Priorclave autoclave enables labs to maintain a secure sterile path for media and waste

The QCS 150 Pass-Through is available in two versions

QCS 150 Pass-Through

The QCS 150 Pass-Through autoclave is the latest and smallest double-door autoclave to be introduced by Priorclave. It is purpose-designed to enable laboratories to maintain a secure sterile path for media and waste as it passes in and out of a sealed laboratory.

The uncompromising level of safety on this 150-litre front loading autoclave is achieved by a design that incorporates the highest level of door interlock settings, preventing doors on either end of the chamber to be simultaneously opened.

The Priorclave QCS 150 Pass-Through has a 500mm diameter by 740mm deep chamber and accommodates up to 20% more load capacity than other steam sterilisers of the same size, the company says. This provides greater versatility where the scale of items to be sterilised may vary significantly, with both small and taller items able to be processed in a single pass.

All sterilising processes are controlled by the advanced Tactrol 2 microprocessor which provides simple yet variable settings of process time and temperature, all supported by graphic indication of cycle status. The operator just sets the temperature and time required, selects any options needed and presses start. Operation is fully automatic once the cycle has begun. The clear control panel displays process status continuously.

All sterilising processes are controlled by the advanced Tactrol 2 microprocessor

There are two versions of this autoclave: a 150L electrically heated version and an externally steam heated design, each offering cooling and automatic timed free-steaming.

Each QCS 150 Pass-Through autoclave is partly bespoke. Depending on the application, Priorclave will configure the layout of the Tactrol controller to suit lab requirements. A typical set-up could be that only one side of the double door steriliser has access to the full control system, while the other side of the autoclave is equipped with just a screen to show process status so that staff are aware when a job is complete and it is safe to remove the media or waste.

A microbiological filter can be fitted where there is concern about bio-hazardous material in the autoclave. Unfiltered condensate is returned to the autoclave for sterilisation.

The design and build of the QCS150 take place in Priorclave's UK manufacturing centre where the company introduces a bulkhead mount at a correct position to facilitate a strong structural fix into a dividing wall between the sterile lab and non-sterile areas.

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