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Is a Self-Contained Unit Right for You?

Self-Contained CartChanges and uncertainty in our current economic climate are reasons why more clinicians are interested in ASI’s Self-Contained Systems. Have you thought about self-contained as a possible option for your practice? The following information will help you determine if a centrally plumbed system or a self-contained unit is right for you.

Advantages of ASI’s Self-Contained Cart Systems:
  • Ease of relocation
    ASI’s portable self-contained cart can be easily moved to a different location. A self-contained unit is the perfect way to test your location without financial obligation.
  • Reduced startup cost
    ASI’s self-contained unit eliminates the expense associated with plumbing a building. All that is required to be fully operational is a standard 120 volt outlet.
  • Immediate startup 
    ASI’s self-contained cart allows you to open without waiting for additional permits and building inspections. If you are moonlighting, setting up a satellite office or working out of a specialty office on the side, ASI’s Integrated Self-Contained cart gives you the flexibility to practice anywhere without the hassle of assembling and disassembling your instruments for transport.
  • Painless lease negotiation 
    With ASI’s self-contained cart you are able to negotiate more favorable lease terms. This is because there is no need to compromise the building structure for plumbing renovations.
  • Connect to central plumbing 
    The internal air compressor and vacuum in a self-contained ASI cart can be connected to central plumbing at any time. If your central plumbing fails, ASI systems can be converted back into a standalone cart at any time. This makes it the most versatile self-contained system on the market.
Considerations of ASI’s Self-Contained Cart Systems:
  • Required maintenance
    ASI’s Self-Contained systems include an internal air compressor, vacuum, purge and closed water systems. They require periodic maintenance to sustain a high level of performance. Some of the maintenance required should be done daily, monthly or annually. Visit the Support page of this website for a video tutorial.
  • Suction purge and cleaner
    Knowing how to maintain your equipment is essential.  ASI self-contained systems are designed to minimize maintenance. However, there is still a need to purge the contents of the suction system at the end of the day. Evacuation system cleanser needs to be suctioned into the system to sit overnight. The entire procedure takes less than ten minutes and is a necessary and important process.
  • Sound and vibration
    ASI’s self-contained systems are remarkably quiet. The air compressor and vacuum system do make some sound while operating. The vacuum hums gently while operating. The air compressor is slightly louder.  If you want your treatment rooms to be absolutely quiet, then a self-contained system may not be for you. ASI has applied technological advancements to absorb and eliminate cart vibration. Because the system contains all of your pumps, the running air compressor and/or vacuum motor will produce vibration. This may even vibrate your hand-pieces located on the holder bar. Vibration is a normal byproduct of any self-contained system and should not affect the overall user experience.
  • Understanding of mechanics
    These systems are designed to be easy to operate and generally do not require action from you. A basic understanding of how they operate goes a long way in maximizing their use.  If you don’t feel you are mechanically inclined then a self-contained may not be your best choice.
  • Heat
    ASI systems are designed to accommodate an entire day of procedures year round.  The air compressor and vacuum generate heat which is vented into the operatory via an internal cooling fan. Please be aware that the equipment produces heat. Increased temperature (if any) will depend on operatory size and usage.

For more information please call 1-800-566-9953 or visit our product pages for an overview of our complete line of ASI’s Products.