Automotive Sealing Solutions

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The production of a car is no easy task, not only are they complicated machines, the market for parts and services is a minefield of differing information. Knowing what you need and which is best for you can be stressful. When it comes to sealing, it’s no different. There are tons of different options for sealing, but none are quite like Robafoam.

Automotive sealing is an important procedure to protect your car. Many manufacturers will give you a range of materials to choose from, each with there own pros and cons for sealing; however, here at Robafoam, we have the only sealing solution you’ll ever need.

How can Robafoam’s Automotive Sealing benefit the Automotive Industry?

Robafoam has been working within the automotive industry since it was established in the UK as CeraCon UK in 2013 and today around a third of our customers are part of the automotive industry. We have a wealth of experience in applying seals to a wide range of parts, for both interior and exterior components. These include door modules, external lighting and roof antennas, to name a few. Our foam is a unique material that performs well on a number of substrates and the application method is so effective that even complex geometries can be sealed quickly and to a high specification.

Robafoam’s Automotive Sealing Solutions

Our foam is often used within the industry as a barrier for water ingress and to prevent dirt or other particles from entering the components. However, can also be used to reduce noise and vibration within vehicles. The seals are directly bonded to the parts to make sure that the pad will not move out of place which creates a perfect gasket or cushion application.

IP rating Of Our Foam Automotive Seals

One of the qualities that make our foam material suitable for the automotive industry is its ability to provide a high Ingress Protection level (IP rating). By varying the compression, foam hardness, and bead size, Robafoam can offer a seal that withstands contact with water ranging from water spray to deeper immersion.

Testing Of Our Automotive Seals

Robafoam’s foam has been subjected to vigorous testing during its development and continues to be tested to ensure its compliance with a variety of standards. One of these is the ASTM D1003 standard test method for haze and clarity which means that it can be used effectively within the lighting sector of the automotive industry.

We understand that no two application designs are the same. We can use our expertise in working with the automotive industry to support designers, adapt designs as necessary and seal accordingly, all to achieve the standards required for the specific application. Each part can have the seal customised in size, hardness and design to ensure that specifications from the customer are met.


Why are Seals Used in Cars?

A car is comprised of many parts, and some of these components need to be kept airtight, dry and pressurised. Hence, they have a sealing agent applied to them to make sure the environment can remain protected.

You can find a wide variety of materials offering to provide protection for your vehicle, but if you want one that has a long service life, high resistance, and great performance, then you want Robafoam.

What is a seal used for in the automotive industry?

Sealing applications help protect parts of your vehicle from the elements. Our foam-based seal is fantastic for keeping water and dust out of vital components, as well as dampening noise and vibrations.

Most typically, seals are made from silicone rubber or glue; however, our foam solution offers a high Ingress Protection level, meaning you can rely on the quality of its seal.

There are a huge amount of material types used for the creation of light seals and each has there place, in accordance with the target environment and performance needed. The most typical is silicone or EPDM cord seals. It is important to remember that solid substrates do not compress – they displace. They can also be more susceptible to compression sets, but this is dependent on the material type.

Gases do compress and therefore the bubble structure used in foam seals allows the material to compress and generally the recovery of the material improves. Of course, over-compression (bubble structure damage), heat stress and other factors will impact this. You then have to consider the cell structure of the foam. The more open cell of the structure, the faster the recovery from compression (consider squeezing a dry sponge in your hand). Open-cell structures do not offer effect seals. They are reliant on the skin of the bead to be intact. Closed-cell foams (separated bubble structure) are slower to recover but are the better seal material in the foam family.

Robafoam creates a very close to closed cell structure in the liquid foam seals we apply. The most common base compound is polyurethane.

The typical cell structure of Robafoam process/material: no moisture penetration to exposed cell structure.

Foam Sealing Materials

Our seal creates the perfect gasket and cushion application. It helps reduce sound and vibrations and provides the protection you expect from a good sealant. With Robafoam you can expect a high Ingress Protection level (IP rating), so you can remain confident in the choice you made the right choice with your sealing solutions. So trust in your foam seal specialists for a seal you can trust.

With our years of industry experience working with global brands such as JLR, BMW, and Mercedes, we have built up a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of industries.

What makes Robafoam different?

We are the UK’ only dedicated robotic foam sealing specialist company

Dedicated laboratory cell, located within our technical centre capable of processing parts up to 2m x 3m

With decades of experience across many industry types, give our company a huge depth of knowledge in meeting sealing performance.

Working closely with designers we can give valuable insight to enhancing component deign for optimal sealing performance.