OPERATOR’S MANUAL
AQUABLAST Elite
Automatic Washout
MBA
AquaBlast Elite Installation Information
1.
Locate a 3/4 pipe x 3/4 garden hose fitting and install in the balance tank drain outlet valve located on
the rear of the cabinet, #14 (machine control diagram page 5). Make sure to use Teflon tape to seal the
threads. The ball valve is standard 3/4" NPT and hose threads are larger. Make sure to thread the finer
threads into the shut-off valve. Always use two wrenches, one to hold the valve and one to tighten the
fitting…use Teflon tape to seal.
2.
Locate a 3/4 pipe x 3/4 pipe fitting and install in the water supply line inlet valve at the back of the
cabinet, #12 (machine control diagram page 5). Always us two wrenches, one to hold the valve and one to
tighten the fitting using Teflon tape to seal. DO NOT ATTACH THE WATER SUPPLY HOSE AT THIS TIME
THE WATER FLOW TEST IS FIRST!
3.
Make a 90-degree waste drain elbow if you are unable to find a PVC street elbow. Using a 90-degree
PVC elbow and a short piece of PVC pipe, glue the nipple into one end of the elbow allowing 1-1/2” of nipple
length for attachment to cabinet fitting. This has not been supplied to eliminate possible breakage during
shipment and or customer drain configuration.
4.
Glue a reducer bushing into the opposite end of the 90-degree elbow. Next glue another short
piece of PVC pipe to allow attachment of the flexible drain connector.
5.
It is now possible to glue and attach the waste drain elbow to the cabinet. Using the right end, glue
the elbow making sure to slightly angle allowing the final drain location to miss the water supply ball valve.
6.
Clamp one end of the rubber flexible adaptor to the down nipple of the waste drain outlet. It will be
necessary to decide on the waste drain size being used. This is a low flow unit and the drain size is
determined by the length of the drain and the number of elbows used in the installation. It is advised that the
drain size be larger than smaller but the machine will operate with a 3/4” ID drain if the distance is minimal.
7.
At this time you want to perform the water supply flow test found on page 6and 7 of the manual “Know
the water supply flow volume”. This is a simple test and must be performed before attachment of the water
supply hose to the unit. The hose ID and length can be different sizes but the supply must flow 4 gallons or
more per minute. If your test shows any volume above 3.9 gallons per minute the units will still only use 3.9
gpm during the washout cycle…the machine does not use a larger buffer tank for operation.
8.
Last to be attached is the electrical power source. The unit has been shipped with 6’ power cord
and no plug end for hard wire hook-up. Most likely you already have an existing outlet and plug end
permitting use of the existing cord plug without replacement of the outlet receiver. The machine
requires a 220 volt, single phase, 60 cycle – 20 amperage service. Always consult a qualified electrician
for machine hook-up and connection.
Tools
SETTING UP THE AQUABLAST ELITE WASHOUT
MACHINE
1=
Remove
machine from
crate and
locate using
machine caster
wheels
Actual supply hose
2=
Check the water
flow rate at the
machine using
actual supply
hose at the
installation
location
5 US Gal.
Water in
3=
4=
5=
Connect
washout drain
and water
supply using
flexible drain
section and
hose
Fill water tank
using manual
washout gun
for air escape,
one time event
this takes about
2 minutes
Make electrical
connection to
machine, 220
single phase 20
amp service
Waste water out
If the balance
tank is ever
drained for
service you will
need to repeat
again to fill the
tank with water
Service cord
Installation parts &
supplies needed
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ELITE WASHOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES
Machine Control Diagram
First Filling
Water Volume Required
Washout Chamber
Power Requirements
Water Requirements
Cycle Drain Requirements
Tank Drain Requirements
Water In Connection
First Filling
Review Entire Guide First
Customer Supplied Hot Water Requirements
SET UP
6-9
5
6
6-7
7
7
7
7
7-8
8
8
8-9
9
9-11
OPERATION
PVC
primer &
glue
Sized PVC 90 for
drain
90 drain reducer
bushing
11-12
DUTY CYCLE CHART
12
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
Minimum Recommended Maintenance Schedule
Inspecting Fan Jet
Inspecting Y-Strainer
Replacing Washout Cover Seal
Adjusting Manifold Height
Setting Cycle Time
Reading Pressure and Temperature Gauge
Window Replacement
Flange Bearing Service
Pump Solenoid Service
Washout Gun Service
Jog Switch Service
Magnet Storage
Front and Rear Panel Removal
Drain Pan Removal
Draining the Balance Tank
13-16
13
13
14
14
14
14
14-15
15
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
TROUBLE SHOOTING
17
PART LIST
18
WARRANTY
19
Short PVC pipe
piece for drain
Flexible drain
coupling
3/4 pipe x 3/4
garden hose for
balance tank
drain
3/4 x 3/4
NPT water
in fitting
Tools
Teflon tape
Water supply hose
flow tested
MACHINE CONTROL DIAGRAM
1
2
KEY
3
5
1. Washout manifold, fan jets and
LED lighting
2. Washout drum
3. Observation view window
4. Controls (top to bottom, left to
right), Red Emergency Stop –
Green Cycle – Jog with Pressure
Rinse – 2nd row, Power On –
Cycle Timer – LED Lights
5. Water temperature gauge
6. Manual washout gun
7. Water pressure gauge
8. Lifting handle
9. Cycle timer
10. Panel lifting hole and removal
screws
11. Locking casters
4
6
9
8
7
59”
10
35”
11
45”
FRONT VIEW
KEY
17
12.
13.
14.
15.
Water in
Waste water drain
Water balance tank drain
Panel lifting holes and removal
screws
16. Electrical cord strain relief
connector
17. Safety switch
Supply water inlet,
3/4" NPT – 4GPM
or more
220 volt – Single Phase,
60 Hz – 20 Amp.
Service
16
15
Waste drain,
3/4” to 2”
Balance tank drain 3/4"
REAR VIEW
12
13
14
SET-UP MANUAL & OPERATION GUIDE
AquaBlast Elite Automatic Washout Machine
Important Issues
The AquaBlast Elite washout machine is a low maintenance pressurized unit designed for
almost any required duty cycle from just a few cycles daily to 100s of cycles including continious
production. There are a few important issues which you should know and understand: The unit
is a low water usage, high pressure design unlike existing automatic washout machines in the
market today. Operation is not the same as other machines, the AquaBlast Elite does not use a
large oversized buffer tank for water storage that can lose heat, humidity and still run out of
water. The new AquaBlast Elite address the water recycle question by using 50-70 percent less
water than other automatic washout units on the market today.
WATER REQUIREMENTS: The new Elite offeres the user the lowest cost of operation,
fastest washout times with the highest efficiency of operation. The Elite does not use an
open to atmosphere water storage buffer tank, this type of construction can result in
possible tank overflows, loss of humidity and or valve failures resulting in a flooded mess
not to mention the high hot water demand. The pressurized low flow design allows
operation of the unit to stop at any time and continue hours later with no loss of tank
holding temperature or water volume. This permits intermitent and constant film
washout with minimum water usage keeping the washout time constant. Another plus
with the pressurized system is the elimination of humidity loss often found with other
older open to atmosphere water storage designs.
The AquaBlast Elite operates with a customer supplied total water loss system. This is a
requirement to eliminate contamination maintenance and maintain consistant washout
cycle times. Only limited usage manually operated units for very low production can
operate with any % of recycled water.
The exact water supply required for the Elite, measured in gallons flow per minute,
requires no open buffer tank with large water storage. See and refer to Duty Cycle Chart
located on page eight for total cycles per hour vs. washout time. Water flowing into the
unit during machine cycle is regulated by water flowing out the manifold during washout.
The standard AquaBlast Elite manifold requires less than 4 gallons of water per minute,
the extream ultra-low-flow manifold uses less than 3 gallons per minute.… the unit can
never flow more than cycle demand, supplying large volumes of water is not required
and this eliminates the large water storage buffer tank…more will be listed about water
usage later.
It is advised the water heater supply source, customer supplied hot water tank or
generator, be set at a lower temperature to maximize total capacity by reducing recovery
time if cold and hot water is not blended at the machine water inlet. Call and discuss the
blended water supply option, hot and cold water blending valve, or the On-Demand hot
water supply that works with the new AquaBlast Elite low-flow design. The AquaBlast
Elite does not lose water temperature when standing idle like other units in the
marketplace and requires very little wattage to maintain temperature. The fully insullated
pressurized sealed water tank has a special low watt water terperature maintenance
circuit, about the same size as heating a single cup of tea, that will keep the holding tank
at the correct temperature when standing idle for long time periods. You may view the
water temperature and pressure on the control panel during machine operation.
KNOW THE WATER SUPPLY FLOW VOLUME: The standard AquaBlast Elite
manifold requires a water supply flow of 4 gallons per minute, 3.9 actual. An extream
ultra low flow model is available that requires only 3 gallons per minute, 2.9 actural.
Because this is an advanced design, pressurized to create faster washout using less
water and higher washout pressures, the volume of water you supply into the unit is very
important. Two different washout manifolds are available, standard flow and extream
low flow. Same machine features but designed for low and ultra low water usage and or
supply. Any standard unit can operate low production but it is important to know the low
flow unit is bulit for applications when water supply flow is very limited. Low flow units
may have a slightly longer cycle time for film washout but they require less than 3
gallons per minute water supply. Supplying more water flow does not mean the unit will
flow more water, always check the supply before making final supply line connections
making sure the supply meets or exceeds the machine manifold requirements listed
above.
After the water inlet hose has been installed, slowely open the customer supplied safety
inlet shut off valve and slowly open the machine water inlet valve located at the rear of
the unit marked “Water Inlet”. Use the manual water washout gun to allow the tank to fill
by simply pulling the trigger and holding it open allowing the air inside the tank to bleed
from the storage tank permitting tank fill. You must allow all the air out of the holding
tank when first filling. This is a one time event. Knowing the water supply flow in
gallons per minute is a simple and quick test. With the 10 gallon water balance tank and
5 gallon supply flow the fill time is only 2 minutes. Information on how to test the supply
flow is listed on the next page.
WASHOUT CHAMBER: This chamber has been constructed to prevent water escape
using the hinged cover, it includes an observation view window. You may leave the
cover open if the unit is not be used to help keep the inside dry. The observation
window has been supplied to permit cycle observation and a safety switch has been
installed to prevent operation with the cover open.
POWER REQUIREMENTS: The Elite is a single phase unit designed to operate on a
dedicated 220 volt Single Phase 60 Cycle power source and the required machine circuit
breaker size is 20 amperage. Always consult a qualified electrician for proper machine
hook-up and installation and make the electrical connection last after the water inlet and
water drain connection have been made. Power is not required to first fill the water tank.
CYCLE DRAIN REQUIREMENTS: Because this unit only uses the water once the cycle
drain capacity must be large enough to handle the standard water flow during machine
washout cycle. The unit has a standard discharge drain size of 1-1/2” that can be
expaned to 2” or reduced to 3/4" using simple plumbing supplies found at any local
hardware store. Water being discharged is located high on the back of the unit for
maximum gravity drop into the drain. Always check any drain connection for leaks…..a
vertical air draw, air admitance valve circuit, has been included with the AquaBlast
Elite to allow fast efficient waste water draining.
The Elite is offered with Optional Discharge Sump that includes an automatic pump and
water storage receiver needed to store and remove the drained water from the unit when
an adaquate drain is not located nearby. This allows the sump to conviently move the
used water to any nearby drain, sink or tub. The sump unit also includes an automatic
alarm controller that sounds an alarm if for any reason the pump does not operate, this
will eliminate any sump overflows that might occure with poorly designed systems.
These units are sized and supplied with a pump rated at the reqired head pressure and
volume needed for the application. Placement, size and pump horse power can be
affected by head pressure requirements so always consult the factory for information.
PRESSURE TANK DRAIN REQUIREMENTS: This unit includes an externally operated
outside balance tank drain valve that is used to drain the balance tank only, do not
confuse this with the washtout waste water drain, both are located at the back of the
unit…the balance tank includes an inside located standard drain that is factory closed
with a remote outside panel mounted closed drain valve. It is not necessary to connect
the drain hose during machine set up or operation, only when tank draining is required.
This drain can be connected to any standard garden hose and used to empty the water
supply inside the unit using simple gravity. The factory has kept the standard balance
tank drain closed, it will be necessary to open both the water tank drain and the outside
drain for tank draining. Any pressurized system, example home water system, must
entroduce air into the tank to drain the tank. This is normally done in the home using an
open faucet valve. Alwasys use the manual spray gun to allow air into the water balance
tank during tank draining making sure the hose supplying the manual gun has no water
inside the hose. Turn off the water inlet into the pressurized water tank, attach the drain
hose and pull and open the outside drain valve making sure the tank master drain valve
on the tank is open….hold the manual washout gun trigger open to allow air in and
water out of the balance tank….make sure the gun is held high to remove the water in
the supply hose.
WATER IN CONNECTION: This unit has a set-up similar to any home opeated water
heater tank. Water into the unit is under pressure and requires a customer inlet shut off
valve on the hot water supply. You are required to connect a pressurized hot water line
to the Elite from a customer supplied hot water source. Because the system is
pressurized the hose used for machine connection must be quality high pressure type
hose rated for hot water supply. Media Blast recommends stainless braided hose for the
machine inlet supply with a 3/4" ID but this ID is not required, knowing the supply flow
explained later will determine if any special hose ID size is required …. The customer
supplied water supply already includes a water inlet shut-off valve that can be used to
shut down the supply.. The unit uses standard 3/4" NPT threads to supply water into the
main water inlet located at the rear of the unit. Many different types of hoses are
available at any local hardware store. The machine Duty Cycle Chart (DCC) is based on
a washout times including 30 seconds for load and unload.. After the washout time has
been established the Duty Cyucle Chart will let you see the production capabilities of the
unit listed in washout cycles per hour. The standard model is listed and a load and
unload time of 30 seconds has been added to each washout time. The manifold design
may affect the total machine duty cycles, only the washout time required affects the total
cycles per hour. The exact washout time needed will be established by first running a
sample part and knowing the washout time required, this allows you to see the hourly
cycle rate of the unit using the Duty Cycle Chart and washout time.
NOTE: It is important to know the water supply volume before connection to the Elite. Take
time to accuratly measure the supply flow volume amount before making the final water supply
inlet hose connection, this flow rate must be known and slightly higher than the manifold usage
required, 3.9 gpm standard, 2.9 gpm extream ultra low usage manifold. Water flow is measured
in gallons per minute. Using a watch with second hand sweep, flow water into a known water
container size for one minute using the location for placement of the new Elite machine and the
supply hose used to connect to the new AquaBlast Elite. Make sure the container has adaquate
capacity to hold at least 5 measured gallons. If the water exceeds 4 gallons in one minute or
less you have all the water required for the standard manifold. If the water exceeds 3 gallons
per minute in less than one minute you will exceed the flow required for the extream low flow
manifold. Depending on the results and manifold design ordered there is no need to continue
with the test. If a 5 gallon container is filled in 45 seconds, stop the test, you will be flowing 6.66
gallons per minute. Divide the gallons flowed by the fill seconds to know flow per second.
Multiply this flow per second times 60 seconds to equal the gallons flowed per minute. It is not
necessary to run the test for one minute. If the supply hose used is 1/2" ID and it exceeds the
required flow rate a 3/4" ID hose is not required.
FILLING THE UNIT WITH WATER THE FIRST TIME: After testing for water flow the
water inlet hose can be attached to the water inlet. Slowely open the customer supplied
safety shut off valve and next slowly open the machine water inlet valve located at the
rear of the unit marked “Water Inlet”. Use the manual touch up gun to allow the tank to
fill by simply pulling the trigger and holding open. You must allow air out of the enclosed
system to first charge the water holding tank. This is a one time event …if the supply
flow is 5 gallons per minute it will take 2 minutes to fill the tank….continue to fill the tank
by holding the manual gun open for one minute after you see manual spray.
REVIEW THE ENTIRE OPERATIONAL GUIDE PRIOR TO MACHINE OPERATION.
Most problems associated with the machine can be identified by simply reading this
manual or consulting the Troubleshooting Guide. If your problem cannot be found in the
Troubleshooting Guide, please give us a call. Nearly all equipment malfunction issues
can be resolved over the telephone. Almost all problems can be eliminated by reading
the manual first!
CUSTOMER SUPPLIED HOT WATER REQUIREMENTS: The most common hot water
supply uses a standard water heater type tank. The machine duty cycles will determine
the water heater tank size needed to supply heated water to the system. Using the
machine Duty Cycle Chart helps to properly size the system when knowing the number
of cycles you require for daily or hourly operation.
o Expample: If the applications requires one hour of 60 second film washouts per
day, adding 30 seconds for load and unload means the total water flow into the
unit for the standard manifold rated at 4 gallons supply per minute would be 160
gallons per hour. Because the washout temperature is normally lower than
history standard, you can use this number to calculate the tank size required to
supply the volume per hour to the unit based on tank size recovery. If the unit is
expected to supply constant hourly usage an On-Demand type of supply may be
required or adding the optional water blending valve will permit both hot and cold
water supply reducing the volume of hot water required by 50%. The flow rate in
gallons per minute is normally lower than 4 gallons per minute on most ondemand units requiring a blending of cold and hot water if high production is
required….ask for details about how to connect and how to further save on
heated water.
Consult the factory for information about On-Demand
requirements and accurate machine Duty Cycle Chart for the temperature setting
and volume of the On-Demand supply system. Any On-Demand supply has two
important numbers, gallons per minute flow and temperature out. The lower the
temperature setting the higher the flow per minute. Many options for machine
supply can be calculate including On-Demand blended with cold water to supply
a higher supply of gallons per minute using less heated water. This is also
possible with any standard hot water supply heater. Anyone using a shower is
blending the hot water and cold to achieve a blended temperature using less hot
water.
SET-UP SHEET AquaBlast Elite Washout Machine
The information that follows will be used to get your new AquaBlast Elite machine set-up and
operational in the shortest period of time. Use this sheet for the initial machine set-up and
operation. You may refer to this sheet at any time, for more detailed operational instructions
and machine maintenance refer to the main operational manual or the Important Issues above.
Remove
machine from
crate and
locate using
machine caster
wheels
+
Check the
water flow rate
at the machine
using supply
hose at the
location for 4
gpm or more
+
Connect
washout drain
and water
supply using
flexible drain
section and
hose
+
Fill water tank
using manual
washout gun
for air escape,
one time event
+
Make electrical
connection to
machine, 220
single phase
20 amp service
FIRST
• Remove any lag bolts attaching the machine to the shipping pallet. Remove the
machine from the shipping crate being careful to wear gloves and eye protection during
the process. The standard machine weight is over 500 pounds, make sure you have
adequate lifting abilities before removing from the skid and use the skid to position the
unit as close to the final location as possible before removal from the skid. The unit
includes castors allowing the Elite to be rolled to the final location.
Use a forklift taking care to spread the forks to the outside next to the machine casters.
Do not lift from the sides marked “No Lifting”. Steady the machine when lifting. Lift the
machine just enough to remove the shipping pallet.
• Install the machine allowing adequate clearance for machine front and rear access panel
removal.
Never allow direct sunlight or harsh overhead lighting to reflect on the
machine operator view window located in the top washout chamber.
• Remove any items from inside the cabinet that might have been shipped inside the
cabinet, this may include the manual, installation hoses and installation fittings and
clamps.
• The water inlet is located on the rear of the unit; see Machine Control Diagram (MCD)
for location. Before final connection of the water inlet line check the supply flow in
gallons per minute using the information above in the WATER CONNECTION
SECTION. MBA has included a master water shut-off valve and 3/4"water inlet shut-off
valve on the water inlet line located at the rear of the machine. The water inlet capacity
is based on customer flow capacity; see Important Issues above for more information
about flow requirements and model selection. The customer supply flow capacity must
meet the manifold design. A manual washout gun has been supplied and also used to
permit air escape during the first tank fill, see Important Issues above for more
information about the first filling. It is advised that you install a master water inlet valve
on your hot water inlet supply to allow shut off if you have a hose failure on the supply
line. Set the incoming water supply temperature at 90-100 degrees ferinheight if the
water is not cold water blended, ask for details about cold water blending. Use quality
high pressure hot water hose for the water inlet….all internal hose are 3/4" ID stainless
steel braided hoses. Because the unit is portable, on casters, never connect using
ridged water supply line or ridge final drain connection.
• Make connection to 1-1/2” drain, this may be increased or decreased in size using
standard plumbing drain connectors found at any hardware store. You can also use
drain hose used to pump motor home gray-water. The unit must include a section of
flexible drain hose for final connection to the discharge drain. Never connect using
ridged drain discharge line; the discharge of water on commercial property is normally
not permitted. Check local codes for restrictions.
The AquaBlast Elite is available with optional sump including automatic pump and pump
alarm for discharge to drains that are not located next to the unit placement…ask for
details.
The machine is now almost operational with the exception of the electrical hook-up. This has
been left to last to insure the pump is not operated ….Make sure water inlet and cycle drain
outlet are connected. Use the manual trigger gun to fill the machine water storage tank by
holding the trigger gun open allowing air to exit the tank and water to enter. Water will spray
when the tank is half filled and normally fully filled in two minutes. You can check for tank water
anytime by using the manual washout gun. The pressurized system does not require a
separate pump for the manual washout gun helping to eliminate maintenance but does use and
include a pressure amplified manual washout gun. It is not necessary to use the manual
washout gun to first wet the drum, you can use the jog control that includes washout rinse for
this operation.
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The standard electrical for the Elite washout machine is 220 high-voltage – single
phase, 60hz. Check machine nametag for machine electrical service…the unit
requires a dedicated 20 amperage circuit.
Consult a qualified electrician to make electrical connection, refer to Important Issues
above for power supply requirements.
NOTE:
This unit includes the pump saver design. This design is used to detect “Low Water Supply” in
the supply tank. The pump saver design will automatically lower the washout pressure to zero if
the water flow into the tank does not match the manifold usage.. This pump saver design will
insure the pump and water supply is never exceeded. Always keep the washout cover closed at
all times unless the unit is not being used. Open the unit when not being used to keep the
washout chamber dry. Never leave the magnets on the drum when not being used, magnets
will pick up small iron particles that rust the drum surface.
Remove
machine from
crate and
locate using
machine caster
wheels
+
Check the
water flow rate
at the machine
using supply
hose at the
location for 4
gpm or more
+
Connect
washout drain
and water
supply using
flexible drain
section and
hose
+
Fill water tank
using manual
washout gun
for air escape,
one time event
+
Make electrical
connection to
machine, 220
single phase
20 amp service
OPERATION
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Turn the main machine on-off switch to the on position. The switch is located on the
control panel; refer to Machine Control Diagram (MCD). Turning this switch to the on
position will supply power to the internal pressurized water balance tank and other
machine controls.
Turn the machine on-off LED lighting switch to the on position.
The adjustable washout cycle timer has been factory set to a 3 minute scale….using
the adjustable timer dial, set the time to 60 seconds. Now use a small piece of
developed or undeveloped film to test for proper cycle times. This manual includes a
general Mask/Film washout time chart for Ikonics Imaging film. This is an estimated
time only; time may vary with different inlet water temperatures and or film development
times.
Close the lid and pre-wet the drum using the manual jog with washout cycle button.
You can also open and use the manual washout gun to pre-wet the drum….water
tension will stick the film in place. After placement of the film on the drum remove two
of the strip magnets from the magnetic holding pad and place over the top and bottom
edges of the film to protect the edges of the film from the water blast. You can use film
edge to edge using one magnet to hold the edges of two films.
Close the top washout cover making sure to set the lid seal by applying a small amount
of down pressure on the lid… press the cycle start button, see Machine Control
Diagram (MCD) for location. The unit will start drum rotation, activate the high pressure
pump and continue film washout for the time setting on the cycle timer. You can view
the process using the observation window located in the top cover. LED lighting has
been added to allow jet spray observation as well and general film washout condition.
In addition, the pump pressure and water temperature are also monitored on the
control panel, left side. Because this unit is an enclosed pressurized unit with
maximum insulation the water temperatures required may be less than other units. The
enclosed pressurized system also is capable of much higher processing pressure.
Water pressure is the single most important factor when doing any film washout. The
Elite has the highest processing washout pressure in the market today, do not be
fooled by units that do not offer direct pressure and temperature readouts. After the
cycle timer has timed out you can use the manual jog button with rinse to continue the
washout for short time periods if needed… you may then open the cover and remove
the magnets and film making sure to lift the magnet edge from the film to the film edge.
Store the part holding magnets on the magnetic pad located on the front of the cabinet.
Remove the processed film and store for drying; next re-load with new film for the next
washout.
Duty cycle has been determined by washout time plus 30 seconds load and unload
time. The Duty Cycle Chart (DCC) has been calculated using the washout time period
and load and unload time. Low flow and High Flow will have different washout times,
the Duty Cycle Chart (DCC) will show the maximum cycles per hour solely based on
cycle washout time required. See the Duty Cycle Chart (DCC) for more information.
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Longer washout times will reduce total hourly cycles on any unit. Low flow manifold
may reduce the hourly cycle rates.
Know the water supply volume meets the minimum flow before you start to process.
Make sure to place the film between the center lines of the right and left fan jet, never
use outside the center line of the last jet on each side of the zone for film washout..
Jets overlap and the last jet on each side, past center line of the jet, will process film
washout at a slower rate than jets with overlapping jets on both sides. Additional
manifold jet outlets have been supplied for future manifold expansion if required. This
will permit the washout of wider stock but slightly reduce pressure that may slightly
increase washout times and demand for water flow into the unit. The drum has also
been oversized to allow for future film width expansion. Additional jets will affect
machine water usage; ask for details before changing the manifold jet number or size.
Never point the manual washout gun at people or pets!
The unit also includes a manual jog with rinse to permit extra washout seconds to be
added to the cycle.
The observation window and LED lighting can be used to insure proper jet operation
and fan placement….always interesting to see the process and the new Elite allows
you this important feature.
If the machine is not going to be used, turn the main power button to the off position
and open the washout chamber cover.
Below is a general Duty Cycle Sheet for the AquaBlast Elite washout machine…The maximum
cycles per hour is based on the film washout time and the estimated load and unloads time of
30 seconds. Using the sum of these two figures allows the hourly cycles of the equipment to be
listed. You can use this chart for both extreme low flow and the standard manifold models, if the
washout time is 60 seconds you can load, washout, unload and load 40 cycles per hour and not
worry about ever running out of water.
Machine Cycles Per Hour
Maximum
cycles per
hour based
on 30
second
film unload
and load
time
Maximum
cycles per
hour based
on 30
second
film unload
and load
time
DUTY CYCLE CHART cycles per hour based on washout cycle times listed
Washout
Time
51
45
40 sec.
50 sec.
40
60 sec.
36
70 sec.
32
80 sec.
30
90 sec.
All cycles per hour based on film washout time plus 30 second load and unload time
DUTY CYCLE CHART cycles per hour based on washout cycle times listed
27
Washout
Time
25
24
23
20
17
100 sec.
110 sec.
120 sec.
130sec.
150 sec.
180sec.
All cycles per hour based on film washout time plus 30 second load and unload time
SERVICE & MAINTENANCE
MINIMUM RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE FOR YOUR MACHINE
Inspect Hoses for leaks
Inspect Drain Outlet for leaks
Inspect pump cycle pressure
ANNUALLY
x
X
X
Replace manifold jets
Inspect and replace washout lid seal
Visual inspection with side panel removed
SEMIANNUAL
X
Remove and clean Y-Strainer screen
View pressure & temperature gauge
MONTHLY
X
X
X
X
Inspect Water Jet for proper spray pattern
Visually inspect drain pan
WEEKLY
DAILY
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE
EVERY
4 HRS
(replacement schedule can vary depending on equipment usage and other factors)
X
X
X
TABLE 3: MINIMUM RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
INSPECTING THE FAN JETS: Fan jets should be inspected on a daily basis using the
operator view window and LED lighting during any machine cycle…. Using the LED lights
makes visual inspection easy. Look for any “V” spray patterns that affect washout consistency
or any variation in fan jet pattern . When a bad pattern is noticed count the jet number from left
to right or right to left and remember. Open the access cover and remove and cleanout any
nozzles that indicated a bad spray pattern. All nozzles include an internal screen matched to
the nozzle size. Many different optional nozzle patterns and materials are available on the new
Elite, Always use a blow-off gun to clean and clear any nozzle found to be defective. Do not
drill….dig….scratch or mutilate any jet during cleaning.
WARNING: The Elite has a high pressure pump assembly. Pressure is the most important
washout factor related to performance. Operation using a worn out set of fan jets may flow
more water and reduce the pump pressure to zero if inlet flow is marginal.
It is advised that fan jets be replaced in sets and not random replacement. This maintains the
fan jet washout consistency and washout pressure consistency needed to maintain maximum
daily film washout production. If no reduction in the washout pressure is recorded on the
manifold pressure gauge the jets are normally OK ….continued usage may increase machine
demand for water. Remember this unit is a low flow design and the jets determine the water
usage. Worn out jets require more heated water supply and the cost of jet replacing will be
saved in heated water usage.
REMOVE, INSPECT AND CLEAN THE Y-STRAINER: The water inlet located on the back
panel includes a Y-Strainer used to protect the unit from small debris found in new and old
water lines. The screen size supplied is used to protect the fan jets and any solenoids used for
machine operation. This screen requires monthly removal and inspection. If the screen appears
clean the monthly inspection may not be required.
Close the water inlet valve located on the rear panel and remove the side panel exposing the YStrainer located on the inside sidewall of the lower cabinet.. Use the manual
washout gun to remove any pressure existing in the enclosed water tank. It is
advised that the tank be drained when removing the Y-Strainer Screen. Use
appropriate tools to remove the Y-Strainer screen, inspect and clean. Replace
the screen, tighten the access nut and again open the water inlet valve making
sure the strainer has no visible leaks. If the tank was drained it will be
necessary to bleed the tank of air to permit tank filling, see filling with water in
the setup sheet for procedure.
WASHOUT COVER SEAL: The washout cover includes a removable bladder seal used to
keep the system neat and clean. The pressurized enclosed system is the cleanest design you
can purchase today.
This bladder seal may wear out or become damaged during high machine duty cycle.
Replacement is quick and simple and if the seal gets damaged or torn, simply
replace to keep the machine operation looking neat and clean. Pull-off to
remove and push-on new to replace. To turn a 90-degree corner use a
simple set of nips to notch a 90-degree “V” pattern on the inside of the holding
U
clip so it is located on the corner. This will permit a 90-degree turning of the bubble seal
assembly.
CHANGING THE JET MANIFOLD HEIGHT: The Elite includes an adjustable fan jet washout
distance that can be easily changed. The manifold can be tested at different heights depending
on the fan jet spread and fan jet pattern being used. To change the distances remove the
threaded handles holding the manifold in position. After removal of the two threaded handles it
will be possible to move the manifold to the back of the unit. Make sure you locate and use
matching horizontal holes and re-install the threaded holding handles after selecting the new
location. It is important to have the jets overlapping without conflicting patterns. Always make
sure the jets are slightly angled in the anodized manifold, the pattern is visible through the
observation window when the unit is running. The fan angle can be used for additional settings
of the manifold distance. The fan pattern of each jet should reach center-line of the jet next to it.
Test, observe and change using the observation window and LED lighting.
SETTING THE CYCLE TIME: The washout cycle timer has many different time settings, the
factory setting is 0-3 minute maximum cycle time. Use the movable dial to set for appreciate
cycle time. When the dial is set the timer will not need to be set again unless the film thickness
or type is changed. When the timer cycle ends it automatically re-sets for another repeat cycle
time.
To change the dial time setting, any washout 3 minutes and under will not require changing,
look for the small mode adjustment switch located in the upper right hand corner of the timer.
Using a small flat blade screw-driver you can change the mode setting of .05 seconds to 300
hours. Make sure the adjustment switch is clicked into any new location.
2
Using the dial with graphic display of 0, .5, 1 to 3 indicating minutes, set the dial
for the washout time required for the film being used. Simply rotate the dial
clockwise or counter-clockwise to change the time. This is a simple 8-pin timer
0
3
that is easily replaced if replacement ever becomes necessary.
Mode
READING THE PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE: The temperature and pressure gauges
are located on the operator panel of the new Elite. Starting the washout cycle will allow the
operator to see the pump performance and water temperature during the washout cycle.
Please remember this unit includes a high-pressure pump assembly that reduces the washout
cycle time and or water usage. Always use a piece of undeveloped or developed film to check
for proper cycle time setting….record and develop a simple chart for times vs. type and
thickness for the films being used.
WINDOW REPLACEMENT: The new Elite includes an observation view window in the
washout chamber. The window uses a positive locking window molding to eliminate leaks and
permits washout viewing. Use this window to check for proper placement of the fan-jet
distance, proper fan jet angle and also check for proper fan-jet function. The following steps
outline window replacement:
1. Locate locking strip end and remove strip from window molding.
2. Holding one hand firmly against the outside of the window, push the window from inside to
outside and remove the window from the molding.
3. Apply silicone spray or equivalent to the locking strip slot and the window slot. Soap will work
if sprays are not available.
4. Place lower left-hand corner of the window into the window slot at mid-window (FIGURE 4a).
5. While the window is being pushed toward the left side of the cabinet, bring the window to
level position and guide the top left window corner into the top molding window slot (FIGURE
4b).
6. Push the window into the left side of the window molding slot. Use the plastic stick from the
Window Molding Tool Kit (part no. 100-18-123) if necessary.
7. With the aid of the plastic stick, install the second half of the window into the molding slot by
inserting the stick between the outside of the window and the window slot. Move the stick
around the perimeter to the lower half of the window (FIGURE 4c).
8. With the aid of the window locking strip tool (Window Molding Tool Kit), install the locking
strip (FIGURE 4d).
9. Locate locking strip end and remove strip from window molding.
10. Holding one hand firmly against the outside of the window, push the window from inside to
outside and remove the window from the molding.
11. Apply silicone spray or equivalent to the locking strip slot and the window slot. Soap will work
if sprays are not available.
12. Place lower left-hand corner of the window into the window slot at mid-window (FIGURE 4a).
13. While the window is being pushed toward the left side of the cabinet, bring the window to
level position and guide the top left window corner into the top molding window slot (FIGURE
4b).
14. Push the window into the left side of the window molding slot. Use the plastic stick from the
Window Molding Tool Kit (part no. 100-18-123) if necessary.
15. With the aid of the plastic stick, install the second half of the window into the molding slot by
inserting the stick between the outside of the window and the window slot. Move the stick
around the perimeter to the lower half of the window (FIGURE 4c).
16. With the aid of the window locking strip tool (Window Molding Tool Kit), install the locking
strip (FIGURE 4d).
Cabinet Wall
Inside
Cabinet
Lock Strip
Molding
Window
4a
4b
4c
SAFETY VIEW WINDOW REPLACEMENT
4d
FLANGE BEARING: The unit includes permanently lubricated bearing requiring no service.
OPTIONAL SETTLING TANK with AUTOMATIC PUMP & ALARM: Many types and sizes for
optional settling tanks can be used with the new Elite washout machines. The material
construction, automatic pump head pressure and alarm controls are commonly used when a
drain is not located is close proximity of the washout unit.
Call and discuss this available option with Ikonics Imaging or Media Blast Sales department.
PUMP SOLENOID VALVE: The Elite is a pressurized system for higher performance using
less water and includes a master solenoid water valve. This valve requires no maintenance. If
the cycle stops and the fan jets continue to emit low pressure water flow the solenoid may have
a piece of debris under the diaphragm and require cleaning. Make sure the washout cover is
closed and with the front panel removed locate the valve, valve location is on the pump inlet. It
will be necessary to disassemble the valve to clean the solenoid…. An optional high flow panel
mounted sediment filter can be added to the unit that includes a manual purge valve for quick
cleaning…ask for details.
MANUAL WASHOUT GUN: The manual washout gun is also used to fill the pressure tank for
the first time allowing air out of the tank during first filling. This gun requires no service, replace
when faulty or leaking.
JOG WITH WASHOUT: The jog with washout requires no service. It is used to pre-wet the
drum and can also be used to add a small mounts of washout time manually to any cycle.
MAGNET STORAGE PAD: The magnetic storage pad requires no service or maintenance,
used to store the magnets when not in use.
FRONT AND REAR PANEL REMOVAL: The removable panels are used to service and or
replace any defective parts. Removal is simple and quick….remove the two panel holding
screws at panel bottom and use the lift hole to lift, pull and remove the covers. Always make
sure the electrical is locked out before doing any machine service.
DRAIN PAN: The new Elite has a welded two piece drain pan assembly, it is important to daily
inspect and clean the pan assembly to maintain proper drain flow. Small film debris can impede
water flow out of the unit.
DRAINING THE WATER BALANCE TANK: To drain the pressure tank first make sure the
Power On switch is off…attach a simple garden hose to the drain outlet of the cabinet, see
Machine Control Diagram (MDC) for location. Turn the water supply source inlet valve to the off
position. This is the valve located on the inlet of the customer supplied hot water supply and the
back of the machine at the water inlet. Makes sure the drain locations is acceptable and open
the machine drain valve for the pressurized water tank. Hold the manual washout gun open to
allow air into the tank and water out of the tank. Make sure the water tank valve is open during
draining process and hold the manual gun high to allow water out of the hose and air in.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ELITE WASHOUT UNIT
PROBLEM
SOLUTION
Pump cycle pressure reads zero
Water supply volume, gpm, is less than manifold demand,
check supply flow making sure 4 gallons per minute is
supplied..
Check the flow volume (gpm) using the test on page 6
and 7 of this manual
Too small water supply hose, measure supply flow for
gpm..
Water inlet valve is closed, check both customer supplied
and machine inlet..
Balance tank has not been filled, see page 6 and 7 of this
manual
Worn out fan jets, higher flow than supply will result in
zero pressure, replace jets
Plugged Y-Strainer, shut down and clean strainer
screen..install sediment filter if the Y-screen requires
cleaning more than yearly
Inconsistent film washout
Bad film development, consult Ikonics for reasons why
Bad fan jet pattern, using the LED lighting observe fan jet
pattern for bad fan jet pattern..remove and clean fan jet..
Bad fan jet angle, use the view window to check for
proper fan jet angle using LED lighting..
Placement of film beyond the right and left fan jet
centerline…reposition film location during washout..
Incorrect fan jet distance, using the washout cycle and
LED lighting with on film in place, make sure the fan jets
overlap centerline of fan jet on either side. Use the
adjustable height to change overlap setting..use the fan
jet angle for fine settings…
Check fan jet manifold angles making sure the visual
appearance during operation looks the same…adjust as
required.
Short cycling the washout, add time to the washout timer..
Water temperature variation, check temperature using
washout temperature gauge..
PARTS LIST
HARDWARE
Safety window
Window molding with lock strip
Washout lid seal
Washout lid handle
18” magnet strips
Locking caster wheels
Flange bearing, drum drive
Drum 16”x 18”
Drive coupling
Top plastic edge trim
Stainless enclosure pivot pins
QT
PART NUMBER
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
6 each
4 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
2 each
115-08-125
115-08-126
101-11-147
115-08-111
100-11-604
115-09-112
115-09-103
115-08-112
115-09-106
115-08-114
115-09-108
1 each
6 each
6 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
115-08-100
115-09-109
115-08-120
115-08-106
115-08-106
115-08-107
115-08-108
115-08-106
115-08-102
115-09-102
115-09-111
109-15-601
115-08-103
115-08-109
104-26-122
104-26-122
115-08-104
115-08-110
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
1 each
115-08-100
115-08-101
115-08-115
115-08-116
115-08-117
115-08-118
115-08-119
115-08-113
115-08-121
100-22-090
115-08-122
WASHOUT
Manifold
Manifold plugs, 1/4"
Washout fan jets
Water supply hose, cabinet to balance tank inlet, 30”
Water supply hose, balance tank outlet to pump inlet,30”
Water supply hose, balance tank outlet to pump inlet,18”
Water supply hose, pump outlet to cabinet, 24”
Water supply hose, cabinet to manifold inlet, 30”
Booster pump, 1-1/2 hp
Solenoid valve pump inlet
Manual washout gun
Manual washout gun hose
Balance tank, 10 gallon
Balance tank hose, tank drain to cabinet
Water inlet valve, 3/4"
Water balance tank drain valve, 3/4"
Water temperature gauge
Water pressure gauge
ELECTRICAL
Gear-motor drive
Gear-motor conduit box
LED lighting
Emergency stop switch
Cycle switch
Jog switch
Power on switch
Timer
LED lighting switch
Limit switch washout enclosure
750 watt maintenance heater element
CONSULT FACTORY FOR ELECTRICAL PANEL
PARTS
WARRANTY
Media Blast & Abrasives, Inc., hereinafter known as “ Seller” , warrants the
equipment and products sold hereunder against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of one year from the date of shipment to buyer.
Equipment, products or parts manufactured by others but furnished by seller will
be repaired or replaced only to the extent of the original manufacturer’ s
warranty (except motors).
The following conditions apply to limitations:
1.
High wear parts are not covered, these parts include window, fan jets
and lid seal.
2.
Warranty does not apply to misuse of the machine to include improper
abrasive type use and or abrasive mesh size used in the equipment. Water
conditions may require the installation of a viable water filter.
3.
The machine warranty is not transferable and only applies to the original
buyer.
4.
Replacement warranty parts will be sent at no charge to the buyer for
warranty replacement. The cost of labor is not covered under the machine
warranty unless preformed at the sellers facility.
5.
A Returned Goods Authorization (RGA) form must be obtained before
the product is returned to seller for warranty repair. Without an RGA number
the product will not be accepted.
6.
Seller’s entire liability, whether under warranty, contract, negligence, or
otherwise, shall be limited to repair or replacement, F.O.B. Seller’s place of
business, of the original equipment found to be defective within the warranty
period.
MBA
Media Blast & Abrasive Inc.
MACHINE CONTROL DIAGRAM
1
2
KEY
3
7
1. Washout manifold, fan jets
and LED lighting
2. Washout drum
3. Observation view window
4. Controls (top to bottom, left
to right), Red Emergency
Stop – Green Cycle – Jog
with Pressure Rinse – 2nd
row, Power On – Cycle Timer
– LED Lights
5. Water temperature gauge
6. Manual washout gun
7. Water pressure gauge
8. Lifting handle
9. Cycle timer
10. Panel lifting hole and
removal screws
11. Locking casters
4
6
9
8
5
59”
10
35”
11
45”
FRONT VIEW
KEY
17
12.
13.
14.
15.
Water in
Waste water drain
Water balance tank drain
Panel lifting holes and
removal screws
16. Electrical cord strain relief
connector
17. Safety switch
Waste drain
1-1/2”
220 volt – Single Phase,
60 Hz – 20 Amp.
Service
16
15
Supply
water inlet
Balance tank drain 3/4"
REAR VIEW
13
12
14
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