A soft-close damper is a device that provides resistance to motion and reduces momentum. It is not new technology to use damping to absorb shock. In aerospace, aviation, military, automobile and other industries, soft-close dampers have been applied to reduce vibration and energy dissipation in numerous applications.
In the 1980s, the United States Seismology Research Center combined resources with other technological bodies to carry out considerable research on damping technology. The results of this research have made their way into major industries, including the construction of buildings, bridges, railways, etc.
In the 1990s, the United States National Science Foundation, in conjunction with third parties, released a definitive, authoritative test report on damping technology.
Dampers can be divided into a number of different classes, including spring dampers, rotary dampers, viscous dampers, air dampers and pulse dampers, the result of which means we encounter them throughout our everyday lives in our homes, our cars and where we work.