Three Reasons to Worry About Vibration Noise Control

February 02, 2015

If you’re building a machine or a part for a machine, you may not think too much at first about vibration noise control. You’re more worried about making sure that the parts of the machine work together well and that the entire thing runs smoothly. Once your machine is built, though, you do need to start worrying about this issue. There are several reasons to be concerned about it, as well as several things you can do to prevent it, for the most part.

The first reason to be concerned about vibration noise control is that it can signal a deeper problem with the machine that might make it break down more quickly. Sometimes the machine will work well, but if there is extra vibration between a couple of parts, the movement will wear them down more quickly. This can cause your machine to wear down faster or even to stop working after a short amount of time.

Another reason to worry about this type of problem is that it might signal that one or more of your parts has reached a resonance point. Basically, this means that when parts start vibrating, sometimes one or more parts will vibrate much harder at certain frequencies. When this happens, things can really start moving and shaking. Eventually, this type of vibration can tear your entire machine apart from the inside out. Instead of just wearing things down more quickly, resonance can cause your parts to stop working altogether.

Finally, if you don’t have vibration noise control in your machine, then you may have lots of annoying noises going on when it runs. This isn’t always of huge concern, depending on what you’re building. If your machine, though, is going to be around consumers who are used to smooth-running cars and silent computers, the noise in itself might be a problem.

There are lots of different ways to control vibration from noise in your machine. One of the best is to use Sorbothane, a visco-elastic substance that absorbs and damps vibrations. By absorbing some of the vibration, it keeps the annoying, machine-wrecking vibrations out of your machine’s system. It can also damp vibrations, too. This basically means that it changes their frequencies so that they no longer resonate with different parts of the machine. You’ll still have some vibration, but it won’t be nearly as bad without resonance factored in.

For years, engineers have looked for new ways to control vibration. They’ve used springs, foam and other materials. Sorbothane is one of the best options for vibration noise control, though, because it combines the properties of these other items into one type of controller. Plus, it lasts practically forever, so you don’t have to replace it frequently as you have to do with springs, foam, and even rubber. This substance can be molded into many different forms so that your vibration noise control can be perfectly suited to the machine you’re building.

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