autoclaves for a fraction of the price. They offer a smaller
equipment footprint and more flexible installation options
than steam autoclaves. The Steri-Dry™ system offers a modular or panelized design allowing the individual modules or
panels to be moved through most corridors, service elevators,
and doors. The modules or panels can be reassembled at the
location of use.
A Gruenberg Steri-Dry™ dry heat sterilizer is significantly
lighter than an equivalent steam system and can be rigged in
place as modules or panels, resulting in considerably less rigging challenges and costs.
The Steri-Dry™ does not need to be pit mounted. Instead,
a steel plate floor in the sterilizer allows the load of animal
cages to be rolled into the oven from the facility floor. The dry
heat sterilizer also requires no drain, no steam, and no cooling
of reject water as there is none.
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Replacement Costs and Installation
Challenges for Steam Autoclaves Create
Roadblocks for Facilities Looking to
Professionals in the lab animal science field have historically
used autoclaves that employ steam, heat, and pressure to sterilize their tools and animal cages. But when labs are interested
in replacing their old equipment, navigating an autoclave
through an existing building layout for removal and installation may prove difficult, expensive, or impossible.
The purchase price of a new autoclave is also significant
and does not include the installation costs or downtime that
facilities incur when removing a current steam autoclave to
replace it with a new one. Autoclaves are designed as a single
piece and to remove them from a facility are typically cut apart
to fit through doorways.
When installing a new autoclave in an existing building
there are several variables to consider such as floor support,
rigging, steam, water, and entrance to the building. Due to
size, an autoclave may require the opening of a side of the
building if the unit is too large for current doorways. If the
unit will be located above the first floor, a crane will be needed to lift it into place and floor supports
may need to be added to withstand the
weight. The installation process is not only
costly but also results in a large amount of
downtime for facilities.
Dry heat sterilizers are a viable
cost-effective alternative to the steam
autoclaves traditionally used. The dry heat
sterilizer systems provide a high degree of
thermal efficiency and present very low
skin temperatures resulting in lower energy
costs to operate. The technology is greener
by eliminating the need for water used to
generate steam and minimizes damage to
plastic cages resulting in a longer overall
cage life. Dry heat sterilizers typically take
up a fraction of the footprint of an equivalent size autoclave which allows for more
flexibility when choosing an installation
location within the facility.
Gruenberg Steri-Dry™ dry heat sterilizers
provide a sustainable alternative to steam Gruenberg SteriDry Model VSTP40H270.7PTSSM-F designed to accommodate three racks, 31.5” W x 43.5”L x 74.75”H or two racks, sized 24”W x 60”L x 66”H.