When starting your own spray foam company, it is important to have high quality equipment from reputable manufacturers. Companies like PMC and Graco have products that are quality tested and built to last. By spending more money on quality equipment now or buying new instead of used, you can save on having to replace less quality products more frequently. Oftentimes, used equipment is less costly than new because all the parts are brand new.
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.
Avoid unnecessary down time by performing maintenance checks before you start your day. It is easier to perform these checks while the system is cool and pressure free. Taking this step saves you downtime later if something was wrong.
How often do you give your rig a good thorough cleaning? You should do a thorough cleaning and inspection a few times a year. Taking the time to clean your rig from top to bottom will help you see any regular wear and tear from use and be able to address those areas before they become a costly problem. Be sure to address any rust areas or leaky zones to help keep your rig spraying for a long time to come.Continue reading
Having warm material is very important for spray foaming, however, it is easy to think a few degrees won’t make a difference. It is important for the health of your equipment and the quality of your work to wait for those few extra degrees to get you the best quality!
Remember to always warm up material to the manufacturers recommended temperature to get the best spray!
Taking time to properly train your team will prevent losses in both time and money. By investing in your employees, you are able to have them run more efficiently and spend less time fixing costly mistakes.
Training doesn’t always have to take a ton of time out of your schedule. Taking one day to train a group of employees on proper equipment handling, maintenance or basic trouble shooting can prevent hours of lost time. Afterall, spending a few hours to train your crew on taking care of equipment can prevent having hours or even days of downtime due to a preventable mistake.
Daily hose maintenance is important to prevent your hoses form getting unnecessary damage and ensuring your hose and equipment last longer.Continue reading
Changing material from Open Cell to Closed Cell or vice versa can result in many issues with product loss, cross contamination or time loss. By using the Logan Manifold you are able to quickly and efficiently change from one material type to the next without wasting extra time or material.
It may seem redundant but, when spray foaming, keep your job site ventilated and do it every single time you spray. Keeping the work area ventilated will prevent unnecessary exposure to fumes and particles that can cause damage to workers. Best practice is to be aware of the airflow and have a source of entry and a way for air to flow out of the work space. Also remember to keep the area ventilated until the re-entry time specified by the foam manufacturer.
For more information on proper ventilation procedures review the EPA Spray Foam Ventilation Guidelines
Perform Equipment Shutdown Procedures.
- Disconnect FTS cable at proportioner.
- Test with ohmmeter between pins of cable connector.
- If cable fails test, Repair Fluid Temperature Sensor (FTS)
- Disconnect FTS Cable