X-Splash:
Winter Care for your Wash Bay

Written on 4 February 2020

During the winter, it gets cold and the X-Splash does need a little more TLC to ensure it is all running efficiently through this season. We’ve written five checks for you to do when the cold really hits!

• It is recommended that the X Splash system is always connected to the 230v power supply, even overnight, this will prevent any rain water filling the waste collection tray at the rear or side of the wash area and causing it to overflow. If the system does become over filled, water will overflow from the cleanest section of the separator tank, the recycled water section.
• The mains water supply to the X Splash system can be turned off overnight and the connecting hose pipe coiled up and stored inside to prevent it freezing if the temperature is forecast to be low, any mains water supply pipes that are permanently fixed should be insulated to prevent freezing.
• If the temperature is forecast to be low, we would recommend that the tap on the water feed to the final filter be turned off. The Pedrolo pump should be switched off using the surface mounted button on the front of the pump and the drain tap below the Pedrolo pump be opened to allow an amount of water to drain out of the filter and the Pump. This will prevent damage to the final filter glass and the Pedrolo pump chamber, should the weather turn to freezing.
• When setting up the system in the morning, reconnect the mains water supply, open the tap on the water feed to the final filter and after water starts to flow through the drain tap under the Pedrolo pump, close the drain tap and turn on the pump using the surface mounted button on the front, you may need to bleed the Pedrolo pump at this point.
• There is no need to drain the X Splash separator tanks, if the surface of the water in the waste collection tray or the separator tanks becomes frozen, simply crack up the surface of the ice in the tray and the tank, this will allow the flow of fluid through the system as normal, allowing the broken ice to defrost as the system is operated.


 

Why is cleaning
your equipment important?

Written on 5 December 2019

When plant and machinery come back from hire, cleaning them is one of those chores we’d rather avoid. However, cleaning your equipment, whether it is a small attachment or a large digger, can ensure that when it is next used (whether that is in a week or a month) it is in good condition for the next operator. I can hear the groans of the people who have drawn short straw, but cleaning your equipment is a very important job, and can save time for the future and reduce all kinds of risks.

Before we start, there are a few pointers to acknowledge before cleaning your equipment:
1) Check whether the equipment needs servicing by a professional;
2) Follow the instructions from the manufacturer;
3) Make sure the maintenance staff are fully informed and fully equipped;
4) Take your time.

Staying on top of cleaning your equipment, especially for large machinery, can raise any problems that may have gone unnoticed. Checking for signs of wear, corrosives, vibrations or shock damage can reduce the risk of breakdowns on site, improving productivity, safety and ensuring no emergency calls need to be made. However, cleaning your equipment also significantly reduce residual mud and dirt which is taken from site to site with the machinery, presenting as a contamination threat. Similarly, seals and filters should be checked to make sure that they are in good condition. It is equally important to top up any fluids that are low, and to reserve regular servicing times between hires, to ensure that the job is not rushed, and further reduce the risk of any breakdowns.

When the machinery is not in use, it should ideally be kept in a shed or adequate shelter from harsh weather conditions, winter or summer, which can lead to rust. Cleaning your equipment before putting it away for a rest makes sure that mud doesn’t dry and clog up parts, which can make it difficult to drive and use, reducing the efficiency of the machinery later on.

Commonly, plant and machinery are used throughout the year, so cleaning should take place all year-round. Having a record of when machinery was cleaned and serviced, and when checks were carried out can also help for future hires: for example, if a digger was damaged, a log of this will help the next operator and improve their safety.

So, cleaning your equipment is important and needs to be done! It will save time, reduces risks, improves productivity and keeps your plant and machinery intact!


 

Looking after
your X-Splash Wash Bay

Written on 3 January 2020

The X-Splash may look after your equipment, keeping it at the highest efficiency by removing all dirt, mud and contaminates. However, it is also really important for the X-Splash to be looked after too!

Cleaning your X-Splash should be done at least once per year and ordering genuine spare parts and service kits will keep it clean and ready to go!

Here are 5 steps to keeping your X-Splash squeaky clean:
- Regular maintenance involves putting 1 x 20g chlorine tablet into the chlorine float in the final section of the recycled water tanks;
- Wash the solids off the base of the X-Splash along to the collection tanks;
- Remove mud and dirt from the collection tanks at the back of the X-Splash, (dependent on the amount of mud cleaned off). We recommend doing this little and often, rather than waiting until the tanks are full of mud, which can ruin the flow the water. The final filter plate should also be cleaned before the suction point whilst this is being done.
- Inspect and clean the filter mats in the recycled water chambers, and replace the final filter – dependent on amount of solids – once per year;
- Finally, dependent on the amount of solids going through the system, fully drain and refill the X-Splash once per year.


X-Splash Winter Checks

Written on 22 Novenber 2019

During the winter, it gets cold and the X-Splash does need a little more TLC to ensure it is all running efficiently through this season.

It is recommended that the X Splash system is always connected to the 230v power supply, even overnight, this will prevent any rain water filling the waste collection tray at the rear or side of the wash area and causing it to overflow. If the system does become over filled, water will overflow from the cleanest section of the separator tank, the recycled water section.

The mains water supply to the X Splash system can be turned off overnight and the connecting hose pipe coiled up and stored inside to prevent it freezing if the temperature is forecast to be low, any mains water supply pipes that are permanently fixed should be insulated to prevent freezing.

If the temperature is forecast to be low, we would recommend that the tap on the water feed to the final filter be turned off. The Pedrollo pump should be switched off using the surface mounted button on the front of the pump and the drain tap below the Pedrolo pump be opened to allow an amount of water to drain out of the filter and the Pump. This will prevent damage to the final filter glass and the Pedrolo pump chamber, should the weather turn to freezing.

When setting up the system in the morning, reconnect the mains water supply, open the tap on the water feed to the final filter and after water starts to flow through the drain tap under the Pedrolo pump, close the drain tap and turn on the pump using the surface mounted button on the front, you may need to bleed the Pedrolo pump at this point.

There is no need to drain the X Splash separator tanks, if the surface of the water in the waste collection tray or the separator tanks becomes frozen, simply crack up the surface of the ice in the tray and the tank, this will allow the flow of fluid through the system as normal, allowing the broken ice to defrost as the system is operated.

 


X-Splash Q&A

Written on 30 August 2019

- How often does it need to be cleaned out?
A. That would depend on how often the X Splash is used and how much Hydro-carbons and solid waste is washed off the equipment that is cleaned on the washdown area, the more often they system is used and the higher the amount of contaminated waste intercepted by the system, the more often they system will need cleaning, our motto is “Little and often” rather that waiting until the system is at capacity and then cleaning it out. If the system is being used infrequently, we would still recommend a clean and service at least once every 12 months.]

- What happens to the water in winter?
A. We recommend that the X Splash system is partially drained using the drain tap underneath the main pressure pump, at the end of each working day, when the weather suggests there may be frost overnight, this will prevent any damage to the pump or filter.

- What size X-Splash should I get?
A. That would depend on the largest piece of equipment you would like to clean in the system, the most popular X Splash 2 has a wash area of 3 x 3 metres and a maximum weight capacity of 5 Tons, this is suitable for most small plant & tool hire operations, larger wash areas are available if required.

- Can I put it inside my premises?
A. The X Splash system can be used inside buildings as they are completely self-contained and require no discharge facilities.

- Do I need an interceptor tank?
A. An interceptor Tank is not required, as in normal operation the only overflow from the system would be recycled water, which would be free from Solids and Hydro-Carbon contamination. .