Whether sound levels above 85 decibels come from a busy roadway, commercial HVAC equipment, electrical transformer noise, generators, or busy warehouses, such sound levels can be dangerous to human health and wellness.
Many municipalities and government bodies across the globe enact regulations and ordinances limiting the level of noise in their communities.
Besides protecting people outside of the offending sites, workers and construction crews also need to avoid high sound levels to remain safe during work.
What Is Meant By An “Acoustic Enclosure”?
Generally, any enclosure that is classified as “acoustic” is designed specifically to reduce, minimize or eliminate sound emanating from a specific source or sources.
The most common type of outdoor acoustic panels include a series of noise canceling or reducing panels useful for helping commercial and industrial companies maintain compliance with local and national noise ordinances.
These barriers create quieter environments where people can work safely away from equipment noise or to enclose equipment to protect nearby workers from loud sounds.
For indoor applications, acoustic rooms may provide quiet spaces for people to meet or operate businesses without traffic noise, HVAC noise, or utility equipment interfering.
Decibel Levels of Typical Construction Equipment
- Logging equipment like chainsaws – 110 decibels
- Hammer drills – 115 decibels
- Construction tools like jackhammers – 100 decibels
- Chop saws – 105 decibels
- Industrial noise enclosures reduce vibration effects
Extreme sound levels from machinery, cranes, industrial mixers, and other equipment create a constant vibration.
After some time, the vibration from noise can cause many unwanted, and even dangerous, issues. Noise control enclosures minimize these events.
They extend the life of manufacturing and operational equipment and help maintenance crews avoid costly equipment failures.
By using an acoustic enclosure for compressor noise, businesses protect workers from the unnecessary effects of constant exposure to loud noise sources.
Difference Between Acoustic Reflectors and Sound Absorbing Materials
The acoustic reflector material in these cases bounces sound in the opposite direction. With traditional sound walls, the government and civil engineers would use cement and brick to create a wall between the offensive machinery and residential or work areas.
Conversely, a sound-absorbing fiberglass enclosure reduces the level of noise by dampening the sound and making the waves less effective or loud. This technology safely dissipates the energy to kill the sound.
Applications for Industrial Acoustic Enclosures
- Outdoor generator enclosure for reducing the constant frequencies from this equipment
- Warehouse office space for reducing equipment noise to meet office standards of 50 decibels or lower
- Industrial control rooms providing operators a noise safe environment for the duration of the work shift
- Transformer enclosures minimizing equipment hum and high-frequency sounds
- Compressor rooms to limit noise levels getting past the sound enclosure
- Ventilation equipment for large residential areas, commercial complexes, health care facilities, and warehouses
- Quiet zones for any construction project or business sector
Signs A Business Needs A Sound Enclosure To Protect Employees
When people constantly hear noise levels above 85 decibels, they may become irritable and moody. Workers may feel nauseous, have headaches, or feel anxious for seemingly no reason.
People may experience problems hearing equipment alarms, phone conversations, loudspeakers, or horns from forklifts creating other safety hazards.
Trouble paying attention, slacking off, and mixing things up are other common traits.
A sound absorptive enclosure can mitigate noisy machinery and make the workspace quieter and safer.
Benefits of Using Acoustic Enclosures
Sound Fighter Systems designs customizable sound walls for many industrial and commercial applications.
These acoustic barriers meet or exceed national safety standards.
- Modular designs allowing for reconfigurable applications
- Effective acoustic enclosure for compressors, generator, transformer, fan, blower, and refrigeration equipment
- Noise reduction specifications reaching or exceeding safe, sound dampening laws
- Fireproof materials
- Indoor and outdoor sound eliminating applications
- Protecting workers and nearby residents or commercial occupants from traffic, equipment, and operating noise
- Temporary structures for construction projects
- Adaptable designs allowing for ventilation and maintenance access
- Numerous colors, designs, and processes
- Rust, wind, rodent, and waterproof design
To find out more about our technologies and applications, contact our team at 1-866-348-0833.