What are good shock mount materials?

February 03, 2015

What is shock?

  • When a high impact force is delivered across a relatively short time period, the result is shock.
  • This energy shock wave causes damage or injury to effected items or individuals.
  • These undesirable effects result from the transfer of shock energy from the source of the impact to the affected entity.

Shock’s damaging effects and how you can isolate shock

  • Damaging shock energy that is transferred from an impact force causes damage and injury.
  • Ultimately, shock will cause downtime, rework, and waste.
  • To avoid the damaging effects of exposure to shock, a methodology for safely and effectively absorbing shock energy must be employed. Utilizing a mounting material with superior shock absorption properties is such a methodology. What are good shock mount materials? As the most effective energy absorbing material in use today, Sorbothane® is the best shock mount material available.
  • Whether you require a shock mount material that is capable of minimizing the breakdown of equipment, decreasing product damage, or optimizing design, you will discover that Sorbothane® is best at meeting your shock mount needs. You will also realize an increase in your bottom line as you improve damage, injury, and loss rates.

What is Sorbothane®, and how can it effectively isolate shock?

  • Sorbothane®, comprised of a proprietary polymeric material, displays unique properties of visco-elasticity. Thus, Sorbothane® possess the attributes of a liquid (a viscous solution—ones that can flow) in addition to those of a solid (an elastic material).
  • When our unique polymeric material is impacted by shock, it flows in the manner of liquid.
  • By returning to its original shape, following the removal of an impacting force, Sorbothane® is displaying elastic solid characteristics.
  • Sorbothane® provides a safe dispersal of absorbed energy, demonstrating a uniquely visco-elastic polymeric property. This energy dissipation is directed outward—away from the source of the shock impact. It is safely dispersed as heat energy.
  • What are good shock mount materials? Those made with Sorbothane®, a material that achieves a shock absorption rate that approaches nearly 95 percent—over millions of cycles.
  • Since 1982, Sorbothane® has been specified by engineers around the globe due to its superior shock mount capabilities.

Addressing your shock mount requirements with Sorbothane®

The Sorbothane® line contains products designed for a variety of shock mount applications.

  • Sorbothane® Pallet Isolation Rings provide protection from shock, minimizing damage to delicate or sensitive items during shipment.
  • Shock protection is provided to machinery by utilizing internal mounts. In addition to our Sorbothane® Bushings and Washers, Sorbothane® can be caste into any shape and thickness to create your custom required mount. You can address shock mount issues in-house with our Strips and Sheet Stock.
  • Floor mounts isolate your equipment from shock and vibration that cause equipment creep.
  • You will discover the unique shock isolation properties of Sorbothane® when Sorbothane® mounts are incorporated into your designs. These include: Hard Drive Carriers and Corner Mounts, Isolation Feet used in CD/DVD Players and Speakers.

Contact the experienced engineering staff at Sorbothane®. We will address your information, assistance, and custom needs.