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Calibration of pest & weed control sprayers and equipment is critical to safety and proper results. Detailed procedures for calibrating all types of sprayers and equipment is described in detail.

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Spray equipment calibration pest & weed

  1. 1. Equipment Calibration (Guessing is NOT a Strategy)Andrew Greess Our Equipment. Your Success.NPMA SW ConferenceAlbuquerque, NM www.QSpray.comJanuary 2011
  2. 2. Before We Start: - Share experiences - Ask Questions Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  3. 3. Calibration Outline: - Equipment to be Calibrated - Why Calibrate? - Calibration Caveats - Factors affecting Calibration - Tools Required - Examples Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  4. 4. Calibration Examples:- Per Minute Application Power Sprayer Pest Control B&G/Backpack Pest Control Fogger/Actisol Pest Control Dusters Pest Control
  5. 5. Calibration Examples:- Per Minute Application Power Sprayer Pest Control B&G/Backpack Pest Control Fogger/Actisol Pest Control Dusters Pest Control- Per Acre Application Granulators Pest Control Power Sprayer Weed Control Boom Sprayer Weed Control Backpack Weed Control
  6. 6. Why Calibrate? Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  7. 7. Why Calibrate? - Control Chemical Costs Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  8. 8. Why Calibrate? - Control Chemical Costs - Proper Results Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  9. 9. Why Calibrate? - Control Chemical Costs - Proper Results - Safety Risks Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  10. 10. Why Calibrate? - Control Chemical Costs - Proper Results - Safety Risks - Liability Risks Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  11. 11. Why Calibrate? - Control Chemical Costs - Proper Results - Safety Risks - Liability Risks - Label/Regulatory Compliance Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  12. 12. Calibration Caveats: - Your calibration if valid only for a specific piece of equipment, settings & conditions. Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  13. 13. Calibration Caveats: - Your calibration if valid only for a specific piece of equipment, settings & conditions. - If settings or conditions change, RECALIBRATE! Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  14. 14. Calibration Caveats: - Your calibration if valid only for a specific piece of equipment, settings & conditions. - If settings or conditions change, RECALIBRATE! - Just because you calibrated 6 months ago, doesn’t mean you know what is going on today. Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  15. 15. Calibration Caveats: - Your calibration if valid only for a specific piece of equipment, settings & conditions. - If settings or conditions change, RECALIBRATE! - Just because you calibrated 6 months ago, doesn’t mean you know what is going on today. - If your mix rate or application techniques are off, calibration doesn’t matter. Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  16. 16. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  17. 17. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  18. 18. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure - Equipment Age & Wear Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  19. 19. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure - Equipment Age & Wear - Hoses & Fittings Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  20. 20. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure - Equipment Age & Wear - Hoses & Fittings - Spray Tips Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  21. 21. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure - Equipment Age & Wear - Hoses & Fittings - Spray Tips - Equipment Settings, e.g., Agitation Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  22. 22. Factors Affecting Calibration: - Engine Speed - Pump Settings/Pressure If anything changes, - Equipment Age & Wear RECALIBRATE! - Hoses & Fittings - Spray Tips - Equipment Settings, e.g., Agitation Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  23. 23. Tools You Need for Calibration: Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  24. 24. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  25. 25. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) X Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  26. 26. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) - Measuring Device – with appropriate calibration Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  27. 27. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) - Measuring Device – with appropriate calibration - Receptacle (to catch water/material) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  28. 28. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) - Measuring Device – with appropriate calibration - Receptacle (to catch water/material) - Water Source Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  29. 29. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) - Measuring Device – with appropriate calibration - Receptacle (to catch water/material) - Water Source - Stop Watch (second hand) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  30. 30. Tools You Need for Calibration: - The Equipment being calibrated - Appropriate work place (not in client’s driveway) - Measuring Device – with appropriate calibration - Receptacle (to catch water/material) - Water Source - Stop Watch (second hand) Our Equipment. Your Success. - Paper, Pencil, Calculator www.QSpray.com
  31. 31. Calibration Examples:
  32. 32. Calibration Examples:- Per Minute Application Power Sprayer Pest Control B&G/Backpack Pest Control Fogger/Actisol Pest Control Dusters Pest Control- Per Acre Application Granulators Pest Control Power Sprayer Weed Control Boom Sprayer Weed Control Backpack Weed Control
  33. 33. MathAhead Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  34. 34. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  35. 35. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  36. 36. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  37. 37. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water - Find the right size catch bucket Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  38. 38. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water - Find the right size catch bucket - Set the sprayer EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  39. 39. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water - Find the right size catch bucket - Set the sprayer EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Fill a bucket for exactly 1 minute Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  40. 40. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water - Find the right size catch bucket - Set the sprayer EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Fill a bucket for exactly 1 minute - Measure the water Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  41. 41. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Minute (GPM) - Easier with 2 people - Fill spray tank with clean water - Find the right size catch bucket - Set the sprayer EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Fill a bucket for exactly 1 minute - Measure the water - Repeat & confirm Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  42. 42. Calibration Examples:Manual Sprayer (B&G, Backpack) – Determine GPM Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  43. 43. Calibration Examples:Manual Sprayer (B&G, Backpack) – Determine GPM - Fill tank with water - Find the right size catch bucket - Pump & spray EXACTLY how you will be using the sprayer - Fill a bucket for exactly 1 minute - Measure the water - Repeat & confirm Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  44. 44. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Determine GPM Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  45. 45. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Determine GPM 2 Methods: - Measure the liquid - Weigh the liquid Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  46. 46. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Determine GPM 2 Methods: - Measure the liquid - Weigh the liquid - Don’t recommend using water
  47. 47. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Measure the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  48. 48. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Measure the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank - Set the unit EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Operate sprayer for exactly 1 minute Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  49. 49. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Measure the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank - Set the unit EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Operate sprayer for exactly 1 minute - Pour remaining liquid into measuring device - Calculate liquid used - Repeat & confirm
  50. 50. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Weigh the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Weigh the empty unit Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  51. 51. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Weigh the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Weigh the empty unit - Weigh a precise amount of liquid, e.g., 16 oz. - Put the liquid in the tank Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  52. 52. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Weigh the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Weigh the empty unit - Weigh a precise amount of liquid, e.g., 16 oz. - Put the liquid in the tank - Set the unit EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Operate sprayer for exactly 1 minute Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  53. 53. Calibration Examples:Foggers/Actisol Sprayers – Weigh the Liquid - Start with an empty tank - Weigh the empty unit - Weigh a precise amount of liquid, e.g., 16 oz. - Put the liquid in the tank - Set the unit EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Operate sprayer for exactly 1 minute - Weigh the unit - Calculate liquid used - Repeat & confirm Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  54. 54. Calibration Examples:Electric Dusters – Determine Pounds per Minute Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  55. 55. Calibration Examples:Electric Dusters – Determine Pounds per Minute Same as Foggers - Weigh empty unit - Weigh dust - Use unit for exact time period - Re-weigh unit to determine usage Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  56. 56. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  57. 57. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre1. I do not believe you can get an accurate calibration while walking around a home applying granules Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  58. 58. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre1. I do not believe you can get an accurate calibration while walking around a home applying granules2. Do not recommend relying on unit specs (speed, granule size, unit wear) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  59. 59. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre1. I do not believe you can get an accurate calibration while walking around a home applying granules2. Do not recommend relying on unit specs (speed, granule size, unit wear)3. Determine square footage then put down the correct amount of granules Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  60. 60. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre - Weigh the granulator when empty - Fill the granulator - Weigh the full granulator - Subtract the weight of the granulator to get the weight of granules the device can hold Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  61. 61. Calibration Examples:Granulators – Determine Pounds per Acre - At the Property, determine the square footage to be treated - E.G., 50’ x 50’ Home (50+50+50+50=200’ perimeter) - 200’ perimeter x 10’ wide band = 2000 square feet - Talstar Granules, 3 lbs/1000 sq ft (read label) - Need to apply 6 lbs around this house Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  62. 62. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Acre (GPA) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  63. 63. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Acre (GPA) - Fill tank with water (e.g., exactly 50 gallons) - Find a suitable test area (asphalt or concrete) - Measure out a test plot (e.g., 100’ x 40’, 4000 sq ft) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  64. 64. Calibration Examples:Power Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Acre (GPA) - Fill tank with water (e.g., exactly 50 gallons) - Find a suitable test area (asphalt or concrete) - Measure out a test plot (e.g., 100 x 40, 4000 sq ft) - Set the sprayer EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Spray the test plot - Determine how many gallons were used, e.g. 15 gallons Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  65. 65. Calibration Examples: - THE MATHExample: We used 15 gallons on 4000 square feet.How many gallons do we need per acre? Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  66. 66. Calibration Examples: - THE MATHExample: We used 15 gallons on 4000 square feet.How many gallons do we need per acre?15 gallons = X gallons4000 sq ft 40,000 sq ft (1 acre) Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  67. 67. Calibration Examples: - THE MATHExample: We used 15 gallons on 4000 square feet.How many gallons do we need per acre?15 gallons = X gallons4000 sq ft 40,000 sq ft (1 acre)X = 150 gallonsUse this to calculate tank mix rate Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  68. 68. Calibration Examples:Backpack Sprayers – Determine GPA - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank - Layout a test plot, e.g., 50’ x 20’ Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  69. 69. Calibration Examples:Backpack Sprayers – Determine GPA - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank - Layout a test plot, e.g., 50’ x 20’ - Set the sprayer & pump EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Spray the test plot Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  70. 70. Calibration Examples:Backpack Sprayers – Determine GPA - Measure a precise amount of liquid - Put the liquid in the tank - Layout a test plot, e.g., 50’ x 20’ - Set the sprayer & pump EXACTLY (speed, gun, tip, etc.) - Spray the test plot - Pour remaining liquid into measuring device - Calculate liquid used - Calculate GPA - Use GPA to calculate tank mix rate
  71. 71. Calibration Examples: - THE MATHExample: We used 2 gallons on 1000 square feet.Label Rate = 4 oz/1000 square feetUse 4 oz in 2 gallons or 8 oz in a 4 gallon backpack Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  72. 72. Calibration Examples:Boom Sprayer – Determine Gallons per Acre (GPA) - Herbicide Applications - Separate Training Class - Lots of Methods Ground Speed Stationery Volume 1/128 Method - Links at Qspray.com Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  73. 73. Calibration – The Easy Way Digital Flow Meters Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  74. 74. Calibration Keys:- Calibration can be critical to your success- Calibration is for specific equipment, settings & conditions- If anything changes or time passes, recalibrate- Calibration is one piece of the pie (mix rate, technique, etc.)- If you don’t know how, ask for help Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com
  75. 75. More Info on Spray Equipment:Cheat Sheets: www.Qspray.com/termitesPest Management Magazine articles www.SprayEquipmentBlog.com follow on Twitter & FB: Andrew Greess Contact: info @ qspray.com or (800) 675-7485Call us when you need sprayers/parts/advice Our Equipment. Your Success. www.QSpray.com

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