Trends in Retort Processing: Goodbye Canned Food, Hello “Retort Pouches”

For hundreds of years retort processing (i.e., “canning”) has made it possible to prepare spaghetti sauce in minutes—instead of hours—eat tuna regardless of how many thousands of miles you live from an ocean, and have veggies year-round. In terms of the production workflow and equipment, food and beverage retort processing has changed very little since … Continue reading “Trends in Retort Processing: Goodbye Canned Food, Hello “Retort Pouches””

Bad Benchtop Autoclave Installations

  Sometimes a bad benchtop autoclave installation is pretty straightforward: That drain valve looks pretty good—it’s taped, they’ve used a quality ball valve (which is much more reliable over the long term than a standard gate valve). But we sure hope no one left their car keys or phone in that drawer. Now, such SNAFUs … Continue reading “Bad Benchtop Autoclave Installations”

Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption

  “O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil! … [T]hat men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!”—William Shakespeare Alcohol is a double threat: It not only impairs reaction times and cognitive abilities, but also judgement. In other … Continue reading “Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption”

We Regret to Inform You that there are No “Typical” Sterilizer Cycle Times

Lab managers are often frustrated to learn that there are no “typical” cycle times for autoclaves. It’s not that we’re being coy: There are an enormous number of variables that come into play, from the density of the load to optional autoclave features to local statutes to how you loaded the device. The good news is that, once … Continue reading “We Regret to Inform You that there are No “Typical” Sterilizer Cycle Times”

Keeping Your Autoclave Clean Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

A lot of factors can bring your autoclave down—a freak power outage, a ruptured container, metal fatigue. But a healthy portion of the service calls we see can be largely attributed to poor cleaning maintenance—repairs that are not covered by warranty, and can cost around $2500 in parts and labor. These breakdowns are totally avoidable. The … Continue reading “Keeping Your Autoclave Clean Can Save You Thousands of Dollars”