Many manufacturing plants have a strong focus on safety for their workers. One major safety concern that is overlooked is noise. OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has a directive that defines the noise exposure over time; 29CFR 1910.95(a). For an eight-hour day, the maximum noise level is 90 dBA. Hearing loss is irreversible, but it can be preventable. The CDC, Center for Disease Control, and NIOSH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, report that “approximately 18% of all manufacturing workers have hearing difficulty”1.
EXAIR manufactures engineered products to reduce noise levels in the work environment. We offer Super Air Nozzles and Safety Air Guns for blow-off applications and pneumatic mufflers for discharge exhaust. In this blog, I will cover the different types of EXAIR Mufflers that we offer.
- Reclassifying Mufflers are designed to have two functions. They can cut noise levels by 35 dB and remove oil mist from the exhaust air. Cylinders and valves that exhaust pressurized air may have oil in the line to keep the seals from sticking. When exhausted, it can create a fine mist which is dangerous for operators. The Reclassifying Mufflers can reduce the loud noise as well as collect any contamination from the exhaust air.
- Sintered Bronze Mufflers are simple in design, cost effective, and easy to install. They have a minimal back pressure to not restrict operations of the pneumatic device. They come in sizes from #10-32 thread to 1-1/2” NPT. For a quick and simple way to reduce noise, the Sintered Bronze Mufflers are in stock for fast delivery.
- Straight-Through Mufflers offer a way to reduce noise levels without worrying about clogging. They have an aluminum shell lined with sound absorbing foam, and they can reduce the noise level by 20 dB. EXAIR offers them with ports of ¼” NPT, 3/8” NPT, and ¾” NPT. One side has a female thread while the opposite side will have a male thread. This can allow you to connect other items like hose kits to reduce noise.
- Heavy Duty Mufflers are used within aggressive environments. They have an outer aluminum shell with an internal stainless-steel screen. They protect components like valves and cylinders from contamination entering into the part. And, the Heavy Duty Muffler can keep contaminant like rust from being ejected at high speed into the work area. They have a typical noise reduction of 14 dB.
Here is a test for you. If you go and stand in your plant, you can probably hear loud noises coming from your compressed air system. EXAIR has an engineered product to solve most of them. On the Hierarchy of Controls for NIOSH, Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, is the least effective. A better control would be to isolate your operators from the hazard with an engineered product. EXAIR can offer that solution for many of your blow-offs and pneumatic discharges to reduce noise levels. This would include; and not limited to; Super Air Nozzles, Safety Air Guns, Super Air Knives, and Mufflers. If you wish to discuss further the safety improvements that EXAIR can provide, you can contact an Application Engineer. We will be happy to help.
Note 1: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ohl/manufacturing.html