Autoclaves are extremely important pieces of equipment for the biotech industry, and must be maintained at exact temperatures. Thermally mapping and validating these chambers can be a challenging process.
Steam in place is a method of sterilization that allows equipment such as pipes to be sterilized without moving. Therefore, a validation solution cannot disrupt the equipment while testing the sterilization process.
Sterilization tunnels are important in ensuring pharmaceutical equipment is sterile by moving equipment through a high-heat tunnel at a predetermined rate. These tunnels must be validated periodically to ensure the heat inside is at the rate it should be.
Lyophilizers are tricky pieces of equipment for thermal mapping, due to their extreme low temperatures and short shelf space. Thermocouples are the traditional thermal mapping tool, but need hours of time to set up.