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Monthly Archives: May 2017

  • Thermal-Acoustic Insulation for Military Land Systems

    Thermal-Acoustic InsulationThermal-acoustic insulation for military land systems absorbs heat and sound. These composite structures are used in engine compartments, doors, floors, side panels, and hatch covers. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates thermal-acoustic insulation from foams, films, facings, and other specialized materials that meet your requirements. Our capabilities include water jet cutting for precise cuts, lamination for the reliable joining of different materials, and taping for thermal-acoustic insulation that’s easy-to-install.

    For designers of military vehicles, it’s important to specify thermal-acoustic insulation that supports the mission. The big diesel engines that power military land systems run hot and loud. Heat and noise from the engine bay don’t just make the crew compartment uncomfortable. The air conditioning needs to run constantly, soldiers can’t hear each other over engine sounds, and the vehicle’s thermal profile is more susceptible to infrared detection. High heat can damage vehicle electronics, too. Continue reading

  • 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

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