Research Lab Autoclave Best Practices: The Liquid Cycle Won’t Save You

Every modern research lab autoclave has a “liquid cycle”—a cycle just for processing liquids, growth media, and so on.  Nonetheless, more often than not, if you fill a bunch of 1L bottles up to 900mL and process them on the “liquid cycle” they’re going to come out like this: The glass isn’t cracked; where did … Continue reading “Research Lab Autoclave Best Practices: The Liquid Cycle Won’t Save You”

Research Lab Autoclave Safety: Sealed Bottles are Bombs

In August of 2001 a research lab autoclave was processing tightly capped 178 bottles using a 30-minute liquid load.  The autoclave began making unusual sounds, so a trio of lab workers aborted the cycle and investigated.  They opened the autoclave to discover a few bottles had burst.  There was some lost liquid and a lot … Continue reading “Research Lab Autoclave Safety: Sealed Bottles are Bombs”

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”

A Good Autoclave Supplier Helps Veterinary Researchers Get More Done

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) causes  people and animals daily discomfort and distress. IBD can lead to other health problems such as intestinal abscesses, intestinal obstructions, and an increased risk of colon cancer, but it is a disease without a cure. Managed care options include diet, medicine, and surgery, but the condition is chronic and changes … Continue reading “A Good Autoclave Supplier Helps Veterinary Researchers Get More Done”

Architects and Contractors: Call Your Autoclave Suppliers Before Clicking “Buy Now!”

Sometimes researchers show up at a freshly built lab full of brand new equipment and are baffled and annoyed by what they see: The ultra-low freezer is too small, the fume hood too large, the autoclave optimized for dental clinics. Even though it’s all new, people are already jiggering work-arounds on day one—a waste of … Continue reading “Architects and Contractors: Call Your Autoclave Suppliers Before Clicking “Buy Now!””