Plastic rotors, on the other hand, are highly resistant to chemicals, but can only withstand a limited number of autoclaving cycles before the rotor’s aerosol-tightness is significantly reduced. After a certain number of cycles, plastic rotors cannot be used anymore, and they have to be replaced.
Rotors and lids made of metals like aluminum are more applicable in this case.
With these rotors and lids, you only have to replace the sealing ring after a certain number of autoclaving cycles.
Aggressive chemicalsAnother influence on the aerosol-tightness of rotors stems from aggressive chemicals.These chemicals include concentrated and mild alkalis, concentrated acids, solutions containing mercury ions, copper ions and other heavy-metal ions, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and concentrated saline solutions. The sealing rings of aerosol-tight rotors are particularly impacted by these aggressive chemicals.
In general, plastic rotors are resistant to various kinds of aggressive chemicals because they are not as sensitive to corrosion. Some metal rotors, on the other hand, do have special coatings like PTFE, which are also very resistant to aggressive chemicals.
Cleaning and disinfection of rotorsIf you intend to clean or decontaminate a rotor using a method not recommended by the manufacturer, you should consult the manufacturer in advance to ensure you do not damage the rotor.
Only use neutral agents (e.g., diluted alcohol-based disinfectants or a 70% isopropanol mixture) to clean and disinfect equipment. Aggressive chemicals can damage the rotor, buckets, and chamber (see above). You should always regularly check the rotor for damage caused by corrosion. To prevent corrosion, you should, for instance, immediately remove salt crystals.