Sound typically contributes to a consumer’s perception of a product in terms of its acceptability, function, and perceived quality or workmanship. Sound may enhance, as well as detract from, the pleasure in using a product and may also indicate how well the product is working. Manufacturers are often faced with negative consumer reactions to the sound of their products and may be uncertain how to improve the quality of the sound. All of these issues, combined with manufacturers’ interest on sales growth in high-end and international markets, have made quiet product design an important attribute.
Acentech’s Product Sound Group specializes in quiet design, sound quality analysis and sound quality optimization that result in specific, quantifiable design changes. Our approach to quiet product design is based on engineering and scientific principles, shaped by our experience and deep understanding of product budget and time-to-market realities. Acentech’s experience has proven that a multi-disciplinary approach produces the most creative and successful sound quality solutions. As a project develops, our highly skilled staff works directly with manufacturer’s representatives from product planning, marketing, engineering design, heat transfer, and other specialty areas. Our recommendations enable product planners, managers, and engineers to define, design, and bring to market products that sound better and lead to higher product acceptance and satisfaction, all in the most cost effective manner possible.
Acentech’s Product Sound Group has supported more than 100 companies ranging in size from small startups to Fortune 500 corporations.
Acentech’s product sound services include:
- Noise “audits” for noise source identification and ranking
- Noise and vibration evaluations
- Design guidelines and analysis for reduced noise
- Evaluation and specification of quiet design layouts and components
- Cost/benefit analysis
- Efficiency improvements
- Analytical modeling for estimating noise
- Sound quality “jury studies”
- Sound quality analysis and recommendations for improved sound