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.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a very common industrial finishing process that can be used on a variety of different materials. It has applications in industries including agriculture, appliances, automotive, electrical, and more. You can find this type of finish on things like bicycle frames, forklifts, kitchen appliances, car parts, and many different types of pipe. The process is so widespread it accounts for more than 15 percent of the industrial finishing industry, according to the Powder Coating Institute.

Powder coating is made of several different ingredients that are melted, cooled, and then ground into the fine powder that gives it is name. Next, the powder is typically applied to a surface using electrostatic spray deposition, according to the Powder Coating Institute. The application tool is usually some sort of handheld gun. To complete the application process, the powder coated product, like a pipe, is placed in a curing oven.

The durability of powder coating is one of the main reasons it is such a popular industrial process. Powder coating creates a finish that has high levels of resistance to moisture, scratches, corrosion, and other common causes of wear and tear.

How industrial curtains work

To understand how industrial curtain walls can help your business with its powder coating, you first need to understand how the curtains work.

Industrial curtain walls are a cost-effective way to create a contained workspace for powder coating pipes and other products. Rather than paying to build walls, industrial curtains are a less expensive, reconfigurable way to create the separate space you need for your facility.

Different types of curtains offer different benefits, including temperature control, sound absorption, and effective division of space.

Putting the two together

Here is how the three main types of industrial curtains can help industrial businesses that perform powder coating.

  • Insulated curtains. Industrial insulated curtains can be used to create a work area specifically for powder coating materials such as pipes. The curtains (which can come with airtight edges) will contain the coating and its ingredients, ensuring other workspaces do not come in contact with the powder coating. The curtain’s insulation value will also maintain temperature, which can help hasten the drying process.

Industrial insulated curtains can also be used to create secure storage space for powder coating that is waiting to be used. Powder coating should be stored away from an active heat source and in an area less than 80⁰ Fahrenheit, according to the Powder Coating Institute. Humidity control is also important in maintaining the integrity of the powder coating. Industrial insulated curtains can be configured to create a storage space with the right type of temperature and humidity control. When you are ready to use the powder coating, it can be taken to the insulated curtain area set up for the application process.

Thermal insulated curtains come in lightly insulated (flexible), medium insulated (flexible), heavy insulated (semi-flexible), and heaviest insulated (rigid) configurations.

  • Acoustic curtains. If the sound associated with the powder coating process is the main concern, industrial acoustic curtains could be the best option. Acoustic curtains can reduce or absorb sound, shielding nearby workspaces from the noise of powder coating.

Acoustic curtains come in various configurations, including retractable with single barrier technology and retractable with double barrier technology. The single barrier curtain option offers an average noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 0.82, while the double barrier curtain option offers a NRC of 0.64. The acoustic curtain right for your business will depend on how much noise your powder coating process produces and how much you want to separate other workspaces from this noise.

  • Single layer curtains. If a business is conducting powder coating in a space where temperature and sound are not a major issue, a simple separation of workspaces is the solution they need.

Single layer curtains can be manufactured with or without a clear vision panel depending on your facility’s needs and can be used in an array of applications. For example, warehouse curtains are a durable option that can be used to create separate workspaces in large facilities. The curtain wall will contain the materials used in the powder coating process, ensuring other workspaces are not affected.

The type of curtain that will work best for your business will depend on what feature you find the most important: temperature control, acoustic value, or a simple separation of workspaces. Browse the different AmCraft industrial curtains available, find the option that works best for your powder coating pipe needs (insulated, acoustic, or single layer), and request a quote to get started.