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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
twiseman@acoustiblok.com

Tags: trade shows, home theater, acoustic insulation, absorbing sound, Acoustiblok, residential noise, multi-family housing, mulit-family housing noise, IBS

Jim Ashley Named Acoustiblok National Sales Manager, AV Division

Posted by Liz Ernst on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 @ 02:10 AM

Jim Ashley Acoustiblok national sales manager, AV divisionTAMPA, Florida, August 7, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc. Founder and President Lahnie Johnson has named Jim Ashley national sales manager of Acoustiblok’s AV division.  Ashley brings more than 27 years of experience in specialty electronics to the Acoustiblok sales team, where he will lead the department’s focus on channel integration.

Prior to joining the Acoustiblok team, Ashley, spent one year as VP of sales and marketing for SoundWave Technologies in New Smyrna Beach, where he streamlined processes while implementing new profit opportunities that had been previously overlooked. 

From 2002 through 2010, Ashley worked for Absolute Sound in Winter Park, starting in sales and working his way up to general manager. Ashley’s daily operations included sales, merchandising, marketing, and implementing new company policies and procedures. Within a few months of taking the helm as general manager, Ashley steered the company to its highest sales volume in history.

Ashley began his career in the electronics industry right out of high school. His background in drafting and architectural design, combined with his understanding of the complex process of integrating electronics and technology make Ashley a natural fit for Acoustiblok’s expanding sales team.

Ashley’s command of the specialty AV industry has made him a frequently quoted expert among journalists and specialty writers for a myriad of industry trade publications.

“We’re thrilled to have Jim on board, he brings a new dimension to the Acoustiblok sales team with qualities and skills we’ve been looking for in the national sales manager position,” Johnson says. “He has surpassed sales goals with every company he’s worked with, he has a broad knowledge of the specialty AV industry, and his track record could not be better.” For more information, visit the Acoustiblok website, email jashley@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

About Acoustiblok:  

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

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

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Tags: home office, home theater, noise management, acoustic insulation, acoustic boards, absorbing sound, acoustical balance, home theater noise

Acoustiblok Creates Damped, Expandable Acoustical Envelope in New York ITB Recording Studio

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 08:18 AM

acoustiblok soundproofing material installed in recording studiorecording studio with acoustiblok soundproofing material

MEDFORD, New York, May 2, 2012 – Acoustiblok noise abatement material was installed in the nearly completed Artist Workshop Studios recording facility, an in-the-box (ITB) studio designed and built by Artist Workshop Studios owner Tom Donofrio.  Acoustiblok was chosen to provide a sound barrier for the small, 12 foot x 12 foot basement studio that could drop decibels levels within the space and provide a neutral acoustical environment for recording.

Donofrio, an electrical engineer, and musician who has built recording studios in the past using different sound deadening materials, chose Acoustiblok for his newest project after consulting with Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc., because of its sound damping and noise blocking qualities, as well as its thin, flexible structure that adds no volume to walls within the studio space. Attached to the studs before drywall is hung, Acoustiblok performs without the need to add layers of rigid drywall or modified drywall, a method Donofrio used in the past with mixed results and significant floor space reduction.

“I was looking for a product that would lower the decibels in the studio without taking up any additional space,” Donofrio said. “I was able to achieve the neutral acoustics desired in the space, which makes me extremely happy.

“I didn’t want a sound quality that was too dead or too live, so the Acoustiblok turned out to be an excellent choice.”

Donofrio and a friend were able to hang the 3mm Acoustiblok on the newly framed stud walls within the studio space, including cutouts around a window and electric sockets, and seal the seams according to installation recommendations, all in less than four hours.

The Artist Workshop Studios recording space was built for Donofrio to indulge his own talents as an acoustical guitarist and vocalist, and to be made available to artists on a budget who need an affordable studio with high quality production equipment and the expertise of a seasoned technician to record a song or album.

“Acoustiblok is a perfect choice for establishing sound quality within a sound recording studio like this one,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Unlike additional drywall or other solid rigid materials used for sound reduction, the 1/8-inch heavy, limp Acoustiblok allows the room to be a damped, expandable acoustical envelope. As such, a studio or home theater has less reflection and actually sounds significantly better.”

For more information, visit the Acoustiblok website or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

About Acoustiblok:   

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

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

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


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Tags: recording studio soundproofing, Expandable acoustical envelope, sound insulating material, recording studio, noise abatement, absorbing sound, noise barrier

Acoustiblok Reduces Unsafe Industrial Noise at Energy Plant

Posted by Colin Flood on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 @ 11:13 AM

Wheelabrator before soundproofing applicationWheelabrator aftersoundproofing application

TAMPA, Fla. (USA) – Public awareness of the health risks of industry-related noise pollution has never been higher. Industrial plants worldwide are incorporating serious sound abatement strategies into their infrastructure to protect employees and visitors from hearing loss and other medical issues raised by industrial noise pollution.

Supervisors at the South Broward Waste to Energy (WTE) plant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were faced with a 30-day project to overhaul the plant’s turbine. The plant’s steam bypass system would take over the turbine’s 24-hours a day waste management responsibilities for one full month.

The problem with the transition was the unbearable blare of the bypass system. The bypass channels 900 pounds per square inch of compressed steam through a 14-inch pipe into a 7-foot diameter pipe at a noise level of 126-dB. This is an unsafe level equilevent to jackhammer or jet engine launch.

The noise was so deafening that even with earplugs, employees and visiting contractors could not spend more than brief periods of time in the vicinity without risking hearing damage. Verbal communication was impossible, even if they shouted, while working on or around the system.

The decision to install Acoustiblok® sound abatement material to the bypass system was made after Acoustiblok’s Shawn Saathoff, president/director of Acoustiblok Middle East, evaluated the site and proposed a blanket application of Acoustiblok’s 1/8-inch thick
proprietary viscoelastic polymer with a Sound Transmission Classification (STC) of 26, unmatched in its versatility. Since the bypass system is composed of pipes elevated more than five stories, Acoustiblok’s ease of installation, flexibility, effectiveness, and environmentally friendly properties and made it ideal for the job.

The South Broward WTE facility is owned by Wheelabrator Technologies, an OSHA recognized and award-winning clean energy facilitator. With plants across the United States, Wheelabrator prides itself on its commitment to environmental responsibility. This makes Wheelabrator a natural match for eco-friendly Acoustiblok. The sound proofing material contains no lead, barium, or asbestos. It is UV resistant, impervious to water and mold. Acoustiblok is UL fire rated and classified for wall, floor and ceiling installations as well as industrial applications.

However, while solving the sound abatement issues, a new problem arose. The heat emitted from the compressed steam travelling through the bypass system reaches temperatures as high as 350-degrees. Yet Acoustiblok’s standard application range is 200-degrees before its viscosity is challenged.

After conferring with Thermablok® Sales Professional Steve Hibbens, South Broward WTE Maintenance Manager Paul Benton chose to gird the system with a 5-mm layer of Thermablok insulating material before applying the Acoustiblok.

Thermablok adapts aerogel technology developed by NASA to create the highest insulating material in existence. Composed almost completely of air, aerogel is known as "liquid smoke." Previously, aerogel had been difficult to adapt to most uses because of its fragility. Thermablok overcomes this by using a unique patented fiber to suspend a proprietary formula of aerogel so that it can be bent or compressed while still retaining its amazing insulation properties.

Although this type of project had never been attempted before, both teams gambled successfully on the results of scientific studies performed on both Thermablok and Acoustiblok to determine the best solution to thwart the offending noise and deal with the associated heat issue.

Benton said that the need for noise abatement at the plant had been brewing for some time before the turbine overhaul created the incentive he needed to take action.

One contractor found the extreme, unrelenting howl of the bypass system so difficult to work with, he began to dramatically hike the cost for his crews to work on site.

“Not only had it become a health issue, it had become a financial issue as well,” Benton said. ”Contractors were going to charge more to work here, and employees would have to severely reduce their hours to minimize exposure to the noise.”

The massive pipes were enveloped first in 1,280 square feet of Thermablok High Temp, then in 1,575 square feet of Acoustiblok by a four-man crew from Coastal Insulation in Pompano Beach, FL. Steve Sill, vice president of Coastal Insulation, said the job, which took three weeks to complete, was imposing only because of the sheer size of the system.

“It was challenging in that we were working off lifts higher than five stories,” he said. “But we were surprised how easy the material was to install, and how well it worked.

“We couldn’t believe the difference,” Sill said after the application of Acoustiblok was complete. “We measured a 26-28 dB attenuation, which was significant enough that contractors could actually hold a conversation while standing next to the structure,
whereas before you couldn’t be heard if you screamed.

“This success became even more amazing when the plant manager told us that the factory was running at nearly 50% greater capacity than when the original readings were taken.”

For crews to work under such conditions is actually painful at such a noise level, and studies confirm the adverse health effects of industrial noise pollution on workers in such an environment. Benton, too, was amazed at the results of the black Acoustiblok material seamed with black and yellow Acoustigrip permanent bonding tape, which far surpassed his expectations.

“We wouldn’t have cared if it was magenta with white polka dots, we would use it again, we were so happy with the results,” Benton said.

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8” (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. While other manufacturers of sound proofing materials attempt to stop or absorb sound, Acoustiblok has resolved the problem in a vastly different way:

Through a unique thermodynamic process, Acoustiblok is engineered to transform sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves. One thin layer of Acoustiblok in a standard metal or wood stud wall results in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12” (30.5 cm) of poured concrete. (Certified independent lab results.)

For more information, call Acoustiblok at 813.980.1400, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, or e-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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PRESS RELEASE

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
E-mail: Lizernst@acoustiblok.com
Phone: 813.980.1400 x 210

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