Laboratory Autoclaves That Are Built to Last

Written by: Scott Mechler

When choosing an autoclave to purchase, it’s important to select one that is designed for durability and built to last. Here at Consolidated Sterilizer Systems (CSS), we’ve manufactured over 14,000 state-of-the-art laboratory autoclaves since 1946 — some of the oldest of which are still in operation today. Take, for example, the autoclave pictured below. This […]

Consolidated Sterilizer Systems Completes Challenging Autoclave Installation for Leading Medical Device Manufacturer

Written by: Scott Mechler

Project Name: Scientific Device Laboratory Type of Project: Custom Installation, Sterilizer Validation Sales Team:  DAI Scientific Service Team: Amity Hospital  Service The Client: Scientific Device Laboratory Scientific Device Laboratory is a Des Plaines, Illinois-based medical device manufacturer that applies its expertise in the fields of microbiology and specialty printing to the production of microscope slides, […]


How Much Does Your Sterilizer Really Cost Your Facility?

Written by: Scott Mechler

When purchasing a piece of capital equipment, such as an autoclave, it’s important to assess the total cost of ownership (TCO) because there can be many costs hidden in the ongoing service and maintenance of the machine. This article will help buyers, users, and owners determine the direct and indirect costs of procuring and operating […]

Sterilizer Staining

What to Do About Stained Packs After Autoclaving: Common Causes and Affordable Solutions

Written by: Scott Mechler

In the summer of 2016, Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) in Windsor, Ontario, was forced to cancel hundreds of surgeries at its Ouellette campus due to a “mysterious sterilization scare.” The strange scare, as reported in numerous media outlets, involved the staining of wrapping materials used to protect sterilized instrument trays during and after autoclaving. Because of […]

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Consolidated’s CEO Challenges Industry with Benchmarks for Energy and Water

Written by: Scott Mechler

At a recent sustainability conference (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories – I2SL) in Boston, Consolidated’s CEO Arthur Trapotsis challenged the steam sterilization industry to provide more “eco-friendly” equipment to research labs and hospitals. Trapotsis said that autoclaves are one of the single highest consumers of water in the laboratory, dispelling up to 12,000,000 gallons (18 […]

Sterilization Cycle Development

How to Validate an Autoclave: Sterilization Cycle Development

Written by: Scott Mechler

Cycle development is an important part of both the autoclave procurement and validation processes. In previous posts about validation, we explored Installation Qualification (IQ), Operation Qualification (OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ). We also discussed the importance of steam quality testing as part of validating your autoclave, as well as Factory Acceptance Testing. In this post, we provide guidance in developing sterilization cycles and […]


How to Validate an Autoclave: Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT)

Written by: Scott Mechler

A steam sterilizer, whether used for pharmaceutical or laboratory sterilizing applications, is designed to use steam under pressure as the sterilizing agent. When constructed, installed and operated correctly, a steam sterilizer should function properly and sterilize your load. But, how does a sterilizer manufacturer ensure the unit they’ve built is assembled properly and is in […]

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How to Validate an Autoclave: Steam Quality Testing

Written by: Scott Mechler

The quality of the steam feeding an autoclave is an important factor in steam sterilization. Like time, temperature, and pressure, steam is a critical variable in the success and repeatability of the sterilization process. As such, steam quality should be part of the validation of any steam sterilizer. In previous articles other phases of validation […]