Z-1011 Snubbers Come Into their own and Orders Surge

We developed our Z-1011 snubber way back in 1971 following the San Fernando earthquake that hit in February of that year. The engineering community was shocked at the resulting damage to building systems and equipment despite the relatively low seismic forces. It was obvious that the static approach to the problem was inadequate and we…

We will risk life and limb to visit you

We recently visited with an engineering friend in Upstate New York. It’s a tricky spot for us to get to from Long Island. We can drive through New York city but traffic can be a killer. An alternative to that torturous route is to take a ferry across Long Island Sound and travel south through…

New Karolinski Solna Hospital – Sweden

While Mason Industries started in the air conditioning industry, over the years we have been offered challenges in other fields including acoustic isolation of studios and, very much more interesting, isolation of complete buildings on natural rubber isolation pads or springs as well as railroad isolation. Isolating helicopter emergency landing pads on top of a…

Huge Earthquake Hits San Diego and only one building shakes!

Not possible! Well it is if we are talking about the new full scale seismic test building at the University of California, San Diego. Mason was the only isolation manufacturer invited to participate in the Seismic Testing of this full scale 5 story building. We provided the vibration isolation, seismic restraints, and flexible connectors for…

Seismic Cable Brace

From time to time people ask “What does a properly installed seismic brace look like?” Our California representative, Mason West, has just completed supplying and supervising the installation of the seismic restraint and isolation systems at the new 760,000 sq. ft. Palomar Medical Center and we finally remembered to take some photos. We thought this…

Christmas Rush!

Hope you had a great holiday! Our Mason elves were almost as busy as Santa’s! In addition to the standard high workload, our shop jumped through hoops to complete five weeks of production in three on several complex, high capacity, high deflection isolation systems. These projects included;  26 Mason type KI mounts that will be…

NEW SEISMIC RESTRAINT MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE

The positive response from the engineering and construction community to this design manual has been overwhelming. We have distributed some 27,000 copies since the first publication in 1999! The manual was developed in response to the state of California requirement for “pre-approved” seismic restraint hardware and details that would free them from the cumbersome task…

Oklahoma Hit with Largest Earthquake Since 1952!

A Richter 5.8 Earthquake with its Epicenter near Sparks, Okla. occurred on Saturday evening at 10:53. Aftershocks as high as Richter 3.0 continue to shake the region more than 24 hours after the initial tremblor. Don’t get all shook up about your mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Rely on Mason Industries for the best Seismic…