The Removal of an Eco II for a LibertyBOSS Amalgam Separator

M.A.R.S Bio-Med Technical Specialist Jason Buyukozer demonstrates the improper installation of an amalgam separator (Eco II) and then the proper installation (LibertyBOSS).

This video was taken in a dental practice in Montreal, Quebec. They were tired of spending $100/month on a service contract with their Eco II. M.A.R.S was contacted after the doctor met us at the Montreal Dental Conference. The M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS does not require contracts, monthly fees or maintenance. For this 7 chair practice, they just install the LibertyBOSS and forget about it for up to 24 months.

Illegally Bypassing the Amalgam Separator

Issue 1

The Eco II was set up on only one pump. If at any point that office had to use their Dry Vacuum, they would be illegally bypassing the amalgam separator. If this office were to be inspected, they would have been seen as non-compliant.

Solution 1

The LibertyBOSS was installed before both pumps. This was done by installing the wye with the ball-valves, after the LibertyBOSS, not before.

 

Improper Installation

Issue 2

It was quite obvious that this system was not installed by an M.A.R.S Certified Amalgam Separator Specialist. Not only was the Eco II installed to be on bypass, but the whole system was able to be pulled apart in seconds without tools or extra force. This could be a serious issue as it could have caused suction loss if the inlet or outlet hose were to have been nudged.

Solution 2

In the Province of Quebec, you are required to have a licensed plumber install your amalgam separator. Currently, many major cities in Quebec are considering to requiring installers of Amalgam Separators to be a Certified Amalgam Separator Specialists, as it has been brought to light that many plumbers do not have the knowledge to install an amalgam separator correctly. When hiring someone to install and service.

Too Many Chairs for the Eco II to Handle

Issue 3

The Eco II was installed in a 7 chair practice. Based on the Eco II ISO 11143:2008, the Eco II can only be used in a 6 op or less office, before having to switch to their “Tandem” System.

Solution 3

Switched the Eco II with the LibertyBOSS that can offer a 7 chair practice 24 months of service without filters, or maintenance.

 

Eco II was on Overflow

Issue 4

This Eco II was not changed on the manufacturer’s required maintenance cycle, which would have been roughly every 3-4 months. As part of their $100/month service contract, the doctor’s amalgam separator should have been inspected and replaced more often than the 12 month period it had been done. The Eco II was on overflow, gumming up the solids collector and vacuum pump, and exposing the office staff to Methylmercury.

Solution 4

Replace the Eco II service contract with the LibertyBOSS. The LibertyBOSS large settling leg allows this 7 chair practice run for 24 months. Without concern of the LibertyBOSS going on overflow.

Before (Eco II)

Eco II about to be replaced by a LibertyBOSS

After (LibertyBOSS)

LibertyBOSS Amalgam Separator installed

 

The Installation of the LibertyBOSS

After the installation of the LibertyBOSS the doctor was relieved to not only save $600/year but to have a guarantee of compliance from M.A.R.S Bio-Med. He will no longer experience suction loss or have to check his amalgam separator anymore.