Industrial and machinery noise and vibration
Industrial noise and vibration has traditionally accounted for a large part of the work undertaken by ISVR Consulting. We have experience over a very wide range of industries, large and small, including:
- manufacturing engineering; - vehicles, industrial and consumer equipment
- process; - food and drink, chemicals, drugs, plastic, oil
- extraction; - minerals, rock and gravel
- distribution; - wholesale, retail, industrial
Assessments of industrial noise may be necessary:
- to ensure the safety of workers on site and minimise any risk of damage to hearing, or
- to minimise any disturbance to neighbours and the environment around the site
Assessment of vibration may also be needed:
- to minimise the radiation of air-borne noise to the surroundings,
- to minimise structure-borne vibration which may cause unnecessary noise and vibration elsewhere in a building or neighbouring buildings, perhaps affecting vibration sensitive equipment, or
- to prevent excessive wear and tear on machinery and prolong the life of machinery, or
- to minimise whole-body vibration or hand-arm vibration (HAV) from power tools, to avoid vibration induced injuries.
Can the noise and vibration be reduced at source? That is the always the best solution. Do we need to interfere with the transmission path of the noise? Or do we need to resort to hearing protection as a last resort to protect workers, or vibration isolation of sensitive equipment?
ISVR Consulting undertake noise and vibration assessments of plant, engines, machinery or tools on site, in factories or construction sites, in vehicles or on-board ships, to identify problems and recommend noise and vibration control strategies.
We can measure the sound power or noise levels of machines and tools in our anechoic and reverberant chambers. We can undertake equipment development and design work, identifying the dominant sources of noise and vibration in machines or tools and effective means to control them.
We also undertake measurements of transmission loss or sound absorption products in our laboratories.
For related information see our pages on
- Workplace and occupational noise
- The Black Country Forging and Foundry Project; a real-life case study.
- Vibration in buildings
- Low-vibration design of buildings for sensitive medical and scientific instruments
- The Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2005
- Product design and development
- Laboratory measurements of sound power, sound absorption, transmission loss