The first steps to specifying

By March 8, 2017 No Comments

Although anti-vibration mounts play an integral role in protecting both workers and assets by isolating and attenuating vibration and noise, during the design process they’re often a secondary consideration – if included at all. Failing to do so can result in equipment downtime and expensive machinery modification, as well as damage to workers and the surrounding environment.

Because of the variety of operating conditions that specific machinery and equipment is subjected to, including temperature and the environment of the application, selecting the correct anti-vibration mount shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach. To determine the most suitable solution, calculation and analysis is required looking at factors such as deflection, static loading and alignment to name a few.

While mounts can be specified at any stage of a project, there are typically fewer restrictions if they’re considered at the outset of the design phase. If factored in too late, it may be prohibitively costly to modify the space envelope or available positions for the mount to be installed. And, if anti-vibration solutions don’t feature at all until the equipment begins to run, expensive maintenance, repairs or replacements may be required.

Machinery and equipment which are properly protected through the use of anti-vibration mounts will last longer and operate more efficiently – but only if these mounts are specified correctly using in-depth calculations; installed with care and checked against those calculations; and periodically monitored to flag any issues before they become critical. Trelleborg’s industrial anti-vibration engineers can assist with every stage of the project, from bespoke mount design through to testing, training and aftercare.

Another option is our dedicated MountFinder Pro app, which combines vibration analysis and mount selection technology, to help users identify the correct installation and the effectiveness of a mount. Compatible with iPhone and Android, the free app simply needs to be held on top of the asset for the built-in accelerometer to measure vibration levels. Once machine weight and number of mounts are input to the app, it can identify and recommend the correct mount for the individual application.

Matt Easthope

About Matt Easthope

Matt joined Trelleborg in 1990 and since then has worked in a variety of roles including Engineering and Sales, before moving into Product Design. Now managing a global team of engineers, Matt ensures that Trelleborg provides high levels of service above and beyond their anti-vibration products.

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