Shock Absorbers

The most compact and lightweight shock absorbers available anywhere.

Heavy Duty Industrial Shock Absorbers

We manufacture the only industrial shock absorbers that automatically adjust themselves to different impact conditions. A patented exclusive of Taylor Devices, we offer three different series of self adjusting shock absorber units available in 16 sizes. By offering a wide variety, we help get you the exact shock absorber for your energy absorption needs. 

Taylor Devices Industrial Shock Absorbers

Self Adjusting Shock Absorbers

Like any other shock absorber, our Fluidicshoks convert kinetic energy to thermal energy. However, ours our the only ones that are self adjusting. They are small, extremely compact industrial shock absorbers, so simple in design that they have only five major parts. Capacities of up to 19,200 inch-pounds are available from 15 basic sizes of these miniature shock absorbers. Reset is accomplished either by low force internal coil springs, or by a high force internal liquid spring. The liquid spring reset is superior to competitive shock absorbers because it prevents dirt, ice, or excessive drive inputs from binding or bottoming the Fluidicshok.

Because our patented “Fluidic Damping System” can be double acting, reset is gentle even with the high liquid spring force. Three models of the Fluidicshoks are damper types with no reset system. These units feature mono-tube M-series Fluidicshok construction and the choice of single or double acting output.

W-Series Fluidicshoks are available in four sizes of up to 19,000 inch-pounds capacity. W-Series crane buffers are available in eleven sizes of up to 4,000,000 inch-pounds capacity.

The Uni-Shok, available in six models, has a capacity of up to 5,000 inch-pounds, suitable for most industrial energy absorption applications. Metric versions of the Uni-Shok are available for export. The self adjusting shock absorbers are competitive with most custom orificed or manually adjustable designs.

Learn more about each industrial shock absorber below or contact our team today to help you find exactly what you are looking for based on your needs.

Taylor Devices' Shock Absorbers

  1. A modern, monotube hydraulic damper with internal construction similar to the M-Series Fluidicshoks.
  2. A true linear damping system using a fluidic amplifier that applies a damping force in direct proportion to velocity input.
  3. Output is continuously compensated for temperature ranges of -40 degrees F to +160 degrees F.
  4. Damping force does not vary with stroke position.
  5. Solid stainless steel piston rod, corrosion protected steel cylinder.
  6. Ideal for high speed machinery and robotic applications.
  7. Choice of damping directions:
ALL MODELS: C = Compression damping, free extension T = Tension damping, free compression TC = Double acting damping VELOCITY RANGE: Any desired damping force up to the maximum listed can be set at any specified velocity between 1 in/sec. and 200 in/sec.

Includes all the features of the M-SERIES standard Fluidicshok®, plus the following heavy duty equipment:

  1. Piston rod is totally enclosed and protected by a steel guide sleeve. This allows operation in adverse environments or where sideload or bending loads are imposed on the shock. Guide sleeve is corrosion protected steel.
  2. Choice of internal coil spring reset or our exclusive high force liquid spring reset. The liquid spring reset allows firm but gentle reset in outdoor environments subject to ice buildup. In addition, the liquid spring reset is ideal for applications where drive forces must be counterbalanced without “bottoming out” the absorber.
  3. No external bottoming stops required.
  4. Optional operating temperature range -70 degrees F to +300 degrees F.
  5. Optional velocity range of 10 in/sec. to 400 in/sec.


  1. The most compact and light weight shock available anywhere for applications as demanding as aerospace, at competitive commercial prices. Available in four sizes, 170 in-lbs. to 5,600 in-lbs. capacity. Velocity ranges of 10 to 150 in/sec.
  2. Super efficient, having the highest energy capacity for weight, size, and output force of any shock anywhere.
  3. Computer designed fluidic metering attenuates kinetic energy and drive inputs smoothly without harsh bottoming, spikes and peaks. Output is a highly efficient square wave that automatically compensates for temperature changes.
  4. Corrosion resistant construction, with bronze striker cap, all other external parts are through hardened stainless steel. Stainless steel piston rod is Teflon impregnated. Leakless seals of non-time dated material assure minimum contamination problems and long life.
  5. Internal coil spring reset.
  6. Non-toxic, non-flammable Tayco Piezoil fluid yields excellent thermal stability over a wide temperature range of -40 degrees F to +160 degrees F.
  7. Threaded stud for convenient mounting.
W-Series Shock Absorber
  1. Typical uses include machinery, automated equipment, conveyors, and aerospace.
  2. No maintenance, refilling, or adjusting required. The Fluidicshok® will automatically adjust its force and stroke to absorb any impact within its capacity diagram, even if weights and speeds change with each impact.
  3. Solid stainless steel piston rod, hard chrome plated cylinder, and black oxide steel mounting standard on all models. All cylinders are one piece, machined from aircraft quality alloy steel.
  4. Optional mountings are available, including back flange, front flange, threaded body, or full custom designs.
  5. Designed for high speed automated equipment, the W-Series Fluidicshok® can usually be operated at up to 20 C.P.M. without external reservoirs or heat exchangers. For applications outside this range, consult factory.
  6. Normal operating temperature range is -20 degrees F to + 140 degrees F continuous duty.

  1. Available in 6 different sizes from 100 in-lbs. to 5000 in-lbs. capacity. Temperature range is -20 degrees F to +140 degrees F.
  2. Typical uses include high speed machinery, handling equipment, replacement of cylinder cushions and bumpers.
  3. Unique patented internal Fluidic Amplifier adjusts both output force and stroke. No cumbersome, time consuming manual adjustments are required. Uni-Shok will adjust itself to absorb the energy of any combination of weights shown on the sizing graph on the following pages for the model desired. Should impact weight or speed be changed within the diagram limits, the Uni Shok will re-adjust itself as necessary.
  4. The stainless steel piston rod is through hardened, equipped with a striker cap, then hand diamond lapped to a 2 micro-inch finish, and impregnated with Teflon. The use of aircraft quality materials is unusual for a small industrial shock but allows the Uni-Shok to be completely maintenance free. Cylinder is one piece, machined from steel bar stock, and black oxide coated. Optional stainless steel cylinders are available in all models at extra cost.
  5.  Internal coil spring reset as compared to competitive designs with temperature sensitive rubber diaphragms.
  6. Popular universal mount design with threaded body. Threads are truncated as a safety feature for installation.

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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:

  • TDI Management has taken substantial measures to maintain our ability to meet our obligations to our customers while adhering to the recommendations and regulations of government agencies. Our workforce remains confident, high- spirited and healthy. We have a sufficient workforce that have adjusted their work schedules as necessary. We remain confident that we will continue to meet the ongoing challenges that the situation is presenting to us.
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  • 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.

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