Acoustic Curtains and Industrial Applications

Acoustic Curtains and Industrial Applications

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

Industrial Noise

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 Solutions

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.

Theaters, Dance Studios, and More: How Acoustic Solutions Can Help Entertainment Venues

Theaters, Dance Studios, and More: How Acoustic Solutions Can Help Entertainment Venues

Theaters built with acoustics in mind date back to ancient Greece and Rome. These large performance spaces, often in the form of outdoor amphitheaters, could accommodate thousands of spectators. And thanks to the design of these spaces, everyone could hear what was happening on stage.

Today, acoustics are just as important in modern entertainment venues. Whether a theater, a dance studio, or a sports arena, the audience wants to be able to hear what is happening. Entertainment venues today have the same challenges as ancient venues, but they have the benefit of modern acoustic solutions.

Acoustic Challenges

Large entertainment venues have challenges such as reverberation and echoes. The structure of the venue, such as the seats and a stage, will absorb some of the reverberating sound but not all. Strategically placing absorptive materials in the theater or venue helps to reduce reverberation time. This can also help to cut down on the echoing effect caused by sound bouncing off of different surfaces.

Acoustic Solutions

How can acoustic solutions help solve these common entertainment venue challenges?

  • Acoustic baffles. Acoustic baffles are a versatile solution that can be placed virtually anywhere in an entertainment venue. This solution comes in a variety of configurations: ceiling, convex wall, flat wall, and free hanging. Made of absorptive material, baffles can line the back walls of an entertainment venue to cut down on reverberation time. Baffles can also be effectively used on a venue’s balconies to manage acoustics.

The main purpose of baffles is to assist with absorbing echoes. They take the sound that hits them and pulls it in to absorb it. Depending on which baffle type is chosen, they can even absorb echo from a variety of angles in one go.

Acoustic baffles are also frequently used in dance studios and athletic facilities. For example, ceiling baffles may be hung in a studio space or a gym – taking up no space that could otherwise be used for physical activity. Plus, these baffles can be hung close to the source of noise.

  • Custom acoustic solutions. Every entertainment venue has different needs, which is why we offer customer solutions. For example, we can create large acoustic baffles that essentially combine a curtain’s construction with a baffles absorbing properties. A solution like this can be used to effectively line the walls of a theater from top to bottom. The front of these curtains, or any acoustic curtain really, can be made with an acoustic fabric, allowing as much sound to pass through it and be absorbed inside the layers of the curtain as possible.

We have also custom designed curtains that feature sound absorbing material on both sides. Curtains like these can create effective divisions of space in dance studios and other athletic facilities that have multiple events and activities happening simultaneously.

Learn more about these different acoustic solutions and get a quote for the option that will work best for your entertainment venue.

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5 Technologies to Watch in the Manufacturing and Logistics Space

5 Technologies to Watch in the Manufacturing and Logistics Space

Human talent will remain core to the manufacturing and logistics space, but the adoption of new technology is inevitable. Whether it is to safeguard operations or improve efficiency, a variety of new technologies are well on their way to becoming commonplace in the industry. Here are five technologies to watch in the manufacturing and logistics space: 

Transportation Management Systems

Customer expectations are higher than ever, and the details of manufacturing and logistics are becoming even more complex. Transportation management systems (TMS), arising out of that challenge, are designed to manage the ins and outs of moving goods, according to TechTarget. Today, these systems are mostly cloud-based and integrated into larger enterprise resource planning and supply chain management platforms.

As the market for this technology grows at a rapid pace, users are finding significant return on investment. For example, a survey conducted by ARC Advisory Group found that companies using a TMS reported approximately 8 percent freight savings.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vast system of technologies that enable the transfer of data. Things like wearable smart watches and smart home appliances are examples of how people use the IoT in everyday life. The IoT is already taking on a specific application in the manufacturing and logistics industry through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIoT is made up of devices specifically designed to improve processes in the industrial space. For example, smart sensors can help capture and analyze data that be used to improve efficiency and quality control, according to IoT Agenda.

The global market value for the IIoT is expected to reach $933.62 billion by 2025, according to a report from Million Insights.

Blockchain

Blockchain is a major buzzword in nearly every industry. This shared digital ledger technology offers a secure way to track and record transactions, according to IBM.  Its potential applications in the manufacturing and logistics space are many. For example, blockchain could provide more transparency in the supply chain by providing a record of every single time an asset is moved all the way from manufacture to sale, according to Supply Chain 24/7. The technology is already being used in the space and it will only become more prominent going forward.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) adds virtual elements to an existing environment. While it has multiple applications in entertainment – think about the Pokémon Go app craze – AR is also making headway into the manufacturing and logistics industry. This technology has the potential to improve employee training and drive more efficiencies. For example, AR devices could show employees information on package contents and weight, cutting down the time it takes to find this information manually, according to Venture Beat.

Already large companies are integrating AR devices into their manufacturing processes. Boeing is using AR headsets in its wire assembly process, which has resulted in a 25% reduction in assembly time and reduced errors to approximately 0 percent, according to Transparency Market Research.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) sounds like a futuristic concept, but this technology is making huge strides today. Machine learning, a type of AI, could streamline the entire supply chain process by offering real-time insight into process management and productivity. The introduction of autonomous vehicles, an iteration of AI-driven technology, could be a game changer for transportation and delivery in the manufacturing and logistics industry, according to Supply Chain 24/7.

AmCraft Manufacturing is a leading supplier of Industrial Curtain Walls for the manufacturing and logistics industry. Contact us today and speak with one of our curtain specialists regarding your space separation, temperature control or noise reduction needs.

Industrial Curtain Inspiration from the Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is underway and those who are in attendance are enjoying exploring the latest car trends. However, the auto show is not just another leisure activity for hobbyists and car enthusiasts, for many it’s a source of inspiration. It serves as a spark to go back to the garage, the auto body shop, the warehouse or the manufacturing plant and create, rebuild or transform the next trend in the automotive industry.

Autobody Shop Curtains Custom Logos

The fresh ideas and excitement gleaned from the auto show can also serve as a great catalyst to inspire workspace transformation. If you’re an auto body shop owner or manager, you know the unique challenges that come with trying to set up your workspace for optimal efficiency. Because vehicles are made of metals, glass, plastic, and other materials, it’s important to have dedicated workspaces for each type of job you do in your auto body shop.

One such way to ensure that jobs don’t contaminate other areas of your shop with chemicals, overspray, or other debris is by implementing auto body shop enclosures around your facility. Enclosures like these are made in a variety of materials and sold in a plethora of configurations. With the recent shift in auto body materials to the use of aluminum, there is an increasing need to include aluminum auto body shop enclosures within industrial workspaces.

Auto body shop curtains provide many different benefits for shop managers. They offer a versatile, convenient space for teams to work on projects that call for either safety from either contaminating the other work in the facility or projects that need protection from being contaminated.

Overspray Enclosure

Aluminum auto body shop enclosures are ideal for creating designated workspaces in your auto body shop, particularly where aluminum work is being done. These walls keep other metals, debris, dust, chemicals, and overspray from contaminating the job you’re working on, and having designated spaces for aluminum work is required by certain OSHA regulations.

Just as the Chicago Auto Show serves as a great showcase for the latest in production, debut and concept vehicles, your workspace showcases your commitment to efficiency, quality and safety. Industrial curtains for use within the automotive industry helps to create an efficient workspace where the team can safely focus on production without compromising on quality.

Autobody Shop Curtains

To learn more about aluminum auto body shop enclosures, how they can benefit your business or workspace, and how to install them in your auto body shop, contact AmCraft Manufacturing today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding body shop curtains and custom industrial curtain walls for other facilities.

 

Acoustic Wall Panels / Curtains Reduce Machine Noise in the Workplace

Acoustic walls, panels, or acoustic curtains reduce machine noise in the workplace to meet OSHA requirements for noise levels and employee safety. Industrial and manufacturing facilities that operate loud equipment can generate noise levels at dangerous levels that can affect employee safety. Production lines are typically run on hard and reflective surfaces, causing sound reverberations that can compound the problem. Along with this, the machinery itself produces a high level of noise and echo from motors, and the impact of grinding, pounding, sanding, cutting and other workplace activities. These extreme noise levels can damage the hearing of workers and often affect communication between personnel which can cause additional safety hazards.

OSHA regulates noise levels in order to protect workers from hearing loss and workplace accidents. An industrial acoustical curtain is a cost effective and easy way to control many types of noisy environments. The National Institute of Health describes noise-inducing hearing loss as a one-time exposure to loud noise, or as the result of ongoing exposure to a loud environment. Machine shops are an example of workplaces that are filled with tools and machinery that can produce high sound pressure levels ranging from 80 to 110 decibels. OSHA mandates that a safe level for noise should not exceed 85dbs.

Acoustic curtain walls are used in industrial, manufacturing, welding, assembly, automotive, woodworking and other businesses that are prone to high levels of noise emissions. Whether it comes from internal or external forces, excessive noise becomes a problem for everyone when it comes to effectively managing safety issues in the workplace.

Controlling Noise at the Source limits Reverberation and Echo

A good way to reduce noise, reverberation and echo are to separate large areas into smaller areas and contain the noise at the source. A permanent or modular enclosure can be used to control noise levels to the inside of the enclosure or to the outside of the noise source. Because sound barrier curtains rely on re-direction and absorption, it is important to use these sound barriers in a location that can provide the most relief.

Sources of Excessive Noise in the Workplace:

• Industrial Gas and Plasma Jets
• Ventilator, Furnaces and Exhaust Fans
• Pumps and Compressors
• Electric Motors
• Machine Tools for forming and metal cutting
• Pneumatic Tools
• Punch Presses
• Lathes and Grinders
• Conveying Systems
• Transport Vehicles

Noise levels that are typical for these sources are:

• Grinding on a pedestal grinder 90-95
• Discharging metal objects into metal bins 85-95
• General noise level in fabrication shop 85-95
• Hammering steel 95-100
• Guillotining 95-100
• Multi-spindle automatic turning 95-105
• Circular sawing metal 95-105
• Pressing – blanking 95-110
• Punch pressing 110-120
• Riveting 100-110

OSHA mandates that a safe level for noise should not exceed 85dbs.

Acoustic Curtain Walls create a Sound Barrier Wall, Enclosure or Modular System for Use in the Shop

Acoustic Curtain Enclosure

Acoustic curtains can be used as stationary or retractable walls. Acoustic curtain walls can be permanently mounted to create stationary workstations, or can be modular, making them flexible enough to install and move to another location to accommodate the relocation of machines or other equipment. Acoustic wall panels can be used as a single wall sound barrier, or as an enclosure mounted to sturdy track systems.

Acoustic curtains with mass loaded vinyl control the sound waves and sound pressure levels that reverberate from the floor, the walls, the ceiling, and machinery surfaces. Acoustic sound enclosures are easy to assemble and flexible in how you want to install it. They can be mounted to the floor, the ceiling, walls, or suspended from the deck of a structural roof.

Using Sound Absorbing and Sound Deflecting Material Reduces Overall Noise Levels

An acoustic curtain is constructed using a durable outer shell and mass loaded vinyl that allows noise to be reduced through sound absorption and sound blocking materials. With the appropriate level of sound reducing materials, it is possible to reduce low frequency noise levels by 20db or more. High frequency or high pitch noise levels can be reduced by as much as 45dbs.

For many high level noise situations the most cost efficient and effective solution is to enclose the noise at the source. Creating an enclosure will limit the way noise can travel, including noise that is air-borne, noise that reverberates from structural sources, and noise that is emitted from equipment and machinery. Many times acoustic ceiling baffles are needed to complete an enclosure in order to achieve the full level of noise reduction that is needed.

Acoustic Sound Barrier Products are a great way to Protect Workers from Unsafe Noise Levels

Acoustic covers are another option for containing noise directly at the source. Covers can be custom made to fit specific equipment such as compressors, hydraulic pumps, HVAC equipment, generators, blowers, pile drivers, furnaces and more.

AmCraft custom manufactures Acoustic Wall Curtains that can provide moderate to maximum noise reduction for use in many applications. These sound barrier products can be made to any size and are an effective and economical way to reduce the levels of sound required to meet OSHA noise level guidelines in the workplace. Contact Us Today!