Seal Design’s New Sealants Treat Entire RV
Simpler is better. This is the message Seal Design has been sending out to the RV industry since it introduced a trio of breakthrough sealant products at the National RV Trade Show this past December. A number of RV manufacturers are now integrating the new RV sealants into prototype units and assembly processes. Seal Design is an affiliate of Dicor Corp.
The three sealants are Perma-Fit extrusions, Seal-Tite hot melt sealant, and Touch-N-Seal spray foam insulation. “These three component products can literally seal and insulate every single application in a recreational vehicle,” said Greg Kelly, general manager of Seal Design. “They can replace most all of the SKUs now used by manufacturers. We’re aiming for nothing less than a simple but complete solution for water leaks and other sealant failures.”
All three sealants are tested and proven performers in other industries but have never been used for RVs.
So far, prototype work for Seal-Tite and Touch-N-Seal has gone well with several manufacturers, said Kelly. Seal Design is also working closely with manufacturers to efficiently integrate these products into their production processes. “We’ve always been a leader in not only finding innovative products for the industry, but in working closely with manufacturers on the best way to integrate our products into their production processes,” said Kelly. “We don’t just drop them off at the loading dock and disappear. If we sell it to you, we’re going to make it work for you.”
Seal-Tite comes from the architectural glazing industry as a hot melt application that replaces putty, rubber, tapes and other such sealants. It is made of 97% solid cross-link polymer to create a long-lasting seal that does not bleed, sag or shrink. Applied with a hot gun, manually or robotically, it cures quickly and can significantly reduce application time and waste for the manufacturer.
Touch-N-Seal is from the construction industry as a spray-in foam insulation that replaces fiberglass to provide better R-Value (7.12 per inch vs. 3.2) and a tighter seal against water infiltration, while also improving the unit’s structural integrity. Additionally, it takes up little storage space compared to the rolls of fiberglass material needed for the same job.
Perma-Fit is a non-cellular extrusion from the automotive industry that is a much more durable extrusion seal for baggage-utility doors, slide-outs, moldings and molding substrates than the foam rubber that’s used today. It is a solid thermoplastic that will not shrink, become brittle or loose its elasticity and shape over time. So it will seal as well 10 years from now as it does on day one.
“These products are prime examples of the way Dicor companies seek out innovative solutions from other markets to help build a better RV — in this case more energy efficient and leak-proof units — while also working with manufacturers to create better production processes,” said Kelly. “Our work with these products has confirmed that they can provide a new level of RV quality that the RV consumer will appreciate. That bodes well for all of us in the industry. It’s as simple as one two three.”
For more information about Seal Design and its sealants, call 574-970-4841.