The sterilizer ADV exhibited at Achema 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany, unites equipment sterilization via vacuum process with product sterilization via steam/air mixture process. The combination of these two processes offers highest flexibility: The sterilizer can be used for almost any product and is also suited for the development of new products.The flexible recipe editor enables quick and individual adjusting of parameters. The universally applicable system has been developed for research institutes and laboratories, as well as for the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. It sterilizes blister-packaged goods and machine parts, contact lenses, blood bag systems and nested glass syringes, ampoules and vials, as well as glass or plastic bottles.
The steam/air mixture process is used for the sterilization of liquids in open, semi-closed and closed containers, and is characterized by dry removal. Ventilators circulate the steam/air mixture inside the chamber and achieve a homogenous temperature distribution. Internal heat exchangers circulate sterile air for cooling. During the process, counter-pressure is maintained in the chamber to prevent damages to the product. At the end of the cycle, the load can be removed in a dry condition.
The vacuum process is especially suited for sterilizing machine parts, filters, rubber stoppers and equipment. Rigid and porous loads, as well as machine cavities can be sterilized using the steam/vacuum process. The pre-vacuum steps ensure the elimination of air from the chamber. Heating and sterilizing is achieved by saturated steam. Depending on the load, this step is followed either by vacuum drying or jacket cooling.
Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik (SBM), located in Ternitz, Austria, is a subsidiary of Bosch Packaging Technology and draws on over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. The autoclave sterilization portfolio includes standard modules as well as customized solutions.
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