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  • FDA Gasket Materials for Food Contact Applications

    FDA Gasket MaterialsFDA gasket materials are used in food contact applications such as commercial kitchens. They meet strict standards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a regulatory agency that’s responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety and quality of many food products. The FDA’s jurisdiction is limited to the United States, but FDA standards are followed worldwide.

    FDA gasket materials for food contact applications are subjected to rigorous testing. They are non-toxic, non-marking, non-allergenic, and reliable over a wide range of temperatures. These compounds are also tasteless, odorless, and resistant to the natural growth of bacteria. Not all food-grade rubber is FDA approved, however, so it’s important to choose gasket materials with care. Continue reading

  • NSF Gasket Materials for Food Equipment and Drinking Water Systems

    NSF Gasket MaterialsNSF gasket materials are used in commercial food service equipment, water treatment or distribution systems, and other applications that can affect human health and safety. Rubber compounds that are registered with NSF International (formerly the National Sanitary Foundation) must pass rigorous tests to ensure that potentially harmful substances won’t migrate from the gasket material when in contact with food or drinking water.

    NSF standards aren’t regulatory requirements, but failing to use NSF gasket materials can put larger product designs at risk. Conversely, using NSF certified compounds can increase the likelihood of regulatory acceptance. In some jurisdictions, public authorities such as health departments require food service equipment and drinking water systems to meet a specific NSF standard. Buyers also expect to see an NSF mark on products such as commercial ovens or water filtration systems. Continue reading

  • UL Gasket Materials for Flame Resistance and Ingress Protection

    UL Gasket MaterialsUL gasket materials can provide flame resistance, ingress protection, or other specialized properties. For engineers, it’s important to understand what the different standards from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mean. It’s also worth knowing if UL gasket materials are truly required in your component-level designs. Otherwise, you may “over-engineer” your gaskets and pay too much for materials.

    Compared to commodity elastomers, the prices for UL compounds are higher. The minimum order quantities (MOQs) are greater, too. In the case of rubber extrusions, the compounder has to use special tooling to account for different flow rates. The number of suppliers who offer UL materials is also limited. Unless you really need them, UL gasket materials can add unnecessary expenses to your application.

    Of course, some sealing and insulation projects require UL gasket materials to meet specific requirements. In this blog entry, the first in our September series about compound selection, Elasto Proxy explains what engineers need to know about UL gaskets for flame resistance and ingress protection. These aren’t the only UL standards for gaskets, but they’re the most common – and they can be confusing. Continue reading

  • How to Install Bulb Trim Seals

    Bulb Trim SealsBulb trim seals keep out air, water, dust, and noise. They are used in doors with radiused corners and consist of a compressible bulb and a solid retainer section. When the door is closed, the bulb is compressed to create a seal between the door and the jam. The trim or solid retainer section installs over the edge of the door and combines a finished appearance with edge protection. Applications for bulb trim seals include mobile equipment and enclosures for electronics and machinery.

    In this “How to” article from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn how to install bulb trim seals so that they won’t over-compress or kink. First, you’ll learn about materials and measurements for the bulb section. You’ll then learn how to specify the trim section of your seal. Along the way, we’ll cover some calculations and best practices for ordering and installing the industrial rubber products that you need. Bulb trim seals are sold in coils, but they also come cut-to-length to help you speed installation. Continue reading

  • How to Install Locking Gaskets

    Locking GasketsLocking gaskets are lengths of rubber that lock into place to provide a secure seal between stationary glass and a body panel. These rubber gaskets are used with the windows and windshields on mobile equipment such as trains, trucks, and buses. They’re also used with the viewing windows on enclosures for machines, instruments, and equipment. Additional applications include boat windows, clean rooms, and the windows used in high-traffic doors found in warehouses.

    In this “How to” article from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn how to install locking gaskets properly – and without risking breakage to windows or windshields. We’ll start with measurements and material selection, and consider the advantages of buying rubber gaskets that are already cut-to-size. Most importantly, you’ll learn some installation tips and best practices that can save you time while helping to avoid damage to body panels. Continue reading

  • How to Install Edge Trim

    How to Install Edge TrimEdge trim protects exposed edges and the people who come into contact with them. In addition to sealing and insulation, edge trim provides a finished appearance to surfaces such as the metal doors on vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Choosing the right type of edge trim for your application is important, but you’ll also need to install these seals with care. Otherwise, edge trim can buckle or separate.

    In this “How to” article from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn how to select edge trim based on dimensions and material requirements. You’ll also learn some best practices for cutting trim seals, as edge trim is also known. You can buy lengths in bulk and cut them yourself, or you can buy edge trim that’s been cut-to-size for your application. Either way, you’ll need to install edge trim by pressing the seal onto the edge. Continue reading

  • How to Install Rubber Gaskets

    Install Rubber GasketsDo you know how to install rubber gaskets for optimal sealing and insulation? If rubber seals are installed improperly, small leaks can admit air, water, dust, light, and sound. That’s a big problem for assembly and maintenance personnel who work in industries like mobile equipment, defense, aerospace, stainless steel and food equipment, infrastructure, and medical and health.

    Engineers and sourcing managers can help by specifying the right profile materials, but gasket installation is about more than compound selection. Gaskets can attach with mechanical fasteners, but bolts and screws require tools. Plus, mechanical fasteners can loosen from vibrations. Adhesives are great for gasket installation, but spray-on systems are messy and can raise environmental health and safety concerns.

    In this article from Elasto Proxy, the first in a series of “how to” blog entries, we explain how to install rubber gaskets for sealing and installation. In addition to adhesive selection, you’ll learn about key profile measurements. Importantly, Elasto Proxy shares requirements and best practices, too. If you want to learn how to install rubber gaskets, this article is for you. Continue reading

  • Unmanned Vehicles: Seals, Gaskets, and Insulation for Marine Environments, Commercial Drones, and Accessories

    Unmanned vehicles need custom seals, gaskets, and insulation that can withstand marine environments. Commercial drones and the electronics cases that are used with them also need reliable sealing and insulation. Elasto Proxy, a leader in custom-fabricated rubber products, can provide unmanned vehicle OEMs and their suppliers with value-added manufacturing that includes design assistance, help with material selection, prototyping, and low-to-medium volume quantities.

    Previous articles in this series have described Elasto Proxy’s capabilities with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). In the conclusion to this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how Elasto Proxy can solve sealing and insulation challenges for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), and commercial drones. We’ll also take a look at sealing and insulation solutions for unmanned vehicle accessories. Continue reading

  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs): Rubber Gaskets for UGV Electronics, Doors and Hatches, and Cameras and LED Lights

    Unmanned ground vehiclesUnmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) need rubber UGV gaskets that can help protect sensitive electronics from high heat. UGVs also need weather-resistant door and hatch seals, and custom gaskets for cameras and LED lights that can handle extreme temperatures while keeping out water and dust. Manufacturers of UGV electronics, vehicle bodies, and imaging systems must meet different requirements, but custom fabrication can solve sealing and insulation challenges across the UGV supply chain.

    Elasto Proxy, a global supplier of specialty rubber products, custom-fabricates the rubber gaskets that unmanned systems need. In this article, the second in a series about unmanned vehicles, Elasto Proxy examines three types of UGV gaskets: thermally-conductive insulation, environmental seals, and rubber gaskets for cameras and LED lights. Part 1 of this series covered UAV gaskets. Future articles will examine seals and insulation for USVs, UUVs, commercial drones, and unmanned system accessories. Continue reading

  • Elasto Proxy Participates in the Two-Mountains Family Race

    Last Sunday, Elasto Proxy employees and their families participated in the Course de la Famille Deux-Montagnes (Two-Mountains Family Race) in the town of Deux-Montagnes, Quebec. For more pictures of Team Elasto Proxy at this fun-filled event, view this album on our Facebook page.

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