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  • Sealing Solutions and Material Compatibility

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    Doug Sharpe

    President of Elasto Proxy

    How safe are the sidewalks in your city? If you’re concerned about cracked cement at your feet, you may want to look skyward instead. No, don’t look at the clouds. Instead, examine the windows on the high-rise office buildings. In mid-town Manhattan recently, three pedestrians were injured when a glass window fell from the side of a 34-story structure. During interior renovations, a construction worker accidentally struck the window with a piece of equipment, causing the glass to dislodge.

    Material scientists know a lot about glass, but you don’t have to be an expert to know that it can crack and break. Just ask the tourists who stepped onto The Ledge, a glass observation deck high above Chicago. When a thin layer of “sacrificial glass” cracked, the surface resembled a car’s windshield after an accident. Experts debate whether the tourists were really at risk, but that’s small consolation to the Jaguar owner whose car “melted” because of reflected sunlight from a London office building.

    Rubber, Glass, and Metal

    Glass may be the most commonly used urban building material, but it’s hardly the only one. Rubber seals help hold glass in place. They also keep out wind and weather. When the sun’s rays strike, it’s not just the window glass that expands. As I explained in Seal Selection and Thermal Expansion, changes in temperature cause changes in an elastomer’s length, area, and volume. Several years ago, I saw this firsthand when high heat caused a rubber seal to expand so much that it lifted a large steel cover.

    Rubber and glass aren’t the only materials affected by service temperature, and cold weather can also cause part failure. Here in Canada, it’s not uncommon for hockey players to stuff beer in a snowbank while enjoying an outdoor game on a frozen lake or pond. The snow cools the beer, but the aluminum cans aren’t as hearty as a Stanley Cup winner. The beer is made mostly of water, and water expands when frozen. So if the beer gets too cold, the cans explode – and there’s no post-game celebration.

    Thermal Expansion and Extreme Conditions

    For the pedestrians in Manhattan who were injured by falling glass, the stakes were much higher than a hockey game. The tourists in Chicago and the Jaguar owner in London all stayed safe, but they saw what can happen when environmental conditions cause materials to fail. For the rubber and plastics industry, the incident in Manhattan is especially instructive. Whether with plastic parts or rubber seals, suppliers and buyers alike must consider whether a polymer is compatible with adjacent materials.

    In office buildings, homes, and vehicles, window glass is typically part of a “system” that includes metal parts and rubber seals. Evaluating the thermal expansion of each componen tin sealing solutions is important, but factors such as maintenance must also be considered. Today, curtain walls often use EPDM and silicones because these materials provide excellent heat and weather resistance. If a different type of caulking is using during maintenance, however, air leaks and water damage can occur.

    Plastic parts can also cause rubber components to fail. Years ago, a supplier packaged a foam rubber armrest against a piece of plastic. During the time the armrest was in storage, the plastic caused the rubber to look like it had been exposed to a hot iron. Today, suppliers must also consider a whole host of conditions. In the case of skyscraper windows, how will rubber parts withstand extreme weather conditions and earthquakes?

    How Can We Help You?

    For 25 years, Elasto Proxy has been solving sealing and insulation challenges in industries such as building and construction, automotive, and mobile specialty vehicles. By listening to your needs and analyzing all of your requirements, we can recommend solutions that balance the need for safety against cost concerns.

    For example, by fully understanding your application’s material compatibility requirements and temperature conditions, we can recommend rubbers with the right material properties. Moreover, we’ll take the time to understand how these rubber products resist aging. The Brooklyn Bridge was built to last, but the Golden Gate requires a special coat of paint ever year. How does your application compare to these structures in terms of service life and maintenance?

    Please contact us for more information, or join the conversation on our social media channels. Look for a post with a link to this blog entry on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Elasto Proxy has a YouTube channel, too. Finally, please subscribe to our free e-newsletters. They’re a great source of information delivered right to your email inbox, and they provide links to blog entries like this one.

  • How to Select Green Rubber Products

    Green Products

    Megan Beaulieu Executive Support at Elasto Proxy

    Green manufacturing isn’t just about saving the planet. It’s about sustaining long-term profitability. For product designers and technical buyers, deciding whether to use green rubber products means striking a balance between business economics and environmental responsibility. Consumers say they want to “go green”, but are they willing to pay more for green parts? If green rubber products are cost-effective, will these eco-friendly components meet all of your application requirements?

    These are just some of the questions that manufacturers are asking, not only of their own marketing and engineering departments, but of their supply chain partners. Answering these questions involves careful analysis, of course, but it starts with understanding what green manufacturing is about. On the one hand, there are the manufactured products used in green technologies such as solar panels. On the other, there are efforts by manufacturers to reduce, re-use, and recycle – regardless of markets served.

    What Makes Rubber Green?

    As a supplier of sealing and insulation solutions to both the green power industry and a variety of other markets, Elasto Proxy has asked itself what makes rubber products “green”. After extensive research and discussion, our 25-year old company defines “green rubber” with regard to product characteristics and/or production methods. Our definition may not be the same as another supplier’s, but we’ve considered our explanation carefully so that we can state it accurately and share it with you.

    Some green rubber products are made of recycled elastomers, even if the original materials contained petroleum products. Other green rubber is biodegradable, and typically made of plant-based materials. Still other rubber parts deserve the “green” label because they have longer life cycles. These high-quality rubber components may or may not come from sustainable sources, but remember that rubber can be “green” if it’s made in a facility that uses wind or solar power, or that has reduced emissions.

    Green Power and Beyond

    As an experienced supplier to the green power industry, Elasto Proxy designs and custom-fabricates windmill door seals, sound insulation for power generators, rubber profiles for windmill blades and nacelles, lens cover gaskets, and protective profiles for the glass on solar panels. Now, as we prepare to share samples of green rubber products, our solutions providers will present these options to all of the industries we serve.

    For example, the building and construction industry needs door and window seals, weatherstripping, trim, and floor matting for green homes. The automotive industry can use green materials in hatch seals, window and door seals, and thermal and acoustic insulation.  Alternatively, car makers can strengthen the designs of environmentally-friendly electric vehicles with green rubber seals, mats, and gaskets.  Green rubber products also can be used in mass transit applications such as trains, buses, and subways.

    Join the Conversation

    What makes a rubber product “green”? Is it the materials of construction, the way that it’s made – or a combination of both? Now that Elasto Proxy has shared its definition of “green rubber products” with you, we’d like to hear what you think – and understand your business needs and application requirements for green materials.

    Join the conversation on our social media sites. Look for a post with a link to this blog entry on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Elasto Proxy has a YouTube channel, too. Finally, please subscribe to our free e-newsletters. They’re a great source of information delivered right to your email inbox, and they provide links to blog entries like this one.

  • Are Solar Roads the Way of the Future?

    Solar Roadways

    Clyde Sharpe Elasto Proxy

    How strong are solar panels? Would you stand on one and jump up and down? Would you park your car atop a solar array, or drive across photovoltaic cells at a high rate of speed? The exposed surfaces on PV panels are made of glass, but not annealed glass – the type that’s used in wine glasses, beer bottles, and some windows. Instead, solar panels use tougher, tempered glass. But just how strong is it? And could roads made of solar panels survive demanding environments like a Canadian winter?

    Walk, Park, and Drive

    According to Scott and Julie Brusaw, the founders of Solar Roadways, solar panels can be built so strong that you can walk, park, and drive on them. Backed by multiple phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the couple’s company is finishing a prototype parking lot and planning for production. At Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website, Solar Roadways has already raised 196% of its $1-million goal. The technology is popular, but what about practical?

    Originally, Solar Roadways planned to design panels that could support 80,000 lbs., the legal limit for tractor trailers in many jurisdictions. After learning that oil companies can move refinery equipment up to 230,000 lbs. across frozen roads, the solar startup aimed for a maximum of 250,000 lbs. instead. As the FAQ section of the company’s website explains, both 3D finite element method analysis and load testing at civil engineering labs has demonstrated that these PV panels are up to the task.

    Enough Electricity to Supply the Entire World

    Solar roads may be tough enough to withstand heavy weights and hard winters, but can they produce enough electricity to be cost-effective? For that matter, would panels even “pay for themselves”, as the Indiegogo page claims? As Solar Roadways admits, its panel prices are not yet available. Until prototype costs are captured and a production cost analysis is completed, critics (and even some supporters) will ask questions as tough as the panels themselves.

    To its credit, Solar Roadways appreciates that “engineers love numbers” – and updates a web page called The Numbers daily. Among the assumptions is that there are 31,250.86 square miles of roads, parking lots, driveways, playgrounds, bike paths, and sidewalks in the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Given its product’s capabilities, and based on test results, Solar Roadways claims that covering these surfaces with its PV panels “could produce just about enough electricity to supply the entire world.”

    Costs, Benefits – and Rats

    Road builders need to consider all of their costs – and all of the benefits – before starting projects. In addition to generating electricity, Solar Roadways are designed to serve as reservoirs for storing and treating stormwater, and as corridors for power and data cables. It’s not just a matter of tearing up old asphalt and replacing the roadbed with solar panels then. There are subterranean structures to be built, and effects on flood control, public water supplies, and electrical distribution to consider.

    Then there are rats – unwelcome inhabitants in many underground structures. As I learned during a recent trip to China, rats in rail tunnels will eat the door seals on passenger cars to access tastier food supplies within. These doors seals are made of rubber, as are many seals for industrial applications. For the designers of solar roadways then, it’s important to look beyond the PV glass – especially in cities. Material selection also matters for any sealing that’s used between interlocking solar panels.

    Hard Winters and Underground Cables

    Here in Quebec, where Elasto Proxy is headquartered, overhead wires are especially vulnerable during winter months. During the Ice Storm of 2001, for example, thousands of lines were downed and then repaired at considerable cost. Using solar roads to put power lines underground could prevent such power outages, and appeal to those who would rather not see the wires.

    A Canadian winter isn’t the time to build solar roads, however, but when’s the best time to see if Solar Roadways will really work?

    Join the Conversation

    What are your thoughts about solar roads? Join the conversation on our social media sites. Look for a post with a link to this blog entry on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Elasto Proxy has a YouTube channel, too.

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  • Is Bottled Water Bad for the Environment?

    Water BottleHow much water does it take to make a bottle of water? The answer, critics claim, is greater than the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) admits. According to the results of a recently released IBWA report, the bottled water industry needs 1.39 liters (L) to produce 1 L of bottled water. That’s less water than is required for soda (2.02 L), beer (4.0 L), wine (4.74 L), or hard liquor (34.55 L).

    So do environmentalists prefer Evian to Coca-Cola, microbrews to merlot, and anything that’s drinkable to Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam? Let’s quench our thirst for analysis before buying anyone the next round. The water activists who dispute the IBWA’s calculations accuse the beverage industry of underreporting the size of its “water footprint” as well as its “carbon footprint”. Do they make a convincing case?

    Through a Glass Darkly

    Environmentalists have long argued that bottled water is wasteful because it’s resource-intensive. Some activists have even claimed that bottled water is bad for the environment because plastic bottles require petroleum, a fossil fuel. Critics also cite pollution ranging from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to plastic water bottles that, when improperly discarded, litter city streets.

    As conneissuers of mineral water will note, however, their favorite products aren’t always packaged in plastic. There’s Perrier with its signature green glass bottles, of course, but there are also brands such as Hildon and Saint Géron that feature clear glass. These mineral waters may be more popular in Europe than North America, but let the record show that not all bottled water is packaged in plastic.

    Petroleum and PETE

    If you take a look around your office though, you’re more likely to see co-workers sipping water from clear plastic containers. Most of these disposable bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate, (PET or PETE), a lightweight plastic that’s clear, tough, and shatterproof. As the American Chemistry Council explains, PET plastics also provide an excellent barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water.

    In recent years, PET water bottles have been criticized because of their alleged health effects. The Canadian Cancer Society separates myths from facts, but let’s keep our focus on the environmental debate. Like many other plastics, PET is made of petroleum hydrocarbons. This material is formed into bottles through blow molding or even thermoforming – processes that often require fossil fuels.

    Carbon and Water Footprints

    PET plastic’s “carbon footprint” doesn’t end there, however. After water bottles are filled, they’re moved to market by methods, such as rail or trucking, that typically burn fossil fuels. From production to transportation then, bottled water consumes resources that some environmentalists would prefer to leave in the ground. Even the extraction of the oil that’s used to make PETE requires fuel.

    For critics of the IBWA’s recent study, however, there’s also a “water footprint” to measure. Although the industry claims that producing a 1-L bottle of water requires just 1.39-L of H2O, water activists cite processes that the IBWA has overlooked. For example, just drilling for the oil that’s used to make PET bottles requires groundwater. Water (and energy) is also needed to make paper labels and adhesives.

    Then there’s the water used in PET manufacturing to consider. According to the Pacific Institute, “twice as much water is used in the production process”, meaning that “every liter sold represents three liters of water”. The group’s Bottled Water and Energy Fact Sheet does not explain how it calculated this estimate, and reserves most of its number-crunching for energy consumption.

    Thirst for Knowledge

    So how much water does it really take to make a bottle of water? If the IBWA’s estimate is too low, what would be the environmental impact of using bioplastics instead of PET? Are activists who would leave all of the petroleum in the ground accounting for how tractors typically burn gasoline, diesel fuel, or LP gas? Moving bioplastic bottles to market would also mean using vehicles that burn fossil fuels.

    The bioplastic production process is especially important to consider, both in terms of energy usage and water consumption. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the bioplastics used for water bottles are all made in carbon-neutral factories. How does a bioplastic such as polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived from corn, compare to PET in terms of water requirements?

    As the eco-friendly organization World Centric reports, producing one pound of PET plastic consumes 7.44 gallons of water. Producing PLA plastic is less energy-intensive and has lower carbon emissions, but requires more water – 8.29 gallons to be precise. PLA bioplastic also requires more water than polypropylene (PP), a thermoplastic polymer that’s used in commercial and industrial applications.

    Join the Conversation

    Are you thirsty yet? Join the conversation. Look for my post with a link to this blog entry on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Elasto Proxy has pages on all of these social media websites, so all that’s missing is you! We also hope you’ll subscribe to our free e-newsletters, too. They’re a great source of information delivered right to your email inbox.

  • Will Wind Energy Power Your Company’s Future?

    Wind Generation in Brazil Wind energy is helping to power Brazil, the world's seventh largest economy

    Clyde Sharpe President of International Sales

    What do Brazil, the Great Plains, the North Sea, and northern China have in common? They’re parts of the world where the winds blow strong and the potential for wind energy is incredible. Once criticized for its complexity and cost, wind power projects now generate nearly 300 gigawatts (GW) of electricity worldwide. That’s nearly triple the electricity-producing potential of Brazil alone.

    Water, Wind, and Renewable Energy

    What does wind power mean for Brazil, a land of plentiful rivers and dams – and home to the world’s seventh largest economy? Although hydropower will remain Brazil’s main source of electricity, experts remember the drought-driven energy crisis of 2001. Today, Brazil’s High Wilderness Wind Complex – the largest collection of wind turbines in Latin America – is nearing completion.

    “Wind is the perfect complement for the hydro base that we have in Brazil,” explains Mathias Becker, president of Renova Energia, the São Paulo wind energy company that’s building High Wilderness in Brazil’s semi-arid northeast. “When it rains, we don’t have wind. When the wind blows, there is no rain.” For Becker, whose initial investment of $5000 is now a $1.5-billion business, the future is bright indeed.

    Brazil’s energy demands are growing so fast that energy production must increase by 50% over the next decade just to keep pace. Russia, India, and China are also expanding their power generation capabilities to avoid an energy crunch. Today, more than 25% of the world’s wind power capacity is in China, an economic powerhouse that produced over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy last year.

    Electricity and Economic Growth

    Will wind farms help Brazil to avoid blackouts like the one much of the nation experienced in 2001? Will windmills provide 10% of the nation’s generating capacity by 2021, an ambitious goal but one that would provide almost enough power for São Paulo, South America’s largest city? For other wind-driven parts of the world, can wind turbines support not just consumer demand but economic growth?

    In the United States, wind power is now nearly 50% of all new electricity-generating capacity. Here in Canada, where Elasto Proxy is headquartered, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) predicts that wind farms will add another 1,500 megawatts (MW) to the grid by year’s end. Europe leads the way in offshore wind farms, with the London Array producing enough electricity for a half-million homes.

    If your business supports green power projects like wind farms, now is the time to strengthen your supply chain to service existing installations and meet growing demand. Whether you make solar panels, hydroelectric turbines, windmills, or wind turbines, your company needs to know that it can count on high-quality, on-time deliveries of rubber and plastic products such as sealing and insulation.

    Wind Energy Technology Goes On-Line

    Recently, Elasto Proxy connected with wind power partners at IHS GlobalSpec’s Wind Energy Technology event. Visitors to our virtual tradeshow booth learned how we supply high-quality rubber profiles for windmill blades and nacelles. With over 20 years’ wind energy experience, Elasto Proxy also designs and fabricates door seals, hatch and lightning gaskets, acoustic insulation panels, and anti-vibration mats.

    This year’s Wind Energy Technology event is over, but you can still connect with Elasto Proxy on-line. Contact our solutions providers via our website, or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Google+.  Ask about our sales office in China, and what our trade missions to Brazil could mean for potential partners like you. Subscribe to our newsletters, too.

    The world’s wind power market is growing, and Elasto Proxy will continue to bring you insights about how wind energy can strengthen your company’s bottom line. Keep in touch!

  • Sustainable Skyscrapers and Net Zero Energy Buildings

    John_Molson_School_of_BusinessConcordia University's LEED Certified John Molson School of Business building. Image source: magazine.condordia.ca

    Doug Sharpe President of Elasto Proxy

    Did you know that buildings require 40% of the energy that’s consumed by the European Union (EU)? According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), buildings in the United States are also major energy consumers, especially of fossil fuels. As businesses, homeowners, and governments seek to contain energy costs and demonstrate a commitment to the environment, architects and engineers are joining builders and construction companies in learning about zero-energy building (ZEB).

    What Is a Net Zero Energy Building?

    A net zero energy building (NZEB) produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. This definition seems simple enough, but there’s room for disagreement over specifics and metrics. Can true NZEBs be connected to the grid? Should zero energy buildings have zero carbon emissions and use only renewable resources? Designers have complained that a canvas tent with a solar panel could be an NZEB, but a new Net Zero Energy Building Certification provides some guidelines.

    For our purposes, let’s use a basic NZEB definition from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  “A net zero energy building,” explains an NREL publication, “is a residential or commercial building with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy needs can be supplied with renewable technologies.” NZEBs can feature net zero site energy, net zero source energy, net zero energy costs, and/or net zero energy emissions.

    Real-World Examples

    Net zero building projects may sound futuristic, but there are residential, industrial and commercial structures that meet our definition. Examples include the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and Phase 1 of NREL’s 220,000 sq. ft. Research and Support Facility (RSF) in Golden, Colorado.  The California headquarters of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation was also designed to be a zero energy building or ZEB.

    What do these green buildings have in common? In each case, on-site electricity production from renewable resources is coupled with energy-efficient lighting, heating, and appliances. Both the Adam Joseph Lewis Center and the Packard Foundation headquarters generate enough electricity to sell power back to the grid.  The NREL’s Colorado facility uses solar power, too, but meets some of its energy needs with advanced heat recovery technologies that were developed there.

    The Sky’s the Limit

    Are sustainable skyscrapers on the horizon? Nashville, Tennessee is best-known as the home of the Grand Old Opry, but one architectural firm is planning to put the country music capital on the map with one of the world’s most energy efficient skyscrapers. The 605-ft. tall building, designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, will capture “solar heat” from outdoor air in the summer and warmer air from within the building during the winter months.

    Additional energy-saving features will include integrated solar panels, under-floor air distribution, and a shiny “double-skin façade” that promotes energy efficiency. The mixed-use building will house a 200-unit, five-star hotel and two-story conference center along with a restaurant, health spa, pool, and business center. Sounds like a great place for a conference about green power or green construction!

    Building and Construction Products

    As builders pore over blueprints for zero-energy facilities, buyers will need to acquire more than just power generation and electrical distribution systems. As an experienced supplier of specialized seals and insulation for the green power and construction industries, Elasto Proxy is ready to strengthen supply chains. How can we help you?

    For over 20 years, Elasto Proxy’s technical designers and custom fabrication specialists have helped quality-conscious partners find sealing solutions for lighting fixtures, rooftop HVACs and hatch covers, and windows, doors, and skylights. Our solutions providers have also supplied windmill seals and rubber gaskets, sounds insulation for power generations, and protective profiles for PV panels.

    Is your business ready to benefit from a potential net zero energy building boom? I hope you’ll comment on this blog entry, and connect with me on LinkedIn.

  • Solar Energy and Supply Chain Strength

    Solar Pannel

    Image source: ferringtonpost.com

    Clyde Sharpe President of International Sales for Elasto Proxy

    Did you know that 2.5-million Australians now power their homes with solar electricity? According to the Clean Energy Council, Australia is leading the way in solar energy. Five years ago, 20,000 households owned solar power systems. Today, over one-million homes are powered by the sun. Once the domain of green power enthusiasts, solar energy now enjoys mass appeal among cost-conscious consumers Down Under.

    Could California be close behind? According to Environment California, the Golden State now generates more energy from solar power than all but five of the world’s countries. With six times as many rooftop systems as the state had six years ago, California is steadily moving towards the Million Solar Rooftops mark at a pace that’s inspiring other U.S. states, such as Colorado.

    Solar Power and Industry Partners

    Closer to home and here in Canada, solar energy is used mainly for space heating, water heating, and drying crops and lumber. Although Quebec, Ontario, and the prairie provinces receive the most direct sunlight, other parts of the country can also benefit. In the territories, for example, pipeline monitoring stations could use stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) cells instead of diesel fuel to generate electricity.

    Both at home and abroad, the solar energy industry needs supply chain partners who deliver products on-time and according to specifications. In Canada, industry partners make systems and components ranging from solar controls to specialized water pumps. PV panels remain the most expensive part of a solar power system, however, and buyers need panels that last to realize a return on investment (ROI).

    PV Panels and Rubber Products

    Although some solar panels are made of plate glass, tempered glass is significantly stronger. Made by thermal or chemical methods, this so-called safety glass lasts longer and providers greater resistance to breaking. This is especially important in solar power systems because cracked or broken glass may admit water that can damage electrical components such as charge controllers and inverters.

    Protecting the plate or tempered glass in a PV panel is not enough, however. The rubber profiles used with solar panels are important, of course, but PV panel manufacturers must also protect sensitive solar lenses or concentrators. Used to concentrate the sun’s rays, these spherical glass parts are protected by rubber gaskets made of durable, reliable, weather-resistant materials.

    Application Experience and Technical Expertise

    “Clean energy” and “green energy” are buzzwords these days, but that doesn’t mean the alternative energy industry lacks supply chain choices. So whether you’re an experienced solar power provider or a new PV panel manufacturer, it’s important to pick a partner who will listen to your needs and analyze all of your business requirements.

    Do you need design assistance or custom-fabricated rubber profiles for PV panels? What about rubber gaskets for solar concentrators? Do you need advice about compound selection instead? If you’re searching for high-quality, low-volume sealing solutions, please comment on this blog entry or connect with me on LinkedIn. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Green Power and the Art of Sealing

    Green Power Green Power

    Elasto Proxy designs and custom-fabricates plastic and rubber components for wind power projects. For over 20 years, our family-owned business has helped green power customers strengthen their supply chains with low-cost, high-value sealing solutions. Unlike other fabricators of industrial rubber products, Elasto Proxy is your partner in the manufacturing process. Our commitment to you begins with listening to all of your requirements and analyzing all of your needs.

    Our experience with wind energy technology means that we have the application knowledge and technical expertise to find cost-effective solutions to your sealing challenges. With customers in so many different industries, we may even suggest rubber products that have been used successfully under comparable conditions in other applications. For example, the rubber mats we’ve designed for specialty construction vehicles have been used in windmills, as have our standard rubber U-channels.

    Elasto Proxy’s custom-fabrication capabilities can also help your company to save money. For example, by applying our technical expertise, we discovered a way to cut a special angled slit for a windmill blade. This clean part requires no secondary processing and costs less to produce.  Elasto Proxy also provides wind power customers with windmill door seals and rubber gaskets, sound insulation for nacelles, and protective rubber profiles for windmill blades.

    Elasto Proxy’s experience with the wind power industry also means that we’re familiar with the sourcing and pricing requirements of government-funded green energy programs. For example, if your sealing product needs a “Made in America” stamp, Elasto Proxy can work with its network of U.S. suppliers to extrude or mold the part. With our commitment to on-time shipments, green power customers from Canada to China also enjoy a supply chain partner in Elasto Proxy.

    To learn more about us and how we can help you, please visit our website at www.elastoproxy.com!

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