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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

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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

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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 

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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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