Sound Abatement Products Minimize Industrial Noise

Acoustiblok offers sound abatement products.Acoustiblok offers sound abatement products.

Acoustiblok offers sound abatement products.

Acoustiblok offers sound abatement products.

Acoustiblok’s sound abatement products are continuing to gain approval as an effective weapon against many types of industrial noise. Recently, a large manufacturer in Central Florida utilized Quiet-Cloud Industrial Sound Absorption Panels and Industrial AllWeather Sound Panels (IAWSP’s) to minimize excessive noise in its manufacturing complex and operations building.

In a manufacturing setting, a worker’s overall noise exposure may come directly from an individual machine, but noise from other machinery or processes elsewhere in the workshop may also contribute to the overall noise level. This means that as well as a machine operator, people at risk include those working nearby, for example, maintenance fitters, cleaners, fork lift drivers and shop floor supervisors. And it’s not just the potential liability for hearing loss and or OSHA fines, but also the effects loud noise can have on production output and possible safety issues when one is distracted by constant loud noise.

Typical everyday noise levels in industrial and manufacturing where no steps have been taken to reduce noise range between 85-105 dBs. OSHA hearing protection starts at 85 dB, and at 105 dB there is a risk of hearing damage in one hour. Industrial machinery and processes are composed of various noise sources that include:

    Grinding on a pedestal grinder 90-95 dB
    General noise level in fabrication shop 85-95 dB
    Hammering steel 95-100 dB
    Guillotining 95-100 dB
    Circular sawing metal 95-105 dB
    Punch pressing 110-120 dB
    Riveting 100-110 dB
    Industrial gas jets up to 105 dB

Acoustiblok IAWSP’s are also frequently utilized in industrial settings when outside noise is also an issue. They can dampen or eliminate noise emanating from chillers, motors, pumps, HVACs, generators, engines and more. These panels are rigid and self-supporting. They can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose a noise source, i.e., chillers and machinery. They are easily movable, and may be stored in harsh environments without harm from the elements.

Acoustiblok’s award winning QuietFiber is also one of the top selling sound abatement product utilized in many industrial settings. Engineered specifically for maximum noise absorbency, QuietFiber is a simple and versatile solution to many noise issues. Non-fiberglass QuietFiber is rated at the highest noise reduction level of NRC 1.00.

Areas of high noise levels including sound reverberation can be resolved easily and economically by introducing QuietFiber® into as much of the area as is possible. The amount of noise reduction in highly reflective rooms will be directly relative to how much of the QuietFiber® material can be installed into the room.

Ceiling tiles may also be replaced with QuietFiber. Unlike other fibrous materials or fiberglass which does not have the high NRC ratings that QuietFiber has, QuietFiber is “hydrophobic,” meaning it will not absorb nor combine with water. This is an important characteristic should the material become wet, humid or need steam cleaning.

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