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 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.

Aluminum Auto Body Shop Enclosures from AmCraft Manufacturing

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.

What Are Aluminum Auto Body Shop Enclosures?

Aluminum auto body enclosures are used to isolate areas in your facility where aluminum repairs are conducted. As durable temporary or permanent dividers, they separate welding, bonding, riveting, sanding, drilling, grinding, and other jobs involving aluminum and other metals that need to ensure optimal workplace safety.

Made from heavy-duty, durable vinyl curtains, these enclosure walls are flame rated and HAZMAT safe, perfect for creating safe spaces to work in your auto body shop.

Why Do Aluminum Repair Areas Need to Be Isolated?

Aluminum work areas need to be separated to prevent potential health and fire hazards within your auto body shop. For example, steel and other, more common metals can contaminate aluminum and damage the work you are doing, leading to you having to redo work or replace parts that have been damaged. Iron oxide, or rust, can also contaminate aluminum—if it’s being sanded or ground off of steel, it can bond with aluminum if the aluminum is not protected—due to an exothermic reaction, this can affect structural integrity and paint adherence, two things that are an absolute necessity when dealing with vehicles. Additionally, compliance with NFPA 33 and OSHA regulations requires aluminum car repair enclosures to adhere to combustible dust and toxic metal programs.

Beyond contamination and regulations that need to be met, auto body enclosures are ideal for creating workspaces for just one type of project. Separating teams into their dedicated workspaces can help foster camaraderie within your business, and giving people a specified place to work and do their job most effectively is a good way to boost workplace morale.

How Are The Enclosure Systems Installed?

Aluminum auto body shop enclosures can be one-, two-, or three-sided, and can be built off of existing interior structures and adjacent walls. If necessary, you can also have a freestanding enclosure built for your facility, though the height limit for this fixture is 12’. Freestanding structures are used where no walls are present and very few interior structural elements can be used for suspension.

They can be installed with a flexible ceiling and mount, and they typically include a reinforced clear top panel to let existing light through to the enclosure. Depending on the mounting surfaces or environment in your shop, you can create either a stationary or retractable enclosure system. Depending on your needs, you can also install clear strip auto curtains, which help separate work areas while offering the additional benefit of having clear vision panels which makes it easier for workers to observe the operations within the enclosure.

They can be installed in your workspace with sealed edges for optimal project containment and the vision panel can be tinted clear vinyl to protect against weld flash.

There are eight different types of industrial curtain track systems. The type of tracking necessary for your installation will be determined by how many sides or sections of curtain you will be installing. In some cases, a custom track will be required, though there are generally five common installation configurations: Straight, 2-sided (L-shaped), 3-sided (U-shaped), 4-sided, and E-shaped configurations. At AmCraft, we’re happy to help our clients figure out the most efficient way to implement an aluminum body shop enclosure.

Things Your Auto Body Enclosure May Need

Once you’ve decided on the proper installation tracking setup for your enclosure, you’ll need to consider certain accessories that make the workspace fully functional. First, lighting: particularly if most of the enclosure’s walls are opaque, the overhead lighting may not be bright enough for your staff to properly work. AmCraft can add in lighting to your enclosure at your request. Next, you’ll want to check with your local fire authorities to ensure that everything in your facility will remain up to code once the enclosure is installed. Installation may require the addition of sprinklers. Finally, consider exit signs to make it easier to know how to exit the enclosure. This may sound extraneous, but can be particularly helpful for visitors.

Custom Panel Options

At AmCraft, we work with each client to ensure total satisfaction. We are able to provide auto body shop enclosures in a variety of sizes and colors, and can also print designs, branding, and logos on the curtain walls if you so desire. We are proud to create the best curtain walls that our customers have come to depend on.

Optimal Workspace Separation On a Budget

If you’ve been considering separating your facility’s floor space to add a designated area for aluminum jobs, but have been put off by the amount of money it would take to build permanent wall structures, auto body shop enclosures are the ideal solution. Not only do they provide a secure area for your workers, but they do so at a lower cost than what it would take to build actual walls. Additionally, since they are not permanent structures, you can more easily redesign or revamp your workspace in the future if you so need to.

Easy to Maintain Curtain Enclosures

Once installed, the industrial wall curtains that make up your auto body shop enclosure are easy to maintain. They can be easily cleaned with a pressure washing sprayer, and the PVC coating/PVC lamination create a surface that can be washed as needed, but also a surface that offers great protection against flying shrapnel, sparks, dust, contaminants, and other hazards that present themselves in your facility. Unlike regular walls, if one of the curtain walls gets damaged, it can be repaired relatively inexpensively, also, making this a great choice for your budget.

Improve Working Conditions for Body Shop Employees

shop enclosures help improve working conditions for your employees. These curtains can control temperature, odors, sound, and light, and can keep distractions at bay, allowing teams to work with a focused determination on the project at hand rather than be pulled away by the sight or sound of something else going on in your facility.

Convenient, Versatile and Durable Enclosure Systems

In summary, 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.

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.

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.