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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!

The Top 5 Benefits of Insulated Curtains

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Whether in the dead of winter, or the middle of summer, it is always a great idea to prepare your facility for the rise and fall of extreme temperatures. Insulated curtains can be highly beneficial to industries that wish to control the temperature variances in their facility. You will find in many situations, especially in temperature sensitive areas, that it is essential to have industrial grade temperature control dividers to separate higher degree differentials.
Many different industries benefit from the use of insulated curtains. Businesses with loading docks, food storage facilities, and those wishing to create temperature variation within their personal workspaces in their garage greatly benefit from using insulated curtains.

Here are the top five benefits of utilizing insulated curtains in your day-to-day business operations.

Cleaning and Durability

The first benefit of an insulated curtain is its ease of cleaning and its durability. These properties make it a great fit in industrial environments. The outer layers of our insulated curtains are made of vinyl which is a naturally soft, waterproof fabric that is easy to wash down. The material will not absorb liquids and stains, so cleaning should not be needed often. To clean the curtain, simply use a mild detergent and water. With the clean look and insulation property this curtain provides, your sealed off work area will have a very professional and effective barrier between your business operations.

Insulation Levels

Another benefit of the insulated curtain is the level of insulation that the curtain provides. Insulated industrial curtain walls assist with retaining the climate requirements necessary to store and produce temperature- sensitive products. A single layer curtain will have an R value of 1; that is the equivalent of placing a lid on a Styrofoam Coffee Cup. By adding insulation to the curtain you will have a higher R value, the ability to better insulate, and be able to separate temperature zones within your facility.

The effectiveness of an insulated curtain wall is dependent upon on all of the edges being sealed and effectively containing heated or cooled air. An HVAC technician can confirm that your heating or cooling system has the capacity to deliver a sufficient volume of air heated or cooled to a reasonably higher or lower temperature than is required inside of your enclosure. These factors along with an insulated curtain with the appropriate R value can greatly increase your ability to control and maintain temperature in a given area. In addition to separating temperature zones inside a larger space, these curtains also work as a temperature barrier from outside elements, so as long as they are not hanging outside the vinyl outer layer provides a waterproof surface. The insulation used inside the insulated curtains is made from a non-fiberglass, polyfiber insulation. This material is loosely bound, flexible, soft, and allows air space within it. Air is a great insulator, so the fact that the insulation allows for this adds to the insulation value of the overall curtain.

Flexibility

A third benefit of insulated curtains is flexibility. Insulated curtains can be used according to the spatial or seasonal needs in your facility.
Whether you need to create an enclosure for total temperature control, create a barrier wall to isolate an area, or create access into climate sensitive manufacturing and distribution facilities, a retractable insulated curtain is a great solution. They can be easily removed at any time depending on the needs of your business. Whether you need to open up your enclosure when you need more space, or only need an insulated curtain during warmer or cooler months, the option is yours.

Sound Absorption

A fourth benefit of an insulated curtain is the sound absorption that it will provide in the facility. This is ideal for machinery that is loud and requires to be in a certain temperature, but is not required to be in an open area of the facility.

Quality

At Amcraft Manufacturing we fabricate high quality insulated curtains. Each curtain is tailored to the specific needs of our customers. For example, when we sew Velcro onto a curtain, it is reinforced with 4 lines of sewing. AmCraft Manufacturing can customize your curtain because we manufacture them where we sell them giving us ultimate control over all aspects of the manufacturing process. This allows us to oversee the quality of each curtain as it is made.

It is very important to remember to order before the first week of freezing temperatures, as it can take a couple of weeks to produce. Even with seasonal weather, it can work in your facility 10 months out of the year as the weather shifts. If temperatures on Side A and Side B of your curtain wall area have a temperature differential of greater than 8 degrees, it is time to consider using an insulated curtain! From the dimensions to the mounting method, and everything in between, curtains can be customized to fit your exact needs. A retractable insulated industrial curtain will satisfy these requirements and provide you with a solution that addresses space division and insulation issues without breaking the bank or slowing operations for months due to construction time.
Contact us about your insulated curtain needs before the weather makes you wish you had one.