ECO-BLASTER IBIX 25USE AND MAINTENANCE MANUALIBIX North AmericaSurface Technologies, LLC8486 Seminole Blvd.Seminole, FL 33772USATel.: 727-322-4611E-mail: [email protected]: www.ibixusa.com0

CONTENTS1 FOREWORD .page1.1 General information . page1.2 General information on machine use. page1.3 General precautions on machine use . page1.4 Pictograms relating to the “operator qualification” . page1.5 Pictograms relating to safety . page1.6 Applied standards . page020304040505062 PRESENTATION . page2.1 General information . page2.2 Data plate . page2.3 Characteristics . page2.4 Operating principle. page2.5 Specifications . page2.6 Information on the machine working noise . page2.7 Air consumption at nozze . page2.8 Blasting materials to use – Tips and and suggestions . .page0708101011111111123 DANGERS AND PROTECTION .page 133.1 Not permitted and not recommended uses . page 143.2 Accident-preventing devices . page 154 LIFTING, HANDLING AND STORAGE .page4.1 Lifting and handling. page4.2 Storage . page4.3 Packaging disposal . page161718185 INSTALLATION .page5.1 Installation area to be set up by the user. page5.2 IBIX blaster package opening . page5.3 Warnings and recommendations before starting up . page192020216 START-UP . page 227 MAINTENANCE .page7.1 Technical information to ensure good maintenance. page7.2 General post-maintenance tips . page7.3 Routine maintenance . page7.3.1 Daily checks . page7.3.2 Weekly checks. page7.3.3 Replacing the twin hose . page7.3.4 Gun maintenance . page7.4 Unscheduled maintenance . page7.5 Troubleshooting . page125272727272829303132

ECO-BLASTER IBIX 251FOREWORD1 FOREWORD .page1.1 General information . page1.2 General information on machine use. page1.3 General precautions on machine use . page1.4 Pictograms relating to the “operator qualification” . page1.5 Pictograms relating to safety . page1.6 Applied standards . page202030404050506

1 FOREWORDIMPORTANT NOTEBEFORE CARRYING OUT ANY OPERATION ON THE MACHINE, THE APPOINTED MACHINEOPERATORS AND TECHNICIANS SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE INSTRUCTIONSCONTAINEDIN THIS MANUAL AND COMPLY WITH THEM IN CARRYING OUT THEIR WORK.SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS CONCERNING THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED, PLEASECONTACT OUR AFTER-SALES SERVICE FOR THE REQUIRED EXPLANATIONS.1.1 GENERAL INFORMATIONThis is the instruction manual for:MACHINE TYPE:SERIES AND TYPE:YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION:BLASTERIBIX 25.This user manual contains the main information regarding the machine storage, handling, installation, use,supervision, maintenance and disassembly.This manual makes an integral part of your machine and should be kept with care until the machinedismantlingat the end of its working life, in order to allow future reference and updating.Should this copy of your user manual become damaged to the point that it can no longer be used, anothercopy may be requested fromIBIX North AmericaSurface Technologies, LLC8486 Seminole Blvd.Seminole, FL 33772USATel.: 727-322-4611E-mail: [email protected]: www.ibixusa.comby specifying the machine type, serial number or job number indicated on the machine data plate.This manual refers to the machine condition at the time of its supply and may not be considered inadequateonly because later updates have been introduced to reflect newly acquired experience. IBIX reserves theright to update its products and manuals without any obligation to inform the users of previously suppliedmachinery.However, courtesy notification of any proposed manual and/or machine updating can be expected.Our Customer care service is however always available to supply on request any information regardingmachine updates.IBIX shall not be held responsible for any incorrect use of its supplied machines, including:3

a) wrong use of the machine or use of the machine by poorly trained personnel;b) use of the machine not in compliance with the applicable regulations;c) wrong installation;d) incorrect power supply;e) severely incorrect maintenance;f) unauthorised intervention or modifications;g) use of non-original spare parts or spare parts not suitable for the machine model concerned;h) failure to comply with the supplied instructions, wholly or in part;i) unexpected events.1.2 GENERAL INFORMATION ON MACHINE USE----This manual has been prepared for the purpose of supplying the user with general informationregarding the machine and with the maintenance directions judged necessary for its smoothoperation.Before carrying out any machine installation, maintenance and repairing operations, thoroughly readthis Manual as it contains all the necessary information to correctly use the machine by preventingaccidents and injuries.The inspection and maintenance schedules prescribed by this manual should always be intended asthe minimum required to guarantee the machine efficiency, safety and working life under normaloperation conditions. However, constant supervision is recommended to be able to take immediateaction in the event of a breakdown.All scheduled maintenance, checks and general cleaning should be carried out while the machine isstopped and disconnected from the air supply system.Warning: any machine modification or alteration not authorised by the machine manufacturer andany safety system modification or alteration shall cancel any manufacturer’s guarantee and safetyliabilities.1.3 GENERAL PRECAUTIONS ON MACHINE USEThe following recommendations are part of the normal behaviour that machine workers should adopt duringwork. Therefore, when designing and building the machines, the machine manufacturer has assumed thatthese recommendations are known to the machine workers. It is the user’s responsibility to inform andtrain the machine workers to make sure that these recommendations become known to thepersonnel in charge of operating the eco-blaster.-Do not allow machine servicing by unauthorised personnel.DO NOT START THE MACHINE IF IT IS OUT OF ORDER.Before using the machine, make sure that any condition likely to affect safety has been removed asrequired.Make sure that all the machine guards and other protections are in place and that all the safetydevices are present and in working order.Make sure that no unauthorised persons are within the work area.All the workers involved in any machine work phase must wear safety goggles, mask, headgear andgloves.Always comply with all the prescribed obligations, prohibitions and warnings during machine use.Never leave the machine unattended.Never use the machine under the influence of alcohol, drugs, medicines or extreme tiredness. Aclear head is an essential precondition to operate the machine safely and effectively.4

1.4 PICTOGRAMS RELATING TO THE “OPERATOR QUALIFICATION”ABC[A] Operator: worker trained and authorised to operate the machine. In order to understand theinstructions ((text and pictures) supplied, the operator must have (or acquire through suitable educationand training) the following characteristics:- sufficiently good general and technical knowledge to read and understand the parts of the manualconcerning his or her tasks and to correctly understand its drawings and diagrams;- ability to read and understand symbols, pictograms and screen displays;- knowledge of the main safety, accident prevention and technological rules;- global knowledge of the machine and its setting on the job-site or in the factory to be able to tackleany emergency situation (ways out, fire-fighting systems etc.);- specific knowledge of the machine field of application.The operator’s tasks are: machine start, machine operation and machine stop.[B] Mechanical maintenance engineer: skilled technician able to operate the machine under normaloperating conditions, to operate it with a hold-down control when the machine protections are turnedoff,and to carry out any required adjustments, maintenance and repairs on mechanical parts.[C] Manufacturer’s technician: skilled technician made available to the manufacturer to carry outcomplexoperations in special situations or according to agreements with the user. The tasks of a manufacturer’stechnician are of a mechanical nature.1.5 PICTOGRAMS RELATING TO SAFETYThe safety pictograms used on the machine and/or in this manual are listed here below:Note: any parts of text preceded bythis symbol contain importantinformation/prescriptions.Obligation to wear safety goggles:the presence of this symbol meansthat the operator must wear safetygoggles.Caution: any parts of text preceded bythis symbol contain importantinformation/prescriptions concerningsafety in particular.Obligation to wear a face mask:the presence of this symbol meansthat the operator must wear aprotective mask.Obligation to wear safety shoes:the presence of this symbol meansthat the operator must wear protectiveshoes.Obligation to wear ear protectors:the presence of this symbol meansthat the operator must wear earprotectors against noise.Obligation to wear safety gloves:the presence of this symbol meansthat the operator must wear protectivegloves.5

1.6 APPLIED STANDARDSThe following is a non-exhaustive list of Standards applied to our Eco-Blaster design, manufacturing andtesting.The IBIX Eco-Blasters are designed and manufactured in CONFORMITY to essentialsafety requisites in compliance with the following Directives:- 89/392 CE- 91/368/CE- 93/44/CE- 93/68/CE- 98/37/CEApplied Standards:UNI EN 292/1:UNI EN 292/2:UNI EN 349:EN 574:EN 811:PR EN 954:PR EN 982:EN 1050:CEN/TC 122/WG 2:Safety of machinery – Basic concepts, design principles– Terminology, basic methodologySafety of machinery – Basic concepts, design principles– Specifications and technical principlesSafety of machinery – Minimum distance required to preventbody part crushingSafety of machinery – Control devicesSafety of machinery – Safety distancesSafety of machinery – Design principles for safety-related partsof control systemsSafety of machinery – Safety requirements for fluid powersystems and their components – HydraulicsSafety of machinery – Risk AssessmentSafety of machinery – Ergonomic design principles- Part 1: Terminology and general principles- Part 2: Interaction between machine design and end use6

ECO-BLASTER IBIX 252PRESENTATION2 PRESENTATION .page2.1 General information . page2.2 Data plate . page2.3 Characteristics . page2.4 Operating principle. page2.5 Specifications . page2.6 Information on the machine working noise . page2.7 Air consumption at nozze . page2.8 Blasting materials to use – Tips and and suggestions . page7070810101111111112

2 PRESENTATION2.1 GENERAL INFORMATIONThe IBIX eco-blaster has been designed and built to carry out environment-friendly sandblasting, micro-blasting and cleaning without generating any dust. This machine is extremelyversatile and enables to treat several types of surface. Its low weight (obtained thanks to astructure fully made from aluminium) makes it especially easy to handle.Main units:1] Blasting material tank2] Compressed air connection3] Anti-condensate filter (equipped with a condensate-draining valve [3A])4] Pressure regulator (including an adjustment control [4A], pressure gauge [4B], and air filter [4C] witha condensate-draining valve [4D])5] Blasting material/air mixing valve (with a screw [5A] to adjust the blasting material out-flow rate)6] Blasting material hose 1/2” (13x25 mm) [6A] air twin hose [6B]7] Remote-controlled air gun (equipped with a safety button [7A])8] Nozzle9] Blasting material filler plug10] Blasting material filler funnel11] Carrying handle12] Foot supports13] Wheels14] Safety valve15] Kit H2O (optional)16] Rilsan hose-kit H2O nozzle fitting (optional)17] Mixing nozze (optional)8


2.2 DATA PLATEPlease exactly quote your machine Model, Serial number and Year of Construction to facilitate our AfterSales Service accurate and prompt response.Always quote this information whenever you contact our After-Sales Service or whenever you order spareparts.This information is contained in the data plate installed on your machine.For no reason should the information indicated in the plate be altered.The figure shows where the data plate is located and what it looks like.Your machine serial number should be quoted whenever you contact the manufacturer for inquiries or toorder spare parts.2.3 CHARACTERISTICSIt is the designer’s duty to fix limits and apply more severe restrictions regarding the presence ofpersonnel and the work area.The machine should be operated by trained personnel aware of the machine characteristics and ofthe contents of this manual.The machine operates in the manual mode and should be worked by a single operator.10

2.4 OPERATING PRINCIPLEThe work process can be outlined as follows:compressed air coming from the air compressor is fed to the eco-blaster after a pneumaticactuator is controlled which enables the main air valve to feed compressed air into theblasting material tank. The pneumatic actuator, receiving air from the twin airhose, is controlled by the remote-controlled gun trigger. Pressure inside the tank willpush the blasting material towards the blasting material/air mixing valve. The blastingmaterial/compressed air mix is pushed through the abrasive-proofed hose all the way tothe gun, and out of the gun through a tungsten carbide nozzle.2.5 SPECIFICATIONSStructure:Working pressure:Particle size:Remote control hose length:Standard nozzle size:Blasting material tank capacity:Installed machine max height:Installed machine max width:Packaging (box) dimensions:Machine weight (empty tank):Handle vibrations:Cleaning surfaces:2.6fully made from aluminium2 9 bars38 µm up to 1,8 mm10 m5.5 mm24.8 l940 mm450 mm920 x 530 x 410 mm 30 Kg1.157 m/s2 (air) and 1.186 m/s2 (water)steel, aluminium, stainless steel, wood, marble, glassconcrete, masonry, stone, composite materials, etc.INFORMATION ON THE MACHINE WORKING NOISEThe operators in charge of operating the machine must always wear hearing protectorswhile the machine is running (in addition to all the other mentioned personal protectiondevices).The machine noise levels depend on the type of air compressor used and on the selectedworking pressure.2.7AIR CONSUMPTION AT NOZZLEAir consumption is expressed in litres per minute.Nozzle4 bar5 bar2.5 mm2552813.0 mm3684063.5 mm5025534.0 mm6577254.5 mm8359205.0 mm103611415.5 mm126213906.0 mm151616696.5 mm180319837,0 mm226424786 bar30544060078678699812371506180721457 bar3274726448431070132616141936229628518 s performed according to the ISO 5167 standardThe indicated air consumption figures are referred to the maximum theoretical air flow that can be reached.To obtain these figures, a compressor able to deliver these amounts must be used, increased by aprecautionary 15-20% usually lost in the passage from the compressor to the nozzle.For IBIX 25, a minimum 3/4” blasting material hose should be used.Spot-blasting can be carried out by using much smaller amounts of air than what is indicated in the tablehere above.11

2.8 BLASTING MATERIALS TO USE – TIPS AND SUGGESTIONSONLY THE ECO-BLASTERS SOLD BY IBIX SRL ENSURE THE PROPER FUNCTIONING AND ARE THEONLY RECOMMENDED FOR THEIR SPECIFIC USE.For most applications, the best results with IBIX machines are obtained by using the natural mineral abrasivematerial GARNET.Garnet is an Australian natural mineral consisting of extremely hard grains of ALMANDITE which enable thematerial to be re-used; in addition, this material is not CRUMBLY therefore it will not break up and producedust, unlike sand.It undergoes multiple washing cycles to remove any impurities and for this reason it will not produce dustduring work (unless it is used on concrete). No special precautions are required during work: oxygen masksare not necessary, although protective masks are useful. This natural mineral does not contain any free silicaor ferrite (causing rusting right after iron-blasting). Garnet also offers advantages in the disposal phase asit is compliant with environment protection-regulations and with the ISO 11 626 standard.Garnet is sold in 25 Kg bags and is available in 6 different particle sizes measured in mesh (from the finestto the coarsest):Mesh3502001208030/6020/40Grain e GARNET particle size should be chosen according to the type of work to carry on.Other blasting materials used are sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate.To have more information on the characteristics of blasting media and on theirsuggestions, please refer to the technical sheet of each abrasive, available on our webpage - Particle sizes of 80 or 120 mesh are recommended. In certain cases, however, other GARNETparticle sizes should be used such as 30/60 or 20/40 mesh or even 200 mesh for restoration andcleaning of very delicate surfaces.Stone - The particle sizes most commonly recommended for cleaning stone are 120 or 200 mesh to removegraffiti or for soft cleaning. However, other particle sizes (30/60 or 20/40 mesh) can be used fordifferent jobs, such as bush-hammering or polishing of small areas. For the delicate, time-wornstone of statues and other architectural structures, or for polished surfaces which must be left unaltered(e.g. brilliant marble), spherical calcium carbonate (MARMOSOFT ) is recommended.Marble - GARNET should not be used on polished (brilliant) marble. The recommended products in thiscase are sodium bicarbonate or spherical calcium carbonate (MARMOSOFT ) to be applied withan optional water sprayer to avoid damaging the treated surface. If the treated surface is naturallymatt and graffiti removal is necessary, GARNET can be used in the particle sizes 350/200/120mesh. GARNET, however, should be used in this case after carrying out low-pressure tests.Glass - To remove graffiti or dirt from glass surfaces, water-soluble sodium bicarbonate is used, whileto opacify a surface and obtain either “positive” or “negative” decorations, the naturally abrasiveGARNET mineral can be used. The right particle size should be selected according to the desiredtype of finish.Iron - To remove rust or paint, the naturally abrasive GARNET mineral in particle sizes such as 20/40,30/60 or 80 mesh can be used, to obtain clean surfaces with the ideal degree of roughness toallow good adhesion of the painting product used. The right particle size should be selected accordingto the desired type of finish.12

ECO-BLASTER IBIX 253DANGER AND PROTECTION3 DANGERS AND PROTECTION .page 133.1 Not permitted and not recommended uses . page 143.2 Accident-preventing devices . page 1513

3 DANGERS AND PROTECTION3.1 NOT PERMITTED AND NOT RECOMMENDED USESThe IBIX eco-blaster should be used for the applications recommended by the manufacturer (see chapter 2).In particular, the system should not be even partially used:-without its protective guards and/or with cut-off, faulty or missing safety devices;if it has not been correctly installed;in an explosive atmosphere or wherever there is a fire risk;to work materials with characteristics different from the specified ones;in dangerous conditions or in the event of machine malfunction;for uses not recommended for the machine or by untrained personnel;for uses against the applicable standards;in case of severely inadequate maintenance;after carrying out unauthorised modifications or repairs;in total or partial disregard of the given instructions.A SPECIFIC WRITTEN DECLARATION BY IBIXDEROGATION TO THE INDICATIONS ABOVE LISTED.ISNECESSARYFORAny modification not explicitly authorised by the manufacturer that modifies thepredicted functionality and the risks and/or create additional risk, will be the fullresponsibility of the person performing.Any modifications carried out without the manufacturer’s authorisation, also imply theloss of validity of any form of guarantee issued by the manufacturer and of thestatement of compliance according to the Machine Directive 98/37/CE.14ANY

3.2 Accident-preventing devicesTo ensure the optimal security conditions for the user, the machine is equipped with the following safetydevices:[A] Security button: this is a security button on the gun which prevents the release of air inert in caseof accidentally pressure on the trigger. Therefore, to run the gun, the operator must press first thesucurity button and then the trigger. This procedure allows the release of air inert by the nozzle onthe gun. The release of the trigger causes the prompt return of the button in its security position andstops the inert release.[B] Security valve: located next to the pressure reducer, it lets air out of the blasting material tank ifpressure becomes too high inside the tank ( 8.5 bar).ABIMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS VERIFY THE CORRECT FUNCTIONING OF SECURITYDEVICES TO PREVENT THE POSSIBLE RISKS RELATED TO THE MACHINE USE.15

ECO-BLASTER IBIX 254LIFTING, HANDLING ANDSTORAGE4 LIFTING, HANDLING AND STORAGE .page4.1 Lifting and handling. page4.2 Storage . page4.3 Packaging disposal . page1616171818

4 LIFTING, HANDLING AND STORAGE4.1 LIFTING AND HANDLINGMachine lifting and handling must be carried out cautiously to prevent falls or overturning.The machine has been fitted with special wheels (A) to allow simple, safe handling. Move the machine byholding it by its special handle (B) slightly tilting the machine with caution.BEFORE MOVING THE MACHINE ON ITS WHEELS, ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT THE MACHINE ISDISCONNECTED FROM ITS AIR SUPPLY SYSTEM AND THAT THE BLASTING MATERIAL HOSEAND TWIN AIR HOSE HAVE BEEN COILED UP AND ARE SAFELY ANCHORED TO THE MACHINE.IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO LET THE BLASTING MATERIAL HOSE AND TWIN AIR HOSEDRAG ON THE FLOOR DURING MACHINE HANDLING.BAThe machine is purchased by the Customer contained in its special protective packaging (carton). Themachine is equipped with a handle for handling purposes which must be fitted by the Customer (seeChapter 5 - paragraph 5.2).As the machine total weight is higher than 25 Kg, by the terms of the Law Decree 626/94 the machine maynot be manually handled by a single operator.In any case, comply with the work place health and safety regulations in force in themachine Country of use!17

4.2 STORAGEIf the machine is not used for prolonged periods of time, we recommend to store it at a covered locationsheltered from bad weather and aggressive chemicals.The machine should be stored away with an empty tank and clean hoses and circuit. Make sure that theanti-condensate filter cups and the pressure reducer do not still contain any liquid. Wrap the hoses in plasticsheeting to protect them against external agents.We recommend to remove the nozzle and keep it in a safe place wrapped in pluriball packaging paper.The machine should be stored indoors at suitable temperature (0 C to 60 C).4.3 PACKAGING DISPOSALTo dispose of packaging materials, comply with the applicable standards in the machinecountry of use.However, follow these general rules:-any packaging materials should be collected separately and brought to special recycling bins;any metal parts contained in the machine must be removed and sent to a foundry for recycling.18

ECO-BLASTER IBIX 255INSTALLATION5 INSTALLATION .page5.1 Installation area to be set up by the user. page5.2 IBIX blaster package opening . page5.3 Warnings and recommendations before starting up . page1919202021

5 INSTALLATION5.1 INSTALLATION AREA TO BE SET UP BY THE USERBefore starting to work the user should make sure that:-there aren’t any unauthorised persons within the selected work setting;there aren’t any foreign objects hindering the installation work or making it unsafe.5.2 IBIX ECO-BLASTER PACKAGE OPENINGThe machine is delivered to the Customer contained in its special packaging (carton) [1] withsome disassembled parts (lifting handle and filling lid).PACKAGE OPENING:- Place the box on the floor [2], use a cutter to cut the tape joining the bottom flaps.- Stand up the box again with open flaps and remove the packaging by the special handles[3].- Release the machine from its preformed wrapping [4].123420

-To install the transport handle and plug: introduce the ha

UNI EN 292/1: Safety of machinery - Basic concepts, design principles - Terminology, basic methodology UNI EN 292/2: Safety of machinery - Basic concepts, design principles - Specifications and technical principles UNI EN 349: Safety of machinery - Minimum distance required to prevent body part crushing .