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Vibration and Sound Damping Foam, Tape, and Materials

Custom Fabrication for Vibration Damping Materials

Manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, medical devices, and power generation industries continually investigate acoustic technology that incorporates more efficient sound and vibration damping to combat buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) also known as noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). This includes ways to further reduce noise in various applications from anti-squeak protection between plastic components to electronic devices needing shock absorption, vibration isolation and thermal management. Excessive vibration can cause parts to wear out prematurely in sensitive electronics or operating malfunction and mechanical failure in devices. By employing effective materials and proven converting techniques, companies can combat vibration with an isolator such as a vibration dampener.

What materials are available for Buzz Squeak Rattle? There are a number of material options to provide the optimal solution to your buzz, squeak or rattle issue that can be custom converted so fit your exact application.

UHMW Tape is a heavy-duty, abrasion resistant polyethylene film tape with a high molecular weight and is available in clear and black. It is an excellent choice for providing a thin strong barrier between two squeaking parts. 

LDPE or Lo-Density Polyethylene tape performs in applications that require flexibility. It utilizes a strong bonding acrylic adhesive that works on most surfaces including complex shapes. LDPE tape is useful between plastic, vinyl or fabric covered parts.

Foam Tape is an excellent choice for sound dampening and moderate abrasion resistance qualities. It can be used in between gaps between mating components, and laminated films may be added to provide additional abrasion resistance. Flock Tape Flock tape is comprised of dense nylon fibers that can withstand and resist crushing that can be a major source for squeaking and rattling challenges.

Flock Tape is a high-performing and low-cost solution for a variety of BSR applications. Non-Woven Non-woven tape works great for applications that call for a slip barrier between metal or plastic components. It is most often utilized in situations requiring thinness and flexibility.

Custom Fabrication for Vibration and Sound Damping Materials

Fabrico provides custom fabrication for a versatile line of products that serve as vibration damping material, non-skid feet, spacers, and cushions. Vibration damping tape and vibration damping foam from 3M™, Avery Dennison, and Saint-Gobain help protect surfaces from marring, staining, and abrasion, and are perfect for use on laptop computers, calculators, electronic equipment, automotive applications, appliances, and house wares.

Fabrico can custom fabricate parts to specific requirements needed in each market with capabilities such as:

  • Die cutting – die cut and laser cut from CAD, spec sheets,
    or hand drawn sketch
  • Slitting – custom slitting and rewinding from .030” to 78” wide
  • Converting services – many other services available

For the medical market, Fabrico produces various gaskets for vibration damping. Frequently, vibration damping material is combined with surface protection and structural reinforcements, including environmental sealing, and Fabrico’s lamination services excel in supporting this application.

Rapid prototyping is a fast and effective way to test vibration damping materials in your specific application. Fabrico offers quick quoting on prototypes with as fast as 48 hour turnaround on delivering your prototype. Contact us today for a quote!

For information on our converting capabilities, download one of our Process Sheets in our Resource Library. Key articles include Noise Abatement and Sound Management Material.