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All Weather Sound Panels Give Football Fans a Better Experience at Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

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TAMPA, Fla., December 11, 2013 – Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panel noise barriers installed under the premium seating section of the new east side grandstand at Illinois State University’s $27.6 million renovated football stadium diminishes loud compressor noise and gives fans a better game day experience.

All Weather Sound Panels are industrial grade acoustical barrier assemblies used to block excessive noise in industrial, commercial, institutional and community environments. These unique noise barrier panels are not just “sound absorbing” but also “sound blocking.” This allows them to not only absorb the loud mechanical noise, but also stop noise from penetrating through the panel.

The renovation of Hancock Stadium was needed to replace the outdated structures in the stadium that had been the home to Illinois State University since the early 1960s. The stadium lacked modern amenities and premium seating and entertainment areas that are common in today’s modern college football stadiums. These premium areas are vital to bringing in additional revenue for the university.

The renovation focused on the stadium’s east side area which was rebuilt and transformed into the stadium’s new modern 7-story front entrance and premium seating area. The new east side structure now includes a 5,500 sq. ft. indoor club, seven private luxury boxes, catering area, more modern and expanded concession areas and restrooms, bleacher back seating areas, and a state-of-the art press box among other improvements. The improvements have doubled the seating capacity of Hancock Stadium and have created a stadium that the community can now be proud of.

These new indoor areas require ventilation, cooling, heating and also refrigeration for concession and entertainment areas which require the use of noisy compressors. These machines typically result in a combination of two noise sources: noise that was already there in the signal, now amplified; and noise created by the actual circuit design and components of the compressor. Compressors often draw complaints for loud humming, rumbling, scraping, thumping and vibrating, rattling, squealing, or pop and bang sounds.

At Hancock Stadium and most stadiums in general, the noisy compressors and other mechanical equipment are located under the concourse level which typically pose a noise problem if not properly addressed with an acoustical barrier like Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels. These panels are available in various sizes up to 4 x 12 foot, are approximately 2.44-inches thick with aluminum frame and have a perforated aluminum grille. They are all welded, with tubular enforced eyelets in the frame allowing use of anchors or tapcons for wall mounting. All Weather Sound Panels contain the company’s signature product, Acoustiblok sound mitigating material which is a 1/8-inch thick heavy mineral-filled viscoelastic material which stops sound from penetrating through it. This is a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels which stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.

All Weather Sound Panels are rigid and self-supporting. They can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose a noise source such as chillers, generators, and other machinery. The product widely is used in industrial and commercial facilities where loud, ongoing noise is a concern.

David Vance is senior vice president of Associated Constructors, a Bloomington, Illinois multi-trade subcontracting construction company that performed the interior finishing work for the Hancock Stadium renovation project. The company has been in existence for 29 years.

2013 05 16 08 17 14“We installed two sections of Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound panels in areas that were approximately 16 X 70 feet. The panels were suspended with unistrut metal framing system and 3/8 inch threaded cable rod on the same slope on the bottom of the bleachers,” said Vance.

“It was the first time we used these All Weather Sound Panels and they worked out great. The architect liked them too."

“Acoustiblok did a great job packaging and crating the sound panels. We were impressed with this. The panels arrived in great shape and we had no problems handling them. It took us a day to determine how we were going to construct and fasten the barrier under the sloped area. We undid the seating bracing and threaded them through the L cuts we made. Once we had the installation sequence down, we had no problems.”

HANCOCK Stadium BEST photo original Marilyn Myers is Chief Operating Officer of Acoustiblok. She coordinated the sale and planning of the All Weather Sound Panels for the projects.


“Each noise problem we solve at Acoustiblok has its own unique set of design challenges. There are a lot of design factors to consider when you are trying to mitigate noise in a specific environment. Modern day sports stadiums are unique in that there are both indoor and outdoor areas interconnected. The challenge was to create a sound barrier that mitigated unwanted chiller and machinery noise and keep it isolated so it does not negatively impact the fans sitting above. They accomplished this using our All Weather Sound Panels,” said Myers.

“Hancock Stadium shows us that Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels are effective for use in modern day sports stadiums that have chiller and HVAC system noise,” she added.

describe the imageDavid Vance said his company was pleased with Acoustiblok’s customer service. “Marilyn did a great job and was very responsive to our needs. We got toward the end of the installation and the width was changed and we needed a few custom sized panels unexpectedly. Acoustiblok made them for us quickly and shipped them to us right away. We appreciated their responsiveness and concern for our needs and deadline,” Vance added.

Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels use only the highest quality material and craftsmanship. Strain hardened 0.040" (1.016mm) corrosion resistant perforated aluminum front is resistant to abuse and sharp objects. The heavy duty frames have 18 flush eyelets free from any protrusions or screw heads thus allowing flush stacking and storage.

Acoustiblok manufactures two versions of these indoor /outdoor sound panels available: one with hurricane-rated internal reinforcement and one without. They are easily movable and do not need to be permanent as they can be stored in harsh environments without harm from the elements.

“The panels were priced right. It’s a good product. We would definitely use the product again,” Vance concluded.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok. “We’re very proud of our All Weather Sound Panels and we think it’s a great product. There are many indoor and outdoor uses for these panels,” Johnson said.

While 2013 ushered in a whole new era of Redbirds football for Illinois State University at the bigger and more modern Hancock Stadium, Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels are working quietly without fanfare to keep mechanical noise to a minimum.

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Inc., 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 Inc. 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.

About Associated Constructors

Associated Constructors Company is a commercial, multi-trade subcontracting construction company located in Bloomington, Illinois. The company specializes in light-gauge cold form metal framing, drywall, demountable wall partitions, acoustical ceilings and wall panels, building insulation, lath and plaster, spray fire proofing and acoustical treatments, painting and wall coverings, rough and finish carpentry, exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), and computer access flooring.

About Hancock Stadium Renovation

http://stories.illinoisstate.edu/university/finance-and-planning/facilities/hancock-stadium-renovation-nears-the-goal-line/

Tags: All Weather Sound Panels, chiller noise, Stadium noise, stadium chiller noise, mechanical noise, sports stadium noise, Hancock Stadium, Illinois State University, Acoustiblok

Thermablok® Aerogel Insulation Featured in NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

 Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum AB Site PR Collage2

TAMPA, Fla., November 25, 2013Thermablok, an aerogel insulation product derived from NASA’s  aerogel technology is included as a NASA technology spinoff product in the popular Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Aerogel, considered the highest insulating material known and one of the lightest solids, was successfully used by NASA for insulation purposes on the space shuttle, Mars Pathfinder and other rovers, and STARDUST spacecraft missions to combat extreme temperature environments.  

NASA first recognized Thermablok as a technology spinoff in the space agency’s publication titled “Spinoff” which features innovative products whose development can be linked to NASA. In a standard metal stud wall, adding just ¼ X ½ inch Thermablok aerogel strip to just one edge of each stud before putting the drywall on can result in an amazing 42 percent increase in the overall R-value of the wall (DOE Oak Ridge laboratory test results).

Thermablok is owned by Tampa entrepreneur Lahnie Johnson, who is also the president and founder of Acoustiblok  Inc., a leading Tampa based soundproofing manufacturer and seller. Johnson, a veteran of the aerospace industry himself, also owns several other innovative businesses. 

Spin-off technologies are offspring commercialized products that have direct roots from NASA funding, research, licensing, facilities, or assistance.  While NASA does not manufacture, market or sell commercial products, many commercial products are derived and have been adapted by private industry from NASA technology.

Such is this revolutionary composite aerogel material that is at the core of Thermablok. In buildings or houses, most heat transmission through walls is passed directly through the building envelope, be it masonry, block or stud frame to the internal fascia such as drywall. This process is known as “thermal bridging.” Thermablok eliminates such thermal bridging. Thermablok works by breaking this thermal bridging link while being totally breathable, ensuring a healthy, durable working building with a natural ability to repel liquid while allowing the passage and release of moisture vapor.

The ¼ inch thick Thermablok aerogel is available in blanket form on roles or 1.5 X .25 X 54-inch adhesive backed strips. As the metal studs in a wall allows the majority of thermal bridging, Thermablok strips are typically installed on the edge of each stud (one side only), before the drywall is installed. Besides increasing the “R” values of the wall by over 40 percent (regardless of insulation used in the wall), this allows for fast, easy installation without affecting standard construction. There are of course a myriad of other thermal bridging points in a structure that Thermablok can interrupt thermal bridging in.

Improved energy efficiency achieved with Thermablok Aerogel will provide continuing energy cost and environmental savings. As an example, adding Thermablok Aerogel to a 787 square-feet residential home with 16 inches on center framing, R13 cavity insulation, and wood siding should result in a $783 dollar annual energy cost savings and eliminate 3.9 tons of CO2 emissions.

In order to better understand how and why Thermablok is so effective, it’s important to first understand aerogels. Resembling a hologram, it’s deceiving whether aerogels are really there or not. Aerogel is a synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas. The result is a solid with extremely low density and low thermal conductivity. Aerogel is a diverse class of ultralow density solids that combine multiple disparate and extreme materials properties into a single material envelope. Discovered in 1931, the original aerogel was silica based. These are often referred to as classic or legacy aerogels, or just “aerogel.”  Mixed with silicon dioxide and solvent, aerogel is 99.8 percent air, and is 1,000 times less dense than glass. Despite weighing only 3 milligrams per cubic centimeter, aerogel can support up to “4,000” times its own weight if the force is gently and uniformly applied. Aerogel can also withstand high temperatures, so much so that placing crayons on top of the aerogel are protected from a flame underneath and will not melt. Some types of aerogel, including composite aerogel, provide 39 times more insulation than fiberglass. 

In terms of aerogel’s physical appearance, aerogels are sometimes referred to as “frozen smoke,” “solid smoke,” “solid air” or “blue smoke” because of the material’s translucent nature and the way light scatters in it.  The substance has been described as feeling like volcanic glass pumice; a very fine, dry sponge; and extremely lightweight polystyrene (Styrofoam). When you hold a piece of silica aerogel, it feels otherworldly. 

The remarkable characteristics of silica aerogel—low density, light weight, and unmatched insulating capability—attracted NASA for cryogenic insulation for space shuttle and space exploration mission applications.

“Many people in the building industry and homeowners are unaware of aerogel technology and benefits over standard fiberglass insulation. We’ve been trying to tell people about our product for the past few years.  Changing consumer habits and making them knowledgeable on new products is difficult, time-consuming and expensive,” said Johnson.  

“We need the help of the residential and commercial building industry to help spread the word about modern day building materials like Thermablok.”

“NASA took aerogels to the next level, beyond what was previously imagined, and uncovered a world of possibilities for this versatile material. At Thermablok, we are taking building insulation to the next level. We have been working hard to help people understand the advantages of having this high-tech space age material in their homes and in commercial buildings.” 

“I’m very proud to have Thermablok included in the Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.  It’s great for people to see how entrepreneurs can take a technology and innovate it into something that can help people have a better quality of life,“ Johnson concluded.  

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is home to the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which features Enterprise, NASA’s first space shuttle that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. Opened in 1982, the Intrepid Museum is the only museum where visitors can explore a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.

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About Thermablok and Acoustiblok Inc.

Thermablok was developed by the international acoustical research company Acoustiblok, Inc., to meet a real need to apply aerogel technology in residential and commercial insulating material. Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Thermablok and its parent company Acoustiblok, Inc., is proud to focus research and product manufacturing resources on environmentally important projects for the worldwide community. More information about Thermablok can be found at: www.Thermablok.com

Acoustiblok Inc., 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.

About the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

The Intrepid Museum fulfills its mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth by connecting them to history through hands-on exploration while bridging the future by inspiring innovation. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About NASA

www.nasa.gov

 

Video About Aerogels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2TbHTU-QNs&list=PL6A468E3F8017A3F5 

MORE ABOUT AEROGELS

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/aerogels.html#.UpNocWTSOaM 

Tags: business, Thermablok, Museum, thermal bridging, insulation

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

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

 

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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.

 

Tags: trade shows, POWER-GEN, POWER-GEN International, generators, noisy generators, Acoustiblok, generator noise

Acoustiblok Exhibiting Noise Mitigation Products For Home Theater at CEDIA Expo in Denver

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

CEDIA Photos for Press Release

 TAMPA, FL, Sept., 26, 2013 – Acoustiblok Inc. is exhibiting the company’s line of acoustical noise mitigation products used in home theaters and electronics entertainment rooms this week at Booth No. 2422 at the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo. The event is being held at the Denver, Colorado Convention Center from September 25 – 28, 2013. 

CEDIA http://www.cedia.net/is an international trade association of companies specializing in home automation, networking, communication, security, lighting control, HVAC and entertainment systems. Stop by Booth No. 2422 in the upper level Exhibit Hall to speak to a knowledgeable Acoustiblok Inc. sales representative and learn about the company’s residential noise control products. Be sure to experience Acoustiblok’s noise reduction capabilities by viewing the "top hat" demonstration that is popular at these shows. CEDIA Expo exhibition hours are:

    - Thursday, September 26     9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

    - Friday, September 27          9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    - Saturday, September 28     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Acoustiblok soundproofing material is a heavy, yet very flexible viscoelastic polymer material that provides sound reduction through a unique adiabatic process. Rather than attempting to block or absorb sound, Acoustiblok transforms sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves. Acoustiblok attaches to wood or metal studs under drywall, floors and ceilings.It reduces more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok is the solution for dramatically reducing the sound transmissions through Cinema walls, ceilings and floors. Acoustiblok can assist in decoupling and isolating a cinema from the rest of the home. Acoustiblok is part of the foundation for sound isolation of a cinema. For years, Acoustiblok has been used as a sound reduction system in thousands of home cinemas. Our initial concept for Acoustiblok was born around this particular type of sound isolation. Since then, we have perfected the Acoustiblok "Home Cinema Silencing Package". Acoustiblok will configure all the material and peripheral supplies needed to implement an Acoustiblok sound reduction package.

About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok Inc., 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 approximately 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.

About CEDIA

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association is a global trade association of companies involved in the electronic systems industry. Founded in 1989, it has more than 3,500 members who specialize in home automation, networking, communication, security, lighting control, HVAC and entertainment systems. The organization influences public policy, provides referrals, promotes better business practices, educates members and provides other benefits.

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Tags: trade shows, home theater, CEDIA, home cinema

Acoustiblok, Inc. Achieves Record Sales Revenue and Amount of Product Shipped in 2012

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

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TAMPA, FL, June 27, 2013-Tampa-based Acoustiblok, Inc. achieved a record year in 2012 in terms of total sales revenue and volume of product shipped despite slow moving economies in the United States and many countries across the globe announced Lahnie Johnson, Acoustiblok's president and founder. Acoustiblok, Inc. invents, manufactures and sells acoustical soundproofing products to a multitude of industries. The company, which was established in 2001, is now shipping products to approximately 60 countries across the world.

Acoustiblok achieved a 21 percent increase in total sales revenue from 2011 to 2012. Slow economies have not slowed the success of this growing business. While domestic sales still dominate Acoustiblok’s revenues, international sales are increasingly becoming a higher percentage of the company’s total sales. In 2010, international sales accounted for 12 percent of total sales. In 2011, that figure increased to 19 percent and in 2012, international sales reached 24 percent of total sales.

“With our growing international distributor network in Europe, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, South America, and our efforts in the Middle East through our subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast located in Saudi Arabia, our international sales are starting to grow at a faster rate than our domestic sales,” said Johnson.

A number of factors contributed to Acoustiblok’s record sales year in 2012. One of these was a more targeted marketing and sales effort that now spans across the U.S. border via cyberspace. In August 2010, Acoustiblok began using HubSpot inbound marketing software to integrate website, search engine optimization (SEO) efforts, email marketing, blogging, and social media marketing into one system. Hub Spot also provides daily electronic lead generation and analytical data that improves marketing and sales related decision making. With HubSpot’s analytics capabilities and the use of Google AdWords campaigns, Acoustiblok can quickly run targeted online sales campaigns for niche markets in all parts of the world any day.

“We are now interfacing with potential leads literally all over the world in many different forums across all the industries we serve. This helped us increase sales of our popular Acoustifence product from 11 percent of total sales in 2011 to 18 percent in 2012,” Johnson said.

“These days, consumers hear hundreds of marketing messages every day. The worldwide web is transforming the way people, companies and organizations buy products and services.”

With increased product sales come increased shipping volume and more work for our warehouse associates. Acoustiblok also set a company record for the amount of product shipped in 2012. While the company was already shipping to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia to name a few, in 2012 they also shipped to new countries such as Norway, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Peru, Singapore, and Malaysia among others.

Two of Acoustiblok’s top selling products, Acoustiblok soundproofing material andAcoustifence, are shipped in large, heavy rolls. The company’s unique and sought after All Weather Sound Panels are hand built at the Tampa location. The large sound panels come in a variety of standard sizes but are also custom built to fit the individual needs of customers. The patented panels are unique as they not only absorb but also block sound and are wind tested for up to an impressive 270 MPH wind load according to Johnson.

“This was also a record for us. It was the most All Weather Sound Panels and Acoustifence we have ever built in one year. I am very proud of our crew,” said Johnson.

Johnson, who founded the company in 1998, is not only an entrepreneur but also an inventor. He leads the new product development efforts for the company, an area he is very passionate about. If things continue to go well for Acoustiblok in terms of sales, there are indications that 2013 could be another record sales year.

With international sales becoming a higher percentage of the company’s total sales, Acoustiblok continues to look into new markets overseas. In December 2012, Johnson was part of a high-level delegation of Florida business leaders that accompanied Florida Governor Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on a trade mission to Barranquilla, Colombia, Tampa’s sister city. The mission was part of a strategy to promote Florida exports worldwide and help pave the way for Florida companies to enter or expand their market share in Colombia and attract foreign investment. The trade mission was organized by Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency. Colombia is Florida’s second largest trading partner, with trade totaling more than $9 billion in 2011. It is also among the top five destinations for Florida products, amounting to nearly $3 billion in exports.

“The trip was about opening business channels that will benefit growing Tampa area businesses like Acoustiblok. We are hoping to benefit from the rising foreign direct investment from Latin American countries in Florida,” said Johnson.

The demand for noise suppression is growing across the world. It’s now become big in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, the Kingdom developed a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring environmental hazards, which included community noise, noise from industrial units, noise from construction activities, noise from vehicles and noise from equipment used outdoors such as residential standby generators, which are being used more and more across the world.

In the United States, noise and nuisance laws are on the rise at the local level. As a result, soundproofing and noise control is starting to gain more awareness, although there’s still a general lack of understanding about the true capabilities of these modern acoustical materials with many consumers.

The residential standby generator market in the United States has risen significantly over the past decade and especially in recent years. Fears of being without electrical power for prolonged periods of time following natural disasters and storms are driving this growth, along with more affordable residential generator units.

“Standby generators run at high sound decibel levels, ranging from 65 – 100-plus decibels, which often exceeds levels for residential noise ordinances not to mention the angry neighbors who have to listen to the noise, especially if that neighbor does not have a generator of their own. The interest in mitigating generator noise with acoustical sound absorption barriers is also growing. These modern acoustical materials cut noise heard by the human ear in half and will help keep generator owners from being cited and fined for nuisance violations,” Johnson said.

While overseas sales of Acoustiblok products are helping the company grow, they are also developing new products and constantly innovating our products into new industries and uses for other soundproofing applications.

“Inventions without innovation is meaningless. Fortunately, we have great products which can be inserted into literally hundreds of sound uses,” Johnson said.

“Our long-term goal is to make the name Acoustiblok synonymous with the term soundproofing. Google the word soundproofing and you will usually see our name at the top of the results. In today’s online world, this is a good first step toward having consumers and product specifiers associate the term soundproofing with Acoustiblok.”

Getting attention in today’s mass marketed world is not easy for smaller companies. Johnson said the company draws attention to the fact that what makes Acoustiblok different from the other soundproofing companies in the United States is not only the amount of certified lab tests done on our products, but also our ability to help customers find technical solutions to their noise problems.

“Whether a solution is needed for a noisy generator at a large industrial facility, to help reduce noise in a large multi-family housing complex, absorb sound at a doctor’s office or gun range, or even to quiet a home HVAC unit or boat motor, more than likely we have already created a similar solution for someone,” Johnson concluded.

For more information on Acoustiblok products visit the Acoustiblok website (http://www.acoustiblok.com), send an Email to sales(at)acoustiblok(dot)com, or call 813-965-4373.

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 approximately 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.

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Acoustifence Barrier Reduces Construction Noise at $55 Million Santa Monica High School Technology Building Improvement Project

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 01:20 PM

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SANTA MONICA, CALIF., May 21, 2013 – A towering and stout zig zag-shaped construction fence that spans nearly 800 feet long and is lined with Acoustiblok, Inc.’s Acoustifence soundproofing material at the Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) Science & Technology Building Project has helped reduce construction noise for students and the local community by 10 decibels each day over the past two years. A 10 decibel decrease in sound level cuts perceived loudness to the human ear in half, making this black colored acoustic fence very “green.”

If all sections of this acoustical construction fence were linked together in a line, it would span nearly two and a half football fields and be as tall as a two to three story commercial building in some sections. Why is this much fencing needed? This three year, $55 million improvement project entails reconfiguring a 5.2-acre northern portion of the existing 26-acre school campus. The school is located in a densely populated area of posh Santa Monica near businesses and residential dwellings.

An existing softball field was demolished and a new modern 97,000 square-foot science and technology building is being built in its place. Once completed, the old science and technology building will be demolished and a new softball field will be built in its place. The Acoustifence construction barrier will moved and reused to mitigate noise escaping to the nearby neighborhoods during various phases of the project. Additional outdoor site improvements are being constructed as well on the SAMOHI campus. The construction project began in December 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in winter 2014. It is approximately 48 percent complete at the time of the writing of this news article. More information about the project can be found at: http://fip.smmusd.org/santamonica.html

Acoustifence is a modern day acoustical soundproofing product developed by Tampa, Fla.-based Acoustiblok, Inc. It’s an advanced material sound barrier that is placed between a noise source and the noise receiver. The Acoustifence material easily attaches to chain link fences and comes in large sections and in custom made sizes, making it ideal for construction fence applications that require a soundproofing element at the construction site. Acoustifence material is extremely strong and was engineered to withstand harsh outdoor environments like construction sites and highway environments. Full exposure to dirt, grease, oil, mold or even being driven over is not a problem for the Acoustifence.

The word “green” refers to environmentally-preferable attributes of a product, service, and/or technology. The 1/8” thick Acoustifence is a unique proprietary formula. It is a heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer material that is made in the United States from all USA made material. Acoustifence is 100 percent made in the United States. It does not contain lead, asbestos, or barium and is UV-resistant and impervious to water and mold. Graffiti, a real consideration in a school area, is easily removed compared to other surfaces. Acoustifence has had proven success in many demanding applications and is an effective defense against outdoor noise pollution.

A construction project this large isn’t simple or easy. It’s messy, noisy and can disturb the usual flow for people around the construction site. The school district was committed to minimizing disruption to students, staff and nearby neighbors during the construction. Mitigating construction noise and dust going into the school and neighborhoods located directly across the street had to be addressed by project planners. The main high school building is located within very close proximity of the construction area. Single family homes, apartment complexes and businesses are located in areas across the street from the campus.

Project planners decided early on that acoustical barriers will be in place to reduce noise levels for classrooms and neighbors and that the construction area will be separated from the working campus by a safety fence and that

“This 5.2-acre construction site is very spread out. Controlling noise from heavy machines, demolition, and construction activities can be challenging at large construction sites located in densely populated areas,” said Glenn Nadalet, Senior Construction Manager for Parsons/CCM.

Two sides of the Acoustifence barrier are being used to protect the neighborhood and the other portion protects the school. Temporary chain link construction fencing is commonly used at construction sites to help prevent theft and damage to machinery, equipment, and property, as well as provide security for the construction crew.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 3Construction noise may negatively impact those around a construction site. The SAMOHI construction project Acoustifence ranges in height from 14-20 feet at different parts of the construction site and zigzags around the perimeter near the street and the existing school building. In addition to the construction fence, Acoustifence soundproofing material was draped over the side of the top portion of the school building to help make the second floor quieter for students during construction.

“Our heavy equipment machines emit between 90-100 decibels of noise while operating depending on the machine itself. Throughout the day, these machines are sometimes located 250-300 feet away from the school building making it virtually impossible to contain all the noise,” Nadalet said.

Heavy equipment machines are needed to build large buildings and rebuild a large area like at Santa Monica High School. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, noise from various construction machines can range from 70-95 decibels at 50 feet. One front loader can reach approximately 83 decibels; scrapers, graders and backhoes approximately 92 decibels; concrete mixers and cranes approximately 88 decibels, earth moving tractors can reach approximately 95 decibels. A single jackhammer can reach nearly 100 decibels and a pile driver reaches approximately 105 decibels. So a 10-decibel decrease in construction noise significantly helps to keep it within a more tolerable range.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 4“The Acoustifence noise barrier wall is located about 10 feet from the school building so our machines are not always located within close proximity to the noise barrier fence. We work hard to keep construction noise as minimal as possible while moving the project forward to meet our deadlines,” Nadalet said.

Noise intensity is measured in decibel units. The decibel scale is logarithmic; each 10-decibel increase represents a tenfold increase in noise intensity. Human perception of loudness also conforms to a logarithmic scale; a 10-decibel increase is perceived as roughly a doubling of loudness and a 10-decibel decrease is perceived as half as loud. A typical conversation occurs at 60 decibels – not loud enough to cause damage. 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.

“The Acoustifence is psychologically positive for the students, teachers and administrators at the school. It gives them confidence that we are taking care of their noise concerns. We believe we get about a 10 decibel decrease in construction-related noise for the neighbors and school with the Acoustifence barrier,” Nadalet said.

Acoustiblok now also produces beautiful landscape covers for its fences. Since the covers are an actual photograph of different scenery, such as foliage, flowers, brick, or stones, it is virtually indistinguishable and many say better than real life.

Marilyn Myers is Acoustiblok’s Chief Operating Officer who worked on the Santa Monica Fence project. “All our noise barrier products are affected by where they are positioned in reference to the noise source, the distance between the noise source and the noise receiver, the height of the barrier, and the type of environment they are in. The amount of noise Acoustifence reduces is also much related to other reflective structures in the area,” she said.

The Public Works Division of FenceCorp, a leading California fencing company based in Riverside, Calif., won the bid to install the large temporary acoustic fence for the project. Acoustiblok’s Acoustifence material was considered to be the best choice for its proven performance and ease of installation.

Ira Schechtel, Manager of FenceCorp’s Temporary Rental Fence Division at the Oceanside, Calif. Branch, helped oversee the work. He was heavily involved in the bidding and administrative aspects of the project. Schechtel is an experienced fence professional with 30 years experience in the fence industry. He is also the former president of the California Chapter of the American Fence Association.

“Because the cost and human effort associated with the acoustical fence is higher than a typical chain link fence, it was important that we not make mistakes when we built it. We have to do things right the first time to avoid costly mistakes with these types of fences. A mistake on an acoustical fence is much more substantial in terms of dollars per section than typical chain link fences.”

A fence of this magnitude would be a significant financial loss if it failed to adequately reduce noise. To ensure results, Acoustiblok Corporation’s engineering department uses acoustical outdoor modeling software to accurately predict the acoustical results in advance. The software, called Cadna A, was developed in Germany to create cities with reduced noise levels and is considered the most advanced of its kind.

Schechtel and vice presidents Perry Massie and Alan Kay, and Superintendent Kenny Kocek helped oversee the bidding and installation of the Santa Monica Construction Fence project. “The bidding and installation process for a large specialized fence like this takes more time and effort than people may think. Due to the height of the barrier walls, we engineered the large posts and cables to specifically hold the dense and flexible acoustical fence. Even the barriers on the existing building were specifically designed for Acoustifence. It truly takes a team effort to do these things right and be successful in the fencing business.”

“As we do more Acoustifence projects, we are learning what to look for in advance. Each Acoustifence project has its own unique set of environmental, noise and design challenges with our customers. This is not a one size fits all fencing application. There’s more science to them and to be effective, they have to be positioned in the right places around the noise sources. This just adds to our capabilities,” Schechtel added.

Acoustifence is an effective soundproofing solution because it’s a thin outdoor noise blocking material which acoustically performs precisely as lead does, but without the environmental hazard of lead said Myers. Acoustifence comes in 6 X 30 foot sections considered the most effective first step in reducing noise. It’s now being widely used in construction and building environments, at industrial facilities to quiet generator and motor noises, for mass transit rail lines, residential, and in many other outdoor applications where noise has been an unresolved problem she said.

Lahnie Johnson is President and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc. He drives new product development at Acoustiblok. “Acoustical soundproofing materials and products like Acoustifence, Acoustiblok material, Quietfiber, and our indoor and outdoor All Weather Sound Panels compete in specialized niche markets,” he said.

“People are becoming more aware of noise problems and the stress it causes them. Santa Monica High School is just one example. With greater population density and increasing noise pollution and noise control regulations being passed by local, state and federal governments, the soundproofing products and services market is continually on the rise and we’re here to help meet their needs.”

For more information about Acoustifence or other Acoustiblok products visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an Email to [email protected], or call 813-980-1400.

About Acoustiblok

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, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok ships soundproofing products to 60 countries around the world.

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About FenceCorp

FenceCorp is a leading California fencing company headquartered in Riverside. The company offers all styles of fencing and has additional office locations in Anaheim, Palmdale, Santa Paula, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Fresno, and Manteca. For more information about FenceCorp, visit them on the web at: www.fencecorp.us

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Acoustifence Reduces Pickleball Court Noise by More Than 50 Percent USA Pickleball Association Test Shows

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

noise from pickleball lessened with acoustifence noise barrier

YUMA, Ariz., April 3, 2013  - Acoustifence soundproofing material placed around a pickleball court reduced noise by 10-12 decibels in a sound meter test conducted by USA Pickleball Association president Bill Booth on April 17, 2012 at the Country Roads RV Village pickleball courts in Yuma, Ariz. This represents more than a 50 percent reduction in sound as perceived by the human ear the report concludes.

Even as one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States continues to gain new participants and fans every day, pickleball is disturbing some neighbors and communities who don’t want the courts around because paddle noise has become a nuisance issue for some people living close to the courts.

In addition to being one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States today, pickleball has spread overseas into Canada, Singapore, India, Pakistan and other places. According to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport boasts an estimated 100,000 adult players in the United States now, more than triple the number in 2003. There are about 2,500 public courts, versus just 150 in 2003.

For decades, the game of pickleball was little known outside the Pacific Northwest United States. Since its inception in 1965 as a backyard pastime, it is now an organized sport represented by national and international governing bodies. While people ages 6 to 70-plus play pickleball and even compete in local, regional and national tournaments, the main driver of the recent growth is the 55-plus demographic who have taken a liking to the sport. They view it as a way to exercise, burn calories, socialize, and get outdoors. More and more pickleball courts are being built in community parks and especially into 55-plus housing developments. Some communities are converting sporadically used tennis courts into pickleball courts or painting additional lines on tennis courts so pickleball can also be played. Pickleball is played on a smaller court size than tennis but has a similar court design.

More courts, participants, tournaments, and attention to the game has brought on more public complaints and even noise or nuisance related lawsuits attempting to stop play on existing courts or stop construction of new courts.

Racquet and paddle sports like tennis, badminton, and table tennis (ping pong) each produce a unique sound when the racquet or paddle hits the ball. In pickleball, there is a “ping, ping” sound made when the paddle hits the ball because the sport uses medium-sized, solid faced wooden, composite or graphite paddles and a hard plastic perforated ball (resembles a Wiffle ball) that is larger, stiffer and less resistant than a tennis ball. The noise generated by the game is louder, sharper and at a higher pitch than tennis which generates a deeper “thwack” sound that registers far lower on a sound meter.

Pickleball paddle noise is in a sound classification called impact noise – noise that occurs when an object collides with another object. It is a high frequency noise that is at a frequency that our ears are most attuned to. Through Acoustiblok’s analysis and modeling efforts of various pickleball noise related projects, the company says there’s one limiting band of approximately 1.25 Khz (1250 hz) that spikes when the paddle hits the ball. Acoustifence blocks much of the noise and reduces it to below a nuisance level for nearby neighbors, becoming barely perceptible among other outdoor background noises such as automobile, airplane, human, and machine noise.

You can hear the pickleball paddle noise for yourself by watching the following YouTube video of a tournament match at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVMcIDQJlA [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVMcIDQJlA __title__ USA Pickleball Association nationals competition]

Unlike often tried natural sound barriers such as fences or shrubs, the Acoustifence material does extraordinarily well in not only blocking direct sound, but also has a tendency to reduce sound from reflecting off it. Acoustifence is a revolutionary heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer sound deadening material which is only 3mm (1/8 inch) thick. It’s made in the United States and compared to other soundproofing alternatives, is an economical way to reduce outdoor noise.

The ultraviolet (UV) tolerant Acoustifence is hung via grommets onto the top line of existing chain link, panel, security or support pole fencing systems. It comes in 6 X 30 foot-sheets and can be easily cut and shaped into custom sizes with a craft knife. On solid structure fence surfaces, Acoustifence can be installed by nailing, stapling or gluing. Acoustifence is one of the most effective first steps in reducing outdoor noise. The amount of noise Acoustifence reduces however is much related to other reflective structures in the area. More details on Acoustifence can be seen at: http://www.acoustiblok.com/acoustical_fence.php

Country Roads RV Resort is a 55-plus gated community which boasts 150 acres of lavish, mature landscaping and 1294 privately owned home sites. The Acoustifence testing was conducted by USA Pickleball Association president Bill Booth. Tests were made using a Sper Scientific Digital Datalogging Sound Meter (model 840013), a S-Type Composite Extreme Paddle, and New Dura Fast 40 outdoor balls. Tests were made with the tester attempting to hit the ball with maximum force for a worse-case scenario. A series of readings were taken both through the Acoustifence sound curtain and with no sound curtain. Readings were recorded with the meter at 50 feet from the point of impact. In the first case, the reading was even taken through the sound curtain next to a nearby home at a point 42 feet from the sound curtain. The paddle was 8 feet inside the court for a total of 50 feet. The second set of readings was recorded inside the court at a distance of 50 feet from the point of impact.

With no sound curtain, readings ranged from 64.2 – 71.8 decibels for an average of 68 decibels. Through the Acoustifence sound curtain, the meter readings were between 54.7 – 59.2 decibels for an average reading of 56.7 decibels. The report concluded that an 11.3 decibel reduction in sound was achieved. This represents more than a 50 percent reduction in sound as perceived by the human ear by nearby homeowners. That reduction in sound takes the pickleball noise from being annoying to someone to being just barely perceptible, the report conclusion stated. The report also recommended that the Acoustifence product be installed on the inside of the pickleball court if the fence posts are outside the court. The report went on to say that homeowners near the Country Roads RV Village pickleball courts who had the most complaints and lived closest to the courts reported a significant reduction in sound level from having the Acoustifence material up. He said that his wife often does not realize that they are playing on the court. At times, ambient noise significantly exceeded paddle noise.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spinoff listed company in Tampa, Fla., that invented and manufactures the Acoustifence product.

“Acoustifence serves as a barrier and blocks high frequency sounds very well. The material actually flexes with certain frequencies. In the process of sound waves physically moving it, the product transforms sound wave energy into inaudible internal friction energy. It’s Underwriters Laboratories listed and has attained an STC (Sound Transmission Class) of 28 decibels in independent laboratory tests,” said Johnson.

“Like all our products, Acoustifence is made in the USA with all USA materials. Besides the primary benefit of reduction in perceived noise levels, there are many reasons why Acoustifence is being used not only in the United States, but across the globe for many applications,” he said.

Paul Getts, is an Acoustiblok sales associate who has worked with various pickleball related customers.

“There are many reasons why Acoustifence is a good solution for pickleball noise. For homeowner associations and developers, Acoustifence easily attaches to existing fencing found around most existing pickleball courts and complexes and can be put up in a matter of hours with a few minor hand tools. It is easily configurable to add height and length so it can be used on fences of any size. The material is paintable to meet the needs of the environment,” said Getts.

“There are vinyl photographic coverings for the fence called Acoustiblok landscapes. Hundreds of different unbelievably realistic landscapes are available, from vines and flowers to even antique brick wall, or stone fence photographs. So real one of our customers drove right by their home forgetting they had it installed,” he added.

“Acoustifence is also one of the best priced first response soundproofing solutions in the industry,” Getts added.

Melissa Wood is community association manager at Country Roads RV Village. In a related World Fence News article about pickleball and Acoustifence, she said, “I can attest that Acoustifence material is not difficult to install, can be easily blended into the aesthetics, particularly if you have existing wind screens.” She added that Country Roads RV Village is located near Phoenix and other communities have seen the installation and have inquired about it.

Besides pickleball, Acoustifence is commonly used to quiet generator and motor noise at industrial sites, highway and construction related noise on bridges, mass transit rail line noise, shooting/gun range noise, and even dog kennel noise. It is also being used at college sports complexes and athletic parks and on private backyard residential fences to create a quieter and more peaceful environment.

“People are discovering that there are a lot of great uses for this modern day soundproofing product,” Johnson said.

Johnson went on to say, “We’re not just a soundproofing products company, we’re a noise solutions company. Sometimes, prior to the sale of Acoustiblok’s products, we perform computer-based sound propagation modeling when customers are unsure if Acoustiblok’s materials will work in their specific application.

“We use advanced software called Cadna-A, a top acoustical software made by DataKustic used in the prediction of environmental outdoor noise. It calculates sounds through mediums and different barriers and terrains. We have used it for pickleball-related customers who all have a different set of circumstances associated with their noise. We also use DataKustic’s Cadna-R software for prediction and presentation of inside noise in industrial facilities, rooms and workplaces.”

“We use this acoustical modeling to say to the potential customer ‘here’s your noise level now without Acoustiblok’s material and here’s the noise level with our material based on the noise information we have available to us right now.’”

For more information about Acoustiblok Inc., or Acoustifence visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), send an Email to sales(at)acoustiblok(dot)com, or call 813-965-4373.

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok, Inc, a NASA Spinoff listed company headquartered in Tampa, Fla., 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, Inc. 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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Country Roads RV Resort is a 55-plus gated community which boasts 150 acres of lavish, mature landscaping and 1294 privately owned home sites.

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Acoustiblok Exhibits Soundproofing Products at 2013 International Builders Show

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

IBS Booth 2013 with people in pic Marilynacoustiblok soundproofing company exhibits at tradeshow

LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 21, 2013 – Tampa based Acoustiblok Corporation exhibited the company’s line of certified and lab tested acoustical soundproofing  products for single and multi-family residential applications in booth number 1049 at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 22 – 24, 2013.

Acoustiblok's new and more interative trade show booth (shown below before the opening of the exhibit hall) caught the eye of many conference attendees and IBS show judges. Acoustiblok was one of hundreds of companies that participated in the show and exhibited their products on the 400,000 square-foot exhibition hall floor.  

IBS booth 2013 view from up high no people in it

Acoustiblok® is an easily installed material that can not only reduce noise from within a house but also reduce outside noise. Acoustiblok can be installed:

• on studs before attaching drywall to reduce noise between rooms
• over floor joists before the sub floor is attached to reduce the sound from walking (impact noise) as well as the noise created in the room
• on roof trusses to reduce noise from low flying airplanes or busy highways
• around plumbing pipes to quiet the sound of running water.

Acoustiblok can also be used in home theaters and multi-functional A/V type entertainment rooms.

In multi-family units such as condominiums and apartment complexes, a leading cause of tenant relocation is noise.  The problem of sound attenuation in these types of buildings is rarely addressed properly.  By installing Acoustiblok® over the studs, ceiling and floor joists, sound can be effectively stopped before it vibrates the structure. Acoustiblok® is a flexible, dense material that reduces sound by 26db. A 32 oz. product (STC 32) is also available for challenging noise problems.

The International Builders' Show is organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is the largest light construction building industry tradeshow in the United States. It is the only event of its kind, focusing specifically on the needs, concerns, and opportunities that face builders. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NAHB's mission is "to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry. Chief among NAHB's goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing."

Founded in 1942, NAHB is a federation of more than 800 state and local associations. About one-third of NAHB’s more than 140,000 members are home builders or remodelers. The remaining members are associates working in closely related fields within the housing industry such as mortgage finance and building products and services.

For more information on the IBS 2013 show visit: http://www.buildersshow.com/Home/

Information about the show for the media is available at: http://www.buildersshow.com/Home/Page.aspx?genericContentID=106662

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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. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Thomas Wiseman
Director of Public Relations
Acoustiblok Corporation
813-980-1400 Ext. 210
[email protected]

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Acoustifence Quiets Noise from Florida Water Treatment Facility

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

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

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 @ 01:05 PM

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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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