Three Benefits of Using Retractable Curtain Walls

If you’re considering installing industrial curtain walls in your workspace, you’ve likely already researched their benefits and functions and know what they can add to your space. They’re non-permanent which makes them an ideal choice for areas that may shift in functionality with time, and they allow larger spaces to be sectioned off for different departments or jobs. Past the somewhat more obvious benefits of simply having industrial curtains, the fact that they are retractable can offer its own set of benefits.

Safety

A lot of the industries that use curtain walls perform jobs that are either messy, loud, dangerous, or some combination of all three. Installing retractable curtain walls can add a level of safety that standard walls can’t offer. For example, the areas surrounding the curtain-enclosed can become contaminated with the materials used within—chemicals, oils, and other matter that may cause problems with not only cleanliness but also employees’ respiratory systems. Particles can get in the air and into people’s lungs, but even less serious complications with airborne particles, like contaminating other projects or getting equipment dirty, can be mitigated with retractable curtains. They also offer the potential for ventilation if necessary, since they can be immediately pulled back.

Privacy for Classified Projects

Some of your business’ projects may require privacy or secrecy, and if you work on them out in the open while ever having visitors to your workplace, there’s always the risk of your projects being seen, copied, or stolen. Retractable industrial curtains give you not only the safety you need within the space you’re working on your project, but also privacy. Keep those secret projects behind closed doors, so to speak. Because the curtains are retractable, however, they’re perfect for showing off a project to a group, presentation-style. This allows you the privacy you need when you want it, but also allows you to open up a workspace to present the projects you’ve been working on. Engage your employees by showing the progress your team is making.

Saving Energy

Retractable curtains can also help you save energy and save money on heating and cooling costs within your workspace. For instance, if the project you’re working on requires a warmer or cooler temperature than the rest of your building, retractable curtains can enclose the space and hold it at a different temperature, rather than paying extra to change the temperature of the entire area. Retractability means that you won’t have to always keep that space a different temperature, either—so you’ll save money both on not changing the temperature of a large space, as well as not changing the temperature of the small space – a win-win situation.

Industrial wall curtains are used in a number of different industries, but the fact that they can be retracted offers even more benefits than if the curtains weren’t retractable. The level of impermanence is ideal for many businesses, and the additional safety, privacy, and energy efficiency are all benefits when considering retractable curtains. Contact AmCraft if you have any questions or would like to learn more about industrial wall curtains.

Best Industrial Soundproofing Curtains

Industrial Sound Curtains (Noise Cancelling Curtains), Panels & Baffle Systems

If you work in an industry that often works on projects that create a lot of noise—mechanical work, factory production lines, etc.—you’ve probably already looked into what noise-blocking or noise-reduction curtains can offer to your facility. Noise baffle systems are ideal for keeping a loud or noisy project contained, which can be beneficial for members of your staff that aren’t working on that project. There are different levels of sound-insulation available, though, so how can you know what level you need?

Large, Loud Spaces

For large, open spaces that are generally just loud all over, acoustic baffle systems can be helpful for helping to diffuse the sound. These systems reduce the echo and reverberation within a large space, such as an industrial facility or recreational venue. Baffle systems can be ceiling- or wall-mounted, and are effective with mid- to high-frequency noise containment situations. They can be used in conjunction with other sound-reducing systems such as partitions or panels. Wall panels and sound baffles help absorb reflections and acoustic wave “bouncing” which helps to reduce echo and reverberation, making the space more comfortable overall.

Separating One Noise Level from Another

Sound barrier wall panels are larger than acoustic baffle systems and are usually used to separate entire sections of a facility so that sound level is much lower on one side. Industrial grade sound curtains are comprised of a combination of sound wave absorption material, noise barrier membranes, and a durable outer layer. This composition helps block some of the sound from a loud area from “leaking” into another area.  Noise control panels can reduce the transmission of sound—sound that can be harmful to peoples’ hearing, so if you’re looking to separate a loud area, using sound barrier wall panels can be very helpful.

Containing Sound in an Enclosure

If you’re in need of a higher level of sound containment, such as wanting to isolate a job completely to protect the rest of the area from being exposed to the noise, implementing noise control enclosure curtains is what you’ll want to do. These curtains hang from the ceiling, and can use one, two, or three of your existing walls to create the enclosure. Stationary and retractable options are available, which allows you the option of changing how you use your space as your needs change from project to project. Regardless of whether you want to keep noise contained inside or out of the enclosure, these curtains are an ideal way to create separate spaces.

If an area needs to be quieter for a team to work on a project without warehouse noise or other noise pollution distracting them, creating an enclosed space with sound control enclosure curtains can help keep their workspace comfortable and productive. These enclosures may also be installed to surround loud machinery and keep the noise they produce contained to that part of the facility.

For instance, machines like compressors or generators can make a lot of noise and create a lot of vibration in a workspace, so implementing sound-control can allow your staff to work more efficiently and safely, since they won’t be exposed to the loud machinery day in and day out. Sound barrier curtains are also used to be OSHA-compliant for noise level regulations in the workplace. Depending on the level of noise blocking or noise-reducing your space needs, there are a few options available. High noise levels can lead to loss of concentration, accidents, injuries, reduced productivity and long-term hearing loss, so if you’re looking for a way to improve working conditions for your staff, using sound-shielding curtains are an ideal choice.

Dividing Auto Maintenance Bays With Industrial Curtains

As spring turns into summer, the auto maintenance repair industry generally sees an increase in the number of vehicles, both cars and trucks, coming through the garage doors and into their auto maintenance bays.  Typically loaded with a great number of general auto maintenance requests, a vehicle repair shop that is dedicated automobile maintenance needs to separate processes at times to improve efficiency. A good workflow process can be achieved with retractable industrial curtains that can temporarily open an area up, as needed.  See how car repair enclosures and general auto repair divider curtains can improve workflow for standard auto maintenance and repair shops.

Autobody Repair Curtains For General Maintenance

With general automotive repairs dominating over 85% of the industry, it is no wonder that vehicle repair shops require some sort of organization in their valuable floor space.  General repairs can include: diagnostics, rebuilds, fuel injection cleaning, brake services, timing belt changes, tune-ups, clutches, and many other services.  Since these repairs are required as routine maintenance for all vehicles, the industry has repeat customers that have the potential of coming back for all of their vehicle maintenance needs. They will not only go back to car/truck repair shops that offer great repair services and attention to customers, but also have a neat, professional work environment.  Vehicle repair curtains can be used to hide messier parts of the shop. An added benefit to an auto repair divider curtain is that different vehicle bays and/or repair processes can be turned into general car repair enclosures that will separate maintenance bays from the rest of the shop.  Autobody repair curtains are made with an easy-to-clean, durable industrial grade vinyl and the curtain walls can also include vision panels for easy viewing from one area to another in the shop.

Automotive Transmission / Exhaust Repair Enclosures

For hydraulic, electronic, and computer systems for transmission repair and exhaust repairs, vehicle and car repair enclosures around the transmission / exhaust bays are necessary in order to divide the frequent repair requests from the more costly maintenance repairs.  Vehicle repair enclosures are made using industrial vinyl curtains and can include floor sweeps, that negotiate a slope or stem airflow under the autobody repair curtains. Providing a dedicated vehicle repair enclosure that will not be impacted by elements, debris, or miscellaneous objects from other maintenance bays helps to ensure that quality work can be achieved.

Other Auto Maintenance Repairs: Auto Maintenance Curtains

For repairs that are less frequently requested such as:  tune-ups, automotive electrical repair, fuel system conversion, battery and ignition repair, radiator repair, and alternator / starter repair; autobody repair curtains can separate the area from the rest of the shop, especially while working on repairs that may be more disheveled than other repair bays may be.  The car repair curtains can be used to hide one area from another to make it more attractive to transient customers. Providing a professional repair shop appearance as well as a functional division between the areas is important to employee safety as well as showing your customers that the quality of work and repair procedures is what separates them from the competition!

However you decide to divide your general auto maintenance bays, AmCraft has a custom industrial curtain solution that will provide your shop with the functionality and division of space that you need.  You can choose your own color, add a logo (or several logos) if you would like, and work around existing structures and layouts, as needed.  Call our technical specialists today for assistance with your project at 847-439-4565 or email us at sales@amcraftonline.com.

Why Use Acoustic Curtains?

Acoustic curtains are manufactured for reducing noise throughout a specific work area.  At AmCraft Manufacturing, we offer a variety of acoustic curtains, including noise separators, noise enclosures, and noise control baffle systems.  These curtains can work for OSHA compliance situations as well as informal noise containment, and can provide great benefits for the spaces they’re used in.  If you’re unsure if your workspace needs acoustic curtains, read on to learn more about them.

Benefits of Acoustic Curtains

Excessive noise in any workplace can be detrimental to productivity.  In addition to being distracting, noise can also be harmful to an employee’s health: nagging headaches, high blood pressure, and anxiety can be exacerbated when one is subjected to prolonged periods of time in loud environments. Hearing loss is a common problem for employees who work in such conditions.

Acoustic curtains and noise control systems can help with the above mentioned issues a great deal.  Acoustic baffle systems reduce the echo and reverberation in a loud venue or space, which is helpful for areas where “sound bouncing” is prevalent, such as areas made with drywall, glass, tile, and other materials that allow sound to resonate for a long period of time.  Additionally, acoustic curtains allow for a more efficient use of space: you can create separate work areas when sound is effectively blocked, ensuring better, safer working conditions for your employees.

Differences Between Enclosures, Separators, and Control Systems

There are different levels of sound-cancelling acoustic curtains.  At AmCraft, we offer noise enclosures, noise separators, and noise control baffle systems.

Noise enclosures create complete of room-type areas used to confine a source of sound, or to confine a quiet area.  Enclosures prevent a substantial percentage of noise from leaving or from entering the enclosure.  This is ideal in industrial settings where machinery is very loud, as it shields employees from having to listen to the sound all day long.

Noise separators are used for creating a barrier between one space and another, allowing the sound to keep from disrupting the neighboring area.  A typical use for this is in a sports facility where courts near each other need to be kept separate.

Finally noise control baffle systems are used to absorb noise in areas prone to high decibel sound sources.  Sound-absorbing wall panels, acoustic baffles, and flexible acoustic banners all help lessen echo and reverberation within an area.

Which product will be best for your space depends on your specific needs.  Call AmCraft today for more information about noise reducing solutions at 847-439-4565 or email at sales@amcraftonline.com.

Things to Consider When Choosing Acoustic Curtains

At AmCraft Manufacturing, we are proud to offer our clients a variety of noise reducing solutions for a number of applications.  When it comes to making your own decision about what product is best for your needs, it’s helpful to consider the most pressing factors in order to ensure you’re getting the most effective acoustic solution.  Once you’re able to determine your needs, choosing the right product for your use becomes much easier.

Type of Noise

Decibel and frequency describe the sound level and number of cycles of a sound wave in one second – in other words, how loud or how high- or low-pitched a noise is.  What is the source of the noise?  This will help you determine which is the best solution.

Sound Frequency

Frequency, or pitch, is a major factor in how easy or difficult it can be to reduce the sound.  Lower frequency sounds are harder to contain or block than are higher frequency sounds.  Low frequency sound waves have a greater length for the wave cycle to travel – they carry the sound further.  For example, thunder would be harder to contain than someone playing the flute.

Noise Intensity

The intensity of a noise is going to directly impact the type of product you’ll need to contain it – in other words, how loud is the sound?  The decibel (dB) range of the sound to be reduced will help determine the type of noise control system, and the strength of sound attenuation medium that will be best for your needs.

Permanent or Temporary Solutions

The best sound reducing solution will be one that’s installed permanently.  However, in many situations, a truly permanent option is either not feasible for the space or not conducive to the needs and activities of the organization.  Since noise is energy that “bounces,” it must be “consumed” through a combination of absorption and blocking.  Acoustic curtains provide the perfect combination, making it easy to reduce sound in an area.

Depending on the type of noise you are dealing with, particularly the size and source of the noise, some products might work better than others.  If you’re ready to get to work on your noise-reducing project but need a bit more guidance about which method is best for reducing sound from entering or leaving a space, contact AmCraft today at 847-439-4565 or email us at sales@amcraftonline.com.

Industrial Insulated Dividers for ALL Four Seasons

While the remnants of a harsh winter pass us by, it seems to be a ritual task to be able to store those thoughts of industrial insulated divider walls away and not worry about it until the next snow fall. Don’t pack those thoughts just yet! Thermal industrial partitions can be used year-round.

Spring Forward… and Back – Retractable Insulated Curtain Panels

Out with snow and cold, in with life sprouting everywhere!  With wildlife crawling out of hibernation and trees coming back to life, it is almost impossible to think that insulation within your facility is necessary.  While spring is an indication of warmer weather around the corner, there are still several reasons why it is vital to use an insulated industrial curtain barrier.  With trees, flowers, and wildlife, come bugs, pollen, mold, and other allergens and contaminants that can pollute your workspace. Increasing amounts of rainstorms, wind, extreme temperatures, and dust tend to make their way into warehouses that do not have proper air flow containment methods.  To protect products, processes, workers, and equipment, an insulated divider curtain can be installed to protect against substantial temperature fluctuations and control outside pests that can gain access through open warehouse doors and dock stations.

Keep Your Cool This Summer – Industrial Insulated Partitions

Summer is pleasant when you clock out, but if you work in a warehouse, you will have wished that you had a thermal industrial curtain divider!  Many industries use loading dock stations for receiving and delivering raw materials; additionally, products are being shipped out on a consistent basis. Warehouse personnel are constantly being exposed to the summer heat and some of that heat (and humidity) is being trapped inside!  An insulated warehouse curtain wall solves this problem by containing the cool air conditioning within the work areas to create a more comfortable and ultimately productive environment for your workers.  The containment of air flow and control of temperature zones provide a substantial cost savings by reducing the amount of exposure that is infiltrating your entry and exit points.

Fall Into Winter – Thermal Industrial Separation

In the fall, Mother Nature prepares for hibernation.  Leaves start to fall from the trees, the temperatures drop considerably and it’s time to turn up the heat again! The same insulated industrial divider can be used to contain the heat generated within the facility and control the wayward air flow, the same way it does in the summer. You can see that this multi-use insulated industrial curtain provides your company with energy cost savings throughout the year, and protects your employees and warehouse merchandise from all the changing seasons.

As you can see – the need for industrial insulated dividers remains constant.  It is just the seasons that change!  For more information or assistance with your project, contact one of our technical specialists at 847-439-4565 or email us at sales@amcraftonline.com.