5 Ways Curtain Walls Benefit American Manufacturers

American manufacturers represent a huge chunk of the economy.  How can they optimize their processes?

5 Ways Curtain Walls Benefit American Manufacturers

Manufacturing plays a big part in the U.S. economy. This fact was highlighted this past week as President Obama gave his State of the Union Address, in which he spoke about his "Blueprint for an America Built to Last," a plan focusing on ways to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. There have also been many headlines in the news lately about the industry and how it has reportedly added 334,000 jobs in the last two years according to the White House. What might be surprising to some is that industrial fabric curtain walls are a product that can benefit this growing industry. In this blog post, we will look at 5 ways these affordable, modular "soft" walls can be used by U.S. manufacturers.

1. Noise Control
Whether you need to isolate a single machine or separate an entire area, curtain walls can reduce noise levels by up to 22-25 dBs, depending on frequency and sound power.

2. Dust and Debris Containment
Industrial curtain walls act as a very effective physical barrier, blocking transfer of dust particles or debris from space to space.

3. Fume Control
By themselves, curtain walls (just like permanent hard walls) may not be sufficient for fume control applications. Fumes cannot be allowed to build up in concentration, and therefore some active method of removal must be incorporated. How curtain walls can help, however, is by shrinking the size of the space that needs to be exhausted, which helps make the exhaust equipment more efficient. Reducing the volume of the space to be exhausted means lower volume air flow needed, and better fume capture due to less turbulent airflow.

4. Heat Containment
When machines generate high temperatures that affect the environment, including employees in adjacent areas, insulated fabric curtain walls can be constructed to contain the equipment and the heat being produced.

5. Zoning
An industrial fabric curtain wall can be used in place of a conventional rigid wall in virtually any non-load-bearing application, providing a high degree of flexibility. As such, curtain walls can be quickly and easily installed, dismantled, and re-installed giving you a great way to manage your physical space.

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