Sound-reducing enclosures and damped rubber feet
Polymer consulted with the manufacturer on creating an enclosure for the blenders. The result was a see-through enclosure that surrounds the blender and minimizes the amount of airborne noise while keeping the contents visible. Additionally, the customer used damped rubber isolated feet for the blender’s base. Without damped rubber feet, the product would “walk” around the counter and amplify the vibration causing more noise.
Contour-cut foam to reduce noise in base of blender
On their own, the enclosure and rubber feet are only part of the story. Polymer counseled the manufacturer on designing a tortuous path for the air inlet and lining the pathways with a sound absorbing Melamine foam.
Much of the noise and vibration comes from the ice-crushing mechanism, but there is also noise from the blender’s motor. The motor requires airflow for cooling, so the noisy motor cannot be sealed up entirely, and without a tortuous path, sound escapes directly from openings in the base and is loud. Polymer recommended a sound baffle so the sound would have to bounce around foam lined interior before escaping, thereby reducing the sound energy.
In many projects, Polymer takes flat sheets of foam and cuts it into the desired shape, similar to a cookie cutter, and the shape’s thickness is uniform. In this case, Polymer contour-cut the foam at a 45-degree angle into a funnel-like shape to create clearance for the sound baffle.
Polymer provides non-flammable and self-extinguishing UL-94V0 POLYDAMP® Melamine foam, which allowed the manufacturer to advertise that their equipment was high-quality and safe for home and commercial use.