M.A.R.S Technical Specialist Jason Buyukozer shares preventative maintenance tips for the Apavia AVTmax Amalgam Separator.
Hello, I’m Jason Buyukozer, the Technical Specialist at M.A.R.S Bio-Med. Today’s Preventative Maintenance Course we will be talking about the Apavia AVTmax [Amalgam Separator] and a TTech West Eco-Star. You may have had DentalEz Amalgam HoG. Which looks very similar to this. But DentalEz has long since dropped that brand. We will be talking about the required maintenance of the Apavia AVTmax. And simple ways, you could be avoiding clogging, loss of suction, or spilling with your system.
Apavia AVTmax is Similar to the Hg5
According to manufacturers who have sold the Apavia AVTmax, this system has been designed by the same person who had designed the Solmetex Hg5. This means that many of the preventative maintenance tips given in the Hg5 Preventative Maintenance Video on our website will be the same as the Apavia AVTmax. With the exception of a couple of extra failure points of this new design.
This system’s filter was designed to fit on the Hg5. As filter based Amalgam Separator Manufacturers do not really care about selling their actual system. They rather give you a ‘free amalgam separator’ or use your existing amalgam separator. As long as you are buying the filters from them. Which is the actual real cost of these types of systems.
Apavia AVTmax is a Filter Based Amalgam Separator
Being a filter based amalgam separator, the Apavia AVTmax will require a weekly maintenance to check for clogging and filling of the upper chamber. You may use a flashlight to inspect the upper chamber and to inspect the filter. While this is being done, it is suggested to check the filter pins to make sure they are all the way in. According to top service technicians, they have found that vibrations from the pump have been known to wiggle the pins loose. Which cause the pictures to fall once the pump is turned off.
To avoid toxic spill, it is recommended that the pins should be checked as often as possible. If your office experiences a spill, please vacate the room immediately and call a toxic waste professional to clean the spill properly.
What to Do if There is Loss of Suction
If your office has noticed suction loss or suction slow down, do check your solids collector on your pump first. As it is a common cause of suction loss. If your solids collector does not cause the issue, it may be your Apavia AVTmax. So please check your upper chamber first. Take a flashlight, check the upper chamber. Check for clogging and filling. You’re looking for any kind of build up of water or sludge. There shouldn’t be much in the upper chamber, as the system is designed to cycle throughout. If there is a clog in your upper chamber, and your filter is not full. You can pull the pins, tilt the filter so that air gets into the upper chamber. Also leaving the suction running. This will jostle around anything in the upper chamber. Allowing it to fall into the filter, hopefully undoing the clog.
(WARNING: Always wear a mask rated for mercurous gases, eye protection, and gloves while opening an amalgam separator).
If you notice a suction loss after the filter has been changed, it is recommended that you check the ‘o-rings’ on the filters. As according to technicians, they tend to slip out of their grooves. So once you fix that put it back into the system. That should get rid of that air loss and give you the proper seal.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Preventative Maintenance on the Apavia AVTmax. If you have any questions about any other amalgam separator, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-866-594-3648. Or follow us on the web at marsbiomed.com. Thank you very much and have a great day.