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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • 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

  • Rubber Door Seals for Walk-In Bathtubs

    Walk-in BathtubsWalk-in bathtubs allow people with limited mobility to bathe themselves safely and independently. Typically, they’re used in hospitals, healthcare settings, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities. Unlike a traditional bathtub, a walk-in bathtub has a door on the front or side of the unit. This allows users to enter and exit the tub without having to lift their legs over the side. This reduces the chance of slip-and-fall injuries, and also supports wheelchair accessibility.

    Walk-in bathtubs feature various door designs and come with various capabilities. Hydrotherapy options include whirlpools and adjustable bubble jets. Units with adjustable shower heads, integral handrails, LED lighting, and inside-the-tub seating are also available. Many walk-in bathtubs now include fast-draining capabilities so that users don’t need to remain in the unit for long periods of time while the bathtub empties. Product features vary, but all walk-in bathtubs need reliable rubber door seals. Continue reading

  • Medical Grade Gaskets and Platinum-Cured Silicones

    medical grade gasketsMedical grade gaskets made of platinum-cured silicones are used in medical devices and equipment. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates these rubber gaskets from an ultra-clean line of silicones that are FDA, USP Class VI, and RoHS compliant. At our manufacturing center near Montreal, Canada, we use water jet cutting to convert elastomers with speed and precision. Because there are no tooling charges, water jet cutting is ideal for prototyping and producing low-to-medium volumes of medical grade gaskets.

    Elasto Proxy’s custom fabrication expertise includes assistance with seal design and compound selection. Just send us your CAD files and our technical team will use SolidWorks to review your schematics. The medical grade silicones that we custom-fabricate come in a range of durometers, and are available in custom colors to support your product designs. Although platinum-cured silicones are normally translucent, Elasto Proxy can manufacture medical grade gaskets in white, olive drab, and other colors. Continue reading

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