No this blog isn’t about a cell phone commercial, it’s about an application call I received this past week. The call was from a customer that is trying to do an audit on his facility. This was not an air audit to find all the leaks or an energy audit, but a sound audit. The customer ran a production facility that had a regulation implemented to reduce all noise levels to 85 dBA or below. They had purchased several engineered nozzles and air knives from us but still had open pipes and other devices in their system that they were unsure of the sound level produced. What I offered to the customer was our Digital Sound Level Meter.
The DSLM will measure sound levels from 35dB – 130dB and has a frequency range of 31.5Hz – 8 kHz, it is also NIST Certified. The unit is used to monitor what sound levels you may have at your operator stations to make sure you are not exceeding the OSHA maximum allowable noise exposure or to find out if one blow off operation is in fact louder than another.
With the unit in hand the customer was able to perform his sound audit and discovered that some non engineered nozzles that he thought were under 85 dBA were in fact louder and exceeding his requirement. These nozzles were all removed and replaced with EXAIR nozzles that meet or exceed OSHA requirements.
The DSLM also allowed him to determine which of his operators were going to be required to wear hearing protection and those that were not. The company now performs a monthly check on all of their systems to ensure nothing has changed and that none of their equipment needs replaced. They also send their DSLM to us once a year to have it recalibrated and certified.
All in all the Digital Sound Level Meter can save employees hearing and help you to make sure that your nozzles are all performing at the sound levels you think they are.