Did you know that Santa Claus has a safer and more modern sleigh this year? The North Pole didn’t grant an interview to Car and Driver magazine, and the trade publications that serve the transportation industry have been notoriously silent. Still, there’s been some buzz about how Santa sourced the materials that he needed in light of the current supply chain crisis. There are also those who say that the new sleigh was entirely outsourced since every elf is needed for toy production and workforce challenges are everywhere.
Here at Elasto Proxy’s headquarters near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, we’re a bit closer to Santa’s Workshop than most. We’re also grateful that no country owns the North Pole, especially in light of all the COVID-related border closures. After all, we’re the company that Santa Claus trusts to supply him with rubber parts. So, while we can’t risk violating our NDA and ending up on the naughty list, we can show you and tell you about five rubber products that Père Noël’s sleigh will feature this year.
Check out this interactive video and then read more below.
Edge Trim (ES28-110-P60)
Edge trim is used to protect and finish exposed metal edges. On Santa’s new ride, there’s a trim seal on a special rear truss that was added for some extra support. This black, 60-durometer PVC rubber product is weather-resistant and contains a metal reinforcement for impact resistance. ES28-110-P60 also features interior tongues that help to attach the seal to the edge and hold it in place without the use of fasteners. Santa liked that this rugged rubber part is a favorite of the heavy equipment industry.
Grip Tape (SH-032-GT)
On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus enters and exits his sleigh countless times. At the request of Mrs. Claus, the chief safety officer at the North Pole, the new sleigh includes an anti-slip grip tape to provide secure footing. SH-032-GT has a textured, high-friction surface and is made of vinyl, a durable rubber that can withstand outdoor environmental conditions. When Santa reviewed the grip tape’s other applications, he liked that it’s used to provide an anti-slip surface aboard service trucks.
EMI Gasket (Top Secret)
Part of what makes Santa’s new sleigh so revolutionary is its use of electronics. For example, there’s now a navigational display with information obtained from a network of global positioning satellites (GPS). With all of these electronics, however, crosstalk can cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). That’s why the new onboard display contains an EMI gasket made from particle-filled silicones. The gasket’s part number is top-secret, but we can tell you that the elastomer conforms to a military specification.
Floor Mat (FMD-500-60-ZM)
The interior of Santa’s new sleigh is equipped with a floor mat that features a durable, wear-resistant and slip-resistant diamond plate design. FMD-500-60-ZM also contains a single layer of acoustic foam that’s bonded to a sound barrier. Although there isn’t diesel engine in Santa’s new ride, there’s still some noise that makes it hard for Santa to listen to his favorite Christmas songs. This might surprise you, but even Father Christmas likes to be able hear “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” without road noise.
Rubber Bumpers (MB-290-C80)
Finally, Santa’s new sleigh includes two rubber bumpers on the back end. These rounded parts feature rubber-to-metal bonding and are easy to install with standard fasteners such as screws, bolts, and washers. Santa is a safe driver, of course, but it’s better to install affordable truck bumpers that to make expensive body repairs. Backing up the sleight in tight spaces is never easy, and rooftops in the North Hemisphere can get especially slippery at this time of year.
From all of us at Elasto Proxy, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year! Please note that our offices will close for the holidays on December 24th and reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022.