dB Attenuation: Bespoke solutions for industrial noise

dB Attenuation

The company

Founded in 2001 and based in Colchester, Essex, the UK firm specialises in building acoustic enclosures for transformers on a variety of small and large scale projects including wind and solar powered farms.

The challenge

dB Attenuation worked on part of a European High Voltage Direct Current supergrid to construct a subsea electricity link between Great Britain and Continental Europe. The company was asked to design and install six bespoke enclosures on the Isle of Grain, Kent, to reduce the noise caused by six transformers. The enclosures work by absorbing and containing noise generated by the converter transformers while at the same time providing adequate ventilation for controlling the cooling of the internal plant.

A standard enclosure can take up to three weeks to build and install, but dB Attenuation needed to design a bespoke enclosure that could be dismantled and reassembled in 72 hours to allow for a broken-down transformer to be immediately swapped out and replaced with an on-site spare.

We caught up with Manolis Theofilos, Design Engineer, to discover how SOLIDWORKS has impacted the way that they design. He commented that “with SOLIDWORKS, we can now take complete control of what our product will look like, from the early design stages right through to manufacture and installation. As a result, we can manage customer expectations better, which has a huge impact on what the customer perceives as a quality product and service. I can’t imagine now how we would work without it.” 

Download the Case Study to discover how making the move to SOLIDWORKS helped dB Attenuation improve their design-to-manufacture processes.