When Just Auto.com recently examined Tomorrows shock absorbers, they began
from this perspective: Ride control is basically governed by a vehicles
suspension system, including its shock absorbers (dampers) and struts. For the
last decade or so, the high end technical emphasis has been on developing
dampers in which the damper rate can be varied according to the road
Producers of custom molded rubber and rubber to metal bonded parts stand at
the forefront of the shock absorbing future that is the focus of the sites
examination. That is because such companies specialize in rubber to metal
bonding of dampers, isolaters and mounts for noise and vibration control.
Obviously, the latter accomplishment plays a vital part in ensuring a smooth
ride out on the road.
In its analysis, Just Auto.com went on to point out, Technically speaking,
the term shock absorber is a misnomer because the device doesnt, in the
strictest sense, absorb shock at all. Rather, it is designed to dampen the
movement of the springs. The Website then adds, The sole purpose, however, of
the more accurately named damper in any suspension system is to control the
Indeed, vibration occurs when mechanical oscillations take place about an
equilibrium point such as those on a vehicles tires, wheels, hubs and spring
mounts. Custom molded rubber and rubber to metal bonded dampers put a damper on,
or slow down, those irksome oscillations.
There have been some advances made to shock absorbers automotive fastener
manufacturers which may be referred to as trends. To improve ride comfort
without adding to cost, manufacturers are creating a longer shock absorber
movement, Just Auto.com continues. One of the latest trends that is highly
influential in automakers buying decisions is rubber bonded to metal parts know
as elastomers that reduce noise and vibration.
Leading producers of custom molded and rubber to metal bonded parts for
noise and vibration control are constantly utilizing up to date CAD software to
design and construct new tooling and new elastomer formulas. In fact, some such
producers have formulated over 1,000 different elastomer formulas, thereby
ensuring decades of dependable service. The high grade neoprene elastomers such
companies produce have good resistance to flame, oil, gasoline, natural aging,
abrasion and weather.
What else is special about the technology? An elastomer allows the damping
characteristics to be changed in milliseconds, [thereby] ensuring the occupant a
smooth transition between comfortable ride and a safe handling. Continuous
damping, in particular, is the wave of the future. Unfortunately, the high strength fastener
rubber to metal vibration control technology is currently only available in top
tier vehicle segments. Given that much of this continuous damping technology is
initially only available as optional equipment, it is up to dealership staff to
sell its benefits, the Website stresses.