This guide provides the essential information you should know about the Automator M1000.
How do I turn on the Automator?
The Automator is programmed by your physician to perform lengthening at a specific rate. Usually patients will be asked to turn on the Automator a certain number of days after surgery. When the Automator(s) are in stand by, and not performing distraction, the digital display on the front of the Automator flashes “OFF.” To turn on the Automator press either button for five seconds until you see numbers displayed, then release the button. That’s it! You will notice an arrow flashing on the display. That arrow designates the direction in which the telescoping rod is ejected. The arrow should remain flashing when the Automator is performing adjustments.
How do I know that the Automator is functioning?
The digital display on the front of the device shows the total amount of distraction (in millimeters) that the Automator has performed since it was started. The distance reported on the display increases according to the distance that the telescoping rod is ejected by the Automator. In very quiet surroundings you may
be able to hear the motor movement for about a half-second every several minutes.
The Automator is designed to provide an audible alarm if it is not able to perform its programmed distraction. The Automator will also give an alarm if its battery power is low. You should check the Automator display and/or the telescoping rod ejected by the motor at least once per day to note the progress.
Are there any maintenance requirements for the Automator?
Once the Automator is installed, the device should require little if any maintenance. It is important, however, to periodically confirm the following:
1. All nuts holding the device and telescoping rod to the ring or bracket are tight. (Note that the six sided nut that holds the telescoping rod to its bracket or frame also prevents the rod from turning. This is intentional. The Automator performs lengthening by ejecting the telescoping rod, not by turning the rod.)
2. There is sufficient telescoping rod to complete the prescribed distraction. The last 20mm of the rod are beveled and painted red to warn the user that the end of the telescoping rod is approaching. The patient should inform their physician if the beveled portion at the end of the rod becomes visible at the top of the Automator. The device begins loosing stability when less than 15 mm of rod remain inside.
When the telescoping rod is arranged to eject from the bottom of the device there must
always be a portion of the telescoping rod projecting from the top of the device. If your Automator is
installed in this manner you must have the Automator adjusted by your physician when the telescoping rod becomes flush with the top of the Automator.
Can I go swimming or take a shower with the Automator on?
The Automator is designed to be water resistant to depths of four feet. Therefore, you may get the Automator wet and you may even go swimming. Please note that water may enter the Automator if it is jarred while under water, hence the Automators should be handled with care when in the water. Water entry will destroy the Automator.
What should I do if an Automator alarms?
In the rare event of an error, you will hear the device beeping and see an error code on the display. Some alarms occur when something is preventing the telescoping rod from ejecting or the motor fails to keep
accuracy within 1/32 mm. Other alarms indicate some unusual behavior in the Automator’s circuitry: for example if water entered the device. Distraction automatically ceases in the event of an error. The first thing you should do is write down the code on the display. It will read “EL” followed by a number between 1 and 9. This number will help Autogenesis troubleshoot the Automator over the phone if you are not able to reset the Automator.
Most alarms can be reset by pressing one of the buttons on the front of the device for three seconds. Release the button when you see “-.-.-” on the display. Then press either button again briefly to restart the device. You may hear the motor run between 1 and 15 seconds as the device reinitializes. Then, you should see the total distraction on the display with the arrow flashing. If the Automator resumes distraction, then all is well. If the Automator cannot be reset or you have received more than one alarm in a 24 hour period, you should contact Autogenesis at 1-888 325 2017 (24 hours/day) and/or contact your physician.
How do I know when the battery power will run out?
The batteries inside the Automator last about 4 months. The Automator provides a warning alarm approximately one week before the device runs out of power. The warning alarm consists of periodic beeps and this audible alarm can be silenced by holding either button down for 5 seconds (let go as soon as you hear a solid tone). “LOP” , designating “Low Power” will flash on the display, alternating with the cumulative distraction. After the low power indication is signaled.
Distraction will continue according to its program until the Automator gives a second alarm indicating that the battery is dead. With this second alarm, the display will show “LOP” alone and the device will no longer perform distraction.
Hence, if you receive a continuous “LOP” condition, you should call Autogenesis and/or your physician right away. If your physician plans to continue the lengthening for more than a week you will need a replacement Automator. If an alarm or low power condition renders an Automator inoperable, manual distraction may be performed with the Automator until it is replaced. Your lengthening procedure will not be interrupted. Autogenesis or your physician will provide details for performing manual distraction if is necessary.
Can I disrupt the Automator by pressing the buttons?
All functions that you may have to perform may be accomplished by pressing either button alone. For
example, if a button is held in during normal operation, the rate setting is shown on the display. If the button is held in for longer than 7 seconds, the Automator will turn off. When the Automator is off, holding down either button for more than 5 seconds will turn it back on. As described above, alarms and low power
conditions may be recognized and reset by pressing a single button.
Pressing both buttons simultaneously for more than 7 seconds causes the Automator to enter program mode. ONLY YOUR PHYSICIAN SHOULD PROGRAM THE AUTOMATOR. If you enter program mode by mistake, you may call Autogenesis to receive instructions for how to exit program mode and resume distraction. Check your Automator(s) periodically to verify that no inadvertent button presses have interrupted the Automator(s) progress.
Does the device need to remain on the frame once the lengthening is complete?
Once the lengthening portion of the procedure has been completed, the Automator may be removed from a ring frame if it is replaced by threaded rods. On a unilateral frame, the device may be removed by locking down both sliding components on the rail and inserting the manual compression-distraction device in the place of the Automator. Only your physician should remove the devices. Automators must be returned to Autogenesis, Inc. after use.
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