All systems located in a laboratory environment or factory are subject to disturbances. These disturbances can either come from the surroundings, e.g. floor-induced vibrations, or from the system itself, e.g. stage-induced vibrations. In many cases it is needed to minimize the effect of these disturbances. This can either be done by isolating the system from its disturbance source or by applying damping to the system. In this paper we present various cases in which we have effectively reduced the impact of disturbances on the system’s performance, either by improving its isolation system, by minimizing the impact of stage reaction forces, or by designing polymer damping into the system.