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[00:02] Hey everybody, thanks for joining us for our Airbotx videos. I am Tom McArdle. In this video, we are going to be talking about the different features of the machine so you understand everything behind how it works and what it can be used for.
Power Cord Instructions
[00:13] So obviously, you’ve got your power cord that plugs into the machine on this side. This white button gives you power on or off, that’s all it does. We’re going to set this aside for this video, pretty straightforward. Now I will say this is a 25-foot cord which is really helpful in the restoration industry because it gives you a long reach to plug in.
[00:33] We’re also going to set this aside for a second. This is a cap that goes onto it. We’ll talk about this later.
Airflow Enters Through the Intake Side, Passes Through HEPA and MERV 8 Filters
[00:40] So we’re going to start with where the airflow comes in, and we’re going to walk through that way. So the first thing this is the intake side. On this intake side, you have two filters. You have a HEPA filter that does the main capturing of the smallest particulates, and you have the MERV 8 pre-filter. So obviously as the air goes through the machine, it comes in here, this is the intake side, you have the MERV 8 pre-filter, then you’re going to have the HEPA filter, and then it’s going to work its way into the UV-C chamber. Obviously, with the filtration there this machine can be used as a scrubber.
The Power of Radicals, Hydoxyls & Scrubbers
[01:10] For years I have always said that radicals and hydroxyls work really really well with scrubbers. Scrubbers are going to capture the particulates, the hydroxyls are going to handle the gases and VOCs. They are perfect teammates. They work really really well together.
Airflow Goes Through the UV-C Chamber
[01:25] So the filtration built in here is obviously nice. So now it is going to go into the chamber. Inside that chamber, you’re going to have four UV-C lamps, and that’s where kinda the magic happens where these hydroxyl radicals and other radicals are being produced, and they are going to be exited out of the machine. So in that chamber, air passing through, yes you will react with the air and break down the gases and VOCs as it travels through. However, we’re also producing these radicals that are going to exit the machine to work on the odors that had been adsorbed into the structure and contents, particularly the porous items like drywall, couches, clothes, carpet, things like that.
Eliminating Odors in Porous Materials
[02:04] Those porous materials are going to hold on to the odor. The radicals we produce are going to go into those porous materials, latch onto the odors, and break them apart. So by breaking them apart, they cannot re-form, they cannot come back later on down the road, they are permanently eliminated, and it’s very important, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.
[02:24] So here we got, just a reminder, air comes in, we capture the particulates with the filter, we go through the UV-C chamber, break down gases and VOCs in the air, produce the radicals that are going to exit the machine. To be clear, inside that chamber, you have four UV-C lamps. You can gauge how many of those you run but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Adjusting the Fan Speed
[02:42] Over on this side when the air comes out, we have a 700 CFM fan. It can be adjustable so you can lower the speed if you like, but it goes up to 700 CFM. The outtake of the machine is on both sides, so you have one on this side one on this side and the air shoots out both directions. This helps with an even airflow distribution, helps you create a nice vortex.
Capping an Outtake Side
[03:00] However, this is where the black cap comes in. If for whatever reason you wanted to cap one side of the machine on the outtake side, you can cap either side. For example, if you wanted the airflow to go one direction because you want it to go down a hallway. Or, we set this up so you can put lay flat onto it. So maybe you want lay flat on one side and inject it into a crawl space or inject it into an attic, having this black cap can help you do that. And all you got to do is place it on, that’s it. You don’t need any tools you don’t need any extra pieces, it latches onto either side of the machine.
Machine Handles & Replacing Lamps
[03:36] The machine itself has two handles on the side and one in the middle. This is really meant to you can pick up the machine, but it’s really meant to pull the UV-C chamber out. If you look at the quick setup video look at the cleaning and maintenance videos you can see how to pull the chamber out, clean the machine, replace the lamps, that’s all good information for that. But that’s really what this one’s primarily for, is the two lamps on one side to pick up the machine. This machine is stackable. You can put three machines on top of each other. This helps with your storage in the warehouse or transporting it from job to job.
Transporting Your Machine
[04:06] The machine can work laying flat like this, or it can go vertical. Both options are totally good, it works the same both ways. One thing for transport that you will notice, its got big wheels on it. We also have a handle built in so underneath the machine you pull up here the handle comes up, and this allows for easy transportation when you’re rolling it from job–different areas on the job.
How to Adjust the Fan Speed
[04:31] On the top side or side side now you can see the different parts of what does the work for the machine. So we’re going to start here on the left. This is what turns on the fan. You click this on to turn on the fan, and you can keep winding it clockwise to lower the fan speed. All the way up counterclockwise before you turn it off, that’s the highest fan speed 700 CFM fan.
When to Replace Your HEPA Filter
[04:54] Next to that, we have a red light. This is the indicator of when the HEPA filter inside needs to be replaced. Red light goes on, it’s time to replace your HEPA filter.
When to Replace Your Lamps
[05:02] Above that we have the hour meter. This is an important part of the machine because it tells you when the lamps need to be replaced. It’ll tell you how long the machine’s been running. We recommend replacing the lamps after about 4,000 hours of run time. So yes they will stay lit for 10,000 hours or more, but they gradually lose their power over time. And when you’re dealing with moderate to severe odors, you’re looking to get jobs done quickly and knock those things out, you’ll start to notice it’s not as strong as it used to be once the hits around that 4,000 hour mark. That’s the best time to replace them. Watch our cleaning and maintenance video, and we can show you an easy way to pull out the chamber, replace the lamps. Easy to do.
Choosing the Machine’s Strength
[05:38] Next to that, we have the switch that controls how many lamps are running at a time, so it could be one, two, three, or four lamps. Almost all projects you want the machine as strong as it can be, that’s obviously on four lamps, that’s going to give you the most power. However, if you want to taper down the strength of it, lower the amount of ozone that’s being produced, lower the amount of radicals being produced, so let’s say you’re small confined occupied areas you can have the gauge of one, two, three, or four lamps.
Operational and Safety Guidelines
[06:04] We have operational and safety guidelines in our manual, in our laminated forms, so use those as a gauge. But there is a small amount of ozone that comes out of the machine we always like to follow OSHA limits and make sure everyone’s being careful and checking out for that so that gives you the ability when you control the lamps.
[06:22] Below that you can see we have two GFCI Outlets built into the machine which lets you daisy chain either other Airbotx machines or other type of equipment you want to run. This machine draws just under five amps so it gives you plenty of extra amperage to use, so that’s where the daisy chain can come in handy. The handle can go back down. The machine like I said could be horizontal or vertical.
Conclusion[06:44] And that’s it that’s the basic operation of the machine. We will have more operational tips and variables to consider to be more successful on projects, so check out those videos. Thanks for joining us we hope that helped.
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