Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre

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A unique approach...

...that makes best practice available to all

Hearing damage and HAV hands

Hearing and hands are needlessly damaged through lack of knowledge because the expertise of specialist noise and vibration industries is often focussed on measurement rather than risk reduction. So personnel go deaf thinking that their PPE works well enough. It often doesn’t. In most instances, we know how to reduce the risk to hearing by >80% at negligible cost - so why doesn't this happen? Re HAVS, far too much resource is spent on placebo monitoring of what you already know, that you still have a problem, rather than on risk reduction...

Environmental noise - unnecessary stress

Environmental noise can plague people for months or years when it should be sorted in weeks at a fraction of the expected cost. This creates unnecessary stress, deaths and regulator workload. Why? Partly lack of knowledge, but also because the “environmental noise industry” is often not fit for purpose as evidenced by regulators reporting that around 90% of noise reports should be sent back as the quality (particularly re diagnosis and control expertise) is very poor. This must change.

I've been involved in noise and vibration for a long time (founding INVC in 1985) and I find the lack of progress in the use of best practices that benefit people and industry frustrating and depressing. That’s why we’ve published technology (including a noise control case study database) on this site, why we innovate, and why we’ve become the leading specialist training organisation. There are best practice ways to reduce noise and HAVS risk, you just have to know what they are. That's our objective, to know exactly what they are and to pass that knowledge on... Peter Wilson, Technical Director.

A client list that includes a who’s who of major public and commercial organisations is a consequence of a very successful track record. Our reputation is built on providing elegant, innovative engineering solutions to problems in addition to, or instead of, traditional palliatives. As a result, regulators use us as the arbiters of best practice to provide more options, a guarantee that you’ll be using current best practice with typical project cost savings of 50% - 110+% (the latter for self-financing projects).

environmental noise control

Across the world, organisations using our aerodynamic fan noise control technology are currently saving megawatts of power as a result of the efficiency gains they have realised, compared with both conventional noise reduction technologies and in some cases, compared with unmodified fans.

Coupled with our remote control of noise services that do not require site visits in order to diagnose and implement best practice in noise control (avoiding flight and other transport carbon costs), a key objective is to use our innovative technologies to help clients to reduce their carbon footprints and thereby to render INVC a carbon-negative consultancy.

Our free 2nd opinion cuts costs by 50% - 110%

We've made our worldwide best practice noise control database open-source. Search our case studies or email us smartphone data for a free, costed evaluation of the remote control of noise options. Examples include the world's only yoghurt based noise control system (> £100k saved on a £110k project); aerodynamic fan noise control technology (no silencers, c £110k saved in the first year on a £100k quote - efficiency gains made it a very profitable project); £250,000 saved on noise barriers by developing impact source control techniques - and many more...

Noise and vibration consultancy

Best practice: whatever problem a client has, we ensure they get the best practical advice and solution available anywhere. Where existing best practice is a hassle or not up to par, we develop new best practices by innovating, for example:-

  • using yoghurt (blackcurrant), tobacco and millennium bridge-esque techniques to control noise…
  • developed award-winning fan noise control technologies that actually improve system efficiency
  • developed vibration control techniques for the food industry that improved quality and throughput, saving £millions
  • reduced noise complaints by increasing noise levels (psychological silencing via our acoustic camouflage system)
  • etc...

Training - passing on effective knowledge

Noise and vibration are technical subjects, but, despite current conventions, they don’t have to be academic (we suspect a plot…). As busy professionals don’t have the time (or the inclination) to become specialists, we've made our training pragmatic, effective - and enjoyable, becoming the leading UK provider of noise and HAVS training in the process...

  • we invented a unique, totally non-mathematical way to teach noise (the taming of the decibel) as used in the competency courses we developed for IOSH, rendering them more practical and easier than conventional academic courses
  • pictures and sounds are worth 1000 words. We use a lot of multi-media examples - it has even been suggested that we should do a Christmas Lecture…
  • we regularly run workshops in conjunction with the HSE and provide training for the UK Environment Agencies and CIEH
“…made noise measurement and calculations easy and both theoretical and practical sessions were superb… the best course I’ve ever been on.” Sean O’Sullivan : H&S Manager, Harris Ireland

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