The Evolution of Sorbothane Insoles: A 40+ Year Old History 

April 09, 2017

For over 34 years, Sorbothane® Insoles have proven to be the best defense against foot pain and impact-related injuries. Manufactured in Kent, Ohio, Sorbothane® Insoles have quickly gained worldwide recognition by providing comfort and delivering long-lasting cushioning. Learn more about the development of Sorbothane® Insoles.


SOFT-BLOW MALLET - Energy Absorbing Material Case Study 

Posted by Evolve March 08, 2017

Sorbothane partnered with the United Auto Workers, in Ypsilanti, to design and produce a long-lasting Sorbothane® SOFT-BLOW MALLET that would make clean contact with the accessories being installed without marring or denting the freshly painted body panels. This saved the plant time and repair costs.


LiveKühn PeacePads - Hip & Tailbone Protection for Skaters Case Study 

February 21, 2017

11-year-old Rachel suffered an impact related hip injury and was forced from the ice for over a year. Her injury and time on the sidelines prompted Rachel to seek out safety gear that would enable her to practice new skills fearlessly, and with reduced risk of injury.


The Basics Of Shock & Vibration Absorbers 

May 31, 2016

Motion is present in all industrial automation systems. Stopping or changing the direction of that motion releases kinetic energy, which can cause shock and vibration to occur. Any sudden shock in a system can cause immediate damage to the overall machine and the components it may be manufacturing or processing. Consistent vibration inputs can cause damaging fatigue over time. This is why it’s necessary to decelerate a system smoothly through the use of shock and vibration attenuation components. 


Sorbothane Heel Pads Help Ease Pain for Soccer Player 

April 29, 2016

Sorbothane® is a unique material that, combined with proper ergonomic design, cradles the foot in comfort and helps protect the entire body by absorbing up to 94.7% of impact shock. Sorbothane won’t bottom out like other insole materials. Durable and long lasting, Sorbothane Comfort & Performance Insoles ensure cushioning and protection step after step.


Dr. Hiles and The Development Of Sorbothane® 

March 28, 2016

In 1975 - materials scientist Dr. Maurice Hiles was working on the development of a synthetic material that could absorb harmful shock. Dr. Hiles embarked on a series of bold and fascinating human experiments. He had electrical probes surgically implanted into his own leg thus becoming a human test subject. These probes measured the effect that running and walking have on the human body. 


Terms to Know for Shock and Vibration Solutions 

February 25, 2016

Sorbothane is a material that has been used for a variety of shock and vibration solutions. The definitions in this post are essential for understanding how Sorbothane works and how it has helped a number of products and applications around the world.


What is the Sorbothane Engineering Design Guide? 

January 25, 2016

How can the Sorbothane Engineering Design Guide help engineers? This guide was developed to provide engineers with a practical, hands-on approach for designing components and products using Sorbothane® material. The guide provides detailed information about using Sorbothane material for shock and vibration solutions.


How to Choose the Correct Sorbothane® Durometer and Shape 

December 21, 2015

Durometer is a measurement of relative stiffness and is used to compare polymers. 
Sorbothane is softer than rubber and most other polymers. Sorbothane is measured on the Shore “00” scale. Most types of rubber and other polymers are specified using the Shore “A” or Shore “D” scales. In comparing stiffness, be aware of the scale being used for the material in question. The hardness comparison values listed are approximate and should only be used as a guide.


How to Select a Standard Sorbothane® Isolator 

November 30, 2015

Sorbothane, Inc. offers an extensive line of standard Sorbothane® parts. These parts are featured in the Standard Products Guide have been selected for their specific shock absorbing and vibration isolating applications.

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