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Acoustiblok Donates Wallcover Noise Abatement Material to Children’s Home

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:55 AM

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Left: Volunteer cuts Acoustiblok Wallcover to size; Center, Bellewood residential cottages are home to abused and neglected children from across Kentucky; Right: Children from birth to age 21 have had a second chance at better lives through Bellewood.)

TAMPA, Florida, November 5, 2012, 2012 – Tampa-based Acoustiblok, Inc. has donated its noise reducing Acoustiblok Wallcover® material to the Bellewood Home for Children in Anchorage Kentucky, to block noise from the campus’s multi-machine laundry room from passing through a common wall and into the facility’s therapy room. Installation of the Acoustiblok Wallcover effectively reduced noise in the therapy room by 10 decibels, which translates to a perceived volume reduction of 50 percent.

The donated Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed last week as part of a large-scale project to restore and improve the facility’s five residential cottages, recreational areas and common buildings, and to improve safety and enhance Bellewood Home’s village setting.

For 163 years, Bellewood Home has provided a safe haven for thousands of abused, neglected and homeless children from across Kentucky.

Lahnie Johnson, President and Founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says he is proud that the company was able to contribute the noise blocking qualities of Acoustiblok Wallcover to the ambitious renovation project at Bellewood.

“When you have noise from commercial machines such as those in the facility’s laundry room passing through a common wall into the therapy room, it can be detrimental to the children’s therapeutic or remedial treatments,” Johnson says. “Noise is known to cause a myriad of problems in therapeutic settings, including stress, inability to focus, and other problems.

“This is a wonderful use of Acoustiblok Wallcover, and the community volunteers on the Bellewood renovation project were able to use it because it could be installed directly over the existing drywall, so no demolition or costly construction process was required.”

For more information on Acoustiblok Wallcover or any of Acoustiblok’s noise abatement products, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-965-4373. 

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.

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QuietFiber Sound Absorbing Material Becomes Art in Home Theater

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

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ASPEN, Colorado, May 9, 2012 –Decorative artist Bryan Melillo and his partner  Bruce Czopek of  Interior Art Design - MelilloCzopek Artisans, have created classic movie poster-inspired artwork in an upscale Lake Tahoe residential home theater with QuietFiber®, a noise absorbing material from Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc. used to absorb reverberant noise in acoustically sensitive spaces, such as this state-of-the-art home theater.

When Lake Tahoe Architect and Designer Craig Bonds designed the home theater in the private residence, he framed and hung the 4 foot x 4 foot pieces of QuietFiber to provide the acoustic treatment desired within the space, while maintaining its minimalist design. Once hung, however, Bonds was less than thrilled with the bland result, which resembled “framed white paper,”

Bonds called in Melillo and Czopek, and asked the artists to create some space-appropriate artwork with the already-framed acoustical material, and what they came up with surprised everyone: four vivid movie poster-style pieces that add color and texture to the space and reflect a bit of the homeowner’s taste in films, sketched and painted directly onto the QuietFiber – no canvass necessary.

“We wanted to be careful not to interfere with the acoustical properties of the QuietFiber, so we just used charcoal pencils, colored pencils and small amounts of acrylic paint to get the authentic movie poster look we were after,” Melillo said.

The artists also used tiny amounts of water with the colored pencils to create a bit of a water color effect in some places, with spot-on results.

“Bruce and I have never worked on a project like this before, so we approached it cautiously using mostly water-based mediums on the QuietFiber. It worked beautifully, and we are excited about the thought of doing more of these for home theater spaces in the future.”

QuietFiber, which can be hung on any wall or hidden underneath curtains, tapestries, on top of shelves or tabletops to provide noise absorption in spaces susceptible to reverberant noise has. QuietFiber has been used decoratively in clubs, restaurants, private residences and other spaces in need of a sound abatement solution that worked with the space’s existing décor. By cutting the QuietFiber to the appropriate wall size and then covering it with fabric to coordinate with the space’s existing décor, QuietFiber instantly doubles as a sound deadening treatment and wall art.

The four completed QuietFiber art pieces include scenes from the movies “Pulp Fiction,” “The Guns of Navarone,” “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke,” at the request of the homeowner.

“We can create these QueitFiber art pieces for any movie the client would like,” Melillo said. “I think these are a great alternative to boring sound panels.

“Who wouldn’t rather have authentic-looking movie posters in fine art form doubling as acoustic panels in their space?”

Acoustiblok Founder and President Lahnie Johnson says the QuietFiber-as-art concept is one he has been working to make available since launching QuietFiber in 2011.

“We launched our QuietFiber material with this type of application in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues in well-appointed residences or businesses like this magnificent Lake Tahoe residence, you can’t hang ordinary sound abatement products because, although they serve a functional purpose, they aren’t necessarily going to look good in the space.

“QuietFiber is the only sound damping product on the market that can be directly painted or airbrushed on to create a complementary design element in any space. You have the sound abatement properties you need, in a product that can be completely disguised as an artistic element within the space.”

High sound absorbency QuietFiber is a two-inch thick interior/exterior noise solution that can also be cut to fit and simply hot glued underneath a bar, cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, behind a wall tapestry or curtains. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of cabinets, or anywhere else that reverberant noise and echo is a problem.  Easily cut to size with a serrated knife, QuietFiber can be concealed almost anywhere.

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

QuietFiber® is used extensively for industrial noise reduction in large diesel generator rooms. It is also the answer to any space in need of a quick noise fix. QuietFiber is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with expensive sound panels.

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100 percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the USA.

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

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Restaurant Noise Silenced with QuietFiber®

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 @ 10:25 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), April 7, 2011 – It’s no secret that trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant can be irritating. Now researchers are saying that background clatter is diminishing the flavor of your food too.  That's according to a January, 2011 study in the journal “Food Quality and Preference” named “Effect of background noise on food perception," by Mark Woods, et al.

Featured in a Scientific American magazine article, the study concludes that background sound diminishes the gustatory system - the sensory system for the sense of taste sense - of certain food properties (saltiness, sweetness). Previous studies have also shown that noise can interfere with how the brain processes smell, which can diminish the appetite. Either way, the news is not good for loud restaurants.

When it comes to planning the interior design of any restaurant, it is not uncommon for noise to be overlooked among the long list of aesthetic essentials that combine to make it a successful establishment.  More often than not, restaurateurs open their doors to a painstakingly planned décor, menu, staff and service, only to discover that poor acoustics are creating an unpleasant environment for their patrons.

Noise is one of the top issues in restaurants, particularly with today’s modern interior treatments of choice, most often hard surface tile, stone, wood, and furnishings that might be beautiful to the eye, but have an altogether irritating effect on the ear. The shapes of ceilings and walls, spatial arrangements, materials installed and construction methods used can dramatically affect a restaurant’s interior acoustics.

As the number of patrons in the restaurant or bar area increases, noise quickly escalates as all strive to hear and be heard in a hard surface, reverberant room.

In today’s challenging economy, restaurant owners and managers have enough to contend with when it comes to beating the competition. When noise is a problem, it can be disastrous to even the most vigilantly tended establishment.  Unscientific surveys indicate that patrons don’t complain about noise, they simply don’t return.

QuietFiber®, the newest noise reduction product from Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc., is the answer to restaurant owners who need a quick 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 covering walls with expensive sound panels.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber is a two-inch thick DIY interior noise solution that can be cut to fit and simply hot glued underneath the bar, cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, behind a wall tapestry or curtains. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of cabinets, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and peaceful surroundings are a must.  Easily cut to size with a serrated knife, Quiet Fiber can be concealed almost anywhere.

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

“Before we made QuietFiber available as a DIY sound reduction material that anyone can install in any interior space, noise was a costly problem to resolve in restaurants” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “We wanted to offer a DIY product that could be installed quickly, easily, non-invasively and affordably, and we have it in QuietFiber; anyone can do it, it even works great in your home.”

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the USA.

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

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Vinod Sharma named Director of Engineering for Acoustiblok, Inc.

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 @ 04:57 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), March 31, 2011 – Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., has named Vinod Sharma Director of Engineering.

Sharma’s duties will include involvement in engineering, design, product development, research and manufacturing for the company’s line of sound abatement products under the Acoustiblok® label, and the company’s Thermablok® aerogel thermal insulation products.

As Director of Engineering for Acoustiblok, Sharma will participate in determining the business’s strategy and vision, and for engineering consultancy and global business operations.

Sharma, a native of Jaipur, India, moved to Tampa from Brunei in 1998. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in consulting, design engineering and project management for industrial, governmental and public agencies in the U.S., India and Brunei.

Sharma earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Jaipur, India.

About Acoustiblok:

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

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations.  Available internationally, Acoustiblok was awarded first place in England’s Sound Abatement Competition, presented at the British House of Commons.

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

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Launches QuietFiber, a DIY Noise Reduction Solution

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 04:21 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), March 24, 2011Acoustiblok, Inc. has launched a do-it-yourself sound reduction product, Quiet Fiber®, the newest of Acoustiblok’s award-winning sound abatement offerings.

What makes QuietFiber unique among Acoustiblok’s range of sound deadening products is its ease of installation; no tearing down drywall, no hiring contractors. In fact, all that is needed is a serrated knife, a glue gun, and (if you want to camouflage the product) remnant fabric, which can easily be wrapped around the QuietFiber and hot-glued in place.

In today’s world of hard surface tile, stone and wood interiors of homes and restaurants, interior noise can be especially problematic. The only solution to this is adding as much sound absorbing material into the room as possible; adding area rugs and heavy drapes rarely delivers any serious level of sound dampening or noise control.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber, can be installed anywhere in the home, a restaurant, or other space that needs a non-invasive DIY interior noise fix. Once cut to size, the product can be concealed almost anywhere, secured in place by nothing more than a hot glue gun.

QuietFiber can be cut to size to fit underneath cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, or behind a wall tapestry. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of a cabinet, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and aesthetics are a must.

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

“You can install it anywhere, it’s an easy DIY project that provides the kind of sound attenuation that most of us demand, whether we are eating a meal in a restaurant or in your own kitchen,” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the U.S.A

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

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Acoustiblok Sound Panels Quiet George Bush International Airport

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

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Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels Installed to Quiet Conveyor Noise at George Bush International Airport

HOUSTON, Texas, February 16, 2011 – Controlling conveyor noise at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston became a serious issue when airport TSA staff complained that the clamor emanating from a conveyor system near their station was making communication impossible during normal work routines.

Vanderlande Industries U.S., Inc., who installed the conveyor system at the airport in 2004, was asked recently to correct the noise problem six years after the conveyor system went in. 

In November 2010, Vanderlande contractors installed Acoustiblok® “All Weather Sound Panels” in the space between the conveyor and the TSA work area, immediately deadening the conveyor-caused sound reverberations and allowing TSA workers the ability to speak and carry out their duties without interruption.

Carl Morris, senior project manager for Vanderlande Industries, said the Acoustiblok panels created a significant improvement in the work area for airport staff.

“The Acoustiblok is doing a great job, they can hear better and talk to each other at a much more normal level,” Morris said.

Conveyor systems like the one used in the George Bush Airport to move baggage from the terminal to aircrafts, are notorious sources of non-stop noise. On any conveyor system, for instance, factors such as speed and the number of moving parts affect the decibel level (dBA) of the sound.

Normal conversation is about 45 decibels. Various conveyors operate at different decibel levels, depending on type, construction, use with other equipment and placement in a facility. Many produce noise in the mid-70s to low-80s decibel range, according to material-handling sources. OSHA's noise limit is 85 decibels at ear level.

The conveyor at George Bush Airport was emitting noise levels that, while not high enough to be damaging to the staff’s hearing, were high enough to interfere with normal levels of conversation.

Some acoustical barriers prevent transmission of sound between the noise source and the employee, but the sound is reflected back toward the source instead of being absorbed. As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually “transforms” the acoustical energy into “inaudible friction energy.”

Airport officials all over the world are working to find ways to reduce high noise levels in their terminals.  The new, $150 million Sikhuphe International Airport in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa addressed the problem in advance by designing Acoustiblok into the terminal’s construction.

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing industrial and transportation noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

Adding a 3mm layer of the UL-approved Acoustiblok increases a standard stud wall’s soundproofing factor by more than 98-percent. Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis with the same STC sound reduction rating.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit our website at www.Acoustiblok.com, call us at 813.980.1400, or e-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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