Vibration isolation is the process of isolating vibrations produced by motors and other moving parts in a machine to prevent the damage of the components of the machine or any surrounding equipment. Without the use of a vibration isolator, a machine could literally tear itself apart from the strong vibrations produced by the motor and other pieces of the machine. Most industrial equipment pieces come pre-equipped with vibration Continue reading
A rubber mount is a type of rubber base that is designed to absorb vibrations from an engine or other vibrating machine part. Most vehicles have a rubber mount in their powertrain, and many large industrial machines also use the same technology to absorb Continue reading
Walking through the floor of a big manufacturing plant can be a very loud and rambunctious experience. With a ton of large industrial sized machines all operating at one time in the same room, it can provide for an overwhelming and uncomfortable time. Many people that work in these plants are required to wear ear protection when walking onto the production floor because of the piercing sounds that could potentially lead to hearing damage. Continue reading
We have all driven or been a passenger in a number of cars and we often consider the quality of the ride by how smooth the car drives. What attributes of a car or motorcycle do you think constitute a smooth ride? I believe two major indicators of a smooth ride are the vibrations inside of the car along with the engine Continue reading
Vibration Absorbers image courtesy of Gallagher Corporation
Bushings are mechanical fixings and vibration absorbers that provide a connector between two parts of a system. Often located between two moving parts, these fixtures are used in the process of kinetic energy and vibration control. They do more than minimize vibration; bushings can reduce noise and Continue reading
Rubber Pads image courtesy of Enterprise Rubber, Inc.
Many industrial companies take measures to mitigate the vibrations to their machines by using various passive vibration techniques. There are many different forms passive vibration isolators can take. Different passive vibration absorbers include rubber pads and sheets, pneumatic isolators, wire rope isolators and Continue reading
Bushing image courtesy of Bushings, Inc.
Bushings are mechanical fixings used to dampen energy between two moving parts. They are in place to absorb the kinetic energy produced from the two parts. Walter Chrysler is credited as a leader in the adoption of rubber bushings and vibration-isolating mounts. Apparently it took many years of persuading Ford that the parts were necessary. Roads would be ten times as noisy without the noise dampening abilities of Continue reading
Shock Mount image courtesy of Advanced Antivibration Components
To prevent a car’s engine from trashing around under the hood of the car like a Tasmanian devil, engine mounts are implanted to keep the engine in place. Depending on the size of the engine, two to four mounts are required to successful keep the engine secure to the frame while driving. Without the engine mount an engine can damage itself along with other Continue reading
Instead of hitting the beaches in Mexico for my senior spring break, I went to Taiwan with a close friend mine. The purpose of the trip was mainly to visit my brother. He lived in Taipei at the time, teaching English. Whenever he had to work he sent my buddy and I off to explore the city. One of the sites we made sure to hit was Taipei 101, then the tallest building in the world. We ascended to the highest floor available to tourists. We could practically see the whole city from there, but the one thing I remember most is the gigantic ball in the middle of the building. Continue reading
Whenever I hear the word “rubber bumpers” the first thing that comes to mind is my excursions on the bumper car grid. Most amusement parks and fairs have bumper cars so guests can fuel their impulse to crash their car into another. Secured around the mini carts are large rubber bumpers that take on the full effect of a 4 mph crash. The bumpers absorb the shock of Continue reading