Seals and Insulation for Military Projects at AUSA 2016

military projectsIs your company part of the defense community? Do you design, build, or buy components for military projects such as vehicles? Are you headed to AUSA 2016 next week? From October 3 to 5, 2016, leading defense contractors and subcontractors will join military officers and government officials for the annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., AUSA 2016 is where you’ll learn about the latest in land power.

As an experienced member of the defense supply chain, Elasto Proxy will be in Washington for this important event. Robert Naccarato, Elasto Proxy’s Sales Manager, and Tom Henry, U.S. Branch Manager, invite you to join them in the Canadian Pavilion, or to arrange a meeting in another tradeshow location at your convenience. If you need custom seals, gaskets, or insulation for military vehicles, you’ll want to take advantage of this special opportunity. (more…)

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How to Select Window Channels

Window ChannelsWindow channels are industrial rubber products that help to secure window frames and hold window glass in place. They also eliminate rattling and provide protection against wind, water, dust, and drafts. Applications for window channels include commercial, industrial, and residential construction; on-road and off-road vehicles such as cars, trucks, and tractors; and mass transit systems like bus and rail.

For design engineers and technical buyers, window channel selection begins by understanding how these rubber products are made and which types are available. It’s also important to define your application requirements and to compare product specifications. Elasto Proxy keeps hundreds of rubber window channels in stock, custom-fabricates them cost-effectively, and can help you with product selection. (more…)

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Case Study: Rubber Hatch Seals for Military Ground Vehicles

military vehiclesRubber hatch seals for military vehicles don’t just keep out wind, water, dirt, and mud. They need to withstand extreme temperatures and various weather conditions. Hatch seals must avoid compression set, too. If a vehicle’s hatch causes a rubber seal to over-compress, the part won’t provide proper sealing. Ultimately, this permanent deformation creates a gap and causes seal failure. That’s bad news for military vehicles and the highly-trained personnel who operate them.

In this case study from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn how we solved a sealing challenge for a manufacturer of military vehicles. The rubber hatch seals that we supply resist over-compression and demonstrate the value that we add to defense contracts. For our 25 years, Elasto Proxy has been an important link in the military supply chain. Elasto Proxyalso holds a Controlled Good Certificate (CGC) and works closely with trade groups such as the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI). (more…)

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What’s the Right Rubber Tubing for Your Application?

Rubber TubingRubber tubing is used in fluid transport and for electrical protection. Applications include shock absorption and low compression force sealing. Different elastomers have different properties, so design engineers and technical buyers need to choose rubber tubes carefully. Specifications such as durometer (hardness) and inner and outer diameter are especially important to consider.

By choosing the right rubber compound for industrial tubing, you can strengthen your company’s product designs. You can also control costs by selecting rubber tubes that are cut-to-size and ready-to-install. Metal tubes resist high temperatures and provide physical strength, but they cost more than rubber tubes. Plus, metal tubing may be subject to rust, corrosion, or scaling. (more…)

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Zee, Zed, or Zulu for Thermal-Acoustic Insulation

Americans say “Zee” for the letter Z. Canadians say “Zed” instead. In both North American countries, their militaries say “Zulu” so that radio or telephone messages can be understood clearly. If you’re a defense contractor that makes military vehicles, it’s important to know you’ll receive exactly what you asked for. Elasto Proxy, a trusted member of the defense supply chain, can custom-fabricate thermal acoustic insulation that meets all of your requirements.

In this product overview, you’ll learn about two types of thermal acoustic insulation – each with part numbers that begin with Z. So whether you say Zee, Zed, or Zulu, you can count on Elasto Proxy’s U.S. and Canadian offices to support the mission every time. (more…)

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EPDM, TPE, and Silicone Rubber Edge Trim

EPDM, TPE, and silicone are three commonly-used compounds for rubber edge trim. Which elastomer is right for your sealing and insulation application?

Rubber Edge TrimRubber edge trim is used to finish and protect exposed metal edges on vehicle and machine doors, kitchen equipment, and other sheet metal surfaces. Typically, these industrial rubber products are U-shaped so that the retainer section can be pressed over the metal edge. Materials of construction include solid, sponge, or dual durometer rubber. Durometer, a measure of hardness, describes a material’s resistance to compression or pressure. The higher the durometer, the harder the rubber.

Elasto Proxy keeps standard edge trims in stock, and can custom-fabricate rubber edge trim that meets your precise specifications. We can also supply edge trim where the retainer contains either a wire core or a segmented steel core to help absorb impact. For design engineers and technical buyers, choosing the right product often begins with compound selection. In this technical article from Elasto Proxy, we examine three common compounds for edge trims: EPDM, TPE, and silicone. (more…)

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Six Sealing and Insulation Solutions for Armored Vehicles

Armored vehicles play an essential role in projecting military power and protecting  service personnel. Metal plating and weapons systems are what most observers notice, but closer inspection reveals that rubber parts also help support the mission. In this technical article from Elasto Proxy, you’ll learn about the six types of custom-fabricated components that we supply for a military vehicle that’s been an important part of U.S. and Coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (more…)

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How to Choose Bulb Trim Seals

Bulb Trim SealsBulb trim seals provide sealing and insulation for doors, hatches, and enclosures. These industrial rubber products have bulb and retainer sections that are made of different materials. The bulb section provides sealing and insulation under compressive force. The trim or retainer presses onto a flange or substrate.  Each section of the seal also has a different durometer or hardness to support proper compression.

This technical article from Elasto Proxy is designed to help you choose the right bulb trim seals for your application. In addition to compound selection and part dimensions, product designers and technical buyers need to consider color, texture, internal supports, and exterior finishes. Your application may also require flame-resistant compounds or rubber that meets specific industry standards. (more…)

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