Cannabis may not be federally legal at this point, but that hasn’t stopped the “green rush” from flourishing in states with medical and recreational programs. Still a relatively new business emerging from years of prohibition, cannabis regulations are stringent and evolving. Everyone who participates in the industry–from growers to retailers and everything in between– needs to stay abreast of local and state requirements while learning how to establish and expand their business. Learn how industrial curtain walls can play a role in making cannabis business operations run smoothly.
Challenges in the Cannabis Industry
Licensed cannabis cultivators create the raw product that is used to create consumer products, including dried flower, edibles, oils, and more. Growers face a number of challenges including pests, humidity control, and temperature control. Once cannabis is successfully harvested it has to be processed, which may occur at the same site of cultivation. Or, it might be shipped to an extraction laboratory or manufacturing facility. These licensed facilities are challenged to create consistent products at scale, which means their interiors are carefully designed and equipped. Finished products are then packaged and sent to retail locations, like dispensaries. Dispensaries need to have a welcoming atmosphere for their clients, but they also need to be able to store their products.
How Industrial Curtain Walls Can Help
Industrial curtain walls are a versatile solution that can be used in multiple different industries, including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, and retail–all of which play a role in the cannabis business. These industrial curtains can help control temperature and humidity and create effective barriers between work spaces.
Solutions for Different Cannabis Business Environments
Different environments within the cannabis business necessitate different industrial curtain solutions. See how these curtains can be effective in four major areas of the industry:
Cultivation facilities and greenhouses. Cannabis is grown in both indoor cultivation facilities and outdoor greenhouses. Both of these environments require exact temperature and humidity control. Industrial curtains can come in insulated variations, which can help facilities manage temperature and humidity control. Industrial curtains can even have airtight edge sealing, which can help to reduce the risk of pests.
Extraction laboratories. Extraction laboratories require precise conditions for the processing and extraction of cannabis.Floor-to-ceiling industrial curtain enclosures can be a cost effective way to create separate areas within a laboratory. These industrial curtains can help with air flow management, temperature control, fume and dust control, and more. The curtain walls can also be used to help create spaces for sterile testing and quality control.
Manufacturing facilities. Cannabis manufacturing facilities make a number of different types of products, including edibles. There are industrial curtains, both stationary and retractable, that are specifically designed for food processing facilities. These food grade industrial curtains, designed to meet FDA and USDA requirements, can be configured to create separate spaces in manufacturing facilities that make the baked goods and gummies so popular with consumers.
Dispensaries. Dispensaries are the retail outlets of the cannabis business. The customer-facing portion of a dispensary will typically feature educational material and information on the products available for sale, but these stores also need separate storage areas. Industrial curtain walls can be used to create separate areas for products in the back of the retail store. Dispensaries can opt for custom curtain wallswith printed logos, which can maintain an aesthetic consistent with the location’s branding.
If you have a cannabis business or you are in the process of ramping up operations, you know the importance of detail. Learn more about industrial curtain wall options, how they can be used in the cannabis business, and request a quote to get started.
Theaters built with acoustics in mind date back to ancient Greece and Rome. These large performance spaces, often in the form of outdoor amphitheaters, could accommodate thousands of spectators. And thanks to the design of these spaces, everyone could hear what was happening on stage.
Today, acoustics are just as important in modern entertainment venues. Whether a theater, a dance studio, or a sports arena, the audience wants to be able to hear what is happening. Entertainment venues today have the same challenges as ancient venues, but they have the benefit of modern acoustic solutions.
Large entertainment venues have challenges such as reverberation and echoes. The structure of the venue, such as the seats and a stage, will absorb some of the reverberating sound but not all. Strategically placing absorptive materials in the theater or venue helps to reduce reverberation time. This can also help to cut down on the echoing effect caused by sound bouncing off of different surfaces.
How can acoustic solutions help solve these common entertainment venue challenges?
Acoustic baffles. Acoustic baffles are a versatile solution that can be placed virtually anywhere in an entertainment venue. This solution comes in a variety of configurations: ceiling, convex wall, flat wall, and free hanging. Made of absorptive material, baffles can line the back walls of an entertainment venue to cut down on reverberation time. Baffles can also be effectively used on a venue’s balconies to manage acoustics.
The main purpose of baffles is to assist with absorbing echoes. They take the sound that hits them and pulls it in to absorb it. Depending on which baffle type is chosen, they can even absorb echo from a variety of angles in one go.
Acoustic baffles are also frequently used in dance studios and athletic facilities. For example, ceiling baffles may be hung in a studio space or a gym – taking up no space that could otherwise be used for physical activity. Plus, these baffles can be hung close to the source of noise.
Custom acoustic solutions. Every entertainment venue has different needs, which is why we offer customer solutions. For example, we can create large acoustic baffles that essentially combine a curtain’s construction with a baffles absorbing properties. A solution like this can be used to effectively line the walls of a theater from top to bottom. The front of these curtains, or any acoustic curtain really, can be made with an acoustic fabric, allowing as much sound to pass through it and be absorbed inside the layers of the curtain as possible.
We have also custom designed curtains that feature sound absorbing material on both sides. Curtains like these can create effective divisions of space in dance studios and other athletic facilities that have multiple events and activities happening simultaneously.
Human talent will remain core to the manufacturing and logistics space, but the adoption of new technology is inevitable. Whether it is to safeguard operations or improve efficiency, a variety of new technologies are well on their way to becoming commonplace in the industry. Here are five technologies to watch in the manufacturing and logistics space:
Transportation Management Systems
Customer expectations are higher than ever, and the details of manufacturing and logistics are becoming even more complex. Transportation management systems (TMS), arising out of that challenge, are designed to manage the ins and outs of moving goods, according to TechTarget. Today, these systems are mostly cloud-based and integrated into larger enterprise resource planning and supply chain management platforms.
As the market for this technology grows at a rapid pace, users are finding significant return on investment. For example, asurvey conducted by ARC Advisory Group found that companies using a TMS reported approximately 8 percent freight savings.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast system of technologies that enable the transfer of data. Things like wearable smart watches and smart home appliances are examples of how people use the IoT in everyday life. The IoT is already taking on a specific application in the manufacturing and logistics industry through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIoT is made up of devices specifically designed to improve processes in the industrial space. For example, smart sensors can help capture and analyze data that be used to improve efficiency and quality control, according to IoT Agenda.
The global market value for the IIoT is expected to reach $933.62 billion by 2025, according to a report from Million Insights.
Blockchain is a major buzzword in nearly every industry. This shared digital ledger technology offers a secure way to track and record transactions, according to IBM. Its potential applications in the manufacturing and logistics space are many. For example, blockchain could provide more transparency in the supply chain by providing a record of every single time an asset is moved all the way from manufacture to sale, according to Supply Chain 24/7. The technology is already being used in the space and it will only become more prominent going forward.
Augmented reality (AR) adds virtual elements to an existing environment. While it has multiple applications in entertainment – think about the Pokémon Go app craze – AR is also making headway into the manufacturing and logistics industry. This technology has the potential to improve employee training and drive more efficiencies. For example, AR devices could show employees information on package contents and weight, cutting down the time it takes to find this information manually, according to Venture Beat.
Already large companies are integrating AR devices into their manufacturing processes. Boeing is using AR headsets in its wire assembly process, which has resulted in a 25% reduction in assembly time and reduced errors to approximately 0 percent, according to Transparency Market Research.
Artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like a futuristic concept, but this technology is making huge strides today. Machine learning, a type of AI, could streamline the entire supply chain process by offering real-time insight into process management and productivity. The introduction of autonomous vehicles, an iteration of AI-driven technology, could be a game changer for transportation and delivery in the manufacturing and logistics industry, according to Supply Chain 24/7.
AmCraft Manufacturing is a leading supplier of Industrial Curtain Walls for the manufacturing and logistics industry. Contact us today and speak with one of our curtain specialists regarding your space separation, temperature control or noise reduction needs.
Some companies can take a product all the way from development to sale using only in-house resources, but many businesses opt for outside help. Third-party logistics (3PL) companies allow companies to outsource different parts of the supply chain, and the market for 3PL is experiencing explosive growth. The global market for 3PL is expected to reach a value of 1.26 trillion by 2026, according to an Orbis Research report. Already, 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using one or more 3PL services, according to a Supply Chain Dive report. So, what is 3PL, and why is it growing so quickly?
• Single block barrier curtains. As a configurable product, our single block barrier curtains are retractable and can be hung to create a completely enclosed space. The soft side of the curtain – made with 2 inches of sound attenuation material – is hung to face the source of the noise you wish to dampen. The other side of the curtain – made of one layer of sound blocking material – acts as a barrier facing the area you want to keep quiet. The single block barrier curtains have a maximum height of 30 feet for retractable curtains and 40’ for stationary ones.
• Double block barrier curtains. Just like the single block product, the double block barrier curtains are retractable and designed to configure to your needs. The front side of the curtain is made of 1 inch of sound attenuation material, followed by a layer of sound blocking material. Behind this is another layer of 1” sound attenuation material and sound blocking material, making this curtain have 2 complete layers. The double block barrier curtains have a maximum height of 20 feet for retractable curtains and 30’ for stationary ones.
• Acoustic baffles. AmCraft offers acoustic baffles in several configurations – including ceiling, convex wall, flat wall, and free hanging – and sizes. These products feature 2.5-4 inches of cotton absorption material.
Understanding Decibel Reduction
Putting an exact number on decibel reduction for a particular space is difficult – there are too many variables. Noise reduction products are just one element of a workspace’s acoustics. The size of the space; the material of the floor, ceiling, and walls; and how the acoustic curtains are placed all affect noise levels. In a small space, sound has less room to dissipate. This is particularly true of high-decibel, low-frequency sounds. Sound also will travel through and reflect off of different materials, like metal and concrete. Gaps between acoustic curtains will allow some sound to escape the barrier.
Given all of these factors, we cannot offer our customers a decibel reduction guarantee, but we can demonstrate how our products have been used in multiple different settings. Our case studies show the decibel reduction results achieved in real-world projects, which you can use as a model for understanding what to expect with your own project.
In addition to our case studies, we also provide sound transmission (STC) and noise reduction coefficient (NRC) ratings for each of our acoustic abatement products. These ratings, helpful for any noise abatement product, measure two different things. STC ratings measure how well a product lessens decibels as noise passes through it. NRC ratings measure how well a product absorbs sound. Review the STC and NRC ratings for each of our products on our data sheets.
Our acoustic abatement products are designed to bring effective noise reduction to your workspace. Reach out to our team to create your curtain and take the first step toward improved noise management.
We live in a time where the presence of computers is becoming more and more apparent in our daily lives. ATM machines dispense money, instead of a personal banker. Traffic cameras at stop lights issue tickets, instead of police officers. It is harder and harder to find a company that answers their own phones, instead of an automated reception system. These changes and evolutions are increasingly apparent in the manufacturing sector, as well. In an industry that could very easily start to slide down the slippery slope of automation, AmCraft Manufacturing makes it a point to continue adding the “human touch” to both its products and its customer interactions.
We want our customers to feel a connection with us, right from their first conversation with us. During normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) our phone is always answered by a friendly employee, ready to assist the customer on the other end of the line. If the person who answers the phone cannot help with that customer’s request, then they can certainly help seek out the person who can.
Throughout the process of designing their curtainwall system, each customer is assigned a designated sales representative. Should that sales associate be out of the office, then our sales manager typically steps in to help during that time. We want to ensure that no customer feels unheard, and that their needs are always being met. This pattern continues from the sales and design phase all the way through to shipping and billing. Each department at AmCraft is staffed by human employees who give their best each day for our customers.
Our esteemed owner and president, Mark Deutsch, is quoted as saying, “People are our greatest asset and our greatest challenge”. Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, errors do happen. This, as well, is part of the “human element” at AmCraft Manufacturing. Occasionally a project is quoted incorrectly, a curtain can be fabricated to the wrong size, or a shipment can go out to the wrong facility. While we always strive to give the best customer service possible, mistakes do happen, despite the best of intentions.
However, here again, the human element saves us. If a customer experiences a problem, they can call in and be directly connected to an employee who can quickly and efficiently troubleshoot the issue. Whether that amounts to a corrected product being made and shipped, a billing discrepancy resolved, or any other issue, we always aim to fix our mistakes quickly and to keep our customer in the loop throughout the entire process.
It would be easy to take each time a mistake is made and use it to build a case for additional automation. However, we at AmCraft feel that this is a slippery slope; and one from which companies typically do not come back from. While we always want to grow, modernize, and improve, we also want to maintain our core. We hear it over and over again from customers all over the country, the human touch that AmCraft offers, from start to finish, is one of the most refreshing and vital services that we offer.