Q:  How do we fix the TOMY SX-500 Sterilizer when we get error code E09 (Lid Sensor Defective)?

A:  Most likely it’s the right hook microswitch that is not working properly.  Attached is the process of removing the panel and readjusting the microswitch.

Maintenace mode manual C08 DME10D311 SX series Troubleshooting for Er.E09 (1)

DME10D311 SX series Troubleshooting for Er.E09 (1)

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~Shlomo Savyon
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How often should I perform biological monitoring (BI) (spore testing)?

Correct functioning of sterilization cycles should be verified for each sterilizer by the periodic (at least weekly) use of BIs. Users should follow the manufacturer’s directions concerning the appropriate placement of the BI in the sterilizer. A control BI (not processed through the sterilizer) from the same lot as the test indicator should be incubated with the test BI. The control BI should yield positive results for bacterial growth. In addition to conducting routine biological monitoring, equipment users should perform biological monitoring.

  • Whenever a new type of packaging material or tray is used.
  • After training new sterilization personnel.
  • After a sterilizer has been repaired.
  • After any change in the sterilizer loading procedures.

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All sorts of spore testings
Spore testing that could be done with every cycle
Here some additional helpful LINKS

 

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Shlomo
Your Sterilizer Expert

The temperature for the newest model Cox sterilizer may run up to 385f.  You must use bags which were made for Dry Heat Sterilizers.  Those bags would work up to 450f.  The steam or combination steam/dry heat pouches will melt in the Cox units which require dry heat only pouches.

If you want to talk further about this, please call me.

Shlomo
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How to keep the chamber of the Market Forge STME sterilizer nice & clean.  This image of the chamber is not a nice one.

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Q:
What to do if you are having a built up of coating from the inside the chamber in the autoclave, and what is the best way of cleaning the chamber to remove this built up?
A:
 The autoclave needs to be clean out every day with the following ingredients   warm water, mild soap, and a cup of white vinegar.
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Shlomo
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1.  Run a regular cycle
2.  Once the timer gets to zero, the sterilizer will begin to buzz.
3.  It would still stay in sterilization position until you either turn the bottom knob to ‘VENT’, or to ‘OFF’ position.
4.  If you turn the knob to ‘VENT’ position, the sterilizer will suck out all the liquids you have in the bottles.
5.  If you turn the knob quickly pass the ‘VENT’ position, and onto the off position, the sterilizer will be completely off, and will ‘SLOW vent’ (which might take up to 45 minutes, but the liquids will stay in tact in the bottles.

fyi – Pelton Crane is no longer manufacturing the Magnaclave.  Too bad.  It was a great work horse of a sterilizer.  However, we can get you a refurbished one for a better price than you can get any 15″ dia x 30″ deep sterilizer.

Call me to find out the price.
Thank you,
Shlomo

P.S. click over there —> Pelton Crane Magnaclave (to see further details about the Pelton Crane Magnaclave)

Q – What does the code “PF” mean when it comes up on the temperature screen.
A – It means ’Power Fail Code’.   You need to unplug the sterilizer and plug it back in order to reset.

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Shlomo
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I got a call from a customer who purchased the door gasket for he Market Forge sterilizer, and asked me the following question:
I just replaced the door gasket and it’s on snug. However, on 2 test runs, the autoclave has a lot of water bubbling at the bottom of the door and water is dripping quickly out of the bottom and oozing out of the top of the door.

Here is the response:
The gasket is made from a mold so it may not be perfect.  But I would look at the inner components that make it close.  Like the springs, the studs the springs connect to and etc.   The unit will leak a little steam until about 5 min. in then should stop.  If it is just a slow leak  hit the bevel outside were the door presses against it while it builds pressure could be just the molding needing a little adjustment.

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TOMY ES-315 Sterilizer – ERR message – What shall I do?

ERR normally shows a number after indicating the input error (eg. Water level sensor is 1).  Err with no number indicates multiple errors.   If you press start when there is no water in the chamber and the lid is open, you will get an ERR 0 (or ERR according to TOMY).  I have only one case of ERR only and that was related to an external incident that damaged the autoclave severely.  I have never seen this error otherwise (20+ year history).

TOMY changed the circuit board for the new sterilizers around the year 2010, and most likely the ERR without number was added to the logic.

The best course is to make sure the chamber has sufficient water, close the lid and the exhaust valve.  That should isolate the error if there is still one.  If not, they will need to go through the inputs to see which components are failing.  If the inputs test, then the problem is probably with the board.

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Shlomo
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