Mobile equipment insulation absorbs sound and deflects heat, helping to keep drivers and operators safe and comfortable. Materials of construction vary, but generally include foams, foils, and facings. For mobile equipment manufacturers, the process of cutting, assembling, and installing thermal insulation and acoustic insulation can result in material waste and concerns about product quality. Manufacturers risk losing sight of their true costs, and potential buyers may notice imperfections in cab and vehicle interiors.
Manufacturing Costs and Quality
Buyers who closely examine a product’s details can draw positive or negative conclusions about overall quality. Door seals that are bonded properly make a good first impression. So does cab insulation that’s cleanly cut and neatly installed. Insulation that’s cut from a template with a utility knife or a box cutter may seem cost-effective, but do potential buyers see uneven cuts and gaps between parts? How much material gets scrapped when installers struggle to make straight or chamfered cuts? (more…)