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Acoustifence-Landscape Attachments Add a Fresh Look to Noise Reducing Fence

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

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TAMPA, Florida, May 24, 2011 -- Picture the peaceful scenic backdrop of an ivy covered English garden wall, or a hedge of morning glories; a field of sunflowers and blue skies, or a beautiful thicket with impatiens below.

For home and business owners who have already installed, or are ready to install Acoustifence® sound reduction fencing material in an effort to quiet outdoor noise encroaching on their property, or to retain noise emanating from their property, the aesthetic can be creating a challenge.  

The makers of Acoustifence now have a solution for camouflaging the product’s solid black surface for those customers who want peace and quiet in their outdoor space, and a bit of landscaped polish so that all the senses are appeased.

With the all new Acoustifence-Landscape™ attachments, any fence can receive a fresh new look or simply blend in to its surroundings, simply and tastefully.  

These beautifully photographed landscape attachments are weather- and UV-resistant. Designed with the same black anodized brass grommets used to hang Acoustifence, they fasten directly over the Acoustifence sound barrier fencing. Each landscape attachment is made of industrial grade solar fabric, and like the Acoustifence material they cover, they are capable of many years of usage on construction, marine, highway or residential sites.

Acoustifence-Landscape attachments can be chosen from Acoustiblok’s catalog of hundreds of landscapes, or a custom design can be made from a personal photo or artwork. Logos, trademarks, company graphics or any design can also be created.

One landscape covers one side of the Acoustifence, which can be attached to improve the view from the street, or to enhance the landscape within the property. Two Landscape attachments can be added to enhance both sides of the Acoustifence.

Acoustifence-Landscapes can also be attached to any existing fence or structure, but when hung alone will not deliver any of the noise reduction benefits that Acoustifence delivers.

Acoustiblok President Lahnie Johnson says the addition of Acoustifence-Landscape attachments to the company’s product catalog provides new potential for the use of Acoustifence in all landscaping projects.

“This is a very simple and economical solution for our sound abatement product’s less than appealing surface,” Johnson said. “Now Acoustifence will be a perfect fit in new and existing landscape settings, thanks to its unequalled ability to reduce unpleasant exterior noise and its ability to blend attractively. In most uses, it’s a dramatic improvement over the existing appearance.

“It boils down to providing a better quality of life for anyone living near any annoying noise source.”

Acoustifence customer Grace Farmer added an Acoustifence-Landscape attachment featuring a field of sunflowers over her Acoustifence, and says she is thrilled with the results.

“It actually looked better than our existing landscaping, so real and colorful I thought I was coming home to the wrong house,” she said.

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Acoustifence® is a simple and economical first step noise abatement solution for both residential and industrial usage. A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring six-feet high by 30-feet long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment.  Heavy duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible.

The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok® Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period for various applications. Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 50 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites, and industrial plants; it can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the six-foot by 30-foot sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet into less than a 12-inch diameter.

Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. Results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed. Acoustifence and all Acoustiblok products are made in the USA, from all USA materials.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, call us at 813-980-1400, or E-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Tags: acoustical fencing, noise barrier, fencing, landscape attachments, noise deadening fencing, fence coverings, Acoustifence-Landscape attachments, fence

Thermablok Aerogel Technology Used to Aid Developing Countries

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

Thermablok is used by Rice University Engineering students to insulate solar autoclave.

Thermablok’s NASA technology aerogel is being used to insulate the Capteur Soleil solar autoclave, addressing a long-standing health issue in developing countries. By incorporating Thermablok’s aerogel insulating technology, the autoclave may now be used to sterilize medical instruments in developing countries where sterilizing medical equipment has previously been impossible in regions with no electricity.

HOUSTON, Texas, May 11, 2011 – Combining the unrivaled insulating properties of aerogel technology and a decades-old device created by French inventor Jean Boubour, Rice University engineering students are harnessing the sun’s energy to power an autoclave that can be used in developing countries, where electricity is rare or non-existent, to sterilize medical instruments and help solve a long-standing health problem.

Engineering students incorporated a thin layer of Thermablok aerogel insulation in the autoclave’s plywood frame to provide the thermal protection necessary in any climate and terrain.

Thermablok’s aerogel has the highest insulating properties of any material known to man. This technology was developed in conjunction with NASA’s application of aerogel use in shuttle and mars missions. For this reason, Thermablok was the perfect insulator for the project, according to Sam Major, Rice University senior engineering student.

“The thin layer of Thermablok does the work,” Major said. “We used standard pink insulation to make the box stronger, but the Thermablok handles the insulation on its own.”

The students used Capteur Soleil, a device created decades ago by French inventor Jean Boubour to capture the energy of the sun in places where electricity, or fuel of any kind, is hard to get or nonexistent. By attaching the Thermablok-insulated box containing the autoclave, the students transform the device into a potential lifesaver.

The Capteur Soleil, which sits outside Rice's Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, looks something like an ultramodern lawn swing. Its spine is a steel A-frame, and a bed of curved mirrors beneath the frame produces steam by focusing sunlight along a steel tube at the frame's apex. Rather than pump steam directly into the autoclave, the Rice team chose to use the steam to heat a custom-designed conductive hotplate.

"It basically becomes a stovetop, and you can heat anything you need to," said Major. "As long as the autoclave reaches 121 Celsius for 30 minutes (the standard set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), everything should be sterile, and we've found we're able to do that pretty easily."

He said one person could easily adjust the Capteur Soleil by ratcheting up the back leg to align the mirrors with the sun. Within half an hour of receiving strong sunlight, the Capteur Soleil will begin to produce steam, which will in turn heat the patterned hotplate and then the standard-issue, FDA-approved autoclave. With good midday sun, Major said, it takes 40 minutes to an hour to begin significant heating of the autoclave.

The autoclave, which has a steamer basket inside, holds about an inch of water inside, followed by the basket with the tools and syringes to be sterilized.

"We've used some biological spores from a test kit, steamed them, and then incubated them for 24 hours and they came back negative for biological growth,” Major said.

"This is really the latest iteration of a much larger project," said Doug Schuler, the team's faculty adviser and an associate professor of business and public policy at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.

"We already have a version of the Capteur Soleil being used in Haiti for cooking, but we felt it could do more."

About Thermablok:

  NASA named Thermablok aerogel insulating material to its “Spinoff” list of companies that have successfully adapted NASA technology to everyday products and made them available to consumers. Thermablok is most often used in construction as a preventative measure against thermal bridging.

“Aerogel was previously considered not flexible enough to use in building applications,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Thermablok. “Now, however, through a unique patented process, it has been formulated into a ¼-inch thick fiber that reduces ‘thermal bridging’ - a building’s prime energy loss - from one wall to another.”

The thermal R-value of a stud wall is increased by more than 40-percent with just one thin strip of Thermablok on each stud before drywalling. 

Thermablok and its parent company Acoustiblok, Inc., is proud to focus its research and product manufacturing resources on environmentally important projects for the worldwide community  For more information, contact us at sales@thermablok.com, or visit our website at www.thermablok.com.

 

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Paul Getts Named Sales Associate for Acoustiblok, Inc.

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 02:15 PM

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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