Abdichtung von street lamps

 

Street lights are sometimes exposed to extreme weather conditions. Regardless of whether they are fluorescent lamps, high-pressure sodium lamps or LED systems; the lamps, ballast and electrical components must be protected from rain, dust, sunlight and other weather conditions.
 
The street luminaire housings, which are usually made of die-cast aluminum or glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, are equipped with a seamless seal in the housing groove using polyurethane or silicone sealing foams. Depending on requirements, the weatherproof protection of the light sources and electrics used demands the highest IP protection ratings for the entire construction of the housing, housing cover and seal: up to IP 68 with outdoor-rated FERMAPOR K31 polyurethane foam, or up to IP 69K or NEMA 4-6p with FERMASIL silicone foam.

Our temperature-resistant silicone foam gaskets are particularly UV-resistant and offer lasting protection even at very low and high temperatures, from -60 to +180 °C. Thanks to the virtually closed-cell foam structure, the silicone gasket is highly water-repellent.
 

 

Safely protect light sources and lighting electronics in street lamps

 

Our temperature-resistant silicone foam seals are particularly UV-resistant and offer permanent protection even under very low and high temperatures from -60 to +180 ° C. Thanks to the almost closed-cell foam structure, the silicone seal is very water-repellent.

 

The different reaction phases of the sealing foam in the chronological sequence

 

Referenzmaterial

    Street lighting
UV and heat-resistant
Outdoor
street lighting
    FERMAPOR K31-A-4570-1-DG        FERMAPOR K31-A-5555-1-G       
    FERMAPOR K31-B-4550-1 FERMAPOR K31-B-4 

Mixing ratio

  1 : 1 4 : 1

Pot life time

  30 Sek 35 Sek

Tack-free time

  4 Min 4 Min

Viscosity of the A component

  55,000 mPas 55,000 mPas

Density

  0.34 g/cm³ 0.27 g/cm³

Hardness (Shore 00)

  40 54

Temperature resistance

  from -40 to + 80 °C from -40 to + 80 °C

Pretreatment

  Plasma, Corona or Primer Plasma, Corona or Primer

In addition to the reference products, we develop material systems according to your individual requirements.

 

Maintenance-friendly processes

The very good resilience of the foam seal allows the street lamp to be opened and closed again for maintenance purposes without losing its tightness. After closing, the housing is tight and the sensitive lights are protected against splashing water and the effects of the weather.

Street lamp when open, the seal is uncompressed

 

Street lamp when closed, the seal is compressed

 

DM 402 mixing and dosing system with 3-axis linear robot and a shuttle table for the parts holder

 

Flexible and fully automatic -
according to your requirements

As process experts, we support you with our application engineering expertise, from the design phase for your components through to fully automated material application using formed-in-place foam gasket (FIPFG) technology. Our flexibly configurable DM 402

mixing and dosing system has a 3-axis linear robot and sliding table solution, and can be adapted to your production concept for the seal-foaming of luminaire housings or for LED potting. To this end, we offer equipment options for semi-automatic or fully automatic production systems. If desired, CNC-controlled plasma application is also possible to achieve surface activation of the housing contour, resulting in better adhesion of the foam gasket to plastics such as PP or PE.

The reference configuration shown here for sealing linear luminaires consists of the DM 402 mixing and dosing system with an LR-HD 3-axis linear robot and the WT 1-LEVEL shuttle table for picking up parts. Two alternately operated pick-up plates facilitate continuous operation by allowing workpieces to be fixed and processed in a single plane. The positioning of the luminaire housings on the pick-up plate is performed either by a machine operator, who can also check the parts for quality, or by a Pick & Place Robot. In the latter case, a camera system can optionally be installed to perform quality control on the parts.

The material components of the sealing foam used are mixed dynamically and homogeneously in the mixing head of the DM 402. The resulting fine-cell foam structure is crucial for low water absorption levels. For material application using the FIPFG process, the MK 600 mixing head is moved over the housing groove of the linear luminaire with high repeat accuracy by the CNC-controlled linear robot, and the sealing material is applied into the groove in accurately metered doses via the mixing head nozzle. The dosing loop completes the foam gasket with a seamless, almost invisible coupling point.

Highly efficient and precise material application by the DM 402 allows quick application processes in your production facility, and rapid processing of the parts through to final acceptance.

 

The basic solution for standard applications

Dosing cell for easy handling and high process stability

The reference configuration of the 3E dosing cell shown is a low-pressure mixing and dosing system for two components for the partially and fully-automatic application of sealing foams.

The already compact design of the 3E dosing cell also takes up little space as a result because, as a CE-compliant dispensing cell, it does not require any additional safety fences or light barriers. This is a pre-programmed Plug & Work version that is delivered pre-assembled in a container. As soon as electricity, water and compressed air are connected and the material is prepared in the material pressure tanks, production can begin. The costs of installation and training courses can therefore be kept to a minimum.

The dosing cell can process non-viscous, medium-viscosity and highly viscous material systems based on polyurethane. The application rate is adjustable from 0.5 to 5.0 g/s. Experience shows that this range covers 90% of industrial applications.

The optional shuttle table allows components of different sizes to be processed in a single plane. Continuous operation is guaranteed by the two pick-up plates that can be moved manually in alternation. For larger parts, the two pick-up plates can be connected to form one large sliding table.

The CNC-controlled MK 425 mixing head for two material components applies sealing material into the housing groove of the linear luminaires with contour precision. With the sometimes very narrow and deep grooves, the metering of the sealing foams needs to be very precise. The MK 425 mixing head performs this task with high metering precision and repeat accuracy. The dosing loop completes the foam gasket with a seamless, almost invisible coupling point.
With the CE-compliant 3E dosing cell, an immediate, safe start to production is possible, as well as efficiency-enhancing space and cost savings.