Graco has made significant improvements to the reliability, automation and diagnostics of its range of sprayfoam equipment and the new machines typically feature 15 key new components. Graco said that at least 5% of its annual profits have been invested in the Reactor’s development since 2008.
The development process included the installation of a test unit comprising eight machines spraying 30,000 gallons (113.5m³) of material over more than 24m cycles.
Graco’s Fluid Technologies department has around 100 full time engineers and 2013, the R&D budget was $50m. It has developed Graco’s second generation of spray fluid dispensing machinery which, the company calls a global fluid dispensing revolution.
Speaking at Graco’s European HQ in Genk, Belgium, sales and marketing director Rafael Ortiz said the developments were built on the success of the firm’s established Reactor range.
Ortiz explained why Graco had redesigned the machines and added: “We have listened to you the distributors and we have listened to the contractors too.”
Product marketing manager Tryg Waterhouse said: “Our goal was to create a product that will enhance the spray foam market in general and ensure a better spray foam product. The Reactor 2 is a revolution that can change the market, advance the market” added Waterhouse.
Graco is aiming the machines squarely at companies buying equipment for spray foam insulation and polyurea coating applications with two…