An autoclave is a type of machinery that utilizes steam to sanitize equipment and tools used in medical, scientific, and various other fields. Ideally, it is preferred to supply steam to the autoclave using a stand-alone or built-in steam generator, which is specifically built to provide steam for autoclave sterilization.
At Electro-Steam, we can deliver reliable, safe electric steam generators compatible with nearly any brand of autoclave. Our sterilizing steam generators are constructed with quality materials and are available in a range of voltages to meet your specific needs.
What is an Autoclave Steam Generator?
Autoclaves are enclosed chambers that use steam to clean and sanitize equipment or materials. They are generally used in facilities that contain equipment or tools that are used on multiple people. Once the object or media is placed within the autoclave’s chamber, it is exposed to high temperatures (usually around 121° C) as well as steam that is pressurized to at least 1.1 Bar G (16 PSI).
One of the most important elements of an autoclave is the steam generator. An autoclave steam generator is a separate component that is specifically used to produce and supply steam to the autoclave. The most common types of steam generators include external steam generators, integral steam generators, and heaters within the chamber, all of which work to supply on-demand steam for the sterilization process.
The Benefits of Steam Sterilization
Autoclave steam sterilization offers various benefits that make it a better choice over other sanitization processes. These benefits include:
- Safety. Using harsh chemicals for disinfecting tools and equipment presents the risk of contamination. Since steam is generated from boiling water, it offers a cleaner, safer method of sterilization that can be used in any facility.
- Effective. Autoclaves can successfully kill bacteria through the use of pressurized steam. The steam is able to effectively destroy the protein structures that make up microorganisms, rendering them nonfunctional.
- Saves Money. Cleaning tools and equipment throughout the day with standard cleaning supplies can get expensive. Steam offers a fast, easily accessible, and cost-effective alternative that provides improved sterilization.
- Saves Time. Manually cleaning tools requires a lot of time and attention. Autoclave steam sterilization can successfully sanitize equipment and materials in as quick as 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the pressure, temperature, and number of tools that need cleaning.
Electro-Steam’s Autoclave Steam Generators
Electro-Steam offers many units, such as our V-Block model, that are ideal for steam sterilization in hospitals, surgery centers, labs, pharmaceutical production, and custom applications. For new autoclaves or as a replacement for an existing autoclave, Electro-Steam has a unit to fit your needs. We offer everything from integral units that will fit in or under most autoclaves regardless of brand, to our stand-alone units that will pipe easily to any brand. With either choice, high-quality steam is piped into the jacket and directly into the chamber of the autoclave, resulting in a very efficient means of sterilization.
All Electro-Steam generators come with adjustable pressure controls (0-100 psi), safety valves, and automatic low-water cutoffs. Electro-Steam generators feature stainless steel electrical boxes on the integral models and complete stainless steel cabinets on the stand-alone units. With a wide range of voltages available, either foreign or domestic, we have a unit to fit any application. Electro-Steam offers units from 10 kw to 240 kw, for either direct or indirect (house to clean steam).
Contact Electro-Steam for Autoclave Steam Generators
Steam generators are integral to the autoclave sterilization process. At Electro-Steam, we have over 70 years of experience innovating steam technologies, including steam generators for autoclaves. All of our generators are proudly made in the U.S. and are constructed with the best quality parts available. For more information about our autoclave steam generator capabilities, contact us today.
All units below are available in 316L stainless steel.
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