An autoclave is also known as a sterilizer. It is a piece of equipment used to sterilize various instruments. As well as solids and liquids, including biological waste matter. Autoclaves are used in industrial settings, medical/dental facilities, and laboratories. As well as public facilities including aesthetic salons, tattoo parlors, and veterinary practices. Autoclaves’ main use is for sanitary and quality control. Its purpose is to prevent contamination by bacteria, spores, and other microorganisms. Some of which may be resistant to detergents and other sterilizing solutions. Due to the wide range of applications, autoclaves vary in shape, size, and functionality. But, the basic mechanism of using high heat and steam under high pressure is similar.

How Autoclaves Work

Items meant to be sterilized are placed within the autoclave’s sealed chamber. Then they are subjected to high-pressure steam (ranging from 105-135°C) for a given amount of time. Designed to allow heat and pressure to build within the chamber and equipped with safety mechanisms to contain and release pressure to maintain safe levels. Autoclaves are usually equipped with temperature and timer controls. To allow users to set the proper setting for any given autoclaving application.

Tomy SX-Series Autoclave Sterilizer

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