Rubber-Cal has a diverse line of rubber shock absorbers and mats that are meant to protect the integrity of your industrial application. These shock absorbing mats and pads are made of recycled or synthetic rubber that provide excellent physical and chemical properties. The vibration dampening materials offer protection for both your machines and your floors from the harmful vibrations emitted when the equipment is working. Additionally, anti-vibration rubber pads reduce the amount of noise generated by the movements of the machinery. A rubber insulator, whether it is made of recycled or synthetic rubber, is strong enough to withstand abrasive conditions while also elastic enough to provide cushioning to absorb the force of impact.
Rubber Shock Absorbers
1. What Kind of Shock Absorbers are Best?
Rubber shock absorbers are the best type of protective shock absorber available due to the durability and elasticity of the rubber varieties they are made from. Our anti vibration rubber pads come in both synthetic and recycled rubber options. The physical make-up and structure of these rubber shock absorbers depend on the product and what they are intended to be used for. For instance, each rubber variation may have different physical and chemical properties that is best suited for certain environments; however, overall, rubber is elastic enough to be able to provide sufficient padding between two hard surfaces. In other instances, rubber shock absorbers are made with a patterned underside, such as a waffle pattern, which allows these shock absorbing mats to flex under the force of impact permitting them to absorb the damaging forces efficiently.
1(a). Recycled Rubber
Recycled rubber allows for more durable rubber shock absorbers because they are made from vehicle tires which are designed to be resilient against outdoor physical hazards. Tires are constantly grinding against rocks, concrete and asphalt with little to no damage which makes them the ideal material for making durable rubber shock absorbers. In addition to recycled rubber’s strength and durability, it is also inherently resilient against harsh UV rays, ozone and moisture. These qualities allow shock absorbing mats made out of recycled rubber to be used outdoors for extended periods of time without the worry of discoloration, cracks or growth of harmful organic matter such as mold or mildew. Since the materials used to make these products are recycled, these are ultimately eco-friendly products that help reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste, like vehicle tires, present in our environment. Furthermore, recycled rubber products are far more affordable than their synthetic counterparts due to the fact that the materials used to make the products are repurposed from old parts. If an application requires an outdoor setting, do not hesitate to use recycled rubber shock absorbers.
1(b). Synthetic Rubber
Rubber shock absorbers are also made using synthetic rubber variations. Synthetic rubber can provide more options for specific needs, while recycled rubber tends to be more straightforward in its composition. The specific traits and levels of resistance vary according to the specific rubber used but, they generally tend to operate well in the presence of increased temperatures, physical abrasions, oils and chemicals. For instance, rubber shock absorbers made using a rubber such as neoprene will be extremely useful in an industrial environment. Not only does neoprene come in a durometer that offers exceptional elasticity and shock absorbing qualities but, it is also capable of withstanding exposure to substances such as grease and other chemicals. Silicone rubber products can withstand temperatures of up to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. When rubber anti-vibration rubber pads are being employed to support machinery in an industrial setting, it is vital that is have the resistance capabilities that allows it to remain effective over a long term of heavy use wherever it is placed.
2. Types of Rubber Shock Absorbers
Shock absorbers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to perform a specific function. It is the protective layer between equipment/machinery and the hard surface underneath them. For instance, they can come in the form of shock absorbing mats for larger industrial equipment to smaller anti vibration rubber pads used under other small machinery found in homes or offices. Rubber-Cal’s inventory consists of a diverse line of rubber shock absorbers and anti-vibration rubber pads that are meant to protect the integrity of your industrial equipment as well as other, everyday products such as fitness machines or other expensive equipment or electronics such as laptops.
2(a). Shock Absorbing Mats
Shock absorbing mats come in a variety of different sizes and forms to fit under larger or smaller equipment or machinery. We also custom cut mats so that your machinery’s footprint can be covered to your exact needs. For instance, there are pre-cut rubber shock absorbing mats made specifically to be placed under fitness machines such as treadmills and ellipticals. Other times, for those needing specific cuts of vibration dampening materials, custom cut rolls are available with a customizable length up to 50 consecutive feet with a set width of 48 inches. These shock absorbing mats are ideal for those who may need a very small anti vibration rubber pads for smaller applications such as laptop padding or a very large shock absorbing mat for machinery and industrial settings.
2(b). Shock Absorbing Tiles
Shock absorbing tiles offer an interlocking mechanism that is ideal for customizing the size of your mat. Interlocking tiles are the easiest customizable shock absorbing mat available due to its locking mechanism. Simply add or remove some tiles to create a larger or smaller sized mat. The interlocking mechanism also allows for easy removal or replacement of the tiles in case of any damage. These are ideal for any setting where shock absorbing mats are needed as they are able to cover as small of an area or as large of an area according to your specific needs. Additionally, these are the most mobile form of shock absorbing mats available as they are meant to move with whatever is moving on its surface giving these tiles longer and better life.
3. What are Rubber Shock Absorbers Used for?
The three main uses of shock absorbing mats in any setting are: machine protection, floor protection and sound dampening. Rubber shock absorbers are designed to reduce the amount of vibrations that can cause damage emitted by industrial machines and even by machines found in homes such as fitness machines and refrigerators. Additionally, these vibrations can create a lot of noise that can be distracting in the workplace or just annoying to listen to at home. Rubber shock absorbers are able to provide these kinds of benefits because the rubber variations use to produce these mats have low compression sets meaning they are able to keep its form even under extreme pressure or weight. Ultimately, these mats will protect your floors and machines and keep them safe from any unwanted and costly damages that may end up costing you more money to repair than the cost of the mats.
3(a). Machine Protection
Heavy-duty industrial machines are abrasive by nature and are usually made of hard and heavy metal materials that tend to vibrate when in use. The constant rattling against hard and unforgiving surfaces such as concrete or asphalt can end up scraping and denting the machines as these floors do not absorb any shock or impact that comes from the vibrations. Instead, they can lead to costly damages and breakdowns for both the machines and the floor’s surface itself. Shock absorbing mats will absorb the vibrations of the machines and evenly spread them out evenly across the surface of the mat and will ultimately reduce any damage your equipment and floors may suffer from. Rubber shock absorbers are a great way to protect the expensive equipment you rely on.
3(b). Floor Protection
Machine protection is only one aspect of the protection offered by rubber shock absorbers. These anti vibration rubber pads are also able to shield the existing floors in the area from harm. Heavy machinery can damage floors beneath them, especially when those machines are in use or in motion. Floors that are hardwood or laminate are particularly vulnerable to chips, dents and cracks; even concrete can be damaged with enough exposure to damaging vibrations. However, a rubber insulator can guard your floors from damage due to the amount of heavy impacts it can withstand. Heavy equipment is at its most damaging while vibrating but, the good news is that floor damage can be mostly negated through the use of vibration dampening materials.
3(c). Sound Dampening
Not only are the vibrations of machines damaging to the machines themselves and the floors beneath them but, they also give off a steady supply of noise. Rubber shock absorbers are good for dampening the overall sound of a machine in motion thanks to their superior thickness levels and force-dispensing physical structure. Thanks to the vibration dampening materials shock absorbers are made of, they are able to effectively reduce the noise caused by vibrations. As the force of the vibrations are spread throughout the surfaces of the shock absorbing mats, the overall levels of sound that are given off by the humming of the machine is decreased. This allows for a quieter workplace or home where you can hear yourself and others around you.
Rubber shock absorbers are a necessity for your heavy industrial machines and equipment. Regardless of whether they are made of eco-friendly recycled rubber or heavy-duty chemically resistant synthetic rubber, having them in place is very beneficial to your industrial work area. Despite its popularity in the industrial world, customizable shock absorbing mats available allows them to be used for smaller, more residential applications. They are great protective products that feature enhanced levels of durability against physical and environmental harm. In addition, they are perfect for guarding both your floors and machinery from damage they may suffer from one another. You will appreciate how much money such a simple safeguard can save. Our shock absorbing mats with their superior vibration dampening materials, will keep your industrial work area or residence safe and secure.