Pressure Vessels

Each pressure vessel that we manufacture is per the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code. As a leading ASME pressure vessels manufacturer, our specialty lies in working with a variety of alloys, pressures, & designs to meet your custom requirements. More »

Weld Overlay and Clad Vessels

Our weld overlay and clad vessels are fully code-compliant. We use our advanced welding techniques to their full capabilities to offer you the finest overlay/clad components and pressure vessels. More »

High Pressure Vessels

We hold the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) U, U2, and U3 stamps, and have the capabilities and resources to manufacture ASME high pressure vessel to your exacting specifications. More »

Autoclaves

We hold the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) U, U2, U3, PP, & S stamps, and have the capabilities and resources to manufacture autoclaves to your exacting specifications. More »

Heat Exchangers

We specialize in the design, engineering, and fabrication of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers, including thermal calculations. All of our units are built in strict accordance with the latest edition and addenda of the A.S.M.E. Code, Section VIII Division 1, 2, or 3 and T.E.M.A.” More »

 

Useful DIY Tips for Autoclave Repair

As soon as something goes wrong with the autoclave, you might think of sending it to an expert. But, this process can be quite costly. Not only you will have to pay for the repair, but also for shipping and handling both ways.

In fact, when your autoclave stops working, it might be easier to fix than you would assume. But, most people think that because it’s a sophisticated machine, they shouldn’t try a Do-It-Yourself repair.

Do It Yourself to Save Time and Money

So, before you send your autoclave on a costly endeavor, check out these Do It Yourself tips that will save you time and money:

  1. Plan the Repair: The best way to figure out the cause of a malfunction is to follow well-organized steps. By doing so, you can easily identify defective parts without over-looking the important aspects. This can be done by following the instruction manual that came with the autoclave.
  2. Safety First: There is always danger to the user while opening a sterilizer, as it operates with high levels of steam pressure and temperature. Therefore, whenever the autoclave requires repair or maintenance, turn off the entire device, and unplug it from the power source.
  3. Common Tools: You can take care of the repair, if you have common gadgets and tools found in a basic tool box and some basic know-how. These include screwdrivers, wrenches, spanners, etc.
  4. Label Different Parts: To avoid losing small autoclave parts, you must place all disconnected parts in a common tray. If this tray has partitions it will help identify where each part fit into the autoclave. Also, you can label every part and the place it was disconnected from the autoclave. It will help you recall how and where those parts go back in. You can also take pictures of each part before detaching.
  5. Changing Parts: The most basic solution for an autoclave malfunction is to simply replace the defective parts with new and better ones. This will allow you to continue using the autoclave, without wasting precious production time. Such defective parts can be later repaired and reinstalled into the sterilizer.
  • Identifying and Resolving Root Causes:There are certain problems that do not even require replacing or repairing any parts. Such problems include: If you are facing problems with selecting particular cycles it might be due to the chamber door being open. This can be quickly resolved by checking if there’s some problem with the chamber door’s locking mechanism.
  • If the temperature is too low during the sterilization phase, but the pressure is quite high, there might be trapped air within the chamber. This is usually due to a clogged drain or strainer. You simply need to clean the strainer and flush the drain line and traps located in the chamber.
  • Again, if the temperature within the chamber does not rise to the desired setting, check if the chamber strainer and drain line is plugged. If so, clean out the strainer and / or drain to resolve the issue.

If you are still unable to resolve the problem with your autoclave or sterilization system, it would be wise to contact experts providing autoclave repair services. A simple Google search with keywords ‘autoclave repair services’ will show results of numerous service providers in your area. Select the one autoclave repair service provider with good customer ratings and reviews. You must also speak to them directly to get your queries resolved.

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