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Ceres Police Dept. Installs Acoustiblok in Interrogation/Interview Rooms

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Ceres Police Department

Acoustiblok noise barrier material provided the level of privacy and sound proofing needed for police officials, crime victims and witnesses without fear of being overheard outside of the department’s interview and interrogation rooms.

CERES, California, July 11, 2011 – With the installation of Acoustiblok noise abatement material in the ceilings and walls of two critical rooms within the Ceres Police Department’s downtown headquarters, witnesses and victims will be afforded the discretion and privacy they deserve during police interviews, and suspect interrogations will take place without external distractions or interruptions.

The decision to install Acoustiblok noise deadening material into the interview and
interrogation rooms in the Ceres Police Department came at the urging of Sgt. James Robbins, who said the acoustics in the “soft” room -- the room used specifically to interview victims and witnesses -- were hampered by noise coming from a restroom on one side of the room, and the department’s often noisy IT department on the other side.

The larger 15-foot by 20-foot interrogation room was divided into three rooms, one to house sensitive recording equipment; the other two rooms were used to question suspects.

“Before we put the Acoustiblok in place, it was difficult to interrogate suspects even though they were in separate rooms because there was virtually no soundproofing,” said Sgt. Robbins" ”If we were interviewing two suspects about the same crime, they could hear what each other was saying, and they would yell back and forth to each other through the common wall, making it impossible to question each individual privately.”

After consulting Acoustiblok COO Marilyn Myers, decided to install the Acoustiblok in the smaller “soft” room first to test its capabilities. The room’s original drywall was removed and the product attached to the studs, per installation standards. Next, the Acoustiblok was installed in the room’s hanging ceiling and the seams were sealed with Acoustiblok tape to create a total sound barrier.

“It worked so well, we were thrilled, and we were able to move on to the larger
interrogation/recording room to create the same noise barrier we had achieved in the “soft” room,” Robbins said.

Since it was built in 1987, the building was not designed with any forethought regarding soundproofing or additional high tech retrofits, making the ceiling installation a challenge, according to Robbins. The Acoustiblok had to be cut to fit around pipes, HVAC ducts and other obstacles. Even with the extra care required for the ceiling installation, the soft room took only two days to complete.


When it came time to retrofit the larger interrogation/recording room, however, officials decided at first not to attempt a ceiling installation and installed the Acoustiblok in the walls alone. They quickly realized that sound bleeding was still a problem between the rooms due to the ceiling void, and decided to install Acoustiblok in the ceiling after all.

“The second room took about a week, because it was larger and the ceiling installation was challenging, but in the end we were very happy with the outcome,” Robbins said.

“It’s always a wonderful feeling when our noise abatement products are used in such an important project,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“I understand that there was some resistance from city officials to install noise barrier material when Sgt. Robbins first broached the subject, but his persistence paid off.

“Now Ceres citizens have the benefit of privacy when they find themselves in the
position of discussing sensitive matters with police officials, and the officers themselves are better able to interrogate suspects uninterrupted, thanks to this simple fix that provided serious noise abatement results.”

Acoustiblok is formulated to provide an effective noise barrier in law enforcement
facilities, hospitals, schools, churches, attorney’s offices and any space that requires privacy and seclusion.

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally 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 inaudible friction energy.

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, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries.
Acoustiblok received first place product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company was named in NASA’s annual list of top 49 Spin-Off companies for its use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips.

For more information about Acoustiblok products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail
[email protected].

 

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Paul Getts Named Sales Associate for Acoustiblok, Inc.

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 02:15 PM

Paul Getts named new sales associate

TAMPA, Fla. (USA), May 3, 2011 – Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., has named Paul Getts as the company’s newest sales associate.

Getts, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana has lived in Florida for more than 30 years, and in Tampa for the past three years. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok sales team, Getts  was a statewide outside sales rep for Tampa-based All Solar Power, and a factory rep for both Seabridge Bathing and Aquassure Bathing, which provide bathing products for the disabled.

Getts studied Art and Design at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

 

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally 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.

Acoustiblok is UL rated and classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations.  Acoustiblok was named Builder News Magazine’s 2009 Product of the Year.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail [email protected].

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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

Vinod Sharma

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 [email protected].

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Acoustifence® Brings Peace and Quiet Back to Seattle Residents

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 @ 05:09 PM

Seattle Light Rail w/Acoustifence installedSeattle Light Rail w/Acoustifence installed

SEATTLE, Washington – November 2, 2010 -- When the Link light rail system first began running in July 2009, Rainier Valley and Tukwilla residents in south Seattle were unprepared for the screeching, tearing and grating sounds that began filling their air space 20 hours per day, seven days a week.

Sound Transit Authority’s Justin Garrod, project manager for the Link rail system was called upon to find a solution to the high noise level that exceeded federal standards in south Seattle and dramatically interfered with the area residents’ quality of life. After doing the research and trying other methods, Gerrod and his staff discovered Acoustifence, which is comprised of a unique sound deadening material - a perfect temporary fix, Gerrod thought, until a permanent solution could be found.

After simply hanging the Acoustifence from 5,000 feet of guardrail flanking the actual rail tracks, Gerrod quickly realized he had found a permanent solution.

“We’re convinced this is it, this is the answer to the noise problem,” Garrod said. “Acoustifence met all the criteria, it’s cost effective, easy to maintain and an excellent sound deadening material.”

Additionally, installation was easy as the Acoustifence is easily cut to size for a custom fit and attached with supplied industrial strength nylon ties connecting the material to the existing guardrail.

“We combined the Acoustifence material with rail grinding (another noise reduction measure) and the combined results were exactly what we needed,” Garrod said.

When Sound Transit was originally designing the Link light rail system, noise levels were predicted by examining studies on the noise output of other similar light rail transit systems in other cities.

Based on the expected noise levels, mitigation features were designed into the original project. These features included sound-insulating some of the homes along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. in south Seattle and constructing noise walls in Tukwila. Still, the noise deadening measures taken did not work for all areas of Tukwila, with some still exceeding federal standards. (Solid barrier walls do little to mitigate rail noise. Solid walls reflect the noise back at the rail car, which in turn reflects the noise back over the top of the wall.)

Steve Hibbens, rail noise consultant for Acoustiblok, the company that manufactures and distributes Acoustifence, said the solution worked so well, Sound Transit Authority plans to order more of the patented noise abatement material to keep in stock. Hibbens is also working with Atlanta’s rail system, MARTA, implementing Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels to absorb rail noise.

“Sound Transit Authority is really happy with the results,” Hibbens said. “There have been several write-ups about the project success in Seattle area papers.

“The neighbors are happy too.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Acoustifence is a simple and economical noise abatement solution for both residential and industrial 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. Seventy, 125-lb. heavyduty 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 for various applications. Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 50 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites and waste-to-energy plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet into less than a 12-inch diameter.

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 soundreflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

Acoustiblok President Lahnie Johnson believes the application potential of Acoustifence to landscaping projects (especially berms) is endless.

“This very simple, economical sound abatement product will quickly become popular in new and existing landscape settings thanks to its unequalled ability to reduce unpleasant exterior noise,” Johnson said. “It boils down to providing a better quality of life for anyone living near any annoying noise source.”

For more information on Acoustifence, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, call us at 813-980-1400, or E-mail us at [email protected].

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Acoustiblok Reduces Unsafe Industrial Noise at Energy Plant

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

Wheelabrator before soundproofing applicationWheelabrator aftersoundproofing application

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, call Acoustiblok at 813.980.1400, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, or e-mail us at [email protected].

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