Benefits of Industrial Curtain Track Systems & Hardware vs Building a Wall

If you need to divide a large industrial workspace, you have a decision to make. Should you build a wall or install an industrial curtain track hardware system? Both options can divide the space, but a curtain system is often the easier and more cost effective solution.

Most people understand what it takes to build a wall. You’ll need materials and probably a licensed contractor. You may also need a building permit or permission from the building owner. Every corner and angle makes the project more complex.

The finished wall is a permanent part of the building. Removing or altering it can be messy and require yet more professional help. That incurs more expense in the form of labor, lost work time, and disposal fees.
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The industrial curtain track hardware helps you avoid these installation headaches.

There are two basic types of industrial curtain—stationary and retractable. Both types come with their own hardware systems, which can be attached either perpendicular or parallel to your existing building structure.

Depending on the chosen location of the curtain run, it may be necessary to add additional supporting hardware to ensure a safe installation and support the curtain system every five to six feet. This will guarantee that the system is properly supported and can function effectively.

Installation is quick and easy, and can typically be completed in just a couple of days by building maintenance personnel or employees using basic tools. Because installation is quick and fairly simple, the system can be rearranged as your needs change. If you ever move to a new location, the hardware systems with the industrial curtain track or stationary curtains can be transported as well.

Finally, both hardware systems can be directly mounted to your ceiling structure or suspended from it.

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Why would you have to suspend the curtain panel hardware?

Most buildings have a sloped structure in at least one direction. Many have obstructions that you will need to work around. To accommodate obstructions, you can simply suspend the track below the lowest-hanging obstruction. In that case, you may want a stationary filler panel to close the gap between the curtain and the ceiling .

Two reasons to suspend the Industrial Curtain Walls:

Sloped Existing Structure
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Bypass obstructions

Are there Different Retractable Industrial Curtain Track Systems?

Retractable curtain hardware is often a preferred choice because the curtain can be moved aside if needed.

Because every building structure is different, Amcraft offers six different industrial curtain roller systems to support the galvanized steel track. Our manufacturing experts can help you choose the one that best fits your building structure.

Threaded Rod Mount

Beam Flange Mount

Ceiling Mount

Wall Mount

Chain or Beam Mount

Floor Mount

Options for Stationary Curtain Mounts

We offer several types of stationary hardware to mount stationary curtains to the existing building structure. The most common types of hardware used for this application are Beam Clamps and Unistruts.

Beam Clamp Mount for Stationary Curtains

Beam clamps attach directly to an I-beam to suspend curtains parallel to and directly below the beam.

Unistrut Mount for Stationary Curtains

There are so many unistrut types to choose from, but we recommend to use the P-1000 H3. Which allows us to mount directly to the existing structure or suspend from the existing structure.

To secure the stationary curtain panels, we turn the unistrut sideways so that the open channel faces the front. This allows us to easily clip in quick washers with threaded bolts that fit through grommets on the top of the curtain. Once the bolts are in place, nuts secure the curtain in place.


7 Steps to Plan Your Industrial Curtain Project

These seven steps will help you plan your industrial curtain installation project. Before you start, decide what type of track you will need. Standard industrial curtain tracks are made of 16 gauge galvanized steel. Stainless steel food grade and heavy duty 12-gauge galvanized steel options are also available.

Step 1: Decide where the curtains or panels will be hung. Consider the existing structure to understand if the curtain can be mounted directly to a beam or truss.

Step 2: Determine whether you need a retractable curtain, stationary curtain, or mixture of the two.

Step 3: Plan where you will include pass-throughs or entrances.

Step 4: Consider how much and which direction the ceiling slopes.

Step 5: Note the location of the sprinkler system or other overhead systems.

Step 6: Identify obstructions and note the distance from the floor to the bottom of the lowest-reaching obstruction.

Step 7: If the curtain will be suspended, decide whether you will need filler panels to fill the gap.

If you work through these seven steps, you should have a clear idea of what industrial curtain system components you need. For support in choosing or designing your industrial curtain system, contact AmCraft. Our Industrial Curtain specialists are experienced in assembling the right system for almost any industry. Contact us today.