Mitsubishi Electric has had the Quiet Mark accreditation for its Jet Towel high speed, hands-in hand dryer reconfirmed for 2016 by the UK’s Noise Abatement Society.
This acoustic performance is achieved through careful detail design of the hand dryers. The fans and air nozzles are designed to create a precision laminar airflow that wipes moisture from users’ hands with maximum efficiency. Additionally, the drying chamber of the Slim units is shaped to minimise disruption to the laminar airflow which further helps keep noise low.
Noise pollution has been described by the World Health Organisation as the second biggest environmental issue after air pollution, as it is detrimental to mental and physical health, well-being and learning. It can also disrupt conversations and mask other important sounds such as alarms and distress calls.
The Noise Abatement Society is well regarded in the UK for its work in the field of extraneous noise reduction and its Quiet Mark scheme is recognised for its championing of low noise equipment. A new Quiet Mark Global website is now taking the concept to new regions including the USA, Canada, Japan, China, France, Germany and Australia.
Low noise operation is required in many situations, such as schools, universities, conference centres, hospitals, broadcast studios and art galleries. Jet Towels have also been installed in mental health clinics and police stations, where noise can have a profound effect on the occupants.
Almost all public washrooms have hard surface walls, floors and ceilings. This makes them easier to clean but also tends to cause echoes and amplifies sounds, with the result that a noisy hand dryer can sound extra loud – even to the point of disorienting vulnerable groups such as hearing aid users, young children, the elderly and dementia sufferers.
“Facilities, designers and managers are increasingly concerned with minimising background noise in their premises,” says Mitsubishi Electric’s Fawn Litchfield. “A busy washroom can have hand dryers in almost constant use, and noisy ones may be heard many metres away from the washroom.
“The Quiet Mark represents instant confirmation that Jet Towel is a good choice for creating a calm atmosphere in washrooms and out into wider public spaces.”
About Mitsubishi Jet Towel
Mitsubishi Electric’s first Jet Towel was launched in 1993 and the version now available in Europe is in the eighth generation of its development. It has proved a winner with installers for its high tech elegance, with operators for its low running cost and reliability, and with users for its convenience, speed, hygiene and innovative design. The Jet Towel has high environmental credentials, avoiding the use of paper towels or rolled cloth and lowering power consumption and noise levels to a fraction of alternative hot air dryers.
Visit www.jettowel.co.uk for further information.