Get a Room!:  PVC Vinyl Enclosures

In a large space, whether it is a warehouse and/or industrial setting or a large, recreational venue, a PVC vinyl enclosure can create a room where there isn’t one. An industrial curtain enclosure is a perfect option to help you successfully divide workspace by application, process, or function.  In the example below, a customized cleanroom enclosure is designed with exhaust air flow systems that will properly ventilate the enclosed area.  Curtain wall enclosures can be attached to existing interior structural features, such as trusses, I-Beams, walls, wooden support beams, directly to ceilings, or all other mountable surfaces.  See how AmCraft created “something” from “nothing” and assisted our customer in GETTING A ROOM.

Softwall Enclosures for Ventilated Room Requirements

A customer initially contacted AmCraft to provide a curtain wall enclosure with three points of access (and one alternate access point) that will not only seal off the area with wall and a ceiling, but will also include NESHAP compliant media filters integrated within the curtain to sustain the necessary airflow.  In the design phase, careful attention was placed first to where items will be located in relation to a proper ventilation system. Working together, the customer and our technical specialists were able to create a cleanroom solution that prevents fumes, contaminants, and hazardous substances from escaping the curtain enclosure.  With NESHAP-approved filters incorporated into the industrial curtain, this vinyl enclosure made of industrial curtain material provides the ability to keep the air quality as clean as possible.

Drop it Down:  Suspending a Softwall Enclosure System

The customer needed the system to be configured in way that it would drop down from the ceiling. The curtain wall enclosure area required a mounting grid to attach the translucent PVC vinyl ceiling so the light fixtures above the ceiling could be utilized without compromising edge sealing of the vinyl enclosure itself.  A steel mounting grid was suspended from the ceiling, and the track was attached to the grid, which created the enclosed space.

Walls Up: Creating the Clean Enclosure Area

What is Red, White, and clear in the center?  This customer chose their colors, their options, and their area wisely!  The finished product – a cleanroom enclosure – provides the necessary filtration needed to accommodate the customer’s ventilation systems.

Softwall enclosures made of flexible vinyl material provide a cost-efficient way to create enclosed cleanrooms that will work within most any industry and/or application.  For more information on vinyl enclosures, contact one of our technical specialists to discuss your curtain wall enclosure requirements!

Using Industrial Wall Curtains Within Warehouses

Within warehouses, there is typically a lot of open air space that can be contaminated with different particles from around the area. Things like paint particles, oil (in garages), dust, dirt, and more can circulate through the warehouse and make the entire enclosure a mess over time. If you’ve been looking for a way to mitigate the damage or mess caused by airborne particles, you’ll love what industrial curtain walls can do for you.

Separating Spaces

Industrial curtain walls are great for separating spaces. For instance, separating different bays where vehicles are painted can help prevent the mixing of the paint overspray in the air, which can cause flaws in a paint job. Likewise, curtaining off a section of a warehouse or garage with curtains can protect the contents of the enclosed area by keeping it away from the operations of the rest of the warehouse or garage. This can not only protect work you’re doing from outside debris, but it can protect the rest of the space from being contaminated or polluted by what’s going on within the enclosure. Separating spaces is also ideal for mapping out different departments within your business or operation—this helps keep projects and processes separate and contained.

Containing Noise and Particles

These warehouse walls and garage curtains are ideal not only for containing particles, but noise as well, which is perfect for jobs that are both noisy and messy—such as work on machinery, vehicles, and other jobs. Depending on the type of curtain and containment you’re looking for, this solution can be exactly what you need. From autobody shop curtains to paint booth curtains, welding curtains and warehouse curtains, and even food grade curtains and industrial barn curtains, there are plenty of options available to suit your needs.

Concealing Unappealing or Sensitive Operations

Aside from containing debris, airborne particles and noise, industrial curtain walls can work to conceal unappealing or even secret/sensitive information and operations. For instance, if you’re working on a project that is large and aesthetically unappealing but you have visitors coming to the warehouse or simply want to hide what you consider to be an eyesore, industrial curtains are great for this purpose. In the same vein, if you need to keep some things covered up due to confidentiality or a project being a work in progress that you’d prefer to keep under wraps until it’s finished, again, industrial curtain walls are a perfect way to do so.

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.

Closing in on Collision Repair: Auto Body Curtain Enclosures

Each process of auto collision repair involves a separation of work areas – this is where auto body curtain enclosures come in.  Whether to provide an enclosure for a welding area, a prep station, a paint booth, or a wash bay, each step of the process needs to be isolated in order to provide the best quality workmanship and cleanliness for the vehicle repair and make the best use of precious floor space within an auto repair facility.  If you read below – see how the collision industry utilizes autobody curtain enclosures for each facet of the repair process.

What’s the Damage: Estimation Bays

There are 5.25 million car accidents that occur each year (National Highway Traffic Administration).  In each of these car accidents, 1 or more cars may be involved.

A collision estimator has the important role of assessing damages for repairs after a car accident.  In order to carefully evaluate the condition of the vehicle(s), a dedicated estimation bay for each vehicle is needed in order to isolate the vehicle to assure an accurate assessment of damages are provided.  An autobody curtain enclosure protects each area so the process of estimating the repairs is separated from further damage.  After the estimation comes the insurance approval.

Take it Apart: Disassembly Booths

The insurance company usually requires a disassembly of vehicles in order to find any underlying damages not found visibly on the outside of the car.  The re-inspection booths can be partitioned easily with a retractable body shop curtain enclosure for the automobiles, as well.  At this time, a more comprehensive idea of the parts needed are established and ordered, according to the initial assessment and the re-inspection.

Fix the Foundation:  Auto Structural Repair Bay

The body must be reverted back to factory standards in the structural repair bay.  Technicians measure the vehicular frame with a computer system in order to obtain an accurate repair appraisal for the customer.  This analyzes the condition and the extent of damage.  Isolation of this process is typically done in yet another auto body enclosure to help workers to focus on the technical requirements of the repair. The flow of the workspace and the definition of the workstation creates not only a professional environment but provides credibility of the business as a whole.

Sparks Will Fly:  Body Repair Booth

The outside panels of the vehicle are returned to their appropriate sections and the metal is finished in the body repair booth.  A welding curtain enclosure can be utilized to enclose the space for any additional fabrication.  This welding booth enclosure can consist of transparent, tinted material or an opaque curtain with a “weldview” vision panel across the middle.  A welding curtain will protect the surrounding areas from potential spark hazards.

Prime and Paint: Paint Prep Station Enclosure

Sanding, priming, and sealing the vehicular structure are important to make sure the paint adheres to the vehicle “skeleton”.  A prep station curtain enclosure will keep the sanding dust contained, and reduce the amount of primer and sealant odors from entering other areas.  The quality of the top color and clear coat depend on how well the vehicle’s structure is prepared.

Ooo Shiny! – Paint Booth Enclosures

Paint booth enclosures are used to apply the top color and clear coat to complete the refinishing of the vehicle’s structure.  The paint booth enclosure as well as the prep station enclosure may need to follow certain regulatory standards when it comes to construction.  Custom options can be added to accommodate exhaust systems, machinery, testing equipment, NESHAP compliance, NFPA compliance, and other requirements.

Re-United:  Reassembly Station

With the automobile structure back to its factory form, the moldings, detail pieces, and all other final details are placed back into the vehicle and the system is checked.

Down to the Last Detail: Detailing and Wash Bay Enclosures

A thorough cleaning of the vehicle is done.  Since the water splashing and detailing by-products entering into different areas is not ideal, clean, or safe, a wash bay enclosure is used to contain this process.  This prevents debris, cross-contamination, and avoids slippery situations for the unsuspecting technician and/or customer walking just outside the designated area.

…now the vehicle is ready for road testing to make sure everything is working!  A final inspection upon returning from the road test insures that the vehicle is in pre-accident condition. Every process relies on using quality autobody shop curtains to comply with government and insurance regulations. All this is done to make sure the vehicle owner is happy with the results!

Call AmCraft today to help you design the ultimate workstations for your facility 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.