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How to Recognize the Key Features of a Quality Industrial Curtain Wall

High Quality Industrial Curtain Wall

In this day and age, a consumer is faced with many different purchasing options. For every product that you may want to buy, you can likely find a healthy amount of companies that offer it. Often times, deciding which company to purchase a product from can be just as big of a decision as deciding what product to purchase. Industrial curtain wall products are no exception to that rule. Like many other products, there are a variety of factors that impact the quality of an industrial curtain wall, and will likely play a part in your decision of which to purchase.

When spending money, usually a consumer wants to know how far their dollar will take them. In other words, how long can I expect this product to last? And are there certain brands that are expected to last longer than others? For industrial curtain systems, it is important to consider the quality of the material that a curtain is made with and how well the curtain is constructed. Different thicknesses of vinyl provide additional strength. For instance, a 14 oz. thick vinyl is going to be stronger than a 10 oz. thick vinyl.

In addition to considering the strength of the base material, you should also look at how the industrial curtain is put together and reinforced. Important factors here include, but are not limited to:

  • Is the top edge of the industrial curtain reinforced? This is where all the weight of the system will hang from, so it is important that this is a strong finished edge. Reinforcing can be done with webbing, additional vinyl material, dive belt, or many other strong fabric reinforcement agents.
  • What type of stitching is used? For example, a lock stitch is far more secure than a chain stitch. With a chain stitch, if you pull out one loop, the entire row of stitching can unravel and come undone. With a lock stich, you can break a few loops of the stitching without it impacting the rest of the row.
  • How many rows of stitching reinforce each edge? If an edge is sewn shut with two lines of stitching, as opposed to one, it will be a more secure edge.
  • Are joints between pieces of vinyl material welded together or sewn together? A welded edge is typically stronger and has the added benefit of being waterproof.

All of these items can give you a clue as to the quality of the industrial curtain that you are considering purchasing.

One of the best, and most easily attainable, gauges of quality is the warranty that a company offers on its industrial curtain systems. The amount of time that a manufacturer stands behind the craftsmanship of its product is a testament to how long they feel it should last, and should be a huge clue to the consumer as to the quality and expected life span of your investment. If the manufacturer that makes the industrial curtain will not stand behind a long warranty, why would you consider purchasing it and expect it to last?

Overall, when considering purchasing an industrial curtain solution for your facility, there may be different companies in the marketplace that sell similar curtain products. However, as with any other purchase, if you take the time to compare the quality of your options, you should feel confident in selecting one that best fits your needs and can span the test of time for you.

At AmCraft manufacturing, we make sure to incorporate all of the above listed aspects of a quality industrial curtain into the production of our products. The top edges of our curtains are reinforced with heavy weight webbing, clear visual panels are welded into the curtains, Velcro is sewn onto the curtain with four lines of stitching, and we use a lock stitch to sew all edges of the curtain. We also offer a 6 year warranty on manufacturer defects of our products, which is one of the longest warranties offered in the industrial curtain industry.

For additional information on our products, and to obtain pricing and samples, contact one of our industrial curtain specialists today!

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Ordering an Industrial Curtain Wall System

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An industrial curtain wall system provides a cost effective multi-purpose solution designed to meet the needs of warehouses, auto body shops, manufacturing plants and other facilities where creating a separate work zone is a necessity.

Choosing the right curtain wall that has the key design features to suit its intended function and is manufactured to the specific configurations needed, does not have to be a daunting process.

Here is an easy to follow guide that you can use when you are ready to order your next industrial curtain wall system.

Request an Industrial Curtain Quote

The first step is to submit a quote request. You can easily accomplish this on our website or via phone. You can also use our signature Create My Curtain tool to start the quoting process.

One of our industrial curtain specialists will become your dedicated point of contact. During the initial call, they will discuss your specific needs such as: the type of curtain wall system you wish to order, its intended use and function, size and height requirements, color choice, branding inclusion, add-on accessories and track hardware options, as well as installation and configuration guidelines.

Your industrial curtain specialist will send you a quote based on your discussion. If all looks good, then you’re ready to move on to the second step.

Receive Your Industrial Curtain Order Confirmation

With your approved quote in hand, you are ready to make your curtain order official. You have two options to solidify your request. The first option is by submitting a signed purchase order. This option is a great choice if you’re accustomed to purchasing and have the necessary purchase order documentation on hand. Simply fill in the pertinent details, sign it and submit it to your designated industrial curtain specialist.

If submitting a signed purchase order is not the best option for you, then your curtain specialist will send you a copy of the order confirmation form. This is a convenient way to confirm your order details, provide your payment information, select a shipping option and then sign and return the authorization.

Your industrial curtain specialist will confirm the lead time, provide you with a ship date and then place your order into production.

Congratulations, Your Order Has Shipped

Your industrial curtain wall system is manufactured in-house. This enables our team to pay close attention to the fine details that go into producing a high quality curtain product. Once the industrial curtain goes through production it is carefully packed and prepared for shipping.

Every industrial curtain wall system includes easy to follow installation instructions. Whether you opt to hire a professional installer or manage the install with your onsite team, you will have full confidence that the instructions you receive will equip you with the know-how to properly install your industrial curtain wall.

If you are ready to experience how easy it is to order a custom industrial curtain wall system for your facility, then contact one of AmCraft’s industrial curtain specialists today.

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The Benefits of Industrial Curtains for Your Dock

Many industrial facilities have interior loading docks, but when the overhead door is open and a truck is in the dock, all the outside weather comes into the facility. This can increase your heating and cooling costs; let in dirt and debris that can damage your products; create unsafe conditions; and make your team miserable and less productive. Fortunately, there is a better way to stay productive and protect your dock from the outdoors.

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The Better Way: Industrial Curtains for Your Dock

You can use an industrial curtain wall to protect your facility when the dock door is open and the dock is in use. Industrial curtains come in a full range of sizes to meet the needs of any company. You can choose from a variety of options to get exactly the industrial curtain you need to meet your requirements. For example, industrial curtain walls are available in a variety of materials designed to stand up to various weather conditions. For instance, we usually recommend a PVC coated curtain of 18 ounces per yard or more to protect from snow, rain or other inclement weather.

Industrial curtain systems have an insulating factor rating that ranges from R-4 to R-27 depending on their thickness and other features. This enables insulated curtain wall to create a temperature differential of plus or minus 15 degrees, making them ideal for products that require refrigeration or cooling.

By keeping the cold air where it’s needed, you reduce the costs of refrigeration. The thermal barrier also keeps areas outside the refrigerated area more comfortable, improving the comfort and safety of your staff. Depending on the degree of insulation you select, industrial curtain walls can be either stationary or retractable.

Customize Your Options

Every company’s needs are different, so we offer a full range of mounting and visibility options for our curtains. You can select from several mounting options for your loading dock enclosures. They can be permanently mounted for use all year, or they can be removable so you can move them away from the dock area when you choose. It’s a simple matter to put them back in place at the change of seasons or during unexpected changes in weather conditions.

While industrial curtain wall systems can have retractable or stationary mounts, many companies choose to have a combination mounting. When one half of the curtain has a stationary mount and the other half is retractable, you have the best of both worlds for your dock enclosure system.

In areas where the dock is open to weather, you can choose to have a strip door built into loading dock enclosures to enable your team to load or unload trucks without having to move the curtain. This helps protect your inventory from the ravages of inclement weather. Protecting your inventory from outdoor weather conditions can reduce damage and spoilage, and it can save money on your HVAC spend by helping to stabilize inside temperature and humidity levels. In addition, by keeping the floor clean and dry, your team doesn’t have to worry about slips and falls on wet or slippery floors, enhancing operational safety.

If wind is an issue around your dock, an industrial curtain wall will help keep dirt and grime out while reducing noise and distractions. The curtains can be attached to the side of the dock or the floor to keep them from blowing around, helping to keep the area more comfortable, safer and cleaner than an open dock that is exposed to wind and weather conditions.

Industrial curtains for your dock can be equipped with vision panels for viewing the outside. These panels improve visibility to traffic and increase the safety of your team.

Industrial Curtains: An Ideal Solution for Every Dock

Industrial curtain walls and loading dock enclosures buffer indoor areas that are exposed or partially exposed to outside conditions. Curtains help create a barrier between environmental conditions such as wind, rain or dirt that can damage your products, hamper your business processes and even potentially endanger your staff.

Almost every company can benefit from adding an industrial curtain or loading dock enclosure. Curtains are available in many materials and with a variety of options, so you can have exactly the right curtain for your needs. We have experts on staff that can advise you on the right combination of features that meet your needs as well as your budget.

If you would like a free, no obligation quote or if you would just like to learn more about industrial curtains and loading dock enclosures–or any other AmCraft curtain wall system – Contact us today!

A Creative Way to Boost Insulation Value with Industrial Thermal Curtains

As we move into a cooler time of year, many of you will start to focus on the temperature in your facility. Typically an HVAC technician is called in to check up on furnaces, heating vents are unblocked, and additional insulation may be added to existing walls and ceilings. Another option for assisting with insulating your facility, especially if it is an industrial facility, are industrial thermal curtains. These are industrial curtain walls with insulation inside of them. These thermal industrial curtains can assist with beefing up the insulation level of an entire facility, or sectioning off certain areas for additional insulation. Additionally, these thermal curtain walls can be moved if need be, or taken down when cold temperatures let up; two benefits that traditional insulation options don’t typically boast.

Insulated Industrial Curtain

As an example of the potential effectiveness of these thermal insulated curtains, a test study was done. A customer in Texas has utilized our 1” insulated curtains, with an R value of 4, in a cold room for food storage. This facility cools the entire room down to 40 Degrees Fahrenheit when they have larger amounts of product to store. When they do not need the whole room, they divide the room with the 1” thermal insulated curtain. They shut the HVAC off on one side of the room, allowing the temperature on this side to heat. The temperature can reach as high as 70-80 Degrees Fahrenheit when not cooled down. The curtain divides the 80 Degree side of the room from the 40 Degree side of the room.
This application utilized the curtain, a filler panel, Velcro on the side edges, and a floor sweep on the bottom, so that the curtain is completely sealed. The customer’s feedback is that between the curtain and their HVAC system, they are able to maintain the two different temperature zones. They do not experience condensation forming on the curtain.

The insulation value of thermal insulated curtain walls is measured by what is called an R value. R value, as defined by standard ASTM C168, is:
“Resistance, thermal, n: the quantity determined by the temperature difference, at steady state, between two defined surfaces of a material or construction that induces a unit heat flow through a unit area.”
Basically, R value measures the resistance to heat transfer across/through a given barrier. The higher the number attached to the R value, the greater the barriers resistance to heat flow is.

Thermal curtain systems can boast a variety of different R value, each of which can be tailored to meet a customer’s needs. While thermal industrial curtains can be a great tool to effectively contain heated or cooled air, it is recommended that you consult an HVAC technician in order to make certain your enclosed area will render the desired net result. This will assist with confirming that your heating or cooling system has the capacity to deliver a sufficient volume of air heated or cooled to a reasonably higher/lower temperature that is required inside of your enclosure. The thermal curtains alone cannot be responsible for the net effectiveness of the enclosure/curtain system if this is not effectively addressed with available equipment upgrades, if necessary.

When installed properly and used within their means, thermal insulated curtains can be a highly effective tool for maintaining temperature within a facility. The thermal curtain wall professionals at AmCraft Manufacturing can guide you through the process of selecting the best curtain solution for your facility and provide expert advice on how to best insulate or divide your facility. Contact AmCraft today!