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General Operation: Further Details

The general operation of The Amalgam Collector is to allow all materials entering the vacuum system in the operatories to enter into the canister. The solids and liquids will eventually be allowed to remain undisturbed for a period of time to allow settling. After this period the relatively clear liquid near the top of the unit is drawn off and allowed to pass on into the sanitary sewer system. In this way the solids (primarily heavy metals) will be trapped and prevented from contaminating the end-line sewage treatment system be that a treatment facility or a septic system.

With The Amalgam Collector installed, during usage of the office vacuum system, all components brought from the operatories through the vacuum line plumbing enter into the canister and remain there. Only air passes on through. If no further intervention occurs the canister will continue to collect materials until it fills up to the height of the outgoing air connector inserted through the lid. At this time the materials in the canister near the top will be drawn out of the unit and continue through the system just as they previously used to do prior to the installation of The Amalgam Collector. This phenomenon is the built-in safety overflow feature of the unit that will function in the event that the regular maintenance is neglected.

Their technique for capturing the amalgam waste is entirely sedimentation. For best results, we recommend that the collected materials in The Amalgam Collector be allowed to stand for at least 8 hours undisturbed either by movement of the canister or by the stirring action of the active vacuum system. This allows the maximum amount of sedimentation to take place. After the quiescent period, the supernatant liquid is drawn off with minimal disturbance of the sedimentation layer. For the manual valve models, the air out valve is closed and the liquid out valve is opened to decant the liquid. This allows room for the next batch of waste water to be collected.

We recommend that the valve setting for evacuation be done immediately after shutting off the vacuum system for the day or weekend so that the liquid is drawn off immediately when the vacuum system is reactivated the next working day. This minimizes the chances of accidentally stirring by someone prematurely activating the vacuum system not realizing or remembering that the liquid needs drawn off.

In addition to the overflow safety feature noted above, The Amalgam Collector is designed to allow proper function of the vacuum system even if the proper resetting of the valves is inadvertently overlooked for a period of time.



Rated #1 In ADA Research Study
(Abstract 633, Journal of Dental Research, 2001, 80)

All Models ISO 11143 Certified

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Custom installations since 1995 ~ Self installation option ~ Easy weekly maintenance
Large sludge capacity (up to 4 times more) ~ 99.96% efficient (ADA Research)
Sizes to service 1 to 12 operatories or more ~ Prices start at $625

The Amalgam Collector™
R & D Services, Inc.
8116 Greenlake Dr. North, Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 800-816-4995, Local: 206-525-4995, Fax: 206-522-7098
President: Ross M. Fraker, DDS, PhD

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