WARNING: Most activators are caustic. Avoid contact with your body. Wear eye
protection and gloves. If the activator comes in contact with your skin, flush with
water. If activator touches your eyes, flush with water and seek medical help
(4) Pour in the proper amount of stop bath into the stop bath receptacle. Again, a funnel is usually
required. Do not spill chemicals on the machine.
(5) Fill the fixer receptacle with water first to the lower mark of the fixer sight gauge. Using the
funnel if required, pour the proper amount of fixer into the fill receptacle. Water must then be added as
(6) Always fill the machine in the proper sequence to avoid contaminating the chemicals.
(7) If required, pour water into the water fill receptacle. There is usually a sight glass to check the
proper level. Disregard the lower mark and fill to the upper mark. The water must be at a certain temperature.
(8) If the processor is equipped with mixing valves for water temperature control, set them at the
(9) Follow all instructions as provided by the manufacturer when preparing any automatic processor.
b. Daily Start Up. After the initial start up procedures are completed, it is NOT necessary to follow
daily start up steps. However, most processors require that certain steps be followed in bringing the processor up
(1) Check the level of all solutions in the machine, according to the manufacturer's instructions. If
necessary add water to the activator if solution level is low.
(2) Close the water drain if so equipped and add water as necessary. Water must be at the correct
(3) Most activators will evaporate. Make sure that sufficient activator is always available.
(4) Follow the manufacturers instructions for starting the processor.
(5) After the processor has warmed up, switch the processor to "standby" if no processing will be
done for at least 5 minutes. This conserves energy, water, and chemicals.