The time spent developing a validation series for a retort or an autoclave, trying to get just the right cycle time, vacuum dwell, or steam injection, can be expensive and nail-bitingly tense. For retorts it’s the grueling cycles that may prove to be wasted labor due to an insufficient dwell time.
A typical problem that occurs in the sterilization and cooking industry is the expense of time and labor involved in performing a process that ends with an unsuccessful kill of the target organism or incomplete cooking. This can occur for a variety of reason such as incorrect calculations, miscommunications, or thermocouple sensor failures or malfunctions. This can lead to wasted product and labor, repair costs, re-performing cycles or validations. When forced to make decisions about the cycle without the proper, up-to-date information necessary, the costs go up and they add up quick.
These issues are quite common in the industry and are something we face everyday. Mesa Labs attempts to solve all that with the new DataTrace® InTenna. By using this specially designed internal antenna, it is now possible to receive real-time process data, regardless of the wireless difficulties of the past.
DataTrace® InTenna is attached to the vessel by using a standard clamp fitting and sealed inside the vessel through any common service outlet. This enhanced capability means that retort cook cycles will always be able to hit their mark using the real-time feedback of the wireless data. As an autoclave user, a customer’s validation series cycle time could be dramatically reduced by monitoring the real-time data and making up-to-the-second decisions about the process. Finally, if a process is not going to way you like, you will be able to adjust the process mid-cycle to better achieve the desired outcome based on up-to-date and accurate information.
For more information on DataTrace® data logger products, see the DataTrace product page.