The video takes us inside the Caimi Open Lab, a group of research laboratories in the acoustic field among the most sophisticated in the world, created by a private company.
It is dedicated to theoretical and applied research in the technological and acoustic fields, for the study and prototyping of new materials.
The sensitivity for the social that has always been present in the company’s DNA, suggests to conceived it not only for the evolution of Snowsound materials, but as a No Profit structure, available free of charge to Universities, Research Institutes, Foundations and Bodies to carry out studies and research aimed at identifying new solutions for the psychophysical wellbeing.
It is located in one of the first Caimi production sites of the 1950s, in Nova Milanese (close to Milan) , that choice well expresses the value the company gives to its origins and its history precisely in the phase in which the third generation is entering company, with the same enthusiasm and the same competence that has characterized Caimi for 70 years.
Open Lab is equipped with highly innovative instruments, in many cases designed and built ad hoc within the company. It took 40 km of cables to connect the entire complex.
Open Lab was built to encourage the development of new technical solutions that allow for the improvement of acoustics in production and design; to study sound and its impact on humans.
This human centered approach is symbolically confirmed by the Mike mannequin who “listens” just like a human and is located in the heart of the laboratory, the Supernova Lab.
Supernova Lab is an anechoic chamber completely isolated from the rest of the world through a triple cover: outside 90 tons of concrete and inside a Faraday cage for electromagnetic shielding and a semi-anechoic insulation made of 1301 sound absorbing cones that create a level of extreme silence; in this surreal condition it is also possible to measure the noise emitted by the walking ants!
An orange door connects the Supernova Lab with another conceptually opposite laboratory, the Rev Lab, the reverberation room.
The acoustic conditions of the Rev Lab simulate those of a huge cathedral and the instruments inside it allow to analyze the sound absorbing performance of different materials by comparing the reverberation time, before and after the installation of the various sound absorbing materials.
A sophisticated Control Room monitors tests performed in the other seven laboratories that open behind the iconic orange doors.