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Reasons to Choose Plural Component Spray Equipment

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Plural component equipment – fine finish proportioners and spray equipment – are gaining in popularity today versus ‘hot potting’ for many valid reasons. Plural component proportioners heat and mix multiple elements just prior to application separately and then mix them together within the spray system. Having the equipment combine your application elements versus ‘hot potting’ – or mixing these elements manually in a separate piece of equipment from your spraying system – has numerous benefits. Here are some to consider:

  1. Cost savings. Plural component equipment mixes your application elements in real-time as you’re applying them, which means you’re only mixing what you need for the job. Anyone who has used a hot pot knows that there is often a great deal of waste at the end of a job. The only waste with a plural component proportioner is what is left in the spray hose, which is often not much at all.
  1. Time savings. As mentioned above, cleaning that hot pot takes some time and effort, where the plural component sprayer just needs to be flushed out and shut down. Time is money too, so what you save in time could be used to apply finish.
  1. Environmental friendliness. Plural component proportioners use very little solvents, and in the case of 100% solids, there’s none at all (except for flushing). This means that emissions are reduced significantly when you use plural component equipment. In addition to curbing emissions, there’s very little waste at the end of a job since you’re mixing on demand. Less waste is always a good thing when you’re talking about industrial coatings.
  1. Improved user safety. Depending on where the application is occurring, you might find that the operator is working in a relatively confined space. With fewer emissions, there’s a significantly reduced build-up of potentially explosive compounds. Needless to say this is a major benefit of using plural component proportioners.
  1. Greater precision. Plural component proportioners use some pretty sophisticated interfaces that make mixing accuracy simple and easy to maintain. Versatile dosing, better on-ratio performance, and a consistent mix quality is all handled electronically which reduces on-job mistakes – ultimately adding to cost and time savings.

To determine if a plural component proportioner is the best piece of equipment for your application needs you can always contact us. We can have one of our experts walk you through the ins-and-outs of exactly what you need to make the most of your investment. In the meantime, check out the YouTube video below of an overview of the Graco XP70 Plural Component Sprayer to give you an idea of the technology and what it can do for you.

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