Taylor Devices repurposes space technology to improve the structural stability of buildings back on earth.
By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media
Sept. 19, 2017, was a seemingly normal day in Mexico City, but then the ground shook for 20 seconds. In those brief moments, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake collapsed more than 40 buildings and killed more than 200 people across the country’s capital. Inside the 55-story Torre Mayor, the city’s third-largest building, the ceiling lights danced as the tower swayed, but the people within remained safe. An inspection later found no damage to the structure.
Torre Mayor had made it unscathed through the most powerful earthquake to strike Mexico City in 32 years thanks to the seismic protection provided by its nearly 100 dampers, designed and manufactured by New York’s Taylor Devices. The company has produced shock absorbers, rate control and energy storage devices for more than 60 years, making it one of the most experienced manufacturers in its field.
“Our products are based on aerospace and steel mill designs so they’ve already been proven through decades of use,” CEO Doug Taylor says. “We have the engineering capabilities to design and manufacture anything you can dream up in the field of energy absorption.”