One of the most basic human needs is temperature management. We use it in most walks of life, specifically when it comes to the preservation of heat or cold inside our homes, coolers, refrigerators, ovens, stores, cars, and many other everyday applications. With the ability to retain desired temperatures in particular situations, science and ingenuity are tasked with figuring out methodologies by which temperature control can help various aspects ranging from reduction of the greenhouse effect, energy savings, and cost reduction for various means for owners of businesses and residential properties. Continue reading
Why should you keep your material warm? Quick and simple: Cold material is unusable. When it’s cold it thickens and damages your equipment. The best way to prevent this is using a drum warmer or insulation/barrel jacket. Using these stocked in your building or rig will keep your material warm and ready to use and prevent costly equipment repairs and/or replacements.
Having the right transfer pump for your material is important for success. Not all pumps are the same. When looking at transfer pumps, look for a pump that can handle the materials you use, is easy to clean and can fit into the drum size you need. When in doubt, check your material against the transfer pump manual. This will help you identify proper ratio, cycles per gallon, psi and other important factors.
When using new material, always check the manufacturer’s SDS for recommendations on spraying. Every material sprays differently in different environments and by following recommendations provided, you will be able to spend less time making adjustments and increase material yield.
If you own a spray foam business, you have likely invested in a rig. This gives you a central location for easily transporting all of your service equipment regardless of what your customer’s needs might be. However, it is just as likely that in your business operations you have encountered customers who need other services performed, ones you simply cannot help out with as you are missing the needed equipment which could be supplemented to your rig’s collective. If you just had a few more pieces of equipment, you could potentially offer multiple other commonly requested residential services, supplementing your business model’s array of services. Continue reading
Fluids subjected to heat in confined spaces, including hoses, can create a rapid rise in pressure due to the thermal expansion. Over-pressurization can result in equipment rupture and serious injury.
Cold weather spray foam applications can prove to be very challenging. What works in the spring, summer and fall is twice as challenging when weather conditions are cold. Unless you are aware of problems that could arise and how to avoid them, trouble may follow.Continue reading
A common question we get at SprayWorks is “which spray foam material manufacturer is the best?” The answer to this is less about the manufacturer and more about applying the correct ratio of materials, ensuring good heat, and proper pressure. The real question that needs to be asked is, “what’s required to process the foam correctly?” When purchasing a new spray foam insulation there are several things you should consider, but it starts with knowing the manufacturer’s recommendations. After all, new material can impact your spray pattern, selection of gun tip and rate of application. Understanding these things upfront can save you a lot of time and trouble.Continue reading
Pounds per minute of spray foam can be determined by 4 factors.
- What spray foam machine you are using vs the output it is designed to perform?
- What pressure is the spray foam being sprayed?
- What spray tip or mixing chamber is being used to spray the spray foam?
- How much spray foam can the spray foam mechanic consistently control given the spray foam application?
Two component spray foam systems, for sprayed in place or spray on polyurethane foam insulation blends, are primarily packaged in steel 55 gallon barrels and distributed by their weight in volume as a paired set. A Paired Set is two barrels consisting of one “A” side (Activator/Isocyanate) and one “R” side (Resin/Polyol) ranging in a combined liquid weight from 970 lbs. to 1050 lbs. It should be noted that in many instances the components are referred to as “A” and “B”, respectively. In general the spray foam systems are produced having at minimum six months shelf-life within the original unopened barrel. Stored between 60 and 75 degree F (15 – 24C), do not require additives, B sides may require mixing and/or continual agitation.Continue reading