Following numerous requests from our customers regarding the maximum load in autoclaves, here are a few helpful tips. In order to perform sterilization cycles, there is a maximum weight of instruments and textiles you can place in autoclaves. For an optimal performance, it is recommended to spread the load among all the trays. When you overload your autoclave, chances are you will have a cycle failure and have to restart the procedure.
Maximum instrument and textile load for Tuttnauer* autoclaves
|Model||Maximum instrument load||Maximum textile load|
|1730 Valueklave Autoclave||6 lbs (2.7kg)||2 lbs (0.9 kg)|
|2340M Manual Autoclave||8 lbs (3.6kg)||2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)|
|2540MK Manual Kwiklave||8 lbs (3.6kg)||2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)|
|Autoclave manuel 3140 (3545)||11 lbs (5.0 kg)||3.6 lbs (1.2 kg)|
|Autoclave manuel 3850||13 lbs (6.0 kg)||4.3 lbs (1.4 kg)|
|3870M, 3870EA Autoclaves||14 lbs (6.4 kg)||4.6 lbs ( 1.5 kg)|
|EZ9 Fully Automatic Autoclave||8 lbs (3.6 kg)||2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)|
|EZ10, EZ10k Fully Automatic Autoclave||8 lbs (3.6 kg)||2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)|
It is important to note that the maximum instrument load is a combination of the weight of the instruments and the textiles. For instance, if you have an autoclave model 1730, you are allowed to place a maximum of 6 lbs. This means that you can place 4.5 lbs of instruments and 1.5 lbs of textile to wrap the instruments.
The maximum textile load is when you only want to sterilize textiles without any instruments.
* Please always refer to your manufacturer’s specifications. This chart is a simple guideline for Tuttnauer autoclaves.