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Mercury opens noise, vibration, harshness center

Eight months after breaking ground on the facility, Mercury Marine has opened its noise, vibration, harshness testing center, adding nearly 20,000 additional square feet to the engine manufacturer’s 2.5-million square-foot campus in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Mercury invested $10 million in the two-story testing facility that will study noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. It houses two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers designed to provide a consistent test environment that mimics being on the open water. Structural dynamic testing bays are used to measure and analyze the NVH properties of engines, components and full configurations on boats up to 45 feet long. There is also a listening room and offices and workspaces for engineers and technicians.

Mercury Marine personnel Andrew Waisanen, John Pfeifer, Tim Reid and Doug Czaikowski take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility on Dec. 6. (Photo by Doug Raflik/USA Today Network-Wisconsin)

Mercury Marine personnel Andrew Waisanen, John Pfeifer, Tim Reid and Doug Czaikowski take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility on Dec. 6. (Photo by Doug Raflik/USA Today Network-Wisconsin)

“We have long said that we will continue to invest in ensuring that our engines are the most reliable and quiet engines in the world and our new NVH Technical Center gives us the additional test capacity we need to continue to meet and exceed our product development goals and meet and exceed the desires of our customers,” Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development and engineering, in a statement.

The facility is Mercury’s third expansion in the last 20 months. In early 2017, Mercury opened its $24 million EDP paint plant and in April the engine manufacturer commissioned a 4,500-ton high-pressure die-cast machine.

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