Solids Collectors and the Role They Play in Amalgam Separation

Solids Collectors and the Role They Play in Amalgam Separation

M.A.R.S Technical Specialist Jason Buyukozer explains the role of Solids Collectors, and its importance to filter based amalgam separators. He then explains the Best Available Technology is the LibertyBOSS, in that it doesn’t need a solids collector, nor regular maintenance, and will not expose you to methyl mercury.

Video transcript:

Hi, I’m Jason Buyukozer, the Technical Specialist at M.A.R.S Bio-Med. Today’s preventative maintenance course is talking about solids collectors, and the role they play in amalgam separation. A solids collector doesn’t have anything to do with amalgam separation. It’s usually part of the pump manufacturers warranty. The purpose of a solids collector is to capture solids that may pass through any amalgam separator, such as biofilm. M.A.R.S suggests to keep the solids collectors attached to the pump as this could void a warranty if it is removed.


Solids Collectors Before the Amalgam Separator

Some technicians still may be inclined to install a solids collector in front of an amalgam separator. Some filter based amalgam separator manufacturers suggest a solids collector to be installed before the amalgam separator. To catch larger particulates, in the hopes that it would prevent their small 3/4″ filter inlets from clogging.
Solids Collectors and the Role They Play in Amalgam Separation

A clogged filter could cause a system to go into bypass. This is why filter based amalgam separators’ user manuals require weekly inspections to check for filling and clogging. Please check out the free preventative maintenance courses on our website to learn about the proper maintenance of your amalgam separator. Every week we will be releasing new preventative maintenance courses assisting dental practices in saving money.


M.A.R.S is Training City Inspectors What to Look For

M.A.R.S Bio-Med works with many cities and water treatment plants across North America. Creating dental registration programs, training inspectors on amalgam separator maintenance. This is why they are aware that anything in front of an amalgam separator is considered toxic waste. And should be handled and disposed of as toxic waste.


The Dangers of Filter Based Amalgam Separators

When having a pre-filter, such as a solids collector, or in the case of the Air Techniques Acadia, they have a built-in pre-filter. This exposes your dental staff to methyl mercury, every time they change the solids collectors. And it adds to the dental practice’s required maintenance, and it adds to your cost as well.

Use mask when changing solids collectors

When changing these filters, we suggest wearing a respirator rated for mercurous gases. Every time you do this weekly maintenance on these systems, you are exposing yourself to methyl mercury. If you do not have an amalgam separator and you just have the solids collectors, when you are changing those solids collectors on your pumps, please wear a respirator. It does protect you from the methyl mercury exposures.


There is a Better Way- LibertyBOSS Amalgam Separator

M.A.R.S finds the extra costs of filters, and the extra maintenance on these pre-filters to be unacceptable. It is our mission to supply dental practices with the best and safest equipment possible. The M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS is designed to be a minimum of 1 1/2″ in diameter throughout our entire system. This is why we do not require a pre-filter to prevent clogging or regular weekly maintenance, as our system can virtually never clog. You just install a LibteryBOSS and forget about it for up to 3 years. The LibertyBOSS is the only NO maintenance amalgam separator on the market.

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Please, if you have any questions about amalgam separation or solids collectors, do not hesitate to call M.A.R.S Bio-Med at 1-866-594-3648. Or contact any of our Certified Amalgam Separator Specialists (C.A.S.S.) Distributors on our Distributor page on Thank you very much for watching our preventative maintenance video, and have yourself a great day.

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