Plant & Works Engineering

Noisy testing plant problems overcome

Published:  25 June, 2007

Problems caused by noisy testing plant at a Wirral-based engineering firm have been overcome thanks to an installation by local noise management specialists, Kimpton Acoustics.

The Faiveley Transport factory in Birkenhead designs and manufactures a wide range of brake control systems for the rail industry and uses a test cell to carry out critical checks on brake product performance.

However, the relocation of an assembly line adjacent to this test cell presented potentially disturbing noise emissions for the assembly personnel. With a noise survey of test equipment indicating levels of 104 dB(A), in excess of acceptable levels for the workforce, the existing double doors on the cell had to be replaced.

Locally based Kimpton Acoustics was specified to supply and install a set of high performance acoustic double doors with dual glazed windows and heavy-duty ironmongery.

An independent noise survey carried out after the installation indicated that the potential noise level of 104 dB(A) had been attenuated to the predicted background noise level of 60dB(A), well within health and safety regulations for the employees.

Bob Jones at Kimpton commented: "The Faiveley Transport project presented a typical challenge for us, addressing factory noise levels which have suddenly become unacceptable to the workforce. Our bespoke acoustic doors provided an immediate solution and their installation was completed with minimum downtime disruption to factory production.

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