Tips from the Experts

Sometimes, there are things you just learn over time. Our team of experts have shared some of the trade secrets they have learned through successes and failures.

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson is the Managing Partner at SprayWorks Equipment Group. He has 50 years of experience in the spray foam industry and has worked alongside many of the industry pioneers. Jim has designed and created industry equipment such as; Spraybot, Barrel Blazer, Roboliner and Polybot - among others.

John Davidson

John Davidson is the VP of Operations at SprayWorks Equipment Group and is an SPFA PCP Certified Roofing and Insulation Installer. With over 25 years of experience in the spray foam and polyurea industry, John brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. He has worked on commercial and residential buildings, bridges and infrastructure.

Dave Penta

Dave Penta is the VP of Sales at SprayWorks Equipment Group. For the past 30+ years, Dave has worked with multiple industries including; commercial and residential buildings, along with spray foam and coatings systems.

SPRAY GUNS

Material Spraying Issues

It’s less common when material will not spray on the ‘A’ side and ‘B’ side at the same time, but when it happens, there could be a number of factors at play. If you find yourself in this position, take a look at these common reasons;

  1. Proper operation of the pumping system. (execute initial startup checks)
  2. The product cold, it doesn’t flow properly.
  3. Failing delivery supply like transfer pump wear or neglect.
  4. Your regulator could be malfunctioning; Are you getting enough air supply to your Transfer Pump?
  5. Failing packings from wear or neglect.
  6. Clogged screens can also cause major issues in proper flow.
  7. Recent crossover in hose or contamination within the gun itself.

HOSES

Material Spraying Issues

It’s less common when material will not spray on the ‘A’ side and ‘B’ side at the same time, but when it happens, there could be a number of factors at play. If you find yourself in this position, take a look at these common reasons;

  1. Proper operation of the pumping system. (execute initial startup checks)
  2. The product cold, it doesn’t flow properly.
  3. Failing delivery supply like transfer pump wear or neglect.
  4. Your regulator could be malfunctioning; Are you getting enough air supply to your Transfer Pump?
  5. Failing packings from wear or neglect.
  6. Clogged screens can also cause major issues in proper flow.
  7. Recent crossover in hose or contamination within the gun itself.

TRANSFER PUMPS

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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SCREENS & FILTERS

Fix Your Transfer Pump – Before You Replace It

PMC GHO, IPM OP series, Graco T2 Transfer Air motor performance

Rebuilding the entire transfer pump can get expensive and may not be required. After much use, the transfer pump air motor starts operating sluggish and leaks air. This is generally due to deforming (wear) of the upper reversing spring and the upper air valve gasket. The spring shows this wear generally in two ways. The first being the pump fails to return to the down stroke and secondly the pump will pause momentarily when reversing to the down stroke which appears as a cavitation type action. Changing the spring is the best solution, but when in a pinch, stretching the spring to its near original length can get you through the day.

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WEATHER

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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PROCESS & DOCUMENTATION

Material Spraying Issues

It’s less common when material will not spray on the ‘A’ side and ‘B’ side at the same time, but when it happens, there could be a number of factors at play. If you find yourself in this position, take a look at these common reasons;

  1. Proper operation of the pumping system. (execute initial startup checks)
  2. The product cold, it doesn’t flow properly.
  3. Failing delivery supply like transfer pump wear or neglect.
  4. Your regulator could be malfunctioning; Are you getting enough air supply to your Transfer Pump?
  5. Failing packings from wear or neglect.
  6. Clogged screens can also cause major issues in proper flow.
  7. Recent crossover in hose or contamination within the gun itself.