Understanding The Warranties With Purchase

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When purchasing a new product for your car wash, you should keep up-to-date with your warranty. After all, not everything lasts forever and anything can go wrong at any time. We are not saying that your product is defective but to stay on the safe side in case something happens. A weld seam could crack, a sewing stick could break and other unpredictable factory defects that may occur. These are just some examples a warranty could cover, though the terms may vary in other companies.
Some people purchase a lifetime or limited warranty and they think they’re automatically protected from any damage that may occur on their dryer equipment. A merchant or manufacturer may choose to void the terms of a warranty for certain reasons. A real-life example of this circumstance is when the installer does not follow the installation manual and a motor single-phase burnout occurs. This is just one of the common reasons a warranty can get invalidated. When purchasing a warranty, you need to be aware of other common reasons it can get voided.

Warranty Period Expired

Be aware of time sensitive warranties! You would be surprised how many people forget to check on its expiration date. Although this may seem like an easy thing to remember, we’ve had customers that forget their warranty expired in 1 year rather than 2. Always read and fully understand the terms of your warranty no matter which car wash equipment or system you purchase.

Damage May Not Be Covered Under the Terms of Warranty

It is completely up to the company on what defects the warranty can cover. For Proto-Vest, the product is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase, except for electric motors which are covered by its motor manufacturer’s warranty. We don’t cover our product subjected to misuse, abuse, incorrect installation and accidental damage. Although these are common terms most companies follow, other businesses may operate differently.

Improper Installation

This is a common mistake people make when they are installing their dryer, wash system and/or other equipment. Some installers make their own alterations to the product that negatively affect its performance. Painting the whole sensor a different color or using a plastic wire nut to wire up a motor are some examples of improper installation.

Lack of Proper Maintenance

When you don’t clean a sensor or maintain a motor properly, your system or equipment can easily malfunction. If the policy states somewhere that improper care and maintenance will void the warranty or that it’s not included, the claim will get denied.

Overall, it’s very important to inform your customers of your company’s policies in repairs and warranty on the product. It is an essential part of not only establishing a trusting relationship with your customer but also building your own company’s reputation. You don’t want customers reporting you as a rip-off or telling false stories that may hurt your business. Make sure to fill out all warranty forms, inspection check-lists and other documentations that goes with the purchase. Our team believes in educating our customers and providing the best service that we can to make sure there are no misunderstandings. We want you to have the best experience with our product and our team as well!

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RARE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A DRYER

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Car wash manufacturing businesses have made it very clear that they can provide the most efficient drying results for your car wash.  Other than saving you money with low horsepower motors and producing low cost operations, there are other benefits to owning a proficient, high performance dryer that people don’t know exist.

Reducing Labor Costs

Some car wash businesses use employees to towel dry the whole vehicle.  Why would you need 5 or 6 labors to dry the whole vehicle when you can invest in a drying machine that strips most of the water off the surface? It is impossible for any dryer in the world to strip 100% of the water off the vehicle surface.  No matter which dryer you purchase, there will always be water present in hard-to-reach areas, like your side mirrors, bumper and tires.  However, investing in a strong drying system can reduce labor costs by removing most of the fluids so that you don’t have to rely on as much labor.  With a proficient drying system, you can rely on it to do most of the work and have 2 employees instead of 6 of them drying those hard to reach areas.  You can still have those other employees perform other duties in the business.

Advantages of Centrifugal Fans

So what else gives a dryer its power? The type of fans play an important role in the functioning of a motor.  Unlike the vane axial fans that distributes air in different directions and in a constant mass, other dryers use centrifugal fans that move a relatively constant volume of air.  These fans use the kinetic energy of the rotating impellers to move the air against the resistance and also increase the speed and volume of an air stream.  The more the system utilizes its air flow, the less energy it takes to run the dryer.  A drying system’s performance and energy efficiency are directly related.  The more effectively a system uses its air flow, the less energy is needed to run the dryer. When a system requires more horsepower, it requires more energy and additional operational costs.  Proto-Vest is one of the companies that uses centrifugal fans in their drying system, combined with patented gussets in their air deployment bags to disperse strong air flow facing in one direction.

Adaptable Dryers that Finish the Job

It’s a bonus to purchase a finishing dryer that can strip the water off the sides of a vehicle, especially one that can adapt any blower to it! Proto-Vest has a dryer that can meet these expectations called the Diablos.  The Diablo is a retrofit for existing blower/motors that is designed as a side dryer application.  It is a compact design for short tunnels as well as a perfect finishing dryer for high volume applications.  These come in handy with car wash businesses that use multiple overhead dryers in their tunnel.

Nowadays, it’s very easy to say that your dryer is energy efficient and that it works.  You might choose multiple dryers that uses 10-hp motors or a drying system with individual nozzles.  A dryer may not dry a vehicle 100% but it is best to invest in a drying system that will help you reduce labor costs, utilize its air flow and finish the job, putting a smile on the customer’s face when they leave the tunnel!

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Cleaning Sensors and Maintenance

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A drying system is considered by many people to be one of the vital parts of any successful car wash business.  Despite these and other challenges, good maintenance and housekeeping procedures help operators minimize or prevent operational issues with their equipment.  The idea of cleaning the sensor in your car wash equipment fills many people with dread. It may seem difficult or complicated but it is actually much more straightforward than you may think. Here are some steps to take to avoid damaging your sensor in need of vital and expensive repairs.

First important step is to make sure your control box is turned off.  Never try to clean a sensor while your machine is on! Check for damage to sensor face for dirt and residue.  Scrub off the dirt and residue on the transceivers with a soft bristle brush and mild detergent and water solution.  Sensors are prone to damage from pressure washing, use of chemicals and high pressure water used directly on the sensors.  It is recommended to avoid applying these techniques to your sensors.  If you find hard deposit, try removing it without damaging the paint on your sensors.   In Proto-Vest sensors, if there are dents or peeled off paint, it is recommended to replace the sensor.  Don’t discard your old sensors! Send them to proto-vest for testing and evaluation. In most cases the sensor can be repaired. It is also recommended to clean the sensor face with a soft, wet cloth.  Always install new sensors with a sensor grommet in place over the sensor cable to prevent moisture and dirt from getting inside your sensor.  It is simple and effective maintenance tip on how to prevent buildup and corrosion on your sensors.

It is highly recommended to keep up with the maintenance of sensors in either your wash or dryer system.  The more you take care of them, the less you have to worry about repair costs!

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Noise control – facts and ways to handle it

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Why do we need to control noise in our environment?

Handling noise control can be quite the challenge! The last thing a car wash owner and operator wants to deal with are complaints from people of their noisy car wash business. They have this issue because most modern dryers do not automatically come with sound suppression, as it is a costly upgrade to manufacture for each model of dryer. We strongly encourage these owners and operators to explore sound suppression technology and equipment for many reasons.

Dryers without some type of sound suppression are at risk with regulatory agencies in particular OSHA. OSHA has some of the strictest compliance regulations when it comes to protecting the employees that work near and/or around the system to protecting the neighbors around the environment. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in fines and fees and/or closing the facility until all noise ordinances are met.

That is why the Proto-Vest “Silencer Package” was developed to enable our dryers to meet OSHA, federal, state, and local noise reduction standards. Proto-Vest offers After Market Silencer Packages for all of our dryers both old and new. When purchasing new dryer equipment would be to request engineering specifications listing the decibel levels both before and after silencing equipment has been installed.

The OSHA permissible noise exposure is 85db for an 8 hour shift. By reducing noise levels into the 70db to 80db range, you can be assured of a more pleasant and safer environment for both your employees and customers. The Silencer Package reduces decibel levels on Proto-Vest on an average of 10 decibels making them approximately 10 times quitter than the un-silenced models! Proto-Vest and its engineering protocols allows our manufacturing process to minimize the cost to suppress our dryers as we are the only manufacturer in North America that has patents on our design/engineering whereas we are considered the ‘Quietest’ dryer in the industry without the added sound suppression silence models.

We know that being a car wash owner and/or operator is not an easy job but it is important to make sure that you have an ergonomic sound environment that meets OSHA standards ensuring for a better working conditions for the employees in and around the facility. Researching and planning your additional equipment purchases will maximize productivity and give everyone a more stress-free and safer environment. That is why we do our best to provide you the Proto-Vest silencer package to ensure that your dryer is not only as energy efficient as it can be, but also delivers the best experience in suppressing noise for your customers and surrounding community.


Winterize your car wash dryer today!

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Winterize Your Dryer While There is Still Time

It is that time of the year again to winterize and prepare for the challenges of avoiding costly downtime during the winter season! Car wash owners should enter the cold months with a good sense of preparation and readiness for anything that could go wrong with their dryer system.  After all, the cold and icy weather can do some damage, whether it is from a huge drop in temperature or an icy snow storm that can slow down your business.  No matter what type of dryer system you own, car wash owners and operators should follow the best winterization practices that can help them prepare for the brutal winter weather.

Prepare a Checklist

Start a maintenance checklist while the weather is still in good condition.  You want to give yourself enough time to order any parts or equipment that you may need so that everything gets shipped on time.  When creating your checklist, keep in mind of the car wash drying system, equipment and area that needs to be cleaned, including the tunnel, floors, pits and walls.  The more you prepare yourself with a checklist, the better chance of ensuring a proper operation without any downtime or lost income due to paying high repair and replacement costs.

 

Follow Maintenance Procedures

Before attempting any of the following recommended maintenance procedures be sure you are wearing appropriate PPE (personal protection equipment).  To secure your safety, you may want to ensure that electrical power is disconnected (use lockout/tagout procedures) to the equipment you are handling.  There is nothing more important than following safety rules while working with electrical equipment.  It’s always good to turn the power off before plugging in or unplugging any piece of electrical equipment.

 

Mounting Inspection

While cleaning the floors, inspect the dryer’s mounting components.  Car wash floors slope toward the pit drains so most equipment has to be leveled when installed.  Inspect the mounting plates, shims, bolts and nuts for dirt and corrosion and tighten bolts to factory specs.  You should also look for welds and seams in the dryer’s air handling components for cracks.  Sometimes dark streaks will appear on the metal if air is leaking from a cracked weld or loosened component.

 

Internal Drying System Inspection

Inspect the air intake routes to your drying system.  With electrical power disconnected, inlet screens should be removed and any debris carefully cleaned out.  Inspect your impellers for missing balance weights, damage to the blades, corrosion, debris and grime build up as well.  These issues can cause balance issues with impellers.  Noise and vibration are indicators of an out-of-balance impeller.  If not addressed as soon as possible you will experience a catastrophic failure of the impeller, which may damage the associated motor, nearby equipment, possibly your customers’ vehicles. Ensure that inlet screens are securely replaced.  Use only manufacturer designed screens or covers; restricting the airflow to your dryer decreases efficiency, raises energy costs and can damage the motor.

 

Motor Inspection and Cleaning

Motors should be inspected, cleaned and greased.  If the motor is making a whining or grinding sound be sure to inspect the motor bearings.  Inspect the wiring connections for corrosion or loose wires.  Have repairs done by a qualified electrical contractor.  Inspect the motor’s cooling fan cover.  The inlet and cooling fan should be cleaned of wax and grime build up.  Use the manufacturer’s recommended amount and type of grease for lubrication.  Refer to the manufacturer’s maintenance manual for this information.

 

Check and Clean Other Components

If your drying system has cloth components, nozzles or any other feature that touches the car be sure that those are regularly cleaned of wax and soap build up per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  If your blower has any type of inlet flow control system the following components will need your attention.  Inspect air hoses and valve for cracks and leaks.  Moisture separators should be inspected and drained daily.  Oil reservoirs filled and any gates or other components in the airflow pathway should be cleaned.  Refer to your manufacturer’s maintenance manual for the required procedures.

 

Research Equipment that’s Beneficial for Cold Weather

Car wash operators may find it beneficial to add heat to their car wash operations during extreme cold conditions with equipment such as a tunnel heater. The primary advantage of a tunnel heater is preventing frozen water pipes and ice buildup on the car wash equipment.  Adding heat to air already moving through the drying system can reduce the need for secondary heating systems in the tunnel thus allowing for energy savings and less downtime.

Although winter time usually results in an increase in business it also brings additional challenges in the form of ice, salt-coated cars and increased energy consumption.  Why wait until the very last minute for proper maintenance and housekeeping procedures when you can minimize and prevent operational issues now?  Now is the time to winterize!  A 20 degree day with cars lined up to the street is not the time you want to be replacing car wash components.  Now is the time to order replacement parts and get your equipment in tip top shape!

 


Troubleshooting Drying Systems

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Resolving Issues in Your Drying System

The drying system is considered by many people to be one of the most vital parts of any successful car wash business.  Despite these and other challenges, good maintenance and housekeeping procedures help operators minimize or prevent operational issues with their equipment.  Clean equipment in good repair is the key to avoiding costly downtime during the high volume winter car washing season.  Create a maintenance checklist to help you address all potential issues; while the weather is on your side.  After cleaning all those cars, the equipment in your car wash needs to be cleaned too.  If your tunnel and equipment are dirty, the air being drawn into your drying system will be dirty as well.  Keep the tunnel, floors, pit, walls and equipment cleaned.
While cleaning the floors, inspect the dryer’s mounting components.  Car wash floors slope toward the pit drains so most equipment has to be leveled when installed.  Inspect the mounting plates, shims, bolts and nuts for dirt and corrosion and tighten bolts to factory specs.  Inspect welds and seams in the dryer’s air handling components for cracks.  Sometimes dark streaks will appear on the metal if air is leaking from a cracked weld or loosened component.

Before attempting any of the following recommended maintenance procedures be sure you are wearing appropriate PPE (personal protection equipment) and ensure that electrical power is disconnected (use lockout/tag out procedures) to the equipment you are handling.  Inspect the air intake routes to your drying system.  With electrical power disconnected, inlet screens should be removed and any debris carefully cleaned out.  Inspect your impellors for missing balance weights, damage to the blades, corrosion, debris and grime build up as well.  These issues can cause balance issues with impellors.  Noise and vibration are indicators of an out-of-balance impellor.  If not addressed as soon as possible you will experience a catastrophic failure of the impellor which may damage the associated motor, nearby equipment, possibly your customer’s vehicles or your employees.  Ensure that inlet screens are securely replaced.  Use only manufacturer designed screens or covers; restricting the airflow to your dryer decreases efficiency, raises energy costs and can damage the motor.

Motors should be inspected, cleaned and greased.  If the motor is making a whining or grinding sound be sure to inspect the motor bearings.  Inspect the wiring connections for corrosion or loose wires.  Have repairs done by a qualified electrical contractor.  Inspect the motor’s cooling fan cover.  The inlet and cooling fan should be cleaned of wax and grime build up.  Use the manufacturer’s recommended amount and type of grease for lubrication.  Refer to the manufacturer’s maintenance manual for this information.

If your drying system has cloth components, nozzles or any other feature that touches the car be sure that those are regularly cleaned of wax and soap build up per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  If your blower has any type of inlet flow control system the following components will need your attention.  Inspect air hoses and valve for cracks and leaks.  Moisture separators should be inspected and drained daily.  Oil reservoirs filled and any gates or other components in the airflow pathway should be cleaned.  Refer to your manufacturer’s maintenance manual for the required procedures.

Also on the electrical side of troubleshooting dryers, there are some necessary steps we need to take to make sure your dryer operates smoothly and efficiently.  Before troubleshooting starts, have qualified employee familiar with the electrical/electronic equipment in service.  Qualified employee is the person who knows basic safety precautions while working with electrical equipment. They should have available multi-meter as electrical measurement tool, screw driver and electrical tape.  Also, they should wear grounding strap when touching electronic boards or other components while the power is off.

There are other useful habits to make troubleshooting a success, such as having an installation manual available and following maintenance schedule recommended by manufacturer.  It’s always good to learn and check what the equipment’s ‘normal’ performance is.  The best time for troubleshooting is when equipment still performs, but with less efficiency.  It also doesn’t hurt to memorize the location of circuit breakers, power switches and other disconnect devices.

When you are troubleshooting on the electrical side, there is nothing more important than following safety rules while working with electrical equipment.  Turn the power off before plugging in or unplugging any piece of electrical equipment.  Watch for a smoke or ‘burning’ smell.  If there is one, shut the power off immediately and research the cause of it.  When failure in performance happens, with no smoke or bad smell, reset can be done by turning the power off or pushing the ‘reset’ button.  The better way to find out if the fuse is blown (with no visible signs) is to measure the voltage on both metal terminals.  When full voltage reading is only on one of 2 fuse terminals, fuse is blown.  Don’t worry if you don’t know Ohm’s law.  Ohm himself didn’t know it for a while. Troubleshoot by yourself only when you are sure you know what to do or otherwise, call the manufacturer for assistance.

We at Proto-Vest recognize importance of helping the customer in troubleshooting as soon as possible.  The sooner the customer contacts us, the better results can be achieved.  Successful troubleshooting may only be as a result of mutual effort by customer and manufacturer (product developer).


Proto-Vest, Inc. Opens Custom Design Division

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Custom Design Specialized Drying Units for Trains, Buses, Airplanes and More has been Announced!

December 01, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
GLENDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Proto-Vest, Inc., the newly developed drying manufacturing company, is excited to announce the launch of its new custom design division.

The new development team at Proto-Vest, Inc. will leverage its extensive marketing and sales experience to develop innovative, successful outcomes for organizations focused on improving the quality of their products in the U.S. and around the world.

With 45 years of experience in the car wash industry specializing in industrial drying equipment, Proto-Vest has become a leader in the industry! Setting the standard in noise reduction, energy efficiency, along with customization capabilities, Proto-Vest Inc., applications worldwide include designing and manufacturing systems for motor homes, commuter trains, aviation, ocean vessels, freight liners and buses. With their robust customization division, they are now expanding their services to specialty manufacturing industries such as pharmaceutical/medical device applications, agricultural, aerospace, and automobile manufacturing plants.

About Proto-Vest, Inc.

Proto-Vest’s globally known expertise in the specialty device drying industry, with over 40 patents in design and engineering and several more pending, enables them to offer unique, superior equipment that separates them from the others in exceeding expectations in the industry. Their systems offer fully automated drying applications utilizing integrated processing control devices, solely developed and patented by Proto-Vest Inc. For those end users looking to go green, Proto-Vest’s systems provide the lowest energy consumption and the lowest noise levels in the industry.

Their dedicated, diverse team and staff members’ goal is to maintain and exceed the industry standard by driving innovation, solutions and service for your business! Some of their top named clients include General Motors, Army Corp of Engineers, Mercedes Automotive and Sonny’s.