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October 25, 2017

Congratulations to Cole Jarman for their ANC vibration award success.

The Pliteq sponsored award for work in the field of vibration went to Cole Jarman, who were recognized at the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Annual Conference.

Read more here:

https://www.colejarman.com/2017/06/cole-jarman-celebrate-trade-body-award-success/
June 15, 2017

NOISE-CON 2017 Papers

The Pliteq engineering team presented two papers at the annual NOISE-CON meetings in Grand Rapids, MI this week. Thank you to all of the organizers and engineers in attendance for making it a truly memorable week.

The first paper was focused on GenieMat FIT, showing a correlation between force pulse and sound pressure level measurements. Our unique approach to testing material properties has enabled us to optimize system design and help engineers better predict field performance.

The second paper was a study of wood frame construction, comparing lab and field data, tapping machine and Tachibana ball results, and modified dual-rating (LIR/HIR) of various units within a development. While the floor-ceiling assemblies were the same, framing layouts and effective spans created significant differences in performance, but not in the frequency range we expected.

Both papers will be available for review on EchoOne (echo-one.pliteq.com) by the end of the week.
May 30, 2017

New GenieClip Installation Video

Check out the new GenieClip RST installation video, now available on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1y7ETzty5o
January 19, 2017

Toronto Networking Event - March 1st

GTA people, please join us for a fun night of networking with other construction professionals on March 1st. The event is being supported by both the Toronto Society of Architects and Construction Specifications Canada.

http://torontosocietyofarchitects.ca/event/1390/
November 10, 2016

Internoise 2016 - Cross Laminated Timber Part 2 now available.

Our authorized private login website users are now able to download Matt Golden's 2016 Internoise paper: "Laboratory Data Examining Impact and Airborne Sound Attenuation in Cross-Laminated Timber Panel Construction - Part 2". This second CLT paper by Pliteq engineers presents various ceiling assemblies and analyzes how they affect impact and airborne sound isolation. CLT is a renewable and cost efficient method of construction making headway all over the world. Our over 40 tested assemblies lead the way in private business research.
October 25, 2016

The acoustics world has lost a true legend, Leo Beranek

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Leo Beranek: renaissance man; scientist, teacher, entrepreneur, television executive, philanthropist, author. His contributions to the field of acoustics are truly innumerable. He will be remembered fondly and the Pliteq library will forever feature copies of his books and papers.

ASA has published an Obituary that tries to sum up his life and work.

http://acousticalsociety.org/sites/default/files/Leo_Beranek.pdf

October 10, 2016

Pliteq Expansion in the Asia Pacific region

Pliteq Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is celebrating its one month anniversary in the Asia Pacific region further to setting up offices and a fully stocked warehouse facility in Singapore in September 2016.

Pliteq is continuing to expand the Singapore-based team to deal with the growing demand for the engineered Genie range of sound control products having secured hotel, residential, university, commercial restaurant and gym projects over the past few years. Pliteq has employees and partners throughout the region to provide rapid engineering and product services.

The Pliteq office is based at 16 Raffles Quay, #33 Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581. For more information please contact Huw Myles, Director, Technical Services at +65 8452 6865.
July 27, 2016

Pliteq Inc. named a finalist in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ontario 2016 awards program




EY has recognized an impressive group of Ontario entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. Pliteq Inc. is a finalist in the Sustainable Products & Services category. Winners will be announced at an awards gala on October 27, 2016 and will go on to compete for the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year title.



Click for more info
July 27, 2016

NoiseCon 2016 Conference Papers

Pliteq engineers published 3 papers at the 2016 NoiseCon conference in Providence, RI. Topics included the first laboratory sound test data ever presented for insulated concrete form construction, a proposed method for measuring the efficacy of fitness flooring products and a general synopsis of Pliteq R&D in 2016. Login and check the conference papers section for more details.
June 13, 2016

Will The National Building Code Changes Reduce Noisy Neighbour Complaints?

"With the rising cost of housing in Canada, many first-time homebuyers may be opting to buy a condo or townhouse or semi rather than a pricier detached home. This means they will be sharing walls with neighbours, which can result in noise complaints even if they are built to code."
Read more of the Huffington Post Article, by Steve Titus, CEO Aercoustics, Regarding Changes to Acoustical Code in NBC
May 31, 2016

Pliteq R&D accomplishments published in the Journal of the Canadian Acoustical Association Vol 44, No 2.

The June edition of the Journal of the Canadian Acoustical Association features a summary of 2015 papers and research completed by the engineering team at Pliteq Inc.
February 23, 2016

Pliteq engineers completed 8 independent acoustical lab test programs in Fall 2015.

Since September of 2015, Pliteq Inc. engineers have completed acoustical testing of 66 assemblies on 8 structures including steel joists, hollow-core slabs, insulated concrete forms, heavy timber, cross laminated timber, suspended ceilings and engineered wood joist assemblies. STC, IIC, delta IIC and heavy impact ball data was all recorded. Please see our login site for access to complete test reports. If you would like to request an assembly for testing, please contact Wil Byrick, wbyrick@pliteq.com.
December 17, 2015

New GenieClip Patent Issued

The second GenieClip patent 9,121,469 was issued on September 1, 2015. Pliteq CEO Paul Downey is now listed as the inventor on 7 sound and vibration control patents.
November 20, 2015

Pliteq engineering featured in S&V Magazine this month.

"Impact Isolation Tests of Variations in Open-Web Wood Truss Assemblies" is published in this months S&V Magazine. The article examines the effect on impact sound pressure level of changing channel spacing and adhering vs floating vinyl plank flooring.

November 2, 2015

GenieMat FAS achieves UL-Greenguard certification.

Our family of GenieMat FAS adhesives are now UL-Greenguard certified. The three formulas (FAS, FAS-2, FAS-HM) offer a wide range of moisture vapour resistance, multiple installation methods to improve job site efficiency, resistance to plasticizer migration and now UL-Greenguard certification. The certificates can be found on the GenieMat RST product page.
October 14, 2015

GenieClip Mount now available.

We have a new product that provides for isolated mounting of cabinets, TV's, garage door openers, hand rails etc. The GenieClip Mount is now available and you can find technical data, specifications and installation instructions on the product page. There is also an acoustical analysis white paper by R&D director Matthew Golden. Please contact us if you have any questions.
August 6, 2015

Pliteq Next Generation Sound Control Formulation

As inventor of the product, we continue to engineer and improve GenieMat formulation with fantastic results.

Pliteq has invested significant funds in engineering and testing new formulations that provide vastly improved performance for sound control in buildings.

Pliteq has achieved industry best performance in both acoustical and structural performance. Pliteq systems are rated between light commercial and extra heavy per ASTM standard C627, and tested in over 600 assemblies.

CEO Paul Downey, inventor of 7 patents (with others pending) comments: “No other high performance systems achieve this level of acoustic isolation and structural integrity. With 20% more rubber in next generation Pliteq formulations, improved performance results in better value to the client.”

Continued investments in engineering and next generation polymer technologies, combined with world class testing regimes allow Pliteq to serve the needs of the global architectural acoustics market.
July 10, 2015

Team of Pliteq Engineers to present at Inter.Noise 2015

Pliteq and its army of engineering talent are presenting technical papers at Inter.Noise 2015.

Technical paper topics include:

- 16.04 Comparing the effect on impact sound transmission of common fire-rated components in wood-frame, open-web truss, multi-family construction
- 16.08 Laboratory data examining impact and airborne sound attenuation in cross-laminated timber panel construction.
- 16.09 Comparing various fitness flooring assemblies using heavy/soft and heavy/hard impact sources
- 7.01 Dynamic Stiffness, Impact and Airborne Sound Transmission of Recycled Rubber Floating Floor Interlayers
- 19.02 The need, and plans for, an inter-laboratory study to improve ASTM International standard E90’s precision and bias statement

“I am impressed with the dedication and ingenuity of our engineering team. They keep advancing the research in polymers for architectural acoustics. This library of data is available for the acoustic engineering community for use in improving building design and construction.” - Paul Downey, CEO

Continued investments in engineering, next generation polymer technologies combined with world class testing regimes allow Pliteq to serve the needs of the global architectural acoustics market.
June 18, 2015

Congratulations to the 2014 Newman Medal winners!

Pliteq is pleased to support the Robert Bradford Newman student award fund annually and we would like to congratulate the 19 student recipients in 2014. It is inspiring to see these bright young graduates producing impressive work in the field of acoustics. A great sign for our industry! Congratulations again to Jay Bliefnick, Dane Bush, Yiying Hao, Robert Healey, Christina Higgins, Li Hui, Acadia Anne Kocher, Zachary Nasipak, Ian Patrick, Adam Lawrence Paul, Zhao Ellen Peng, Ariana F. Sharma, Jonathon Sheaffer, Fiona M. Smyth, Yun Jae Sohn, Ashwin Thomas, Christopher Michael Vincent, Chiemi Wakabayashi and Leo Weber.
May 28, 2015

New Product - GenieClip Type C3

On the GenieClip product page you will find the GenieClip Type C3 for isolating suspended drywall grid. This spring wire accessory easily snaps the GenieClip on to standard c-channel that is wire or pencil rod suspended, decoupling it from the furring channel and gypsum board. Contact us if you have any questions.
April 22, 2015

GenieMat RST provides impact insulation in the Caribbean.

Set to open mid 2015, Bahamar, will be the premier Caribbean resort. Located in Nassau, Bahamas, the complex includes 4 hotels, SLS, Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and Bahamar, as well as residences designed by SLS Lux, Rosewood and Grand Hyatt. Pliteq engineers spent countless hours on site to insure the sound control provided was up to the standards held by this one of a kind resort. Geniemat RST was the underlayment of choice and we at Pliteq are extremely proud to have been involved with this project and are pleased to add Bahamar to our ever growing list of satisfied customers.
April 16, 2015

New open web truss test data on the login site.

With the increased popularity of vinyl plank in wood frame apartment construction, we wanted to see how this finish floor performed in the lab. On the login site you will find new open web truss with vinyl plank test assemblies that include components such as GenieClips, resilient channel, GenieMat RST02, GenieMat RST05, with 3/4" gypsum and without gypsum concrete. Some very interesting comparisons. Hope these are helpful.
March 31, 2015

Pliteq completes 600th test.

We are pleased to announce that we have completed 663 independent third party laboratory tests on Pliteq products. The total number of tests continues to climb as more are completed each week. Over the years our innovative R&D projects have included analyses of acoustical performance, structural capacity, dynamic properties, etc. all per standards developed by ISO, JIS, ASTM and ANSI.
March 3, 2015

Matt Golden INCE board certified.

Congratulations to our director of research and development Matthew Golden who recently achieved his Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) board certification.
February 5, 2015

The Burj Club

GenieMat FIT used in the tallest building in the world

Pliteq recently installed the GenieMat FIT product line in The Burj Club, a prestigious private members fitness centre in the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, UAE.

Unit owners were complaining about the transmission of noise and vibration from weight drops, so a series of head-to-head acoustic tests were conducted on various fitness flooring products.

It was concluded by the acoustic consultant that Pliteq GenieMat FIT was the most effective solution to the problem based on superior low frequency isolation.

A team of Pliteq engineers and FIT certified installers made several overnight visits to complete the installation without any requirement to close the facilities to the members.

Pliteq's ongoing commitment to R&D continues to assist consultants in resolving challenging engineering problems.

The Burj Club (Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, UAE) - GenieMat FIT used in the tallest building in the world.
January 28, 2015

GenieMat FF project claims top prize at NIBS awards.

Seattle’s Bullitt Center was the winner in the High-performance Buildings category at the 2014 Beyond Green awards, organized by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC).

Proprietary GenieMat FF technology (US Patent No. 8,240,430 and 8,556,029) was used in this project to isolate noise and structure borne vibration.

Congratulations to the owner and architect on this being called the worlds greenest building.

January 12, 2015

Pliteq chairing technical session at ASA 2015

Research and Development Director Matt Golden is chairing a technical session at the upcoming Acoustical Society of America meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2015. The technical session is focusing on the uncertainty, reproducibility and repeatability in laboratory building acoustics standards with respect to ASTM E90.
November 24, 2014

New Fire Rated GenieClip Retrofit Ceiling.

After resolving numerous customer impact noise complaints using our GenieClip retrofit ceilings, we finally have it listed by UL. M523 is our proprietary assembly and can be viewed through UL's online certification directory. The retrofit ceiling acoustical test data is available in our login site and featured in a 2014 NoiseCon paper.
October 1, 2014

Pliteq Engineers to Present at Inter-Noise in Melbourne.

Pliteq Engineers will be presenting several papers at Inter-Noise in Melbourne from November 16-19. Papers will consider meeting code in heavy timber loft style construction, performance of next generation floating floor materials and measurement of structural vibration and decay rate with a heavy/ hard impact source.
September 2, 2014

Pliteq completes 400th test.

We are please to announce that we have completed our 400th independent third party laboratory test report on Pliteq products. Over the years our innovative R&D projects have included analyses of acoustical performance, structural capacity, dynamic properties, etc. all per standards developed by ISO, JIS, ASTM and ANSI.
August 26, 2014

Pliteq Engineers to present at Noise-Con 2014

Several members of the Pliteq Engineering Group will be presenting technical papers at the Institute of Noise Control Engineering's US National Conference (Noise-Con) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from September 8-10. The Engineers will be presenting papers on retrofit ceiling construction and heavy impact attenuation in fitness centers.
The presentations will be available via our login site following the conference.
June 30, 2014

GenieMat UL Certified

As of last week you will find our GenieMat product line listed in the most frequently used L500 floor-ceiling assemblies. These include open web truss, engineered joist and solid wood joist assemblies. This means you will see more new acoustical tests soon for GenieMat applications "beneath gypsum concrete".
May 6, 2014

Matt Golden joins the Pliteq team.

Pliteq is delighted to announce the addition of Matthew Golden to the Pliteq team as Director, Research and Development. Matt is a graduate of the prestigious Penn State acoustics program and brings a wealth of technical experience in the acoustics field. He is uniquely qualified and positioned to be an outstanding source for innovative research and product development.

As Director of R&D, Matt will be responsible for implementing Pliteq's large and growing R&D budget and furthering development of the new and novel acoustical products that Pliteq has become known for. Matt will also be the head of Pliteq's closely-guarded Project Q Skunk Works Laboratory that was instituted for radical innovations and next-generation technologies.

Please join us in welcoming Matt to the Pliteq family.
April 25, 2014

GenieMat FIT Web launch.

You will now find information on our GenieMat FIT product line by going to the products page. Spec's, installation instructions, brochure etc. are all available for download.
April 7, 2014

Pliteq Expansion in the Middle East

Pliteq (MENA) LLC is celebrating its 1 year anniversary in the Middle East region further to setting up offices and a fully stocked warehouse facility in Dubai in April 2013.

Pliteq is continuing to expand the Dubai based team to deal with the growing demand for the 'Genie' range of sound control products having secured hotel, residential, university, restaurant and gym projects over the past year.

With continued expansion Pliteq now has employees and partners in every GCC and Lavant country.
March 5, 2014

Pliteq Engineering Internships

In accordance with the engineering ethos of the Company, Pliteq is sponsoring an internship program for new talent in 2014. These fully-paid positions are available for engineering students wishing to gain experience in an exciting research and development focused environment.


February 7, 2014

A new Pliteq Patent is here!

An additional patent (US Patent 8,556,029) has been issued for Noise and Vibration Mitigating Mat, which is relevant to the GenieMat FF product lines. Paul Downey, our CEO, is named inventor on 6 patents. Pliteq continues to invest significantly in cutting edge research and development in next generation technologies in the areas of rubber recycling, vibration and building acoustics.
October 15, 2013

Pliteq engineers part of winning design team!

Karl Simpson of Hoare Lea Acoustics submitted the victorious University of Exeter project for the 2013 ANC Awards in the category of Sound Insulation Design. The Awards look for examples of work that displays innovation, and originality in acoustic design or approach to a particular project.

High levels of acoustic privacy were needed in an renovated wood-framed building. The design criteria were strict: "raised voices to be unintelligible in adjacent spaces" as well as subjective.

The Pliteq GenieClip was successfully integrated into the design and then installed on site following assistance from the Pliteq technical team. The GenieClip was specifically chosen for the project for its high level of acoustical isolation performance when used in a single-stud wall construction. The GenieClip fail-safe design, and ease of installation contributed to the field success.

Congratulations go out to to Karl and the entire Pliteq engineering team for this award.
July 30, 2013

New UL Assembly Search Tool

We've added a UL assembly search tool! You can find it on the GenieClip product page. By selecting your structure type, it will return links to assemblies featuring the GenieClip. We hope it's a good source for fire resistance rating information.
July 4, 2013

GenieMat Test Data

New E90, E492 and E2179 tests have been added to the login site. 6" concrete slab structure with 12" ceramic tile and various GenieMat thicknesses.
April 29, 2013

GenieClip featured on HGTV

Recently the GenieClip was utilized on the hit HGTV show "Income Property". It was used to control impact and airborne sound for a basement "executive rental" floor-ceiling assembly. You can see the episode by checking out Season 7, episode 5088.
April 19, 2013

GenieClip adds 20 new UL assemblies.

As of April 18th the GenieClip is now certified in 61 UL assemblies. That's 20 new assemblies including new steel stud and wood stud (single layer) walls, 2 hour wood frame floor ceiling and Ecospan Composite system.
April 1, 2013

GenieMat RST achieves industry BEST Robinson wheel ratings.

New structural testing of GenieMat RST was completed. RST05 achieved a moderate commercial rating while RST10 achieved light commercial. These are industry best results for rubber underlay achieved utilizing GenieMat proprietary formulation.
January 18, 2013

GenieMat Test Data

We have posted new concrete slab GenieMat testing to the login site. Tested with vinyl plank finish floor. E90, E492 and E2179 all available!
January 7, 2013

NRC Report Available

Now available by request, a National Research Council of Canada comparison between the GenieClip and deluxe resilient channel. The study contains various impact sources and measurements on robust wood frame assemblies. Email wbyrick@pliteq.com for an electronic copy.
August 9, 2012

GenieMat FF US Patent Number Issued

U.S. patent number 8,240,430 has been officially issued for the GenieMat FF product line. Pliteq continues to lead the construction industry with innovative and effective noise and vibration mitigating technology.
June 1, 2012

Pliteq CEO provides clarity regarding GenieMat patents, invention history and ongoing patent litigation

May 28, 2012

Pliteq Given Notice of Allowance for new Patent on Noise and Vibration Mitigating Mat

The patent on the invention covering the GenieMat FF products. The patent number is expected to issue in the next couple of months. This is another step in Pliteq continuing to engineer and create new and innovative products from recycled rubber that increase the range of solution to noise and vibrtion in the construction industry.


March 26, 2012

New Pliteq Patent Issued!

We are pleased to announce that the patent has been granted for our Engineered Mechanical Vibration Damper. US Patent No. 8,113,495. The EMVD technology is utilized in our treadmill and fitness equipment isolation pads.
March 1, 2012

New Test Data Coming Soon!

40 new ASTM E90, E492 and E2179 tests will be available for download on our private site very soon.
September 4, 2011

CAA-ACA Acoustics Week in Canada - Paper Accepted

A paper examining various wood frame wall constructions will be presented by Wilson Byrick at Acoustics Week in Canada October 12-14. The paper will examine STC data from staggered stud, double stud, GenieClip and Resilient channel wood stud wall partitions.
June 10, 2011

New GenieClip Brochure Released

Our third generation GenieClip brochure is the most informative yet, including sections on TJI, open web truss, composite and concrete deck floor ceiling assemblies, wood and steel walls, retrofit assemblies, and summary tables of test results. Highlights for the architect and engineer include section drawings providing ASTM sound tested and UL fire rated assemblies.
April 10, 2011

NoiseCon 2011 - Retrofit Paper Accepted

A paper on retrofit wall solutions will be presented at NoiseCon 2011 in Portland, OR. The study includes performance of the GenieClip, QuietRock and Green Glue in retrofit application. The paper will be posted on our private login site in the fall.
March 1, 2011

Pliteq CAD services

Custom and project specific CAD details and drawings are now available courtesy of our technical department. To request a project specific drawing set please contact Wilson Byrick, wbyrick@pliteq.com.
February 1, 2011

Pliteq products available in the United Kingdom

Pliteq recently opened an office in Cambridge, UK with Simon Jones as managing director. Simon brings 15+ years of experience in noise control and architectural acoustics experience. For more information see our contact us page.
January 15, 2011

Structural test data available for the GenieClip

Pliteq recently completed both direct pullout and lateral resistance tests on the GenieClip and two different types of drywall furring channel. The results show that the GenieClip can meet and exceed the structural load capacity of it's competitors.
December 2010

Recent laboratory testing on retrofit wall construction

Pliteq undertook a case study comparing common methods of retrofitting wall assemblies. Using commercially available materials, and tested in a NVLAP certified laboratory, the results showed a dramatic increase in transmission loss and overall STC in the wall assemblies. For complete test information, please login.
November 2010

Pliteq completes 100th acoustical laboratory test

Pliteq has increased its database of tests, and will continue to do so, providing valuable test data for the architectural acoustics, engineering and construction community.
October 2010

Pliteq launches GenieMat FF with low dynamic stiffness technology

Pliteq launches a new product, called GenieMat FF for floating floor. When used in conjunction with a monolithic structure, the GenieMat FF is activated at very low loads to dramatically increase both airborne and structure-borne transmission loss. The GenieMat FF is specially formulated to have a very low dynamic stiffness and has incredible performance for both STC and IIC. For detailed laboratory results, please login.
June 2010

Pliteq receives 40th ul certification

For a list of continually growing approved fire-rated wall and floor-ceiling assemblies, please click here.
April 2010

White paper - Presentation to Noise-Con 2010

Wil Byrick, Director, of Technical Services at Pliteq, presented a paper demonstrating the importance of resilient clip technology in flexible structures including wood-frame multi-family hosing. For more information, please login.
January 2009

White paper - Importance of rubber

Pliteq has completed testing on the dynamic stiffness and shore A hardness of the elastomer and assessed contribution of the elastomer in the increase in transmission loss of both wall and floor-ceiling assemblies. For more information, please login.