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, North Tonawanda, this site 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, North Tonawanda, 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.