Autoclave Repair Tips

Autoclave Repair Made Simple

Make Statim 2000 Autoclave Repair Easy – Here’s What You Need To Know

Before doing any autoclave repair, it is always advantageous to understand how the unit functions.

This is especially true on the Statim 2000 autoclaves. They are far different from most other units

Statim 2000

For the purposes of this article, when we use the word Statim or Statim 2000, we are referring to both the 2000 & 5000 models since their operation is the same

The cassettes in these units take the place of the chamber found on most autoclaves.

Having only to control the area inside the cassettes means there is much less volume to contend with, and that is the main reason the units are able to complete the cycles so quickly

How The Statim Autoclave Works

As steam is created, it is injected into the cassette. The temperature is monitored via 2 thermocouples. One thermocouple monitors the boiler temperature and the other monitors the temperature inside the cassette.

The function of the second thermocouple is similar to a traditional steam sensor mounted in a chamber

Unlike a normal autoclave chamber, the Statim autoclave does not monitor the pressure with a device such as a transducer or gauge. Instead, the pressure reading is a value calculated by a microprocessor on the Control Board

Instruments are loaded into the cassette and the cassette is placed into the cassette bay. Inserting the cassette will close the microswitch that activates the vent solenoid valve. The user selects a cycle and depresses the start button.

The boiler then heats up to the proper temperature. The distilled water is then pumped into the boiler and converted into steam. And the steam is injected into the cassette. As the steam enters the cassette, the air is purged out through the vent solenoid valve. The air is continuously expelled into the waste water bottle’s condensation coil. This allows steam to run through the cassette to maintain proper steam temperature.

Although most autoclaves reuse the same water over and over, the STATIM uses fresh distilled water each time. It is important that you use Distilled Water Only…….Never use deionized, demineralized or specialty filtered water. Tap water must never be used.

Once the sterilization stage has finished, the vent solenoid valve will open and remain open. The venting stage will expel the steam pressure through the exhaust tubing into the condenser waste bottle.

The steam condenses back into water in the condensation coil. The compressor will run until the drying stage is complete.

Now that you understand how it operates, troubleshooting the Statim 2000 and repairing the autoclave will become a lot more intuitive to you….and much easier!

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