60L - 150L Autoclave
Top-Loading

Our #1 top-sellers worldwide! Why? Because vertical autoclaves can accommodate the tallest flasks, fermentors, and bioreactors at one-third the price of a comparable front-loading autoclave. Priorclave’s top loading autoclaves are among the most compact full-size units on the market today.  Compared to similar-sized medical-grade rectangular-vessel units, cylindrical autoclaves are easier to operate, less expensive to maintain, and more reliable over a longer working life.

GBP £9,000 - 19,500

Biomaster Protected
Made in Britain
Energy Efficient
Water Efficient
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Product Description

Top-loading autoclaves are very popular internationally and in for life-science research. Not only do they easily accommodate the tallest flasks, fermentors, and bioreactors, they’re also excellent for waste processing, especially in large batches (pop the lid and drop in the bag, just like a rubbish bin).

By relying on ultra-efficient cylindrical pressure vessels, Priorclave has engineered top-loading autoclaves that feature large capacities, low loading heights, small footprints, and low lifetime operating costs. Every Priorclave is custom built in our London factory, specifically to handle your applications.  All top-loading sterilizers can be outfitted for “gravity” or vacuum cycles, with in-chamber or independent heating. They come supplied with a stainless steel load support plate and stainless steel mesh baskets for optimal steam circulation. All models include the most current version of our full-featured, fully-programmable Tactrol Control System.

Does your facility or process pose formidable power, programming, or steam generation challenges? We specialize in custom-engineered solutions, and are eager to discuss how best to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Models

  • Model: PS/MID/C60
  • Model: PS/MVA/C60
  • Model: PS/QCS/EV100
  • Model: PS/QVA/EV100
  • Model: PS/QCS/EV150
  • Model: PS/QVA/EV150

Standard Features

  • Programmable TACTROL® 3 Control System with simple "one-touch" start
  • PED-certified 316L Stainless Steel Chamber and Door
  • Quickseal Single-Action Interlocking Safety Lid—cannot be opened unsafely
  • Chamber Pressure Gauge
  • Stainless Steel Loading Baskets
  • Biomaster™ Antimicrobial Surfaces
  • Assisted Load Cooling
  • Benchtop or Mobile Cart mounted for ease of positioning and service
  • One-button start
  • Permission-based Door Release
  • Automatic Timed Freesteaming
  • Media Warming and Delayed Start
  • Thermocouple Entry and Test Ports
  • Two full width stainless steel anti-tip Loading Baskets

Options

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USB Port
Air Intake Filter System
Auto-waterfill
Calibration
Cycle Repeat
Air Ballast System
Exhaust Filtration
Accelerated Media Cooling
Adaptation for special water supplies.
Additional Options Kit for Health Service Customers
Additional Wire Baskets – Top Loading Priorclaves
Air Ballasting with built-in air compressor
Condensate Collection Bottle
Customer requested Pressure Vessel Approval
Emergency Stop Button
F0 Integration
Factory Acceptance Test
Graphic Recorder Ethernet Port
Heater Protection
Installation – UK Mainland
IQ/OQ/PQ Documentation
Load Sensed Process Timing
Manual Drain
Mechanical Cycle Counter
Operator Identification
Performance Testing
Pneumatic Valves
Recorder – Circular Chart
Recorder – Graphic – Logger
Recorder – Strip Chart
Serial Communications Package
Setting Lock
Single Phase Connection
Steam / Electric Heating
Steam Supply Set
TACTROL Self – Monitoring System
Touch Screen Option
Water Softener

USB Port

External USB Port for easy uploading and downloading for logging and remote maintenance and updates.

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Air Intake Filter System

Protects sensitive loads from contamination from the outside air drawn in as the autoclave cools.

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Auto-waterfill

Automatically re-fills the autoclave chamber while the door is open ready for the next cycle. Requires a water supply. (Fitted as standard to electrically heated vacuum models)

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Calibration

As a UKAS accredited Laboratory Priorclave can provide annual or bi-annual calibration of your autoclave at one or more temperatures. Following successful calibration a UKAS certificate is issued.

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Cycle Repeat

Particularly useful for product testing, this option allows the autoclave to run one cycle after the other without stopping. The total number of cycles can be set from the control panel. For electrically heated Priorclaves a water supply is required. (Not suitable for Distilled, Ultra Pure or RO water supplies.)

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Air Ballast System

Controls distortion of semi-rigid containers, pouches and blister-packs as the autoclave cools by pressurising the autoclave chamber with air, balancing the internal pressure inside the containers, pouches or blister packs. In autoclaves with water cooling jackets it controls volume losses when rapidly cooling liquid loads. Requires an extremal air supply at a minimum pressure of 3 BarG.

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Exhaust Filtration

On rectangular profile Priorclaves all autoclave exhaust is directed through a 0.2 micron HEPA filter mounted inside the autoclave chamber. The filter is easily accessed for regular changing.

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Accelerated Media Cooling

Accelerated Media Cooling – can reduce cooling times for liquid loads by up to 50% (Depending on load size and type volume loss may exceed 5%). Requires a minimum 5 program memory and Performance testing to set up the cycle parameter. Includes an air intake filter.

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Adaptation for special water supplies.

Electrically Heated Priorclaves require soft water with a conductivity of a minimum of 100 micro Siemens to work correctly. Various adaptations can be made to pipe work, fittings and water detection systems for Ultra pure water supplies if required.

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Additional Options Kit for Health Service Customers

Includes Tactrol Self Monitoring, Mechanical Cycle Counter and other options according to model to assist with the requirements of some health service installations.

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Additional Wire Baskets – Top Loading Priorclaves

Stainless Steel wire mesh baskets. In addition to those supplied with the autoclave in varying depths.

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Air Ballasting with built-in air compressor

Controls distortion of semi-rigid containers, pouches and blister-packs as the autoclave cools by pressurising the autoclave chamber with air, balancing the internal pressure inside the containers, pouches or blister packs. Includes a quiet running air compressor mounted, where possible, inside the autoclave body.

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Condensate Collection Bottle

Where a drain is not available the autoclave exhaust is collected outside the autoclave for periodic disposal. Not suitable for vacuum models or sterilising waste / discard loads.

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Customer requested Pressure Vessel Approval

Form X Pressure Test Certification – Individually witnessed Hydrostatic Test with stamped certificate. MUST be requested at time of purchase.

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Emergency Stop Button

Allows the operator to quickly shut down all autoclave functions in case of an emergency. Fitted as standard to all Power Door Priorclaves

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F0 Integration

Reduces overall cycle time by including time spent at high temperatures during heating and cooling in each cycle. Most suitable for standard, repeated loads.

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Factory Acceptance Test

Factory Acceptance test carried out with the customer at Priorclave’s factory after manufacture and before despatch.

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Graphic Recorder Ethernet Port

Allows easy connection and integration to an internal computer network for remote monitoring and storage of records.

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Heater Protection

Backup thermostatic protection for the autoclave’s low water detection system.

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Installation – UK Mainland

Autoclave installation by Priorclave trained technicians to pre-installed drains, water and electrical supplies.

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IQ/OQ/PQ Documentation

Preparation of detailed IQ/OQ Documentation for testing purposes

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Load Sensed Process Timing

Guarantees sterilising times by delaying the sterilising start time until a temperature sensor placed in the load has heated to sterilisation temperature.

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Manual Drain

A manually operated valve is fitted to allow the autoclave vessel to be drain for regular cleaning.

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Mechanical Cycle Counter

Provides a mechanical backup to the autoclave control system’s built in cycle counter.

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Operator Identification

PIN number identification of operators for each cycle. This information is recorded in the autoclave cycle log.

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Performance Testing

As a UKAS accredited Laboratory Priorclave can provide performance testing for your autoclave. Cycles with a specified number of loads are run and logged with multiple temperature sensors around the load and autoclave chamber. From the test results the cycle can be optimised to achieve sterilisation in the shortest possible cycle time. Following successful testing a UKAS certificate is issued.

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Pneumatic Valves

Improves reliability and operation of complex Priorclaves. The standard electrical valves are replaced with pneumatically operated valves. Requires an air supply or alternatively a small quiet air compressor can be installed inside the body of the autoclave.

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Recorder – Circular Chart

Provides a temperature record of autoclave cycles independent of the autoclave control system onto a paper chart. Unless otherwise specified a fixed temperature probe is fitted. Multi-channel versions are also available.

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Recorder – Graphic – Logger

Provides a temperature and pressure record of autoclave cycles independent of the autoclave control system. Cycle records are graphically displayed and saved to a log file. Unless otherwise specified a fixed temperature probe is fitted along with a pressure transducer. Further recording channels can be provided along with the option of an Ethernet port for connection to a computer network.

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Recorder – Strip Chart

Provides a temperature record of autoclave cycles independent of the autoclave control system onto a paper chart. Unless otherwise specified a fixed temperature probe is fitted. Multi-channel versions are also available.

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Serial Communications Package

The autoclave is fitted with an external serial communication interface socket for connection to a suitable PC or laptop. The package includes a serial cable and software.

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Setting Lock

Tamper proofing of program settings for single program Priorclaves – Included on models fitted with multi-program memory options.

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Single Phase Connection

For 100 to 200L Priorclaves where a three phase supply is not available the autoclave can be wired to run at two thirds heating power from a single phase power supply rated at 32A. Should a three phase supply become available at a later time the autoclave can quite easily be re-wired for re-connection.

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Steam / Electric Heating

For Steam Heated autoclaves this allows the autoclave to continue to be used when external steam is not available.

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Steam Supply Set

Control and other valves required to supply a Steam Heated Priorclave with dry saturated steam at the correct pressure from an external steam supply. The autoclave is not fitted with this but if there is an existing steam supply set in place this can be used to supply the autoclave’s steam.

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TACTROL Self – Monitoring System

Provides an additional level of control protection. The Tactrol system scans all input channels to detect abnormalities and will abort the cycle with a displayed, logged and printed fault code and description if one is detected.

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Touch Screen Option

Tactrol Touch Control System – Full colour Touch Screen Control System with all the usual Priorclave Tactrol control system features in touch screen format.

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Water Softener

Ion Exchange water softening system which provides water of the correct quality to run the Priorclave – requires regular refilling with salt to maintain water quality.

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Specifications

60L Top-Loading Specifications
Working Volume
60 litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Format
Top Loading
Loading Height
850mm
Heater Power
3kW - 13A single phase
Heat Input
Elements in Chamber
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
350mm dia x 625mm
External Dimensions
w x d x h
472 x 620 x 900mm
Floor Weight
85kg
Minimum Installation
Height x Width
777 x 925 x1522mm (including door swing)
60L Top-Loading Vacuum Specifications
Working Volume
60 litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Format
Top Loading
Loading Height
850mm
Heater Power
3kW - 13A single phase
Heat Input
Elements in Chamber
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
350mm dia x 625mm
External Dimensions
w x d x h
472 x 790 x 900mm
Floor Weight
90kg
Minimum Installation
Depth x Height
670 x 1395
100L Top-Loading Specifications
Working Volume
100 litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Height
755mm
Heater Power
7kW - 30A single-phase 10.5kW - 15A three-phase
Heat Input
Electrical or Direct Steam Source
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
500mm dia x 500mm
External Dimensions
w x d x h
660 x 840 x 840mm
Floor Weight
unloaded
147kg
Minimum Installation
Height x Width
965 x 1146 x 1400mm (including Door Swing)
100L Top Loading Vacuum Specifications
Working Volume
100 Litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Height
755mm
Heater Power
7kW - 30A single-phase 10.5kW - 15A three-phase
Heat Input
Electrical or Direct Steam Source
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
500mm dia x 500mm
External Dimensions
w x d x h
960 x 840 x 840mm
Floor Weight
unloaded
157kg
Minimum Installation
Depth x Height
980 x 1400
150L Top-Loading Specifications
Working Volume
150 litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Height
935mm
Heat Input
Internal Electrical or direct Steam Source
Heater Power
7kW - 30A single-phase 10.5kW - 15A three-phase
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
500mm dia x 720mm
External Dimensions
660 x 840 x 1020mm
Floor Weight
Unloaded
165Kg
Minimum Installation
Height x Width
965 x 1146 x 1640mm (560mm)
150L Top Loading Vacuum Specifications
Working Volume
150 Litres
Operating Range
up to 138°C, 2.4 bar
Loading Height
755mm
Heater Power
7kW - 30A single-phase 10.5kW - 15A three-phase
Heat Input
Electrical or Direct Steam Source
Chamber Size
diameter x depth
500mm dia x 720mm
External Dimensions
w x d x h
960 x 840 x 1020mm
Floor Weight
unloaded
165kg
Minimum Installation
Depth x Height
980 x 1640mm

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We have nine Priorclaves on our campus, and they live up to the energy and water conservation promise. The Priorclave team is always responsive—from sales to service. You can count on them to be there.
- Phil Berriman, Lab Equipment Specialist
We found that your autoclaves used 81% less energy and 93% less water than our old ones with the steam jackets. The savings is huge for our campus.
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- Joan Morra, Metallurgical Engineer
As a large Biology Department of more than 300 teaching and research staff we have bought 6 Priorclave autoclaves over the last 3 years. The Priorclave autoclaves have consistently performed in all areas for ease of use, reliability and value for money.
- Lucy Hudson
Customer service from Priorclave is first class. I would recommend their equipment to anybody. After sales and service contracts also first class.
- Bob Salvage
Priorclave’s holistic approach to sustainability is unique in the life sciences industry. Not only do their products use 70-80% less energy and water than most autoclaves, the company has also shown leadership in sustainable manufacturing and in developing a recycling program for their products.
- Allison Paradise, Executive Director
We’ve been engaged in a research project with our chemistry department and they absolutely loved your equipment. They’re actually in the process of building a new lab and are considering one of your products.
- Tim Matthews, Laboratory Technologist