Custom Cab Insulation Reduces Sound, Costs, and Mistakes

Custom Cab InsulationCustom cab insulation absorbs sound and provides a finished appearance to mobile equipment interiors. This acoustic insulation can be cut by hand and applied with spray adhesives, but that process is expensive, wasteful, and even hazardous to human health. Plus, manual cutting can result in cabin insulation that’s unappealing. Buyers who see mis-cuts may question the quality of your overall equipment design.

As mobile equipment manufacturers are discovering, there’s a better way to design and build quieter cabs. Custom-fabricated insulation that’s waterjet cut creates straight lines and chamfered angles. There’s less material waste, reduced cutting times, and closer control of material usage. Engineers can also get design assistance and help with material selection. Installers can avoid messy, toxic spray adhesives.

Parts marking, kitting, and packaging provide benefits, too. By taking a closer look at how custom-fabricated cab insulation is made, you can determine if it’s the right choice for your company. Continue reading Custom Cab Insulation Reduces Sound, Costs, and Mistakes

Engine Compartment Insulation for Heat and Noise Reduction

Engine Compartment InsulationEngine compartment insulation keeps heat and noise in the engine bay from reaching a vehicle’s interior. Thermal insulation protects drivers, operators, and passengers from high temperatures that can also damage on-board electronics such as GPS tracking systems. Acoustic insulation dampens damaging sound-induced vibrations and protects personnel from decibel levels that can harm human hearing.

With forestry equipment, military land systems, and other types of mobile specialty vehicles, the cab where the operator sits is usually next to the engine compartment. If the cab is directly above the engine bay, installing thermal-acoustic insulation under the cabin floor is a smart choice. Cabin insulation supports additional noise reduction. Inside the engine compartment, insulation is attached to the firewall.

For mobile equipment manufacturers, choosing the right engine bay insulation is an important design consideration. Product designers and engineers need to understand their options, but it’s also important to understand how thermal-acoustic insulation is made. Engine compartment insulation that’s custom-fabricated doesn’t just reduce heat and sound. It helps you to control costs and improve quality. Continue reading Engine Compartment Insulation for Heat and Noise Reduction

Silicone Connectors for Diesel-Powered Vehicles and Equipment

Silicone ConnectorsSilicone connectors are molded rubber parts that connect the intake pipes and tubes in diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. These engine components resist high temperatures while providing strength and flexibility. Typically, silicone connectors are used in mobile equipment such as generator sets (gensets), ships and boats, and on-road and off-road equipment for forestry, mining, construction, and agriculture. Continue reading Silicone Connectors for Diesel-Powered Vehicles and Equipment

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs): Rubber Gaskets for UGV Electronics, Doors and Hatches, and Cameras and LED Lights

Unmanned ground vehiclesUnmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) need rubber UGV gaskets that can help protect sensitive electronics from high heat. UGVs also need weather-resistant door and hatch seals, and custom gaskets for cameras and LED lights that can handle extreme temperatures while keeping out water and dust. Manufacturers of UGV electronics, vehicle bodies, and imaging systems must meet different requirements, but custom fabrication can solve sealing and insulation challenges across the UGV supply chain.

Elasto Proxy, a global supplier of specialty rubber products, custom-fabricates the rubber gaskets that unmanned systems need. In this article, the second in a series about unmanned vehicles, Elasto Proxy examines three types of UGV gaskets: thermally-conductive insulation, environmental seals, and rubber gaskets for cameras and LED lights. Part 1 of this series covered UAV gaskets. Future articles will examine seals and insulation for USVs, UUVs, commercial drones, and unmanned system accessories. Continue reading Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs): Rubber Gaskets for UGV Electronics, Doors and Hatches, and Cameras and LED Lights

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Rubber Gaskets for Sealing, Flex-Fatigue Resistance, and EMI Shielding

UAVs GasketsUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) need rubber gaskets that can protect UAV components from environmental conditions, flexural fatigue, and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Manufacturers of antennas, avionics, and airframes face different sealing and insulation challenges, but custom fabrication offers the UAV supply chain a value-added solution. Elasto Proxy, a leading supplier of specialty rubber products, custom-fabricates the rubber gaskets that unmanned systems need.

In this article, the first in a series about unmanned vehicles, Elasto Proxy examines three types of UAV gaskets: UAV antenna gaskets, silicone gaskets with high flex-fatigue resistance, and EMI shielding gaskets. Future articles in this series will examine EPDM gaskets and foam insulation for UAV cases, and sealing and insulation solutions for unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), and commercial drones. Continue reading Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Rubber Gaskets for Sealing, Flex-Fatigue Resistance, and EMI Shielding

Electric Scooters: Rubber Gaskets and Plastic Parts for E-Scooter Manufacturers

Electric ScootersElectric scooters need rubber gaskets and plastic parts for sealing and insulation. Examples of these e-scooter components include gaskets for headlights, tail lights, brake lights, key locks, and valve stems; engine seals and EMI shielding; rubber flooring; and plastic body parts such as deck plates and pedals. Electric scooter designs vary, but vehicles from hoverboards and electric bicycles to mobility scooters and electric tricycles all need custom seals and insulation.

For product designers and electric scooter manufacturers, however, finding the right partner to supply e-scooter parts can be challenging. Some companies require high minimum order quantities (MOQs) or have long lead times. Others use expensive tooling and don’t offer design assistance or help with material selection. Ordering rubber gaskets and plastic parts from a “low-cost” supplier may seem like a bargain, but your total cost of ownership is higher than just the per-piece price. Continue reading Electric Scooters: Rubber Gaskets and Plastic Parts for E-Scooter Manufacturers

Heat Blankets for Mobile Equipment

Heat BlanketsHeat blankets for mobile equipment support engine performance, operator comfort, and pollution control. In diesel-powered equipment, heat blankets wrap around the exhaust pipe that’s under the hood. These exhaust blankets keep heat from spreading to nearby engine components and into the cab where the operator sits. Within the exhaust system itself, hotter gases help to deliver more power and better mileage. Higher exhaust system temperatures also eliminate pollutants more effectively.

To handle the high temperatures from diesel exhaust systems, heat blankets are cut from silicone-coated fiberglass fabric or other heat-resistant cloth. They are sewn with high-temperature thread made of Kevlar or fiberglass, and can have metal snaps or Velcro fasteners for ease-of-installation. Elasto Proxy custom-fabricates heat blankets for mobile equipment and works with diesel equipment owners who need to achieve Tier 4 compliance, a strict pollution control standard from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading Heat Blankets for Mobile Equipment

Rubber Gaskets for Mobile Equipment: Doors and Windows

Rubber Gaskets for Mobile EquipmentRubber gaskets for mobile equipment provide sealing and insulation for doors and windows. They prevent the entry of outside air and water, but also absorb road and engine noise. For mobile equipment manufacturers, the right rubber gaskets need to provide both environmental sealing and acoustic insulation. Otherwise, unwanted sounds can enter the cab where the operator sits. Seals that admit wind, water, dirt, or outdoor temperatures are problematic, but so is mobile equipment insulation that fails to reduce noise levels.

Gasket quality is important, but design engineers and sourcing managers also need to consider material costs. This includes not just the gasket rubber, but also the method of attachment, such as clips, fasteners, or liquid adhesives. Engineers and buyers also need to consider the tools, skills, and capabilities of the personnel who will install rubber gaskets for mobile equipment. Outsourcing your gasket fabrication may seem expensive, but consider your true costs. Continue reading Rubber Gaskets for Mobile Equipment: Doors and Windows

Rubber Floor Mats for Mobile Equipment

Rubber Floor MatsRubber floor mats for mobile equipment protect the cabin floor, support employee safety, and provide acoustic insulation. The metal flooring that’s used inside the cab is strong and durable, but operators track mud, snow, dirt, and water inside. Rubber floor mats protect these metal surfaces and help reduce slip-and-fall hazards. Rubber flooring that’s laminated to acoustic insulation also helps to absorb noise from the engine compartment, which is often directly below the cab where the operator sits.

Unlike carpeting, rubber floor matting won’t stain. Rubber is also easier-to-clean and offers greater wear resistance than fabric. In a mobile equipment cab, an operator’s feet may remain in the same position for extended periods of time. With carpet floor mats, heel wear can cause holes in the fabric. This exposes the subfloor, introduces a potential safety hazard, and provides a path for engine sounds. Rubber flooring can also be used as a kick-plate to protect cab walls from contact with an operator’s boots. Continue reading Rubber Floor Mats for Mobile Equipment

Engine Bay Insulation for Mobile Equipment

Engine Bay InsulationEngine bay insulation for mobile equipment keeps heat and noise in the engine compartment from reaching the cab interior. The diesel engines that power mobile equipment run hot and loud, which raises concerns about occupant comfort, health, and safety. Mobile equipment manufacturers also need to protect cabin components such as instruments from sound-induced vibrations. For a complete engine bay solution, Elasto Proxy makes thermal-acoustic insulation that can also dampen vibrations.

With mobile equipment, the cab where the operator sits is right next to the engine compartment. Unless adequate engine bay insulation is attached to the firewall, heat and sound from the engine will spread to the cabin. Cab insulation helps, but you need a complete solution. Elasto Proxy makes firewall insulation, and also fabricates insulation that’s installed under the cabin floor. This thermal-acoustic insulation is important in mobile equipment designs where the cab is directly above the engine compartment. Continue reading Engine Bay Insulation for Mobile Equipment