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Sound dampening tapes will keep the noise down – and help ensure legal compliance, says 3M


22 December 2010

Diversified technology company 3M has highlighted the role that can be played by specialist sound damping tapes in reducing noise from vibration in industrial environments.

Machinery vibration is a significant source of noise, and legislation requires employers to take all possible action to reduce the amount of noise below clearly defined legal thresholds as part of engineering controls before the use of personal protective equipment is considered.

3M believes that modern aluminium foil sound damping tapes can help towards meeting the increasing demand for noise reduction on equipment such as compressors, HVAC and production machinery. Furthermore, by decreasing vibration, they can also help reduce wear on equipment.

Tapes can deliver effective sound damping with as little as 10 per cent surface coverage and deliver long-lasting performance. 3M Vibration Damping Tapes are pressure-sensitive and the linered construction of the product allows it to be die cut, maximising ease of application.

Gareth Evans, technical service specialist for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division, commented: “Modern sound damping tapes are highly effective in reducing vibration and therefore noise. They also help eliminate fatigue cracks due to skin or panel vibration. They were originally developed for highly demanding applications in sectors such as aerospace, meaning they are able to operate effectively in extremes of temperature and in the presence of chemicals such as solvents and hydraulic fluids.

“Where a very significant reduction in vibration – and therefore noise - is required, the tape can be applied in multiple layers for enhanced damping.

“It goes without saying, of course, that using a sound damping tape is not a substitute for proper machinery maintenance. Manufacturers’ guidelines should always be followed to ensure equipment is properly serviced as part of a proactive maintenance regime and vibration therefore minimised.”

For further information about the range of Sound Damping Foil Tapes from 3M, visit www.3M.co.uk/adhesives.

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 Sound dampening tapes will keep the noise down – and help ensure legal compliance, says 3M