Why are Industrial Plastic /PVC Strip Curtains Ideal for Commercial Coolrooms?

10 October 2017

Industrial plastic curtains have received their fair share of coverage in past articles. They reduce energy losses, prevent insects from entering food-safe areas, and generally act as a conventional room threshold, albeit one that’s made out of PVC strips. General benefits aside, though, just why are plastic strip doors ideal for commercial coolrooms? Could it be the fundamentally connected but necessarily segregated nature of this work environment?

A Workflow Facilitation Mechanism 

All right, commercial coolrooms are every bit as enclosed as any other refrigerated zone, but a commerce-oriented operation requires a chain, a movement of merchandise. This is a bit of a dilemma, right? The cold air has to stay right where it is, but traffic must flow. By advocating a PVC strip curtain solution, one that installs across the access threshold, we reach a suitable compromise. Commerce flows, the cold environment is maintained, and business prospers. As we’ve said in past articles, there are many practical reasons for adopting this pliable barrier, including the preservation of a chilled food-safe zone, but this product transaction issue pairs practical concerns with an important logistics-based component.

Addressing Utilitarian Considerations 

Speaking of ideals, the perfect commercial setting is clean and productive. Everything works flawlessly, and the kitchen personnel are all meticulous workers. In reality, this ideal is hard to sustain. Dirty shoes track dirt. Bacteria grows in standing water, then flies circle those damp patches. Industrial plastic curtains overlap their strip sections so that these flying pests can’t penetrate the coolroom threshold. Sure, a weekly delivery of meat or fish is taking place. Traffic is looping back and forth, the merchandise is creating a supply chain between the delivery quay and the refrigerated cooler, but only the brawny delivery employee and the temperature-sensitive products are pushing through those overlapping PVC strips.

Leveraging the Scalability Factor 

Commercial operations vary dramatically, both in size and the length of that supply chain. Essentially, large business enterprises create a regulated processing tunnel. The industrial plastic strips act as a prominent threshold expeditor in that virtually sealed supply chain. Movements between narrow walk-in freezer doors and catering establishments rely on that plastic-sealed portal. On scaling pliable doorways upwards, their transparent strips also create a barrier between the outside world and frosty warehouses so that numerous product-loaded forklifts can safely zip through their high-visibility, abrasion-resistant panels with minimal effort.

It’s the supply and conveyance chain that acts as the lifeblood of the commercial cooling industry. The refrigerated commodities are properly stocked, but they’re also always on the move, carried by man, pallet jack, or forklift truck. Stopping tiny pests and energy losses, the flexible barriers keep the thread of productivity firmly intact.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
E-mail: markconnelly@cmcoolrooms.com.au
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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