About GERB

Made in Germany. Since 1908. Worldwide.

Since 1908, GERB has worked to control vibration and structure-borne noise. We design and supply vibration control systems based on helical steel spring elements, viscous fluid dampers (Viscodampers®), tuned mass dampers (TMD), closed-cell polyurethane elasticity solutions (NOVODAMP®), sliding bearings, as well as bespoke solutions in the following fields:

  MANUFACTURING, INDUSTRY & ENERGY

  ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION

  TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Our systems are known for longevity, reliability and maintenance-free operation.

Furthermore, our clients benefit from our services and consulting:

The GERB group provides full service: From the conceptual phase to detailed design in our engineering departments, fabrication at our production facilities in many countries and installation of our solutions worldwide.

Christoph von Waldow

GERB’s global headquarters are located in Berlin. With over 600 employees worldwide, the GERB group operates subsidiaries in many countries.
(GERB locations worldwide)

Vibration control systems mitigate disturbances and protect against damage inducing loads from machinery, transportation systems and natural disasters.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

With the onset of the machine age – the first industrial revolution – the need to protect against noise and vibration became evident. That’s why, in 1908, the young German engineer William Gerb developed an innovative solution by installing vibration causing machines on elastic support. With him, more than 100 years ago, the history of GERB began. He became fascinated with an idea that others thought could never be successful. He accepted the challenge of using steel springs to protect work areas and surrounding neighborhoods from machinery vibrations.

Since then, the GERB group of companies has expanding on this idea, solving dynamic problems in many new fields of application.

For more than 100 years, GERB’s mission is to increase comfort and protect against vibrations, structure-borne noise and natural disasters.

Christoph von Waldow

Today, machinery and equipment in power generation and metal forming plants employ vibration isolation systems to reduce foundation size and cost. Sensitive measurement and test equipment, and even entire buildings, can be supported on passive isolation system to protect against disturbing vibrations from nearby machines, traffic, and/or earthquakes.


Furthermore, foundations can be easily realigned when poor soil conditions cause settlement.

Architects and engineers can be more creative when strict comfort demands do not govern design. GERB is there to control vibration levels in buildings, bridges and diverse structures, allowing more design freedom.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

Together with machine manufacturers, engineers and architects GERB has fulfilled its vision to continually develop new solutions to dynamic problems.

 

GERB has an extensive list of exceptional project references ranging in size and complexity across all industries and structures. Applications range from hanging a 700 t pendulum tuned mass damper at the top of New York City sky scrapers, to controlling main-steam line vibrations in nuclear power plants across the globe. We have performed the civil engineering of hundreds of steam turbine table tops as well as foundations for the largest turbines, forging hammers and presses in the world. Concert venues such as Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, recording studios, hospital and labs are also among facilities benefiting from the best in vibration isolation.

 

Furthermore, mass transit like the Crossrail London, a subway in Tokyo, or the Miami Brightline can traverse cityscapes on hundreds of kilometers of isolated rail track more peacefully than ever before.

New, more stringent criteria in building and track-bed applications demand expertise and experience. Today, our global network and experienced engineers are ready to face these challenges in cities around the world.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

Think innovatively – develop precisely – perform firmly

The GERB name is known for international service. The founder William Gerb knew that innovation is the only way to secure the future. GERB companies don’t only rely on old, established technologies.

GERB engineers, who are familiar with vibration and structure-borne noise, also accept new challenges: Railway trackbeds, room-in-room constructions, TV and recording studios, recital and rehearsal rooms, as well as discos, fitness studios and special hospital rooms to be isolated dynamically and acoustically from the surrounding environment. GERB’s research and development center in Berlin, Germany, cooperates with highly regarded research institutions in Germany and abroad.

 

Today, GERB’s export business, as well as many other worldwide activities, confirm the international acceptance of GERB’s technology.

Safety and reliability

Vibration reduction is a modern and sophisticated technology, with a longstanding concern for sustainable equipment safety and reliability. If the foundation of a steam turbine generator is to have an expected lifetime of more than 30 years, the machine foundation must be carefully designed and constructed. Since the beginning, GERB has required that the systems must be easily maintained, safe, and reliable for the lifetime of the foundation. Every element can be inspected and serviced without difficulty, even during operation of the machine.
All load-carrying springs are designed to DIN standards and have an unlimited lifetime. Furthermore, a high-quality corrosion protection system fulfils GERB’s commitment to our quality philosophy.

Advantages with GERB

// More than 100 years of experience in vibration control solutions

// GERB offers a range of services from full civil engineering, calculations, measurements, installation, supervision, and quality control

// GERB engineering department

// International project management by highly trained and experienced engineers

// Support from the early planning period on

// Customer-specific solution development

// Individual consulting

// Interface management

// Technical know-how

// Fast delivery

Further resources

Brochure: GERB application areas

Brochure: GERB company profile

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About GERB

Made in Germany. Since 1908. Worldwide.

GERB isolates and reduces vibrations and structure-borne noise and provides high quality elasticity
solutions. The fundamental objective of the company group is to protect people, buildings, and facilities
from vibrations, shocks, dynamic load transmission, and structure-borne noise, whether caused by people,
machines, wind, earthquakes, natural disasters or other influences. It’s about improving living, labor,
comfort, and safety in the fields of …

    MANUFACTURING,
      INDUSTRY & ENERGY    

  ARCHITECTURE &
    CONSTRUCTION   

  TRANSPORTATION &
    INFRASTRUCTURE  

– supported by research, development and quality management.

GERB designs and supplies vibration control systems based on helical steel springs, viscous fluid dampers (VISCODAMPERS®), tuned mass dampers (TMD), closed-cell polyurethane elasticity solutions (NOVODAMP®), sliding support solutions, as well as combinations of them and tailor-made respectively customized solutions. Our systems as a whole distinguish themselves through longevity, reliability and being maintenance-free.
Furthermore, our clients benefit from the GERB Services & Consulting: Engineering, mounting, installation, supervising, measurements, and tests. 

The GERB Group provides full service: From design and conception in our engineering departments, over
the production facilities in many countries and installation of our elements worldwide.

(Christoph von Waldow)

The company’s global headquarters are located in Berlin. Worldwide, the GERB group operates subsidiaries at numerous locations, has several hundred employees, and is supported by other partners.

Disturbing impact or even damage from machinery, transport systems or natural disasters can effectively
be reduced by suitable vibration control systems.

(Dr. Peter Nawrotzki)

With the onset of the machine age – the first industrial revolution – the need for protection against noise and vibration had arisen. That’s why, in 1908, the young German engineer William Gerb developed an
innovative solution by installing vibration intense machines on spring elements. With him, more than 100 years ago, the history of GERB began: He became fascinated with an idea that others thought could never be successful. He accepted the challenge of using steel springs to protect work areas and surrounding neighborhoods from machinery vibrations.


Since then, the GERB Group of companies has continued to develop this idea, solving dynamic problems in many new fields of application.

For more than 100 years, GERB cares for increasing comfort and protection against vibrations, structure-
borne noise and natural disasters.

(Christoph von Waldow)

Today, machinery and equipment in power generation and metal forming plants employ an active vibration isolation system (isolation of the source), to reduce foundation size and cost. Sensitive measurement and test equipment, and even entire buildings, employ a passive isolation system (receiver isolation) to protect against disturbing vibrations from nearby machines and traffic, or from earthquakes.

Both, active and passive isolation systems, permit easy realignment of the foundation when poor soil conditions cause the foundation to settle.

GERB develops and delivers technical solutions to control vibration levels in buildings, bridges and diverse structures, allowing architects and engineers more freedom in design.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

The vision behind founding GERB company was continually developed further – together with machine manufacturers, engineers and architects – and thus numerous new solutions of dynamic problems were
made available.

The GERB list of superlative project references is extensive: If thinking about the elastic support of remarkable machines, such as the largest steam turbines/generators, forging screw presses, and forging hammers in the world. Or if thinking about the vibration isolation of a variety of buildings, long-span and slender structures – amongst them, the tuned-mass damping of skyscrapers, like the Burj Al Arab, and the support of the concert halls of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, or the elastic support of hundrets of kilometers of rail track, like the Crossrail London, a subway in Tokyo, or the Miami Brightline.

During recent years new requirements have been observed in building and track-bed applications. Today, we are working in a global network and have significant experience to face these challenges especially in big cities around the world.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

Think innovative – develop precise – perform resolute

The GERB name is known for international service. The founder William Gerb knew that innovation is the only way to secure the future. GERB companies don’t only rely on old, established technologies.
GERB Engineers, who are familiar with vibration and structure-borne noise, also accept new challenges: Railway trackbeds, room-in-room constructions, TV and recording studios, recital and rehearsal rooms, as well as discos, fitness studios and special hospital rooms to be isolated dynamically and acoustically from
the surrounding environment.
GERB’s research and development center in Berlin, Germany, cooperates with highly regarded research institutions in Germany and abroad.
Today, GERB’s grown export business, as well as many other worldwide activities, confirm the international acceptance of GERB’s technology.
We will continue to respond to opportunities with new and innovative solutions.

Safety & Reliability

Vibration reduction is a modern and sophisticated technology, with an longstanding concern for sustainable equipment safety and reliability. If the foundation of a steam turbine generator is to have an expected lifetime of more than 30 years, the machine foundation must be carefully designed and constructed. Since the beginning, GERB has required that the systems must be easily maintained, safe, and reliable for the lifetime of the foundation. Every element can be inspected and serviced without difficulty, even during operation of the machine.
All load-carrying springs are designed to DIN standards, and have an unlimited lifetime. A high-quality corrosion protection system complies with GERB’s quality philosophy.

Advantages with GERB

  More than 100 years of experience in vibration control
  Complete solutions and full service from planning, measuring and calculation until
     installation, supervising and quality control
  GERB engineering department
  International project management by highly trained and experienced engineers
  Support from the early planning period on
  Customer-specific solution development
  Individual consulting
  Interface management
  High technical know-how
  Fast delivery
  Installation supervision by our trained and experienced technicians

More about Vibration Control

Vibration Control Insights

  Blog

About GERB

Made in Germany. Since 1908. Worldwide.

GERB isolates and reduces vibrations and structure-borne noise and provides high quality elasticity solutions. The fundamental objective of the company group is to protect people, buildings, and facilities from vibrations, shocks, dynamic load transmission, and structure-borne noise, whether caused by people, machines, wind, earthquakes, natural disasters or other influences. It’s about improving living, labor, comfort, and safety in the fields of …

    MANUFACTURING,
      INDUSTRY & ENERGY    

  ARCHITECTURE &
    CONSTRUCTION   

  TRANSPORTATION &
    INFRASTRUCTURE  

– supported by research, development and quality management.

GERB designs and supplies vibration control systems based on helical steel springs, viscous fluid dampers (VISCODAMPERS®), tuned mass dampers (TMD), closed-cell polyurethane elasticity solutions (NOVODAMP®), sliding support solutions, as well as combinations of them and tailor-made respectively customized solutions. Our systems as a whole distinguish themselves through longevity, reliability and being maintenance-free.
Furthermore, our clients benefit from the GERB Services & Consulting: Engineering, mounting, installation, supervising, measurements, and tests.

The GERB Group provides full service: From design and conception in our engineering departments, over the production facilities in many countries and installation of our elements worldwide.

Christoph von Waldow

The company’s global headquarters are located in Berlin. Worldwide, the GERB group operates subsidiaries at numerous locations, has several hundred employees, and is supported by other partners.

Disturbing impact or even damage from machinery, transport systems or natural disasters can effectively be reduced by suitable vibration control systems.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

With the onset of the machine age – the first industrial revolution – the need for protection against noise and vibration had arisen. That’s why, in 1908, the young German engineer William Gerb developed an innovative solution by installing vibration intense machines on spring elements. With him, more than 100 years ago, the history of GERB began: He became fascinated with an idea that others thought could never
be successful. He accepted the challenge of using steel springs to protect work areas and surrounding neighborhoods from machinery vibrations.

 

Since then, the GERB Group of companies has continued to develop this idea, solving dynamic problems in many new fields of application. 

For more than 100 years, GERB cares for increasing comfort and protection against vibrations, structure- borne noise and natural disasters.

Christoph von Waldow

Today, machinery and equipment in power generation and metal forming plants employ an active vibration isolation system (isolation of the source), to reduce foundation size and cost. Sensitive measurement and test equipment, and even entire buildings, employ a passive isolation system (receiver isolation) to protect
against disturbing vibrations from nearby machines and traffic, or from earthquakes.
Both, active and passive isolation systems, permit easy realignment of the foundation when poor soil conditions cause the foundation to settle.

GERB develops and delivers technical solutions to control vibration levels in buildings, bridges and diverse structures, allowing architects and engineers more freedom in design.

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

The vision behind founding GERB company was continually developed further – together with machine manufacturers, engineers and architects – and thus numerous new solutions of dynamic problems were made available. 

The GERB list of superlative project references is extensive: If thinking about the elastic support of remarkable machines, such as the largest steam turbines/generators, forging screw presses, and forging hammers in the world. Or if thinking about the vibration isolation of a variety of buildings, long-span and slender structures – amongst them, the tuned-mass damping of skyscrapers, like the Burj Al Arab, and the support of the concert halls of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, or the elastic support of hundrets of kilometers of rail track, like the Crossrail London, a subway in Tokyo, or the Miami Brightline.

During recent years new requirements have been observed in building and track-bed applications. Today, we are working in a global network and have significant experience to face these challenges especially in big cities around the world. 

Dr. Peter Nawrotzki

Think innovative – develop precise – perform resolute

The GERB name is known for international service. The founder William Gerb knew that innovation is the only way to secure the future. GERB companies don’t only rely on old, established technologies.
GERB Engineers, who are familiar with vibration and structure-borne noise, also accept new challenges: Railway trackbeds, room-in-room constructions, TV and recording studios, recital and rehearsal rooms, as well as discos, fitness studios and special hospital rooms to be isolated dynamically and acoustically from
the surrounding environment.
GERB’s research and development center in Berlin, Germany, cooperates with highly regarded research institutions in Germany and abroad.
Today, GERB’s grown export business, as well as many other worldwide activities, confirm the international acceptance of GERB’s technology.
We will continue to respond to opportunities with new and innovative solutions.

Safety & Reliability

Vibration reduction is a modern and sophisticated technology, with an longstanding concern for sustainable
equipment safety and reliability. If the foundation of a steam turbine generator is to have an expected lifetime of more than 30 years, the machine foundation must be carefully designed and constructed. Since
the beginning, GERB has required that the systems must be easily maintained, safe, and reliable for the lifetime of the foundation. Every element can be inspected and serviced without difficulty, even during operation of the machine.
All load-carrying springs are designed to DIN standards, and have an unlimited lifetime. A high-quality corrosion protection system complies with GERB’s quality philosophy. 

Advantages with GERB

 More than 100 years of experience in
     vibration control
 Complete solutions and full service from
     planning, measuring and calculation
     until installation, supervising and quality
     control
 GERB engineering department
 International project management by
     highly trained and experienced
     engineers
 Support from the early planning period
     on
 Customer-specific solution development
 Individual consulting
 Interface management
 High technical know-how
 Fast delivery
 Installation supervision by our trained
     and experienced technicians

More about Vibration Control​

Vibration Control Insights

Blog