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Hands-On

Silent fans
Range of fans for use in PC cooling
NMB Minebea’s Development Center is working cons-
tantly on improvements in fans.

The new NMB Minebea range of fans is


especially quiet, and is avail-
able in three different sizes.

It’s a familiar story. source of the noise do you hear the Therefore, it
inevitable sounds generated by the makes sense to
Fans that grind and aerodynamics. evaluate fans only
squeak and yet are when installed in the
supposed to provide Trend towards appliance. Obstruc-
bigger fans tions in the air stream,
cooling for computers! Once the fans are installed, it’s structure-borne noise and a well
impossible to hear them. However, sound-proofed housing all have About us
Gerhard Langner in tests, measurements are often both a positive and negative impact
taken or sound emissions are regis- on noise emissions. Whereas fans of NMB Minebea has its headquar-
tered immediately next to the source 60 mm x 60 mm and smaller were ters in Tokyo. Annual sales exceed
To put an end to this scourge of of the noise. Technically speaking, used in older computers, there’s € 2 billion. It employs 44,000 staff
the workplace, the Minebea-Mat- these are not comparable measure- now a distinct trend to go for the worldwide. NMB Minebea incor-
porates more than 80 subsidiary
sushita joint venture has developed ments but perceptions, which can bigger fans of 80, 92 and 120 mm. companies and branch operations,
a new range of fans whose noise differ considerably, depending Larger fans necessitate significantly with production sites in China,
emission is limited to a tolerable on the individual concerned and smaller speeds for the same airflow Thailand, Singapore, Germany, UK,
20 dBA. their hearing capacity. Equally, the capacity and this results directly USA and Mexico.
The company produces 180 m
A comparison would be with a frequency or pitch of the sound in noise reduction. However, the
ball bearings and more than 10
tranquil bedroom during the night, plays a decisive role as to whether effect of the low speeds is to bring m fans for the global market per
and at 20 dBA, that’s even quieter. In the sound is perceived as pleasant the commutation noises of the month. As well as these products,
fact, this level of sound is inaudib- or unpleasant. motor and the clicking noises of the NMB leads in the production of rod
end and spherical bearings, stepping
le: it can only be measured. Only electronics to the fore with standard
motors and computer keyboards.
when you put your ear against the fans. In Europe, a comprehensive
Technical data
NMB Minebea’s new range of program of support and service
Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 10, fans has this covered. The wiring is provided by subsidiary, PMDM
92 x 92 x 10, 120 x 120 x 10 mm. has been specially developed to GmbH, where customized products
Voltage range: 7…13 VDC are developed up to production
offset this effect, and it also proved stage. Other procedures, such as
Connection: three-pin plug with
possible to improve the efficiency aerodynamic simulation, ventilation
Dipl.-Ing. tacho pulse
Gerhard Langner, Air flow rate: 7…20 liters per of established two-phase motors. measurement, noise measurement
graduate second Where rubber packing is also fitted and endurance testing, are also car-
engineer at NMB- Power supply: 0.4 – 0.7 Watt ried out here as a customer service
as sound-proofing at the installati-
Minebea GmbH, Acoustic pressure free delivery provision as well as for in-house
Langen on stage, the noise can be further development.
below 12 dB
www.nmb-minebea.de reduced by up to three decibels.

2 PRAXIS PROFILINE – Intelligent cooling – September 2007