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Incorporated in 1955, Taylor Devices, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of Shock Absorbers, Liquid Springs, Shock Isolation Systems, Seismic Isolators, Vibration Dampers, Powerplant Snubbers, and other types of Hydro-Mechanical Energy Management Products. Our products form the cutting edge of technology in our marketplace, and are backed by our 60+ years of successful experience in the shock and vibration control field. Our products offer a turn-key solution to shock and vibration problems, with Taylor Devices providing full analysis, development, manufacturing and testing capabilities to satisfy the most exacting customer requirements.



During his years of experience as an Aeronautical Engineer for Beech Aircraft and Curtiss-Wright Aircraft, our founder, Mr. Paul H. Taylor, became aware of the work of Sir George Dowty in the field of fluid compressibility, and similar work by Amagot, Constaninesco, and Bridgeman.

These early studies of compressibility phenomena led to the development of various compressible fluid devices during Mr. Taylor's tenure as Vice President of Research at the Wales-Strippit Corporation, a machine tool manufacturer. The highlight of these developments was a mass-produced liquid spring. Over 20,000 of these were built and sold for commercial uses for dies, aircraft, ordnance, etc., during the early 1950s.

In 1955, Mr. Taylor formed Taylor Devices, Inc. for the purpose of developing a liquid spring landing gear design for aircraft that combined a spring and shock absorber into a single package. Variations of this basic product produced a pure shock absorber, a double acting damper, and a pure liquid spring. Special machines were developed to automate the production of ultra-finished bores having a half millionth of an inch surface finish (.5 micro inch), essential to the proper performance of these early, super-precision, hydraulic components.

In 1962, Mr. Taylor filed for patents on what is now the Teflon (Registered TM Chemours Company FC, LLC) sealed, rod-type, liquid spring-damper, the first new type of liquid spring design in over 30 years. By 1972, Taylor Devices had manufactured over 500,000 liquid springs and liquid spring dampers utilizing the Teflon seal design. This seal has since been improved upon, with the associated improvement patents, to the point that millions of cycles of totally leak-free operation can be achieved without maintenance or seal replacement. In addition to Teflon, other structural plastics are used in manufacturing seals to meet specific customer requirements, such as nuclear radiation resistance, high vacuum, or operation in environments containing caustic substances.

As a parallel program, an improved low pressure seal design was also produced, proving the basis for standard commercial shock absorber and damper designs where conventional hydraulic seals had proven to be inadequate due to leakage.

In the 1970s, patents were issued on the Taylor Devices Fluidic Damping System, the first major technical improvement in shock absorber designDoug Taylorsince 1927.

At the turn of the century, production of Taylor Shock Absorbers and Liquid Springs was well over 2.5 million units. More than 750,000 units were used as automobile bumper shock absorbers in the 1973-1976 model years. To date, over 90 U.S. patents in the field of compressible fluid technology have been issued to members of the firm. The superior design qualities and reliable operation of Taylor Liquid Springs, Liquid Spring Shocks and Shock Absorbers are well known throughout the world.

Taylor Devices is now in its sixth decade as a supplier of critical shock isolation components to the United States Government. Some major armed forces programs utilizing energy management components of Taylor Devices include:

  1. Arresting Gear, Navy F-8 and A-7 Aircraft
  2. Shock Isolation System, NASA Apollo Program
  3. Arresting Gear, Navy S-3 Aircraft
  4. Shock Isolation System, Army Skycrane Helicopter
  5. Shock Isolation System, Navy PHALANX Gun
  6. Shock Isolation System, NASA Space Shuttle
  7. Energy Absorber, Navy MK 86 Antenna
  8. Energy Absorber, Navy MK 88 Antenna
  9. Energy Absorber, Navy MK 92 Antenna
  10. Energy Absorber, Navy SPS 49 Antenna
  11. Shock Isolation System, Navy Terrier Missile
  12. Energy Absorber, NATO Seasparrow Missile
  13. Energy Absorber, Army and Marines TOW-Cobra Missile
  14. Shock Isolation System, Navy VLS Tomahawk Missile
  15. Shock Isolation System, Navy and DEA Soft Mount Guns
  16. MX Missile, Shock Isolation System, MPS Basing Mode
  17. Missile, Shock Isolation System, CSB Basing Mode
  18. MX Missile, Shock Isolation System, DBWS Basing Mode
  19. B-2 Stealth Bomber, Classified Application
  20. Seawolf Submarine, Classified Application
  21. Shock Isolation System, NATO VLS Sparrow Missile
  22. Shock Isolation System, Navy Standard Missile, Block IV
  23. Active Shock Isolation System, Army THAAD Missile
  24. Active and Passive Dampers, NASA EELV Program
  25. Shock Isolation System, Navy Q/70 Family of Electronics Enclosures
  26. Virginia Class Submarine, Classified Application
  27. Shock Isolation System, M-777 Howitzer
  28. Shock Isolation System, Navy Zumwalt Class Destroyer
  29. Shock Isolation Systems and Actuators, NASA SLS Program

These are major programs; a host of smaller programs also utilize Taylor Devices' components.

In 2015, Taylor Devices was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame by NASA and The Space Foundation, for commercialization of NASA space products into our present seismic damper product lines.


Taylor Devices’ facilities are sited at two locations in the city of North Tonawanda, New York:

  1. Tonawanda Island Facilities - Located at 90 Taylor Drive, 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. 

  2. Buffalo Bolt Way Facilities - Located at One Buffalo Bolt Way, 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.

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.

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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.

  • Manual lathes include a custom built Poreba Lathe for deep hole boring. This machine has a 12 inch hollow spindle, double chucked, with external roller type steady rest. Tubes up to 24 feet in length can be accommodated with ease. Bed length is 120 inches. Swing is 36 inches.

  • Deep Hole Drilling Equipment

    1. Warner & Swazey 3A Turret Lathe, with 5 inch diameter hollow spindle and 40 horsepower drive. Redesigned and rebuilt for Taylor Devices for deep hole drilling up to 3-1/2 inches in diameter.

    2. Warner & Swazey 4A Turret Lathe, built in 1972 and rebuilt by the manufacturers representative in 1994. This machine has full versatility with cross feed and threading capabilities on both front and rear turrets. It has a 102 inch bed length, and features a 12 inch hollow spindle and 75 horsepower motor. Taylor Devices has equipped the machine with ejector type drill tooling with the capability to drill a high tolerance bore up to 8-1/2 inches in diameter.

    3. Warner & Swazey 4A Turret Lathe, built in 1972 and rebuilt by the manufacturers representative in 1994. This machine has full versatility with cross feed and threading capabilities on both front and rear turrets. It has a 102 inch bed length, and features a 12 inch hollow spindle and 75 horsepower motor. Taylor Devices has equipped the machine with ejector type drill tooling with the capability to drill a high tolerance bore up to 8-1/2 inches in diameter. 

  • Computer Numeric Control Turning Equipment 

    1. Two Doosan 300L Slant Bed CNC turning centers (2013 and 2016). These machines can bar feed up to 4” diameter and have 30 HP drives. Controls are by Fanuc. These machines have a max turning diameter of 15.7 inches and max turning length of 52.8 inches. These machines have the capability to repeatedly turn parts holding a .0002 inch tolerance.

    2. Doosan 700L Slant Bed CNC turning center (2015). This machine has a 60 HP drive. Control is by Fanuc. This machine has a max turning diameter of 35.4 inches and max turning length of 126 inches. This machine has the capability to repeatedly turn parts holding a .0002 inch tolerance.

    3. Daewoo Puma-15 slant bed chucking and turning center. This machine has a 29 inch turning capacity with a 62 inch capacity between centers. The machine includes a 12 station automatic tool changer and is powered by a 50 horsepower spindle drive. It has the capability to repeatedly turn parts to a .0002 inch tolerance. This machine was built in 1992 and rebuilt in 2007.

    4. Okuma Model LH-50 flat bed universal turning center rebuilt for Taylor Devices in 2016. This machine has a 41-3/8 inch turning capacity by 120 inch capacity between centers. The machine has the ability to handle up to a 13,200 lb part between centers. The machine has twin vertical turrets, forward and back, capable of holding 8 tools each. The spindle is powered by a 60 HP drive. This machine has the ability to turn to a tolerance of .0005 inches.

    5. CNC turning machines consisting of three Hardinge lathes, one Cobra (1996) and two GS-200 (2009-2012) turning centers. They have a 1-1/8” bar capacity thru the spindle. These machines are capable of holding tolerances of .0001 inches or better.

    6. Multi axis CNC milling is provided by three machines, a HAAS VF-1 (2015), HAAS VF-3 (2004) and a HAAS VF-4 (1999). These machines have the capacity to do full 4 axis machining on part envelopes of 50 inches wide by 20 inches deep by 24 inches high. The machine’s spindle horsepower is a maximum of 30 horsepower and includes automatic tool changing with a 32 tool capacity.


  1. Superfinishing equipment consists of four large diameter machines designed and built by Taylor Devices from 2000 to 2014. These machines have the capability, in production, of producing engineered finishes to as low as ½ micro inch finish on diameters of up to 6 inches in diameter by 60 inches long. Small diameter superfinishing is accomplished in a multi station, automatic machine designed by Taylor Devices and built in 2006.

  2. Grinding Equipment consists of a Nippei Industrial Company Centerless grinder, a Cincinnati 16 inch Center grinder and a SuperTec 8” CNC grinder. The Nippei Centerless grinder is capable of grinding a diameter as small as 1/16 inch and as large as 3-9/16 inch by up to 36 inch long. The Cincinnati Center grinder, rebuilt in 2013, has a capacity of up to 16inch diameter and 100 inch between centers. The SuperTec CNC (2015) grinder has a capacity of up to 8 inch diameter by 20 inch between centers and a fully automated grinding capability.

  3. Honing equipment capacity ranges from .25 inch diameter to 24 inch diameter in several machines. The high volume production equipment for .25 inch diameter to 2 inch diameter are two Sunnen Automatic Hones (1995 and 1999) capable of holding .0001 inch tolerance and a 4 micro inch finish. The 2 inch to 6 inch range is accomplished by two Sunnen Cylinder King hones (1985 and 2015) and the 6 inch to 23 inch range utilize two Sunnen horizontal automatic machines (1995 and 2016) with a 60 foot length capacity. All these machines are capable of holding tolerances of .0005 inch or better and establishing finishes of 16 micro inch or better. For better finishes, our Diamond Lapping department utilizes three custom built machines (patented by Taylor Devices) that provide I.D. and O.D. lapped finishes to .25 micro inch on diameters up to 24 inches.

  4. Taylor Devices Quality Assurance Program meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, AS 9100C and ISO 14001:2004 as well as satisfying the requirements of MIL-Q-9858A, MIL-I-45208A, NASA quality publication NHB-5300.4 (IC), MIL-STD-45662A and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1. Among the equipment in the Quality Controls Labs (2) are a Microstar DCC CMM capable of measuring a part that is 60 inch long by 30 wide inch by 24 inch high and a DEA CMM capable of measuring a part that is 20 inch long by 18 wide inch by 16 inch. In addition to two photographic Micro Vu inspection stations and a large selection of micrometers, gages and tools there are two, granite precision micro flats and a fully automated, computer based, calibration system with a “Where Used” feature and automatic recall capability of approximately 2,000 tool, gages and fixtures.

  5. Taylor Devices Assembly capability is separated into two areas. The Large Assembly/Seismic assembly area is 29,000 square feet consisting of full integrated cleaning facility, two Long Stroke Assembly areas, precision material handling cranes and specialized assembly fixtures. The Computer controlled final test equipment, with capabilities up to 2,000,000 pounds, is located adjacent to the assembly area to allow for free flow of product after assembly. This area is fully separated from the parts production manufacturing area. The Small Assembly area is 6,000 square feet and consists of Assembly stations with fixtures and tools for the assembly of products under 2 inch in diameter and is located adjacent to the Small Unit Test facility for smooth flow of product from Assembly to Test to Quality Control and Shipping.

  6. Bar and plate handling: Facilities include a fully automatic, 12 inch diameter x 20 foot length capacity Hyd-Mech H-12 saw, with digital controller, purchased in 1996.

  7. Welding Shop: Welding is performed and certified to ASME and AISE codes in both electric arc and torch operations in our in-house weld shop.

  8. Heat Treating: Taylor Devices maintains two Heat Treat furnaces with microprocessor controls and chart monitors. They are capable of handling parts up to 40 inches in length and 24 inches diameter.


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. Corporate policy dictates that virtually all basic and most applied research is conducted internally by full-time R&D Company employees. This assures maximum width and breadth of emergent R&D activities with a minimum of corporate limitations imposed on research personnel.


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.

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