Steris launches Finn-Aqua 77 steam steriliser globally

New sterilisation system provides maximum flexibility with enhanced decontamination cycle

Steris has added the Finn-Aqua 77 Series medium steam steriliser to its line of laboratory steam sterilisation systems, which is designed to help research customers better address their specific decontamination needs.

Biosafety laboratories and high containment facilities require highly reliable sterilisation systems to prevent the emission of dangerous agents and infectious material into the environment. The pathogenic nature of waste material from such facilities requires equipment that can provide reliable and efficient decontamination processes and accommodate a large variety of applications.

'The 77 Series is especially designed for BSL-3 and 4 laboratories as well as other types of high containment facilities,' said Marcel Dion, Director of Marketing, Washing and Sterilisation Systems for Steris Life Sciences.

'The decontamination cycle with the Virasure air decontamination system ensures that no waste or contaminated air is released into the environment. This innovative system provides unmatched process safety by combining both incineration and filtration processes.'

The 77 Series is especially designed for BSL-3 and 4 laboratories as well as other types of high containment facilities

The 77 Series sterilisers provide all the flexibility required for busy research applications. For example, three different chamber lengths are available for various load sizes; a fully integral steam generator can be provided for installations where steam supply is not available; and units can be fitted with an air differential seal or a 'bioseal' to minimise the flow of air between the non-sterile and sterile areas or to form a hermetic barrier between the hot and cold zones. Up to 20 user programmable cycles can be used to process various types of dry good products as well as liquid loads.

'Special attention was paid to the ease of use of the autoclave,' says Ken Ungar, Associate Product Manager, Sterilisation Systems for Steris Life Sciences.

'These units are provided with a simple colour touchscreen with easy to navigate screens. The access to various control functions can be facilitated further by using an intuitive computer tablet. Finally, the automatic sliding doors can easily be operated with the touch of a button.'

The vertical sliding doors also contribute to saving floor space in the facility. Another significant benefit is that on basic models, all components are accessible from the front for maintenance, which allows for installing the units in tight spaces.

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