12-step guide to selecting the correct air spring isolator
For making the right air spring isolator selection, some steps should be taken…
- Know the description of the equipment: what type of machinery? What is the application in which the air spring is going to be located? Is there any special feature of the machinery that has to be taken into consideration?
- Type of disturbance to be isolated (forced frequency of vibration): Disturbing frequency, machine speed (rpm) or frequency of incoming vibration (Hz)
- Available space for the air spring (diameter): What is the available height and diameter in order to place the air spring in the application?
- Maximum load of the application: What is the maximum load that the bellows should support?
- Available pressure: What is the available or the necessary pressure for air spring?
- Environmental conditions: What are the main particularities of the location, temperature and the environment?
- Weight distribution: What is the weight that each air spring should lift?
- Desired number of air springs and distribution: How many air springs are placed and what is the distance between each of them?
- Position of mounting points: How are the air springs going to be placed?
- Disturbing frequency, machine speed (rpm) or frequency of incoming vibration (hz)
- Percent of isolation desired: Determine the isolation rate.
- Additional special requirements: Special specifications of the air spring components, dimensions, compound types, etc.