Using Rubber for Effective Anti Vibration
A wide variety of industries, including construction, aerospace, defence and material handling, require anti-vibration solutions to limit noise, vibrations, and shock. GMT specialises in providing anti-vibration mounts and other products to cater for each industry by offering a range of bespoke solutions to protect your equipment, vehicles, machinery and workforce. These products are a necessity for many companies, and without them, the efficiency of a company, its people and its products can be jeopardised.
When it comes to vibration-reducing materials, most products are made up of a rubber compound. Find out why this is the case and why it is so important to invest in anti-vibration solutions in many industries.
What material absorbs vibration the best?
Rubber is widely regarded as the best vibration-reducing material as it can be manufactured with high damping coefficient properties, sustains its performance and can be highly resilient with low levels of creep.
There is a common misconception that rubber only refers to one type of material. In reality, there are many different types and compounds which have been created and adapted to suit specific conditions and applications, and the type of rubber for vibration reduction will vary depending on the specifics of the job. The different rubber compounds fall into two main categories: natural rubber and synthetic rubber.
- Natural rubber is made from latex, a substance originating from plants. It features excellent resilience, as well as fantastic surface friction and abrasion properties.
- Synthetic rubber is produced in chemical plants and laboratories. Its diversity in properties means it can be used in many different applications. Its properties can vary depending on the production process but is often resistant to various liquids and chemicals, temperature and ageing.
The difference in how these are produced means that they have unique compound structures, which will affect their individual properties and therefore their suitability for specific utilisation.
Both types of rubber have their benefits, and GMT will use both natural and synthetic rubber as anti-vibration material, depending on the use and requirements of each product.
Why is it important to reduce vibrations in certain industries?
Vibrations and shock can cause damage and wear to equipment and machinery across a range of industries which often leads to a shorter lifespan, poorer performance, and unnecessary noise. In some cases, vibrations and shock can even cause machinery to break, something which could be avoided with the correct vibration-reducing product.
Replacing equipment and machinery often comes with a considerable cost, eating into profit margins and affecting production time and efficiency. Investing in anti-vibration solutions will help to keep your machinery and equipment running safely and efficiently for as long as possible, protecting your equipment and helping you to experience the best performance for a considerable length of time.
In addition, vibrations and shock can cause lasting damage to your workforce, such as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) among other effects, particularly if they are regularly operating the machinery, and if exposure is prolonged. It is imperative that you protect those who are particularly at risk of exposure to vibrations and shock; take a look at the importance of controlling vibration in construction for more information.
Here at GMT, we have refined the production of our natural, synthetic and mixed rubber products in order to produce industry-leading vibration-reducing materials that are of the best possible quality.
We source our rubber latex from rubber tree plantations across the globe, helping us to find the best quality product for consistent results. When we receive the latex, our team will compound it, using our high-tech systems to ensure consistent results. We can choose your specific rubber type from thousands of combinations, using our knowledge and expertise to achieve the perfect anti-vibration rubber for your particular requirement. The rubber is mixed by the GMT team, enabling us to control quality and timescale. This helps us to deliver your durable anti-vibration solution on time without any issues.
We are confident that through our experience, our anti-vibration materials are the best on offer. Take a look at our process to understand the depth of the production undertaken to produce our customer’s products.
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GMT have many years of experience in producing innovative new anti-vibration materials and other vibration-reducing solutions, and we love a challenge. If you would like to learn more about our anti-vibration mounts and other products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team today.