Conventional autoclave operations are labor intensive, expensive and have significant storage issues associated with the batching system. STI system technology is purposefully designed to operate unattended, cut direct labor costs and produce safe, easily stored treated waste.
Less Odors and Lower Landfill Costs
The conventional autoclave creates hot, wet, smelly garbage that is substantially more expensive to landfill due to water content. Additionally, conventional autoclaves produce undesirable smells during operation and the waste in the compactor spoils quickly, creating a safe harbor for insects and rodents.
The STI unit generates dry, unrecognizable waste which has no foul odor due to the very tiny amount of chemical added automatically during the process.
Continuous Feed System
Because the conventional autoclave is a “batch feed system, the user must wait for the cooking cycle to complete, causing storage issues for untreated waste waiting to be processed.
The STI Waste Treatment System is a continuous feed system, quickly processing each cart of waste. The equipment waits for you, not the other way around.
Lower Cost of Operation
Conventional autoclaves require that the users place the medical waste into “autoclave bags and liners made of polyurethane. These bags typically cost three (3) times as much as conventional polyethylene red bags, amounting to exceptionally increased operating expense year after year.
We recommend the use of the least expensive, compliant bags you can purchase to meet your needs.
Reduced Waste Handling
The conventional autoclave requires numerous additional handlings of the waste, increasing the risk to staff in various ways (personal exposure, corporate exposure, public exposure).
The STI Waste Treatment Systems is a sealed, hands-free system, free of the need to add labor. Once the collection cart is rolled into the system, your job is done. No mess for others to complain about!
Conventional autoclaves with post shredders are typically installed indoors because the “process is quite messy. Cooked waste containing urine, blood, paper, and plastic is dumped in the open air into a hopper above an open shredder. You need a building to house the conventional autoclave, post shredder and numerous individual components including the autoclave chamber, lift, rail system for carts, post shredder, and shredder hopper. Operating costs are quite high for the conventional autoclave and post shredder. This is due to the downtime of the post shredder, higher steam consumption, cost of expensive autoclave bags, and the demand for direct labor.
Up-front costs of the STI unit are sometimes more expensive than the average conventional autoclave and post shredder, however, the system is considerably less expensive to own and operate when all of the additional logical factors are considered.
Lower Cost of Labor
In many locations, a High-Pressure Boiler Engineer license is required to operate the conventional autoclave. This person is typically highly trained and is certified to operate a high-pressure vessel due to the potential dangers associated with these vessels.
The STI system operates on low-pressure steam (less than 15 PSI), and consumes very small amounts of this steam.