What is an autoclave?

An autoclave can also be known as a steam steriliser depending on which part of the world you are from and who you are talking too. Autoclave sterilisers use steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria, fungi viruses, and spores on items that are placed inside its chamber – the pressure vessel. 

The items placed inside are heated to a validated temperature for a set period of time, this allows the moisture in the steam to effectively transfer the heat to the items inside to effectively destroy protein structures of the bacteria and spores.

Why use an autoclave?


An autoclave would be used for sterilisation of surgical instruments prior to use within a surgical theatre. In addition to this application healthcare authorities may also have a desire to use an autoclave for the disposal of waste. 

These autoclaves would be used to decontaminate clinical waste coming from the hospital prior to safe disposal by a waste management company.


An autoclave would be used for the decontamination of laboratory waste, sterilisation of laboratory glass and plastic ware and even media preparation and production. 

It should be noted that different laboratory Bio Safety Levels exist dependent on the nature of the work being undertaken. BSL2, BSL3 or even BSL 4.

Why decide on Sychem for your autoclave project?

Full range of products

Extensive range of autoclaves featuring easy to use controls, low running costs, innovative independent monitoring systems for unrivalled process control and data archiving for CQC, SGS, BSEN Compliance.

Experts in our field

Experts in decontamination & Sterilisation. With our very own Authorised Engineer in Decontamination (AED) qualified personnel.

Competitive service

FREE, no obligation, fixed price quotes with complimentary site survey.

Money saving options

With various add-on features and alternatives available, we can always tailor to suit your resources.

Finance options available

Need to spread the cost? At Sychem we offer finance on all capital equipment.

Qualified engineer’s

Fully qualified Engineers, Security cleared engineers providing insured & guaranteed workmanship.

Highly rated service delivery 

At Sychem we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Therefore, our Service Team will support and assist you at every step. 

Full project management

When you choose Sychem for your project, you can rest assured that every detail will be communicated effectively.

SychemEye cloud-based customer service portal for:

Access to service reports

The Client Console allows customers to view their Quarterly, Biannual / Annual thermocouple test reports faster than those who rely on traditional methods (email/post).

Real-time management

You have access to electronic engineer report sheets and their entire archive. Plus the ability log call-outs “directly” into our Call Management System online.

Equipment detail

You get access to all equipment detail on your machines, making it easier than ever to access and monitor.

Access to statistics

Allowing for statistics to be viewed at any time on several metrics. Run reports the way you want them with our Software Team on hand to assist you.

Our most popular autoclaves


Compact medium capacity 600 litre 8STU autoclave 

  • User Friendly Colour touch screen control with inbuilt independent monitoring system.

  • Fully insulated chamber manufactured from a melamime foam jacket – keeps the heat where it needs to be.

  • Ergonomic working and loading heights via the use of our carriage and trolley. 

  • Fast cycle performance with a 134 degree cycle with extra drying completed within 45 minutes.

  • Compact design with automatic vertical sliding doors.

VS202038 L

VS 202038 L Compact small capacity 250 litre autoclave

  • User Friendly Colour touch screen control with inbuilt independent monitoring system.

  • Compact design with single or 2 door passthrough automatic vertical sliding doors.

  • Steam generation via direct steam, electric or dual heating.

  • 316L Stainlees Steel chamber.

  • Fast cycle performance with optional jacket cooling technology for liquid processing.

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