Our client came to us with a practical problem with their military vehicle. The interior of the vehicle was designed with a number of exposed hard, sharp corners and edges, creating a dangerous situation for military personnel in combat. The customer decided to develop a part to cover up the problem areas, and called on Midwest Rubber to help ensure the tank step part would be the perfect long-term, durable solution.
While developing this part, we considered foam molding instead of die cutting, folding and gluing. Further research of the vehicle’s interior revealed that the material we were considering would never withstand the “real life” purpose this product would serve. Soldiers were using the area it covered as a step to exit the vehicle! Almost any foam part, whether die cut or molded, wouldn’t hold up to this usage. Knowing this, we chose a more durable material for the cover that would hold up to being stepped on over time. Our research really paid off for this project.