Written by Steve Hudgik
An autoclave is a device used to sterilize equipment and supplies by subjecting them to superheated steam. The autoclave maintains the high temperature and pressure conditions for 15–20 minutes, depending on the size of the load and the contents.
Autoclave labels must be able to withstand repeated exposure to autoclave sterilization without failure. The autoclave labels that do this the best are autoclave labels made using DuraLabel Autoclavable tape.
DuraLabel autoclave labels are suitable for medical and dental offices, hospitals, laboratories, and industrial applications. Designed to withstand temperatures as high as 370 degrees C, DuraLabel autoclave labels are made using a specially engineered poly tape with a tough adhesive that even keeps labels stuck on low energy surfaces. When printed with a DuraLabel printer, the result are labels that can have a combination of numbers, text, images and bar codes and that easily survive autoclave conditions.
In addition to labeling instruments, tools and other materials subject to autoclave sterilization, DuraLabel autoclave tape may be used for labeling hot surfaces and devices, as well as surfaces that reach temperatures as low as -40 degrees C. This is a versatile labeling supply that handles a wide range of surface temperatures.
DuraLabel offers a number of printers that are commonly used for making autoclave labels, such as the DuraLabel LabPRO, the DuraLabel PRO 300 and the DuraLabel TORO. All of these are desktop label printers, but the DuraLabel TORO stands out as the only stand-alone, portable four inch label printer. When used with its optional battery, the DuraLabel TORO is always ready to go anyplace labels are needed, including labels for devices, instruments and tools that are subject to autoclave sterilization.
Call 1-888-326-9244 for more information about making labels that survive autoclave sterilization.