2019 Trends in Spray Foam Insulation Equipment

By Kevin Malone

2019 Trendsin Spray Foam Insulation Equipment

2019has seen continued progress in the optimization and improved design of sprayfoam equipment, especially from top brands like Graco and PMC.

IntechEquipment & Supply is among the top suppliers of both brands and sells theirlatest and best spray foam insulationequipment. Here are a few trends going on in the industry so far in 2019.

Trend #1: LightweightSpray Foam Guns

Topbrands are making the equipment that contractors use daily much lighter so thatthe equipment is easier to use for a longer period of time. Heavy guns arestarting to become a thing of the past as manufacturers continue to pursuelightweight models that combat user fatigue. When a gun is too heavy, one mustapply spray foam insulation in spurts to avoid strain on the body.  

For example, PMC just added their brand new AP-3 Air Purge Gun to their product lineup, and we're proud to offer it to our customers. This air purge gun is lightweight with a balanced design to reduce user fatigue and increase accuracy. It only weighs 2.4 pounds and is one of the smallest and lightest air purge guns available on the market.?

It also contains fewer parts and has a short trigger stroke to make the application of sprayfoam easier. It's economically priced to boot and it can use parts that are already in your PMC AP-2 Air Purge Gun, including the chamber, coupling block, and check valves.?

Trend #2: MoreSimplicity in Design

Acrossthe board, manufacturers are pursuing more simple designs. For example, theAP-3's design contains fewer parts compared to other guns of its class.Traditionally, air purge guns use the spool valve method to provide air, butthe AP-3 uses a one-piece cartridge valve that is replaceable for even morespeed and convenience. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to use multipleo-rings with the AP-3 spray foam gun.

Whenequipment is less complicated in design, putting it together and taking it apartrequires fewer tools. This reduces downtime and the complexity of regularmaintenance.

Spray foam proportioners are also taking on this trend by being more easy to service and reassemble with features like point-to-point wiring and open frame design. PMC's PF 1600 Spray Foam Proportioner is one example of a great machine with an open-frame design that makes troubleshooting a snap. Anything that simplifies the maintenance process and shortens downtime means more time on the job!

The PMC PHX-40 machine's electrical console has also been redesigned to be easy to troubleshoot, eliminating the former complicated circuit boards and displays. It also has an open frame design and opposed piston pumping to make the machine easy to service for ball checks and more.

Trend #3: Smarter Equipment

Youdon't have to look far to see that the latest equipment is automating moretasks that used to be the contractor's responsibility. For example, theeconomically priced PA25 Spray Foam Proportionerhas these features:

  • Re-settablecycle counter
  • Airsolenoid safety shut off
  • Overtemperature safety shut off
  • Digitalautomatic temperature control

Thesefeatures work together to keep your spray foam at the right temperature andwill shut off the machine if there are any safety issues.

When you go into the realm of hydraulic and commercial-grade proportioners, you get even more intelligent features. The Graco Reactor 2 E30 Elite is the definition of a state-of-the-art machine for 2019's spray foam needs. It can be programmed to store up to 24 spray foam recipes. The machine also has Graco InSite Reporting Technology, which allows users to check its progress remotely, logging equipment operations to provide a constant data stream.

The PMC PHX-40 Proportioner is another intelligent machine that allows users to save time with automated options. The optional pre-set countdown makes it possible to shut down the machine just before the drum set is empty. The machine also has an internal temperature sensing unit that can detect the temperature of the hoses that are attached to it.

Shop for Spray Foam Insulation Equipment for Sale at Intech

At Intech Equipment and Supply, we're dedicated to helping you find the best spray foam equipment for sale that aligns with 2019's latest innovations. Whether you do high-volume commercial roofing applications or cover small-scale residential jobs, we have the right spray foam insulation equipment for your business.

Contact us at Intech Equipment & Supply for all your spray foam needs. 

About Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is a leading expert in the spray foam insulation industry with 34 years of experience in spray foam fluid handling and a passion for innovation. He currently offers his extensive knowledge to Intech Equipment and Supply customers by supporting them in selecting quality spray foam equipment to optimize their business. Learn more about Kevin here.


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