Noise and vibration are concerns in most industrial settings, and controlling them requires attention to a multitude of sources and receivers. Some high-tech manufacturing processes need extraordinary vibrational stability. All facilities include human occupants who need safe and productive environments. Workplace noise limits set by OSHA and other regulatory agencies are intended to protect workers against undue exposure to loud sounds. Similarly, hand-arm vibration regulations are on the horizon in both the US and Europe.
Given the complexity and scale of large factories, designs can be refined to achieve lower project cost and minimize risk of disruptions to sensitive manufacturing processes or violations of noise and vibration regulations.