Industrial workplaces are inherently noisy. Machinery is running all day long to produce goods, and workers are using forklifts to move material. High levels of noise can lead to workplace accidents, distraction, and even hearing loss for the people working in these environments. Industrial workplaces of all kinds can manage noise levels with the help of acoustic curtains
Approximately 22 million people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace each year, and nearly half of manufacturing workers have been exposed to dangerous noise levels. There are a number of ways to reduce exposure to high noise levels. Workers can wear ear plugs; employers can invest in quieter machinery; and workplaces can strategically place barriers between workers and the sources of high noise levels. The reduction of a few decibels can go a long way toward protecting employees in industrial settings.
Acoustic curtains can serve as that barrier between employees and high levels of noise. Industrial acoustic curtains designed specifically for industrial applications are made of solid PVC coated polyester, which is durable and easy to clean.
Industrial workplaces can opt for different acoustic curtain solutions depending on their needs. Acoustic curtains with Single Barrier Technology and Double Barrier Technology can be mounted on a track system and configured to fit the needs of various industrial spaces. The curtains can create an enclosure for the noisiest equipment, or they can create an enclosed, quieter space for employees to take a break.
Acoustic curtain walls with single barrier technology have an average sound transmission coefficient (STC) of 34.5 and an average noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 0.82. The acoustic curtain walls with double barrier technology offer an even higher decibel loss with an average STC of 47.5 and an average NRC or 0.64.
Industrial workplaces can also use acoustic baffles as a standalone solution or in conjunction with acoustic curtain walls. Baffles are designed to be mounted on walls and ceilings. Acoustic baffles absorb sound and minimize echoing within a space.
Putting Acoustic Curtains to Work
How can acoustic curtains and baffles be used in various industrial settings?
Construction sites. Construction sites are full of the competing noise of tools and forklifts as material is torn down and various elements of the project are built. Acoustic curtain walls can be strategically placed around the work site to manage the sound of different tools. For example, a room that is undergoing demolition can be enclosed with an acoustic industrial curtain wall until the work is finished.Acoustic curtain walls can even have doorway panels and windows to make access to the enclosed space easy for members of the crew coming and going.
Warehouses. Warehouses may simply be used as industrial storage facilities, but that does not mean they are safe from noise. The warehouse goods need to be moved for storage and transport, which means heavy duty equipment and big teams of people. Acoustic curtain walls can effectively divide warehouses into different sections, reducing noise. Acoustic baffles can add another layer of sound management, particularly helpful in large warehouse spaces that are likely to have echoing sound.
Manufacturing facilities. The manufacture of goods is a major industrial process that involves noise all day long. Acoustic baffles can be hung from walls and ceilings to reduce echoes in large manufacturing facilities. Acoustic curtain walls can be used to create quieter spaces in the facility. For example, administrative areas and break areas could benefit from the sound barrier provided by acoustic curtain walls.
Learn more about industrial acoustic noise blocking and sound absorbing solutions and request a quote to get started on improved sound management.
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.
Industrial processes can be hot, cold, messy, and loud. Workplaces need the right equipment to safely and effectively contain this type of work – and different types of industrial curtains are up to the task. Powder coating pipes is one the processes that benefits from the use of industrial curtains.
*Offer valid for orders over $5,000 placed now through 11:59 pm on February 14, 2019, for Single Layer Industrial Curtains, R-15 Rated & R-20 Rated Insulated Curtains, Acoustic Baffles and Acoustic Curtain products only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
AmCraft Manufacturing is spreading a little holiday cheer by giving our Facebook followers a chance to win. Our industrial curtain wall workshops are in full swing this season and the elves are busy getting orders to their worldwide destinations. However, Crafty the Elf has taken to playing a game of holiday hide-n-seek and we need your help to find him! If you correctly locate him, then you will have a chance to stuff your stocking with a $10 Starbucks gift card!
Here is how it works:
Follow AmCraft Manufacturing on Facebook.
On Friday, December 7th, Friday, December 14th and Friday, December 21st we will appeal to our Facebook Followers to find Crafty the Elf. He likes to hide on our industrial curtain website: www.AmCraftIndustrialCurtainWall.com
If you know the location, you can place your response right in the comment section of the designated post for that week’s giveaway.
You must copy and paste the URL for the page where he is hiding directly in the comment section with your response.
The first person to correctly name the location of Crafty the Elf’s hiding place will win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!
The winning response must be written in the comments section of the appropriate post and the winner must be a follower of AmCraft Manufacturing’s Facebook page. Employees, former employees and their families are not eligible to win.
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!