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Common applications include sterilizing medical or bacteriological instruments, for chemical reactions and for processing of materials such as plastics or rubber. Manufacturing and curing advanced composites often requires the use of autoclave pressure to finish the products. Read More…

Autoclaves Autoclaves are pressure vessels which are used for the processing of parts and components with steam and high temperatures.
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Oak Lawn, IL  |  800-282-1574

If you are looking for innovative pressure vessels, you’ve come to the right place! We actively manage your project every step of the way. We keep you informed of what we are doing to ensure we keep up to your standards and delivery times.

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Midwest Imperial Steel Fabricators, LLC $$$

Gladwin, MI  |  989-426-4768

Gladwin Tank Manufacturing specializes in custom designed and built ASME tanks and ASME jacketed weldments of any shape or size made from carbon steel, stainless, duplex and nickel alloys.

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Gladwin Tank Mfg., Inc. $$$

West Alexandria, OH  |  937-307-3597

Rexarc is the global leader in acetylene gas plant production, and is trusted in over 50 countries around the world with the generation, purification, and compression of the highly volatile gas. We have the knowledge, attitude, equipment, and processes to support your needs in the vessel production. We also offer value added services of piping, instrumentation, paint, and other controls integration.

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Rexarc International $$$

Springfield, MO  |  417-459-9906

Sho-Me Fabrication, LLC is a Missouri based pressure vessels manufacturer. We are a leading and trusted manufacturer, providing the best service and products in the industry. Our highly skilled and experienced workers have quick turnaround with high quality products. Sho-Me Fabrication is able to fabricate your customized product on site or in our facilities. Contact us to see how we can customize a product to fit your needs.

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Sho-Me Fabrication, LLC $$$

Haverhill, MA  |  978-469-8280

EPSI designs high-pressure systems for manufacturing, testing, research and specialized high-pressure applications. With its unique application-specific approach to R&D, manufacturing, and testing, EPSI has built a tradition of excellence in high-pressure engineering and technology worldwide.

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Engineered Pressure Systems Inc. $$$

Rocky Point, NC  |  910-675-8999

Tank Fab is a fully-integrated pressure vessel manufacturer of ASME and API 650 code autoclave systems. Some of our products include ASME pressure vessels and ASME tanks. We have over 30 years of experience designing autoclave systems—trust us with your next project!

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Tank Fab, Inc. $$$

Berea, OH  |  440-243-6800

Alloy Engineering is ASME code vessel certified and offers extensive expertise in the mechanical design of pressure vessels that will meet rigorous quality standards and procedures. High expertise in the design of vessels fabricated from high-nickel and exotic alloys. Our designs are frequently used in applications with design process conditions up to 1700°F. We also specialize in redesigning current applications to provide more cost-effective and higher performance with longer life.

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Alloy Engineering Company $$$
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Autoclaves are made up of an interior chamber into which an object or material is placed, a sealing door and the appliances necessary to create pressure and raise the temperature. The autoclave door is one of the most crucial components of the system as it is responsible for sealing the chamber. It is imperative that the door is able to seal tightly but also to open and close with speed in order to maintain the interior conditions of the autoclave as consistently as possible.

However, as it will be under extreme pressure, it will need to comply with high standards of safety. As with other high pressure vessels, due to the potential danger connected to using the equipment, autoclaves are required to meet stringent manufacturing and maintenance standards such as those set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Design, construction and upkeep are driven by the need for safety of the operators as even a small crack or burst in an autoclave or pressure tank could result in an explosion, fire or spreading of metal shrapnel because of the amount of pressure inside the vessel.

In some cases, an additional piece of equipment will be added to aid in the controlled cool-down once the desired temperature has been reached. Electric heating elements or steam-heating are the most common methods of applying heat to an autoclave, although the choice will depend on the intended application of the vessel and what the pressure will be applied to.

Some typical autoclave loads include: laboratory glassware, surgical instruments and other patient-care utensils, medical waste and bedding. The high temperatures and pressures within the autoclave are able to sterilize various objects for reuse or disposal. Autoclaves apply both heat and pressure to the materials and components they are used to work on, and therefore the materials used in the construction of the vessels needs to be carefully considered.

Physical characteristics of durability and strength, as well as corrosion resistance and being easy-to-clean and replace are important to autoclave construction. Most simple autoclave machines can be operated manually, but temperature control typically relies on an automated process.




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