The Powerblanket® RR-80 Barrel Heater: Product Spotlight

Whether you need to maintain temperature for chemicals, food product, paint and other coatings, water, or any other temperature sensitive material, Powerblanket Barrel Heaters are the ideal solution. What’s more, if you need to keep a liquid or other solution just above room temperature, our RR-80 Barrel Heater is just the thing you need.

 

The Powerblanket® RR-80 Barrel HeaterThe Powerblanket RR-80

The Powerblanket RR-80 is the perfect heating solution for keeping your barrel storage just above room temperature. With 120 Volts and 400/800 watts, the RR-80 rapidly ramps up to a max temperature of 80° F—give or take a few degrees of normal variance. (In case you’re wondering, the fact that this blanket Rapidly Ramps up to a fixed 80° F is the reason we call it the RR-80.)

Powerblanket® Rapid Ramp technology provides an accelerated heating time that quickly raises the temperature of fluids to 80° F. This rapid ramp happens in the initial phase, while the blanket is pumping out all 800 watts of heat. Once the blanket reaches 80° F, however, it brings the power consumption down to 400 Watts (or 3.33 Amps) in order to merely maintain 80° F. You see that’s one major benefit our technology has over traditional band heaters. Most band heaters will just keep heating your product until it’s far hotter than it needs to be. And even band heaters with thermostats are less than reliable, applying heat to only a small area of a  barrel.

On the other hand, the Powerblanket® BH55RR-80 Barrel/Drum Heater allows you to safely and efficiently control the temperature of whatever you’re storing in drums or barrels. Additionally, our barrel and drum heaters work with both steel and poly containers, you can use the same unit on both types, whereas, you usually need different silicone band heaters for  different barrel types

 

Powerblanket® BH55-RR-80 Barrel Heater Benefits

  • Cinch straps ensure a tight fit
  • An ideal solution for storing polyurethane spray foam
  • Energy-efficient
  • Safe for indoor and outdoor use
  • Water-resistant
  • Works on both poly and steel containers
  • Prevents product waste by safely maintaining consistent temperatures
  • Patented heat spreading plane eliminates hot and cold spots from forming

 

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Powerblanket at the 2016 SPFA: Showcasing Spray Foam Heaters

If you’re in the spray foam business, then you know what a big deal the SPFA convention and expo is. And since we at Powerblanket are in the business of keeping you in the spray foam business year round, we’re here again this year, at the 2016 SPFA convention in Orlando Florida, showcasing our spray foam heaters for cold weather application.

 

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This year’s SPFA convention is being held today through the eleventh in Rosen Centre Hotel in sunny Orlando, Florida. Often times, when our minds turn to polyurethane spray foam, we think how efficient it is at keeping warm air in and cold air out (or maybe that’s just how we northerners think). So it might seem an interesting place to hold an insulation expo, in a city that rarely sees any cold temperatures at all. However, it’s important to remember that spray foam does just as well at keeping hot air out and cool air in (making it a must for those hot Orlando summers, as well as the mild Orlando winters).

Back to the cold weather topic now: we want to make sure everyone is aware that we have a booth at the SPFA convention again this year. We’ll be demoing out spray foam heaters at booth 823 for all attendees to see. So come on over at take a look for yourself at how we can keep you applying spray foam in the coldest conditions. In addition to this demo, we’ll also have one of our savvy engineers on hand to answer any questions you might have regarding the technicalities of our technology. “Ask an Engineer”…that what we’re calling it.

New to this year’s event, we’ve also teamed up with Dow Building Solutions to demo our heaters on their FROTH-PAK ULTRA tanks. This demo will take place at the Dow Building Solutions booth (booth 517). So whether you stop by Dow’s booth, our booth, or both, you’re bound to see some time-saving, money-sparing, business-growing technology that will keep your business continuity prime through the winter months each year.

 

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Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters: Product Spotlight

If you’re in the spray foam business, then you know what it means to try and work in cold weather. Spray foam simply doesn’t work when the temperature drops too low. This makes business continuity a real challenge, but that’s why Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters exist. They can keep you working year round, no matter how cold it gets.

 

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The cold-weather dilemma is nothing new to the world of spray foam. Winter application has been a challenge for as long as polyurethane spray foam has been around. In fact, in the past, some professionals tried using band heaters on their spray foam totes in order to keep the spray foam warm enough for application. However, this caused more problems than it solved. The problem with using band heaters was rooted in the inefficiency of the product.

Band heaters aren’t that durable to start with, and they create unreliable, and in most cases, unregulated heat levels. Even if a person were to use a band heater that came equipped with a thermostat, they’ll soon discover that it’s unreliable. Ultimately, band heaters can’t deliver even heat distribution. And in the case of spray foam and many other substances, this leads to burnt product—product that flakes and clogs up equipment, pumps, and hoses. Not to mention, band heaters can only work on round metal containers.

The real solution offers something much more efficient and safe. Powerblanket Spray Foam Heaters provide insulation and even heat distribution over the entire container. With a patented blend of technology, our spray foam heaters wrap your container in a protective and durable vinyl shell that heats your product consistently and evenly, without any significant fluctuation in temperature. Actually, the temperature is completely regulated, keeping your spray foam at the ideal temperature for cold weather application. With the Powerblanket solution in place, you don’t have to worry about burnt product, uneven heating, or damage to equipment. Our spray foam heaters were designed with spray-foam application in mind, making them the perfect answer to your wintertime woes.
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Four Things to Look for in a Reliable Spray Foam Solution and How Powerblanket Delivers Them All:

  • A unit that contains the spray foam kit boxes or the spray foam cylinders
  • A unit that can evenly heat the spray foam from all sides for consistent performance
  • A well-insulated unit to keep the heat from leaking out
  • Safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada)

 

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Heating and Hazardous Locations

Working in hazardous locations means you have to exercise serious caution regarding procedure, protocol, and equipment usage. What’s more, heating in hazardous locations takes all the more care and detail to make certain you aren’t adding fuel to a potential fire. This is why Powerblanket offers products certified to national safety standards.

 

CID2Class I Division 1 and Class I Division 2

We understand that hazardous location heating is nothing to take lightly. And we understand that heating products should be engineered to the highest standards of quality and safety. We’ve based our business on this simple reality and are able to customize our safe and innovative heating solutions to a myriad of industries because of it. In fact, our custom heating solutions can be designed and certified to Class I Division 1 (CID1) or Class I Division 2 (CID2) safety standards. We are certified for all four gas Groups, A, B, C, and D and up to a T4 Temperature Classification.  Many people who work in hazardous locations are familiar with these terms. For everyone else, here’s an explanation.

The classifications referenced as CID1 and CID2 regard the operation of electronic equipment in hazardous locations. CID1 is the identifier used for locations where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, mists or vapors could possibly exist under normal working conditions. This classification also covers locations where the same gases, mists or vapors may exist frequently due to repairs or maintenance in the area. It also includes potential scenarios where gases, mists or vapors could be leaked by faulty or damaged equipment.

CID2, on the other hand, represents all locations where concentrations of flammable gases and/or vapors and/or mists are present in the air under operating conditions outside of the norm. So CID1 covers areas where such hazards are normally present, and CID2 covers areas where such hazards aren’t normally present but certainly could be under abnormal circumstances. Most importantly, if a product is CID1 or CID2 certified, it means that product is safe to use in locations that are CID1 or CID2 rated hazardous locations.

Powerblanket provides products that are certified to either of these hazardous location equipment safety standards. So when it comes to heating in hazardous areas, Powerblanket is both an efficient and safe choice. In addition to these ratings, Powerblanket products are also certified to UL, and CSA standards. Our innovative approach to providing industry-specific heating solutions has helped our customers save a lot of time and resources to safeguard and increase efficiency among the assets that keep their businesses running. So whether it’s freeze protection, viscosity maintenance, curing assistance, or some other heat-related dilemma, Powerblanket can help, even if you operate in a hazardous location.

 

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Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.

 

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Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.

 


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Spray Foam Solutions for the Spray Foam Industry

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With the continual growth of the spray foam industry, it’s of increasing importance to make certain you have the right spray foam solutions in place. Read on to learn five essential tips and tricks to running a successful spray foam business.

 

Spray Foam Solutions for the Spray Foam Industry

Spray Foam Solutions for Every Business

It’s a common trend. The spray foam industry continues to grow. If you’re in the spray foam business, then perhaps this doesn’t come as any news to you. You would have heard about the upward climb of business and opportunities, and maybe it’s all translated into additional work and return for your own operation. Hopefully, this is the case, but do you find yourself asking questions about how best to run your spray foam operations year round?

There are several factors to consider when running a successful spray foam business, and how to best operate during the colder months is one major point to address. Usually spray foam application slows considerably during the winter, or else comes to a screeching halt. This is due to the temperature-sensitive nature of polyurethane spray foam. But there are solutions and technologies in place to remedy this reality in a very effective and economical way. To find out more aboutspray foam equipment heaters and more, access our five step guide to running a successful spray foam business.

 

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Winter Preparation: Now’s the Time

As the temperatures around the nation rise into the hundreds, cold-weather preparation may be the furthest thing from your mind. What’s more, there are plenty of warm-weather applications that Powerblanket technology is used for. But we would be completely remiss if we didn’t say enough of proper winter preparation. After all, when it comes to preparing for winter, you don’t want to be a grasshopper…

 

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Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the old fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper from Aesop. If you’re not (and even if you are) we’ve recited it here. Below follows the most popular English renditions of the story:

“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

‘Why not come and chat with me,’ said the Grasshopper, ‘instead of toiling and moiling in that way?’

‘I am helping to lay up food for the winter,’ said the Ant, ‘and recommend you to do the same.’

‘Why bother about winter?’ said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.’ But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

Of course, the implications of this story can go far deeper than the need for good winter preparation. But for the sake of comparison, the story’s plot is rather poignant for the industries we serve. When cold weather does hit, it’s best to already have the systems and products you need in place to brave the effects of winter. So if you have assets to cover come late October, now’s the best time to start getting together the protection you’ll need.

 

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Rhino Linings Acquires a Spray Foam Company

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A little less than a week ago, Rhino Linings reported their acquisition of Arnthane Inc., a manufacturer of spray foam, epoxy, polyurea, and urethane coatings. Now, Rhino linings will be able to better extend its product lines beyond the protective coatings and linings they have produced so well.

 

Rhino Linings Acquires a Spray Foam Company

The Arnthane Addition

Now that Rhino Linings owns Arnthane and all its impressive product lines, the company will be able to increase its offerings in an industry they only began servicing in 2011. Ever since 1988, Rhino Linings has been producing world-class polyurethane, polyaspartic, and epoxy resins. In 2011, Rhino linings established a presence in the spray foam industry. Now in 2015, the company is on track to increase that presence by leaps and bounds, thanks to Arnthane.

Adding Arnthane’s spray foam products to its entourage is certain to give Rhino Linings a competitive edge. Arnthane’s 40 years of experience have set it apart from many competitors in the marketplace. While spray foam may be the biggest piece of the picture when talking about this acquisition, it’s not the only matter to consider. Rhino Linings is known for its coatings products, and they will soon be known for their spray-foam offerings, but Arnthane is and has been a manufacturer of similar applications to that of Rhino Linings for a while too.

For example, Arnthane has been producing epoxy floor coatings and protective roof coatings for years now. This, along with products like its IronHide, used in similar cases to that of Rhino Linings products, should only help to complement what Rhino Linings has been producing from its inception. However the two company’s technologies and distribution methods end up merging, it’s likely to prove very synergistic. Arnthane’s experience in multiple industries will only help to increase the reach Rhino Linings has had in its own markets and the new sectors that come from the acquisition of the two.

 

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The Plan Collection Uses Polyurethane Spray Foam as Top Home Trend

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More and more people are turning to high-efficiency spray-foam insulation for new home construction and remodels. In fact, even The Plan Collection’s Top Home Trends in 2015 included the use of spray foam for insulation in their 2015 New American Home (showcased at the NAHB and constructed in conjunction with IBS).

 

The Plan Collection Uses Polyurethane Spray Foam as Top Home Trend

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As an industry leader who prides themselves in keeping up on current trends and industry innovations, The Plan Collection’s use of spray foam in their four-bedroom, 5,891-square-foot desert contemporary home confirms that the technology has clearly risen to the top in available insulation options.

Polyurethane spray foam has thermal-resistance qualities that meet even the most stringent building codes. And let’s not forget, it is incredibly adhesive and works well with numerous surfaces and varying temperature and humidity levels. It’s versatility speaks for itself and we can see why contractors everywhere are now ordering large numbers of this popular product.

Though spray foam is simply superior to other forms of insulation, its wide-spread use can also introduce challenges for contractors as they attempt to meet the necessary storage requirements for this temperature-sensitive product. While spray foam is very durable once dry, in a liquid form, it must be stored within certain temperature parameters. This is why Powerblanket® provides spray foam heaters to keep spray foam storage containers at optimal temperatures even through cold, harsh winter months and unpredictable spring-weather conditions.

 

Powerblanket Tote Heaters for Spray Foam

The simple fact is this: spray foam does not work in cold temperatures, and this could cause significant downtime and missed opportunities. If you’re going to maintain continuity for your spray-foam business throughout the year, then you’re going to need a solution that keeps your spray foam from malfunctioning during colder temperatures.

Some have tried inadequate approaches to this dilemma in the past through the use of band heaters, but it just ended up burning the product and caused the foam to flake off—clogging up equipment, pumps and hoses. This is due to the fact that band heaters produce uneven heat distribution and are equipped with unreliable thermostats. They can also cause inconsistencies in the application. When locally, over-heated foam reacts and expands in the tank, barrel, or cylinder, it creates defective product, which in turn slows the flow rate and only increases your downtime.

 

Spray Foam Solution Necessities:

For the proper spray foam heating solution, you’ll need the following:

  • A unit that contains the spray-foam kit boxes or the spray-foam cylinders.
  • A unit that can evenly heat the spray foam from all sides for consistent performance.
  • A well-insulated unit to keep the heat from leaking out.
  • A product with safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA listing (in Canada).

 

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Spray Foam: The Better Insulation

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We’re now in or approaching the coldest time of the year. Perhaps you’ve noticed, not just because of how cold it feels, but because of your heating bills. If you’re losing a lot of costs to heating, whether in your warehouse, shop, or in your own home, have you thought of installing better insulation, such as spray foam?

 

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Spray Foam vs. The Others

Traditional insulation comes in primarily two forms: fiberglass insulation or cellulose insulation. Both products are better than not having any insulation at all (and they’ve been used in homes for a long time now) but by today’s standard, they simply don’t stand up to the far more efficient option of polyurethane spray foam.

Spray foam is extremely impermeable, which is why it acts so well as an insulation product. The Icynene® website (a leading brand of polyurethane spray foam) offers a helpful comparison. Spray foam works a lot like a wind breaker, or a good winter coat. It keeps the warmth in and the cold air out. Conversely, traditional insulation (fiberglass and cellulose) works more like a woolen sweater, which lets air in and out.

Like a sweater, fiberglass and cellulose are both fibrous and porous, allowing air leakage that contributes to inefficient insulation. The nature of foam however is entirely separate, keeping air both in and out of the insulated area. This of course is pertinent for both summer and winter. In the summer months you need good insulation to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. While fiberglass insulation is considerably cheaper than spray foam, the amount of money you lose to heating and cooling costs from inefficiency are a far, far greater loss.

 

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Powerblanket® and Spray Foam

Powerblanket serves the spray foam industry with ready-to-ship and custom spray-foam heating solutions. Spray foam simply doesn’t work in cold temperatures, and this causes downtime and delayed projects. Some have tried to use band heaters in the past, but all it did was burn the product, which caused the foam to flake—clogging up equipment, pumps and hoses. In addition to this, band heaters are not durable and have unreliable thermostats. They can also cause inconsistencies in the application process. Locally over-heated foam reacts and expands in the tank, barrel, or cylinder and creates defective product, which in turn slows the flow rate and increases the problem of downtime and delayed projects.

However, with Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters, professionals can keep their spray foam at the ideal temperature with the risk of overheating or downtime. The Powerblanket solution allows for year-round application whether the weather is warm or cold.

 

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Product Spotlight: Spray Foam Box Heater

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The spray-foam business deals with cold weather as much as any other construction trade. In fact, the essence of spray foam is to provide insulation against the cold. So in order to work in weather that is less than favorable, you’re going to need a solution to keep your spray foam protected from Mother Nature, like a spray foam box heater.

 

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The Nature of Spray Foam

In the business of spray foam application, cold weather can put a complete halt on application. To put it simply, spray foam just doesn’t work in cold weather. Polyurethane foam is very sensitive to temperature in its liquid state. The preferable range of application falls above 70° F, and as much as construction goes on in at temperatures above 70°, it’s also expected to continue when the needle drops well below this mark.

Hypothetically speaking, you can operate your spray-foam equipment under the ideal temperature range. But every time you do, you put your valuable product at risk. Some professionals have tried using band heaters to keep their spray foam warm during cold-weather application, but band heaters offer inconsistent and unregulated heat, causing burning and charring of the product.

Powerblanket, on the other hand, offers a solution that will enable you to apply spray foam year round. With the Powerblanket® Spray Foam Box Heater, you can  keep your spray foam at the ideal temperature without worrying about burning or charring. The Powerblanket solution offers an even distribution of heat through an easy-to-apply vinyl, insulating blanket that will keep your product at the right temperature—not to mention insulated it from the cold.

 

 

Stand Out Feature of Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters

  • Evenly heats spray foam from all sides for a consistent performance
  • Consistent and regulated heat distribution protects against burning and scorching
  • Well-insulated unit keeps the heat from leaking out
  • Safety certifications, including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada).

 

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Increase the Yield of Your Spray Foam Business

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An increased yield in spray foam means an increased yield in profits. But to ensure the best yield from your spray foam, you have to ensure that it operates as it should—regardless of the temperature.

 

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Factors Affecting Spray Foam Yield

Making sure you get the most mileage out of your spray foam is essential for the growth and longevity of your business. More yield in your foam means less expense per square foot—enabling you to get a job done with the highest possible profit margin.

However, cold weather can drastically affect the yield of your product. For spray foam to function properly, your tank temperature has to be above 70°F / 21°C for 24 hours before application. Failure to keep your tank at the proper temperature means that the foam’s density will be compromised and the application will be far less than favor—if possible at all.

Obviously, in order to get your spray foam up to a workable temperature during the winter months, you’re going to need to heat it up. Conventional suggestions for this practice involve storing your foam in a heated space. But this method could take up to 36 hours to bring the product to the proper temperature—not to mention its expensive to have keep the ambient air in your storage space high enough to heat the foam to 70°F / 21°C.

 

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A Better Option

With Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters, you don’t have to worry about a 36-hour window for heating your foam, nor do you have to allocate the costs of maintaining a high temperature in your storage space. Instead, you simply wrap a Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heater around your spray-foam bin, and in moments, your product is ready for use—and at the perfect temperature too.

This approach allows you to save significant time and cost in heating your spray foam through traditional methods. Likewise, it enables you to maintain an ideal temperature without the risk of declining temperatures during application.

 

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Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heater Features:

  • Provides a unit for containing your spray-foam kit boxes and spray foam cylinders
  • Provides a solution that can evenly heat the foam from all sides—enabling consistent performance
  • Offers a well-insulated unit to keep the heat from leaking out
  • Equipped with safety certifications—including a UL listing (in the U.S.) and CSA (in Canada)

Learn even more about optimizing your yield with our free ebook, “5 Steps to Running A Successful Spray Foam Business: The Ultimate Guide”

 

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A New Spray Foam Solution Hits the Market

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Spray Polyurethane Foam, or SPF, has been around for a long time now. However, Icynene, a Canadian spray foam manufacturer, has recently created a new and exciting spray foam that is rather innovative.

 

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If you thought building-code requirements were strict in the United States, they may be even more so in Canada. According to PR Web’s report on the matter, Icynene developed its most recent product (trademarked as Classic Plus™) to answer the stringent requirements of the Canadian building codes. This new foam from Icynene, boasts some impressive numbers when it comes to thermal resistance. In fact, according to Icynene’s report, it’s one of the very best in the market, weighing in at 0.72 (m2•K)/W at 25.4 mm. If you’re in the spray-foam business, you know that’s an impressive number.

This isn’t the only feature that differentiates this new foam from the others, however. Along with its thermal-resistance qualities, Classic Plus™ also plays well with a lot of surfaces, offering “excellent adhesion to a broad range of substrates,” (Icynene). One more characteristic that makes this product a real winner is its ability to work well in a lot of different temperatures and humidity levels.

 

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Powerblanket® is interested in all the industries in which we do business, and spray foam is one of them. With all the great features that come in a product like Classic Plus™, we understand how important it is to protect such against cold temperatures.

If you’re going to store spray foam in conditions that are below ideal (and these conditions happen often in places like Canada) you need a spray foam solution that will keep the foam at the proper temperature. As much as spray foam helps protect the indoors against the bitter weather, when still a liquid, it’s very sensitive to the cold. That’s why Powerblanket provides spray foam heaters to keep your spray foam container storage toasty warm through the winter months.

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For more about Classic Plus visit the sources here:

PR Web

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11763065.htm

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http://www.icynene.com/blog/icynene-unveils-latest-spray-foam-innovation-icynene-classic-plus-help-building-professionals

Spray Foam Heating Technology

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Spray Foam Heating TechnologyI 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.

How Good is Heat Spreading?

GreenHeat Technology – The Heating Advantage 1I get asked about every week, what the benefits are that we offer to our customers. The answer is actually quite simple. Depending on the industry, company, or corporation we are working with we offer a variety of benefits. Through the use of our unique heat spreading technology, we offer companies amazing benefits.

In fact, Kim Herman, Operations Manager from Precision Utilities Group said the following:

Your blankets are absolutely excellent. Our crews have been working on some cell tower projects in Michigan this January where it has been extremely cold. The project restricts us from being able to use power tools on the job sites so we were left to figure out how to dig without equipment. We are so glad that we found you guys! Thanks to Powerblanket Extra Hot blankets, we were able to lay them out the day before we needed to dig, and by morning the next day, the ground was thawed out and softened, making it easy to dig and get our job completed much more quickly. In fact, we estimated that your blankets have saved us approximately 10 hours on each site. On ten sites to date, we estimate we have saved approximately $5,000 already! We have already paid off the initial investment of these blankets. When we are looking at thousands of sites, and with the savings we are saving per site, this is huge! We are excited at how much time and money your blankets have saved us and will save us in future.

-Kim Herman

OSP/COEI Operations Manager

Precision Utilities Group

I have worked with Kim for some time now and she tells me often, that when she is on job sites, contractors and other companies ask her about her blankets she’s using and if they work. She lets basically tells them what you just got done reading and they ask her where to buy some for their job functions.  We offer Kim almost all the benefits she needs.

We work with other industries that require even heat distribution and rely on uniform heat which we offer to them without the fear of overheating or burning of material.

Another example is from Eric from a Colorado Energy Company:

Your blankets have been wonderful to work with. Our Totes are outside and have been kept warm and protected from the harsh conditions here in the cold Rocky Mountains. We have loved the functionality of these blankets because they are extremely easy to wrap around our totes, strap shut, plug in, and maintain desired temperature with the thermostatic controllers.

We have not had any issues with your blankets flaking, tearing, or ripping in any way, and have found it beneficial that they are water resistant as well. As the blankets have been prone to getting dirty, due to being outside, we have easily sprayed and wipe them down to help keep them clean and looking new.

We wanted to thank you for assisting us with our heating frustrations and keeping our totes and the material within, warm and protected. You have helped keep our company running efficiently and retaining profit. We love your blankets and would recommend them to anyone.

-Eric

A Colorado Energy Company

No matter what your company, corporation or industry is, we will find one or more benefits you and your company can profit from. Please give us a call. We are more than happy to talk with you and assist you and your heating needs.

How Can I Evenly Cure My Epoxy Without Burning It?

When it comes to curing epoxy, nothing is more important than a constant and uniform heat distribution. With a proper cure, you ensure the integrity and strength of your product. When epoxies are properly cured, they will become solid. The picture below is a good example of how epoxy cures depending on heat and time.

How Can I Evenly Cure My Epoxy Without Burning It

An uneven cure of epoxy can have several negative consequences, including:

  • Discoloration/Yellowing
  • Color Variation
  • Blushing
  • Uneven Gloss
  • Poor Inter-Coat Adhesion

9 Things to consider in an Epoxy Heating/Curing Solution

  1. Prevent uneven gloss and poor inter-coat adhesion by finding a solution that evenly heats over the entire surface area.
  2. Find a heating solution that will maintain the proper application temperature. The warmer the resin and hardener, the lower the viscosity.
  3. Find a customizable heating solution that will properly fit the size and shape of your application to maintain maximum control. A cool epoxy is more difficult to meter and combine with the resin and hardener.
  4. Ensure less maintenance downtime by finding a heating product with a track record of performance.
  5. Ensure that the epoxy resin and hardener will flow through dispensing pumps easily by maintaining the appropriate heat.
  6. Ensure more cross-linking by warming the materials while mixing to initiate a better chemical reaction.
  7. Prevent air bubble entrapment and safeguard the strength and effectiveness of the epoxy by having the right heating solution.
  8. Prevent contamination by not using Kerosene or propane heaters since they can inhibit the cure as well as contaminate epoxy surfaces.
  9. Prevent under-curing, as it can cause delaminations and product failures by finding an evenly heated and temperature-controlled solution.

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How Long Will it Take My Powerblanket Product to Heat My Materials?

How Long Will it Take My Powerblanket Product to Heat My Materials?It’s a great question and one I get asked over and over. You would think that such a consistently asked question would merit a quick answer for it. Unfortunately, we have to ask our own questions first to give a good answer. I realize how odd this sounds but let me ask you this … do you know how temperamental the heat transfer process can be?

Allow Wikipedia to explain: “Heat transfer is a discipline of thermal engineering that concerns the generation, use, conversion and exchange of thermal energy and heat between Physical systems.” What this means to those of us who suffer with a non-engineer-type brain (yes, I do work with a few engineers and I have every right to pick on them once in a while!) is that there are many variable that contribute to how heat is transferred from one object to another. This alters the time frame of heating something to the right temperature.

Here’s a quick review on why the answer is different for everyone on the question of “How long will it take my Powerblanket product to heat my materials?” You see, heat transfers from one object to the next in one of three ways:

  1. conduction,
  2. convection and/or
  3. radiation.

So, here are the key factors to heat transfer:

  1. When heat transferrers using our products, it is typically happens through conduction. Not always, but most of the time. “Conduction is the transfer of heat between substances that are in direct contact with each other. The better the conductor, the more rapidly heat will transfer.” This means the snugger you apply your Powerblanket wrap –  without adding additional straps –  the better the heat will transfer.
  2. Another variable that will play havoc on heat transfer is wind. Heat hates wind. In almost all cases wind will swoop in and steal heat from just about anything. That is not to say a Powerblanket wrap won’t heat, but only that it could take longer to get it there.
  3. Ambient temperatures also play a determining factor in heat-transfer time. If the desired temperature is 70°F and your ambient is -20°F it will take quite a bit longer to get there than if your ambient was 65°F. Make sense? Of course it does.
  4. And, finally, what are you trying to heat and what is its beginning temperature? Is it thick and viscous or is it thin like water? Does it begin the heat process at frigid temperatures or something reasonable like 50°F? The more viscous the product the harder it is to circulate the heat throughout. (This is called convection.) “Heat energy transferred between a surface and a moving fluid at different temperatures is known as convection. In reality this is a combination of diffusion and bulk motion of molecules. Near the surface the fluid velocity is low, and diffusion dominates. Away from the surface, bulk motion increases the influence and dominates.”

So, now you see that this one simple question, “how long will it take to get hot?” cannot be answered quickly and there is not a one-size-fits-all answer.

Can I Use a Spray Foam Heater Without Burning My SPF?

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Spray Foam HeaterSpray foam applicators spend a lot of money on their equipment and materials and they need to be treated properly to work well. If Spray Polyurethane Foam is not stored and kept within the manufacturer’s suggested temperature ranges the foam chemicals can change viscosity and degrade, thus not allowing them to apply properly.

During the winter months drums of material need to be kept warm to avoid both Freezing and Viscosity Drift. Depending on the formulation, freezing can occur anywhere between 20°F and 47°F. Viscosity Drift is also a result of temperature drop. Every 10°C (18°F) drop in temperature will double viscosity. This change in temperature will thicken systems making it difficult to spray and will also stall pumps. Most spray polyurethane foam is recommended to be maintained around room temperature (70° to 80°F). A blanket style drum heater with heat spreading technology is the recommended spray foam heating solution.

According to the SPFA (Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance), heat blanket style heaters are the recommended solution to cold weather issues, “Low heat flux blanket-type heaters work well to maintain drum temperatures. Avoid the use of band heaters or other high heat flux heaters.” Band heaters are high heat flux style heaters which localize heat, causing damaged product and bulging drums. Additionally, band heaters have unreliable thermostats which can over-heat, also resulting in off-ratio foam, increased density and loss in coverage for the applicator. This all translates into loss profitability.

Our barrel heaters maintain optimal temperatures for cold weather spray foam jobs. Powerblanketdrum heaters completely wrap the drum, top to bottom, offering total protection. Additionally, our patented GreenHeat Technology provides uniform heat throughout the entire blanket surface, thus avoiding hot or cold spots. This innovative technology delivers optimal operating temperature for spray foam applicators in all cold weather conditions. The Pro-style barrel heaters also include a digital thermostatic controller allowing you to select an optimal set point, +/- 2°F.  Also, this innovative barrel heater offers three independent, self-limiting heat zones for ultimate temperature control. Whether conditions are extremely cold or slightly cool, our Barrel Heaters can keep you on the job.