Welcome to Sound Damped Steel

Sound Damped Steel (SDS) manufactures and supplies highly damped materials, complete kits and components that solve a very wide range of noise and vibration control problems at very low cost. These include both OEM applications where our materials are built-in by design plus retro-fit materials and kits of parts to reduce noise on existing plant and machinery. 20dB+ attenuation is often practical.

“sds – performs like metal, sounds like rubber…”

Effective, rugged, hygienic and low cost – noise control made simple

Damped sheet metals

We manufacture sheets of high damping galvanised/stainless steel, aluminium etc to replace standard materials or for the manufacture low noise parts such as guards, hoppers, covers, enclosures, brackets… These are low cost, rugged and high hygiene noise and vibration control materials, ideal for use by OEMs to create much quieter products with little or no changes required for manufacture.

Retro-fit noise control kits

Would you like to add instant attenuation to existing plant? We manufacture retro-fit kits of self-adhesive dampers that  are an order of magnitude more effective than conventional stick-on damping. Viscoelastic adhesive packs and damped sheets cut to specification are also available to convert existing sheet metal components into effective noise reducing elements.

Noise control products

We design and manufacture bespoke noise control elements to solve specific noise problems. These include noise enclosures, acoustic barriers, lagging and sound absorbent panels.

Our products are also used in the world of high performance Hi-Fi equipment.

Buy Quiet customer policies – a commercial opportunity

An increasing number of organisations are implementing “Buy Quiet” purchasing policies to reduce their compliance costs under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (as recommended in HSE guidance). Our products often provide a easy way to design-in quiet simply, at low cost and without the drawbacks of conventional noise control measures such as the temperature gains and restricted access implicit in enclosures. This means that you can supply quieter products at a substantially lower cost than competitors, giving you a significant commercial advantage.

How do I solve my noise or vibration reduction problem?

Contact us to discuss your application or to acquire samples of our damped metals. For many applications, that is all that is required. If the problem is more complex, we can often provide expert advice based solely on pictures, drawings and smartphone recordings sent to us by email. In addition to our in-house expertise, we also work with the best specialist noise and vibration engineering consultants such as the INVC. They have decades of experience from recommending our materials across a wide range of applications.

As an engineer, I really like sds as a material. It’s rugged, low cost, hygienic, simple to use and very effective… It’s a mystery why most engineers still don’t seem to have heard of it!

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