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SOP for Operation and Maintenance of Cyclo Mixer

OBJECTIVE
To lay down a procedure for operation and maintenance of cyclo mixer.

SCOPE
This procedure is applicable to the cyclo mixer located in the microbiology laboratory at Pharmasky Limited.

RESPONSIBILITY
Microbiologist/QC Designee: Responsible for operation of the instrument.
Section In-charge: Responsible for review the procedure
QC Head: Responsible for implementing the procedure.
QA Head: Overall compliance.


PROCEDURE
  • Ensure that the instrument is clean before starting.
  • Switch ON the mains.
  • When the instrument is connected to the power supply the pilot lamp will glow.
  • Cyclo mixer has a switch with three positions ON, OFF, and TOUCH.
  • Cyclo mixer can be operated by two methods
  1. Touch Operation
  2. Continuous Operation

Touch Operation
  • Push the switch button to the ‘TOUCH’ position.
  • In touch operation mode the speed regulation will not work.
  • To operate the cyclo mixer, press the mixing head with a test tube or conical flask which is containing the testing solution.
  • After completion of mixing remove the test tube or conical flask from the mixing head, and the operation will stop.
  • After completion of the activity return the switch to the ‘OFF’ position.

Continuous Operation
  • Push the switch button to ‘ON’ position.
  • Set the speed with the help of speed regulator knob by rotating clock wise direction.
  • Put the test tube or conical flask which is containing test solution on mixing head and hold them.
  • After completion of mixing turn off speed regulator knob by rotating anti clock wise direction and remove the test tube or conical flask.
  • The cyclo mixer will operate continuously with set speed until the switch is moved to ‘OFF’ or ‘TOUCH’ position.
  • After completion of activity return the switch to ‘OFF’ position.
Note: 
  1. Cyclo mixer has interchangeable mixing heads.
  2. Exchange the interchangeable mixing heads according to the shape and size of the container (Test Tubes, Conical Flasks, vials).
  • Switch OFF the mains when the instrument is not in use.

Cleaning Procedure
  • Unplug the mixer from its power supply before attempting any cleaning activity.
  • Keep the unit clean by immediately blotting any spillages.
  • Use a moistened cloth soaked in mild detergent or approved disinfectants to clean the outside surface.
  • Clean the instrument before usage and after usage or at the time of any spillage occurs.

Precautions
  • Never operate the unit without a shaking head, which is securely attached.
  • Always wear goggles while operating the cyclo mixer.
  • Do not use or mix solvents and flammables on or near the mixer.
  • Mix hazardous samples in appropriate vessels.
  • The cyclo mixer may become warm to touch when in constant use.
  • Do not lift the mixer from its removable rubber attachments.
  • Avoid wetting and unnecessary exposure to fumes.

ABBREVIATIONS
QC: Quality Control
QA: Quality Assurance
SOP: Standard Operating Procedure

REVISION HISTORY
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