Armored vehicles play an essential role in projecting military power and protecting service personnel. Metal plating and weapons systems are what most observers notice, but closer inspection reveals that rubber parts also help support the mission. In this technical article from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn about the six types of custom-fabricated components that we supply for a military vehicle that’s been an important part of U.S. and Coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading
Bulb trim seals provide sealing and insulation for doors, hatches, and enclosures. These industrial rubber products have bulb and retainer sections that are made of different materials. The bulb section provides sealing and insulation under compressive force. The trim or retainer presses onto a flange or substrate. Each section of the seal also has a different durometer or hardness to support proper compression.
This technical article from Elasto Proxy is designed to help you choose the right bulb trim seals for your application. In addition to compound selection and part dimensions, product designers and technical buyers need to consider color, texture, internal supports, and exterior finishes. Your application may also require flame-resistant compounds or rubber that meets specific industry standards. Continue reading
Thermal acoustic insulation is used in the floors, doors, side panels, and engine bays of military vehicles. Many different types of insulating materials are available, but you don’t need to be a material scientist to make the right choice. By choosing an experienced custom-fabricator who provides design assistance and help with material selection, you can strengthen your product designs as well as your supply chain. That’s why the North American defense industry asks Elasto Proxy for thermal acoustic solutions. Continue reading
Excessive amounts of shock and vibration can cause equipment to malfunction and systems to fail. In some cases, such as the collapse of a bridge or a building, the results can be catastrophic. Shock and vibration aren’t just problems for architects, however. Designers of vehicles and equipment also need solutions to vibration control and shock absorption challenges.
Elasto Proxy, a custom-fabricator of industrial rubber products, specializes in high-performance custom insulation for shock and vibration. We also provide design assistance and help with material selection. For demanding applications such as automotive suspensions and custom flooring military vehicles, engineers and technical buyers trust our custom-fabricated polyurethane foam for shock and vibration. Continue reading
Defense contractors trust sealing and insulation solutions from Elasto Proxy, a custom-fabricator of low-to-medium volumes of rubber and plastic parts. For over 25 years, our ISO 9001:2008-certified company has been providing custom solutions like these for major military programs:
– Rubber seals for vehicle doors, windows, and hatches
– Military gaskets for generator sets and other equipment
– Vibration mounts for sensitive electronic displays
– EMI connector gaskets that meet M83528 requirements
– Personal protection pads for confined spaces such as tanks
– Thermal and acoustic insulation for engine compartments and cabs
– Specialty seals for engine exhaust and amphibious equipment
– Partitions for engine exhaust and amphibious equipment
This October, Elasto Proxy will join other leading members of the defense supply chain at AUSA 2016, the largest land power exposition in North America. If you’re headed to this important event and serious about solving sealing and insulation challenges, request a meeting with Elasto Proxy. Continue reading
Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates silicone hatch seals for demanding applications. These specialty gaskets support superior sealing with good compression set and temperature resistance.
Gasket designers want rubber hatch seals that are as tough as the vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure that need them. If a hatch seal can’t withstand compression, it may over-compress and admit wind, water, dirt, or mud. If a hatch seal can’t withstand a wide range of temperatures and outdoor environmental conditions, seal failure can result, too. If you need hatch seals for military vehicles, mobile equipment, marine applications, or HVAC systems, there’s plenty to think about. Fortunately, help is available.
For every hatch seal design, compound selection is critical. As readers of this blog learned last March, choosing the right rubber won’t stop enemy fire, but choosing the wrong rubber can result in over-compressed hatch seals on military vehicles. That’s why although neoprene rubber offers an excellent balance of material properties, this elastomer wasn’t the best choice for the military gaskets that Elasto Proxy inspected. After examining the results of over-compression, we recommended silicone sponge rubber seals instead. Is this same elastomer right for your application, too? Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why the military uses so many acronyms? It's because soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines need to convey information quickly, accurately, and efficiently. That's why suppliers to the defense industry are also more likely to hear a term such as “MRAP” than the phrase “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle”. For defense contractors who want to win new business, mastering these acronyms can be like learning a new language.
Like any specialized discipline, gasket design has its own language, too. For example, many rubber gaskets are made of synthetic elastomers with names such as Buna-N and EPDM. Published specifications such as ASTM D2000 use letters and numbers to “call out” the properties of vulcanized rubber in a highly-structured way. Units of measure such as durometer (hardness) are sometimes unfamiliar, so buyers and designers may need assistance in order to translate the language of rubber into project specifications. That's just part of how Elasto Proxy can help. Continue reading
Home builders and general contractors need waterproof building materials for kitchens and bathrooms. Commercial construction companies also need specialized materials that can prevent water from weakening structures such as shower frames or sink backsplashes. There are several different categories of water damage, but even the least harmful type (Class 1) can mean costly repairs or renovations.
Water damage doesn’t just rot and weaken built structures, however. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms that can harm human health. For example, exposure to so-called “black mold” may cause skin rashes or respiratory distress, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Sometimes, these toxic molds remain hidden behind tiles or beneath flooring for years. Continue reading
Engineers and technical buyers need energy absorption solutions that can help protect vehicles, buildings, equipment, and personnel from blast waves. As the threat of terrorism continues, military vehicles and facilities aren’t the only targets for attacks that use improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Today, concrete structures such as office buildings, parking garages, and sports stadiums represent “soft targets” for terrorists. In the event of an attack, energy-absorbing structural foams can decrease blast impulse transfers and help save lives. These specialized materials can also reduce shock and vibration.
Aluminum foams from Elasto Proxy are strong, lightweight materials that provide blast mitigation and thermal acoustic insulation. In addition to absorbing energy from explosions, these aluminum composite products offer thermal conductivity and sound attenuation. Applications for structural aluminum foams include vehicle IED underbody kits, architectural blast panels, composite flooring systems, and vibration management. Additional uses include vehicle lightweighting and sandwich panels, multi-layer building and construction materials with excellent mechanical performance. Continue reading
Structural foams are strong but lightweight materials with a sandwich-like structure. They consist of a foam core that’s sandwiched between two thin but solid layers. During production, a blowing agent is introduced and process parameters are modified. Compared to solid injection molding, the foam molding process provides important design and performance benefits. Structural foams also support cost-effective custom fabrication and can be laminated to other materials in multi-layer composites. Continue reading