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Ecommerce is a rapidly growing industry that requires vast amounts of warehouse space. The growth trajectory is expected to continue with approximately 95 percent of purchases expected to be made in the ecommerce space by 2040, according to 99firms. The warehousing industry is responding to the increased need (thousands of new facilities have opened over the past 12 years), but that growth is still struggling to keep up with the demand, according to Supply Chain Dive. Why is warehouse space so difficult to find, and how can businesses find the storage solutions they need to thrive?
The Shrinking Availability of Space
With ecommerce giants like Amazon taking up a sizeable chunk of the available warehouse space, companies are finding the logistics of storage increasingly competitive. This is particularly true in crowded, high-demand markets like cities. Urban centers are already crowded, and carving out space for new commercial operations like warehouses can mean stiff competition to find available space, rezoning, and other development hurdles. As a result, the process of bringing available space to these markets is often slow and expensive.
When companies do find their space, the price can be high. The price of leasing warehouse space has significantly increased in recent years, in some places even doubled, according to Digital Commerce 360.
Building New Options
Building more space is one solution to the lack of warehousing options or adding on to an existing space. Construction projects, of course, take time and significant investment to complete, while companies are in dire need of a solution now. While new construction is inevitable, considering that demand for space will only continue to grow, businesses need a flexible solution that can be easily implemented on a short timeline.
Third-party logistics is a growing industry, thanks to industry demand. Companies are outsourcing warehousing to free up their own space and streamline their supply chains. Major companies, like Walmart, are using on-demand warehousing platforms that essentially operate as pop-up spaces, according to The Wall Street Journal.
These third-party services are a strong contender for companies that do not have their own storage infrastructure. But, these 3PL and on-demand companies have the same challenges as companies that do handle storage in-house. How can the existing storage space be used for the maximum benefit?
Many companies are learning how to repurpose existing storage space to handle the constant influx of goods across varying industries. Warehouse curtains can create effective divisions of space in storage facilities. More flexible and less expensive than installing fixed walls, warehouse divider curtains can create enclosed areas for different products and warehouse operations.
AmCraft’s industrial warehouse curtains provide solutions for blocking light, dust control, temperature management, and more. The PVC vinyl material of the curtains are durable and easy to clean, important features for the busy operations of the warehouse space. Warehouses that need a more fixed division of space solution can opt for stationary curtains, while warehouses in need of more flexibility can opt for the installation of retractable curtains. AmCraft allows even more room for customization with the option to select opaque curtains or curtains with vision panels. Businesses are also able to select the curtain color to match their facility’s branding.
If your business is looking for a solution with a faster lead time, AmCraft also offers stock industrial curtains, a standardized solution that meets a wide range of needs in the warehousing industry.
The needs of a warehousing space often change to keep up with the needs of customers. If your business is moving to a different space, your curtains (unlike stationary walls) can come with you and be configured to the new facility. Curtains can also be helpful if your space is in the process of a construction build out and in need of temporary workplace divisions.
Create your curtain today and experience why AmCraft’s selection of industrial curtain walls are a cost-effective solution for your warehouse space.
The material handling industry is tasked with addressing some of the most complex needs of industrial businesses. Managing the storage and transportation of goods and products means material handling suppliers must have solutions that can cater to a wide range of storage requirements at warehouses and manufacturing plants. This has led to the rapid growth of industrial curtain products.
Industrial curtains offer alternatives to permanent walls, partitions or other enclosures. Advanced materials technology allow curtains to be customized for specific material handling needs.
Air-tight seals. Edge-sealing technology allows for air-tight curtain enclosures. This helps maintain temperature control and keep unwanted air particles, including dust, fumes, and odors from entering or exiting the storage area. These can be used to isolate materials that carry a high risk of foreign contamination. Conversely, they can be used for handling materials that are volatile, odorous, or which can potentially contaminate other materials. In addition to creating separate storage space, these curtains can be used to section-off specialized workspaces within a warehouse or production environment.
Anti-static materials. For facilities where electric discharge could result in an explosion or compromise of sensitive materials, anti-static and electrostatic dissipative (ESD) curtains are a critical solution. The same technology being applied in cleanrooms can also be used for handling and storage of electronic components. Beyond electronics, anti-static curtains can be used with volatile and combustible materials.
Food-grade materials. Food processing industries are subject to excruciating levels of regulation. Industrial curtains can be crafted to comply with the majority of U.S. and international food regulating agencies, including USDA, NSF, CFIA-ACIA and FDA. The handling and storage of certain food products requires environments that are temperature-controlled and bacteria-resistant, while others require substantial airflow. Industrial curtains can create safe dividers between food products within a freezer or cooler, as well as create temperature barriers between air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned storage areas.
Temperature control. Industrial curtains offer a more cost-effective solution to having multiple environmental and temperature zones within a warehouse or other storage and handling facility. Beyond the food industry, such capabilities are needed for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and many other industries. Different insulating materials and thicknesses can be utilized depending on the environmental requirements.
Sound barriers. Many kinds of industrial environments use retractable acoustic curtains to separate areas where sensitive work can be done without the noise, distraction, and vibration of production. For material handling, acoustic curtains can also be used when handling products that are vibration sensitive, such as glass, electronics, volatile chemicals, and more.
Fixed or retractable. Sometimes a material handling solution requires flexible spatial dimensions. Industrial curtain tracks allow many kinds of separated spaces to be increased or modified for variable material needs. Most curtain solutions can also be installed in a stationary position with a variety of entry options.
Work area dividers.Beyond material storage, industrial curtains can also be used to partition workspaces within material handling facilities and warehouses. These can be used for office work, painting or detailing, woodwork, chemical mixture, packaging, and more.
Learn more about industrial curtain wall options, how they can be used in material handling and storage, and request a quote to get started.
Television studios are carefully designed to incorporate the right lighting, backdrops, and soundproofing to produce a high-quality finished product. The soundproofing aspect of the design is crucial because the audio is such an essential piece of the product. Grainy sound quality, disruption from outside noise, and echoing can all seriously impact sound quality, as well as distract the people who are working in the studio. If this happens, your studio could be left with something unusable, which means pouring money into reshoots.
What kinds of noise does a TV studio need to worry about, and how do acoustic management solutions come into the picture?
Acoustic Challenges in the TV Studio TV studios need precise quiet to capture quality audio. Noise Criteria (NC) value is used to understand the noise floor of the studio, which determines the level of undesirable noise. A rating of NC-20 or above typically means the environment is not ideal for recording audio, according to TV Technology.
Common issues that result in unwanted noise include:
Location. While some studios are purpose-built, others operate out of repurposed spaces. In the latter, ambient noise from outside of the studio can become an issue. For example, many studios operate in buildings with other businesses, which can mean external noise.
Equipment. Studios, particularly studios that host live broadcasts, require specific types of lighting that can quickly cause the temperature of the space to rise. In turn, the studio needs air conditioning to keep the temperature manageable, according to TV Technology. Depending on the studio and its purpose, standard air conditioning can create noise that interferes with sound quality.
Sound reflection. Sound will reflect off of the different surfaces in your studio and sometimes pose acoustical challenges. This reflection can lead to reverberation and even echoing. The shape of the room and the material of its surfaces can mitigate or exacerbate this challenge.
Solutions for the TV Industry While big-budget studios may be able to afford redesigns to solve unwanted noise issues, this is not the only avenue. TV studios can also use a variety of different sound barriers to absorb sound and get the room’s noise level where it needs to be for production and broadcasting.
Studio curtains. Acoustic curtains by AmCraft Manufacturing, available in single and double barrier technology, can be hung on a track system, creating an enclosed space that dampens and absorbs unwanted sound (from another business in the building, for example). Although several material options are available, TV studio curtains frequently opt to choose fabric to provide maximum sound absorption. Cloth curtains are often used in theaters and music studios, translating well to the needs of television. Typically, the soft side of the curtain is hung facing the noise it is designed to absorb, while the hard surface of the curtain faces the area that needs protection from noise. TV studios have the option to customize the curtain fabric on the absorbing side (solid PVC coated polyester, mesh PVC coated, or cloth), depending on their needs.
Panels. Studios can also mount wall panels, a stationary solution, to improve acoustics. Acoustic panels can help reduce noise related to equipment used in television production, according to TV Technology.
Baffles. Television studios often need to manage sound coming from multiple different angles (equipment in different places, sound coming from outside the studio, and noise from people working in the studio). Baffles, strategically placed on the wall, ceiling, and as free-hanging barriers, can effectively dampen sound to help ensure the audio being recorded is not suffering from competing sound.
Restaurants are designed to create a specific experience for diners. A great deal of thought goes into the menu and interior décor of a restaurant, but acoustics play an equally important role in the overall quality of a restaurant experience. Patrons want to hear one another and enjoy the social element of dining out, as well as the food. How can restaurant owners effectively manage the acoustics of their space?
Restaurants are inherently noisy places and restaurant noise reduction is a major concern for many restaurateurs. They are filled with the sound of people talking and laughing, music, clinking glasses, scraping cutlery, and busy staff members. Restaurants are sometimes designed with an aesthetic that results in poor acoustic management. Exposed brick walls and high industrial ceilings are striking, but they create a noisy and potentially disruptive atmosphere.
Restaurants do not need to compromise on aesthetics to create a better acoustic experience. Instead, restaurateurs can turn to effective acoustic solutions, including baffles, panels, and curtains.
Acoustic baffles are one the most versatile options for restaurants because they can be made with a variety of different materials and colors. Hung from the ceiling or strategically placed on different walls, baffles do not have to interfere with a restaurant’s visual aesthetics. They can match the color scheme and offer an unobtrusive solution to common acoustic challenges.
Acoustics Solution Applications
Here are four different ways restaurants can effectively use acoustic management solutions to achieve restaurant noise reduction.
• The main space. The main dining room (or rooms) is the most important part of customer experience. Ceiling baffles can trap and reduce sound between the dining room’s ceiling and the baffle. Convex wall baffles have a curved surface that provides a large surface area for absorbing sound from multiple angles, which is helpful in a large, noise-filled restaurant. Flat wall baffles are a good tool for reducing the echo of multiple conversations, which is a common issue in large, open dining spaces. Free-hanging baffles offer a flexible solution to acoustics management because they can be hung close to various sources of noise, such as the entrance to the kitchen.
• Private event rooms. Large restaurants often have private event rooms for large parties, such as rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and graduation celebrations. Patrons paying for a private experience do not want to be bothered by the noise from the main dining room. Likewise, the sound of private events should not escape out into the rest of the restaurant. Baffles can be used in these spaces, just as they are employed in the main dining room. Additionally, acoustic panels, a stationary option, can line the walls of a private event room to completely contain sound. Panels can even be covered with different types of fabric to match the aesthetics of the room.
• The kitchen. Kitchen restaurants are extremely busy and loud. Chefs are preparing multiple meals at once, and staff members are constantly in and out of the area. Properly managing acoustics here helps protect employees from excessive noise and ensures diners are not disturbed by the sound of their food being prepared. Restaurant kitchens can benefit from acoustic curtains can hang on mounted track to help make the kitchen into an acoustic enclosure. The curtains can also be configured with window panels and door cut outs for easy staff access.
• Administrative areas. Much of the restaurant business goes on behind the scenes. Owners often conduct administrative work on-site in an office, but the noise of the dining area and kitchen can be a distraction. Acoustic panels and curtains can be used in the office to dampen noise from the rest of the restaurant.
If you are opening a new restaurant or looking for ways to manage the sound of an existing restaurant, acoustic solutions are a useful tool. Learn more about the different options that could work in your space and get a quote.
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