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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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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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All Weather Sound Panels® Resolve Generator Noise at LDS Temple

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 11:55 AM

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VANCOUVER, BC, October 22, 2012 – Raicor Contracting, Ltd. earned the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau’s Outstanding Project of the Year 2012 award for the visually spectacular LDS Temple located about 50 miles southeast of Vancouver in Langley, BC.  Included in the project’s flawless design are Acoustiblok’s All Weather Sound Panels, custom fit to create a clean, architecturally attractive noise barrier for the Temple’s roofless ancillary building that houses an industrial generator and HVAC systems.

Project Manager Timo Orava of Raicor worked with acoustic specialist Steve Hibbens, who recommended the All Weather Sound Panels for the project. Not only did the Temple officials want the noise reduced for Church members to worship in peace and quiet, the solution had to offer a clean, architecturally attractive appearance in keeping with the meticulously designed interior.

The LDS Temple which was built in the spirit of Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament, according to Orava. Extreme care was taken not only in the design, but in the execution, which took more than three years to complete.

“The LDS Temple is an inspiring monument that Church leaders wanted built to perfection, right down to the very last detail,” Orava says. “It’s a visually stunning structure built to last, ideally, for hundreds of years.

“Church leaders’ interest was in getting a completed structure that is pleasing to God’s eye, and nothing less would suffice.”

The project was challenging for Orava’s team at Raicor because of the extremely high building standards in place, and the Temple leaders’ meticulous requirements. With a zero-tolerance for deficiencies, from the drywall to the wall sconces, the project demanded faultless workmanship. Orava said the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels were no exception, and needed to fit exacting specifications in the structure.

“One-eighth of an inch off anywhere, and they would not have fit,” he said. “But the Acoustiblok team custom cut and finished each panel to the exact dimensions, and they all fit together flawlessly.”

Nineteen standard 4 foot x 8 foot panels and 13 custom sized panels were used to create the precision noise barrier that Temple leaders wanted; clean, aesthetically pleasing, and most important, effective.

“After the panels went in, the noise issue was resolved, which was surprising because the building that houses this noisy industrial equipment has no roof,” Orava says. “The noise is no longer a problem.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says the All Weather Sound Panels  are different from other conventional sound panels. In addition to being able to stand up to the most extreme environments, they not only absorb virtually all sound but they also contain a layer of Acoustiblok material which provides exceptional noise blockage.

The sound absorbency of the panel brings down substantially the acoustical energy around the generator and chiller by eliminating all sound reflections in the area, while the Acoustiblok material in the panel allows it to also be an excellent sound barrier. These qualities make the All Weather Sound Panels a perfect fit for the LDS Temple, where they will perform at their full potential in the Northwest Canadian environment.

“Vancouver experiences some real weather extremes, which these panels are built for,” Johnson says.

“In addition, when they are worked into an architectural design with this kind of precision and attention to detail, they offer an enhanced aesthetic when appearance is important, as it was here.”

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

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.

Washable, 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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High Velocity Blower Noise in Pharmaceutical Lab Resolved

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, October 11, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc., announced today that the recent installation of Acoustiblok noise blocking material and QuietFiber sound absorbing material at the Ethical Labs production plant in Santo Domingo has provided enough noise abatement to lower noise levels in a louvered structure housing industrial high velocity blowers by 71 percent.

The Acoustiblok and QuietFiber installation, conducted by Carlos Montas, the Dominican Republic representative for Acoustiblok, Inc., lowered decibel levels from 80dB to 62dB, even with a portion of the louvers remaining open.

Montas, owner of Edelca – the industrial power engineering company that prepared the electrical system of the entire pharmaceutical production plant – says the project required layering Acoustiblok 3mm soundproofing material in the structure first, followed by a layer of QuietFiber sound absorbing material on top of the Acoustiblok, on both the interior walls and door of the metal structure.

Representatives of Ethical Labs said they were thrilled with the results, which took the unbearably loud blower noise down to a decibel level that was no longer a distraction to anyone.

“We are totally impressed with how well the products worked,” says Carlos Mendez of Ethical Labs. “When the project was half way done we could already hear a difference, it’s amazing.”

Montas, who designs and installs industrial emergency generators throughout the Caribbean’s coastal regions, installs QuietFiber in all of his projects to deaden industrial noise.  Both the Acoustiblok and Quiet Fiber materials are easily cut to fit around electric conduits, and secured to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.

The sound deadening qualities of the layered Acoustiblok and QuietFiber materials will help to protect the pharmaceutical plant’s employees and visitors from the high volume industrial noise contained within the enclosure.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that the application of Acoustiblok and QuietFiber in the louvered structure housing the blowers was the best possible solution for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from within.

“Both Acoustiblok and QuietFiber are designed to withstand this type of hot, humid environment,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing this type of industrial noise within a louvered structure, you need a layer of noise blocking material, which the Acoustiblok material provides, and a layer of noise absorbing material, which QuietFiber provides.

"Combined, you have proven maximum noise abatement, high temperature rating for fire blocking, and hydrophobic (resistant to moisture) qualities that make the solution a success.”

For more information visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), Email (sales@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.

About QuietFiber:

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.

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.

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Acoustiblok Names Alan Peterson New England Manufacturing Rep

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 04:30 PM

Alan Peterson

TAMPA, Florida, September 20, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc. Founder and President Lahnie Johnson this week approved a working agreement with Alan Peterson as Acoustiblok’s manufacturing representative for Acoustiblok in New England. Peterson, owner of A.E. Peterson & Associates in Bedford, New Hampshire, will represent Acoustiblok sound abatement products in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Peterson, a native of Boston, attended Northeastern University before establishing himself in commercial aluminum window & doors sales, specializing in acoustical, hurricane, and historical windows. He founded A.E. Peterson & Associates in 1982, working with architects in New England, California, Texas, Florida and Georgia on finding solutions to noise problems in and around airports, trains, highways and other industrial settings where noise levels can reach 110 decibels. Peterson’s company also focuses on treating buildings in coastal areas where hurricane conditions exist, as well as some of the country’s oldest industrial buildings, with highly specialized historical aluminum windows.

Acoustiblok is a natural extension of Peterson’s product offerings, designed to fight noise pollution in some of the most extreme settings. Acoustiblok provides sound abatement materials for indoor and outdoor use to address noise issues in industrial, commercial and residential applications. 

“Alan Peterson is a respected and sought after acoustical door and window expert in a highly specialized niche,” Johnson says. “His expertise and his work with architects in New England and nationwide fits perfectly with Acoustiblok’s ongoing expansion throughout the U.S.

“Few people have spent the past 30-plus years participating in and developing serious noise abatement products; Mr. Peterson is a pioneer, and he exemplifies the high caliber sales professionals who contribute to Acoustiblok’s exponential growth.” 

For more information on Acoustiblok products, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email Alan Peterson, or call Alan Peterson at 603-472-8454.

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, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Chiller Noise No Longer Problem After Acoustifence Barrier Installed

Posted by Liz Ernst on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 05:56 PM

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(L) A 24 foot tall, three sided Acoustifence barrier was installed around the industrial chiller on an existing chain link fence. (R) The top 10 feet of the adjacent Festival Foods warehouse-sized store is treated with QuietFiber to prevent sound reflection over the top of the chiller barrier.

SHEBOYGEN, Wisconsin, April 30, 2012 – Installation of a 24-foot noise barrier utilizing Acoustifence outdoor sound abatement material at the new Sheboygan Festival Foods store is complete, ending complaints from nearby residents over extreme levels of noise leaking from the store’s industrial refrigeration chillers into the community.

Folks in Sheboygen were celebrating when the popular Wisconsin-based Festival Foods grocery chain opened the 70,000 square foot mega store here on September 16, 2011. Less than two weeks later, the community’s warm welcome had grown icy as neighbors began to complain about noise from the store’s industrial refrigeration chiller that was so loud, it violated the city’s noise ordinance.  

Festival Foods enlisted the help of Acoustical Engineer Eric Wolfram of Milwaukee-based Scott R. Riedel & Associates, LTD, who consulted with Acoustiblok’s Jay Boland to choose Acoustifence noise barrier material, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. of Tampa Florida, to bring the decibel level down below the legal threshold and restore peace and quiet to the neighboring community.

When Wolfram first investigated the site in September, decibel readings ranged between 78.4 and 90.7, loud enough to be a risk for noise-related health problems to nearby residents and workers, had they been subjected to the noise over time. The Sheboygan Department of City Development demanded the level be reduced by at least five decibels, Wolfram said.

“The existing refrigeration pump and motor systems produce extreme noise levels,” Wolfram said. “This noise reverberates within the sheet-metal paneled enclosure interior and escapes through several different exhaust and ventilation openings.

“Additional noise was generated by the cooling and exhaust fans mounted above the enclosure.”

Working with sound consultants from Acoustiblok, Inc., Wolfram designed a two-step solution, creating a barrier with Acoustifence noise deadening material to block noise around the massive system, and incorporating another Acoustiblok product, QuietFiber, to help reduce sound from reflecting off of the taller adjacent building behind the chillers.

Minimal structural changes were required, as the ⅛- inch Acoustifence was easily attached to an existing chain link fence and the outdoor-rated QuietFiber with a perforated metal cover was capconed to the building.

The results were better than Wolfram had hoped, with decibel levels reduced to 57.3 the moment the barrier was in place – well below the City’s legal threshold, and more than 20 decibels lower than before the Acoustiblok products were installed. Neighbors are no longer bombarded with the irritating chiller noise, now replaced with the ordinary ambient sounds that existed before.

Sounds from local traffic and roadways exceeded that of the compressor equipment after installation of the Acoustifence and QuietFiber products,” Wolfram said.

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., applauded Festival Foods’ quick action in addressing the noise complaints right away, stating that the product combination was the perfect solution for this particular type of noise challenge.

“The Acoustifence and QuietFIber treatments were the perfect solution for the Festival Foods chiller noise, as both of these materials are designed to hold up in inclement weather, and as you can see from the results, they do their job well beyond everyone’s expectations,” Johnson said. “The Acoustifence and Quiet Fiber are also substantially less costly than attempting a structural enclosure solution.”

For more information on industrial noise solutions, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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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.

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Acoustiblok USA Announces Australia Distributor

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 09:21 AM

Steve Noaln Austraila Distributor for Acoustiblok Soundproofing Materials

BRISBANE, Australia, April 18, 2012 – Acoustiblok USA announced this week that it has teamed with Stephen Nolan of Brisbane to be the sound abatement material company’s main distributor for Australia.

Developed to address a lack of effective and available soundproofing material options in Australia, Nolan saw the opportunity to make Acoustiblok products available to Australians who are ready to address noise pollution problems in their homes and yards, businesses, schools, hospitals, and anywhere noise is a problem.

“Not many sound proofing products are available in this part of the world, so it is about time we changed that,” Nolan said. “Acoustiblok has been tested by independent laboratories in the U.S., which offers testimony to the product’s effectiveness.

“There’s a safety net there that you know the product is going to work.”

Nolan says he expects one Acoustiblok product in particular, Acoustifence, will be sought after to address outdoor noise pollution caused by the mining and rail industries, in addition to other outdoor noise problems like highway traffic, noisy generators, HVAC units, pump systems, industrial plants, barking dogs, and noisy neighbors.

Noise pollution in Australia, like most of the developed world, has reached epidemic levels. One in six Australians has suffered from hearing loss, 37 percent due to noise exposure. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 50 percent, according to Australian Government Hearing Services.  

“Sound and noise levels over the past 10 years have become a major health and lifestyle issue to Australians,” Nolan says. “Suddenly, everything in Australia has gotten bigger – highways, cities, even the television sets in peoples’ living rooms. Properties are built in close proximity and subdivisions are common due to the ever-growing population and housing demand.”

These elements, according to Nolan, are stripping many Australians of privacy, peace and quiet, and over time, good health. Studies have linked exposure to noise to heart disease, stroke, sleep disorders, elevated blood pressure, and inability to concentrate. Children exposed to noise regularly are shown to have lower test scores and heightened rates of distraction.

“This is where Acoustiblok products come in and nine times out of 10, Acoustiblok products are the solution,” Nolan says.”

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., says the new distributorship in Brisbane is a welcome addition to Acoustiblok’s international expansion.

“We’re very pleased to have Stephen Nolan as our Australia distributor,” Johnson says. “Australian consumers and businesses alike can benefit from Acoustiblok, especially now with inventory on hand and easily obtainable to solve noise problems of every size.”

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 Australia website, Email steve@acoustiblokau.com.au, or call 0431 576 667 or 07 3907 0076.

 

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Design Breakthrough: Portable Audio Device for Cochlear Implant Testing Incorporates Acoustiblok

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 04:34 PM

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GOUDA, The Netherlands, March 21, 2012 – Noise control engineers from ABC International Trade B.V., in concert with engineers at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Akoestische Bouw Constructies BV., have incorporated Acoustiblok® noise abatement material into the design of the OtoCube®, the first and only fully equipped desktop audio booth for testing and calibrating the cochlear implants of deaf individuals.

A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to people who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. Audiologists currently use test rooms or screening booths that measure between five feet and six feet tall to measure and calibrate CI devices to suit each individual patient’s level of deafness, sensitivity, and CI performance.

By simply connecting the OtoCube via a computer USB port, it is ready to perform all audio logical tests available through its large-scale, non-portable predecessors. In order to meet the standards for blocking ambient noise that would make this portable unit as effective as the large booths, engineers at the University of Antwerp and ABC B.V. applied a 3mm layer of Acoustiblok noise blocking material within the unit, creating a sound insulation layer without adding weight or taking up too much space within the small box.

Development of the OtoCube was based on an idea from Paul J. Govaerts, MD of the Eargroup in Antwerp, and with a grant (European subvention) from Belgium-based Otoconsult (7FP-SME-2266 Opti-Fox) to improve the standards of CI-fitting.

“This is a very small audio logical box into which the receiver portion of the CI is placed and then connected to the deaf patient,” said Haico van Oosten, a Research and Development Engineer in the University of Antwerp’s Biomedical Physics department.  

“To perform the testing, it must be quiet in this box, but finding the right material for the sound insulation portion of the design was a difficult task.

“We were able to achieve the overall sound insulation, light weight, and slim design we were after, and an overall sound insulation level of 40 to 60 dBs after the installation of Acoustiblok,” van Oosten said. “Acoustiblok was just what we needed.”

The OtoCube weighs less than 15 kg (33 pounds), according to Ad Vreeswijk, ABC International Trading B.V.’s General Manager Europe. The sound insulation qualities of the Acoustiblok, Vreeswijk says, help the OtoCube set a new standard in precision, usability, and sound insulation for ambient noise.

Programming a cochlear implant is a technical intervention, which is done only by a trained audiologist. Achieving the best possible programming of the bio-electrical device is the audiologist’s primary goal when testing and calibrating each individual’s cochlear implant. The OtoCube provides a portable device that can reach many patients when access to a testing booth is impractical or impossible.

The OtoCube prototype, currently being clinically tested in several European clinics, is expected to be marketed by 2013.

There are approximately 240,000 cochlear implant recipients worldwide, including 41,500 adults and more than 30,000 children in the U.S. Only one in approximately 130 people around the world who could benefit from a cochlear implant has received one. However, since 2004, U.S. health policies have been put in place to increase CI recipients by 10 percent.

ABC International Trade B.V. is a sound designer and manufacturer of sound-insulating and soundproofing products for industrial and civil construction, and Acoustiblok’s distributor in The Netherlands. ABC manufactures products in Asia, and is a dealer-supplier in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. The company’s most recent self-developed products include noise decoupled wall ties and backstage noise barrier systems for theaters. Established in 1996, ABC Sound is a partner of ABC International Trading B.V. and Acoustical Partners B.V., offering high quality soundproofing and sound absorbing products throughout Europe and Asia. For more information, visit the ABC International Trade B.V. website.

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 will 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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