Q: My company has been asked to install a Market Forge STM-E sterilizer. I am looking at a Market Forge 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet listed as 17-0099-3 for a type “C” with temperature recorder. Per the top view of the sterilizer, what is item “E”? It is not listed as part of the required connections but a site visit revealed a 1/2″ FPT connection.

A: “E” is where the chart recorder connects and the unit’s safety valve is located.

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~Shlomo Savyon
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Q: We have a Market Forge STM-E. When we try to run a cycle, the sterilizer works normally until temperature is reached. Then the low water indicator light comes on and the sterilizer shuts off. After the temperature and pressure go down the chamber still is full of water and we can usually reset using the button. However, it happens again when we try to run it. At first the problem was intermittent, and we could sometimes run a complete cycle, but now it’s doing it every time. Sometimes we can’t even reset it and have to wait until it is significantly cooled down before the reset button will work. How do we fix this?

A: The reason this is happening is because the low water cutoff is faulty. To fix it, you just have to replace that part.Click HERE

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~Shlomo Savyon
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Here are the two options available.

OUTSIDE VENTING
Connect a 1/2″ (13mm) nominal tubing exhaust to an outside vent (connection located on the top
of the control housing). IMPORTANT: Exhaust line must be vented to the outside to eliminate
steam and accompanying noise from entering the room. Use a 1/2″ (13mm)
copper tubing or suitable alternate. The length of the line should not exceed 15 feet (4.5 meters)
and should have little to no bends. The line should slope downward after leaving the
sterilizer in order to ensure condensate drainage.

WATER-COOLED EXHAUST CONDENSER
If outside venting is not possible, an optional water-cooled condenser is available for
connection to an open drain. If required order the part number 95-0436 kit.

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~Shlomo Savyon
1-800-762-1586
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Q: For some reason the sterilizer’s pressure drops dramatically on a random basis near the end of a cycle. The seal and valve both appear okay. Why would this be happening?

A: Losing pressure at the end of a run is usually caused by not enough water in the chamber to begin the cycle, leakage from steam trap, drain, door gasket, safety or possibly the fast exhaust solenoid.

If there wasn’t any water remaining in the chamber after the cycle, then you need to find out where the steam went. The problem is mostly because of the steam trap.

Another reason that this could be happening is that the timer might not be working properly. With some of the old Market Forges, the timer wouldn’t work correctly for some cycles.

Check the reasons listed above and inspect for any of these problems.

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~Shlomo Savyon
1-800-762-1586
Your Sterilizer expert

 

 

Q: What is the amperage requirement of the circuit for the STM-EL? It has the 4 wire plug (3 phase). Is the amperage requirement the same if we switch over to single phase?

A: No. The Amper is different, you cannot switch them.

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~Shlomo Savyon
1-800-762-1586
Your Sterilizer expert

Sometimes, there is a leak in the drain piping, door gasket or the drain valve.

This machine has no reservoir, so the above 3 types of leaks are most popular cases.

If the machine is leaking from the chamber, then the chamber needs to be replaced.

Possible parts that need to be replaced:
The drain pipe, drain valve or door gasket

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~Shlomo Savyon
1-800-762-1586
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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.

Got any further questions?

All sorts of spore testings
Class 5 Intergrators are biological equivelents and can be used 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
1-800-762-1586

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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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