There are a variety of methods that can be used in order to mount an industrial curtain track system, each made to fit a different type of ceiling or building structure. The most popular option is a suspended mounting system. Whether you choose to use chain, cable, threaded rod, slotted angle, or strut to suspend your industrial track system, this method of mounting has many benefits and provides a good deal of flexibility.
Suspended mounting of an industrial curtain wall track system is typically chosen out of necessity. Some of the most common scenarios that would necessitate this type of mounting are:
1. If your ceiling is sloped. It is essential that your track system be mounted level. If the track is mounted on a slope, then the rollers inside of the track will consistently run down the track to its lowest point. This will not only be highly annoying, but will also impede your industrial curtain wall from staying in place and doing the job that you need it to do. Therefore, if your ceiling is pitched, the best way to mount an industrial track system will be to suspend the whole track down to the lowest point of pitch, so that it can run level.
2. If you have obstructions that you’d like your track to sit underneath. Industrial ceilings very commonly have obstructions in them, such as HVAC ducts, electrical conduit, and bisecting trusses. For a retractable industrial curtain wall to move effectively, the tracking system should always sit below the lowest obstruction in its path. A suspended mounting system will be a great asset in this scenario.
3. If you have a drop ceiling. Drop ceilings, or acoustic tile ceilings, are very common in the workplace. They typically have a small profile aluminum grid that holds 2’ x 4’ mineral fiber acoustic tiles into place. These drop ceilings are typically suspended with light weight wire from a more substantial ceiling structure above.
When running an industrial curtain track system below a drop ceiling, it is not advisable to mount it directly to the drop ceiling. The drop ceiling and its support are typically not strong enough to hold the industrial curtain wall track system. In this case, suspended mounting options would be recommended to support the track system from a structure located above the drop ceiling.
Even if none of the above situations apply, you may still choose to use a suspended mounting system for your industrial curtain track. Once you are committed to this, you will have several options for suspension materials.
Your first option includes chain and cable. These two options are often chosen because consumers believe that they are cost effective, however that is not typically the case.
There are many types of chain and wire cable- ranging in quality and price. Since the entirety of the industrial curtain wall and track will hang from these, it is best to choose a fairly durable and high quality material. Often times, depending on the footage of chain or cable needed, these materials can turn out to be more costly than some other suspension alternatives. Additionally, since chain and cable are not rigid members, they are prone to allowing your industrial track system to swing unless they are firmly anchored into a wall or other building structure.
The second, and most popular, option for suspension is to use threaded rod. This is a very common building material which boasts high strength and low cost. Often times, using threaded rod provides a less expensive option than using chain. Additionally, threaded rod is a rigid material and is far less prone to allowing your industrial track system to sway.
Finally, slotted angle and strut can also be used to suspend your track system. These materials are typically recommended when your track must be suspended more than 7 feet and/or if your facility has issues such as wind that may stress the suspension of the track system. Slotted angle and strut are very rigid structural members, which helps cut down on the track system swaying. Also, these materials have 1”-2” wide flat surfaces on them, so they allow for cross bracing and additional supports to bolster and reinforce the suspended track.
Whichever methods you choose to suspend your industrial curtain track system, please rest assured there is hardware to join the suspension material to your ceiling and your new industrial curtain wall track. The industrial curtain wall professionals at AmCraft Manufacturing can guide you through the process of selecting the best hardware solution for your facility. Contact AmCraft today!
Finding yourself in a situation where you need to order a product that you are not familiar with can be a very intimidating position to be in. Industrial curtains and industrial curtain track systems are products that typically fall into this category; you find yourself needing them but are not sure how to go about ordering. The first thing to consider when choosing your industrial curtain track system is to determine where you will support the industrial curtain track hardware. Below you will find some guidelines and helpful information to assist you in beginning this process.
Choosing the right system
The first thing to consider when choosing your industrial curtain track system is where you will support the industrial curtain track hardware from. The track must be supported to your structure every 5’-6’. Support can come from your existing ceiling, floor, existing walls and vertical beams, or a combination of these structural members.
Once you figure out what will be supporting your industrial curtain track system, take a few photos of that structure so that you can refer back to them when choosing which hardware will best fit your structure. If you are planning to support your industrial curtain track from the ceiling, please also note what height this structure is at and if it is sloped.
There is a Curtain Wall System to Fit Your Needs
There is a variety of industrial curtain hardware available, so that mounting your industrial curtain track system is easy to do. Whether you have a sloped ceiling with beams and trusses, a drywall ceiling, a drop ceiling, or want to mount to your floor or existing walls, there is an industrial curtain hardware system to fit your needs. Additionally, industrial curtain track comes in different lengths, from 2’ to 10’, allowing us to provide as much or as little footage of straight track as is necessary.
The most commonly used industrial curtain track hardware is the threaded rod mounting option. When mounting from your ceiling, threaded rod mounting allows for four things:
1. If your ceiling is sloped or pitched, threaded rod will allow you to level the industrial curtain track.
It is important that your track system is level; if it is not, then the industrial curtains will slide down the track to the lowest point. Most industrial ceilings do have a pitch to them, which is why the threaded rod mounting system is so popular. Once you measure the height at the lowest point of your ceiling, and the highest point of your ceiling, you can figure out how many rods you need, what length they should be, and what other industrial curtain track hardware you will need to make it all fit together.
2. If your ceiling is at a higher height than you would like your industrial curtain and industrial curtain track system set at, threaded rod will allow you to drop the industrial curtain track down a few feet.
It is very common for the ceiling in a building to be higher up than you need your curtain to run. For example, your ceiling may be 18’ high, but you would like to set your industrial curtain track system height at 12’. Companies often do this because they are trying to contain an operation, or visually block off an operation, but it’s not necessary to have the industrial curtain set above 12′ where no one would be able to see or interfere with it. Threaded rods will allow you to drop that industrial curtain wall and industrial curtain track system down to your desired height, while still supporting it from above.
3. If you have a drop ceiling, it will allow your track to sit below the drop ceiling, while the support for it comes from above.
A drop ceiling, also known as a t-bar ceiling or an acoustic ceiling, is a structure that is suspended down from the ceiling structure above. The drop ceiling can add aesthetic and acoustic value to a space, and as such, is a popular option for many semi-industrial office spaces. However the t-bar and tile that make up a drop ceiling are not strong enough to attach to an industrial curtain track system directly. Threaded rod will allow you to support your industrial curtain track from above the drop ceiling, but still set the industrial curtain track and industrial curtain below it.
4. If you have obstructions in your ceiling (water pipes, HVAC ducts, conduit, etc.) that you need to bypass, threaded rod will allow you to do that.
If you would like your industrial curtains to be retractable, then the industrial curtain track system must be uninterrupted. If you have a ceiling with obstructions in it, including but not limited to lights, sprinkler pipes and heads, HVAC ducts, and conduit, the industrial curtain track must be dropped down, via threaded rods, to sit below your lowest obstruction. This will allow the industrial curtain to move within the track seamlessly.
All of our orders ship with installation instructions, and about 90% of our customers do install the industrial curtains and industrial curtain track systems themselves. If you are thinking of utilizing an industrial curtain track system in your facility, please contact one of AmCraft Manufacturing’s knowledgeable sales associates today so that they can get started on assisting you with industrial curtain hardware needs!
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!
AmCraft devised a plastic industrial curtain wall channel that mounts to your wall to help control ‘swaying’ of the curtain from wind or indoor blower equipment. The Industrial Curtain Wall Channel stop curtains from ‘billowing out’, which is caused by the extreme height of an industrial curtain and the amount of sway that is produced from air movement within a facility.
Industrial roller track systems for industrial curtains many times have to contend with outside winds or indoor blowers that can affect how well the curtains control air flow and protect from debris and odors. An industrial curtain can be attached to the wall and used in a number of ways, which is determined by the amount of accessibility and air containment you will need when using your curtain.
Curtain Wall Channels are permanently mounted to a structural wall so the wind seal channel can stop the curtain from moving to far outward, and prevent it from’ billowing out’.
Loose, hanging curtains are inserted into the channel and left unattached to the channel or the walls for instant retractability of the the curtain.
The channel can also be used to bond the curtain more securely. This minimizes accessibility, but will provide more stability of the curtains.
Call us at 877-713-4209 to find out how to best use the Industrial Curtain Wall Channel with Industrial Curtain Walls in your facility.
When installing industrial curtains with suspension systems, especially sound attenuation curtains or panels which tend to be heavier, it is recommended that you consider the Unistrut Ceiling Support System. AmCraft provides several industrial curtain mounting options to meet the requirements of many types of structural facilities such as warehouses, autobody shops, data centers and more.
The Unistrut Suspension System is a grid track system that provides flexibility to your design and layout requirements. Unistrut Suspension Systems offer a variety of track options to customize the size or shape of a room. By connecting various rails and corner units, support grids can be installed with suspension cables to create a drop ceiling. The drop ceiling is less cumbersome than track systems mounted directly to the ceiling and provides a smooth draw when opening and closing the curtains. These suspension cables along with the support track can adequately hold extra weight for large industrial curtains and acoustic curtains that sometimes contain heavy mass loaded vinyl. Additionally, the Unistrut Suspension Track System has a wealth of components that can really augment the standard industrial curtain suspension systems. Industrial curtain mounting options include ceiling mount, wall mount and floor mount. Any size room can be outfitted using industrial curtain mounting options and suspension mount systems.
Room dividers and enclosures can be designed to fit a space to control temperature zones, contain particles and odors and for use as a cleanroom environment. How you will use the space usually dictates the type of industrial curtain mounting options you would require. AmCraft provides design assistance and installation to help you make the right choice for your needs. AmCraft offers Unistrut and other track options for all types of curtain applications. We can help you choose one that provides optimum stability and flexibility for your needs. Call us today at 877-713-4209.