With steam sterilisation temperatures and pressures well established, autoclaving within a vessel of a known size requires a predefined quantity of energy.
In order be energy-efficient during thermal sterilisation, autoclaves must reach – and hold – a sterilisation temperature and pressure without heat loss to the environment, but also drop back to room temperature and pressure effectively during cooling stages.
Astell are innovators in energy efficiency, with instruments that; capture and reuse heat energy; use the minimum necessary volume of water and generate steam very quickly to minimise opportunities for heat loss. But these technical developments can only go so far, and Astell’s greatest energy saving happens before the autoclave is ever switched on.
The company asks potential customers to supply detail of what they plan to sterilise to enable them to produce devices which include only the specific hardware required.
“Constructing autoclaves for the end user’s specific needs allows us to save our customers from large bills” said Sales and Marketing Director, Paul Birchmore. “It also allows them to help save the planet by keeping the resources that would go into producing unnecessary components in the ground.”