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.

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.

5 Steps to an Instant Warehouse Makeover Using Industrial Warehouse Curtains

The cost to remodel your existing warehouse can climb upwards to the tens of thousands depending on the desired layout of your facility. New construction build-outs can be equally expensive as the site has to be completely re-configured to suit your company’s specifications. If you are looking to create an instant transformation that will give your warehouse space a whole new look without significantly impacting your bottom line; then here are five steps you can take right now using industrial warehouse curtains.

Step One: Decide How You Would Like Your Industrial Curtain to Function

There are a variety of reasons to use an industrial warehouse curtain in your facility. Your first step in this process is to decide the goal of this curtain in your facility. Are you looking to divide your warehouse in order to separate temperature zones? If so, you may want to consider a thermally insulated curtains. Perhaps you are looking to block a manufacturing process visually so that visitors cannot see into that area. In that case, a solid colored, single layer curtain would be the best fit. Should you need to dampen or absorb sound in your facility, or enclose machinery for noise purposes, an acoustic curtain may be the way to go. Whatever the reason, it is an important first step to identify the function of the industrial curtain wall and the location you’d like it to be placed in.

Warehouse Curtains

Step Two: Choose a Color

Industrial warehouse curtains come in an array of colors from sleek and modern neutral tones to eye-catching tones that are both bold and bright. The amount of color options available will allow you to match your industrial curtain wall to your warehouse or your company colors. A logo can also be applied to your industrial curtain for further customization and branding.

Step Three: Measure Up

Industrial warehouse curtains are made to your size specifications, so it is important to measure the space that you’d like the curtains to cover. In terms of width, you should measure out the raw opening that you want the industrial curtains to encompass. This can be between two walls, spanning vertical columns, or in a totally open area. When you measure the width, make sure to note any structural members that you’d like the industrial curtain wall to include or spatial constraints that it will need to work within.

In terms of height, it is important to measure the height from your floor to you ceiling. If you have a sloped ceiling, you should measure the heights at the lowest point and the highest point. Additionally, if you do not want your industrial warehouse curtain to go all the way up to your ceiling, please measure the height that you do want the curtains to run to.

Warehouse Curtains

Step Four: Accessorize

There are a variety of accessories and add-ons available for your industrial warehouse curtain. If it is important that your industrial curtain wall is air tight, you will want to consider adding a filler panel, floor sweep, valance, or velcro edge sealing as needed. If you are concerned about your curtain wall blowing around due to ventilation or winds in your facility, D-ring tie downs or a chain weighted bottom could be valuable assets. Additionally, putting a vision panel or a logo into your industrial curtain are other options that will subtly add a more aesthetically pleasing design to your warehouse space.

Step Five: Install

Most facilities that purchase industrial warehouse curtains install them on their own. The curtain and track systems are designed for user friendly installation. However, if your facility does not have the capacity or does not feel comfortable installing this system, you can use a recommended installer in your area.

Industrial curtains can instantly improve functionality and enhance the layout of your warehouse. AmCraft Manufacturing offers an incredible tool that guides you through the steps needed to help you create a curtain wall system that is customized specifically for your warehouse needs.

Try the Create My Curtain tool.

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The Benefits of Industrial Curtain Enclosures

When you’re managing a large facility or warehouse, different projects can often benefit from being separated into their own designated work areas. One convenient way to accomplish this is by implementing curtain wall enclosures. There are a few common configurations for curtain wall enclosures, and if you are interested in implementing these in your workplace, it can be helpful to learn the differences and benefits that each one offers.

Curtain Enclosures

1) Floor-to-Ceiling Enclosures

Floor-to-ceiling enclosures create what is essentially a closed-off room or work area, and are the most economical curtain enclosure option. They can be configured to work around existing lighting or fire detection fixtures. Therefore, they are safe to use as complete enclosures. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling enclosures utilizes your existing ceiling and can accommodate most obstructions. These enclosures can be constructed to meet your size requirements, can include as many entry/exit points as you need and the sides of the enclosure can be made to retract or remain stationary.

2) Suspended Soft Wall Enclosures

The next option is a suspended soft wall enclosure. These enclosures have a suspended metal grid designed to support a soft ceiling cover. One of the key benefits of this type of an enclosure is the option to choose a location against a wall or in a corner that works best with the configuration of your workspace. Suspended soft wall enclosures also enables you to incorporate a sliding industrial track system or a fixed mounting system depending on the solution that best fits your needs.

3) Freestanding Enclosures

Freestanding enclosures provides you with optimal flexibility in choosing a location to install them anywhere within your facility. Although these enclosures are free standing and floor-supported, additional support may be needed from the floor or ceiling depending on the size of the enclosure. They are available with retractable or stationary side wall mounting systems and they have a partially suspended support grid which provide the option of adding a flexible vinyl ceiling cover.

Industrial curtain wall enclosures are not only beneficial for isolating areas within your workspace, but are also a great solution to: reduce noise, block light and/or dust, meet NESHAP compliance for auto body shops, minimize air flow, enhance temperature control. Additionally, the enclosures are manufactured using quality materials, making them a great choice for many different industrial environments.

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