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wheelblastIT Manual – Introduction

Introduction #

  • The manufacturer innovateIT Car Wash Equipment LLC is committed to the continuous improvement of its equipment construction quality and the safe operation of its equipment.
    • The wheelblastIT is constructed to meet the certification requirements according to the European directive for machines safety 2006/42/EK.
  • The primary function of the wheelblastIT is to provide the benefit of cleaning the tires of a vehicle as it travels along the conveyor.
    • The manufacturer innovateIT Car Wash Equipment LLC is committed to the continuous improvement of its equipment construction quality and the safe operation of its equipment.
    • The wheelblastIT is constructed to meet the certification requirements according to the European directive for machines safety 2006/42/EK.
  • The innovateIT wheelblastIT  is designed, manufactured, and assembled according to the regulations of the Annex III & V of the directive 2006/42/EK by right of the standards:
    • EN  ISO 12100 – 01 / EN ISO 12100 – 02: “Safety of machines – Basic directions- General design principles”.
    • EN 60204-1: “Safety of machines – Electric equipment of machines”.
    • EN 418: “Safety of machines – emergency stop equipment – Specification for designing”.
    • EN 953: “Safety of machines – Fenders – General requirements for the manufacture of fixed or movable fenders”.
    • EN 294: “Safety of machines – Safety distances for protection of the hands”.
    • EN 349: “Safety of machines – Safety distances for protection of the human members hands”.

Warranty #

  • This manual covers installation, intended use and maintenance of the wheelblastIT.  Intended use also means that all specifications in these instructions must be followed. Any use beyond the intended use is considered to be misuse.
  • This product is covered by a 1-year limited warranty from the date of shipping. This warranty shall be void and of no effect if:
    • Any installation defect that was apparent or ascertainable at the time of installation was completed but was not promptly reported to innovateIT Car Wash Equipment LLC.
    • Damage occurs due to the customer’s failure to observe any instructions from innovateIT Car Wash Equipment or an authorized distributor and/or requirements of the manufacturer with respect to the product.
    • The breach results from misuse of the equipment as outlined in the instruction manual.

Safety Information #

  • The instructions in this manual provide you with the information necessary to install and operate the wheelblastIT
    • Before starting installation, the instruction manual should be carefully read and understood.
    • This relates to the operation, maintenance, cleaning and troubleshooting of the equipment. This applies particularly to the Safety Instructions listed.
    • The basic pre-requisite for safe working is compliance with all the safety and handling instructions stated in this instruction.
    • Furthermore, follow all local accident, hazard prevention regulations or general safety regulations when installing and operating the wheelblastIT.
    • Operation, maintenance, cleaning and troubleshooting of the equipment must only be carried out by trained personnel. Personnel should be able to interpret a wiring diagram, use a multimeter to read AC and DC current, and apply Lock Out Tag Out safety procedures specific to wheel blaster equipment.
  • innovateIT Car Wash Equipment LLC does accept liability for accidents or damages due to negligence or disregard for the instructions in this manual. Also, the Company does accept liability for damages due to improper use of the equipment.

ATTENTION!

This instruction manual was compiled in the United States and references standard American voltages and amperages. If installing or operating this equipment outside of the United States, consult local guidelines for the appropriate conversion.

ATTENTION!

This manual constitutes an integral part of the wheelblastIT and must accompany the machine in every movement or resale.

  • It should always be kept in a safe and easily accessibly place near the equipment’s site of installation and operation and should be available for the operator at the user site at any time.
  • If the manual is damaged, lost or misplaced, you should immediately request a new copy from innovateIT Car Wash Equipment LLC.

Safety Instructions #

  • Maintenance personnel who service or repair wheel blasters should demonstrate knowledge regarding control of hazardous energy sources and work conditions specific to wheel blasters.
  • This section describes controllable hazardous energy sources specific to wheel blasters and how a repair person can isolate those energy sources from the wheel blaster work area in the equipment room and wash tunnel.
    • Controllable hazardous energy sources electricity, moving equipment, and high-pressure water.
  • This section also discusses general wheel blaster work area hazards that are often present in the equipment rooms and wash tunnels. These hazards include toxic and corrosive chemicals, noise, high winds, impaired vision, other moving car wash equipment, vehicles, slip/trip hazards, entrapment hazards, and wet working conditions.

Controllable Hazards #

  • Controllable hazard types are:
    • Electrical: 120 and 3 phase (shock, arc flash, burns); and,
    • Kinetic: Moving wheel blaster equipment- motors, trolleys, and black plastic track beside trolley rails (struck by, slip/trip, cuts).
  • Electric Hazard Control (including control of moving trolleys)
    • Electric power is present in the wheelblastIT controls enclosure (120 and 3 phase) located in the equipment room, and at driver side and passenger side trolley belt motors (208, 230, 240, 380 or 480vac) in the car wash tunnel.
    • The 120vac and 3 phase power are both controlled at the wheelblastIT controls enclosure.
    • The main components receiving 120vac is the the PLC.
      • The two VFDs receive 3 phase which is then transmitted to the driver side and passenger side wheel blasters in the wash tunnel.
  • 120 Vac Lock Out Tag Out
    • The 120 Vac power is present only in the wheelblastIT controls enclosure.
      • To shut off the 120 Vac power, open the circuit breaker labeled “300” that is located inside the wheelblastIT controls enclosure.
      • This circuit breaker will be near the top left of the inside of the wheelblastIT controls enclosure. Opening circuit “300” will turn off power to the PLC, the network interface, and the HMI screen on the outside of the enclosure door.
      • Circuit breaker “300” does not require Lockout/Tagout when it is in sight and under the control of the repair person.
  • 3 Phase Lock Out Tag Out
    • The 3 phase power is present in the wheelblastIT controls enclosure, within conduit running from the wheelblastIT controls enclosure to driver side and passenger side wheel blasters, and at both wheel blaster trolley belt motors.
      • To shut off the 3 phase power, turn the switch located on the upper-left exterior of the wheelblastIT controls enclosure counterclockwise.
      • This switch must be Locked Out and Tagged Out by the repair person when the switch is not in sight and under the control of the repair person. (For example, when working on wheel blaster equipment in the wash tunnel).
  • Moving Wheel Blaster Equipment Control (Kinetic hazard)
    • Moving equipment hazards are present at the driver side and passenger side wheel blasters in the car wash tunnel.
    • These controllable wheel blaster kinetic hazards include the rotating spray nozzle assembly, the trolleys moving back and forth on the rails, the black plastic track that carries the high-pressure water hose to the trolley, the belt that pulls the trolley in both directions, the drive and idler pulleys, and the drive shaft.
  • Moving Wheel Blaster Lock Out Tag Out
    • Moving wheel blaster equipment hazards are controlled by shutting off 480 Vac power at the wheel blaster controls enclosure in the equipment room as described above for controlling electrical hazards.
    • The 480 Vac switch must be Lock Out and Tagged Out by the repair person working on the wheel blaster equipment in the wash tunnel and exposed to the hazard.
  • High-Pressure Water Control (Kinetic hazard)
    • High-pressure water comes from a single 480 Vac pump in the equipment room.
    • This high-pressure water goes through a hose running from the equipment room to the car wash tunnel where it is split between the driver side and passenger side wheel blasters.
      • High-pressure water is in the hose running through the black plastic track sections beside the wheel blaster rails, water shaft going through the trolley, and the rotating spray nozzle assembly.
  • High-Pressure Water Lock Out Tag Out
    • The high-pressure water pump is turned off at the MCC by moving its power disconnect lever to the ‘Off’ position.
    • The wheel blaster water pump power disconnect must be Locked Out and Tagged Out by the repair person working on wheel blaster equipment in the car wash tunnel.
  • General Work Area Hazards
    • Hearing protection is required for personnel working in the equipment room and wash tunnel due to the pumps, blowers, and high-pressure water sprays.
    • Earbuds or headphones for music or cell phone are not permitted unless specifically designed for hearing protection and labeled with at least a 30 Noise Reduction Rating (30 NRR).
    • Slip-resistant and chemical-resistant footwear is required for personnel working in the equipment room and car wash tunnel due to water, sludge, grease, wax, and potentially undiluted chemicals on the floor. Calf-high safety-toed rubber boots are recommended.
    • Work gloves are recommended to better grip wet or greasy equipment and tools and as protection from sharp edges on wheel blaster equipment in the car wash tunnel.

Safety Marking & Labeling #

  • All equipment indexes or labels on the wheelblastIT have been placed by innovateIT.
  • Each wheelblastIT has been manufactured to ensure the safe operation of the equipment. Potential dangers are marked on the equipment with the appropriate safety labels.
    • The labels are placed in clearly visible and readable areas. They are added in areas that pose potential dangers, including near movable or electrical components.
    • Keep the labels clean and replace them immediately if they are lost or damaged.
    • The labels listed below indicate the potential dangers.

Labels #

Fully Understand Operators Manual Label
Placed near the equipment’s site of operation
Not Operate Lockout Safety Label
Placed on equipment bumpers & near movable parts
Lock Out Tag
Placed on equipment bumpers
Do Not Operate Tage
Placed on the control panel when
maintenance is in progress

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