Testing Facilities

Taylor Devices' facilities have traditionally set the world's standard for testing of shock absorbers and shock isolation systems. The Company maintains the following facilities, which are also available for the use of our customers on a contractual basis:

    1. Vertical Drop Rails (in plant):  Five vertical rails are maintained, with a capacity of up to 4,000 pounds, free falling up to 12 feet.
    2. Heavyweight Vertical Drop Rail (in remote test building):  One rail is maintained with a capacity of 5,000 pounds weight, free falling up to 30 feet.  The concrete test house floor is more than 30 feet thick and steel reinforced for rigidity, and is rated for shock loads of up to 700,000 pounds.



    3. Super-Heavyweight Vertical Drop Rail (in remote test building):  One rail is maintained with a capacity of 60,000 pounds, free falling up to 25 feet.  The reinforced concrete test lab floor is more than 30 feet thick, and is rated for shock loads of up to 2,000,000 pounds.



    1. Hydraulic Vibration Testing:  Three programmable custom built electro-hydraulic shakers are maintained at the facility, of 150,000 pounds, 450,000 pounds, and 2,200,000 pounds output, respectively.  In addition, a time-sharing arrangement is maintained for Taylor Devices' use of two heavyweight seismic shakers located at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  The larger shaker is one of the largest in the world, and is the test machine for the U.S. Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.  Taylor Devices is proud to be a corporate sponsor of this facility.



  1. High Frequency Vibration Testing:  For testing small items, an Unholtz-Dickie Electro-Dynamic Shaker is maintained.  Capacities are 0-50 pounds force and D.C.-10,000 Hz frequency response. Control is by manual or programmable commands.  For vibration testing of larger objects, a Dynamic Solutions Electro-Dynamic Shaker is maintained, rated at 0-2,200 pounds force for sine and random vibrations, and 4-400 pounds force for shock.  Frequency range is 5-3,000 Hz with control by manual or programmable commands.


  2. Hydraulic Multipliers:  Two custom built actuators are maintained for use on any drop rail to multiply impact weight by a factor of up to 7.


  3. Static Testing:  Six static test machines are maintained, with capacities up to 1,000 tons.


  4. Thermal Testing:  Two Cincinnati Sub-Zero environmental chambers are maintained.  The larger of these has a 38 cubic foot storage box, with ‑100°F to +300°F capacity.


  5. Velocity Testing: Two custom built laser interferometers are maintained, which can be installed on any Company test rail.  These devices monitor the critical initial impact velocity from a drop test with an accuracy of plus or minus 0.5% at speeds to 150 mph.


  6. Data Acquisition: Three digital data acquisition systems are utilized, providing a total of 58 recording channels using platforms by LabVIEW™ and Hewlett Packard™.