The world-wide first steam sterilizer for surgical laundry was designed and produced by Mathias Lautenschläger in 1887 - a milestone in hospital hygiene. One year later, in 1888, Mathias Lautenschläger founded F. & M. Lautenschläger.
Since then, F. & M. Lautenschläger has been a leading company in steam sterilization and steam disinfection. Innovative and high quality technologies in combination with excellent service are the basis for the good reputation of Lautenschläger products. Lautenschläger sterilizers are well-known for their durability and reliability, optimum economic and technical efficiency and highest possible sterilization safety.
The photo shows the first steam sterilizer manufactured by Mathias Lautenschläger in 1887 in Berlin. Today, this machine is part of the collection of the German Museum of Medical History in Ingolstadt. The right side shows historic Lautenschläger patents from European countries such as Romania, Switzerland and Hungary.
1887/88 World-wide first steam sterilizer for hospital laundry
1900 Double-door steam disinfector as room divider
1910 World-wide first completely integrated sterilizer
1920 Sterilizer with patented central bolt lock
1928 High pressure steam sterilizer, developed in cooperation with Konrich
1931 Patented laundry and textile sterilizer with air separator
1940 Patented Lautenschläger Flash-process
1967 First sterilizer control system easily changeable without tools
1972 Steam sterilizer equipped with automatic unloading blocks
1988 Cooling tower for reduced process water consumption
1996 Patented inflatable door seal system and patented steam analyzer (DMA)
2002 Optimized user-friendliness by large Color touch screens
2011 Modules for reduced utility consumption and energy integration in the CSSD
2014 Integrated electronic Bowie-Dick test
2017 µ-Snifflog - electronic routine control system for washer disinfectors