1. What is the environment like where the curtains will be installed?
Some environments will require different types of material to ensure that the industrial curtains do not fall apart or become damaged. For instance, if there will be excessive heat or sparks near the curtain, it will need to be constructed from a fire-resistant material. This material will prevent the curtain from catching fire or having burn holes in the material.
2. Will the curtains need to be movable?
Some applications will that people or products will have to move from one side of the curtain to the other. If this is indicative of your application, then you will want to have the curtains installed with a guide track and roller trolley. This feature will allow the curtains the ability to slide back and forth with ease as material or people need to pass through.
3. Sanitary Wash Down Conditions
If you have a USDA washdown application, then you should make sure that all of the components are stainless steel to eliminate rusting and corrosion. The industrial curtains should also feature a mounting design which prevents the entrapment of debris which will be blow up into the air. Standard mounting designed will allow this debris to collect and bacteria growth could occur.
4. Will these two features be important or useful?
- Weighted bottom– If there is going to be a stiff breeze blowing around where the curtains are going to be installed then the bottom of the curtain should be anchored into the floor or have a weighted bottom. This will prevent the curtain from blowing around uncontrollably.
- Clear Vinyl Window– If your curtain is constructed from a solid color, you might want to consider adding a clear horizontal see through panel. This panel will allow the operator to see through the curtain and thus decreasing the number of times that they have to pull back the curtains.
5. Use insulated curtains when separating temperatures
If your objective is to separate temperatures then you will not want to use standard 16 Oz thick vinyl. You will want to use an insulated curtain which has padding/foam added between two layers of the vinyl. This padding will allow you to have temperature variations up to about 40 degrees. Keep in mind, that with this style of curtain, you will also want to run the curtain from the floor to the top of the ceiling to form a semi-air tight seal.
Just so you know, the industrial curtain can hold airborne contaminants which are spontaneous in production facilities. They shielding production lines from cross contamination which improves the working condition of a facility.