Blachford Acoustics Group’s Vice President of Research and Development, Charles Moritz, will be speaking at the IVT Industrial Vehicle Cab Design & Technology Conference at the IVT Expo 2019.
With a Master’s degree in Acoustics as well as being a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and a US board-certified noise control engineer, Chicago-based Charles is one of the industry’s foremost acoustic experts regularly called on to present at international industry events.
The Industrial Vehicle Cab Design & Technology Conference is dedicated to next-generation cabin design and future technologies for industrial, commercial and off-highway vehicles.
The brand new conference for 2019 is hotly anticipated and expected to be a popular addition to the Expo.
Speaking from 11.45am – 12.15pm on Thursday 14 February at the conference, Charles’ presentation – Demystifying Cab Acoustical Material Selection – seeks to cut through industry jargon and give an overview of the various types of in-cab acoustic treatments, such as headliners, floormats, damping and other insulation. More importantly, he’ll be discussing what works and what doesn’t.
As part of his presentation he will share the basic acoustical formulas and material properties used by the industry to develop and optimise acoustical cab treatments for enhanced vehicle aesthetics, driver comfort and safety.
His appearance at the IVT Expo 2019 follows on from InterNoise 2018. Held in Chicago last August, Charles was the Conference President for the 47th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering which was attended by more than 1000 people from over 40 countries.
As well as presenting, Charles will also be moderating at the two-day conference, being held in Congresaal 2 at Koln Messe.
He joins fellow moderators Tom Stone, editor of IVT International magazine, Michael Jendis Executive Director – mechanical engineering, electronics and project management at Preh GmbH and Alexandra Hermann, Director of Marketing and Communications at Fritzmeier CABS, during the two-day conference at the Expo.
In his role of moderator, Charles will introduce presentations from industry professionals, including Dr Kayhan Caliskan Design and prototype manager at Yaris Kabin, and Jonas Stallmeister Senior visual designer at Centigrade GmbH.
As well as presenting and moderating, Charles will also join Blachford on its stand in the main exhibitors’ hall at the IVT Expo 2019. Charles will also be joining colleagues from Blachford UK who will be showcasing the latest technologies in polyurethane and elastomer acoustic barrier technology on stand 3010 at the show.
The Blachford UK team is all set to greet thousands of visitors at the IVT Expo 2019 being held at Koln Messe in Cologne, Germany, from 13 – 14 February 2019.
Organised by Industrial Vehicle Technology magazine, this is the first international exhibition to bring together the industrial vehicle industry and showcases the latest and next-generation components and technologies all under one roof.
Located on stand 3010, the Blachford UK team will be unveiling a number of new technologies in polyurethane and elastomer acoustic barrier technology at the show.
Developed in-house by Blachford’s own chemist Dr Ken Kendall, five brand new acoustic and thermal applications for industrial vehicles will be showcased at the Expo by Blachford, including:
- Anti-scratch floor mats
- Two colour floor mats
- Polyethylene film floor mat protector
- Embedding of electronics
- Lightweight foam floormats for fork lift trucks
Jason Lippit, Managing Director of Blachford UK will be attending IVT Expo with Blachford’s Sales Director and Technical Directors, Patrick Thompson and Dr Ken Kendall respectively.
Jason commented: “As a leading UK designer, engineer and manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles, we are delighted to bring these new technologies to the IVT Expo. The applications have all been developed following feedback from the customers of vehicle manufacturers. We are confident our latest floor mat enhancements will add value to vehicles.”
Alongside the new floor mat technologies being unveiled at the Expo, Blachford will be showcasing its full range of polyurethane and acoustic products.
Jason explained: “Although there are no full vehicles allowed at the show, we have developed our own display frame to show the range of solutions we produce at Blachford which are designed to deliver the best possible cab acoustic performance.”
We believe Blachford Acoustics is unique in the industry. Why? Because we have our own in-house research and development team led by renowned chemist Dr Ken Kendall.
Our speciality lies in vehicular sound proofing – agricultural, construction and earth-moving (ACE) vehicles in particular. It is through Ken’s extensive knowledge of polyurethane (PU or PUR), however that Blachford is able to develop world-leading turnkey acoustic solutions for vehicle manufacturers.
By having our own dedicated research and development team on site at our headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, we are able to respond quickly to customer needs. Additionally, Blachford is able to push boundaries, innovate and develop products and technology that manufacturers can adopt to further enhance the acoustic properties of their vehicles.
Ken has a passion for polyurethane that stretches back (no pun intended) more than 30 years.
His love affair with polymers began in 1977 at The University of Manchester where he read Chemistry before going on to achieve a PhD in Polymer Science in 1983. Since then he has worked in a number of leading global laboratories which specialise in polyurethane foams and elastomers, honing his knowledge and experience in these materials.
It was through his work with one employer, that Ken was instrumental in the development of ground-breaking shock absorption materials for sports people, including knee pads for the Canadian Ski Team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. That year the team secured two gold and silver medals.
By his own admission it is the ‘versatility’ of PU that fascinates Ken. He said: “You can do almost anything with polyurethane. The urethane link is a very defined sequence of atoms. Between that sequence of atoms there are all kind of chemicals you can add and that’s what gives you the versatility of urethane. It’s a tremendously exciting material to work with.”
Born and bred in Redditch, a town known for manufacturing, Dr Kendall has always been interested in science.
Although he joined Blachford UK as its Technical Director in 2016, his relationship with the business goes back to 2012. He previously worked with Jason Lippitt, Managing Director of Blachford Acoustics Group UK and it was he who enticed Ken to join the business as its Technical Director as part of Blachford’s World Class journey.
Ken’s long career in the industry means he has also developed relationships with important suppliers of key materials within the PU industry, giving him easy access to a myriad of chemicals which has assisted Blachford’s capability in developing new products.
He added: “I am very lucky to work for a company that is outward looking and wants to innovate. Having the freedom to experiment means the team and I can develop products for customers more quickly than our competitors and also enables us to innovate beyond client specifications.”
Embodying Blachford’s forward thinking approach, Ken will shortly be showcasing a number of innovations in vehicle acoustics that he and his team have developed at the 2019 IVT Expo being held in Cologne, Germany.
Products being unveiled at the Expo include floor mats with sensitive electronics embedded within them, anti-scratch and foam floor mats, protective polyethylene films and two-colour floor mats.
Being able to bring five new technologies to market at once is testament to not only Dr Ken’s expertise but also the fact Blachford has an in-house lab and its own dedicated research and development team.
On-site experts like Dr Ken, are enabling Blachford to not only stand out but lead in the field of developing and manufacturing acoustic and thermal insulation components.
If you’re visiting the IVT Expo 2019, find Ken and the Blachford Acoustics team in Hall 11 on stand 3010.
To find out more about how Blachford Acoustics’ pioneering research and development team can help your business, contact us.
Dr Ken Kendall
Blachford UK Ltd
Holmewood Industrial Park,
t: 0044 (0)1246 850828