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Hydroclave: advanced autoclave technology

Our advanced Hydroclave technology provides numerous benefits and advantages compared with other treatment and disposal methods for clinical waste. The hybrid design of the Hydroclaves uses less water and less energy than conventional autoclaves. And unlike traditional autoclave technology which has to cool down and to heat up again, the Hydroclave temperature is retained at a minimum of 121°C during 40-minute cycles, thanks to the unique steam jacket.

The Hydroclave is a safe and a closed-loop system; only hot, clean condensate is removed during the entire process, and recycled back to the boiler, making the Hydroclave very economical to operate. Nothing can escape the vessel. With the traditional autoclave technology, infectious air and condensate must be removed before the start of the sterilization cycle. The Hydroclave renders the waste safe, producing a finely shredded dry waste which is significantly lowered in size and weight.

Our advanced autoclave technology is safer and even more cost friendly than the common autoclave technology and:

How the treatment process works.

For a more technical look at how the treatment process works you can view our Treatment Process PDF.

Stage One – Loading

Hydroclave Stage One

The Hydroclave can process:

  • Bagged waste, in ordinary bags.
  • Sharps containers.
  • Liquid containers.
  • Cardboard containers.
  • Metal objects.
  • Pathological waste.

Stage Two – Sterilizing

Hydroclave Stage Two
  • Powerful rotators mix the waste and breaks it into small pieces.
  • Steam fills the double wall (jacket) of the vessel and heats the vessel interior.
  • The liquid in the waste turns to steam.
  • After 20 minutes the waste and liquids are sterile.

Stage Three – Dehydration

Hydroclave Stage Three
  • The vent is opened, the vessel de-pressurizes via a condenser, and sterile liquid drained into sanitary sewer.
  • Steam heat and mixing continue until all the liquids are evaporated and the waste is dry.
  • Guaranteed sterility of all waste particles!
  • No pre-shredding of infectious waste necessary!
  • No special waste bags or chemicals required!

Stage Four – Unloading

Hydroclave Stage Four
  • The unloading door is opened.
  • The mixer now rotates in the opposite direction, so angled blades on the mixer can push the waste out the unloading door.
  • The dry sterile waste can be fine-shredded further or dropped in a waste disposal bin.

The waste is now ready for safe disposal!