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PUMPKIN™ Mounts

Unparalleled Protection for the Most Demanding Applications

PUMPKIN™ Mounts Provide Protection for Critical Systems and Structures

The PUMPKIN™ Mount is a shock and vibration isolator manufactured by Taylor Devices, Inc. This patent-protected mount design has been successfully shock tested in naval environments where explosive shock standards are extremely rigorous, reducing input accelerations of several hundred g down to an average of 15g or less.

A unique combination of materials, processes, and damping characteristics results in an isolator with superior performance under shock and vibration through environmental extremes within a relatively small volume and high payload capacity. These devices have the added benefit of lateral symmetry and extended weight capacity to support up to 1600kg per mount and maintain good acceleration attenuation without risk of compression impact.

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3D Rendering of the Pumpkin™ Mount

PUMPKIN™ Mounts are designed for use in military applications including protection against underwater shock (UNDEX) events. They can also be used for various civil engineering, industrial, and transportation applications particularly when 6 degree-of-freedom protection is required.

They are an approved mount for NATO standards for Containerised Mission Modules (STANG 4830 and ANEP-99), as well as Shock Mount Characterisation NATO Naval Armaments Group NG6/SG7 on Ship Combat Survivability (ANEP-63).

If you have questions, feel free to contact us, and our team will be happy to help.

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Customization with Design Services from PUMPKIN™ Mounts

We provide a design service that selects mount size, placement, and connection to the mounted item and the base seating. Costs and timescales for this service vary depending on the complexity of the installation proposed.

Typical deliverables from our design service are:

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT

Unique design improves the load capacity, high-frequency noise reduction, and proven performance of traditional NATO-standard mounts.

HIGH ENERGY ABSORPTION

Absorbs energy with layered damping materials, and under extreme shock attributes of the steel absorb additional energy.

EXCELLENT CAPTIVITY PROPERTIES

Highly resistant to significant tension forces, unlike rubber mounts which require secondary devices to avoid tearing and failure.

REPEATED SHOCK CAPABILITY

PUMPKIN™ Mounts have significant shock performance for repeated events, with the ability to withstand multiple events without compromising the captivity of the equipment.

IMPROVED WHIPPING RESISTANCE

A unique high-capacity rubber bump stop provides additional protection for naval ship whipping, providing a safeguard against compression impact under extreme loading conditions.

MULTI-DIRECTIONAL PERFORMANCE

Mount symmetry resists multi-directional lateral loads, and may support a mass in tension, compression or under shear for isolation of wall or bulkhead-mounted fixtures.

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Need help specifying protection systems for your application? Uncertain about mount selection and which PUMPKIN™ Mounts product provides optimal performance for your application?

We provide a design service that selects mount size, placement, and connection to the mounted item and the base seating. Fill out the form below, and someone will be in contact with your shortly to help.
Pumpkin Mount Shock Absorber

We have prepared a brochure highlighting additional benefits of the PUMPKIN™ Mount as well as performance curves and product specifications.

 

Craig Winters

Program Manager – Structural Products

 

Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of Structural Projects along with providing full customer service/support.
  • Progresses damper projects from contract execution through completion and interactions throughout the life of any structural project.

Experience

  • 30 years Developing and Building the structural damper market, along with design, manufacturing, testing, and selling of fluid damper products.
  • Managed and supervised over 800 damper projects from inception to completion using specialized devices for structural control of civil engineering structures, including hundreds of applications to improve performance under wind, seismic, pedestrian and traffic shock or vibration, for numerous industrial and structural applications, found on/in buildings, bridges, stadiums, towers, hospitals and many other types of structures.
  • Directed and managed a national and international (world-wide) network of representatives, supporting them with business development, sales visits, technical support, advertising, promotion and general marketing efforts for their various marketplaces.
  • Provided Corporate Representation and Presentations at numerous conferences and meetings annually, including those held by SEAOC, ASCE, AIST, EERI, CTBUH, IBC, and many other international bodies.
  • Publications and Presentations include papers on structural design and control of building and bridge structures including response spectrum analysis/design.

Education

  • MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from University at Buffalo
  • BS in Civil Engineering from University at Buffalo
  • BS in Physics from Fredonia State University

Affiliations

  • SEAOC – Structural Engineers Association Of California
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers
  • AIST – Association for Iron & Steel Technology
  • EERI – Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • CTBUH – Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Interests

  • Running 5k and Half-Marathons, Snow-Skiing, Boating and Slalom Waterskiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Canoeing, Camping, Sport-Bike (Motorcycle) Riding, and Craft-Beer “tasting”.  Winter weekends are spent coaching Downhill Ski Racing to youths.

Marcus Freeman

Technical Director

Responsibilities

  • Lead technical support efforts for structural engineers in areas of structural analysis with dampers, damper design, peer review and damper implementation (construction) for both new and retrofitted structures
  • Develop technical resources and guidelines for Taylor Damped Moment Frame design
  • Lead Research and Development efforts in advancing Damper implementation in building design

Experience

  • 8 years Structural Engineering design, analysis, and construction administration work with Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Lead design engineer experience on high rise residential, convention center, and aviation buildings in high seismic location
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Washington
  • Proficient with the design and detailing of steel moment frames, brace frames, and shear wall systems

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2015 Specialization: Structures
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2013

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Committee (NCSEA), Chair, 2021-present
  • SEAW Young Member Group, President, 2017-2018
  • NCSEA Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award – Nov 2023 Issued by National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)

Interests

  • Travel, live music, wine and bourbon tasting, cooking, vinyl collecting

Anthony Tiapon

Senior Project Engineer

Responsibilities

  • Supports clients and engineers with damper design by answering technical questions, providing ETABS support and providing pricing.
  • Performs Non-linear Response History Analysis in ETABS for verifying damper designs.
  • Generates educational materials regarding damper design.

Experience

  • 6 years of structural engineering design work at CYS Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • Experience with seismic and wind design.
  • Structural design experience in retrofit, wood, and steel structures.
  • Registered Professional Engineering in California.

Education

  • B.S. in Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnical State University, San Luis Obispo – 2016

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)

Interests

  • Running, working out, hiking, going to concerts and museums, spending time with my dog.
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Ben Covich

Senior Project Engineer

Responsibilities

  • Assists engineers and clients with damper design, technical support, and pricing.
  • Conduct Non-linear Time History Analysis to verify damper designs.
  • Manage building, bridge and other infrastructure projects from inception to hand off at production.

Experience

  • Design of damper systems using ETABs and Modal Strain Energy methods.
  • Base isolation design (Lead Rubber Bearings and Sliding Pendulum Bearings).
  • Managed full scale testing projects at UCSD for Lead Rubber Bearings and iRDT dampers.
  • Designed, project managed, and full scale tested 2D and 3D isolation platforms at The University of Nevada Reno (UNR).
  • Seismic design of shear wall, reinforced concrete and steel structures in New Zealand.
  • Auto CAD drafting
  • Qualified New Zealand Carpenter focusing on renovation of high end residential homes, Historic Buildings and large scale commercial projects.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), B.E (Hons), The University of Auckland – 2018
  • New Zealand Diploma of Engineering, N.Z.D.E (Civil) – 2014
  • New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry – 2012
  • Seismic Isolation Course CEE729 at UNR – 2020

Affiliations

  • New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineers (NZSEE)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Interests

  • Anything Motorsport, Midget Racing in California and maintaining a racecar (2023 USAC Western States – Rookie of the Year) Motorcross, BBQ, House Project, Travel

Nathan Canney

Director of Structural Engineering

Responsibilities

  • Train and manage structural engineering team at Taylor to assist engineers in analysis with dampers.
  • Educational outreach and support for structural engineers interested in using dampers for seismic or wind applications.

Experience

  • Structural engineering design work at Magnusson Klemencic Associates (2 years), CYS Structural Engineers, Inc.(3 years) and various internships at Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, MA Wright Engineering, and Forel/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
  • Registered Professional Engineering in California
  • Experience in structural design for new construction and retrofits, steel, concrete, wood and masonry structures. Design experience for seismic and wind using US and international codes.
  • Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University for four years, teaching undergraduate and graduate students courses including Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Residential Design, Ethics, Performance Based Earthquake Engineering and Building Systems.
  • Research focused on engineering education, engineering ethics and identity formation. Over 70 peer reviewed publications in conference proceedings and journals.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder – 2013
  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, Stanford University – 2010
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Seattle University – 2006

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Interests

  • Woodworking, family time, cooking spectacular meals, backpacking, travel and photography.

Konrad Eriksen

Structural Products Sales Director

Responsibilities

  • Heads up the Structural Business Development Team.
  • Develops Damper projects in the building, bridge and infrastructure markets from concept design through to contract execution.

Experience

  • 35 year’s experience in selling, development and manufacturing of dampers and base isolation systems throughout the world.
  • Built and ran Base Isolation and damper manufacturing facilities in New Zealand and USA.
  • Built and ran a BRB manufacturing plant in USA, contracting to Nippon Steel.
  • Developed and patented 2D and 3D isolation systems for equipment and supercomputers.
  • Introduced, manufactured, and tested viscous dampers through a technology transfer with a Japanese partner for the CPMC Hospital, CA.
  • Designed and built test rigs and presses with up to 4400-ton capacity.
  • 10 years of commercial construction engineering in Wellington, New Zealand specializing in constructability challenges, foundation design, concrete durability.
  • Extensive background in rigging, erecting tower cranes and structural steel.  Designed and executed heavy lifts.

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (civil) Canterbury University, New Zealand

Affiliations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAOC)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Interests

  • Enduro motorcycling, restoring, building and riding Ducati motorcycles, playing guitar, fishing, shooting, hunting, woodworking.

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