Introduced at Fakuma 2008, one product that is guaranteed not to make a big noise in the marketplace is the Rapid Silencing System (RSS) from Rapid Granulator AB, the Swedish world leader in plastics granulation technology. With increasingly stringent noise constraints being applied to the workplace by national and EU regulatory authorities, the RSS offers moulders and OEMs an innovative noise reducing solution.
Designed as a modular system, the RSS can be tailored to virtually any machine configuration to lower noise emissions by 10-20 dB(A). Although conceived for use with plastics granulators and their transport systems, the RSS can be applied to almost any noise-emitting machinery to reduce operating noise levels and enhance the health and safety regime in the workplace.
The system comprising transparent, sound absorbing fabric is easy to install and equally easy to disassemble and relocate to accommodate any changes in production hall layout. Furthermore, it`s easy to clean and has no parts that are subject to corrosion.
According to Rapid Group Marketing Manager, Bengt Rimark: - Noise in the work environment is both universal and unavoidable and its effects can range from mildly irritating to positively harmful to health. As a machinery manufacturer, operator health and safety is always a high design priority and therefore low operating noise levels are a key Rapid design objective.
However, the function of plastics granulation is by definition a noise generating activity and within the economic realities of manufacturing, noise cannot be entirely eliminated from it by design. Moreover, as machine sizes increase to handle ever-larger parts and components, even features such soundproofing hoods become impractical. The Rapid Silencing System has been specifically designed to overcome all the obstacles and provide a flexible, effective soundproofing solution, regardless of machine size or location in the production hall - says Rimark.
In some applications the Rapid Silencing System can reduce sound emission to as little as 77 dB(A), which is very low when considering that an average range for conversation is 70-75 dB(A).
Rapid Granulator AB, headquartered in Bredaryd, Sweden, employs 265 people, has a turnover in excess of SEK 350 million per year and exports around 95 percent of its production. Supporting its sales operations and customer base the company has five subsidiaries located in Venice, Italy; Rockford (IL), USA; Shanghai, China; Lyon, France; Kleinostheim, Germany and Beirut, Lebanon, as well as a sales office in Singapore. Further support is provided by a global network of over 90 agents and local partners. More than 70,000 granulators installed across five continents confirm the company as a world-class leader in its field.
Rapid Silencing System is keeping it quiet in the workplace