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Music above the Machining

An example of a little touch that makes a big difference: The music is uplifting and clear in this shop thanks to a sound system tailored to overcome the machines.
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I’ve noticed how some shops here and there have improved their lighting, recognizing that both the accuracy and the psychology of the shop stand to improve with better ambient light.

3V Precision has arguably taken the next step, giving thought to ambient sound. In this Tacoma, Washington, job shop, there are no competing radios at different toolboxes, or boomboxes struggling to be heard over the machines. Instead, a sound system appropriate to the shop’s noise and acoustics has been installed with speakers mounted high above the machines. Two of those speakers are visible in this photo. As the machine tools run here, upbeat music playing through them can be heard at a level that does not seem loud, but nevertheless comes through clearly enough to sing along.

The music is selected by shop owner Peter Boucher, and he keeps it light. Read more about Mr. Boucher, 3V Precision and this shop’s attention to employees.

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