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User’s Guide


 Ionized Air Gun 980/980E     


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1. General Description ...................................................................................... 3

2. Performance .................................................................................................. 3

3. Power Requirements ..................................................................................... 3

4. Air Supply Requirements ............................................................................. 4

5. Installation .................................................................................................... 4

6. Assembling the Components ........................................................................ 5

7. Operation ...................................................................................................... 6

8. Maintenance ................................................................................................. 7

9. Specifications ............................................................................................. 10


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1.0 General Description

The 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980/980E provides efficient static charge 

neutralization by effectively removing particle contamination even on some 
of the most static-sensitive products. The Ionized Air Gun 980 operates from 
120VAC power, and the Ionized Air Gun 980E from 230VAC power. 


references to model 980 throughout this user’s guide pertain to both of the 

models, unless otherwise noted. 

Proprietary technology provides constantly balanced ionization for consistent 
control of surface charges. The Ionized Air Gun 980 virtually never needs 
adjustment and requires very little maintenance.

Compact and lightweight, the console for the Ionized Air Gun 980 can be 
mounted almost anywhere on the workstation for easy access. It connects to 
asupply of clean, dry air or nitrogen, and an internal disposable filter collects 
particles from the air supply. The electrical feed from the console to the Ionized 
Air Gun 980 is incorporated into the light, flexible air hose. The Ionized Air Gun 
980 itself is very lightweight and ergonomically designed for long-term user 
comfort and efficient operation. The console, Ionized Air Gun 980, and air hose 
are all designed to be static-dissipative and ESD-safe. 

2.0 Performance

The Ionized Air Gun 980 helps reduce a static charge of ± 1000V to ± 100V 
in less than 1 second at a distance of 6 inches (15 cm) and 30 psi (2 bars) 
inlet pressure when tested in accordance with the ESD Association ionization 
standard ANSI/ESD-S3.1. Balance variance is within ± 70 volts of zero at a 
distance of 6 inches (15 cm).

3.0 Power Requirements

The Ionized Air Gun 980 console requires 24VAC power, which is provided by 
the transformer supplied with the unit. An 120AC transformer is supplied with 
the Ionized Air Gun 980, and 230VAC unit is supplied with the Ionized Air Gun 


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4.0 Air Supply Requirements 

For maximized operation, the 3M


Ionized Air Gun 980 should be supplied with 

clean, dry air, or nitrogen. 

Please note that the failure to use clean, dry air or nitrogen may result in 

damage to the Ionized Air Gun 980 that will not be covered by warranty.

5.0 Installation

Choose a location convenient to the work 
area and to the air supply. The console
takes up very little space and is 
adaptable to a variety of permanent or 
nonpermanent installations. To minimize 
bends in the air Ionized Air Gun 980 
hose, orient the console so that the open 
end that accepts the filtered air hose to 
the hand unit points toward the work area, 
and the male connector points toward the 
air supply. See Figure 1.

5.1 Mounting the Console

Prior to mounting, plug the end of the 10 foot (3 m) RJ-11 cable from the power 
supply into the jack on the back of the console. Lay the cable inside the groove 
inside the console. Mount the console using the instructions below.

5.2 Permanent Mounting

•  Attach the supplied mounting plate to the threaded holes on the back of the 

console, using the supplied screws. See Figure 1. 

•  Attach the plate to a flat surface, such as a wall or back of a workbench, using 

suitable screws and fasteners. When mounting to a hollow wall, be sure to use 
adequate screws and wall anchors to ensure stability of installation.

Figure 1


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5.3 Non-permanent Mounting

Use 3M

 Dual Lock Fastener Strips or pads to attach the console to a flat 


5.4 Mounting onto an Air Supply

When an air supply is close to the work area and fitted with a U.S.- standard 
industrial interchange quick coupling, you can attach the console to the air 
supply fitting directly using the female quick coupler provided with the console. 
If a U.S.-standard industrial interchange quick change is not available on the 
air supply, be sure to use a suitable interconnect between the air supply and the 
console, including a prefilter as defined in Section 4.0.

6.0 Assembling the Components

6.1  Insert the larger end of the filter cartridge into 

the fitting at the end of the flexible air hose. 
Push the filter gently until it is firmly seated 
and the metal Filter Release Tab pops out, 
locking the filter into place. See Figure 2.

6.2  Connect the hose and filter to the console. 

First, push the Filter Release Button (Figure 
3) in all the way. Then, push the fitting 
containing the filter all the way into the 


opening in the console until it latches with 
a click. The fitting fits only in the correct 
orientation. The small plastic fitting on the 
end of the filter must align with the metal 
guide coupling in the console. You may have 
to wiggle the filter slightly while inserting it. 
See Figure 3.


Protect the hose from sharp objects, abrasion, and high temperatures. Do not pull or pinch the hose 
while assembling the components.

Figure 2

Figure 3


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6.3  Connect the male (air inlet) fitting on the console to the air supply. The 

console is designed for a U.S.-standard, industrial interchange quick 
coupling. You can attach the console directly to the air supply using the 
female quick coupler provided with the console, or attach it using a hose 
(not supplied) or some other interconnect. In both cases, use a prefilter as 
defined in 4.0. 

7.0 Operation 

7.1  Make sure the Power Switch on the top of the console is in the OFF 

position. Insert the power cord to the transformer into a properly grounded 
120VAC (for Ionized Air Gun 980) or 230VAC (for Ionized Air Gun 
980E) receptacle. Use only the correct transformer, as use of an incorrect 
wall transformer may result in damage to the unit. Doing so will void the 
warranty. Refer to Section 3.0 for additional information.

7.2  Secure the power cord so that it cannot accidentally pull the console and 

Ionized Air Gun 980 off the workbench.

7.3  For safety and the most efficient ionization, set the pressure regulator on 

your air or nitrogen supply between 20-65 psi (1.4 - 4.5 bars). Discharge 
times vary depending on air pressure. 




Pressures of 30-40 psi (2.0-2.8 bars) are commonly used for decontaminating surfaces. 

Please refer to the pertinent regulations concerning maximum air pressure on hand-held air 
blow devices in order to determine a safe operating pressure.


The unit is rated at 65 psi (4.5 bars) inlet pressure, at temperatures up to 
75º F (24º C), and the rating decreases at higher temperatures. When using 
high pressures, consider the ambient room temperature as well as heat from 
surrounding equipment.

7.4  Verify that the Ionized Air Gun 980 trigger is not depressed. Turn the 

power switch on the console to ON. The green LED on the console should 


The 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980/980E is NOT for use in hazardous environments where the possiblity of 

explosion exists.


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7.5  Hold the 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980 approximately 6 inches (15 cm) from 

the surface you want to discharge and blow off. Aim the Ionized Air Gun 
980 and press the trigger to blow ionized air. The green LED on the back of 
the Ionized Air Gun 980 lights up while you press the trigger, indicating that 
the Ionized Air Gun 980 is ionizing. Typically, static electricity on a surface 
will be discharged within one second. Release the trigger when the surface 
is assumed to be clean.

7.6  If the Ionized Air Gun 980 is not in use, it is recommended that the Power 

Switch on the console be turned off. This will avoid unintentional operation 
of the Ionized Air Gun 980. The included S-hook may be used to hang the 
Ionized Air Gun 980 out of the way but still within reach.

8.0 Maintenance

The Ionized Air Gun 980/980E requires very little maintenance. Occasional 
cleaning of the case and emitter points, and periodic replacement of the air filter 
are all that is required. Always be sure to protect all components from liquids 
and corrosive chemicals. Carefully follow these maintenance instructions.

8.1 Cleaning the Components

8.11  Using a cloth moistened with isopropyl alcohol, wipe the exterior surfaces 

of the console and Ionized Air Gun 980 to remove any dirt or dust that may 
have collected. 

8.12  Using a swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol, gently clean the emitter 

points on the Ionized Air Gun 980. Extremely dirty emitter points will 
increase the time needed to discharge static.


Always disconnect power and air supplies before cleaning or replacing components.


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8.2 Replacing the Air Filter

3M recommends changing the filter every three months or when it begins to look 
dirty. Replacement filters are available from 3M (see Table 1). 
8.21  Hold down the filter release button on the side of the console.

8.22  Remove the hose and filter from the console by pulling the textured rubber 

plug where the hose emerges from the console. Rocking the plug back and 
forth can help loosen the filter. Do not pull the hose itself. Remove the 
filter from the hose fitting by depressing the metal release tab on the fitting 
and pulling the filter.

8.23  To install the new filter, follow the directions described previously under 

Sec. 6.0.

8.3 Replacing the Emitter Points

The emitter points, built into the plastic tip of the Ionized Air Gun 980, usually 
last the life of the unit. However, the tip should be replaced if it is broken, or if 
the points are bent, broken, otherwise damaged, or if you are unable to remove 
dirt by cleaning the points with isopropyl alcohol. A replacement tip containing 
a pair of emitter points is available from 3M (see Table 1).
8.31  Insert the tip of a screwdriver into the slot on the 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980 

barrel. See Figure 4.

8.32  Using the screwdriver as a lever, loosen the old clip, grasp it between 

your thumb and forefinger, and detach it from the Ionized Air Gun 980. 
The emitter points are very sharp; touch only the plastic lip, and handle 
it carefully. To avoid damaging the points, do not touch them with hard 
objects such as a screwdriver.

8.33  To insert the new emitter points, hold the Ionized Air Gun 980 with the 

barrel pointing up.

8.34  Grasp the new clip between your thumb and forefinger, and align it so the 

curved edges match the curve of the inside of the Ionized Air Gun 980 


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8.35  Align the blunt prongs of the emitters with 

the holes in the 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980 

barrel and set the clip into place.

8.36  Press the clip all the way in using the tip of 

a screwdriver. It should fit snugly between 
the raised rim of the barrel and the raised 
rim of the air nozzle. If the clip overlaps the 
air nozzle, it is installed backward.


Part #


120VAC Wall Transformer



230VAC Wall Transformer



Air Filter 3-Pack



Emitter Points



Figure 4

Table 1: Replacement and optional parts


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8.4 Replacement & Optional Parts 

Table 1 lists the replacement parts and optional parts available for the 3M


Ionized Air Gun 980/980E.

8.5 Testing for Proper Operation

8.51 To make sure that your 3M

 Ionized Air Gun 980 is working properly, 

check the balance and discharge levels. The performance of the unit should 
be measured periodically using a charged plate monitor, such as the 3M


Charge Analyzer 711 or the 3M

 Static Sensor 718. 

8.52 Calibration should be performed in accordance with the ESD Association 

ionization standard ANSI/ESD-S3.1.  At a line pressure of 30 psi (2 bars), 
discharge of ± 1000 volts to ± 100 volts should require less than 1 second 
at a distance of 6 inches (15 cm) and balance should be within ± 70 volts of 

9.0 Specifications for 3M


Ionized Air Gun 980/980E



Audible Noise

73dBA @ 1 meter, 30 psi (2 bars) pressure to air gun


<0.005 ppm (24 hour accumulation)


cULus for Ionized Air Gun 980 
CE for Ionized Air Gun 980E


Hand Unit


Static-dissipative polycarbonate

Ion Emission

Steady-state DC

Emitter Points

Tungsten alloy

Ion Indicator

Green LED

Air Hose

7’ (2.1m) length, 3/8” (0.96 cm) outside diameter of static dissipative 

Gun Hanger

#302 stainless steel


8.0” L x 3.0” W x 1.0” D (20.3 cm L x 7.6 cm W x 2.5 cm D )


12.0 oz. (341 g) with 7’ (2.1 m) air hose


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Static-dissipative polycarbonate

Input Power

24VAC, <10 Watts, powered from transformer


Indicator Green LED

Air/Gas Input

20-65 PSI (1.4 - 4.5 bars), clean dry air or nitrogen 

For safety purposes, this unit has been tested at 1.5 times these air 

Air/Gas Connection

1/4" (0.64 cm) male US-industrial interchange quick disconnect and 1/4" 
(0.64 cm) NPT female coupler

Air Filter

99.9% efficient, 0.1 micron or larger


Metal mounting plate attaches to back of the unit


8.5" L x 3.0" W x 1.6" D (21.6 cm L x 7.6 cm W x 4.1 cm D)


11.5 oz (326 g)





 Ionized Air Gun 980: 120VAC (960/980X) 60 Hz 410A 



Ionized Air Gun 980E: 230VAC (980E-X) 50 Hz 250mA

Output Power 

24VAC, 1670 mA


10' (3 m) cable with RJ-11 connectors (from power supply transformer)


8” H x 8” W x 2.3” D  (203.2 mm H x 203.2 mm W x 58.42 mm D)


4 lbs.


cULus, RoHS, RoHS (China) (120VAC model)
CE, RoHS, RoHS (China) (230VAC model)

10 Package Contents 

1 ea.  

Air Gun                                          

1 ea.  


1 ea.  

Air Hose                                         

1 ea.  

Power Supply                                 

1 ea.  

User’s Guide                                 


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