Winter is coming. In fact, in many areas winter has arrived earlier than expected. With the change in seasons comes drastic shifts in the temperature. Is your facility weather-proofed? Here is a quick three step checklist to follow in order to winterize your warehouse and get weather ready:
The loading dock of your warehouse or facility is typically the primary source of energy inefficiency and where your building will most likely experience the highest loss of hot or cold air. Creating temperature separation with industrial insulated curtain walls form an effective barrier between your dock area and the other work spaces within your facility.
For many food distribution companies and manufacturing plants where food storage is a primary function, managing temperature differentials within various areas of the facility is a year-round goal. Incorporating insulated temperature control curtains into your space planning arsenal gives you added peace of mind. Primarily because when insulated curtain walls are strategically and properly used to enclose cold storage areas, they can help to maintain the required temperature range without compromise from the heat zones in other parts of the building.
The most important aspect to consider while getting your facility optimized for temperature change is flexibility. Consider the 3 P’s of workflow management: People, Production and Practicality. Will creating separation and insulating certain areas improve the comfort level of your employees? Will this newly enclosed work space require entry and exit points for easier accessibility? Is it practical to erect a permanent wall versus installing an insulated industrial curtain wall that can be relocated if necessary should your spatial needs change? Temperature control curtains certainly can offer the cost-effective flexibility you need to weather adapt your facility.
AmCraft Manufacturing crafts insulated curtain wall solutions that speak to the importance of flexibility and adaptability by offering custom sizes and stationary or retractable mounting options. One of AmCraft’s best-selling temperature control curtains is their 4” thick semi-flexible stationary insulated curtain wall which can be customized to a maximum height of up to 40ft, which is exceptionally higher than the industry standard.
When the big chill hits it’s best to be ready. One of the best decisions you can make for your facility is installing an energy-efficient, temperature control curtain wall solution. Contact the industrial curtain specialists at AmCraft Manufacturing and they will help you determine which insulated curtain wall system best suits your temperature control objectives.
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The word baffle, at its most basic level, is defined as, “to retrain or regulate”. Used as a noun, its definition expands to, “a device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, or loose material or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction”. AmCraft Manufacturing understands these definitions and has used them to design a system of acoustic baffles for industrial environments.
With heavier duty outer layers, and performance focused inner layers, these baffles help facilities of all sizes mitigate and absorb sound and lower noise levels. With four different designs to choose from, it is also guaranteed that there is an acoustical baffle to suit all different sound situations.
The first two baffle options are ones that are designed to be supported by a facility’s ceiling. The “free hanging baffle” has a rectangular shape, with the width being wider than the height. Its mounting method has the top edge of the baffle supported from the ceiling, typically using chain suspension. It hangs straight down and provides a wide, flat panel. These baffles assist with absorbing sound that hits them head on.
The second baffle option in this category is the “ceiling baffle”. These units are still rectangular, but are longer rather than wider. Both the right and left edges mount to the existing ceiling, and the center of the baffle is pulled down toward the ground by gravity. This mounting method creates a baffle that is bowed out in the center, away from the ceiling from which it is hung. While these units are also designed to absorb sound, they can catch sound from many different vantage points. Their bowed shape allows them to intercept sound from anywhere within their bell curve, not simply sound that hits them head on.
The final two baffle options mirror those of the two outlined above, but are designed to be supported by the facility’s walls. The “flat wall baffle” has a broad, rectangular shape and sits with its backside flat against an existing wall. Its generous surface area will assist with dampening sound that hits it head on anywhere within its body. Meanwhile, the “convex wall baffle” has a shape that bumps out from the wall on which it is seated. This curved shape once again allows this unit to absorb sound from a wider range of areas. When mounted to a wall, this curved baffle can easily break up sound traveling from the ground, ceiling, or open area in front of it.
All baffle options fabricated by AmCraft have options for their front layer which allows for sound transmission through them, as well as durability and cleanability over time. This unique combination of two different mediums allows for the fabrication of a high performance acoustic product in a long-lasting shell. For more information, please contact our dedicated sales team here.
At AmCraft, we are so thoroughly committed to manufacturing high quality industrial curtain walls, that sometimes we take it for granted that other industrial curtains on the market don’t adhere to our same high standards. When we sat down and analyzed our construction process stitch by stitch, we thought we would allow ourselves this one opportunity to “humble brag” about the quality of our curtain products so that our customers can recognize the differences between an industrial curtain wall constructed by AmCraft Manufacturing versus what the competition offers.
Industrial Curtains Manufactured Onsite in US Based Facility
One key takeaway is that each and every industrial curtain wall that we sell is manufactured in-house at our facility based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Why is this important and why should you care about where your curtain wall is produced?
Well, once you speak with one of our Industrial Curtain Wall Specialists about your specific requirements and go through the ordering process, your Curtain Specialist works directly with our production team to ensure that your industrial curtain wall is constructed based on the specifications outlined. Any questions that may arise during production are addressed swiftly and directly, not through a barrage of phone calls and emails, where small details can get lost in translation and cause unnecessary delays.
Industrial Curtain Walls Made to Order
Manufacturing our own industrial curtain walls, instead of ordering from a third party and essentially serving as the middle man, gives us more control over the types of materials we use, the overall quality of construction and the customizations that we often implement to account for the unique needs of our customers and their facilities. The attention to detail to our craft and the personal service that accompanies it, are the key things that sets us apart and is what many of our customers have come to know and love.
No Compromising on Quality
Being this committed to producing high quality curtain walls that last does come with its own set of drawbacks. For one, our industrial curtains are not sold at rock-bottom discount prices. Although we do our best to remain competitive in our market, we realize that our curtain walls are not the cheapest in the industry due to our exacting quality measures. Our customers understand this as well and appreciate receiving durable industrial curtain walls that meet their needs.
Also, because we are not rushing to push sub-par curtain products out the door, customers may sometimes experience a lead time that is slightly longer than they are hoping for. Although this does not happen often, when it does, you can count on the AmCraft team, from your Curtain Specialist to the Production Manager along with our onsite Logistics Coordinator, to work together diligently on a plan of action to get your curtain manufactured and delivered as quickly as we can without compromising on quality.
We put together this side-by-side comparison to make it easier to spot the differences in quality between an AmCraft Manufacturing industrial curtain wall versus that of the competition. Take a look!
Have you ever wondered how easy it is to install an industrial curtain wall system? Believe it or not, our industrial curtains are so easy to install that roughly 90% of our customer base opt to handle the installation themselves.
AmCraft Manufacturing sends out personalized installation instructions with every industrial curtain order that ships out. This additional level of service that we provide to our customers gives them the confidence to not only install the curtain wall themselves, but also the flexibility to schedule the installation at a time that’s most convenient for their facility.
Check out this cool time-lapse video that captures the installation of an AmCraft Industrial Curtain Wall system. Our customer desired to create separation in their loading dock and the end result was quite the transformation. See for yourself!
AmCraft Manufacturing is proud to construct high quality custom industrial curtain walls and ship them worldwide direct from our U.S. based manufacturing facility. As a thank you to our global customer base, we are a launching a three month social media campaign.
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When putting together an acoustic industrial curtain, there are a variety of options and choices to be made. The inside layers of the curtain are where a majority of the acoustic performance takes place. However, the outer layers of the curtain are equally important. This outer layer not only determines the look and feel of your curtain, but can also impact the overall function and performance of it.
The first option is our most common for industrial acoustic curtains. An outer layer of solid PVC coated polyester (a.k.a. vinyl) forms a solid barrier between the innards of the curtain and the outside environment. As this is a solid material, it will let slightly less sound through and into the inner layers than the following two material options. This means, that less of the sound will be absorbed or reflected. However, the difference in potential sound transmission that this material offers versus another material is negligible. What this outer layer may lack in sound transmission, it makes up for in other areas. This vinyl layer has a variety of benefits. For starters, it is very durable to abrasion, scratching, cooler temperatures, and everyday wear and tear. It is also easy to clean. It can be washed down with water and a mild detergent. So while a solid PVC vinyl outer layer may keep some sound from traveling to the innards of the curtain, it will also keep dirt, dust, debris, and moisture from doing the same thing. These features make this outer material an ideal choice for rough, dirty, and/or industrial environments. Additionally, the PVC coated polyester is available in 10 standard colors, making it easy to match to each company’s desired color scheme.
PVC coated mesh is the second option for your acoustic curtain’s outer layer. This material is also durable when standing up to abrasion and cooler temperatures, as mentioned above with option one. As with any mesh, it is more open than a solid material. This mesh boasts a 70% opacity, which means that approximately 30% of the surface area covered by the mesh is open. This will allow the sound to travel through this outer layer more effectively than a solid material would. A small boost in acoustic performance (absorbing and reflecting) of your industrial curtain can be expected due to this factor. To clean this material, we recommend vacuuming it, then wiping it down with a moist cloth. You will want to be careful not to let excessive moisture or debris come into contact with this curtain, though, as these elements can harm the inside layers and diminish its acoustic qualities.
The third and final option for the outer layer of your acoustic curtain is a cloth fabric. This material is solid in coverage, but soft, as most fabrics are. It allows for sound to travel through it, but will stop most dust, dirt, and debris from passing through. In terms of assisting with sound absorption, this fabric is the best option for the outer layer of an industrial acoustic curtain. However, it is not ideal for rougher environments. Dust and dirt may stick to it, it can be torn or snagged, and it can be stained. Additionally, if moisture comes into contact with it, that moisture can bleed through to the inner layers. We would recommend a curtain with this fabric in gentler environments. As with your other options, though, it can still be cleaned. The best way to do this is to vacuum the fabric. Also, it is available in 6 standard colors.
When deciding which of the above outer material options is best for your needs, it is best to think about your environment and determine what will give you the necessary balance between durability and acoustic performance. With industrial curtains, as with all products, you have many good options at your disposal. For assistance is picking the right choice for you, contact our sales team today.
AmCraft Industrial Curtain Wall is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner this January 2018. To enter, simply click the “Enter Giveaway” button below and follow the instructions. Only valid entries submitted via the giveaway portal will be eligible.