Have you ever received a package in the mail and wondered what that box has been through? Usually, packages come in the mail fully in tact, but every once in a while I'll get one shipped to me that is all beat up with torn edges around the corners. More than likely they may have gotten torn on a shelf during the shipping process. Transporting objects isn't always easy, especially when you're shipping a high volume of products.
The same problem can occur when transporting surgical instruments during the sterilization process. When wrapped instrument sets are being loaded or unloaded on the transportation cart, they can easily be torn or ripped by the sharp metal edges on the shelves. The best way to minimize this issue is to use a protective layer on the shelf before placing the wrapped instrument trays on them.
Underguard™ for Autoclave Shelves absorbs and rapidly disperses condensate during sterilization. Further, they will help prevent dripping of condensate between shelves. Best of all, they protect wrapped trays from any sharp edges that might tear wrap when trays are loaded or unloaded.