Albemarle, a global leader in critical ingredient production, faced significant health and safety risks from their welding processes. They required a custom solution in their Australian facilities to address these concerns, with the key requirements of:
1) Noise control: The welding processes generated excessive noise, creating an unsafe and uncomfortable working environment. Albemarle wanted to reduce the noise levels to ensure the safety and well-being of its workers.
2) Radiation protection: Welding processes generate harmful radiation that can cause significant health concerns for both welders and bystanders. The solution would need to shield both groups from this harmful radiation.
3) Fume control: Since welding fumes can cause respiratory issues, cancer, and other health hazards, Albemarle required a solution to protect workers effectively.
4) Durability: Albemarle needed a robust and long-lasting solution capable of withstanding the rigours of industrial use.
The Flexshield team designed and implemented comprehensive acoustic welding protection tailored to Albemarle’s specifications.
The completed solution consisted of:
Sonic Econo acoustic welding bay walls: Each measuring 6.62 metres in width and 3.6 metres in height, Flexshield’s Sonic Econo acoustic dividing walls were designed to control noise and radiation, providing a safe and comfortable working environment.
Sliding Weldflex red sheet curtains: For additional radiation protection and efficient fume control during welding processes, Flexshield installed sliding Weldflex red sheet curtains, each measuring 6.62 meters by 3.6 meters,
Sliding Weldflex red sheet curtain for front: To ensure comprehensive protection, the team installed a large curtain spanning 19.25 metres in width and 3.6 metres in height across the front of the four bays.
Additionally, Flexshield used steel support posts, tracks, rollers, and header beams to ensure the smooth operation of the curtains and the structural integrity of the entire system.
Albemarle’s decision to partner with Flexshield for their welding bay solution was a success. The Flexshield solution addressed Albemarle’s initial project requirements, yielding significant benefits including:
Noise reduction: Flexshield’s solution effectively controlled noise levels, creating a more comfortable and safer working environment for employees.
Radiation protection: Welders and bystanders were shielded from harmful radiation, reducing the health risks associated with welding.
Fume control: The system efficiently managed welding fumes, enhancing worker safety and mitigating long-term health concerns.
Durability: The solution’s robust construction ensures longevity, making it virtually indestructible and providing an excellent return on investment.
Compliance: The acoustic welding protection complied with AS/NZS 3957:2014 standards, offering complete peace-of-mind regarding safety and regulatory requirements.
Enhanced image: The high-quality, aesthetically pleasing solution enhanced Albemarle’s image, portraying the site as a state-of-the-art industrial facility.
The combination of Sonic Econo acoustic dividing walls, sliding Weldflex red sheet curtains, steel support posts, tracks, rollers, and header beams has significantly improved Albemarle’s work environment. Albemarle also benefit from Flexshield’s complete after-sales service, ensuring ongoing assistance and support.
For more information about acoustic welding protection for your resources facility, contact Flexshield on 1300 799 969.
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