Airlock Seal Replacement
The purpose of the airlock seal is to trap air and fiber until it rotates 180° to the 6 o’ clock position. At this point, fiber is pushed by air from the blower, out of the chamber. Worn or damaged seals allow air and fiber to escape back into hopper, thus reducing production and coverage. When it is necessary to replace seals, follow these directions:
- Remove the hopper from the base unit.
- Check airlock rotor plates for damage (bent). If damaged, the entire airlock will need to be replaced (refer to airlock replacement below).
- Take out the rubber seal by removing the three plate fastening bolts and top plate.
- Install the new seal. The seal should be inserted tight against the rotor plate, pressing the lower tabs of the seal down under the adjacent seal with a flathead screwdriver. Before tightening the bolts, make sure all bolt holes are aligned while the side of the seal is equally pressed against the end plates. The seal should be bent backwards for counterclockwise rotation.
- Remove the chain guard, chain, and hose from the airlock.
- Lay the machine down and remove the bottom guard bolts (2) that secure the airlock to the machine. Take off electrical connections and unhook the gear motor wires.
- Remove the airlock from the machine.
- Remove the top plate and seal from rotor. Check the seal top plate for wear and/or damage.
- Remove gear motor and bearings from the old airlock.
- Install the gear motor and bearings on the new airlock. Tighten the set screws on the locking collar of bearings.
- Install the seal and top plate. As the seal and top plate are installed, press the bottom tab of the seal under the adjacent with a flathead screwdriver.
- Install the weather stripping on the top outer edge of the airlock.
- Place the airlock back into the machine and reattach with bolts. Reinstall the chain and sprocket.
NOTE: When inserting the airlock back into the machine, make sure the back lip of the airlock slides into the airlock track, then fasten the bolts. Also, make sure the slide gate is in the slide gate track.
NOTE: Make sure the seal and top plate are assembled on the correct side of the rotor plate before assembling in the airlock. The seal should press backward towards the top plate when installed correctly into the airlock chamber. The airlock runs counterclockwise viewing it from the sprocket drive shaft. (Illustration B) Caution: If installed improperly, damage to the seals will result and put undue stress on the agitator motor. This causes overheating and poor production. The seal should be bent backwards to allow for a counterclockwise rotation of the rotor.
General Machine Maintenance
Preventative machine maintenance will add years of life to your insulation equipment.
Keep Your Machine Clean
Most machine problems occur due to poor cleanliness.
- After each use, remove the leftover fiber from the hopper and blow out the hose.
- Underneath the machine should be checked and cleaned out often to remove any fiber or debris accumulation.
- During operation, keep the material from accumulating on the blower filter. Always keep the filter in place while operating the machine. Blower filter life can be extended by occasional removing and blowing through with compressed air. The filter should be checked daily and replaced periodically depending on use.
- Periodically turn the machine on its side and vacuum any material that has accumulated around the blower motor. Blow out any remaining debris around the motor and intake orifice of the fan with compressed air. This will extend the life of the blower significantly.
Keep Foreign Objects From Falling into the Hopper
This is absolutely critical to prevent