Tuttnauer USA?s EZ Tabletop Autoclaves - Tried And True Product April 2011
Tuttnauer USA?s EZ Tabletop Autoclaves
This line of tabletop autoclaves has a history of reliability and ease of use.
For more than 85 years Tuttnauer Co has devoted its full energies and resources to sterilization and infection control. The company has earned global recognition as a leader in the field, with more than 2000 distributors worldwide, and boasting sales of hundreds of thousands of autoclaves in 110 countries on 5 continents.
The predecessors of the company?s current line of fully automatic tabletop autoclaves have undergone continuous upgrades since their introduction in 1991, culminating with the launch of the EZ line (EZ9, EZ10, and EZ10k) in 2004. ?Over the years, the models have proven to be reliable and easy to understand and operate,? says Tuttnauer USA?s Service Manager Hank Dierschke. ?What we offer today is an extremely user-friendly and robust line of sterilizers with proven design and engineering features,? he says, adding that the company is the only manufacturer to offer a 2-year parts and labor warranty on their sterilizers.
Unique Features: Closed-Door System
All 3 EZ autoclave models offer the same basic features, with 1-touch design that fills, sterilizes, exhausts, and dries at the touch of a button. The EZ9 and EZ10 models differ by capacity, with the EZ9 coming standard with 3 large trays and the EZ10 and EZ10k offering 4 large trays; for those who use cassettes, the 9-inch chamber of the EZ9 model has room for 2 full- and 2 half-size standard IMS cassettes and the EZ10 and EZ10k can accommodate 3 full- and 3 half-size cassettes. The EZ10k, also known as the Kwiklave, is the quick-cycle model of the series, and offers the additional benefit of reducing the total heat-up time and overall cycle time. ?The Kwiklave is the perfect choice for high-volume practices and for any clinician that needs quick instrument turn-around,? says Dierschke, noting that it decreases cycle time by about 10 minutes.
Consistent with Tuttnauer?s commitment to remaining at the forefront of the infection control field, all of the EZ autoclaves feature a closed-door drying system to better maintain sterility and ensure efficient drying of packs and pouches in accordance with AMII guidelines. In fact, says Dierschke, ?While some manufacturers have yet to switch from the open-door system, our autoclaves were designed as closed-door units as far back as 1998.?
Tuttnauer Marketing Manager Spencer Cordeau explains that closed door drying is a much more efficient process. Tuttnauer incorporates an air-pump to generate HEPA-filtered airflow within the chamber, which supports the full drying process. ?Our units alert the operator with a cycle finished message only when the drying portion of the cycle is complete,? says Cordeau. ?The door is opened only when everything inside is sterilized, fully dry, and ready to go, making the process essentially fool-proof?.
Another ?ahead-of-its-time? feature is the use of a water pump to ensure a positive flow of water into the chamber at the beginning of the cycle, rather than relying on gravity. ?In this way,? says Cordeau, ?water is pumped into the chamber in measured amounts, further ensuring the reliability of the autoclave and the efficacy of the sterilization process.?
Poised for the Future
All of these automatic features maximize patient (and clinician) safety by offering a higher level of reliability, but both Dierschke and Cordeau note that research and development being done by Tuttnauer is positioning itself and its customers for anticipated changes in sterilization protocols and standards. ?Our autoclaves already meet US and international FDA, ASME, ISO, and CE Medical Devices standards,? says Dierschke, ?and our understanding of these standards will facilitate transition into the next generation of ?class B? sterilizers.? While, currently, this hospital-grade level of sterilization may not fit the needs of many general dental practitioners, ?it?s only a matter of time before it becomes the standard,? says Cordeau, who envisions a state-by-state move toward class B over the next 5 years or so.
Once again positioning itself as an expert on worldwide standards and quality and at the forefront of the medical/ dental sterilization field, Tuttnauer is already working on the next generation of tabletop sterilizers. In 2010, the company came out with the Elara11 class B sterilizer, offering hospital-style processing with pre-vacuum air removal, vacuum drying, dual reservoirs, and a design that satisfies all of the most current standards and protocols. ?Laura Bruck