Engine mounts are imperative to the long-lasting performance of a vehicle or other motor-reliant component. While there are plenty of standard engine mounts for purchase, sometimes the part that you need becomes unavailable or you require something completely unique. This is where custom rubber engine mount services come in. At RPM Industrial Rubber Parts, we work side-by-side with OEMs to ensure that they are getting the exact part needed.
When it comes to designing engine mounts, there are a few things that an OEM should take into consideration. Take a look at these six considerations for engine mount design:
Different vehicles require different engine mounts. Not every motorized vehicle or equipment requires a standard engine mount. Some, such as off-highway vehicles, require specialized engine mounts due to the environments that they operate in. It’s important to consider the industry and application of the vehicle before designing the part.
For example, a bus or semi-truck will require a completely different mount than an off-highway vehicle such as forestry equipment. Understanding the application of the engine mount can inform later decisions such as materials, size and shape. At RPM Industrial Rubber Parts, we take all of this and more into account to analyze what engine mount is best suited for your needs.
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There are a few different kinds of engine mounts that OEMs may want to consider. These include:
These are not the only types of engine mounts out there, which is why it is important to consider all of them. The type of engine mount required will typically depend on the application for the mount.
There are two different design processes that can be used for custom rubber part design. The first is reverse engineering. This process is usually implemented when a part has been discontinued or changed. The design of the new engine mount will be based off of the older part. This is a great way to continue using the same part without having to worry about whether or not it will still be in stock.
The second design process is prototyping. This is most frequently used in situations where the new part is completely unique. Once the part has been designed and molded, the rubber manufacturer will send a prototype for approval. Then mass production of the part will begin. Manufacturers should be sure to choose the design process that works best for them.
This is typically only necessary if you are requesting a custom part. If you are searching for a standard part then you may want to focus on load bearing and vibration isolation capabilities rather than the design process.
The rubber and metal materials that are chosen for the engine mount will have a considerable effect on its reliability. Here are some of the best rubber materials used in engine mounts:
Natural rubber and neoprene are the most frequently used materials in engine mounts. This is because they have the best vibration absorption and resistance to vehicular conditions. Because engine mounts also contain metal parts, it is important to consider which metal to use:
Steel is typically used in engine mounts due to its high durability. With all of the motion that engine mounts endure, it’s important that the selected metal is strong.
The size, shape and appearance of the engine mount is just as important as all of the above considerations. As explained, larger complex vehicles may require mounts that are expected to operate in harsh conditions. This may require multiple mounts in different orientations to isolate the disturbing frequencies. An engineer will be able to determine what the mount needs to look like.
When you talk to one of our engineers, they will ask you to fill out a form with all of the data points that we need to provide a proper analysis. This information will help us determine the dimensions and capabilities that your engine mount will require. In some cases, we may need to create an entirely custom engine mount and in other cases you may be able to get one from our catalog.
In the case that you need a custom engine mount, keep in mind that they are typically not designed with aesthetics in mind. However, for companies that are looking to add extra flair or streamlined branding, engine mounts can be given protective coatings in different colors. Sometimes the rubber itself can even be molded in a different color. Not all manufacturers can do this and it is a custom process, so it’s important to talk to your manufacturer before requesting different colors and coatings.
There are three different molding processes for rubber engine mounts. Each one is used for specific purposes, so it’s important to consider your production needs. Here are the three processes:
Choosing a molding process will greatly depend on the complexity of the part and how many parts are needed.
For high quality custom rubber part services, trust RPM Industrial Rubber Parts. Our experienced team of engineers and technicians are ready to help you solve your manufacturing woes. Whether you need a completely unique rubber part or you need us to recreate a part you already use. We have the tools and expertise needed. At RPM, we also carry standard parts ranging from tubing to vibration dampening.
To talk to a representative, give us a call at (888) 842-5668 or head to RPM Industrial Rubber Parts to learn more.