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Automator: Physician Reference Guide

I. General Specifications:


Dimensions:     7 cm x 4.2 cm x 3.5 cm

Weight:            5 ounces

Battery Life:    > 4 months at 1 mm/day rate setting

Distraction Increments: 0.0026 mm increments

Directional Settings: Forward, Reverse, Cyclical Motion

Rate Options:   0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00,

                        2.25, 2.50, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00 mm/day

Accuracy:        Within 1/64 mm or alarm is generated

Water Resistance:  To 4 foot depth

Compatibility: Ring frames, Spatial frames, Orthofix and

                        EBI unilateral frames




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II. Basic Operation


Turn on:                      Press either button until chirp is heard and display is no longer flashing. (approx. 5 seconds)

Turn off:                     Press either button until a flashing “off”  is displayed (approx. 7 seconds)

Cumulative Distraction:         Displayed in mm when Automator is in run mode.

Rate Setting:               Press and hold either button for less than 7 seconds to see the rate setting.  Holding the button

                                    for more than 7 seconds will turn the Automator off.

Alarms:                       In the rare event of an alarm an error code will be generated.  The audible signal can 

                                    be turned off by pressing either button for 3 seconds.  To return to the run mode press

                                    either button again for one second.  If the same error code is generated more than once

                                    or if you have trouble resetting an alarm, contact Autogenesis at 888 325 2017.

Programming:                        To enter Program mode press both buttons simultaneously until a chirp is heard.  When

                                    buttons are released “dir” appears.  (approximately 7 seconds)   Selections are made in each

                                    menu with the  p” and “q” buttons.  Pressing both buttons simultaneously enters your

                                    selection and brings you to the next menu.  The Automator automatically enters the “Run”

                                    mode upon completion of the programming steps. 


Monitoring the Automator After Installation:

1. Verify during your patient’s clinical visits that the nuts securing the device to the frame are tight.  Remember that the telescoping rod is designed to push against the frame (or bracket) without turning.  A nut must be used to secure the telescoping rod to the frame.


2. Verify there is sufficient telescoping rod remaining in each Automator to last until your patient’s next

appointment.  The last 20 mm of the telescoping rod is painted red.  If the Automator is configured to have the telescoping rod eject from the top of the Automator it is essential to “reset” the telescoping rod as soon as you see any red portion of the rod come out the top of the device.  If the Automator is configured with a 160 mm rod distracting out the base of the device, the Automator must be reconfigured to eject the telescoping rod out the top of the device when the tail end of the telescoping rod becomes flush with the top of the device.  Contact Autogenesis if you have questions regarding use of the telescoping rod.


3.  The Automator may be reprogrammed at different rate settings at any time.


Program Menus:  (Note: All steps must be completed in order to return to run mode.)



Step 1.  Direction:      dir”: The direction the telescoping rod is ejected from the Automator.


Select From:                dISh   Distraction with telescoping rod ejected from top of Automator

                                    dISi Distraction with telescoping rod ejected from bottom of Automator

                                    CyCo  Cyclical motion i.e. 1 mm forward, 1 mm back, repeated.

                                                (See the Cyclical Motion Menu for Steps 2A- 4A when selecting this option)

                                    OFF    “Off” mode simply places the Automator in standby.


Step 2.  Rate: The rate in millimeters per day that the Automator will perform adjustments. Adjustments are

                        made in 0.0026 mm increments.


Select From:                0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00, 2.25, 2.50, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00 mm


Cyclical Motion Menus:  Select CyCo from the Direction menu (Step 1 above) to enter the cyclical motion menus.  A “dir” will be displayed when entered.

Step 2A:  Direction: “dir”: This menu allows you to select the direction the Automator will distract first.  For  example, “diri” will cause the Automator to distract the rod towards the bottom of the Automator before

returning to the original position.

Select From:                dirh or diri


Step 3A. Range:        The amount of distraction before returning to the point of origin.   Note there is no net movement performed in cyclical motion mode.


Select From:                            0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00 mm


Step 4A. Frequency: CyCo:            The number of cycles the Automator will perform in a 24 hour period.


Select From:                1, 2, 4, 8 cycles                                  




Tips for First Time Users:


1.  Provide your patient with a copy of the “Patient’s Automator Reference Guide”.  This guide gives your

patient answers to common questions they may encounter when using the Automator.


2.  Some physicians have reported that bone on average is produced more rapidly with continuous distraction provided by the Automator.  Therefore you may find it is desirable to accelerate the rate beyond what is normally used in  manual distraction


3.  Automators may be installed in virtually any imaginable frame configuration, regardless of how far apart the rings are.  Contact Autogenesis at 888 325 2017 to discuss specific configurations.


4.  Your patients are welcome to contact Autogenesis if they have questions or concerns regarding their

Automators.  Autogenesis will inform physicians of any problem or concern that requires attention.