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How to reduce sound problems in clean rooms!
Sep 12th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Silk Metal - Sound Absorption Fiberless Metal Panels

Silk Metal – Sound Absorption Fiberless Metal Panels

How to solve touchy sound problems in Clean Rooms

Typically, sound problems such as reverberation and vibration sound are mitigated by adding fibrous materials and baffles to walls and ceilings.  But clean rooms typically do not permit fibrous materials and manufacturers are confronted with significant problems controlling sound when the walls and ceilings of clean rooms are often polished and highly sound reflective.

Finally, a non-fiber solution is available that significantly reduces sound problems in clean rooms.

The Noise Reduction Coefficient (commonly abbreviated NRC) is a scalar representation of the amount of sound energy absorbed when sound strikes a particular surface. An NRC of 0 indicates perfect sound reflection – sending the sound off in another direction, an NRC of 1 indicates perfect absorption when literally all sound is absorbed by the material (for example, foam cones).

NRC is most commonly used to rate general acoustical properties of acoustic ceiling tiles, baffles, wall tiles, banners, office screens, and acoustic wall panels. It is also occasionally used to rate floor coverings and construction materials.

NRC is intended to be a simplified acoustical rating of room construction and finish materials when the acoustical objectives of the space are less than sensitive. In certain applications, such as designs of music rehearsal, performance locaitons, and rooms used for critical speech, it is usually more appropriate to consider the sound absorption coefficients at the individual one-third octave band frequencies, including those above and below the bands used to compute NRC.

Side A - One Hole Panel Type

Side A – One Hole Panel Type

Enter the Silk Metal™ Architectural Ceiling & Wall Panel Systems

Acoustical Ceilings & Wall Panel Systems that gives you an approximate 0.80 NRC rating – nearly 80% of the sound is absorbed when installed with a 4” airspace – NO LINER NEEDED.

The Silk Metal™ Panel System is used in:

  • Lay-In Ceilings
  • Concealed Snap-In Ceilings
  • Hook-On Ceilings
  • Snap-In Wall Panel
  • Hanging Baffles
Side B - A Different Panel Type

Side B – A Different Panel Type

Typical Applications for Silk Metal Sound Absorption Systems

  • Restaurants
  • Pro Audio/Studios
  • Home Theaters
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Hallways
  • Infused Art Panels
  • Residential
  • Public Spaces
  • Swimming Pools
  • Cafeterias
  • Shopping Malls
  • Offices
  • Conference Rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Hospitals
  • Lobbies
  • Department Stores
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • Train Stations
  • Airports
  • Concert Halls
  • Night Clubs

Silk Metal Panels

  • Uses airspace behind panels to absorb sound
  • Achieves acoustical value without acoustical liner
  • Resembles smooth fabric surface in appearance
  • Has reversible surfaces
  • Can be fabricated into various forms & sizes
  • Tested as a “sheet good” to prove its electromagnetic interference control

Silk Metal is the only surface material that has been tested to prove its AEMIC capabilities – acoustical & electromagnetic interference control

Silk Metal Architectural Ceiling & Wall Panel System uses a patented side-rolling grind method instead of a direct 90° punching to produce holes and has a surface ideal to reflect, absorb, and resonate wave energy generated from sound, electromagnetic, and heat mitigation.

To learn more and see how “Silk Metal” can potentially solve your clean room sound problems, Contact Indoff – Silicon Valley today <click here>

Ever wish you could add a private conference room into your reception area?
Sep 11th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Soft Seating with Privacy Creating High Backs

Soft Seating with Privacy Creating High Backs

Finally, your wish has come true – add a private space to talk within your reception area – use high back soft seating or privacy screens.

When your business is growing, you run out of space.  And there plenty of times that you would like to meet with someone in your lobby without scoping out a conference room or taking them back to your work area.  Being able to meet easily in the lobby and save time is a great asset.

Enter – the high-back, semi-private meeting area.

One of the latest innovations in space utilization is the addition of the high-back chair, settee, or sofa.  Manufacturers have finally begun to offer soft seating with high backs, essentially giving you a place to meet in the reception area that is somewhat private.  Invite your guest into one of these convenient sitting areas and you conversations are directed at one another, not all over the lobby.  You focus on your guest and vice versa.  You save time by avoiding security check points and sign in procedures.  And you avoid time that it would take to walk back and forth to your office or other conference rooms.

Cluster Soft Seating Together with High Backs to Create a Semi-Private Meeting Area

Cluster Soft Seating Together with High Backs to Create a Semi-Private Meeting Area

High Back Reception Area Soft Seating

The basic innovation is the addition of high backs and sides on soft furniture.  Or you could also add complementary screens to the soft furniture.  These innovations keep conversations focused with one another.  Plus, it adds a partial visual barrier between guests.  Proper arrangements could include sofas, settees, chairs and clusters of chairs grouped in a semi-private space, faced toward one another.

The benefits of reception – lobby area high back soft seating

One of the key benefits is privacy.  You don’t broadcast your discussion around the lobby.  Another benefit is cost.  It is a significantly lower budget to group together furniture compared to creating a new meeting room.  Another benefit is the warm, comfortable feelings you get when conversing in a casual setting compared to often stiff, hard surfaced meeting rooms.

Soft Seating - Configured as a Semi-Private Booth Space

Soft Seating – Configured as a Semi-Private Booth Space

Or Add Screens to Soft Seating Areas to Create Privacy Booths within a Reception or Meeting Area

Or Add Screens to Soft Seating Areas to Create Privacy Booths within a Reception or Meeting Area

Check out these examples – and contact Indoff – Silicon Valley, for more information <click here>

Finally – All of the Advantages of Soft Seating Combined with Function
Sep 9th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arms

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arms

Add Cool Functions/Features to Soft Seating in Lobbies, Reception Areas, and Staff Break Areas

Comfortable soft seating has been available ages.  Traditionally, most reception seating has been commercialized versions of sofas, settees, and overstuffed chairs.  But now, more and more manufacturers of commercial grade seating are doing innovative designs combined with function.

To add style and flexibility, many options are available for soft seating including armless, arms on one side or the other, angles (so pieces can be placed together and have curved seating), back to back in one piece, even seating with raised sides for added privacy and an quieting effect.

Plus, since both employees, guests and customers  are often showing up with portable electric devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers, providing for their comfort and utility, some manufacturers are including very useful accessories built in to the soft seating (or into the side tables that are designed to accompany the soft seating.

Soft Seating with Easy-to-Access Power and Data

Soft Seating with Easy-to-Access Power and Data

First is the built-in table (tablet holder).  These surfaces are typically movable (in-out, or rotate about a pole that is attached to the seating.  Sometimes these surfaces fold flat out the way when not in use similar to airline tables that fold into the side arm rest.  Others have opens so the tables can be either on the right or the left.

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arn, Power Access, and Cup Holder

Soft Seating with Built-In Table Arn, Power Access, and Cup Holder

Second is built-in power and potentially, data access (sometimes with often used USB ports).  Rather than having users scrambling behind seating or searching behind tables for wall outlets, organizations that think ahead have power at the sofa or soft seating chair, conveniently available.  Access is easy but slightly out of the way so they don’t interfere with normal seating.  This type of access shows your attention to the needs of your visitors (and even employees when they want to take a break but have a great place to sit).

And often, visitors are offered that hot coffee (typically in a paper or foam cup).  A built-in cup holder keeps the coffee secure but handy.

Be sure that as you plan your lounge, lobby, reception, or staff break areas to include soft seating, ask about accessories that increase the effective use of your soft seating.

Contact Indoff-Silicon Valley for more information on types of soft seating and accessories that can work for you.

 

 

The Secret to Making Your Clients, Customers, and Job Candidates More Comfortable with Your Proposition
Sep 8th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Business Furniture - Soft Seating for Reception Area

Business Furniture – Soft Seating for Reception Area

The Effect of Soft Seating Business Furniture in Your Lobby and Reception Area.

Think about the last time you made a significant purchase such as an automobile.  If the sales person provided you with a soft, comfortable chair or sofa, was it because they were concerned for your comfort or did they know you would probably pay more than if you sat in a hard chair?

Intuitively, management knows somehow that feeling comfortable when you visit an organization helps you feel more comfortable about the organization.  This would apply to customers and job candidates.

Research on How Soft Seating and Tactile Experiences Improve Negotiation Results

Business Furniture - Soft Seating in Lobby Area

Business Furniture – Soft Seating in Lobby Area

A research study by professors at MIT, Harvard and Yale, showed that soft edges and smooth tactile experiences before negotiation or meetings produce better results for the organizations.  Visitors are more comfortable, have almost pre-programmed positive impressions and are likely to be more cooperative in the meeting’s objectives, creativity, and results.  Contact us for the research information <click here>

So where does soft office furniture have the most impact in your organization?

Your lobby, reception area and guest seating offer you the best chance to make that first, important, positive experience.   These are not areas that you want to put hard seats.

Steps to “Softening Up  Your Prospects” with great Office / Business Furniture in the Bay Area

To be seen as more flexible when dealing with people and same time (coming to decisions more quickly while increasing people’s flexibility toward reaching a decision, take these steps:

1)       Seat them in on a soft chair or sofa.

2)      If you hand them anything, avoid hard objects.

Office Furniture - Lobby Reception Area Curved - Soft Seating

Office Furniture – Lobby Reception Area Curved – Soft Seating

3)      Offer them a warm beverage.

The inspiration for this blog came from www.neurosciencemarketing.com

Check out their site for more information in regard to how design can affect creativity and productivity in the workplace.

Contact Indoff – Silicon Valley (www.officefurnituresanjose.com) <click here> for more information on innovative, fun, attractive, soft business furniture for your lobby, reception area, team meeting areas, and job candidate interview rooms.

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