Taylor Devices’ facilities and capabilities have traditionally set the world standard.
Headquartered in North Tonawanda, NY, Taylor Devices is spread out over two campuses encompassing 115,000 sq-ft that include the offices, machine shop, paint shop, and packaging.
Personnel and air cargo access is available through the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, New York which is a twenty minute drive from North Tonawanda. Private aircraft access is provided by both the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and also the Niagara Falls International Airport in Niagara Falls, which is fifteen minutes from North Tonawanda.
Located at 90 Taylor Drive, includes corporate and engineering operations, product assembly and testing facilities, research and development, bonded storage and repair activities, and a portion of the company’s production machining operations. The Tonawanda Island facilities include multiple buildings totaling 65,000 square feet in area on seven acres of land. Tonawanda Island is located 500 feet from the mainland on the Niagara River and is accessible via a two-lane highway bridge.
Located at One Buffalo Bolt Way, this site opened in 2012 and currently includes three buildings totaling 50,000 square feet in area on eight acres of land. The Buffalo Bolt Way buildings include production machining, finishing, and packaging operations. Driving distance between the Tonawanda Island and Buffalo Bolt Way facilities is 1.7 miles.
The Small Parts Production Center consists of equipment configured to produce all Taylor products smaller than two inches in diameter. The equipment consists of medium volume, high precision CNC turning centers, CNC milling centers, automated gundrilling machines and low production manual support machines.
The Large Parts Production Center consists of equipment configured to produce all Taylor products over two inches in diameter. The equipment consists of medium volume, high precision CNC turning centers, CNC milling centers, custom built boring and deep hole drilling machines and limited production manual support machines.
Taylor Devices’ facilities have traditionally set the world standard for testing of shock absorbers, fluid viscous dampers and shock isolation systems. The company maintains the following facilities, which are also available for the use of our customers on a contractual basis:
A multi-disciplinary professional staff is maintained at the facility, including mechanical, civil, electrical, industrial, and manufacturing engineers. Engineering offices are located both at the main Taylor Devices’ facility and in Santa Monica, California. At present, some 90 U.S. patents are attributed to this staff in the fields of shock isolation, vibration control, suspension design, and other related energy absorption subjects. Technical reports by the staff have been published by the SAE, AISE, ASCE, NCEER, Journal of Shock and Vibration, National Science Foundation, Shock and Vibration Symposium, United States Air Force, United States Navy, and the United States Marine Corps, in addition to numerous other technical publications.
Taylor Devices provides our customers state of the art analytical capability for shock and vibration simulation. The engineering staff has performed systems definition and analysis for all branches of the Department of Defense, as well as numerous industrial customers. Our exclusive Shock Data Base of Transient Pulses includes test records of most major shock events of the past 120 years. This includes seismic effects of major earthquakes, vehicle crash histories, conventional and special weapons detonation, underwater shock, U.S. Navy shock test machine simulation, spacecraft launch transients, transport and handling shock, and generic transient shock wave forms for equipment design. Taylor Devices employs both internally developed, as well as commonly available commercial software tools to address customer needs depending on the complexity of the analysis. All known shock inputs can be accommodated, including weapons transients with their associated fast rise times. Taylor Devices also has the ability to address virtually all types of isolation elements, including those with high degrees of non-linearity.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) capability is provided by SolidWorks® 3D CAD software and AutoCAD.
As a defense contractor, Taylor Devices actively participates in funded government directed research, in addition to the company’s internal R&D program. Research projects are structured within three areas: basic research, applied research, and product development. The scope of the company’s research activity includes passive and active structural control, natural and man-made environmental effects, fluid chemistry, interdisciplinary interfaces, seal development, structural dynamics, and vehicle control and handling.
Taylor Devices is constantly refining and improving its shock isolator designs and is tremendously proud of the performance of the company’s products in both military and commercial service. Projects are now underway to adapting active control-structure interfaces into the firm’s isolation systems. These will allow the integration of electrically powered active controls into shock and vibration control products of this new century, when control by artificial intelligence or neural solution techniques are expected.
The following update is from company president, Alan Klembczyk.
March 20, 2020
To the Customers of Taylor Devices:
Due to the ongoing dynamics of the situation with respect to the Coronavirus, I feel that it is necessary to update our customers yet again. As of today, there has been a significant development for us, so I want to convey our current status.
The Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, today updated his Executive Order mandating that 100% of their workforce stay home, with certain exceptions.
Before explaining how that impacts us, please allow me to clearly state that we continue to monitor and adhere to the advice of the appropriate public health agencies. Our Executive Management team is in continuous communication with each other and we are reacting accordingly to minimize any possible impacts that this situation may cause in satisfying all our customer’s needs.
We continue to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Niagara County Health Department for news and advice on steps that should be followed. We are following the recommendations of those agencies.
Because Taylor Devices provides products and services for defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government and is a contractor to the US government, we are continuing our operations on a limited basis to support our requirements. This allows us to maintain at least a minimal workforce, including some office staff and some personnel who are supporting manufacturing, assembly, and testing operations.
We have taken substantial measures to allow certain other employees to work from home if their job function allows. Therefore, we are fortunate to be in a position that allows us to maintain many functional aspects of our Company while still practicing cautious measures to inhibit the spread of the Coronavirus.
Please continue to be assured of the following points:
Our Purchasing team is in continuous communication with our suppliers so that we can be updated on any delays that may occur. To date, there still have been no delays in receiving our raw materials, purchased components or outside services that affect our final product.
We are managing this crisis with plans and protocols, which includes the ability for many of our employees to work remotely and seamlessly to support our customers while keeping our employees safe.
Our cleaning service at our factory has stepped up cleaning and disinfecting, especially in high-use areas such as bathrooms and lunchrooms.
We have eliminated non-essential travel.
We have put into place a policy of reporting any personal travel by staff or family members outside of Western New York to Human Resources to determine if any quarantine measures will need to be taken, especially if the travel is to high-risk exposure areas or on cruise ships.
We have added a formal visitor pre-screening process that we now require all visitors that enter our facilities to complete.
Please be assured that Taylor Devices continues to hold a very high standard for all our customers while ensuring the safety of all our employees and our professional associates. Our Sales Staff is always available to answer any questions that you may have, and we will continue to support our customers to the absolute best of our abilities.
Thank you very much for your confidence in us to manage this challenging situation.
Please stay tuned for more updates to come.