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Armaload MILC882 Fabric Reinforced Bearing Pad


In many heavy engineering applications large inertia and impact forces can be generated which if left unchecked can cause numerous problems. These can range from simple noise nuisance right up to destruction of the equipment and foundation. These need to be accommodated to prevent damage being caused to the foundations or surrounding equipment.

Armadillo Nitrile is a scientifically designed elastomeric pad specifically for this purpose. Originally developed to absorb shock loads under forge hammer anvils, Armadillo Nitrile is now also used as a heavy-duty mounting pad for reducing vibration from large plant and as a general duty shock absorber Combining high stiffness with great durability and resistance to impact. Ease of custom-moulding makes it ideal for many special applications.


Armadillo Nitrile consists of a closely woven fabric gauze which has been impregnated with a nitrile elastomer. Multiple layers are pressed together while under tension then vulcanised to form a highly resilient pad possessing exceptional compressive strength and unrivalled damping properties.

  • There is no “shape Factor” involved with Armadillo Nitrile.
  • Exceptionally high internal damping (C/Cc -.14)
  • Long term creep is less than 5% of the original thickness.
  • Unusually high compressive strength – 12,000 psi (4185Kg / cms)
  • High resistance to common oils and solvents.
  • Un affected by steam, water, mildew and salt water.
  • Readily bonds into multiple layers for a range of thickness’.
  • Can be made into bespoke sizes and shapes.
  • Prolongs the life of machinery.
  • Retains its properties under extreme conditions.

Some practical aspects and considerations when using Armadillo pads

  • Due to high stiffness offers good degree of stability and limited motion.
  • Connections to isolated system should be made with flexible linkages to avoid fracture.
  • Avoid metal-to-metal contact in mount attachments by including Armadillo Bushings and Washers.

Impact Shock Reduction

By incorporating some element of resilience into a system the effects of high energy impacts can be dissipated over a longer time period. This results in the maximum force transmitted into the system being reduced.

The pad area can be designed to limit the ultimate working stress of the pad while the thickness of the pad can be built up to increase the amount of deflection on impact. These two factors make Armadillo Nitrile the ideal choice in solving high impact problems.

Common Applications

  • Forging hammer buffer pads.
  • Resilient pads for roller table bearing chocks.
  • End stop buffers in steelworks.
  • Buffers for mine cages.
  • Mounting high-load machines on irregular surfaces.
  • Anvil pads on new and existing forging hammer installations.
  • Anti-vibration mounts on large plant.
  • Heavy duty buffers.
  • Foundation protection for roughing mills.

High quality manufacturing process

Working Temperature.

Continuous temperature exposure limits for long life are 95°C maximum and – 55°C minimum.

Armadillo Material Tolerances:

Pad Length / Width 1.6mm

Pad Thickness (avg.) 5%

Strength and Compression

The ultimate break down of Armadillo Nitrile is in excess of over 1000 Kg per square cm before breakdown, this will vary with the thickness and plan area of the pad. In general compressive stresses should not exceed 140 Kg per square cms to attain a reasonable working life. Higher loadings can be accommodated please contact us directly for details.


As Armadillo Nitrile is manufactured from a woven fabric the material is compressible and does not rely on the elastomer to flow to be able to compress. Hence the deflection is not affected by the shape factor. On extremes of impact the overall dimensions of the cushion do not drastically change.

Set and Creep

Armadillo has been specifically designed to accommodate high loads while being able to resist the effects of long term creep. Over a period of time the total set is limited to be less than 5% of the original pad thickness. This has the enormous advantage of maintaining vibration isolation performance over time.

1185 kg/m3

Compressive Modulus 

As Armadillo Nitrile is an elastomeric material the load deflection curve is non-linear, therefore its modulus varies with load and is determined by:

M=1.5 X (stress/strain)

It approaches a maximum of 158 MPa at loads up to 13.8 MPa.

Static Spring Rate

As with compressive modulus, the static spring rate varies with loading. The formula is:

K = M X (Af/Tf) or K = 1.5 X (Force/Deflection)


As previously mentioned Armadillo Nitrile has a high damping value (damping constant 0.14). Its ratio of successive amplitudes (2 to 1) is about 4 times that of natural rubber and 100 times that of steel. The log decrement is 0.69. the high damping is because of the large energy loss per cycle (Hysteresis) this is between 25 to 45%.

Hardness and Stability

The Shore A Durometer hardness of Armadillo Nitrile is 90 ± 5. With the fabric reinforcement there is limited compressive movement giving a high degree of stability in the isolator.

Service Life

The unusual strength of Armadillo Nitrile and the fact it is a nitrile material give it excellent resistance to common oils, solvents and hostile environments means the service life will be far in excess of other pure elastomeric isolators.


Armadillo Nitrile is stocked in the form of pads, washers, bushings, and specially fabricated and moulded shapes in accordance with customers specifications and drawings. Special applications may require the addition of steel components.

Coefficient of Friction

0.6 fabric surface to bright mild steel

0.7 Armadillo surface to bright mild steel

0.8 Armadillo surface to concrete

Temperature Range

-40C* to +80C *

Recovery Properties

A pad 150 mm square 25 mm thick was compressed to 90% of original thickness under a static load of 15.5MN/m2 and on release exhibited these recovery characteristics.

99.2% Immediately

99.6% 1 Minute

99.7% 3 Minutes

99.8% 5 Minutes

99.9% 30 Minutes

Some Typical Pad Applications Include

  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Cranes
  • Fans/Blowers
  • Forging Hammers
  • Foundry
  • Heavy Industrial Machinery
  • Marine
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Pipelines
  • Presses
  • Printing Presses
  • Pulp & Paper Equipment
  • Steel Chimney Damper
  • Scales
  • Railroad and Transit
  • Steel Industry


Load Bearing Pads
See our comprehensive range of bearing pads here.
Floor Vibration Isolation

Floor vibrations can be caused by walking, dancing, jumping, aerobics and other occupant activities. Mechanical equipment such as heating, ventilating and HVAC systems as well as pumps andin mechanical rooms can also cause floor vibrations. The basic configuration of a floor system should be established early in the design process.

Building Vibration Isolation

Train, traffic or subway generated ground waves can create structural vibration in a building’s foundations and base slab. The effect of this structural vibration is dependant on many factors including but not limited to the stiffness or rigidity of the building foundation, soil dynamics and the amplitude and frequency of vibration.

Machine Vibration Isolation
Planning and design are critical elements in any building project. A badly designed foundation can lead to huge problems later. We can recommend and provide the optimum vibration isolation for your machine or machine and foundation installation. The design of the machine foundation and pit is an important part of a successfully isolated machine.
Foundation Isolation

See our comprehensive range of foundation isolation materials here.

Slide Bearings

Armadillo structural slide bearings are custom designed to accommodate expansion, contraction and other reciprocating motions of any structure that moves as a result of thermal, seismic or differential forces.

Dance Floor Pads

Sports floors, gymnasiums and dance studios require a firm yet resilient feel. This is achieved by supporting the floor on resilient pads to give the correct balance for shock absorbing coupled with sufficient rebound to give the floor a “live” feel. Armadillo DFP15 is the ideal material to achieve this. 

Pipe Support Bearings

A new range of bronze bearing plates supplied by Armadillo. These are used for numerous applications within pipeline support systems such as Oil & Gas to Industrial systems.


Armaload - Mil-C-882

Armaload is a preformed fabric bearing pad which meets MIL-C-882, AASHTO, AASHTO and AASHTO  18.10.1 specifications.  Manufactured from compressed layers of closely woven lightweight fabric, bound withmaterial will support loads up to 12,000 psi before breakdown. 

Armaload - DLW66

Armaload DLW66 random oriented fiber (ROF) bearing pads are made from masticated elastomer which is fully cured and fiber reinforced. The random fiber reinforcement provides higher tensile and compressive strength, stiffness, tear resistance and durability than unreinforced rubber pads.  ROF bearing pads will support loads up to 2,000 psi before breakdown.


Offered in various sheet sizes and thicknesses Armacork is the ideal entry level material to offer a cost effective and fast vibration control solution for many industrial applications.

The introduction of Armacork between the machine base and the supporting foundation effectively prevents the transmission of structure borne disturbance to the adjacent areas.

Neoprene / Rubber Pads

Some applications do not warrant the expense of a custom made Vibration Control pad but do require some element of resilience in the installation.

In such cases, for slight surface irregularities, Industrial Grade pads can be provided by Armadillo NV as an alternative low cost solution.


Vibstop isolation material is a specifically designed vibration absorbing medium. Produced as a cost-effective solution to isolating foundations whether it be existing machinery or installing new equipment.


Armadillo Armacush is an ideal product which not only gives excellent long term performance but is also specifically designed for ease of installation to avoid costly delays in the construction process. Designed for full area coverage the problem of temporary shuttering or designing the mass to be able to span bearing centres is avoided.


When movements need to be accommodated in structural connections, a sliding element will need to be employed in the design. Armadillo can design manufacture and supply a cost effective solution for applications such as vessel thermal, petrochemical applications, pipelines or building movement joints. A PTFE surface is applied to Armaload fabric reinforced or ROF bearing pads where higher loads and rotation may occur.


Regufoam® was developed as a top-quality mixed-cell PUR foam for vibration damping and structure-borne noise decoupling. Regufoam® is made in various densities with precisely stipulated physical properties. Regufoam® is suitable for foundation decoupling, protecting buildings from vibrations in the vicinity of track systems, vibration insulation in railway construction and passive and active insulation of facility engineering plants and machines.

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