Decreasing Decibels - A Solution For Alufab
Cincinnati-based distributor Alufab was working with a customer who relied on a large stamping press for punching breaker panels. However, the press was located in the middle of the work floor, where it unfortunately emitted extremely high decibels. An employee in the engineering office 25 yards away said the press sounded like a drum beating in his ear when it was running. So Alufab proposed building a room around the machine, including a ceiling, a sliding door, maintenance access and interior lights.
The TSLOTS Solution:
The Alufab team set to work with TSLOTS extrusions and expanded PVC panels. They prefabricated the wall and roof panels and took the materials to the customer’s work floor. There they assembled the entire enclosure (23’ long, 18’ wide, 8’ tall) within a day and a half — ensuring that production wasn’t affected.
TSLOTS allowed Alufab to easily create tool panels in the roof and walls of the new structure, thus enabling quick maintenance and tool changes. The team glued a 2”-thick sound-absorbing material to the inside of the room, integrated the doors and implemented a design allowing the operator to monitor the press from the outside.
The customer was thrilled. The room was fully functional within a week. And thanks to the built-in flexibility of TSLOTS, employees can move or expand the press at any time — and just as easily modify the enclosure around it. The best part? The new room decreased the sound of the press by approximately 25 decibels. Employees working nearby said they could barely hear it anymore. The result was a safer, more enjoyable work environment for all.