QCS 100 is also fitted with several safety features
UK autoclave manufacturer Priorclave has developed a 100-litre capacity front loading autoclave with the largest cylindrical chamber diameter for this capacity steam steriliser.
The company says the QCS 100 autoclave was designed for laboratories looking specifically for an autoclave with this chamber capacity but limited on laboratory floorspace.
By using a 500mm diameter chamber, manufactured by Priorclave to the highest pressure-vessel safety standards and believed to be largest currently available for this size of autoclave, the company has been able to create a laboratory autoclave with a much smaller overall footprint.
The QCS 100 boasts several safety features including a single-handed, door opening mechanism that only releases when temperatures and pressures are at pre-set safe levels. The door is also fitted with a tough silicone seal that, with its extended life, ensures an air-tight seal every time for the ultimate in steam sterilisation.
The machine also has a low loading height, wide door swing allowing easy loading of heavy loads from a trolley, and offers advanced programming for simple to more complex sterilising tasks, effective use of power and water, and high operator safety.
Precise control of the sterilising process is made easy using single push-buttons on the Tactrol 2 microprocessor control panel. One-touch controls enable the user to step through settings of temperature and time in accordance with best practices for specified loads.
In addition to guiding laboratory personnel through the simple programming, the intuitive Tactrol 2 microprocessor keeps a log of the sterilising cycle data such as temperature, pressure and time. Held in an archive file, this information can be subsequently downloaded for analysing and sharing. There is also a secure key-lock switch which governs access to parameter settings, and the benefits of manual key-switch make accessing each different level much simpler and faster.
To help prevent cross contamination in a laboratory the QCS 100 autoclave incorporates epoxy coated panels and frame members treated with an antimicrobial agent that is effective against many bacteria and fungi including MRSA, E.coli, Listeria, Legionella, Campylobacter, Salmonella and Pseudomonas.