Hold the Steam:
Dry Heat Solutions for Lab Animal Science Sterilizers
Dry Heat Sterilizers are Superior to Steam Autoclaves
"A Perfect Solution."- Lab Manager
Traditionally, those in the lab animal science field have used autoclaves, which employ steam, vacuum, and pressure, to sterilize their tools and the cages that house the animals they study. However, in recent years, the lab animal science sterilization industry has seen an increased demand for lower cost, more sustainable technologies that consume fewer resources.
Gruenberg, in its ninth decade of service to the biotechnology industries, is the global leader in providing efficient, effective and sustainable solutions to lab animal science sterilization.
- Proven technology - used successfully in research labs, biotech, medical device manufacturing and pharmaceutical applications
- Greener technology - no dumping of septic water
- Requires only one utility - electricity
- 30 - 40% lower cost than steam autoclaves
- Maintenance costs - a fraction that of autoclaves
- Does not require the 700 gallons per cycle of steam autoclaves saving millions of gallons of water
- Quieter, cooler room environment - no pressure, no steam, no water needed
- Up to one-third less the footprint requirement and one-half the required door opening space
- No damage to plastic cages, longer overall cage life
Dry Heat Sterilizers - Save Water & Save Money
Dry heat sterilization is a proven technology that’s been used successfully in pharmaceutical, medical device, and life-science research applications for years and is quickly becoming the solution of choice for lab animal science applications. Gruenberg is a leader in dry heat sterilization technology, with advanced sterilizers that eliminate harmful pathogens. Our patent-pending PRECISIONFLO™ focused, forced-air convection technology provides a high degree of thermal efficiency, minimizing cycle time and maximizing throughput, while maintaining a very low external (skin) temperature.
Dry Heat Sterilizers
Benefits of Dry Heat Sterilization Over Steam
"A dry heat sterilizer has proved to be the perfect solution to our need for increased cage-processing capability in an existing facility … I initially assumed that dry heat from electricity could not be cost effective. I also had a preconceived notion that dry heat sterilization could not be as effective as steam sterilization. I changed my mind on both accounts. In the end, we were able to site and afford a sterilizer twice the size of the steam autoclave we had first considered."
– Robert Harris, D.V.M., Director of Laboratory Animal Services, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Smartest Kid on the Block
Gruenberg's Dry Heat Lab Animal Sciences Sterilizers come with advanced programmable logic control technology that enables you to be in control of such attributes as temperature and cycle time. The seven inch, Windows-based PLC Smart1.0 controller provides a high-resolution graphical touch screen, Smart1.0 graphical user interface, 32 bit 400 MHz RISC processor, 4GB SD Card storage, and is capable of storing up to 100 profiles with 100 steps each.
Data transfer and sharing is accomplished through a local FTP server via standard Ethernet connections. Remote access is available on a smartphone, tablet, or other internet connected device through a secure VPN application.
Advantages of dry-heat sterilization over autoclave
Precision Flow: Focused-Air Convection
Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Life Science Research sterilization has recently seen a demand for greener technologies that require less maintenance. This puts the pressure on equipment engineers to develop innovative ways to approach sterilization. While traditional steam autoclaves use water; dry heat sterilization provides an alternative to steam that uses no water, less energy, and requires less maintenance.
Compared with steam; dry heat is a greener technology that eliminates water usage, provides more flexibility for installation locations, and costs less to own and operate.
Modern dry heat sterilization systems using focused forced air convection technology are consistently decreasing the cycle time. Depending on the load configuration and cool down requirements, the typical cycle lasts less than 3 hours.
The initial cost of available dry heat systems is about 60% of equivalent sized steam autoclaves. A dry heat sterilizer is two to three times lighter than an equivalent steam system. Because the dry heat sterilizer can be rigged in place as modules, there are considerably less rigging challenges and costs. The dry heat sterilizer does not need to be pit mounted.
Dry Heat Sterilizer in Action
Lab Animal Science Dry Heat Sterilizer Design Possibilities
At TPS, we’re committed to meeting all of your process and testing requirements. If we don’t already offer the dry heat sterilizer you need, our Engineering Design Services team will collaborate with you to create a dry heat sterilizer tailored to your specific application.
- Proof of concept and proof of process
- Development of test platforms and prototype units
- Optimization of production processes
- Pharmaceutical process research and testing
- Custom process controls to solve operational challenges
TPS is a global leader in thermal processing, and our knowledge and expertise in dry heat sterilization is unparalleled. Our dry heat sterilization customers include numerous universities and internationally renowned healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.
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Our expert team of engineers, technicians, and product specialists is here to help you select your lab animal sciences sterilizer solution. Contact a member of our Lab Animal Sciences Team to find the standard or custom sterilizer that’s right for your application.