Shoe manufacture is a labour intensive process, involving operators in semi-automatic tasks during most production stages. Much of the machinery is based on well-established, efficient technology. However, it is often likely to generate high noise levels.
A major shoe manufacturer has designed a new paring machine, incorporating the following features:
About £150 per machine. (1995)
An early prototype provided a reduction of up to 5 dB. It is hoped that subsequent design changes will further reduce noise levels.
Photographs courtesy of Clarks International.