Commercial Restaurant Curtains vs. Decorative Curtains

Find out how Decorative vs. Industrial Restaurant Curtains bridge the divide when a decorative room divider solution is attained for a restaurant from an industrial application.

Businesses usually know where to go to purchase standard products that are used within their industry. When a new need presents itself, a business owner will look to suppliers in their industry first. However, sometimes there is a need these suppliers can’t meet. A restaurant room divider curtain falls into many industry categories that include commercial draperies, home goods, custom designers as well as restaurant equipment suppliers. In the case of Ravinia, an outdoor musical and theater venue in Highland Park, IL , their indoor restaurant was in need of a large, decorative, and retractable curtain to separate space in the banquet room. The banquet room Mirabelle, is professionally decorated and the new room divider curtain needed to look attractive and fit with the decor.

Looking Outside The Normal Distribution Channels
Jim R., the facilities manager for Ravinia was tasked to find a solution for concealing a large storage area inside the room. He determined early on that the best way to do this was with a retractable fabric curtain that would need to be structurally mounted to the ceiling beams.

He had the perfect, quality material for making the curtains, but no way to mount it to the ceiling. His calls to existing vendors did not produce a good option for hanging the curtain, and he had another problem. The decorative material of the curtain was semi-transparent when used with the existing lighting on either side of the curtain. He looked for a way to not only add a liner to the material, but also for a way to support the weight of the finished curtains. At this point he decided to perform some internet research to find other options.

Don’t Give Up, Instead, Think Creatively
When used inside a quality banquet facility such as the Mirabelle, the curtains need to meet the requirements of fashionable and modern décor. Industrial curtains are typically constructed of vinyl, as they are used for purposes required inside manufacturing plants, factories, warehouses and work shop type situations. Although using an industrial curtain was not an option, the method used to mount the large curtain wall looked promising.

A Track System Used As Great Design
Jim called AmCraft and found that he could indeed use a steel structural track to mount the curtains. But, the track is fabricated from polished steel and is industrial looking in appearance. AmCraft provided an option to powder coat the steel track to make the color better blend with the existing pipes and beams on the ceiling. This solution solved the appearance issue and provided a way to support the weight of large retractable curtains. The structural mounting system with a color change was perfect!

Custom Sewn Curtains From Supplied Material
Jim supplied the decorative curtain material to AmCraft and a nylon liner was sewn to it, making it opaque, but still lightweight. The decorative material was sewn to the nylon with double side hems, which created a more rigid curtain that allowed it to hang smoother and more evenly. It also eliminated the transparency of the decorative curtain material.

The combination of the two textile materials produced a high-quality, decorative curtain that is not only beautiful, but also durable enough for everyday use.

A Beautiful Outcome
Reaching out to vendors outside of your industry makes you realize there are many ways to get what you need. AmCraft enjoyed working with Jim to determine the best fabric, mounting option and construction method for the creation of a this decorative, yet industrial solution to his needs.

If you need ideas for restaurant curtains or help in dividing areas for any type of space, Call AmCraft Manufacturing for Custom Curtain Solutions at 877-713-4209 or visit our website www.amcraftcurtains.com

Three Ways Industrial Wall Curtains Improve Work Conditions for Employees

Retractable Folded Curtains

No matter what type of facility you work at, you are bound to run into questions and issues about the acoustic quality of your space. Each space, from restaurants to warehouses, is made up of different building materials that will add to or detract from the acoustic quality of your facility. Just from a cursory look at the internet, there are a number of products that boast being able to cut down on sound in a space, reduce echo, and possibly even deaden the unwanted sounds all together.

Acoustic curtains are one genre of acoustic abatement supply that are popular and for good reason. Acoustic curtain products have two main benefits. First, they can provide more space flexibility and versatility than a hard wall can. Acoustic curtains can often be moved easily and therefore can provide acoustic abatement when needed, but do not have to remain in use when they are not required. Second, acoustic industrial curtains can offer different looks and aesthetic options, which may make them more desirable for your space, depending on the setting.

However, even within the acoustic curtain category, there are many different brands and options for an acoustic industrial curtain. Before deciding which products are best for your needs, it is important to educate yourself on what measurements are used to determine how one brand of acoustic curtain compares to another.

The Importance of the STC Rating with Acoustic Curtains

One measure of acoustic property is the STC rating. STC stands for sound transmission class, and is defined as how well a septum, in this case an industrial acoustic curtain, can abate sound. It also tells us roughly by how many decibels a given barrier can be expected to lessen sound as the sound travels through it. While it is enticing to think that a thin fabric curtain can give a good STC rating, from a practical standpoint that isn’t realistic. A thicker curtain, one with more acoustic material inside of it, will typically have a better STC rating than a thin curtain.

A great example are the industrial acoustic curtain products offered at AmCraft Manufacturing. AmCraft manufactures acoustic curtains and panels with single block technology as well as double block technology. The acoustic insulated curtain with single block technology has an STC rating of 34.5, while the industrial curtain wall with double barrier technology boasts an STC rating of 47.5.

As a comparison, a single layer of 1/2″ drywall on each side, wood studs, no insulation (typical interior wall) has an STC rating of about 33- comparable to AmCraft’s single barrier acoustic curtain. Meanwhile, 6″ Hollow CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) has a typical STC rating of about 46, which is slightly less than AmCraft’s double barrier technology curtain.

How NRC Rating Factors into Noise Absorbing Curtains

In addition to considering the STC rating of an acoustic curtain product, you should also consider the NRC rating. NRC stands for noise reduction coefficient, and is an indication of the amount of sound absorbed when it hits a particular surface. An NRC rating of 0 indicates total reflection of the sound, while an NRC rating of 1 indicates total absorption of the sound. As it relates to AmCraft Manufacturing’s product offering, their acoustic curtain with single barrier technology offers an NRC rating of 0.82 and the acoustic curtain with double barrier technology brags an NRC rating of 0.64. Both options offer a superior NRC rating to many of the other curtain products that are readily available.

In your search for the perfect acoustic product, you will find AmCraft’s acoustic industrial curtain wall and acoustic panel products are designed to fit your needs. These curtains offer superior acoustic value, as illustrated by their STC and NRC ratings. They are also fully customizable to your size and aesthetic requirements and are available in both retractable and stationary options.

Contact one of the knowledgeable acoustic curtain specialists at AmCraft today for more information!

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.

Creating a Comfortable Workspace:  A Curtain Wall Enclosure Case Study

In order to create and define work space within an open facility setting (such as a warehouse), companies can do one of two things:  either construct a solid wall or install a curtain wall enclosure.  With a solid wall, there is a substantial design and lead time for the build and it is non-configurable.  But with a curtain partition enclosure, it is a reconfigurable setup that can work with any existing structures for a fraction of the cost.  In one case study, a company wanted to create a containment area of approximately 4,500 square feet within a 30,000 square foot building.  Here is how it was done using a curtain divider enclosure solution.

Customer Needs to Contain a Work Area

The customer approached AmCraft with their containment project.  The facility had a large space in which they wanted to section off an area as a division from the rest of the warehouse facility.  The general purpose of this area was to utilize a partition curtain enclosure to create a sizable workspace for employees that also housed an air conditioning unit.  This containment area was approximately 50’ x 90’ in size.  The suspension of this curtain enclosure divider system was one of their primary concerns, as the existing ceiling supports were older and may not be able to carry the weight on its own.  Of course, with every project comes its obstacles, but with attention to detail on the customization of the divider curtain enclosure and a little innovation, this possibility became reality.

The Containment Area Design Process

With careful preliminary design planning for the dividing curtain enclosure as well as expert advice given to the customer on building around existing structural elements within the warehouse, the customer gained the technical know-how to be able to custom build an aluminum frame.  This frame would provide extra rigidity to the curtain walls of the enclosure and reduce the load weight of the curtain enclosure system on the older ceiling supports.  The customer welded the aluminum U-channels / extrusions to the track, which connected the curtain divider enclosure to the ceiling.  The custom-designed aluminum structure became an additional support system for the partition wall enclosure and further stabilized the frame by adding vertical channels every 22 feet of width.

The curtain’s top edge was sealed off by filler panels and valances which attached to the ceiling, further customizing the enclosure by building around obstructions ( such as piping, trusses, etc.) which are typical of an industrial warehouse setting.  The customizations were made on-site, and installation was provided by an in-house maintenance team.

The Show “Room”:  An Overall Impression

As soon as the curtain wall enclosure was installed and the workspace within the industrial facility was defined, prospective/current customers of the company who toured their facilities complimented the containment area, making remarks on how unique the curtain enclosure is and how it was nothing like they had ever seen before.  This curtain partition enclosure system made quite the impression!

At a fraction of the cost, lead time, and construction period, this curtain partition containment area not only provides the same benefits of a solid, constructed wall, but also a professional look to curtain division from the rest of the space which can be reconfigured, as needed.   In many cases, this system can be installed as normal business operations continue!  This extraordinary and custom approach to curtain wall enclosure systems paves the way for the future of construction, providing a solution for containing an area that is low maintenance, allows for easy retraction to open up the space, and can be used in many different settings.

Further customization to an enclosure system can include company logos, insulation factors, food grade approved materials, acoustically rated curtain panels, heat treatments, anchoring straps, Velcro and/or magnet curtain connections, large scale dividers (such as hangar bay curtains), and many other options.  It all depends on what the purpose of your curtain wall enclosure will be and how you would like your curtain to look.

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How Industrial Curtain Enclosure Rooms Can Help You

In a commercial or warehouse environment, industrial curtain enclosure rooms can serve multiple functions, for many applications in a wide array of industries across the board.  Some of the most used applications of curtain wall enclosures can range from helping you meet government compliance and regulations, to simply creating a separate room in a large open space.  The opportunities to use industrial curtains to create these rooms are endless!  Read some of our major curtain room enclosure solutions below – as beneficial as these are, there are many more applications for your business!

Automotive Paint Booth Rooms

If you are in the business of painting different types of vehicles, there are several requirements that the automotive paint booth roomsmust have in regards to exhaust and filter systems as well as compliant equipment.  An automotive paint booth that is made of curtain walls can create a room where there isn’t one, but also takes it to the next level.  The paint booth enclosure system has replaceable and compliant filters which are integrated within the curtain’s construction for worker safety and to fit exhaust systems and/or equipment for protection from debris and other contaminants. Custom curtain wall sizing, enclosure ceilings and mounting systems are made to fit your space and existing interior structural elements (trusses, walls, floors, ceilings, etc.).

In many different types of facilities, the noise from machinery, construction, and/or other processes that occur within your workspace have a tendency to do one of two things:

A)    Disrupt the workflow, making communication and concentration difficult

B)    Ultimately causing health issues in employees, shop workers, and supervisory staff

For both instances, an acoustic enclosure room made from sound-rated material will reduce the decibel level from the sound source, creating a more comfortable work environment and meet OSHA compliance for safe sound levels.

Loud machinery that is located in a large work area coupled with many reflective surfaces is a dangerous recipe for industrial sound issues.  Government regulations determine that any noise level that is 85dB and above requires the facility to integrate a full, comprehensive sound program in order to address these noise levels for health and safety hazards.  An acoustic curtain enclosure around the sound source will create a room in which the noise is contained, for the most part.  Depending on the frequency level and the decibel output, an acoustical enclosure room has the potential to decrease sound anywhere between 15dB and 45dB!

Consider this – a 20dB reduction is about 4 times quieter than the sound source originally creates.  A sound output of 100dB can be reduced to 80dB with an acoustic enclosure, below the required minimum of sound regulations!

How do we know this?  A project that we worked on to solve an unwanted noise issue (similar to this example) with low frequency, high decibel sound transference (some of the hardest noises to reduce and contain) has been already accomplished and successfully tested!  The time you may spend on integrating an intensive sound program can now be spent on actual business operations instead of preventative measures, because of the use of an acoustic room enclosure.

High Heat Curtain Enclosure Rooms

So you have a high heat application, such as industrial ovens, metal casting processes, the manufacture of metals from their raw materials, and welding facilities… now you are probably wondering, how do I enclose the source of heat with a curtain enclosure?   In a large space full of workers and potentially temperature-sensitive components, it is important to maintain a comfortable level of temperature in the work area when high heat processes can range from 200° to 1500°F.  A heat curtain enclosure can contain the heat and accommodate any ventilation or exhaust units you may be using to alleviate the high temperatures within the facility.

Welding Curtain Enclosures

You can use weld screens and welding curtains to create a welding curtain enclosure, which will enclose welder workspaces within your industrial area / facility.  A semi-transparent vinyl weld screen creates the viewing “window”.  This will allow management, trainees, and/or other employees to carefully observe and examine the welding process from the other side of the welding curtain enclosure without risking the eye damage of flash burns, welding arc, UV light, and sparks.

The list of reasons why an industrial curtain enclosure room will benefit your business is evident.  The following are just some of the ways to isolate your work areas:

–         Edge sealing techniques

–         Curtain enclosure construction tailored for food processing facilities

–         Insulated industrial curtain enclosures

–         Creating curtain enclosure rooms within a larger room in a cost-efficient way

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Advantages of Using Insulated Curtains

When you work in an industrial setting, you probably encounter areas within your workspace that could benefit from some form of separation. For example, if you work in a food industry setting, there may be areas of the warehouse that need to be kept at a different temperature than the rest of the space. You may also be using curtains as a flexible means of entry from the outdoors, in which case it may be ideal to have the insulated curtains keeping the temperature zones separate.  There are a number of advantages to using insulated curtains instead of traditional, non-insulated industrial curtains.

Save Money on Energy Costs

Installing insulated curtains in your workspace can help you save on energy costs by isolating specific work zones into their own temperature-controlled areas. Because insulated curtains ensure that, for example, cool air in a refrigerated zone doesn’t escape to the non-refrigerated area, you’ll end up spending less over time because the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep the designated work environment at a consistent temperature. By containing temperature zones, your heating and cooling equipment have an easier job, which naturally costs less money. You’ll start to notice the savings sooner than you think – equipment working hard can really add up fast!

Keep Temperature Zones Consistent

Insulated curtains also ensure that the aforementioned temperature zones stay at the temperature they need to be. For instance, if the curtains are being used to contain indoor work areas from outdoor exposure, the insulated curtains will help prevent outside weather from changing the climate within the building. That means that in a building where the curtains are installed at a loading zone, the curtains’ presence helps keep the inside of the building at a comfortable temperature, regardless of what’s going on outside.  These systems help you focus more on the activities of your business and less on temperature control.

Enjoy a Non-Permanent Solution

Of course, if the main goal is to separate different temperature zones, building walls and doors can get the job done as well, but one advantage of using insulated curtains is that they are an impermanent solution. Over time, your needs for the workspace may change or shift around, and because the curtains can be moved around, changing how they work for your space is not as involved as it would be to get rid of or move walls and doors. Impermanence may not always be seen as a positive thing; however, in the case of insulated curtains, it often is.

If you’re compelled to discuss your project, or if you have any questions about insulated curtains, contact AmCraft today.