Dematic, an Atlanta-based concern that designs, builds, and supports solutions empowering its customers in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution, announced the launch of its Noise Reduction Portfolio to address loud work environments across supply chain facilities.

The company’s new assessment system includes before and after 3D noise mapping audits throughout a facility, enhanced rollers, slats, and belt conveyors that can reduce noises at their source by up to 15 decibels, according to a company news release on July 13. 

Dematic_Image.png"The well-being of our customers and their employees is a high priority that includes protecting hearing when working in loud environments like distribution centers," Andy Randles, senior director of Global Lifecycle Support, said in a statement. "By implementing this portfolio of technology, our customers can take the noise levels down in their facilities from a concert hall to a classroom chat; it's a huge step forward in improving work environments." 

Dematic uses 3D noise mapping to diagnose noise levels to conduct on-site testing at customer facilities that visually identify acoustic hazards, similar to how a heatmap identifies temperature hazards. 

Dematic then builds a noise model to simulate how upgrading equipment would reduce noise levels. The company recommends upgrades and installs quiet rollers, slats, and conveyors as needed. Dematic conducts a second test after installation to demonstrate the difference before and after the upgrade. 

"We're proud to provide such a comprehensive noise reduction portfolio," said Randles. "Reducing noise levels in facilities is not only meaningful for worker health and safety, but also to job satisfaction; we've heard from customers that morale and productivity among workers goes up when noise levels are lower." 

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 22 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to noise loud enough to damage their hearing each year. Similar European studies have found that up to 30 million workers are exposed to occupational noise that endangers their hearing. 

The company said its new portfolio continues Dematic's focus on “…reducing noise levels in customer facilities so workers can better communicate and hear safety sounds.” In 2022, Dematic introduced new noise-reduction features on its linear sorter, including quiet shoes, merge wedges, and slider belts.  

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