Ronco Technical Services, Inc.

Our Commitment to Quality and Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My Pelton Crane Sterilizer takes a long time to fill the chamber?

A: The stone filter located under the tray at the rear of your sterilizer is clogged. Remove the filter tube, unscrew filter and replace. Filters should be changed every four to six months. We can supply you with filters, cleaning solution and any other part for your sterilizer.

Q: I experience quite a lot of 60 cycle interference when using my EKG machine or my ECG monitor?

A: Either you have a defective patient cable or your EKG or ECG monitor need to be grounded. You can order a new patient cable or grounding wire from us.

Q: I’m having problems completely shutting off the oxygen flowmeter on my anesthesia machine?

A: The 02 Needle Valve seems to be partially stripped on the flowmeter control knob. It can easily be removed with a 9/16 open end wrench and replaced. The 02 needle valve can be supplied by us.

Autoclave Hints

A: Ronco Technical Services has serviced hundreds of autoclaves with great care and pride. We like to see our repairs last a long time. That makes us happy and saves our customers $$$. Please take a moment to read what we have learned over the years. Hopefully these “helpful hints” will prove beneficial to you.

  • DO NOT allow anyone who has not read the operating manual to operate the autoclave
  • NEVER use anything but DISTILLED water in your sterilizer.
  • ALWAYS replace the reservoir cap after filling and keep the chamber door closed when not in use to keep dust from getting into your steam system and clogging it.
  • Sterilize only CLEAN items.
  • DO NOT use cloth drapes that have been washed with CHLORINE BLEACH. Chlorine can destroy a stainless steel chamber.
  • CLEAN your sterilizer on a weekly basis using cleaners provided by the autoclave manufacturer.
  • ALWAYS fill with water to the fill line indicated in the chamber . . . no more, no less.
  • NEVER leave an operating autoclave unattended for more than a few minutes.
  • If the vent or fill cycle takes longer than normal, REPLACE the filter stone found at rear of the chamber underneath the bottom tray. (Pelton & Crane models only.)
  • FILTERS, DOOR GASKETS, AND CLEANER are available from RONCO TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC.
  • CALL US. We are an authorized service center for most major brands, Pelton & Crane, Tuttnauer, etc. We can answer most of your technical questions having to do with autoclaves, anesthesia machines, EKG machines, dental units, centrifuges, etc.

Preparation of Materials

  • INSTRUMENTS – Clean and rinse thoroughly, wrap or bag and place on trays.
  • SYRINGES & NEEDLES – Take syringes apart, wash thoroughly. Wrap or bag each part separately. Cover entire tray with a double-thickness muslin cover.
  • FABRICS & DRESSINGS – Fold into convenient packets. Always fold loosely. Avoid making multiple layers and never roll. Never use canvas as a covering. Wrap in muslin on trays. Canvas will not allow steam penetration. Do not overload chamber.

Cleaning Chamber

  • Mix three ounces of Omni-Cleaner Plus per quart of water.
  • Drain reservoir and add enough cleaning solution to run a cycle. For extremely dirty autoclaves, solution may be increased to four ounces per quart and may require two cleaning cycles.
  • Run one twenty-minute cycle in normal manner. Instruments should not be sterilized while cleaning autoclave.
  • Drain cleaning solution from autoclave and reservoir. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Fill autoclave again and run one rinse cycle for fifteen minutes. Do not use cleaning solution for rinse cycle; use fresh water.
  • Refill reservoir with distilled water and autoclave is ready for use.
  • For Validator autoclaves, if H2O or fail signal occurs immediately after cleaning unit, restart and fill chamber by hand, restart cycle.

Daily Veterinary Anesthesia Machine Checklist

  • PRESSURE TEST THE MACHINE
    • Place bag and circuit on machine with pop off closed
    • Occlude circuit with finger and fill bag using O2 flush
    • Take pressure to 25 cm. of water or until bag is full
    • Pressure should hold in machine
    • Set flow meter at 200cc. If pressure does not hold, check for leaks
  • COMMON PLACES TO FIND LEAKS
    • Inhalation & Exhalation Valves
    • Gaskets on sodasorb container
    • Fresh gas line leading to absorber
    • Pop off or negative pressure valve
    • Inlet/outlet ports on vaporizers
    • Breathing bag or cracked hoses
  • GENERAL MAINTENANCE
    • Sodasorb or Baralyme should be changed every 14-15 hours
      DO NOT WAIT ON COLOR CHANGE
    • F/Air Canisters only last 12 hours
    • Check bags and hoses on a regular basis
    • Check oxygen flush, must move freely
    • Check pop off valve for sticking
    • Check inhalation/exhalation valves must seal properly

For service and calibration on anesthesia machines and vaporizers call your authorized service center.