The “Silent Treatment”: Sound Abatement Curtains Illustrated

Sound abatement curtains

are vital to industrial and commercial industries for a variety of applications for mainly two reasons:
  • To make sure the clamor of industrial noise is drastically reduced to boost productivity and safety
  • To meet OSHA requirements of noise pollution within a warehouse space (or other large area facilities).
Industrial noise is caused by manufacturing processes, human voices, and several different types of machinery. The source of most industrial noise as a nuisance is machinery. Illustrated below are sound barrier curtains, noise baffles and wall panels, sound enclosure options and examples on how best to use them. Watch the machine get the “silent treatment”!

“Great Barrier Relief”: Sound Barrier Curtains

Sound barrier curtains provide a flexible noise reducing option to separate the sound source from the rest of the facility. The sound from the machinery, using just one panel, muffles the noise so, although it still can be heard, it provides a quieter environment for workers. The sound abatement, in this case, is usually in an entryway or 3-walled room that opens up to the main workspace within a larger area.

It’s Quite Baffling… and Paneling, Too: Noise Baffles and Wall Panels

Noise Baffles and wall-mounted noise panels reduce the sound bouncing off of reflective surfaces, such as tile, glass, metals, cement, and other hard surfaces. Machinery causes a great deal of raucous, and the machine’s sound waves, which are generally low-frequency, are much longer than high frequency sound waves. They bounce off the walls, ceiling, and floor surfaces, but are much harder to “break down” than high frequency noises.

AmCraft sound baffles and wall-mounted acoustic panels help to absorb the reverberation (sound reflection) by limiting the length of the sound waves to a minimum. Normally used in conjunction with a sound barrier curtain, baffles and wall panels make the sound more bearable for the people on the other side.

Silence is Golden: Sound Enclosures

Sound enclosures seal off a noise source and can dramatically reduce the sound to “barely audible.” The construction of the sound enclosure walls includes a sound barrier membrane as well as a noise absorber, ultimately absorbing the wavelength and stopping the noise from exiting the area. It has four walls and all “cracks” in which sound waves may escape are enclosed, providing the optimal sound abatement solution.

When the curtain walls of the industrial sound enclosure are “flipped” over (so the noise absorption layer is facing outwards), the noise enclosure becomes a silenced room that keeps the source of noise out and the quiet environment in. For more sensitive processes, such as small electronics assembly, or tedious equipment testing procedures, a sound barrier curtain enclosure is ideal for creating an environment that requires great concentration and focus.

A sound abatement divider can be used to control environments for different purposes, in various applications, and across the many industries where ambient industrial noise is a problem. Contact AmCraft today to discuss your project details with one of our technical specialists! Call us at 847-439-4565 or email us at

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