Loop & Needle Sterilizers 6

Loop and Needle Sterilizers and automatic Bunsen burners have been developed to sterilize metal inoculating loops, needles, and test tube openings with or without (depending on the facility) having to use an open flame. Utilizing an electric heat source, using loop sterilizers is not only a safer process, but it is also a requirement in many research laboratories. These devices eliminate hazards to personnel and facilities that are associated with other methods, as well as offer greater user control. Electric heat sources also prevent spatter and cross-contamination.

Additionally, infrared sterilization methods are recommended for use in anaerobic chambers. Loop sterilizers additionally will disinfect laboratory tools that are not sharp-edged, including glass instrumentation such as pipettes, test tubes, as well as assorted metal instruments and other equipment used in research laboratories or for quality control initiatives.

In microbiology, inoculating loops are used to pick up and to transfer a small amount of bacteria that is either growing on a plate or in a liquid culture. Next the sample is spread on a new agar plate. The loop is then sterilized and used again to gather a bacteria sample and to transfer it to a clean agar plate. For the process to be successful, it is imperative that the inoculating loop is rendered completely bacteria-free before taking a fresh sample. To sterilize Inoculating Loops, a loop must pass through the flame (either gas or electric powered) of a burner at an angle until the entire length of the wire turns orange from the high heat. At this point, any and all contaminants on the wire are incinerated.  Next, care must be taken to move the loop, to avoid contamination.

Neutec offers Bunsen burners and Loop Sterilizer models from leading manufacturers who provide these two major methods of sterilization:

  • Open Flame Gas driven Bunsen Burner
    Reach a temperature of 1300ºC on natural gas – activated by a foot switch or by an Infra-red motion detector. See our wide range of LabFlame models
  • Annealing without a flame
    The electrical sterilization system e-Loop is ideal for the sterilization of inoculation loops, needles and instruments. Loop sterilizers are recommended for use in laboratories and safety cabinets where gas and an open flame is not permitted. Models: E-loop and the Economy Microincinerator

Loop Sterilizer Features and Benefits

Rapid & precise ignition for fast Loop & Needle Sterilization
Uniform & constant heat for perfect bottle neck sterilization
Safety cabinet qualified due to optimized air flow support
Hands free operation with foot-switch or touch free IR-sensor ignition (Lab Flame)
Environmental friendly by saving gas and and reducing pollution and heat generation

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