Dozer cab insulation absorbs sound and provides a finished appearance to bulldozer interiors. Headliners, and door panels are made of acoustic foams, floor mats and flooring are made of rubber sheets, and door and window gaskets are made of rubber extrusions. Some acoustic insulation can be hand-cut and applied with spray adhesives, but that process is time-consuming and poses environmental health and safety concerns. It’s also costly and inefficient to hand-cut rubber sheets and to manually cut and bond gaskets.
Fortunately, there’s a better way for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to get the dozer cab insulation that they need. Elasto Proxy uses water jet cutting to make precise cuts with straight lines or chamfered angles. Taping replaces adhesive spraying or mechanical fastening for ease of installation. Added-value services such as kitting, parts marking, and custom packaging put everything installers need right at their fingertips.
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Standard and Custom Materials for Dozer Cab Insulation
Dozer cab insulation typically uses perforated vinyl foams that come in black, gray, and Mojave brown. Elasto Proxy can supply you with these standard colors, but we can also custom color-match perforated vinyl foams to your larger cabin design. We can even source acoustic foams with a metallic finish, or that have a basket-weave pattern or texture. As you’ll discover, we also have the technical expertise to recommend the right cab insulation thickness for specific noise levels and decibel reduction requirements.
Water Jet Cutting vs. Manual Cutting
Some companies use a template and a utility knife to cut insulation by hand, but visible parts with poor-quality cuts don’t impress potential customers. Plus, OEMs may never know how much waste is created when installers make mistakes and discard scrap materials. Instead of buying exactly the amount of rubber that’s required, souring mangers wind up spending more money because of hidden waste. By outsourcing fabrication to Elasto Proxy, you can control costs and improve quality.
Elasto Proxy uses water jet equipment to cut smooth, straight lines and 30° or 45° angles. We can also make angled cuts for wrap-around edges with a finished appearance. Water jet cutting can even create through-holes for fasteners that are required by cabin components such as fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, and net pockets. To accommodate raised fastener heads that are hidden behind cabin insulation, we can cut blind holes in the back of the foam. These holes aren’t visible to bulldozer buyers or occupants, but they support the flush mounting of custom cabin insulation.
Taping vs. Adhesive Spraying
Historically, bulldozer manufacturers used adhesive spraying to mount or attach cabin insulation. Spraying can require compliance with health and safety regulations and may also involve time-consuming setup and cleanup activities. By contrast, custom insulation from Elasto Proxy attaches with pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape. Your installer simply peels away the backing material and sticks the acoustic insulation to the cabin surface. For headliners, PSAs that support heavier weights are available. Elasto Proxy can also recommend PSA tapes that are right for specific temperature and humidity conditions.
Adding Value to Dozer Cab Insulation
Elasto Proxy can group all of the parts that you need into kits and mark individual components with part numbers to help speed installation. Thanks to inkjet printing and UV drying, our parts marking system produces letters and numbers that are crisp, clean, and easy-to-read. By packaging everything your installers need into a single box, you’ll save time and money on your assembly line. Instead of looking for 10 or 20 different SKUs in a warehouse, an installer can just open the box and get to work.
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