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High Velocity Blower Noise in Pharmaceutical Lab Resolved

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

Santo DOmingo Pharamceutical Lab NoiseSanto Domingo Pharmaceutical Lab blowerSanto Domingo Pharmaceutical noise enclosure

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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Chiller Noise No Longer Problem After Acoustifence Barrier Installed

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

industrial chiller noise quieted with Acoustifence noise barrier materialQuietFiber absorption material covered by aluminum perf helps to quiet industrial chiller noise

(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

the OtoCube®, the first and only fully equipped desktop audio boothacoustiblok soundproofing material shown inside the OtoCube desktop audio boothdiagram of the human ear

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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Noise from Palm Beach County Water Treatment Plant Silenced With Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels®

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 @ 03:59 PM

All Weather Sound Panels quiet water treatment plantnoise is bocked and absorbs with Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels at a water treatment facilityAll Weather Sound Panels surround water treatmen facility blocking noise

MANALAPAN, Florida, March 1, 2012 – Installation of Acoustiblok® “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels at a water treatment plant in the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island community of West Palm Beach is complete, ending an almost year-long battle to quiet noise that was bleeding from the plant into residential areas of the tiny island community.

In March, 2011 residents of the secluded community, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, began complaining about noise from the island’s water treatment plant that was disrupting their tranquil setting. Town officials at first requested the plant be enclosed, but later deemed enclosure impractical and requested other options that would allow the sound insulating structure to be moved or removed, and would also allow easy access to the plant equipment for maintenance and repairs.

They eventually turned to Kurt King, an engineer with West Construction in nearby Lake Worth, to find a solution. King, an expert in creating noise barrier solutions for water treatment plants and other facilities with loud pumps, blowers, compressors, exhausts and industrial machinery, chose to install Acoustiblok’s Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels at the Manalapan Water Treatment facility.

“The kind of equipment used at a water treatment plant can be quite loud,” King said. “In this case, the noise was coming from two sites and bleeding into the adjoining neighborhood.”

Noise at the water treatment plant stemmed from a stand-alone pump station and a separate station with a blower and vacuum pump intake/exhaust, scrubber exhausts, compressors, vents and blow-downs.

With the help of Acoustiblok consultant Marilyn Myers, King designed an assembly of nine Acoustiblok Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels to place around the noisy pump station, and a 14-panel assembly around the exhaust blower site, using a combination of 4 foot x 8 foot and 4 foot x 10 foot panels.  Immediately upon installation, King said the decibel levels were reduced by 70 percent or more.

“In my opinion they worked very well,” King said. “The architect and property owners were very pleased, and the panels suited this job because they are engineered specifically to withstand outdoor elements in some rough weather areas like this one directly on the Atlantic shoreline.”

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., said the Hurricane model of the company’s All Weather Sound Panel was specifically designed for settings like this one on the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island.

“The decision to use Acoustiblok All Weather Hurricane Panels to reduce the industrial noise from this water treatment plant was a win-win for everyone,” Johnson said.

“Whenever you have high maintenance equipment like this, you need sound barriers that allow for easy access to it, and you need a solution that can withstand the high winds, humidity, salt air, dirt, dust, sand and other elements that are unavoidable in an oceanfront environment.

“Extreme dust conditions can disable conventional sound absorbing systems, while these panels are engineered to perform as well in the worst conditions as they do under calm conditions; and since they both block noise and absorb it, you could not have found a more all-inclusive solution to this community’s noise problem,” Johnson said.

About Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels:

Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the Hurricane 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 Hurricane panels are available with an acoustically transparent five milron 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 “Hurricane” 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.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

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Ontario College Installs Acoustiblok to End Noise in Classrooms

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario

ONTARIO, Canada, February 16, 2012 – In response to complaints that noise from the school cafeteria and loud plumbing rendered two classrooms unusable to students and teachers, Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario has installed Acoustiblok® in two classrooms to reduce noise leaking from a busy cafeteria below.

Fleming College Facilities Manager Mike Peart decided to install Acoustiblok 3mm noise abatement material after researching sound deadening products to find an affordable solution, and discussing his options with Steve Hibbens, an acoustical consultant from Acoustiblok, Inc.

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in classroomPeart said that the cafeteria noise was infiltrating the classroom above it through the wall cavity and a series of exhaust vents that acted as a conduit for noise between the floors. This type of noise problem is not uncommon in schools and other public and commercial buildings that were designed and built without acoustical principles in mind.

The noise permeating the classroom created a serious distraction for students and teachers, and eventually the classroom had to be abandoned until the problem could be resolved. Fleming College hired Beavermead Construction of Peterborough to install Acoustiblok on the walls and in the drop ceiling of the first classroom, resulting in a 12 decibel sound decrease.

“The room measured at 58 dBs before we installed Acoustiblok, and it measured at 46 dBs as soon as the installation was complete,” Peart said. “We are really impressed with it; it did exactly what we were told it would do.”

John Kraetzer of Beavermead Construction said the product went in easily, and made such an impact on the noise problem that his company decided to purchase it for another Peterborough project he was working on, a government building that required soundproofing between government building offices and a prayer center that shared a common wall.

“They told us to use a product called Green Glue, but we had already installed the Acoustiblok at Fleming College and I knew how well it worked there, so I decided to use it on this project as well,” Kraetzer said.

“They were thrilled with the results too.”

After the first installation, Peart said he had Acoustiblok installed in a second classroom plagued with noise problems coming from plumbing pipes within the wall, with the same excellent results they had in the first classroom.

“We’re really happy with the Acoustiblok treatments,” Peart said.

Acoustiblok Founder and President Lahnie Johnson says that the Acoustiblok noise abatement material is the perfect solution to classroom noise, particularly in academic buildings designed before architects began taking acoustics into account in their designs.

"The hollow walls and multiple vents between the cafeteria below and the classroom couldn't have been more effective in creating a noise chamber," Johnson said. "This type of design flaw is not uncommon in late 20th century public building design architecture, and many schools are now being forced to address the issue when classrooms become too noisy to be useful.

"We are finding that more and more academic institutions - from elementary schools to universities - are struggling with noise problems that are easily remedied with Acoustiblok."

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 transformed 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, 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 mailto:sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980-1400.

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Acoustifence® Installed at Coca-Cola Plant Cuts Industrial Noise

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 01:55 PM

crew installing acoustifence noise barriernoise barrier made from acoustifence

Above left: Crew installs Acoustifence at Coca Cola plant in Bay City, Michigan. Above right: Completed noise barrier berm featuring Acoustifence.

decibal readings at industrial plant after noise barrier was installeddecibal readings at residence after noise barrier was installed

After installation of Acoustifence, decibel readings at the Coca Cola plant dropped from 89 to 68 decibels (left); and at the adjacent residence, dropped to 42.9 decibels (right)

BAY CITY, Michigan, January 12, 2012 – Coca-Cola has completed installation of Acoustifence® noise barrier fencing along the west perimeter of its Bay City plant, bringing to an abrupt halt those noise issues that had been plaguing neighbors in the surrounding community and attracting local news organizations as the outcry from area residents grew.

Architect Jack Zelazny of Dearborn, Michigan, acting as a consultant to Coca Cola’s contractor Kirco Manix, chose Acoustifence noise barrier fencing for the core of the 300-foot wide noise barrier project designed to alleviate noise from idling delivery trucks at the plant that had been plaguing neighbors in the South End Community.

Zelazny said the initial plan was to construct a 30-foot acoustical metal fence along the perimeter roadway to address the problem, but he nixed the idea in favor of something significantly less expensive and more aesthetically pleasing and to the community’s residents.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate for the neighbors to have to stare at a 30-foot industrial metal fence from their small residential yards,” Zelazny said. “I really wanted to find something more organic and natural.”

After researching sound barrier fencing options, he found Acoustifence, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa Florida, and discussed his options with acoustical consultant Paul Getts of Acoustiblok.  After conferring with Getts, Zelazny moved ahead with construction of a grass covered, 300-foot wide berm that incorporated a nine foot high Acoustifence barrier and landscaping for an attractive roadside aesthetic. The project was completed in the final weeks of December, and both company officials and neighbors rang in the New Year with their new found peace and quiet.

“The Acoustifence went up flawlessly, and it’s not unpleasant to look at,” Zelazny said. “When we covered it with the dark green acoustical fabric covering, it looked natural and organic, as we had hoped.

“But the real surprise was the immediate impact it had on the noise.”

Zelazny said the plant noise measured at 89 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began, and registered at 68 decibels immediately after the Acoustifence went up. His hope was to lower the noise by 20 decibels, a figure that was exceeded at the plant, and more than doubled at the neighboring residence as soon as the Acoustifence was put in place. A reading taken at the adjacent residential property registered in the low to mid 40 decibel range.  

“It exceeded my expectations, I think it exceeded everyone’s expectations,” he said. “The people at Coca Cola are happy with it, and most importantly the neighbors in the surrounding community are happy with it.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of Acoustifence in the bottling plant’s noise barrier berm was the soft drink company’s best alternative for significantly reducing noise, and respecting the surrounding community’s call for peace and quiet.

“I think Coca Cola acted quickly and responded to the area’s residents as a good corporate neighbor should,” Johnson said. “It’s particularly important that they sought out a serious noise blocking option while respecting the fact that neighboring residents 

would be living with whatever solution they chose, and viewing it every day – some from their own back yards.”

Acoustifence was designed to address outdoor noise pollution in residential communities, or any community that cares about its appearance.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure.  Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 49 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway and high speed rail environments, construction sites, and industrial plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet. Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

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

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QuietFiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at La Sirena

Posted by Liz Ernst on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

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Power outages are a common occurrence in the Dominican Republic, and industrial noise pollution from emergency generators is a growing concern. One DC generator designer is using QuietFiber noise absorbing material to lower the decibel levels at the La Serena superstore in Higuey.

HIGUEY, Dominican Republic, January 3, 2011 – Installation of QuietFiber® noise absorbing material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed La Sirena superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

QuietFiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the store’s industrial power systems room that houses the massive emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The industrial generators, designed and installed by Santo Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Carlos Montas, Edelca owner and Acoustiblok representative in the Dominican Republic, used QuietFiber for the first time at the recommendation of acoustical specialist Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, on the La Sirena project. Montas, who has been installing his trademark "industrial art" generator systems – known for their bold colors and clean, modern, high gloss appearance — for more than 20 years, says noise from these generators is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have some level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montas said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and QuietFiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montas and his crew were able to easily cut the QuietFiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.  

The La Sirena chain of Wal-Mart-size shopping warehouses dotting the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic provide one-stop shopping for locals and tourists.  The sound deadening qualities of QuietFiber will help to protect the store’s 300-plus employees, and countless tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

“The product is great, more than I had hoped for,” Montas said. “We plan on using QuietFiber on all our future projects as well, we’re that happy with it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of QuietFiber in the La Sirena structure was perfect for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete-walled generator room.

“QuietFiber was designed with this type of environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case is the concrete walls, you need a product with proven sound absorption qualities.

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 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.

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.

QuietFiber is also 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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Acoustifence® Noise Barrier Cuts Restaurant Exhaust Fan Noise In Half

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 04:23 PM

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Using 4 x 4 posts and Acoustifence material, Provincetown, Massachusetts contractor Deborah Paine built a framed noise barrier to block the ear-piercing sound emanating from a Restaurant situated just feet away from a neighboring three-story apartment building.

PROVINCETOWN, MASS (USA), SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – Residents of a small apartment building set just three-feet from the high decibel exhaust fan of a neighboring restaurant are sleeping easier tonight, thanks to a newly constructed sound barrier utilizing Acoustifence noise abatement material that cut the noise in half.

After discussing soundproofing options with Steve Hibbens, an acoustical consultant at Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, Provincetown building contractor Deborah Paine, who happens to reside in the affected apartment building, collaborated with the building’s owner and the owner of Sal’s Place Restaurant to design and build a noise barrier enclosure around the fan. Using pressure treated wood to create a support structure for the Acoustifence soundproofing material, Paine built a nine-foot-tall structure, with a hinged door to provide access for maintenance of the fan, and an exhaust port at the top of the unit facing the street, to provide unrestricted air flow.

The 1600 CFM industrial exhaust fan was installed midsummer, when Massachusetts was already experiencing record-breaking temperatures exceeding 97-degrees. Measuring 75 decibels, the fan was so loud that apartment residents had to close their windows despite the scorching weather just to get relief from the noise and greasy air blasting directly at their apartments from the fan.

Paine, owner of Deborah Paine, Inc., a design/build firm in neighboring Truro Massachusetts, says she has designed and installed soundproofing in previous projects over the years. She decided to use Acoustifence, a product of the Acoustiblok Corporation, for the first time with this project.

“We have purchased noise attenuation material from a Connecticut company in the past, but they’re phenomenally expensive and it turns out that the Acoustifence is a better quality material and more resilient than what we had purchased from the Connecticut company in the past,” she said.

The results, Paine says, are even better than they had hoped for.

“We can open our windows, and we can sleep at night,” Paine said of the 50- to 60-percent noise reduction provided by the single layer Acoustifence noise barrier. Paine used a decibel reader to capture before and after noise levels, which measured 72- to 75-decibels before the Acoustifence noise barrier was put in place, and 62-decibels after.

“We’re still aware of it, and we are considering adding a layer of QuietFiber to the area immediately surrounding the fan to cut the sound even more, but we’re very happy with the 12- to 15-decibel reduction we have already.”

Translated in terms of perceived sound, a 12-decibel reduction cuts the noise level by 56.4-percent, and a 15-decibel reduction cuts noise by 64.64-percent.

“This is a creative and effective application for Acoustifence, which ordinarily can be hung on an existing fence,” said Lahnie Johnson, president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Acoustifence is a perfect choice for this type of industrial noise, which is so disruptive to the peace and quiet of close neighbors. Ms. Paine thought this project out carefully and thoroughly in order to create a solution that would benefit all three stories of this apartment building, all of which were exposed to the exasperating fan noise.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure.  Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

Acoustiblok, Inc. now has available high quality landscape attachments which fit directly over the Acoustifence to provide a realistic landscape appearance. A variety of landscape attachments are available to choose from, including floral gardens, green meadows, English garden walls, and other scenic illustrations to blend into any natural backdrop or enhance an unfinished yard or property.

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 49 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway and high speed rail environments, construction sites, and industrial plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet. Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit the website, call 813-980-1400, or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustiblok Wallcover Used Used in A/V Recording Room at Hillsborough Community College

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 04:13 PM

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Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed in a classroom on the HCC campus, converting the room to a soundproof recording studio without removing drywall. Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed directly on top of the existing drywall, making it a no-construction soundproofing project that was completed in two days.

 

TAMPA, Florida, September 12, 2011 – Faced with the need to create a soundproof environment for sensitive audio and video recording projects, officials at Hillsborough Community College’s Corporate Training Center on Davis Islands transformed a small classroom into a soundproof recording studio by installing Acoustiblok Wallcover® on top of the existing drywall.

The HCC recording studio, which took less than two days to complete, marked the first-ever commercial application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover.

Acoustiblok-Wallcover is the first scientifically designed noise reduction solution available that is applied directly on top of existing wall surfaces (including concrete). It installs easily with adhesive spray and requires just two or three people to align and hang it properly, making it a perfect DIY project for silencing any room.

Years in the making, Acoustiblok Wallcover incorporates a unique aerospace nanotechnology laminate which provides the acoustical breakthrough needed for this type of application.

The recording room is used for creating e-learning materials for the Hillsborough Community College faculty and staff, according to HCC Technical Specialist Steve Barry.

“We record video and audio, and create multimedia components to use in lessons,” Barry said.

“Some of the work we do is for corporate clients. We have boom mics, a high-definition video camera, professional lighting, and a souped-up high-end PC to create professional multimedia audio and video interactive presentations.”

The equipment is also used to conduct live webinars for the HCC community and for open-enrollment students.

Two HCC maintenance staff members attached the Acoustiblok Wallcover material to the room’s four walls using spray adhesive. A simple box cutter was used to create cutouts for electrical sockets and light switch panels. Each section was aligned directly to each other, with one installer working from the top and one from the bottom to align and press the material securely to the wall.

Acoustiblok-Wallcover’s silver fabric finish was painted a pale yellow, rendering the noise barrier material undetectable. HCC was the first to install Acoustiblok-Wallcover, an option that spared them the expense and mess of removing the existing drywall to attach Acoustiblok’s traditional 3mm noise abatement material directly to the studs, which would have required hanging new drywall, and time-consuming permitting and bureaucratic red tape.

“The Acoustiblok-Wallcover has been great at keeping out the noise from people in the hallway and the surrounding offices,” Barry said. “Noises at that decibel range are now almost nonexistent; the room is far superior to what we had before this installation.”

Barry said that once the trim and caulking was completed, a coat of paint gave the room the polished look that they were after.

Before installing the Acoustiblok Wallcover, Acoustiblok’s standard 3mm sound abatement material was installed in the room’s ceiling to block noise from above, creating the serious level of soundproofing necessary for recording.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says the application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover in the HCC sound room, and the standard 3mm Acoustiblok material laid inside the ceiling tiles provides a perfect example for achieving substantial results with minimal skilled labor and investment.

“We are happy to help colleges and universities achieve successful soundproofing in projects like this one at HCC, and are thrilled that our new Acoustiblok Wallcover provided the sound barrier they needed for this recording studio, without any need to tear out walls or hire additional contractors,” Johnson said.

“Before the development of Acoustiblok Wallcover, no scientifically proven noise barrier solution existed that could be applied to an existing wall.”

 

About Acoustiblok-Wallcover:

Acoustiblok Wallcover’s flexible material measures approximately ¼-inch thick, and is available in 4-foot by 8-foot and 4-foot by 10-foot sections. Weighing about one pound per square foot, Acoustiblok-Wallcover is fairly heavy, which is why it takes two or three people to install. A simple box cutter is all that is needed to create cutouts for electric sockets and light switch panels.

Recent certified laboratory tests have proven that adding just one layer of Acoustiblok-Wallcover to one side of a wall resulted in a sound transmission classification (STC) of 53, providing more noise reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete (STC 51).

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company’s use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips earned recognition in NASA’s Spin-off prodcts Magazine.

For more information on Acoustiblok-Wallcover, or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, call 813.980.1400, or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

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