Benefits of data collection
The combination of smart electronics and high-performance components results in the high-quality application of high-performance fireproofing products. This can prove especially valuable with hydrocarbon-fueled fires that can occur in petroleum facilities.
Computer monitoring of two-component mixing – for example by the Graco XM PFP – provides additional reporting capabilities to document system performance. Data is recorded continuously on flow, pressure, temperature, volume and ratio for all material sprayed. This becomes particularly valuable in fireproofing, because different fireproofing materials require different mixing ratios.
The computer-controlled system can adjust ratios as needed and record data in various settings. With traditional methods of proportioning two components, a physical change of metering pumps is required to make adjustments, along with a different diameter heated hose.
Computer monitoring also provides more uniformity and consistency in coating application. Because the component ratio is being monitored continuously, the system can adjust as needed to maintain consistent flow rates. Ratios can also be adjusted as needed for different coating materials.
The system-controlled mixing and pre-conditioning of chemicals also improve application efficiency, resulting in labor savings for contractors. With traditional spray equipment, one or more workers may be tasked with mixing material. With plural-component spraying, the machine does the mixing, virtually eliminating wait time. Instead of spending time mixing, monitoring and adjusting component ratios, workers can focus on the coating application.
More accurate ratio assurance also reduces material waste. The need to remove improperly mixed material from the system is virtually eliminated. Less cleanup solvent is also required, reducing the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) introduced into the atmosphere, thereby reducing cost for contractors. Small touch-up jobs can be done with portable equipment. Ideal for spraying hot-potted PFP epoxies, the Xtreme PFP Sprayer is easy to clean with its quick knockdown, double-ball pump.
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