R-Value Podcast

Episode 26

Graco Reactor 3 with Nick Pagano

It’s not just your phone, technology is improving rapidly in every facet of our lives including the tools we use to get the job done. Today we pay special attention to one of the most vital and complex pieces of your spray foam operation, the rig.

Our guest this week is Nick Pagano, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Graco’s Contractor Equipment Division. Nick has been in the spray foam industry for over 20 years, with a focus on spray foam and polyurea equipment, and has served on boards of both the SPFA and the Spray Foam Coalition. He’s now involved in product line management, new product development, and new business development.

He’s here to discuss the latest and greatest from Graco, the Reactor 3 Spray Foam System. Reactor 3 pairs revolutionary hardware improvements with software that reduces maintenance costs and helps you to ensure the quality of your projects.

Interested in the new Reactor 3? Reach out to your local IDI branch today!

In this podcast…

1:54 – When do you know it’s time to upgrade your equipment?

3:13 – How Graco gets feedback from contractors that shapes new solutions

7:28 – How Reactor 3 makes it easier to find the person to run your rig every day

10:52 – How many engineers does it take to make a revolutionary new product

12:20 – How Reactor 3 completely re-thinks every aspect of the spray foam system

14:30 – Instead of constantly fixing hose cables…what if we got rid of the cables altogether?

17:07 – Putting Graco’s products to the test

20:00 – What are the differences between the Standard, Pro and Elite models of Reactor 3?

24:15 – Revolutionizing a constant source of problems: the drum pumps

28:00 – A hose made for the all-day contractor

31:25 – A pump system that actually reduced maintenance costs

34:12 – How Graco’s new software can monitor your system AND the product coming out of the gun



Episode 25

SPFA and the SprayFoam 2022 Convention with Rick Duncan

It’s the Super Bowl of spray foam conventions, SprayFoam 2022, and it’s live and in-person this February. Today we’re talking to the man who is helping to put it all together, Rick Duncan. He is the Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the industry’s leading organization representing contractors, material and equipment manufacturers, distributors, and industry consultants.

Rick is here to tell us about the exciting updates from SPFA and the SprayFoam 2022 convention in San Antonio, Texas on February 28th. The convention will include many exciting opportunities for training, new technologies, and even a huge giveaway. Also, don’t forget to check out IDI Distributors at booth 417 during this year’s SprayFoam 2022 convention! Our booth will feature hourly demonstrations of our new bidding software, BIDIT, as well as have brand new products on display and much more!

Ken Allison

Episode 24

Using New Technology to Win Customer Trust with DeWitt Driscoll, Positive Energy Consulting

There’s an adage in writing for the stage and screen: show, don’t tell. That’s an adage that has led to big business for our guest today, DeWitt Driscoll of Positive Energy Consultants. He’s taking on the hardest jobs and using cutting-edge technology to make sure customers understand what they need and how he can help.

Ken Allison

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