Control Speed and Motion with Dampers

Control Speed and Motion with Dampers

Dampers are an important component in various mechanical systems, providing controlled motion and improved safety in various applications. They act in either Compression or Extension for complete solution for lifting, holding, and lowering objects with controlled force. Our dampers are available in a wide range of sizes, from our Compact-Size (6mm x 15mm) and Standard-Size (8mm x 18mm) dampers. So no matter your needs, we have the right size for your project, in stock for same day shipping. Additionally, Guden offers custom options, to meet the specific needs of various industries and applications.

Guden dampers are supplied from stock with threaded ends and select dampers are supplied with ball joint assemblies on each end. If you require different end fittings, you may purchase them separately and we can also supply any damper with the end fittings of your choice already assembled to the unit. Please contact a Guden Customer Service Representative for more information.

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A Selection of Standard Dampers From Guden

Similar to gas springs, dampers have competitors and manufacturers that produce similar products. However, Guden stands out in the industry by offering top-quality standard dampers that are manufactured to the highest standards, using high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing processes. As a result, our standard dampers are reliable and efficient, providing smooth and controlled motion in various applications.

What is a Damper?

A damper is a mechanical device that is used to slow down, reduce or control the motion of an object. It is typically an oil-filled tube with an orifice that allows oil to pass through at a controlled rate, providing resistance to movement in extension or compression.

Dampers offer a complete solution in applications where controlled motion is required, such as in doors, hatches, and lids, lowering objects with controlled speed.

Dampers are available in different extended lengths, stroke lengths, and damping rates to meet the specific needs of different applications. All of our standard dampers are either compression or extension dampers, meaning they resist movement in one direction only. However, we also offer custom dampers with damping in both directions for more specialized applications.

Explore Our Selection of Standard Dampers

Guden has an extensive selection of standard dampers to choose from. Our selection includes both compression and extension dampers, with 5 standard dampening levels available; light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, and heavy. We also offer threaded ends and ball joint assemblies for added flexibility in terms of installation.

Guden has a wide selection of ball studs and mounting brackets for use with dampers using a ball socket or eyelet style end fittings.

At Guden, we are committed to providing top-quality solutions that our customers can rely on. All of our standard dampers are precision manufactured, using high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing processes. They are designed to provide reliable operation in the toughest environments.

Black Nitride Rod Dampers

Black Nitride Rod Dampers are a type of advanced damping technology that uses nitride-coated rods to enhance the performance of mechanical systems. These dampers are particularly useful in applications where precise control, stability, and longevity are crucial, such as aerospace, automotive, industrial machinery, and high-precision equipment.

The nitride coating on the rods provides several benefits, including:

  • Environment - Black nitrided rods are environmentally friendly in manufacturing and disposal.
  • Lifespan - Gas leakage around the seal and rod is the main driver for gas spring life. The less smooth the surface the more gas can escape through miniscule cracks, and possibly create wear on the seal as the rod moves into the tube. Black nitriding provides for a rod surface that’s up to 30% smoother than chrome plating.
  • Corrosion Resistance - The black nitriding process infuses nitrogen into the rod surface and case hardens the steel. Black nitride surpasses 150 hours of salt spray testing.
  • Appearance - An all black tube, rod and end connectors makes for a sleeker less eye catching product.
  • Cost - Last, and certainly maybe the most important, is price. Black nitrided rods are not only a low cost but a high value option.

Easy Installation

Guden dampers are supplied from stock with threaded ends, and can be supplied with ball joint assemblies on each end. We do this to make installation easier, as you don't need to purchase additional components for your damper. Furthermore, we can also supply any damper with the end fittings you require if needed.

If you're looking for a quality damper to control your vibrations and impacts, be sure to check out Guden's selection of Black Nitride Rod Dampers. With a wide range of standard damping levels available; light, medium light, medium, medium heavy and heavy, one is sure to fit your application requirements.

Contact us today to discuss your damping needs and find out how Guden can help! Our team of experienced engineers is ready to assist you in finding the right damper solution for your application.

Dampers Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

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What is a damper?

There are several products that go by the name damper. Our product is a tube, rod and orifice assembly filled with oil. As the spring is compressed and extended, the oil is forced through the orifice which limits the speed of the travel.

Are dampers and gas springs the same thing?

No. They may look the same but they are different products. Dampers are filled with oil, not pressurized gas, so they resist force instead of exerting it.

How does a damper get its dampening?

The normal extension or compression of a damper is slowed by the oil within the tube moving through an added orifice plate instead of just being allowed to move freely from one chamber of the tube to another.

How can I tell which damper to use in my application?

An engineering evaluation should be done in order to know which size damper would fit into your application and what mounting points you should use.

What strength dampening should I use?

There are many different dampening levels available on most dampers. Your own testing is the best way to see how the damper works in your application.

What do I use a damper for?

Dampers are used when you want to slow the motion down in an application.

Are there different types of dampers available?

Yes! There are several different types:

How many dampers should I use?

This all depends on what you're trying to achieve. Weight is also a factor, as you may one or more dampers to counter the weight and gravity.

What different dampening levels are there?

Most dampers are classified in several different strengths or dampening levels and testing is the best way to tell how a specific dampening level will act in your application.
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy

What is the temperature range of a damper?

For the most optimum results, your damper should be used in a temperature range of 40F-100F. In temperatures outside of this range, the oil may be unusually thick or very thin and you'll see a difference in the dampening.

Does it matter which orientation I mount my damper?

Yes, the internal orifice plate should be moving through as much oil as possible to achieve the dampening affect. Compression dampers should be mounted so that the rod is higher than the tube for the majority of the travel. Extension dampers should be mounted so that the tube is higher than the rod for the majority of the travel.