I attended the ICAA Trade Show and Convention this past weekend in Tucson, AZ. It was like a quick getaway to ‘summer’ as we are enveloped in the fast approaching autumn season here in Utah. I feel like the ICAA did an excellent job of bringing together representatives from all facets of the insulation industry. There was everybody from the large corporate insulation and equipment manufacturers down to the one-man band spray foam insulation installers.
The overall feeling I walked away with is that there are two very polarizing sides within the exact same industry. There are those (both individuals and corporations) who have been a part of this industry since the beginning of mankind that are content, almost to a fault, with the status quo. “My great, great, great granddaddy did it that way. If it worked for him, it’ll work for me!” Hmmm. I’ll check back with you in 10 years and see if you’re still in business.
On the other hand, there are the innovators, the movers and the shakers striving to eliminate the status quo. Why? Because that is what they do. They are the Steve Jobs of the industry. Their desire to create something new flows through their bloodstream. They can’t help but bring new ideas and products to a market that is ever changing and yet stale at the same time.
I would like to applaud 2 companies that presented innovative ideas at this tradeshow. First, Graco, the worldwide leaders in fluid handling technologies. Their partnership with 2-track in bringing the industry a remote reporting technology is forward thinking and hinges strongly on the highly adopted use of smartphone technology. This will provide tighter job site monitoring and cost control, resulting in quicker project turnaround time and more money to the bottom line. I applaud you.
Second, I applaud Powerblanket, the industry leader in heat spreading technology. Why would you want to continue to heat your spray foam that same way your grandaddy did? These must be the same people that still use the bow drill to start a fire instead of matches! Instead of hanging out in the stone ages, Powerblanket now provides heating solutions for the spray foam industry using its GreenHeat technology. This is an energy efficient, uniform heat spreading technology that provides even, consistent heat across your product. This means you don’t need to be concerned about hot spots or overheating of your product. Good bye band heaters, Hello Powerblanket!
Thanks again, ICAA, for a great convention! See you next year.