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Acoustiblok Exhibiting Soundproofing Products for Generator Noise at POWER-GEN International Show in Orlando - Booth 5180

  
  
  
  
  
  

 

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TAMPA, Florida, November 11, 2013Acoustiblok Inc. is exhibiting the company’s line of products used to mitigate noise for industrial, commercial and residential generators this week at the 2013 POWER-GEN International Show being held in Orlando, Fla. on November 12-13, 2013.

Like many types of rotating machinery, reciprocating engine-powered generator sets produce noise and vibration. Whether these generator sets run continuously in prime power applications or only occasionally in standby applications, their operating sound levels often must be reduced to comply with local, state or federal ordinances. With maximum noise levels permitted at a property line that range from 52 dB to 72 dB and untreated generator set noise levels that approach 100 dB or more, it is clear that generator set noise mitigation is a subject of great importance.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok Inc. He explained, “Generator noise is a growing problem everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods where multiple units can be running at once after a storm or power outage.  This is the type of noise that contributes to noise pollution and the health risks that go along with it. People are becoming more proactive about creating a quiet environment, especially at home.”

Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels® are used to mitigate commercial, industrial, and even residential generator noise. They are engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, constant ultraviolet light, chlorine air, grease, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals are not a problem for this wonderful product. Acoustiblok also produces a hurricane All Weather Sound Panel that is tested to withstand wind load more than 270 MPH. 

The sound absorbency of the panel brings down substantially the acoustical energy around the generator by eliminating all sound reflections in the area, while the Acoustiblok material in the panel allows it to also be an excellent sound barrier.

Acousitblok’s QuietFiber® is the answer to any space in need of a noise fix anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with the less economical sound panels. Quietfiber can be installed on the ceiling and walls where industrial power systems are housed to quiet the noise. The product is very easy to install. 

Acoustiblok sound reduction material, which is a component of All Weather Sound Panels, is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density, non-barium mineral content. It is heavy, yet extremely flexible and can be used in wall joists of generator rooms. It is easily cut to fit with a utility knife, which makes it customizable to fit around pipes and other fixtures. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok’s high quality noise abatement products, available since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,200 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future. 

Read more about Acousitblok’s generator-related projects in the “Press Center” on Acoustiblok.com and see photos of various projects at:  http://www.acoustiblok.com/soundproofing-photos-for-industrial-commercial-noise.php

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. 

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® aerogel nanotechnology insulation. Acoustiblok products are used in industrial, residential, commercial, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States. 

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to more than 60 countries through a network of stocking distributors in the United States and on five continents across the globe. The company operates a subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

 

Acoustifence Quiets Noise from Florida Water Treatment Facility

  
  
  
  
  
  

Acoustifence noise barrier quiets a water treament plant in Tampa Bay, FL

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TAMPA, FL, January 16, 2013 – An Acoustifence barrier recently installed near a noisy exposed aerator motor at the Hillsborough County Northwest Regional Facility resulted in an immediate and significant reduction in noise pollution for neighboring residents. 

The facility is part of a 1,500-acre multi-use tract owned by Hillsborough County. It is a Type 1 advanced wastewater treatment facility built to process five million gallons of wastewater per day. The facility is located on a 67-acre parcel of land 10890 South Mobley Road in Hillsborough County Florida. A residential community called Highland Park is located near the county facility.

Last year, members of the Highland Park Residential Community voiced their complaints about loud whining noises coming into their community from the nearby county facility. The facility took action to find a solution to the noise issue. In residential areas, road traffic noise is usually the major source of noise, with air conditioning/heat pumps, generators, construction, and industrial noises also problems typically.

Wastewater is sewage, storm water and water that are used for various purposes around the community. Unless properly treated, wastewater can harm public health and the environment. It is not uncommon across the United States for wastewater treatment facilities like Northwest to be located within hearing range of residents living in a particular area.

The wastewater treatment facility noise source was a 200-HP Carrousel vertical, high efficiency aerator drive motor located on top of the facility’s 24-foot Oxidation Aeration Basin structure according to Flint Seth, general manager of bio solids production and maintenance at the Hillsborough County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility.

Doug Fisher of the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department worked with Acoustiblok to devise an economical solution consisting of an L-shaped frame barrier with four 6 X 30 foot-Acoustifence outdoor noise reduction panels secured to it. Acoustifence is a product of Acoustiblok Corporation. Witt Fence Company of Riverview, Fla., was contacted by Hillsborough County personnel to install the barrier.

From a technical standpoint, Acoustifence is an advanced sound barrier. A sound barrier, by its own named definition, is put between the noise source and the listener. Some barriers can be made of virtually anything that sound does not penetrate. There are however, differences and distinct advantages in some over others. Unlike a concrete block wall, which in one respect is a good sound barrier, the Acoustifence actually flexes with certain frequencies, especially very low frequencies. In the process of sound waves physically moving it, the product transforms sound wave energy into inaudible internal friction energy. A concrete block wall would not do this. As the Acoustifence is only 1/8 of an inch thick, it is very easy to position it closer to the noise source. The closer a barrier is to the noise source the more restricting it becomes to the initial sound waves.

Acoustiblok Corporation’s Acoustifence product is a unique proprietary formula. It is a heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer material that is 1/8 inch thick and made in the United States. It comes in 6 X 30 foot-sheets. It is one of the most effective first steps in reducing noise for many applications including industrial, commercial, and residential. The amount of noise it reduces however is much related to other reflective structures in the area.

Sound pressure is measured in decibels. The average person can hear sounds starting at 0 to 1 decibel. A typical conversation occurs at 60 decibels – not loud enough to cause damage. An idling bulldozer (not bulldozing) is loud enough at 85 decibels that it can cause permanent damage after only 1 work day (8 hours). If a sound reaches 85 decibels or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing with prolonged exposure. The amount of time a person listens to a sound affects how much damage it will cause.

A noise meter was used to measure the difference in sound before and after the installation of the noise barrier fence at the wastewater facility. Typical noise from these Carrousel vertical aerator motors ranges from 80-83 decibels from three feet away according to the manufacturer. From 10 feet away, the noise measured 79 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began and registered 69 decibels immediately after the fence was in place. In a 10 decibel decrease in sound level, perceived loudness is cut in half to the human ear.

"While we were pleased with the reduction in sound decibels picked up by the meter, the most significant difference that we noticed was the reduction in noise heard by the ear. The reduction in noise felt significantly higher than what registered on the sound meter," said Seth.

According to OSHA, typical engine noise, mainly caused by mechanical and combustion forces, can typically range from 100 - 121 decibels measured at approximately 10 feet.

Besides the proven and tested sound reduction qualities of Acoustifence, another beneficial quality of the product is that it is quick and easy to install. "Once we determine the technical solution to a noise issue, the installation of our products is not time consuming or labor intensive," said Lahnie Johnson, President and Founder of Acoustiblok.

Installation of the sound barrier at the Hillsborough County facility was fast and they encountered no unexpected problems. "It took only one day to install the barrier and it resulted in an immediate decrease in directional noise for our facility," Seth said.

"Acoustiblok’s success is not just about the products we have invented but more about the innovation of the products in finding solutions for people’s noise problems. For advanced problems, we incorporate state-of-the-art acoustical prediction software modeling. This allows us to really tie down what the results will be in advance of someone’s purchase and of course can result in huge financial savings to the customer," Johnson added.

While the solution to the noise issue at the wastewater treatment facility was not a complex one, it was an effective one for Hillsborough County. "The Acoustifence barrier made a difference and we are very pleased with it. We have not received any new complaints about the motor noise since the installation of the barrier fence so that’s a good sign so far. We are currently planning to build additional barrier fences for some of the other vertical aerator motors we have on site," Seth added.

While Hillsborough County is happy with how the small amount of Acoustifence quieted the large pump, Johnson sees this as the first of literally thousands of similar pumps around the country and overseas hat may need a similar noise abatement solution.

About Acoustiblok – "Quieting the World"

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA "Spin-off" company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets lab tested and certified acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® nanotechnology insulation. The company also sells a line of acoustical soundproofing accessory products. Acoustiblok products are used every day primarily in industrial, residential, commercial, building and construction/architectural, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to approximately 60 countries around the world and has a network of stocking distributors both in the United States and internationally. The company operates a wholly owned subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

 

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Acoustiblok Exhibits Products at POWER-GEN International 2012

  
  
  
  
  
  

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ORLANDO, FL, December 13, 2012 - Acoustiblok exhibited the company’s line of sound reduction materials this week at the 2012 POWER-GEN International Show being held in Orlando, FL on December 11-13, 2012.

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. More than 1,200 companies from all sectors of the industry exhibit each year to benefit from the exposure to 20,000 attendees. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future.

Generator noise is a growing problem everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods, where multiple units can be running at once after a storm or power outage.  This is the type of noise that contributes to noise pollution and the health risks that go along with it. People are becoming more proactive about creating a quiet environment, especially at home.

Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels® are engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, constant ultraviolet light, chlorine air, grease, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals are not a problem for this wonderful product. The hurricane All Weather Sound Panel is tested to withstand wind load more than 270 MPH. 

Acousitblok’s QuietFiber® is the answer to any space in need of a noise fix that is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with expensive sound panels.

Acoustiblok’s QuietFiber® is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, a significant safety factor when compared to common insulating materials – usually highly flammable -- often used in an attempt to reduce sound.

acoustiblok soundproofing power gen booth 2012 2Acoustiblok sound reduction material is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density, non-barium mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. It is easily cut to fit with a utility knife, which makes it customizable to fit around pipes and other fixtures. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Get more information on some of Acousitblok’s generator-related projects here.

About Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels®:

Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the All Weather Sound Panels, engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals do not affect them. The industrial sound panels are available with an acoustically transparent five micron stainless steel dust filter for outdoor use in the world’s toughest environments, from the mining industry to the desert areas of the Middle East, and other applications where dust is a concern. Acoustiblok sound panels are extremely durable and are currently in use by the United States Army in the Middle East.

acoustiblok soundproofing power gen booth 2012 3Washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications, the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels are not just "sound absorbing" but also "sound blocking." This allows the panel to not only absorb sound but also stop the sound from penetrating through the panel, a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels that stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.  

With an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), they are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.

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All Weather Sound Panels® Resolve Generator Noise at LDS Temple

  
  
  
  
  
  

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VANCOUVER, BC, October 22, 2012 – Raicor Contracting, Ltd. earned the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau’s Outstanding Project of the Year 2012 award for the visually spectacular LDS Temple located about 50 miles southeast of Vancouver in Langley, BC.  Included in the project’s flawless design are Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels, custom fit to create a clean, architecturally attractive noise barrier for the Temple’s roofless ancillary building that houses an industrial generator and HVAC systems.

Project Manager Timo Orava of Raicor worked with acoustic specialist Steve Hibbens, who recommended the All Weather Sound Panels for the project. Not only did the Temple officials want the noise reduced for Church members to worship in peace and quiet, the solution had to offer a clean, architecturally attractive appearance in keeping with the meticulously designed interior.

The LDS Temple which was built in the spirit of Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament, according to Orava. Extreme care was taken not only in the design, but in the execution, which took more than three years to complete.

“The LDS Temple is an inspiring monument that Church leaders wanted built to perfection, right down to the very last detail,” Orava says. “It’s a visually stunning structure built to last, ideally, for hundreds of years.

“Church leaders’ interest was in getting a completed structure that is pleasing to God’s eye, and nothing less would suffice.”

The project was challenging for Orava’s team at Raicor because of the extremely high building standards in place, and the Temple leaders’ meticulous requirements. With a zero-tolerance for deficiencies, from the drywall to the wall sconces, the project demanded faultless workmanship. Orava said the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels were no exception, and needed to fit exacting specifications in the structure.

“One-eighth of an inch off anywhere, and they would not have fit,” he said. “But the Acoustiblok team custom cut and finished each panel to the exact dimensions, and they all fit together flawlessly.”

Nineteen standard 4 foot x 8 foot panels and 13 custom sized panels were used to create the precision noise barrier that Temple leaders wanted; clean, aesthetically pleasing, and most important, effective.

“After the panels went in, the noise issue was resolved, which was surprising because the building that houses this noisy industrial equipment has no roof,” Orava says. “The noise is no longer a problem.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says the All Weather Sound Panels  are different from other conventional sound panels. In addition to being able to stand up to the most extreme environments, they not only absorb virtually all sound but they also contain a layer of Acoustiblok material which provides exceptional noise blockage.

The sound absorbency of the panel brings down substantially the acoustical energy around the generator and chiller by eliminating all sound reflections in the area, while the Acoustiblok material in the panel allows it to also be an excellent sound barrier. These qualities make the All Weather Sound Panels a perfect fit for the LDS Temple, where they will perform at their full potential in the Northwest Canadian environment.

“Vancouver experiences some real weather extremes, which these panels are built for,” Johnson says.

“In addition, when they are worked into an architectural design with this kind of precision and attention to detail, they offer an enhanced aesthetic when appearance is important, as it was here.”

For more information visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), Email (sales@acoustiblok.com), or call 813.980.1400.

About Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels®:

Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the All Weather Sound Panels, engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals do not affect them. The industrial sound panels are available with an acoustically transparent five micron stainless steel dust filter for outdoor use in the world’s toughest environments, from the mining industry to the desert areas of the Middle East, and other applications where dust is a concern. Acoustiblok sound panels are extremely durable and are currently in use by the United States Army in the Middle East.

Washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications, the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels are not just "sound absorbing" but also "sound blocking." This allows the panel to not only absorb sound but also stop the sound from penetrating through the panel, a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels that stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.  

With an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), they are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.

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Acoustiblok Names Carlos Montas Dominican Republic Manufacturing Rep

  
  
  
  
  
  

Carlos Montas

TAMPA, Florida, September 27, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc. Founder and President Lahnie Johnson this week approved a working agreement with Carlos Montas as Acoustiblok’s manufacturing representative in the Dominican Republic. Montas, Engineering Manager of Electicidad del Caribe SRL (EDELCA) in Santo Domingo, will represent Acoustiblok sound abatement products throughout the Dominican Republic.

Montas, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a 2005 graduate of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). He has built a career in the design, installation, and supervision of emergency generator systems in the industrial and commercial communities throughout the Caribbean.  He was first introduced to Acoustiblok products after installing QuietFiber noise absorbing material in one of EDELCA’s massive generator system projects to dramatically lessen the impact of the high decibel generator noise outside the generator facility.

With years of experience designing and installing his trademark generator systems, Montas understands the importance of installing noise absorbing material in every generator room and outbuilding he designs, since the noise can be intolerable and pose a real problem for businesses, residents, and visitors.

“Noise levels from the generators are almost unbearable, so you need to have some layer of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montas said. “When we first installed QuietFiber in a generator room, I knew right away it was the best soundproofing product I had ever used, and I’ve used no other sound absorbing material since.”

EDELCA is a leader in the installation of emergency generation systems in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean, where tropical storms and weather events are a source of frequent power outages, making emergency generators a necessity for businesses to function smoothly.  As an authorized dealer of QuietFiber and other Acoustiblok noise deadening products, Montas offers first-hand experience and a seasoned understanding of how to solve noise issues from a variety of sources, including one of the toughest – industrial generators.

“Carlos Montas is a highly knowledgeable and sought after emergency systems engineer in a high-demand environment,” Johnson says. “I am convinced that we could have no better representative for Acoustiblok products in the Caribbean, given his extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the region’s distinct noise abatement needs.

“His expertise and his work in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean make the alliance particularly satisfying, a perfect fit with Acoustiblok’s expansion into the Dominican Republic.”

For more information on Acoustiblok products, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email emontas@edelca.com.do , or call 809-596-8290.

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spin-off company, has been providing high quality noise abatement products since 1998, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into inaudible trace amounts of heat (adiabatic).

Just one, 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall can result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations. For more information, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Noise from Palm Beach County Water Treatment Plant Silenced With Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels®

  
  
  
  
  
  

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MANALAPAN, Florida, March 1, 2012 – Installation of Acoustiblok® “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels at a water treatment plant in the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island community of West Palm Beach is complete, ending an almost year-long battle to quiet noise that was bleeding from the plant into residential areas of the tiny island community.

In March, 2011 residents of the secluded community, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, began complaining about noise from the island’s water treatment plant that was disrupting their tranquil setting. Town officials at first requested the plant be enclosed, but later deemed enclosure impractical and requested other options that would allow the sound insulating structure to be moved or removed, and would also allow easy access to the plant equipment for maintenance and repairs.

They eventually turned to Kurt King, an engineer with West Construction in nearby Lake Worth, to find a solution. King, an expert in creating noise barrier solutions for water treatment plants and other facilities with loud pumps, blowers, compressors, exhausts and industrial machinery, chose to install Acoustiblok’s Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels at the Manalapan Water Treatment facility.

“The kind of equipment used at a water treatment plant can be quite loud,” King said. “In this case, the noise was coming from two sites and bleeding into the adjoining neighborhood.”

Noise at the water treatment plant stemmed from a stand-alone pump station and a separate station with a blower and vacuum pump intake/exhaust, scrubber exhausts, compressors, vents and blow-downs.

With the help of Acoustiblok consultant Marilyn Myers, King designed an assembly of nine Acoustiblok Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels to place around the noisy pump station, and a 14-panel assembly around the exhaust blower site, using a combination of 4 foot x 8 foot and 4 foot x 10 foot panels.  Immediately upon installation, King said the decibel levels were reduced by 70 percent or more.

“In my opinion they worked very well,” King said. “The architect and property owners were very pleased, and the panels suited this job because they are engineered specifically to withstand outdoor elements in some rough weather areas like this one directly on the Atlantic shoreline.”

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., said the Hurricane model of the company’s All Weather Sound Panel was specifically designed for settings like this one on the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island.

“The decision to use Acoustiblok All Weather Hurricane Panels to reduce the industrial noise from this water treatment plant was a win-win for everyone,” Johnson said.

“Whenever you have high maintenance equipment like this, you need sound barriers that allow for easy access to it, and you need a solution that can withstand the high winds, humidity, salt air, dirt, dust, sand and other elements that are unavoidable in an oceanfront environment.

“Extreme dust conditions can disable conventional sound absorbing systems, while these panels are engineered to perform as well in the worst conditions as they do under calm conditions; and since they both block noise and absorb it, you could not have found a more all-inclusive solution to this community’s noise problem,” Johnson said.

About Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels:

Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels, engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals do not affect them. The industrial Hurricane panels are available with an acoustically transparent five milron stainless steel dust filter for outdoor use in the world’s toughest environments, from the mining industry to the desert areas of the Middle East, and other applications where dust is a concern. Acoustiblok sound panels are extremely durable and are currently in use by the United States Army in the Middle East.

Washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications, the Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels are not just "sound absorbing" but also "sound blocking." This allows the panel to not only absorb sound but also stop the sound from penetrating through the panel, a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels that stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.  

With an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), they are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

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Ontario College Installs Acoustiblok to End Noise in Classrooms

  
  
  
  
  
  

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario

ONTARIO, Canada, February 16, 2012 – In response to complaints that noise from the school cafeteria and loud plumbing rendered two classrooms unusable to students and teachers, Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario has installed Acoustiblok® in two classrooms to reduce noise leaking from a busy cafeteria below.

Fleming College Facilities Manager Mike Peart decided to install Acoustiblok 3mm noise abatement material after researching sound deadening products to find an affordable solution, and discussing his options with Steve Hibbens, an acoustical consultant from Acoustiblok, Inc.

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in classroomPeart said that the cafeteria noise was infiltrating the classroom above it through the wall cavity and a series of exhaust vents that acted as a conduit for noise between the floors. This type of noise problem is not uncommon in schools and other public and commercial buildings that were designed and built without acoustical principles in mind.

The noise permeating the classroom created a serious distraction for students and teachers, and eventually the classroom had to be abandoned until the problem could be resolved. Fleming College hired Beavermead Construction of Peterborough to install Acoustiblok on the walls and in the drop ceiling of the first classroom, resulting in a 12 decibel sound decrease.

“The room measured at 58 dBs before we installed Acoustiblok, and it measured at 46 dBs as soon as the installation was complete,” Peart said. “We are really impressed with it; it did exactly what we were told it would do.”

John Kraetzer of Beavermead Construction said the product went in easily, and made such an impact on the noise problem that his company decided to purchase it for another Peterborough project he was working on, a government building that required soundproofing between government building offices and a prayer center that shared a common wall.

“They told us to use a product called Green Glue, but we had already installed the Acoustiblok at Fleming College and I knew how well it worked there, so I decided to use it on this project as well,” Kraetzer said.

“They were thrilled with the results too.”

After the first installation, Peart said he had Acoustiblok installed in a second classroom plagued with noise problems coming from plumbing pipes within the wall, with the same excellent results they had in the first classroom.

“We’re really happy with the Acoustiblok treatments,” Peart said.

Acoustiblok Founder and President Lahnie Johnson says that the Acoustiblok noise abatement material is the perfect solution to classroom noise, particularly in academic buildings designed before architects began taking acoustics into account in their designs.

"The hollow walls and multiple vents between the cafeteria below and the classroom couldn't have been more effective in creating a noise chamber," Johnson said. "This type of design flaw is not uncommon in late 20th century public building design architecture, and many schools are now being forced to address the issue when classrooms become too noisy to be useful.

"We are finding that more and more academic institutions - from elementary schools to universities - are struggling with noise problems that are easily remedied with Acoustiblok."

About Acoustiblok:   

Acoustiblok’s high quality noise abatement products, available since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into undetectable trace amounts of heat.

Just one, 1/8 inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.

For more information visit the Acoustiblok website, Email mailto:sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980-1400.

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QuietFiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at La Sirena

  
  
  
  
  
  

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Power outages are a common occurrence in the Dominican Republic, and industrial noise pollution from emergency generators is a growing concern. One DC generator designer is using QuietFiber noise absorbing material to lower the decibel levels at the La Serena superstore in Higuey.

HIGUEY, Dominican Republic, January 3, 2011 – Installation of QuietFiber® noise absorbing material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed La Sirena superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

QuietFiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the store’s industrial power systems room that houses the massive emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The industrial generators, designed and installed by Santo Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Carlos Montas, Edelca owner and Acoustiblok representative in the Dominican Republic, used QuietFiber for the first time at the recommendation of acoustical specialist Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, on the La Sirena project. Montas, who has been installing his trademark "industrial art" generator systems – known for their bold colors and clean, modern, high gloss appearance — for more than 20 years, says noise from these generators is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have some level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montas said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and QuietFiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montas and his crew were able to easily cut the QuietFiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.  

The La Sirena chain of Wal-Mart-size shopping warehouses dotting the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic provide one-stop shopping for locals and tourists.  The sound deadening qualities of QuietFiber will help to protect the store’s 300-plus employees, and countless tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

“The product is great, more than I had hoped for,” Montas said. “We plan on using QuietFiber on all our future projects as well, we’re that happy with it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of QuietFiber in the La Sirena structure was perfect for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete-walled generator room.

“QuietFiber was designed with this type of environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case is the concrete walls, you need a product with proven sound absorption qualities.

Used industrially for reducing noise, QuietFiber is a non-fiberglass material designed to absorb the maximum amount of sound (NRC 1.00). Fireproof, totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), washable, non-deteriorating, mold and mildew-proof, Acoustiblok offers a lifetime warranty on this product.

QuietFiber® is the answer to any space in need of a noise fix that is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with expensive sound panels.

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, a significant safety factor when compared to common insulating materials – usually highly flammable -- often used in an attempt to reduce sound.

QuietFiber is also 100 percent recyclable, and 100-percent made in the USA.

For more information on QuietFiber, visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), send an E-mail (sales@acoustiblok.com), or call 813.980.1400.

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Acoustiblok Products Quiet Generator in DIY Soundproofing Project

  
  
  
  
  
  

Acoustifence and QuietFiber are combined in a weekend DIY soundproofing project for a Maryland homeowner looking to quiet his backyard emergency generator.

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ROCKVILLE, Maryland, August 1, 2011 --  Maryland resident John Rachlin spent one weekend in July building and installing a noise deadening barrier around his home emergency generator unit using Acoustiblok sound reduction materials, a DIY project intended to bring the generator’s noise levels down to local compliance levels, while sparing his neighbors from the unit’s high decibel screech when in use.

Rachlin, an investment banker and self-proclaimed “slightly handy” do-it-yourselfer purchased the emergency generator to insure power during Montgomery County’s notorious power outages that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

After moving into his newly built house in a densely populated subdivision, Rachlin decided that installing the generator was a necessity, but the noise levels from the brand new unit were registering much higher than the manufacturer’s estimate.

Using a decibel reader, Rachlin measured normal levels, without the generator on, at 50-decibels (which included ambient noise from neighbors’ HVAC units and other normal background sounds), and between 78- and 80-decibels with the generator running.

“I decided to do something about soundproofing the unit before the neighbors had a chance to complain,” Rachlin said. “I wanted to create a low-sound environment for my neighbors and my family.

“I also was concerned that the generator was exceeding Montgomery County’s fairly strict noise ordinances.”

Rachlin began by building an enclosure using pressure treated lumber that matched his property’s perimeter fence to maintain the nicely appointed atmosphere of his yard and patio area. Once built, he lined the enclosure first with (1/8-inch) Acoustiblok noise deadening material, and topped it with QuietFiber noise absorbing material. Rachlin said he had researched soundproofing options extensively before singling out Acoustiblok over three other similar companies. (Acoustiblok’s website lists actual independent lab test results on its noise abatement products.)

With installation guidance provided by Paul Getts, a sound consultant with Acoustiblok, Inc., Rachlin was able to attach the Acoustiblok to the wood surface using small screws with ½-inch washers to, which provided the sound blocking measure he needed. He followed up by attaching QuietFiber on top of the Acoustiblok to add a level of noise absorption to the project.

“It took three days and many gallons of water to keep me hydrated, because we’ve had record heat levels up here this summer,” Rachlin said. “But I was able to complete the entire project myself in one weekend, which made my wife very happy.”

Rachlin measured the results of the enclosure after the soundproofing application was complete, and said the result was a noise reduction of more than 10-decibels, which translated to more than 50-percent reduction in perceived sound. Since the unit needs to remain open on one side to prevent obstruction to the air-cooled engine, which he accomplished with ventilating latticework at the base of the enclosure, Rachlin attached QuietFiber to the inside of the generator’s  top lid and front panel, resulting in an additional four- to five-decibel reduction.

“Montgomery County has an infrastructure that dates back to the 1930’s and is all above ground,” Rachlin said. “We are extremely susceptible to power outages, and have lost one too many freezers filled with meat, and spent more than enough hot Maryland summer days with no air conditioning when the power went out.

“When we built this house, we knew that we had to have a generator in place. The final step was making it quiet enough to be good neighbors, keep the noise ordinance officials happy, and enjoy having power when we need it.”

Generator noise is a growing problem everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods, where multiple units can be running at once after a storm or power outage,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “This is the type of noise that contributes to noise pollution and the health risks that go along with it. People are becoming more proactive about creating a quiet environment, especially at home.

“Mr. Rachlin’s project represents just one of the ingenious ways ordinary homeowners can take on a soundproofing project themselves and make it into a satisfying DIY weekend project. We are proud of our innovative noise deadening products that people can work with to achieve soundproofing at home without the need to hire contractors or installation experts.”

Acoustiblok sound reduction material is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density, non-barium mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. It is easily cut to fit with a box cutter, which makes it customizable to fit around pipes and other fixtures. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Unlike fiberglass, QuietFiber is not only UV tolerant, but also totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), and specifically designed for maximum (NRC 1.00) noise absorption. In addition, it will not support mold or mildew, and can work in temperatures above 1800-degrees. QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, and like all Acoustiblok products, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the U.S.

For more information or to view a video of Acoustiblok’s noise reduction capabilities, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Paul Getts Named Sales Associate for Acoustiblok, Inc.

  
  
  
  
  
  

Paul Getts named new sales associate

TAMPA, Fla. (USA), May 3, 2011 – Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., has named Paul Getts as the company’s newest sales associate.

Getts, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana has lived in Florida for more than 30 years, and in Tampa for the past three years. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok sales team, Getts  was a statewide outside sales rep for Tampa-based All Solar Power, and a factory rep for both Seabridge Bathing and Aquassure Bathing, which provide bathing products for the disabled.

Getts studied Art and Design at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

 

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated into undetectable trace amounts of heat.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL rated and classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations.  Acoustiblok was named Builder News Magazine’s 2009 Product of the Year.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail sales@acoustiblok.com.

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