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Steam Sterilizer Retrofit Saves Water and Costs

Most steam sterilizers waste gallons of water by using continuous cold water to temper the steam condensate. Steam makes this process more efficient.

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Water Saving and Tempering Device for Equipment Sterilization

Retrofiting existing bulk sterilizers with a STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT can realize water and cost savings.

The average sterilizer uses between 1 to 5 gallons of water per minute continuously. The water is used to reduce the temperature of hot condensate created in the sterilizing process prior to sending it down the drain. The STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT, a water-saving device, eliminates the "tempering" water consumption during the non-sterilizing portion of the sterilizer’s cycle thereby substantially reducing overall water consumption.

Retrofit Existing Bulk Sterilizer

There are two reasons to use a water tempering device. First, most municipalities prohibit draining water hotter than 140° F (60° C) into their sewer systems. And second, PVC drain pipes are susceptible to damage from water that is too hot. When faced with either of these situations, the STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT is the solution!

Most steam sterilizers waste gallons of water by using continuous cold water to temper the steam condensate. The STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT monitors the drain temperature and applies cold water only when needed – resulting in tremendous water savings. In fact, the average savings with a STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT installed is approximately 45-50 gallons per hour per sterilizer with a potential cost savings of $2,500 per sterilizer per year.

The STEAM STERILIZER RETROFIT is non-electric so no wiring is required. It operates independently from OEM controls and can be used with the majority of bulk steam sterilizers on the market and many other older model bulk sterilizers. In addition, its space-efficient design allows it to be mounted two different ways – by attaching it directly to the frame of sterilizer equipment or by attaching it to an adjustable floor stand.

This retrofit is compatible with most existing bulk sterilizers including: AMSCO 2000 & 3000 series, Pre-1995 Getinge/Castle, and other older model bulk sterilizers.

Purchase the water saving and tempering device for sterilization

One California supplier is:
Replacement Parts Industries, Inc.
20338 Corisco Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone: 1-800-221-9723
Fax: 818-882-7028

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