Industrial Soundproofing and Noise Control

Industrial Noise Control is all about protection. Noise pollution can easily build to excessive levels of exposure in a factory environment, threatening hearing loss, worker productivity, product quality, absenteeism and turnover. Ignoring the noise levels can prove costly to the business, while reducing the noise levels can prove to be of great benefit to both the health of the business as well as the health of the employee. There are 3 stages to industrial soundproofing: Enclose. Isolate. Absorb.

1.  Enclose Your Machines

Your first goal should be to identify any noise sources that you are able to enclose.   Using our sound control blankets, shutting the noise down at the source will produce the most aggressive and cost effective results.   We realize this is not always practical, but for stationary noise sources such as compressors, grinders, pumps, presses, dust collectors, etc…this should be step 1 in your quest to lower your noise level exposures.   Industrial noise control is always a step-through staging process as there are a variety of noise sources that combine to contribute to your noise exposure levels.   Stage 1 is to attempt to shut the noise down at the source.  Call our help desk for creative ways to enclose your machine noise.

2.  Isolate Your Work Space

The reality is that most of our industrial noise control projects cannot build blanket enclosure systems around their machinery without interrupting the process you are performing.    In this case, step back from the machine, take the same sound barrier blankets, and build perimeter walls that isolate the work space from the rest of your plant.   Let the noise release, but contain it to a limited area.   This is stage II in your industrial noise control quest.   Sound barrier curtains are an excellent way to contain the noise to an isolated work space, protecting adjoining employee work stations for your most aggressive noise sources.   And once your noise is separated and contained, then on to stage III:  reduce the echoes trapped within.

3.  Reduce Your Echo

Finally, with or without any kind of sound barrier blanket system, controlling the exposure to noise in your plant will also rely on introducing a set of wall or ceiling mounted sound panels designed to capture and convert the echoes from your space.    Echoes spike noise levels, and controlling them will produce a further collapse in your exposure.  Industrial noise control is a staging process, and this is stage III.   Noise levels will spike with echoes that are not captured and converted out of your factory.   But please note, echo control yields smaller noise reduction values back.  It is far more valuable to block the noise at its source, than absorb the noise along its path.   Use a combination of these soundproofing treatments for industrial noise control to hit your maximum peak values back.