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Improving Foam Yield in Low-Pressure Applications

A New Low-Pressure Foam System Reduces Waste and Increases Yield

A New Low-Pressure Foam System Reduces Waste and Increases Yield By Ryan Spencer LOW-PRESSURE FOAM: PROS AND CONS Low-pressure foam systems offer major benefits over high-pressure foam in certain circumstances, notably cost-effectiveness for smaller applications. However, one major drawback is the tedious calibration process, which not only negatively impacts time and labor, but also increases material waste. In short, the calibration ...

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4th Generation Foam: The Key to Global Energy Reduction

The Key to Global Energy Reduction

By Ryan Spencer Innovation has been an inherent attribute of the spray foam industry from the beginning, providing the global insulation market with cutting-edge, high-performance products that are constantly evolving to meet the needs of end users. Recently, those needs have focused on one major issue facing end users all over the globe: climate change. Of course, spray foam insulation ...

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Designing High-Performance Proportioners

Spray Foam Equipment & Manufacturing Reveals the Process of High-Performance Proportioner Design

Spray Foam Equipment & MFG’s custom spray rigs are built with the same attention to detail as their proportioners By Ryan Spencer Tradeoffs are a fundamental part of design, and we see these options all around us: fast versus luxurious; lightweight versus rugged; disposable versus sustainable. With plural-component proportioners, tradeoffs can be found as well: inexpensive versus long-lasting; spraying foam ...

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Starting Fresh in the Spray Foam Industry

Starting Fresh in the Spray Foam Industry

A discussion on building a business with Ted Medford, President of Profoam Corporation, which was re-launched in January 2015 By Ryan Spencer Spray Foam Magazine: Can you give a little background on how you re-launched Profoam? Ted Medford: Profoam today stems from a long evolution process of two different companies: Medford Insulation in Rutledge, Georgia, which was owned by myself ...

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Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

Above and Beyond Building Code Requirements

By Juan Sagarbarria Since occupant safety is an inherent component of good stewardship in the construction industry, building codes continuously grow more and more stringent as time moves forward. It is imperative that building product manufacturers comply with building codes if they intend to have their product utilized in the field. In the case of fire-protective intumescent coatings that are ...

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Adhering to Chemical Processing Guidelines

SES Discusses the Importance of Adhering to Processing Guidelines

By Ryan Spencer Chemical processing parameters are essential for the proper application of spray polyurethane foam, ensuring that installation performance is maximized and the end product is installed as specified. When it comes to disseminating guidelines for the chemical processing of their products, manufacturers use a few different avenues: affixing processing parameters on chemical drums, providing technical data sheets that ...

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One-Component Foam Sealants: Robust Capabilities

One-component foam sealants: robust capabilities

By Ryan Spencer It cannot be overstated: homes with air leaks are inefficient, uncomfortable, and overly expensive. Air leakage and infiltration not only make indoor temperatures difficult to regulate, but also account for up to 40% of an average home’s heating and cooling costs, per the U.S. Department of Energy. This is especially evident during the winter, when drafty homes ...

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8 Things Every Contractor Should Know About Foam Blowing Agents

8 THINGS EVERY CONTRACTOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOAM BLOWING AGENTS

By Dan Taylor As a spray foam contractor, you are faced with many important decisions each day. For example, you must decide what amount to bid for a project, find ways to reduce your equipment and labor costs, and determine how best to set your business apart from the competition.  Another important consideration is what blowing agent to use in ...

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4 Critical Factors Affecting Performance

4 Critical Factors Affecting Performance

Proportioning machines are the beating heart of spray foam applications. Knowing this, spray foam contractors should want the best possible machine to operate in the field. Obviously, no two machines are exactly alike, and this contributes directly to the functionality and performance of the machine in the field. ”In theory, it’s not the equipment that is really any different, it ...

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3 Signs You Chose The Right Supplier

The Key to Global Energy Reduction

All spray foam manufacturers claim high R-values and promise optimal energy efficiency, which comes as a result of all leading spray foam insulations being superior to other available solutions like fiberglass and cellulose. To consumers, architects, and builders, the leading brands of spray foam may appear to offer the same intended result of insulating and air sealing a home or ...

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