Quieter by design - paring machine
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:
- lining the outer casing of the machine with 50 mm thick, absorbent foam to increase sound reduction across the panels and to dampen mechanical vibration of the outer skin;
- installing the cutting head system on anti-vibration mounts to prevent vibration transmission from the blade and shoe to the outer casing;
- placing the dust extraction system on the outside of the machine. This can be positioned away from the operator.
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.