What’s New in Spray Foam Insulation Equipment

By Kevin Malone

Spray foam insulation equipment today is sophisticated and far different than what was on the market a few years ago. Manufacturers have improved the technology inside and outside machines, created new generations of proportioners, and improved safety.

Here are some of the trends in SPF and what is new in spray foam insulation equipment.

Ease of Use

Applying spray foam insulation can be a messy job, especially when it comes time to clean and maintain equipment. Downtime and maintenance are unavoidable, but the longer it takes, the less profitable a job can become. Manufacturers have taken note of the time it takes to disassemble, clean, and troubleshoot equipment and are making significant improvements.

For example, the Graco Fusion ProConnect spray gun has a disposable replacement cartridge that includes the entire fluid sections, side seals, and O-rings. Not only do you have to stock fewer parts, but it’s simple to do a rebuild in just seconds, dramatically reducing downtime.

Many of today’s spray foam insulation equipment also now includes a touchscreen that allows you to control machines and remote capabilities, letting you control your equipment from a tablet or smartphone.

Some of today’s spray foam insulation equipment can maintain temperatures using a heated hose up to 400 feet or more. Remote capabilities let you adjust temperature or flow rate without having to return to the base unit. It can be a big time-saver when you are working at a distance.

New Generation of Spray Foam Proportioners

Although it is not brand new, the Graco Reactor 3 is the latest generation of spray foam proportioners. Designed for medium-to-high output applications, the Reactor 3 helps eliminate ratio issues, so you can maximize material yield and increase productivity.

The Graco Reactor 3 also includes the latest tech, such as:

  • Touchscreen controls
  • Advanced electrical design
  • Auto pressure balancing
  • Independent heat hose
  • Active ISO lube pump system
  • No check values for easier maintenance

The Graco Reactor 3 E-20 spray foam proportioner is a great starter machine or for use in moderate climates where large heaters are not as necessary. The Graco Reactor 3 E-30 spray foam proportioner is built for high-output jobs for both residential and commercial spray foam work.

Intech Equipment and Supply is one of Graco’s top distributors, meeting Graco’s stringent standards for quality, expertise, training, and customer service. Whether you need a Graco spray foam machine, service, or parts, Intech Equipment and Supply has the latest Graco equipment in stock.

Sustainable Construction

The green construction market is forecast to grow to more than $774 billion by 2030, increasing at a rate of 11.8% CAGR for the next seven years. With this increased emphasis on sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction, high-performance spray foam technology plays an important role.

Spray foam insulation in sustainable homes can cut heating and cooling costs by between 50% and 60%.

Intech Equipment and Supply features a full lineup of Graco spray foam machines that can deliver high-performance spray foam insulation.

Contractor Protection

New research shows an even broader range of potential health problems from inhaling isocyanate vapors during SPF insulation. Without proper protection, spray foam insulation application will generally exceed OSHS’s exposure limits, leading to chronic inflammatory skin conditions, difficulty in breathing, chest tightness, and more.

Having high-quality, personal protective equipment (PPE) that does the job properly, is indispensable. Your spray foam insulation equipment should include a respirator mask to provide air circulation around the head and neck. New products on the market cool incoming compressed to help keep operators safe and cool.

What Is Old Is New Again

Many contractors are also finding that used equipment, especially refurbished equipment, can more than meet their needs. It may not feature the latest and greatest technology, but the right used equipment can provide significant savings, especially for contractors that are just starting in the business.

In some cases, you can also find the latest generation of equipment available on the used market. Just make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer like Intech Equipment and Supply that will stand behind their products.

Spray Foam Insulation Equipment for Sale

Intech Equipment and Supply is the nationwide leader in spray foam equipment, mobile spray foam rigs, and parts. Offering the latest spray foam insulation technology, Intech Equipment and Supply is your one-stop shop.

With facilities in three different time zones across the country, the spray foam experts at Intech Equipment and Supply have a combined 150+ years of field experience in residential and commercial SPF application.

Contact Intech Equipment and Supply today at 866-652-9975 or shop our catalog of spray foam insulation equipment online.

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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