The Standard for Research and Industry Across North America
Horizontal autoclaves are preferred throughout North America for all uses: Medical, industrial, research, and education. Most of these units are outfitted with rectangular pressure vessels. Rectangular vessels are excellent if your primary task is sterilizing flat trays of medical instruments. But if you’re doing anything else–especially preparing growth media, processing waste loads, or testing materials–that rectangular vessel will quickly become a hinderance.
Priorclave horizontal autoclaves are built around cylindrical vessels. With roughly half as many moving parts as competing rectangular units, Priorclave designs specify easily sourced non-proprietary components whenever possible. This reduces both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and makes service calls quicker, less disruptive, and less expensive. Priorclave drives down the total operating cost for its horizontal autoclaves by minimizing maintenance, maximizing energy/water efficiency, and offering a robust control system that stays out of your way.
Our goal is to keep your lab running smoothly.
Full-Size Horizontal Autoclaves Built for Efficiency and Reliability
More than half of all research or industrial autoclave buyers in North America are looking for full-size horizontal sterilizers in the 100L to 320L range. Standard rectangular-chamber horizontal autoclaves in this range use roughly 1400 gallons of water each day–even if they don’t run a single sterilization cycle. Each sterilization cycle takes an additional 150 gallons of water. All told, a rectangular-chamber horizontal sterilizer installed in a conventional research lab will needlessly guzzle more than 1,500 gallons of water each day.
By contrast, cylindrical-chamber horizontal sterilizers from Priorclave can use less than four gallons of water for an entire cycle, and won’t waste a drop during idle periods. (For details on how, download our horizontal autoclave water consumption and energy efficiency whitepapers).
A cylindrical-vessel horizontal autoclave can be expected to consistently use 75% less energy and 87% less water than a comparable “energy and water conserving” rectangular model.
Tabletop and Benchtop Horizontal Autoclaves
Small labs, startups, QA/QC departments, and most educational institutions rely on smaller benchtop and tabletop horizontal autoclaves to keep their labs running and in compliance. But all too often they’re saddled with underpowered units that are, at best, glorified pressure cookers. If these sterilizers 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, and often hobbled by pre-programmed, FDA-approved cycles.
Even if the control system is flexible enough to accommodate research tasks, the hardware itself is not: 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 research often begin to breakdown in just 24 months, and rarely last longer than five years.
Priorclave’s small horizontal autoclaves pack the performance, quality construction, and full-featured flexible cycle control of a full-size autoclave into a footprint that fits any workspace.
“Pass-Thru” Horizontal Sterilizers
Double-ended “pass-through” horizontal autoclaves are indispensable for ”clean room” containment scenarios–not just in BSL-3 (biosafety level 3) containment suites and Ebola wards, but also in biological research labs, semiconductor fabrication facilities, and other industrial settings. Priorclave horizontal autoclaves configured for pass-through applications are currently installed in universities, mobile military facilities, and research labs dedicated to West Nile and avian flu, pharmaceuticals, entomology, industrial product development, and more.