Machine Design

One-shot shock provides emergency protection

When it comes to protecting machinery and critical components against large jolts and emergency stops, rubber bumpers and springs are ineffectual and hydraulic shocks are expensive. A low-cost, disposable alternative is Enidine Inc.'s one-shot shock, now being introduced in Europe. The shocks were designed primarily for use as a fail-safe device in high-speed servodrives, but can be used for other industrial machines as well. They are made of a noncorroding polymer and will last 10 years, despite exposure to temperatures ranging from -25 to 50C (-13 to 122F). Once the lightweight, crushable shock is used, it is thrown away and replaced.

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