Astell has replaced autoclaves reaching the end of their lives after 13 years service at SASA.
The Scottish government organisation providing scientific services for the agriculture sector in Scotland had used the Astell AVD490G pass-through autoclaves to decontaminate laboratory and plant material waste (discard), which is generated from their busy laboratories in Edinburgh.
After consultation with the customer, it was decided that two of the company’s latest 490 litre Double Door SQUARE range autoclaves, featuring advanced colour touchscreen controller, were up to the job. Due to the nature of SASA’s load types – mostly comprising plant soil – a combination of a heated jacket and advanced vacuum are used to ensure adequate steam penetration throughout the load.
Each unit features an integral steam generator for high-performance steam on demand. A loading trolley system was also specified for both units to aid user handling when filling and emptying the sterilisation chamber.
An Astell Service Engineer remained on-site for several days to decommission and remove the two old autoclaves and install the new ones. The final important task prior to handover was load validation. Both the double door sterilisers were validated to ISO 17025:2005 standards by the factory-trained Service Engineer. This involved the monitoring and recording of temperature probes placed within the customer’s specific load, and the setup of a dedicated program for those loads to ensure complete and repeatable sterilisation.
For more information on autoclave validation services, or square chamber autoclaves, please contact the company at: https://astell.com/