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  • Spall Liners for Military Vehicles

    Spall Liners for Military VehiclesSpall liners for military vehicles protect soldiers from flying fragments (spall) of metal inside of the crew compartment. They’re made of energy-absorbing materials and can be fabricated into panels or blankets. Spall liners attach to the inside of a vehicle’s structural armor and line the interior surfaces of tanks, fighting vehicles, and personnel carriers. By reducing the risk of serious of injury to military personnel, these custom-fabricated components serve as a type of interior armor.

    Elasto Proxy makes spall panels, spall blankets, and other types of spall linings for military land systems.  We use water jet cutting to create smooth, straight lines and can make angled cuts for edges that conform to vehicle contours. With our custom fabrication capabilities, Elasto Proxy can create spall liners with fastener holes for permanent installation, or that support Velcro fasteners for temporary attachment. We can also laminate materials together to create strong, durable composites for military vehicles. Continue reading

  • Engine Bay Insulation for Military Vehicles

    Military Land SystemsEngine bay insulation for military vehicles keeps noise and heat in the engine bay from reaching the passenger compartment. The diesel engines that power military land systems run loud and hot, raising concerns about solider health and safety. Warfighters need to be able to hear each other above engine sounds, and a vehicle where the air conditioning runs full-blast is less fuel-efficient. Hotter vehicles also have stronger heat signatures, making them more susceptible to thermal detection by hostile forces.

    Thermal-acoustic insulation is important, but manufacturers of military vehicles also need to protect on-board electronics and instruments from sound-induced vibrations. Otherwise, these noise disturbances can shorten equipment life through component failure. Resistance to flash and fire supports the mission, too. Engine bay insulation must also resist oil and automotive chemicals, withstand washdowns with water and detergents, and support cost-effective fabrication. Continue reading

  • Heat Blankets for Mobile Equipment

    Heat BlanketsHeat blankets for mobile equipment support engine performance, operator comfort, and pollution control. In diesel-powered equipment, heat blankets wrap around the exhaust pipe that’s under the hood. These exhaust blankets keep heat from spreading to nearby engine components and into the cab where the operator sits. Within the exhaust system itself, hotter gases help to deliver more power and better mileage. Higher exhaust system temperatures also eliminate pollutants more effectively.

    To handle the high temperatures from diesel exhaust systems, heat blankets are cut from silicone-coated fiberglass fabric or other heat-resistant cloth. They are sewn with high-temperature thread made of Kevlar or fiberglass, and can have metal snaps or Velcro fasteners for ease-of-installation. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates heat blankets for mobile equipment and works with diesel equipment owners who need to achieve Tier 4 compliance, a strict pollution control standard from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading

  • Rubber Gaskets for Mobile Equipment: Doors and Windows

    Rubber Gaskets for Mobile EquipmentRubber gaskets for mobile equipment provide sealing and insulation for doors and windows. They prevent the entry of outside air and water, but also absorb road and engine noise. For mobile equipment manufacturers, the right rubber gaskets need to provide both environmental sealing and acoustic insulation. Otherwise, unwanted sounds can enter the cab where the operator sits. Seals that admit wind, water, dirt, or outdoor temperatures are problematic, but so is mobile equipment insulation that fails to reduce noise levels.

    Gasket quality is important, but design engineers and sourcing managers also need to consider material costs. This includes not just the gasket rubber, but also the method of attachment, such as clips, fasteners, or liquid adhesives. Engineers and buyers also need to consider the tools, skills, and capabilities of the personnel who will install rubber gaskets for mobile equipment. Outsourcing your gasket fabrication may seem expensive, but consider your true costs. Continue reading

  • Rubber Floor Mats for Mobile Equipment

    Rubber Floor MatsRubber floor mats for mobile equipment protect the cabin floor, support employee safety, and provide acoustic insulation. The metal flooring that’s used inside the cab is strong and durable, but operators track mud, snow, dirt, and water inside. Rubber floor mats protect these metal surfaces and help reduce slip-and-fall hazards. Rubber flooring that’s laminated to acoustic insulation also helps to absorb noise from the engine compartment, which is often directly below the cab where the operator sits.

    Unlike carpeting, rubber floor matting won’t stain. Rubber is also easier-to-clean and offers greater wear resistance than fabric. In a mobile equipment cab, an operator’s feet may remain in the same position for extended periods of time. With carpet floor mats, heel wear can cause holes in the fabric. This exposes the subfloor, introduces a potential safety hazard, and provides a path for engine sounds. Rubber flooring can also be used as a kick-plate to protect cab walls from contact with an operator’s boots. Continue reading

  • Engine Bay Insulation for Mobile Equipment

    Engine Bay InsulationEngine bay insulation for mobile equipment keeps heat and noise in the engine compartment from reaching the cab interior. The diesel engines that power mobile equipment run hot and loud, which raises concerns about occupant comfort, health, and safety. Mobile equipment manufacturers also need to protect cabin components such as instruments from sound-induced vibrations. For a complete engine bay solution, Elasto Proxy makes thermal-acoustic insulation that can also dampen vibrations.

    With mobile equipment, the cab where the operator sits is right next to the engine compartment. Unless adequate engine bay insulation is attached to the firewall, heat and sound from the engine will spread to the cabin. Cab insulation helps, but you need a complete solution. Elasto Proxy makes firewall insulation, and also fabricates insulation that’s installed under the cabin floor. This thermal-acoustic insulation is important in mobile equipment designs where the cab is directly above the engine compartment. Continue reading

  • Cab Insulation for Mobile Equipment: Head Liners, Side Panels, Door Panels

    Cab InsulationCab insulation for mobile equipment absorbs sound and provides a finished appearance to cabin interiors. Headliners, door panels, and side panels are made of perforated vinyl foams that, depending on the amount of cabin noise, are typically 1/2” or 1” thick. This acoustic insulation can be hand-cut and applied with spray adhesives, but that process is labor-intensive, results in material waste, and raises health and safety concerns. Fortunately, there’s a better way to get the cab insulation that you need.

    Elasto Proxy uses value-added manufacturing to create custom cab insulation for mobile equipment. Water jet cutting makes precise cuts with straight lines or chamfered angles. Taping replaces adhesive spraying with peel-and-stick installation. Kitting, parts marking, and packaging put everything your installers need at their fingertips. Elasto Proxy offers design assistance and help with material selection, too. By choosing cab insulation from Elasto Proxy, you’ll save time and money while improving quality. Continue reading

  • Mobile Equipment Insulation: Get the Sample Kit

    Mobile Equipment InsulationMobile equipment insulation absorbs sound and deflects heat, helping to keep drivers and operators safe and comfortable. Materials of construction vary, but generally include foams, foils, and facings. For mobile equipment manufacturers, the process of cutting, assembling, and installing thermal insulation and acoustic insulation can result in material waste and concerns about product quality. Manufacturers risk losing sight of their true costs, and potential buyers may notice imperfections in cab and vehicle interiors.

    Manufacturing Costs and Quality

    Buyers who closely examine a product’s details can draw positive or negative conclusions about overall quality. Door seals that are bonded properly make a good first impression. So does cab insulation that’s cleanly cut and neatly installed. Insulation that’s cut from a template with a utility knife or a box cutter may seem cost-effective, but do potential buyers see uneven cuts and gaps between parts? How much material gets scrapped when installers struggle to make straight or chamfered cuts? Continue reading

  • Skylight Seals and Load Requirements

    Skylight SealsSkylight seals from Elasto Proxy can meet requirements for dead loads, live loads, local maintenance loads, and wind compression loads.

    Skylights are windows that are installed in a building’s roof or ceiling. They admit natural light, support passive solar heating, and provide a visual connection to the outdoor environment. Skylights feature large spans of glass, but there’s more to these windows than meets the eye. Glass loads can be heavy, and wind loads can add weight and pressure to skylight panels. If heavy loads cause a skylight to collapse, people can get hurt. Serious damage to a building’s interior can result, too. Continue reading

  • Military Gaskets: Four Things Engineers Need to Know

    military gasketsMilitary gaskets provide sealing and insulation in some of the world’s most demanding environments. Marine applications include amphibious landing craft, battleships and submarines, and radar and sonar systems. Aerospace applications include aircraft, unmanned systems, satellites, and radar. Military gaskets for land systems are also used in armored vehicles, tanks, tankers, trucks, and onboard electronics.

    For design engineers, specifying the right rubber gaskets for military projects can be a complex task. Many defense contractors are familiar with acronyms like MRAP, but has your design team heard of MTAP? This four-letter acronym from Elasto Proxy explains how engineers need to consider media, temperature, application, and pressure during gasket design and compound selection. Continue reading

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