The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will hold a two-day seminar on noise and vibration control issues April 6-7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois to promote greater understanding and dialog on this important industry-wide topic. The event will feature presentations by experienced industry professionals and government representatives and is geared to equipment manufacturing design and technical professionals. The seminar will be of particular interest to smaller companies that may not have the resources to research equipment as well as environmental, noise and vibration issues as thoroughly as they would like. Seminar hotel is the Four Points Sheraton in the O'Hare Airport area of Chicago.
The AEM Noise and Vibration Control Seminar will include:
- an overview of noise and vibration related to industry challenges
- presentations on noise identification, measurement and control
- noise reduction methods
- information on the European Union noise directive, China noise standards and other global challenges
"Customer demand for quieter equipment is making noise and vibration reduction an increasingly important issue in the mobile equipment industry. Identifying needs and adapting products to meet changing customer expectations on noise and vibration levels can provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace," stated Mark Benishek, AEM technical and safety services manager.
Industry presenters will come from manufacturers of a variety of equipment and component types. Target equipment areas planned include continuously operating machinery (pumps, generators, compressors), large mobile machinery, large fixed or portable installations (concrete/asphalt plants, crushers, grinders) and light equipment such as walk-behind or handheld tools. Noise issues related to engine installations will also be discussed.
The seminar will feature a special presentation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describing its noise research/databases, measurement equipment/capabilities and opportunities for manufacturers to work with NIOSH to utilize its resources.