Thursday, December 30, 2010

Individual repair parts now available for transfer pumps

All individual repair parts are now available for sale and have been added to the T1 and T2 pump manuals. Previously, these parts were only available when the entire repair kit was ordered. The attached illustrations highlight parts now available for individual purchase.

Click below to see the list of parts as outlined in the manual. Diagrams of the transfer pumps and a complete listing of parts are included. Highlighted parts are now available for individual sale.

T1 Transfer Pumps
T2 Transfer Pumps

Trust only Graco repair parts for Fusion guns

When choosing repair parts for your Fusion® gun, it’s important to consider the testing that is involved in the manufacturing process. Graco’s commitment to high quality products holds true at the Sioux Falls manufacturing facility where Fusion AP guns and repair parts are produced.

Comprehensive testing is conducted on parts produced in a Graco facility. As for the Fusion product line, mix chambers are 100% fluid tested prior to shipment to ensure proper pattern and sealing capability. Additionally, O-rings are chemical-tested to ensure compatibility with chemicals used in guns. Most importantly, full statistical process capability studies are completed on components to help ensure manufacturing processes are capable of consistently producing high quality parts that meet or exceed design requirements.

Eric Rennerfeldt, Graco Worldwide Product Manager said, “I was amazed at our production ability and commitment to quality at the gun plant.”

Winter blend foams

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Many regions of the country have seen a record amount of snowfall in 2010. The roof of the Metrodome collapsed and the New York Giants have been stranded not once, but twice, due to weather. So what does this have to do with spray polyurethane foam?

Now that its colder, considerations should be made when choosing spray foam. The first consideration during cold temperatures is the necessity for A and B components to be stored between certain temperatures. Included in this consideration is the need for foam to be kept warm before and during use. To understand the optimal range for the materials you are working with refer to the MSDS’s and product specifications provided by the manufacturer.

In addition to the temperature of the spray foam, consider the temperature of the substrates. A cold substrate will adversely affect the foam rising action as energy typically used to create yield is reallocated to heating the target. Jim Anderson, Manager, Applications & Training for BASF, recommends applying a light layer of foam, otherwise known as a flash coat, to help neutralize the “heat sink” effects of a target. This flash coat introduces heat to warm up the interior to help regain foaming efficiency and yields.

Manufacturers also produce a variety of foams for a wide range of applications, including specific types of foam made for colder temperatures. These special formulas modify the catalyst or B compound to increase the chemical reaction and increase the foam rising action for better performance in colder temperatures.

Ultimately, each application needs to be assessed to consider the factors in this article as well as many others. Refer to the latest published information such as manufacturers guidelines, technical specifications, industry publications and application instructions to find the best solution for you and your customers.

Spray foam safety: Are you up to date?

Sharing information regarding safety will continue to be a focus of many organizations interested in spray polyurethane foam (SPF). As we enter the new year, it is important to get up-to-date on the most recent regulations and safety updates related to SPF.

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is the industry association representing U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane and manufacturers of polyurethane products1. CPI has created a comprehensive website for the SPF professional. It contains important information about SPF and also serves as a resource for recent SPF developments. Refer colleagues and customers to this site for information on SPF safety.

See for yourself! Go to and select Health and Safety Guidelines from the Professional Contractor drop down list or click here to go directly to the site.

Spray Polyurethane Health and Safety Guidance


New Graco Area Manager

We are pleased to announce that Dayna Myos has been promoted to the position of Account Manager for the High Performance Coatings and Foam (HPCF) product lines in the Applied Fluid Technologies Division, effective Jan. 1, 2011, reporting to Doug Brady, Marketing and Sales Director, HPCF. Dayna will be responsible for sales in the newly created Central US territory and will be relocating to Kansas City, Mo.

Dayna has been with Graco for 17 years in a number of roles including Planner and Accounting Coordinator. Most recently, she has been in the position of Marketing Analyst in the AFTD Channel Marketing Group.

New Year Wish

May your troubles be few in the New Year.

Happy Holidays ~ Graco Technical Assistance Team

New Foam Equipment Brochure Available

Graco has recently updated the Fast-Set Plural-Component Equipment and Accessories Brochure to include the new proportioner package part numbers. Distributors may order hard copies of the brochure from GEDI by specifying part number 300615F.