There is often talk of sterilization in relation to the pharmaceutical, medical and food sectors.

But perhaps non-professionals do not know that sterilization comes into play in a very important field: the museum, to preserve antiquities such as wooden statues, antique furnitur, rugs, tapestries, old books, parchments and fabric materials, such as clothes, sheets, etc.

The factors involved are different: in fact, it is necessary to preserve the products in organic materials from the action of bacteria that could deteriorate materials over time by ruining real masterpieces.

This is why museums often have the need to equip themselves with such machinery. The goal is also to not take the risks of externally transfering precious goods or masterpieces.

Another very important factor to take into account when working with old and perishable products is the impossibility of working at high temperatures, and at the same time not wetting products that could otherwise be irreparably damaged: it is necessary, in short, to work ‘cold’ and with ‘controlled humidity’.

It is in this case that ETO sterilization comes into play, (ETO is the diminutive of Ethylene Oxide gas.)

For this purpose, De Lama produces the DLOG series, which thanks to its operating mechanism, capable of completing sterilization without reaching high temperatures, also has another important field of application: that of plastic medical materials, which if subjected to heat would melt or otherwise alterate. This type of autoclave is perfect for sterilizing materials such as: plastic syringes, catheters, dialysis cartridges, etc.

Remaining on the subject of antiquity, however, museum operators periodically perform the sterilization of different types of materials. In particular, the books are gathered in special baskets and loaded into the autoclaves to be subjected to the sterilization cycle able to eliminate micro-organisms.


Marco Bianchi

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