Miele: New large steam sterilisers add a 'fourth dimension to reprocessing'

Visitors to Miele Professional's stand at Medica are set to experience a new dimension in medical technology: New features for large steam sterilisers due to be launched in May 2017 as well as a virtual tour of a fully equipped reprocessing unit for medical products (Hall 12, Stand F 18).

Image: Nurse uses the new large steam steriliser of Miele Professional; Copyright: Miele

A safe titre count reduction in large steam sterilisers from Miele Professional is guaranteed by a new sensor which monitors the complete penetration of loads with saturated steam; ©Miele

Alongside temperature, pressure and holding time, the complete penetration of loads with saturated steam is essential to the successful deactivation of bacteria in any sterilisation process. 'We call it the fourth dimension of reprocessing', says Chief Product Manager for Medical Technology with Miele Professional, Michael Sedlag, as he explains the origins of Miele's tradeshow motto. Miele is presenting a process on its new sterilisers which monitors the quality of steam and steam penetration more effectively than for instance indicators.

This is the preserve of an innovative Miele sensor which measures the penetration of the system with saturated steam. The full and reliable deactivation of bacteria is only possible through the presence of saturated steam at all points. Moist steam or superheated steam on the other hand is less effective and indeed involves risks, particularly with respect to complex loads. With Miele's innovative sensor, the necessary level of penetration can be precisely monitored. The sensor operates on the basis of light, giving users the peace of mind of knowing that safe sterilisation has been achieved.

Two further optional new features to be presented by Miele Professional at Medica 2016, also serving the objective of ensuring safe sterilisation, are a sensor to detect non-condensable gases in a steriliser's steam supply and an Air Detector which identifies possible air leakages. Another market first is the automatic descaling function on the vacuum pump on large steam sterilisers. This can considerably prolong a pump's service life and reduce the need for maintenance in the event that the required quality of cooling water cannot be provided on site.

A further highlight awaiting visitors to the 340 m² large Miele booth will be a virtual tour of a fully furnished and equipped reprocessing unit for medical products. Using virtual reality glasses and joysticks, guests are invited to wander through the various reprocessing rooms and to discover for themselves the special features of Miele products. This virtual excursion also passes through the inside of a mobile CSSD. This modular and prefab unit is available from Miele Professional in the event that a hospital has to close its own facilities temporarily, for example for renovation work. 

Miele will also be presenting new products for surgeries as part of System4Med, including a load carrier for undercounter washer-disinfectors with a large capacity of up to 8 DIN mesh trays for surgical instruments. A new system ensuring the thorough but gentle reprocessing of the instruments used in eye surgery and permitting the cleaning of complete instrument cartridges will also be presented.

Company profile

Miele is the world's leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floor care products. This line-up is augmented by dishwashers, washer-extractors and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications (Miele Professional).

The Miele company, founded in 1899, has 8 production plants in Germany as well as one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China and Romania. 2015/16 turnover amounted to approximately EUR 3.71 billion with sales outside Germany accounting for around 70 percent. Miele is represented with its own sales subsidiaries and via importers in almost 100 countries. Throughout the world, the company, now in fourth-generation ownership, employs a workforce of 18,400, thereof 10,300 in Germany. The company's headquarters are located in Gütersloh in Germany's Westphalia region.


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