Industrial Noise and Vibration Control

Public awareness and intolerance of noise in the workplace has increased over the past thirty years. Workplace noise can cause deafness, mask warning signals, interfere with communications, increase worker stress and reduce productivity. Excessive vibration can be harmful to tool and machine operators.

Industrial noise and vibration arises from a wide range of activities, processes, machines and tools. It is not necessarily confined to the workplace, and often contributes to environmental noise in areas surrounding the industrial plant.

Product Noise and Vibration Control

Products that generate noise and vibration include, but are not limited to, ventilation and package air conditioning systems, domestic appliances, landscape maintenance equipment, office and computer equipment, medical and healthcare systems, hand-held tools, and manufacturing equipment. Product noise and vibration can be important parameters in product selection and consumer acceptability.

Architectural Acoustics, Noise and Vibration Control

The science of architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control embraces the design of non-industrial indoor environments to achieve acceptable levels of privacy, communication and comfort for the building occupants. Acoustical issues include room shaping, reverberation control and separation of spaces. Noise issues encompass design of the building envelope, placement and isolation of mechanical spaces in relation to noise-sensitive occupancies and design and control of ventilation, exhaust and air conditioning systems.

Environmental Noise and Vibration Studies

Environmental noise and vibration studies are concerned with the impact caused by one or more sources of vibration or noise on a specific receiver or location. Colin Gordon Associates' services encompass all aspects of the specification, characterization, and determination of noise and vibration in the environment. We can provide solutions to a range of problems, from small and simple to large and complex.

Transportation System Noise and Vibration Control

Highways, railroads and airports are major sources of environmental noise. Transportation system noise affects large areas of land throughout the country, limiting land use and impacting areas of natural beauty and solitude such as state and national parks. Groundborne and structureborne vibration generated by transportation systems can also pose problems.

Traffic generated vibration can interfere with activities in buildings which house vibration sensitive instruments such as sophisticated tools used in the manufacture of microelectronics components.

Nanotechnology Noise and Vibration Control

Nanotechnology is defined as work with devices having dimensions on the order of atomic or molecular size. Devices whose smallest feature sizes are less than 100 nanometers (nm) are considered to be of nanometer scale. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. For comparison, the smallest features on current semiconductors are on the order of 0.1 to 1 micron, which is 100 to 1000 nanometers. Thus, this technology represents the next stage in miniaturization.

Noise and Vibration Control for LCD-TFT and Flat Panel Manufacturing Facilities

Colin Gordon Associates has significant experience in the unique design requirements for vibration and noise control in LCD TFT fabs. We have designed Generation 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, and 7 facilities. This work includes design for the specific vibration requirements for steppers, array testers, laser cutter and repair tools, probe stations, inspection equipment, etc., and in the control of vibration from typical sources within LCD TFT facilities, such as mechanical equipment, personnel, AGVs and RGVs, etc.

Forensics Laboratories Noise and Vibration Control

Today’s crime laboratories are high-technology facilities in line with the core consulting work of Colin Gordon Associates. While modern criminalists still study fingerprints, they also analyze DNA, retrieve trace evidence, study the chemical signatures of narcotics, and even retrieve data from hard drives (a field known as Digital Forensics). All of these studies can involve high-powered bench-top microscopes, scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and other noise and vibration-sensitive equipment

Hospital and Health Care Facility Noise and Vibration Control

Hospitals and Health Care Facilities have their own unique noise and vibration requirements. In particular, concerns over patient privacy, driven in part by the Privacy Rule within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), demand that hospitals be configured so that personal information can not be overheard and that patients will be treated in a safe and secure environment. Some medical procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can generate considerable noise that may impact other hospital functions.