liquid cycle.” Follow these four rules and you’ll largely avoid trashing your autoclave chamber, plumbing, and drain while losing your liquids to evaporation, boil over, or burst bottles: 1. Never fill the bottles … Continue reading “Autoclave Procedure: Four Rules for No-Mess Liquid Sterilization”

Priorclave: The Original Programmable Research-Grade Autoclave

Life sciences and medical research and development are notorously “recession-proof” in North America. Current forecasts from Deloitte, Mordor Intelligence, Azoth Analytics, and others project that various research sectors will continue to see anywhere from 6 to 21 percent annual growth over the coming decade. It’s no surprise that many traditional medical autoclave manufacturers are looking … Continue reading “Priorclave: The Original Programmable Research-Grade Autoclave”

Does Your Autoclave Need a Check-up — Or a Trade-in?

We have a tendency to assume that, as long as our autoclave is producing sterile loads, it’s running fine.  But that doesn’t really stand to reason: All devices begin to drift over time, and the more complex the device, the more factors can stack up to bring it wildly out of spec.  Even when these … Continue reading “Does Your Autoclave Need a Check-up — Or a Trade-in?”