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Suatainability in medical technology with Miele Professional

02 February 2009

Environmental protection and sustainability combined with superb quality have been the cornerstones of Miele Professional's entrepreneurial activities for many years.

A reduction in the use of raw materials, energy, water and other natural resources is always uppermost in the minds of engineers when developing new washer-disinfectors and accessories for use in medical technology.

Miele's responsibility starts with the sparing use of resources and energy-efficient processes in production and logistics. All Miele production plants have an environmental management system certified according to ISO 14001, which involves regular auditing and recertification.

Miele Professional washer-disinfectors are built using only choice materials which fully comply with all relevant legislation, standards and guidelines. The plastics used, for example, in valves and gaskets or in the filters of drying units are exceptionally durable and impervious to both temperature and process chemicals. Extended replacement intervals of up to 1000 hours reduce the burden on the environment and minimise machine downtimes.

The best way to avoid waste is to build machines and components to last. All washer-disinfectors are built and tested to withstand 15,000 hours of operation and frequently provide 20 years reliable service. The provision of spares and components for older machines is guaranteed – thanks to Miele's promise to stock all functional components for 15 years after the discontinuation of model production.

Miele Professional has achieved considerable improvements in the economy, performance and useability of its products through intensive research and development. All machines use only the amount of water, energy and process chemicals needed to achieve excellent cleaning and disinfection results.

Special programmes combining the sparing use of valuable resources with excellent reprocessing results in a wide range of applications vouch for the gentle treatment of expensive surgical instruments. 'OxiVario', for instance, is designed to cope with heavily soiled and challenging instruments, whereas 'Ophthalmology' is tailored to the needs of sensitive, narrow-lumened eye instruments.

As water consumption in the various programmes is kept as low as possible, less energy is required for heating. Alongside a standard electrically heated version, Miele also offers steam heating as an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient source of energy for large decontamination units.

To ensure residue-free reprocessing results, all programmes use a conductivity meter to evaluate the purity of rinse water, adding additional rinse cycles as appropriate. These automatic extensions to programme cycles only apply when clients define a minimum conductivity value. This module is a shining example of sustainability - it is completely maintenance-free over its entire life cycle and needs neither adjustment nor calibration.

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