Posts about steam

on Jul 25th 2016

Sixth post in series, "Autoclave Sterilization Basics"

Now that we’ve explored the science behind steam and applied it to the autoclave, it’s time to look at specific types of autoclaves to understand how they function. In this article, we will look at one popular...

on Aug 1st 2016

Seventh post in series, “Autoclave Sterilization Basics”

Class B autoclaves are great space-savers built for high performance. They are microwave-sized autoclaves that fit easily on the counters of busy clinics and dental offices. Available in the compact sizes of 19 and 29 liters, the Class B is the top-of-the-line of tabletop autoclaves.

Essentially they are a miniature version of the larger EN 285 autoclave found in hospitals. The industry consensus about what the “B” in Class B stands for is “big,” not as a reference to size,...

on Jul 18th 2016

Fifth post in series, "Autoclave Sterilization Basics"

This is not just another ho-hum article about steam, temperature, and pressure. Instead, we have a unique perspective on what makes steam such a great fit for sterilizers, which are the type of autoclave found most often in medical and scientific settings. The three central reasons are availability, safety, and time.

Steam in the Autoclave


on Apr 21st 2016

Fourth post in series, "Autoclave Sterilization Basics"

Let’s test your steam IQ. What’s the white smoke called that comes out of your tea kettle? What’s the difference between evaporation and condensation? We will answer these questions and more, as we introduce you to some basic concepts in the water cycle and familiarize you with words like vapor and steam. (Goggles and gloves not required.)

Water Vapor & Evaporation

First, let’s go back to basic science. The molecule H20 has many names, depending on its...

on Nov 4th 2015

Now that we understand steam, its properties and quality we can move ahead and learn about how steam is generated and enters the autoclave. Ready? We're moving full steam ahead.

The Function of the Autoclave Jacket

Did you know that most large autoclaves, like horizontal autoclaves, wear a jacket? Why?  One of our upcoming posts in the series focuses on the autoclave jacket, which will reveal why we dress up the autoclave. For now it is important to understand the function of the jacket because it helps...