Part 1: Check-listing to Save the Job and your Sanity

15 Most Important Steps on your Job-site

How many times has the crew shown up for work, got into the vehicle, turned the key on and drove off to the job with your spray foam rig? Every day, right? What about the times you received that dreaded phone call, “the machine or equipment is not working, it was working yesterday” or “we need more parts and can’t work today.” Sound familiar? Implementing some standard procedures and guide lines will help minimize down time and help transform your crew into a professional spray foam production team.

The first thing that is vital to your operation is for you and your crew to receive proper training with a clear understanding of how your spray equipment works. That includes; safe handling of materials, proper preventive maintenance, parts management, trouble shooting skills, and spray application techniques. In addition, the Spray Mechanic has to be aware of three basic things; proper procedure in handling a spray application project, what the foam should look like as it is being applied, and what to do if there is a problem with equipment or the job. More importantly, the Spray Mechanic must be capable of correcting problems as they arise. SprayWorks Equipment Group has compiled some basic daily, weekly and monthly key check points that will help guide you along the way.

Click here for a printable version of the daily checklist.

Basic Daily Check Points:

A daily inspection before the crew heads out to the job should consist of the following:

  1. Are all vehicle and equipment documents including up to date SDS sheets on board?
  2. Checking all of the fluids/tires/lighting and load weight and load security of the vehicles and equipment.
  3. Cross check all material & supply list.
  4. Once the crew arrives on-site, a job site safety inspection should take place. The inspection should follow after the spray rig has been staged and inspection of the spray foam equipment and material is complete.
  5. Start the generator and compressor.
  6. Check the drums to assure material is at the proper temperature recommended by the manufacture.
  7. Clean the (A) and (B) Y strainers on the spray foam machine.
  8. Inspect of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  9. Check operations of both (A) and (B) Transfer pumps.
  10. Clean, Power Flush and/or lubricate the spray guns.
  11. Report any new spare parts being used to avoid costly overnight shipping.
  12. Startup spray equipment, ensuring the machine is in working order.
  13. Inspect the crew’s preparation of the spray area (safety, substrate surface and temperature).
  14. Spray test shot off target to ensure you are spraying a quality product.
  15. Test the spray foam for adhesion to the surface.

Check back next month for part two: Weekly and Monthly Check Points.

Click here for a printable version of the daily checklist.

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John Davidson is the VP of Operations at SprayWorks Equipment Group and is an SPFA PCP Certified Roofing and Insulation Installer, Roofing and Insulation Project Manager, and Supplier Rep. With over 30 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.

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