The use of the CONVERTER equipment is finalized to the demolition of the bacterial load (bioburden) and for the obtainment of a product that is dry, of reduced weight and volume, free from pricking objects.
The operation of these equipment founds on the known sterilization method referred as “moist heat”, consisting in applying to the material under treatment (sanitary waste) a rather high temperature, in presence of water in liquid form, during a time enough long for getting the whole sterilization of the waste.
The temperature level of the sterilizing step, in the Converter equipment, is set by the manufacturer at 151°C during 3 minutes.
The process develops as by the following thermal cycle, including:
- Size reduction of the waste,
- Evaporation of all liquids present in the waste,
- Heating up to the temperature of 151 °C,
- Sterilization at 151 °C with holding time of 3 minutes through dosage of evaporating water,
- Cooling down with evaporating water and unloading of the dry treated material.
The process allows to contemporarily getting the waste reduction to small size, needles and disposable lancets included, the powdering of all glass objects, the softening of the plastic films and the elimination of all liquids, elements that on the whole contribute to the volume and weight reduction. The issued product is dry, in flocks and grains of few millimeters size, free from any particular odour, recognizable parts and sharps. Needles and lancets are transformed into not pricking particles of millimeters size.