Second Floor Sterilizer Installations Made Easier with Modular Autoclaves
Installing a bulk size autoclave on the upper floors floor of a facility can present numerous logistical and financial issues. Often, autoclaves will not fit onto freight elevators and often exceed the elevator weight limit. There should be a way to get the large size autoclave into place without making significant and costly facility adjustments and without significant disruptions to the animals and facility operations.
The Bulk Size Autoclave from ETC Sterilization Systems can be installed in Modular Segments or “Sections”
How is this done?
First of all, technicians visit the site and take careful measurements of the proposed route to determine the size and number of the modular segments required. Usually two pieces will suffice, but autoclave installation can also be in three modular segments. Once the dimensions of elevators, door openings, corridors and working space are measured, the route to be taken by the individual segments is carefully studied to be sure each segment can be transported through the existing facility without damaging walls and doorways. The size of the individual segments are then determined and the applicable engineering documents (drawings and P&ID) are created.
Each segment is constructed using exclusively engineered and tested protocol. Note that the segments are designed to insure the integrity of the chamber jacket. Only the chamber walls come into play, and the surfaces to be interconnected and welded are carefully constructed to guarantee a perfect fit prior to welding.
Each completed segment can be navigated through the facility, down narrow corridors, through existing doorways and freight elevators to the final destination in the facility….whether it be on an upper floor, in the basement, or some other difficult to reach location. Each section is rigged into position and welded together to ASME Code on site. On site welding is performed by our own ASME certified welders. Hydrostatic pressure testing is accomplished with steam, water or compressed air, depending on state code, and is witnessed and approved by the applicable state (AI) authorized inspector. Once the vessel is tested, the doors, piping and remaining components are installed and the autoclave is ready for use. Problem Solved!
This bulk size autoclave, assembled in your facility, comes with the same 15 year warranty as a single piece autoclave manufactured at ETC’s facility. Additionally, the autoclave is assembled with minimal facility interruptions and adjustments.