What material can Sterimelt process?

Sterimelt can process uncontaminated non woven polypropylene wraps, drapes or patient transfer sheets in single or double ply.
It has been tested, predominantly using Halyard Health (HYH) clinical sterilisation wrap products and MIP UK transfer sheets.

What about different colours?

The colours do not matter, and can be processed as a mixed batch.

How many wraps can be placed in Sterimelt?

It does depend on the size of the sheets, but as a guide between 120 and 150 large sheets at a time.
Some hospitals prefer to collect the sheets in plastic bags, Sterimelt will take between 6 and 8 full 30litre bags.

How does Sterimelt process the waste wraps?

Sterimelt uses electrical plates to “re-engineer” the plastic by heat. Sterimelt is well insulated and the outside casing is safe to touch. However, it may also feel warm to the touch.

Do the plastic wrap sheets burn?

No, Sterimelt uses carefully controlled heat in a safe and compliant manner.

Does the melting plastic give off an odour?

All plastic polymer gives off an unfamiliar poly-aromatic odour when heat is applied. Sterimelt uses carefully selected filter systems to absorb all bar the faintest trace of odour’s. The emissions have been tested independently and verified as less than normal particles found in the atmosphere daily.

How long does it take to process?

Approx 1 hour and 20 minutes. This can be affected by the external ambient temperature.

Will Sterimelt need constant supervision waiting for the process to complete?

No, once loaded, which takes less than a few minutes, the operator presses one button to start Sterimelt and can then carry on performing other duties. It would be no different to throwing the waste bags into a skip.

Where would the Sterimelt be located?

Sterimelt is designed for internal or external use. It has an IP54 outdoor electrical rating and is constructed from Stainless Steel. Ideally the waste compound of the customer or close to where the wraps are segregated.

What happens to the blocks?

The blocks are 100% polypropylene when processed and have commercial value, so can be used in the UK to make new products. They are inert, impervious to the elements or infestation and are odourless and sanitised. This means they can safely be stored outside on pallets, until a load is ready. This drastically reduces transport movements onto hospital sites. We have had the blocks independently analysed and confirmed sterile.

What happens if the Sterimelt breaks down?

Sterimelt is fitted with telemetry in order for our engineers to remotely access the machine for fault finding purposes. Should we not be able to repair Sterimelt by remote access, then an engineer will be dispatched promptly, this is usually within 48 hours. The telemetry uses SIM card technology and is NOT connected to the customers digital network.

What would happen if some contaminated wrap was placed in the Sterimelt?

Nothing, the heat used to process is way in excess of Autoclave limits and therefore would sterilise anything that may be contaminated and accidently placed in Sterimelt.

What is the size of Sterimelt?

Sterimelt has a footprint of 2 square metres and stands 2 metres high.

How much does it cost to run?

Sterimelt uses a 3 phase, 415V electrical supply. Running costs will depend on individual energy supplier tariffs,
but for an average business the running cost would be approximately £0.90p per hour.
If the customer had its own energy generation system or biomass type plant with CHP, costs could be as low as £0.10 per hour.

Can it process other types of plastic waste?

It can only process flexible non woven polypropylene.

Will Sterimelt need any special Environmental Licence?

No. It can run under a normal waste operations licence or simple S2 exemption licence and
is covered in England and Wales by E.A. Position Statement 112.

How heavy are the blocks?

The blocks weigh approximately 20kg or lighter.

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