The Benefits of the Suspended Mounting System

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:

Suspended Mounting System

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!

5 Steps to an Instant Warehouse Makeover Using Industrial Warehouse Curtains

The cost to remodel your existing warehouse can climb upwards to the tens of thousands depending on the desired layout of your facility. New construction build-outs can be equally expensive as the site has to be completely re-configured to suit your company’s specifications. If you are looking to create an instant transformation that will give your warehouse space a whole new look without significantly impacting your bottom line; then here are five steps you can take right now using industrial warehouse curtains.

Step One: Decide How You Would Like Your Industrial Curtain to Function

There are a variety of reasons to use an industrial warehouse curtain in your facility. Your first step in this process is to decide the goal of this curtain in your facility. Are you looking to divide your warehouse in order to separate temperature zones? If so, you may want to consider a thermally insulated curtains. Perhaps you are looking to block a manufacturing process visually so that visitors cannot see into that area. In that case, a solid colored, single layer curtain would be the best fit. Should you need to dampen or absorb sound in your facility, or enclose machinery for noise purposes, an acoustic curtain may be the way to go. Whatever the reason, it is an important first step to identify the function of the industrial curtain wall and the location you’d like it to be placed in.

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Step Two: Choose a Color

Industrial warehouse curtains come in an array of colors from sleek and modern neutral tones to eye-catching tones that are both bold and bright. The amount of color options available will allow you to match your industrial curtain wall to your warehouse or your company colors. A logo can also be applied to your industrial curtain for further customization and branding.

Step Three: Measure Up

Industrial warehouse curtains are made to your size specifications, so it is important to measure the space that you’d like the curtains to cover. In terms of width, you should measure out the raw opening that you want the industrial curtains to encompass. This can be between two walls, spanning vertical columns, or in a totally open area. When you measure the width, make sure to note any structural members that you’d like the industrial curtain wall to include or spatial constraints that it will need to work within.

In terms of height, it is important to measure the height from your floor to you ceiling. If you have a sloped ceiling, you should measure the heights at the lowest point and the highest point. Additionally, if you do not want your industrial warehouse curtain to go all the way up to your ceiling, please measure the height that you do want the curtains to run to.

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Step Four: Accessorize

There are a variety of accessories and add-ons available for your industrial warehouse curtain. If it is important that your industrial curtain wall is air tight, you will want to consider adding a filler panel, floor sweep, valance, or velcro edge sealing as needed. If you are concerned about your curtain wall blowing around due to ventilation or winds in your facility, D-ring tie downs or a chain weighted bottom could be valuable assets. Additionally, putting a vision panel or a logo into your industrial curtain are other options that will subtly add a more aesthetically pleasing design to your warehouse space.

Step Five: Install

Most facilities that purchase industrial warehouse curtains install them on their own. The curtain and track systems are designed for user friendly installation. However, if your facility does not have the capacity or does not feel comfortable installing this system, you can use a recommended installer in your area.

Industrial curtains can instantly improve functionality and enhance the layout of your warehouse. AmCraft Manufacturing offers an incredible tool that guides you through the steps needed to help you create a curtain wall system that is customized specifically for your warehouse needs.

Try the Create My Curtain tool.

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The Benefits of Industrial Curtain Enclosures

When you’re managing a large facility or warehouse, different projects can often benefit from being separated into their own designated work areas. One convenient way to accomplish this is by implementing curtain wall enclosures. There are a few common configurations for curtain wall enclosures, and if you are interested in implementing these in your workplace, it can be helpful to learn the differences and benefits that each one offers.

Curtain Enclosures

1) Floor-to-Ceiling Enclosures

Floor-to-ceiling enclosures create what is essentially a closed-off room or work area, and are the most economical curtain enclosure option. They can be configured to work around existing lighting or fire detection fixtures. Therefore, they are safe to use as complete enclosures. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling enclosures utilizes your existing ceiling and can accommodate most obstructions. These enclosures can be constructed to meet your size requirements, can include as many entry/exit points as you need and the sides of the enclosure can be made to retract or remain stationary.

2) Suspended Soft Wall Enclosures

The next option is a suspended soft wall enclosure. These enclosures have a suspended metal grid designed to support a soft ceiling cover. One of the key benefits of this type of an enclosure is the option to choose a location against a wall or in a corner that works best with the configuration of your workspace. Suspended soft wall enclosures also enables you to incorporate a sliding industrial track system or a fixed mounting system depending on the solution that best fits your needs.

3) Freestanding Enclosures

Freestanding enclosures provides you with optimal flexibility in choosing a location to install them anywhere within your facility. Although these enclosures are free standing and floor-supported, additional support may be needed from the floor or ceiling depending on the size of the enclosure. They are available with retractable or stationary side wall mounting systems and they have a partially suspended support grid which provide the option of adding a flexible vinyl ceiling cover.

Industrial curtain wall enclosures are not only beneficial for isolating areas within your workspace, but are also a great solution to: reduce noise, block light and/or dust, meet NESHAP compliance for auto body shops, minimize air flow, enhance temperature control. Additionally, the enclosures are manufactured using quality materials, making them a great choice for many different industrial environments.

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Three Benefits of Using Retractable Curtain Walls

If you’re considering installing industrial curtain walls in your workspace, you’ve likely already researched their benefits and functions and know what they can add to your space. They’re non-permanent which makes them an ideal choice for areas that may shift in functionality with time, and they allow larger spaces to be sectioned off for different departments or jobs. Past the somewhat more obvious benefits of simply having industrial curtains, the fact that they are retractable can offer its own set of benefits.

Safety

A lot of the industries that use curtain walls perform jobs that are either messy, loud, dangerous, or some combination of all three. Installing retractable curtain walls can add a level of safety that standard walls can’t offer. For example, the areas surrounding the curtain-enclosed can become contaminated with the materials used within—chemicals, oils, and other matter that may cause problems with not only cleanliness but also employees’ respiratory systems. Particles can get in the air and into people’s lungs, but even less serious complications with airborne particles, like contaminating other projects or getting equipment dirty, can be mitigated with retractable curtains. They also offer the potential for ventilation if necessary, since they can be immediately pulled back.

Privacy for Classified Projects

Some of your business’ projects may require privacy or secrecy, and if you work on them out in the open while ever having visitors to your workplace, there’s always the risk of your projects being seen, copied, or stolen. Retractable industrial curtains give you not only the safety you need within the space you’re working on your project, but also privacy. Keep those secret projects behind closed doors, so to speak. Because the curtains are retractable, however, they’re perfect for showing off a project to a group, presentation-style. This allows you the privacy you need when you want it, but also allows you to open up a workspace to present the projects you’ve been working on. Engage your employees by showing the progress your team is making.

Saving Energy

Retractable curtains can also help you save energy and save money on heating and cooling costs within your workspace. For instance, if the project you’re working on requires a warmer or cooler temperature than the rest of your building, retractable curtains can enclose the space and hold it at a different temperature, rather than paying extra to change the temperature of the entire area. Retractability means that you won’t have to always keep that space a different temperature, either—so you’ll save money both on not changing the temperature of a large space, as well as not changing the temperature of the small space – a win-win situation.

Industrial wall curtains are used in a number of different industries, but the fact that they can be retracted offers even more benefits than if the curtains weren’t retractable. The level of impermanence is ideal for many businesses, and the additional safety, privacy, and energy efficiency are all benefits when considering retractable curtains. Contact AmCraft if you have any questions or would like to learn more about industrial wall curtains.

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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3 Major Industries That Could Use Industrial Grade Curtains

Industrial grade curtains are used to isolate spaces within warehouses or open areas in large facilities. Larger manufacturing projects, storage for inventory, multiple vehicle service stations, and many other business functions require a great amount of space for their operations due to their larger scale requirements.  Warehouse type structures generally have an open area with little customization or division of processes.

An industrial grade curtain is a solution that tends to solve a number of large space issues.  They are also a great way to stay within the parameters of a budget, whether it is a government expenditure or a body shop equipment expense.  The following are three major industries (of the many which AmCraft serves) that could use the assistance of industrial grade curtains.

Government Industry Applications and Privacy

There are a wide variety of industries within government applications that can be curtain walls, such as containment. This can be anything from military vehicle testing areas to servicing repairs in aircraft hangars; and other applications of this type.  An industrial grade acoustic curtain enclosure could either keep noise out of an area or contain noise within an area, whereas a simple industrial grade curtain divider can separate one area from another to define spaces.

Larger scale government or military construction projects that are highly classified in nature will need to be hidden from view, especially if there are international contractors and engineers on-site.  Though these projects may last an extended amount of time, most times, they are still temporary in nature.  Industrial privacy curtains provide a means to separate classified areas from the larger expanse of operations within an open space, providing the space division when needed, and retractability when the project needs to be moved.  This confidentiality can be further enhanced with industrial privacy curtains to keep the area completely out of sight using options such as Velcro closures between curtain panels, Velcro connections to walls, filler panels, floor sweeps, and floor attachments (included with D-rings).  The industrial privacy curtain wall divider can also be moved to alternate locations when one project ends and another project in a new area begins.

Agricultural Industry Against the Elements

The agricultural industry naturally brings the outdoors inside.  A large industrial barn is used for a number of different purposes:  for the storage of harvested crops or livestock; the storage and maintenance of agricultural machinery; or for recreational reasons.  Another benefit of an industrial grade curtain divider is to save money by controlling temperature zones within the industrial barn.  Industrial grade agriculture curtain dividers also prevent cross contamination between areas and from the outdoors to indoors. Those in the agricultural industry need retractable curtain walls to define work areas but also to pull back the curtain when needed.

Agricultural curtain partitions help to protect your harvested crops while they are in storage awaiting pickup for national and/or international distribution.  While they are literally a product of the outdoors brought indoors, it may still be necessary to protect your crops from any additional outdoor elements that may reach your product.  This would prevent any harmful bacteria, bugs, dirt, or additional contaminants which could affect the quality of the produce.

Agricultural curtains can also house combine harvesters, crop sprayers, slurry trailers, planes with chemical sprayers, and other agricultural machinery, all under the same roof.  Usually, an entire farm building or a large wing of an industrial barn is used accommodate these vehicles, given their size.  You may have a “parking” area in front for ground vehicles, and a “parking” area with a runway connected to it for planes, both with entrances that have a great height and exaggerated width.  Ideally, a maintenance bay for these vehicles would be set back a bit to make sure the outdoor elements will not affect repair workstations and also to contain any forced air and/or exhaust systems you have in place.  Wash stations are created with industrial grade curtain walls or enclosures and are a great way to keep the equipment clean and functioning properly without affecting surrounding areas.  With all of these machines under one roof, it’s time to consider agricultural industrial grade curtains to separate and define your work areas.

Autobody Industry and Separation of Processes

Millions of people use vehicles every day to get from point A to point B.  The autobody industry is a necessary and always expanding field. There are new requirements, vehicular technologies, and repair technologies that are ever-changing in the business.  With the rapid growth of features and options in vehicle construction as well as the upward trend in providing a “one-stop shop” for consumers, an auto body shop needs to create work areas that are not only isolated for a specific purpose, but needs to look clean and professional for customers. An autobody shop provides services for multiple processes, on a wide spectrum of makes and models of cars that come in for repair. It is a challenge to meet ongoing compliance with federal requirements for the auto body shop owner!  Luckily, there are certain solutions that a divider curtain can provide to assist with compliance.

Body shop divider curtain walls can be created to enclose a painting area (and accommodate an exhaust system); to isolate grinding, sanding, and welding areas; to accurately assess collision repair damages without distraction; to enclose an area that requires a full deconstruction of the car, and many other functions!  Body shop divider curtains help to organize the multitude of processes that are required within a single shop.  From reducing shop noise to preventing hazardous and/or cross-contaminating situations, body shop divider curtains are the ideal solution to separating designated spaces to serve different functions within the shop.

Whether it is a local body shop or a government aircraft hangar, industrial grade curtains help define spaces for multiple processes within a facility, provide clean areas for specific functions, offer protection from the elements and sound, meet compliance regulations, or just to create a room within another room.  Call AmCraft today for more details on how we can help to define your space for better work efficiency!