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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tags: sound reduction, noise reduction, sound proofing, sound abatement, sound deadening, sound dampening, noise, indoor noise, Quietfiber

Acoustiblok Sound Panels Quiet George Bush International Airport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tags: sound reduction, All Weather Sound Panels, airport terminal, noise abatement, noise control, noise, sound panels

Acoustifence® Brings Peace and Quiet Back to Seattle Residents

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

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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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Tags: Acoustifence, acoustical fence, transportation, sound reduction, noise problems, noise ordinance, outdoor noise, acoustical fencing, sound barriers, noise abatement