M.A.R.S Technical Specialist, Jason Buyukozer, leads you through the proper techniques to maintain your Air Techniques Acadia Amalgam Separator.
Hello, my name is Jason Buyukozer, I’m the Technical Specialist at M.A.R.S Bio-Med. Today’s preventative maintenance course will be discussing the Air Techniques Acadia. I’ll be going over the manufacturer’s required maintenance, and showing you simple tips to make sure the system runs efficiently. So it doesn’t interrupt your suction, and it keeps your office safe and compliant.
Preventative Maintenance of the Air Techniques Acadia
The first thing I would like to discuss the inlet to this amalgam separator. The Air Techniques Acadia has a blue basket, which captures large particulates like biofilm, and prevents it from entering the amalgam separator. This basket should be maintained on a regular basis, I would say, minimum once a week. to make sure it doesn’t overfill.
Because this is on the inlet of an amalgam separator, this is considered toxic waste. This will have to be handled and disposed of as toxic waster. So when you are actually cleaning out this trap, you should be wearing a respirator rated for mercurous gasses and some gloves. When you empty this trap, this cannot go into the garbage. This will have to go into a bucket and sent off with the rest of your toxic waste. The same company who does your sharps and biowaste disposal should be able to handle this toxic waste.
Your Regular Weekly Maintenance
The next thing we are going to be talking about is the regular weekly maintenance. While you are cleaning this trap out, make it part of your weekly maintenance to also inspect the upper chamber and filter for filling and clogging.
So go down to your mechanical room with a flashlight or your cell phone with a flashlight, and inspect the upper chamber for clogging. Once again, I’ve mentioned this before, it’s very hard to determine what is just amalgam sludge on the outer rim (or on the outer walls), and what is actual sludge build up. So when you are searching, what you will be looking for is consistency. If you can’t see light, consistently all the way around, you have sludge. If you see pockets of light shining through, then there is a chance it’s just build up on the outer wall.
What to Do if There is a Clog
You will also be checking the filter. Now, if you’ve noticed the filter is not full, but your upper chamber has a little clog, don’t worry. What the manufacturer suggests is to leave your suction running. (WARNING: to prevent exposure to methyl mercury, always wear your respirator, gloves, and goggles when opening up your Acadia amalgam separator.) You can tilt the filter as such, and just enough that air will get up into the upper chamber through the inlet, here. It will jostle around what may have caused the clog, and then you just twist the filter back in. Make sure to lock it in place, as so. And come back in a day, and make sure that the issue has resolved itself.
When looking to see how full the system is, you have to keep in mind the design of the system. So this is the inlet to the filter. It’s about a half inch inlet, and this is where it all settles, in this portion of the filter. Once all the sludge settles here, the water pushes and expands beyond this foam barrier, and the sludge stays in the middle and the water pushes out. The issue with this design, it makes it a little difficult to determine the full line of where the sludge level is, as you have to shine [your light] through this black foam.
Have Your Filters Replaced When Needed
The last required maintenance for the Air Techniques Acadia is the regular filter changes. Every amalgam separator that is filter based requires filters to be changed once a year or when it’s full, whichever comes first. If you do your regular required maintenance on your system, you’ll get a good idea how often your filter needs to be changed. How often you have to change your amalgam separator filter will be based on the size of your practice, and how much prophy paste you might use. What fills an amalgam separator more than anything is prophy paste, from your hygienists. The more hygienists you have, the faster your amalgam separator tends to fill.
So lets recap on the required maintenance of the Air Techniques Acadia. Once a week inspect and clean your inlet filter (remember that this is considered toxic waste, and needs to be handled and disposed of as toxic waste). Don’t forget to wear your respirator when cleaning and replacing the inlet filter. While you are inspecting and cleaning your filter, you should be inspecting the upper chamber, and the filter once a week as well, to make sure the system is running at peak efficiency.
I hope you found this informative. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact M.A.R.S directly 1-866-594-3648 or please contact one of our certified amalgam separator specialists at our distributor page on our website. You could also contact Air Techniques directly, and ask them about the regular maintenance required of the Acadia.
I hope you found this preventative maintenance course helpful. Have yourself a lovely day.