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.

Industrial Curtains Can Be an Effective Solution in the Highly Regulated Cannabis Business

Industrial Curtains Can Be an Effective Solution in the Highly Regulated Cannabis Business

Cannabis may not be federally legal at this point, but that hasn’t stopped the “green rush” from flourishing in states with medical and recreational programs. Still a relatively new business emerging from years of prohibition, cannabis regulations are stringent and evolving. Everyone who participates in the industry–from growers to retailers and everything in between– needs to stay abreast of local and state requirements while learning how to establish and expand their business. Learn how industrial curtain walls can play a role in making cannabis business operations run smoothly.

Challenges in the Cannabis Industry

Licensed cannabis cultivators create the raw product that is used to create consumer products, including dried flower, edibles, oils, and more. Growers face a number of challenges including pests, humidity control, and temperature control. Once cannabis is successfully harvested it has to be processed, which may occur at the same site of cultivation. Or, it might be shipped to an extraction laboratory or manufacturing facility. These licensed facilities are challenged to create consistent products at scale, which means their interiors are carefully designed and equipped. Finished products are then packaged and sent to retail locations, like dispensaries. Dispensaries need to have a welcoming atmosphere for their clients, but they also need to be able to store their products.

How Industrial Curtain Walls Can Help

Industrial curtain walls are a versatile solution that can be used in multiple different industries, including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, and retail–all of which play a role in the cannabis business. These industrial curtains can help control temperature and humidity and create effective barriers between work spaces.

Solutions for Different Cannabis Business Environments

Different environments within the cannabis business necessitate different industrial curtain solutions. See how these curtains can be effective in four major areas of the industry:

  • Cultivation facilities and greenhouses. Cannabis is grown in both indoor cultivation facilities and outdoor greenhouses. Both of these environments require exact temperature and humidity control. Industrial curtains can come in insulated variations, which can help facilities manage temperature and humidity control. Industrial curtains can even have airtight edge sealing, which can help to reduce the risk of pests.
  • Extraction laboratories. Extraction laboratories require precise conditions for the processing and extraction of cannabis. Floor-to-ceiling industrial curtain enclosures can be a cost effective way to create separate areas within a laboratory. These industrial curtains can help with air flow management, temperature control, fume and dust control, and more. The curtain walls can also be used to help create spaces for sterile testing and quality control.
  • Manufacturing facilities. Cannabis manufacturing facilities make a number of different types of products, including edibles. There are industrial curtains, both stationary and retractable, that are specifically designed for food processing facilities. These food grade industrial curtains, designed to meet FDA and USDA requirements, can be configured to create separate spaces in manufacturing facilities that make the baked goods and gummies so popular with consumers.
  • Dispensaries. Dispensaries are the retail outlets of the cannabis business. The customer-facing portion of a dispensary will typically feature educational material and information on the products available for sale, but these stores also need separate storage areas. Industrial curtain walls can be used to create separate areas for products in the back of the retail store. Dispensaries can opt for custom curtain walls with printed logos, which can maintain an aesthetic consistent with the location’s branding.

If you have a cannabis business or you are in the process of ramping up operations, you know the importance of detail. Learn more about industrial curtain wall options, how they can be used in the cannabis business, and request a quote to get started.

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.

An Overview of Purchasing Industrial Curtain Hardware

Finding yourself in a situation where you need to order a product that you are not familiar with can be a very intimidating position to be in. Industrial curtains and industrial curtain track systems are products that typically fall into this category; you find yourself needing them but are not sure how to go about ordering. The first thing to consider when choosing your industrial curtain track system is to determine where you will support the industrial curtain track hardware. Below you will find some guidelines and helpful information to assist you in beginning this process.

Floor Column Mount System

Choosing the right system

The first thing to consider when choosing your industrial curtain track system is where you will support the industrial curtain track hardware from. The track must be supported to your structure every 5’-6’. Support can come from your existing ceiling, floor, existing walls and vertical beams, or a combination of these structural members.

Once you figure out what will be supporting your industrial curtain track system, take a few photos of that structure so that you can refer back to them when choosing which hardware will best fit your structure. If you are planning to support your industrial curtain track from the ceiling, please also note what height this structure is at and if it is sloped.

There is a Curtain Wall System to Fit Your Needs

There is a variety of industrial curtain hardware available, so that mounting your industrial curtain track system is easy to do. Whether you have a sloped ceiling with beams and trusses, a drywall ceiling, a drop ceiling, or want to mount to your floor or existing walls, there is an industrial curtain hardware system to fit your needs. Additionally, industrial curtain track comes in different lengths, from 2’ to 10’, allowing us to provide as much or as little footage of straight track as is necessary.

The most commonly used industrial curtain track hardware is the threaded rod mounting option. When mounting from your ceiling, threaded rod mounting allows for four things:

Threaded Rod Mount System

1. If your ceiling is sloped or pitched, threaded rod will allow you to level the industrial curtain track.

It is important that your track system is level; if it is not, then the industrial curtains will slide down the track to the lowest point. Most industrial ceilings do have a pitch to them, which is why the threaded rod mounting system is so popular. Once you measure the height at the lowest point of your ceiling, and the highest point of your ceiling, you can figure out how many rods you need, what length they should be, and what other industrial curtain track hardware you will need to make it all fit together.

2. If your ceiling is at a higher height than you would like your industrial curtain and industrial curtain track system set at, threaded rod will allow you to drop the industrial curtain track down a few feet.

It is very common for the ceiling in a building to be higher up than you need your curtain to run. For example, your ceiling may be 18’ high, but you would like to set your industrial curtain track system height at 12’. Companies often do this because they are trying to contain an operation, or visually block off an operation, but it’s not necessary to have the industrial curtain set above 12′ where no one would be able to see or interfere with it. Threaded rods will allow you to drop that industrial curtain wall and industrial curtain track system down to your desired height, while still supporting it from above.

3. If you have a drop ceiling, it will allow your track to sit below the drop ceiling, while the support for it comes from above.

A drop ceiling, also known as a t-bar ceiling or an acoustic ceiling, is a structure that is suspended down from the ceiling structure above. The drop ceiling can add aesthetic and acoustic value to a space, and as such, is a popular option for many semi-industrial office spaces. However the t-bar and tile that make up a drop ceiling are not strong enough to attach to an industrial curtain track system directly. Threaded rod will allow you to support your industrial curtain track from above the drop ceiling, but still set the industrial curtain track and industrial curtain below it.

4. If you have obstructions in your ceiling (water pipes, HVAC ducts, conduit, etc.) that you need to bypass, threaded rod will allow you to do that.

If you would like your industrial curtains to be retractable, then the industrial curtain track system must be uninterrupted. If you have a ceiling with obstructions in it, including but not limited to lights, sprinkler pipes and heads, HVAC ducts, and conduit, the industrial curtain track must be dropped down, via threaded rods, to sit below your lowest obstruction. This will allow the industrial curtain to move within the track seamlessly.

Beam Flange Mount System

Non-Standard is No Problem

While threaded rod is the most common mounting option for the industrial curtain hardware, we also offer ceiling mounting, wall mounting, beam flange mounting, chain mounting, and floor mounting. Additionally, AmCraft has a variety of industrial curtain hardware that we have custom designed to make installation easier.

Installing Your System

All of our orders ship with installation instructions, and about 90% of our customers do install the industrial curtains and industrial curtain track systems themselves. If you are thinking of utilizing an industrial curtain track system in your facility, please contact one of AmCraft Manufacturing’s knowledgeable sales associates today so that they can get started on assisting you with industrial curtain hardware needs!