Graco designs and builds a wide range of equipment designed to handle industrial fluids such as inks, colorants, paint, abrasives, corrosive, shear sensitive, gas entrapped and more. They also design and build custom products for customers with unique requirements. Graco’s double diaphragm pumps are designed for chemical transfer applications. Their chemical transfer pumps come in pneumatic and electric options, with many flow rates and sizes. Both metal and plastic housings can easily handle corrosive and abrasive fluids. They design and build the Husky double diaphragm pumps to hold in the harshest working environments. The best materials and the highest quality standards results in pumps that are built to last.
Graco Husky Double Diaphragm Pumps
The Husky double diaphragm pumps are manufactured with your productivity in mind – providing you with one of the most reliable and efficient pumps in the market. Each membrane pump is thoroughly tested before it leaves the factory.
Husky Air Operated Double Diaphragm
Designed with fewer parts than competitive pumps, Graco’s air operated double diaphragm pumps features our stall-free, low pulsation air valve, which is externally accessible—ensuring rapid changeovers and minimum downtimes.
Advantages of the Husky Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps
- Rugged construction – Resists corrosion for reliable performance and long life
- Designed to last – Heavy duty design offers long life, increased productivity and lower overall cost of ownership
- Flow rates and sizes – up to 300 gpm (1135 lpm) / port sizes ranging from ¼” to 3” in NPT, BSP, and flange options.
- Easy maintenance – The Husky has fewer parts than industry peers, the complete air valve is externally accessible so it can be serviced fast and easy without removing the pump.
- Modular air valve – Stall-free, low pulsation air valve provides smooth and rapid changeover for increased efficiency and minimizes down time
Husky Electric Operated Double Diaphragm Pumps
Graco’s electric double diaphragm pumps (EODD) are ideal for applications that require low pulsation and a smooth flow. The energy efficient electric drive reduces energy consumption up to 5x compared to traditional air operated diaphragm pumps. Each pump is ruggedly constructed to resist corrosion and deliver a long, trouble-free product life.
Advantages of the Husky Electric Operated Diaphragm Pumps
- Durable Pump Technology handles slurries and abrasives all without damage to the pump
- Fluid section is fully customizable allowing user to create the pump you need with multiple material offerings for manifolds, seats, balls, and diaphragms.
- Diaphragm pump is self-priming, runs dry and requires no rotating or moving of fluid seals
- Electric Drive reduces energy consumption and operating costs
- Provides increased pump control and accurately meters fluid
Contact your Air Power Representative today to find out how you can revolutionize your process with Graco Double Diaphragm Pumps!
Manufacturing facilities in today’s competitive market strive to produce the highest quality product. In this case study we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to produce a premier product.
Leading Global Manufacturer of Display Refrigerated Cases Systems
Air Power’s Solution
In partnership with the customer and the silicone material supplier (Ellsworth Adhesives), Air Power offered a solution by using 3 ea. Graco 55 gallon drum packages. These drum packages will replace manual and battery operated caulking guns. By going to bulk drums vs expensive tubes customer will reduce silicone cost by 30%. Customer purchases over 1 million dollars per year in silicone. Drums are placed near three assembly stations throughout the plant. Material fluid hoses are festooned 14 feet over head at each operating station to eliminate dangerous trip hazards.
By converting from caulk tubes to bulk 55 gallon drums customer will reduce RTV silicon by an estimated cost by 30%. Each Graco 55 gallon ram drum package features Graco Data Trak. The Graco Data Trak features a light tower located on the 55 gallon ram package. The light tower will alert the operator with a signal showing drum is low on material or empty.
Increased floor space by eliminating cartons of tubes placed on wood skids near each operating station. Increase production time by elimination to open cartons of tubes of silicone and place tubes into manual caulking guns.
Eliminate the need to have batteries charged. Eliminate the cost of replacing battery charged caulking guns.
How Does An Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pump Work?
An air operated diaphragm pump is a type of positive displacement pump that uses compressed air as a power source. The compressed air is shifted from one chamber to the other by a linked shaft that allows the chambers to move simultaneously. This back-and-forth motion, forces liquid out of one chamber and into the outlet manifold, while filling the opposite fluid chamber via the inlet manifold. Upon changeover, the fluid section that was filled on the previous shift empties into the outlet manifold and then fills the opposite chamber via the inlet manifold. The rapid changeover allows for reduced pulsation at the outlet.
How to Select an Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pump?
Choices are endless when selecting the correct air operated double diaphragm pump (AODD). Aluminum? Stainless? Why Plastic? Different chemicals require different pump components which are critical in determining the best pump solution for the application. Not all applications are the same and neither are the pumps. Check out some general information regarding the construction of Graco AODD Pumps.
The Graco Electric Fixed Ratio (EFR) is an electrically driven proportioner for two component sealant and adhesives. The EFR provides advanced material control in applications requiring consistent shots and beads. Air Power Application Specialist Ronnie Lowe talks about the features of the EFR Metering System and the many ways it can improve your manufacturing process.
- Highly accurate, even with low flow rates
- Capable of shots, beads and continuous flow dispense
- Superior repeatability
- Capable of handling a wide range of materials
- Easy to configure, operate and maintain
Introducing the AIRFRAME®, a practical new device that reduces muscle stress and fatigue – making the end of the day feel like the beginning.
The Levitate AIRFRAME is a wearable, lightweight technology engineered to improve upper extremity musculoskeletal health in professionals and skilled trade workers who engage in repetitive arm motion and/or static elevation of the arms. The AIRFRAME lowers exertion levels by up to 80% – keeping workers healthier and more productive, while mitigating healthcare and disability costs.
HOW IT WORKS
Light and Comfortable
Full Range of Motion
No Power Required
|The AIRFRAME’s sleek, aerodynamic design and lightweight material construction make wearing the device feel nearly unnoticeable.||Each AIRFRAME is custom-fitted to the individual user, allowing the device to fit comfortably on any body type or size.||The AIRFRAME offers full range of motion, allowing the user to easily perform any task without limitation or stiffness.||The AIRFRAME requires no electrical power – it is mechanically engineered to rely on a patented system of pulleys.|
Lowers Injury Risk
Improves Quality and Precision
Lowers Healthcare and Disability Costs
|There are more than 650,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WSMD) annually. The AIRFRAME lowers exertion levels by up to 80%, significantly lowering injury risk.||WMSDs are responsible for $50 billion in lost productivity annually. The AIRFRAME keeps workers healthy, and production humming.||Muscle stress and fatigue are the enemy of productivity. The AIRFRAME allows workers to maintain quality and precision for longer periods of time.||Musculoskeletal disorders represent $1 of every $3 spent on workers compensation. The AIRFRAME limits exposure to these injuries, reducing costs and boosting profits.||We offer full, on-site training for both workers and safety engineers on how to custom fit and operate The AIRFRAME for all users.|
The Air Power Sales team attended Graco’s 2019 Finishing Series Launch Event. It was held at the Georgia Power Center in Atlanta, GA and GEMA’s Training Facility located in Indianapolis, IN. This exclusive training is designed around Graco’s extensive product and application knowledge further equipping our team of Account Managers and supporting Application Specialist’s ability to support, promote, and identify opportunities within the manufacturing community. We were able to receive 10 hours of hands-on training directly with Graco’s team of product managers, engineers, and marketing leaders; allowing for a successful and mutually beneficial event. This training centered around cutting edge technology and product enhancements; with topics including: product messages, combating competition in the field, and proven examples (case studies) of how these technologies solve customer challenges. Below are the seven (7) topics that the Air Power and Graco team covered in detail.
Intelligent Paint Kitchen for Pneumatic Pumps
Graco’s intelligent paint kitchen is a system of smart sensors communicating with each other that optimize the performance of your circulation system. It is a less complex, less expensive alternative to advanced remote monitoring and control for the entire paint room — especially when compared to traditional custom built systems. All components are standard products, not a custom-built system, which makes them easy to be configured and install. And because both the initial investment and installation costs are lower, you’re able to be more competitive in a global market. With the intelligent paint kitchen, you can remotely monitor and control key circulation system parameters like pressures, flow rates, tank levels and agitator speeds. The enhanced awareness of key circulation system parameters in real-time enables quick diagnosis of issues and ensures your system is operating at peak efficiency.
New Pro XP Electrostatic Gun Models
Graco took their trademark, high performing electrostatic spray guns and made them better. They are smaller, lighter and designed to maximize your profits. Available in 40, 60 and 85 kV, the Pro Xp electrostatic spray gun also has a round spray option for when you need a bell-shaped pattern and a High Conductivity version for when you have low resistivity material.
Radial Piston Agitator
These units consume 30 to 50 percent less air than rotary vane motors. Manufacturers can upgrade to radial piston agitators, which run the most efficiently at low to medium speeds.
Sealed 4-Ball Plus Lower
Graco’s sealed lower not only has longer maintenance cycles, but it is also easier, faster and cheaper to replace than an entire pump assembly. The lower is completely sealed, so it can be used for every pumping application in your mix room, including catalyzed coatings. Common components make it simpler to maintain your pump, and it reduces inventory level on repair parts. Plus our positive displacement piston pumps displace fluid in both directions of the stroke, providing low cycle rates and high flow, ideal for applications using shear-sensitive materials.
Active Surge Suppressor
Graco surge suppressors were designed specifically for the finishing industry from decades of pump technology research. The streamlined fluid path ensures low shear, smooth fluid flow, and superior flush ability.
Graco’s ProDispense is a cost effective, user-friendly electronic system that gives you the capability to quickly and accurately fill cavities with industrial fluids in assembly line environments. The ProDispense allows for Consistent fluid dispense that is compatible with manual or automatic applications. The easy to use interface allows for the tracking of volume. The fluid panel configurations allow for a wide range of material viscosity and flow rates with accuracy ranges of 1 to 3 percent.
Graco’s ProControl 1KE allows you to actively manage fluid and air pressure to lock in precise spray parameters. It not only monitors fluids, it has added controls to manage fluids and improve spray performance. These systems allow for precise control of pressure, flow rates, and atomizing air with the ability to easily adjust. The user interface allows for accurate reporting of material usage while remotely monitoring all fluids via the advanced web interface on your corporate network.
Manufacturing facilities utilize various types of coatings, some of which are two component paint. These formulas must be mixed properly in order to properly adhere and perform in the field as designed. This case study highlights a solution that allowed the customer to maintain tight paint ratios, minimize waste, and remove hand mixing from the process.
A leading manufacture within the truck and bus industry located in North Carolina.
This truck and bus manufacturing facility has multiple paint booths due to their high volume, high quality, and high standards associated with the paint application. They use a two component primer and paint, and have to maintain automotive quality finish on their production line. The main paint line utilizes a Graco Proportioning System to dispense on ratio paint to operator; however the offline paint repair/touch up facility still relied on manually mixing (or “hot potting”). Hot potting tended to be very wasteful as the paint mixed wasn’t always sprayed prior to gelling, or the two parts were mixed off ratio causing imperfections within the finish aesthetics and quality. Due to hot potting the general work area was considered “messy” as operators were physically hand mixing paint and catalyst out of drums.
Air Power’s Solution
Air Power in partnership with Graco, proposed a solution utilizing the Graco ProDispense platform of product. This proportioning solution allows the offline operators to mix exactly how much they need for each application on ratio every time. There is no guesswork when it comes to material being mixed or how much is needed, and the work area is self-contained with little to no mess. The offline paint process has become streamlined as the paint operator only has to know how much paint he needs (in liters) and what color. They select the desired paint volume and color from a custom touch screen user interface. Once selected the exact amount is dispensed and mixed into the paint applicator. The operator then removes the paint applicator and performs the associated painting task.
Operators are no longer mixing paint by hand. This alone has saved the company time and money due to costly mistakes associated with the hand mixing process. The waste output has been reduced due to the ability to accurately and repeatedly meter, mix, and dispense the exact volume of paint in which the operator needs on time and on ratio. Aesthetically the workspace is much cleaner. An added benefit to management is the ability to now view, track, and have visibility of paint usage, due to the ProDispense reporting capabilities, within an application which historically has had none. Allowing for better ontime tracking, shipment, and forecasting.
Graco’s ProDispense is a cost-effective and user-friendly electronic system that dispenses preset amounts of fluids. The ProDispense system allows durable goods manufacturers to quickly and accurately fill cavities with oil, grease, water, or other industrial fluids in assembly line environments where accurate dispensing is essential. ProDispense can deliver up to eight different fluids at multiple dispense points, and accurately measure volume.
- Consistent fluid dispense
- Reporting capability tracks volume and usage
- Easily connects to PLC and barcode scanners
- Return on investment assures that ProDispense quickly pays for itself
- User interface provides simple operation and data entry
- Local or integrated control
- Manual or automatic dispense
- Tracks dispense results for process verification
Air Power Manufacturing Solutions Put PD2K to the Test with Graco and HB Fuller
The customer is switching to Swifttak 4431 Heat Reactivated Water Based Adhesive, a two-component adhesive, for better product quality. They need a system to effectively mix and spray the 2K adhesive. The Graco PD2K is the only 2K system that can effectively handle the Swifttak adhesive due to the industrial pump based unit which allows for operation in either flow or pressure made.
More about Graco ProMix PD2K System
More about Graco ProMix PD2K System
The ProMix PD2K mixes the material close to the gun so the flush zone is significantly smaller. This allows customers to use less paint, spend less on disposal costs and allows for faster color changes. And because there is limited mixed material in the system, the ProMix PD2K is ideal for short pot life materials. It is also compatible with acid-based materials.
Graco has specific ProMix proportioners that are designed to manage tough acid catalyst applications like cabinetry and bar countertops. The corrosion resistance fluid section, plus the smart fluid plate with 316 and 17-4 SST catalyst sections, can easily handle strong acid catalysts.