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Automation Devices Battles the Sound: Sound Enclosures & Sound Meter Apps Detect and Minimize Noise

Posted on March 29th, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Erie, Pa. – Automation Devices, Inc (ADI), a vibratory bowl feeder and parts feeding system components manufacturer, is utilizing a free sound meter application to determine safe noise levels in vibratory feeding systems.

The noise emanating from vibratory feeding systems is typically a result of the parts moving in the bowl. The level can often exceed allowable noise levels in which operators must wear protective gear.
“Customers need to maintain a specific noise level on their shop floor,” explainsADI President Kevin Smith. “By accessing smart phone technology we are able to download a sound meter app and easily determine whether or not the vibratory system falls within their designated safe range.”

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Each year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most common occupational health concerns in the United States for more than 25 years. Since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss.”

“Sound enclosures reduce noise level within tolerance limits which reduces or eliminates the need for ear protection,” explains Smith. “It also makes the work environment more conducive to communication and productivity.”

ADI sound enclosures provide an extremely flexible and reliable solution to excessive noise resulting from parts feeding applications. Custom designed to each application, these sound enclosures are capable of reducing noise levels by 25 decibels (dBa) or more and feature tough extruded-aluminum frames, transparent, easy-open flip-top lid and lightweight construction. A variety of wall construction materials including Lexan, PETG and high-impact vinyl as well as a full variety of paints and coatings are available.
Automation Devices, Inc. product line includes vibratory feeders, inline and centrifugal feeders, hoppers and vibratory controllers.ADI offers in stock products and custom designed systems. Automation Devices, Inc. is ISO 9001:2008 registered.

For more information on sound enclosures for parts feeding, or to download the free sound meter app, please visit or call Automation Devices, Inc. at 814-474-5561.