Energy Saving Solutions For Small Businesses

Energy saving solutions

Energy prices are climbing and showing no sign of slowing down, but what energy saving solutions can you apply to your workplace?

Making simple energy saving changes to improve your efficiency can save you money, plus it’s good for the planet too!

On brighter days, switching lights off and allowing natural light in will avoid any wasted energy. This may seem like a small thing to do but if implemented enough throughout the week or month, you’ll notice the difference!

Offices constantly have appliances running throughout the day, from PC’s, desk fans, radios and printers – it’s easy to see how energy bills are sky high! It’s often a necessity that these items are switched on, however, it can be very costly. If your workplace makes a conscious effort to switch appliances off when not in use, you’ll be surprised at the energy savings you can make.

It also makes a huge impact switching to energy saving light bulbs where possible, for example, changing tube lights to T5 energy efficient lighting saved £2,282 on the annual energy bill and 8.52 tonnes of CO2 emissions.’.

Companies are introducing measures wherever possible to keep energy bills low, whilst maintaining a reputable carbon footprint and a “green” image. To counterbalance energy price increases we must try to prevent heat loss in industrial and commercial environments.  There are two ways to do this: Insulate and then protect.

Insulation is a primary factor in relation to heat loss and must be looked into extensively.  Insulate your roofs, wall panels, offices and access points to ensure heat is retained wherever possible.  To achieve maximum efficiencies however we should also consider introducing PVC strip curtains in areas of high footfall/traffic as a means of protection against energy loss.  Internal and External Doors that are constantly open to allow traffic and pedestrians access, will cost you greatly, as the cold air enters the building and the warm air escapes or vice versa the air-conditioned cool air escapes and the hot external environment enters.

The simplest solution to this expensive problem is to install PVC strip curtains which allow easy, hands-free access through openings, they return to their original position rapidly and create a substantial barrier between internal and external areas.  Case studies have shown that energy bills can be reduced by up to 60% if installed correctly.

Considering that an average PVC Strip Curtains cost less to purchase and install than your average monthly energy bill, and will pay for themselves usually within 3 months, it makes sense to speak to the specialists at PVC-Strip, invest a small amount in an economical product, that in the long run will save you money and improve both your carbon footprint and green image.

If you would like to discuss our range of PVC strip curtains, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced sales team on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk.

Simplifying PVC Specs

Are you clueless on PVC Strip and unsure on how the technical specifications will affect your application? We simplify the specs and help you discover your ideal curtain…

Temperature Range:

PVC strippvc strip temperature management has a large temperature range for such a flexible product.  The temperature range is simply the range at which the PVC strip will maintain its structure.  At temperatures lower than specified the molecules will react together becoming hard, brittle and the clarity will alter.  At the higher end of the spectrum, the material will deform, lose its shape and basically melt. Here’s our guide to the minimum and maximum usage temperatures on quality PVC strip:

Standard Grade PVC: -15°C – +50°C
Low Temperature / Polar Grade PVC: +30°C – -40°C  

Chemical Resistance

pvc strip chemical resistanceWe are often asked, “is flexible PVC strip chemical resistant?” The answer is a resounding yes!  PVC strip has good mechanical properties and excellent chemical resistance, as with other general purpose plastics.  It’s particularly good with organic solvents, salts, acids, and alkalis. This is why it’s used to make chemical storage tanks, plastic valves and flanges, drainage and water pipes.  However, if you want to understand how it behaves in relation to a specific chemical within a given environment then it needs to be independently tested.

We can send you samples to test in your actual environment or for more technical results we can send our materials to independent Laboratories on your behalf.  Bear in mind independently testing is costly and the customer bears the cost for any external test requirements but it will ensure that you’ve got bespoke, application specific test results for your unique environment.

Tensile Strength

tensile strength pvc stripSo, you have a flexible PVC strip technical specification in front of you, you know that you need a strong material but you have no idea what that means or what to look for in quality grade PVC.  Here we break it down into simple terms and explain the basics on tensile strength.

The tensile strength of a material is measured in N/mm². This is the maximum force the PVC strip can be subjected to before it breaks. Good quality PVC strip should achieve results between 10 and 18 (the stronger the PVC the higher the number).

  • Standard grades should be around 16-17;
  • Low-temperature grades should be around 12-13;
  • Super polar grades should be around 10;

Low-temperature grades include added softeners in the PVC compound mix to avoid the material becoming brittle at freezing temperatures, hence the lower figures.

Heat distortion

pvc strip heat distortionTo simplify what is actually quite a complex test, the Vicat softening temperature or heat distortion temperature is basically how far a needle can penetrate into flexible PVC strip, to a specific depth at given temperature variables. The higher the temperature the easier it is for the needle to penetrate the PVC strip.

PVC strip is at a disadvantage when it comes to having a low heat distortion level if you compare it other plastics, however, this is due to its high levels of flexibility and requirements to be a soft, moveable material.

Ideally, you want this score to be between 45-50, the higher the score the more rigid the material will be.

Fire Retardant

pvc strip Fire retardantPVC strip is an inherently fire resistant plastic as it contains a high percentage of chlorine.  Make no mistake, all PVC will burn (as do almost all materials) but when burned, hydrogen chloride gas is released which slows down the continuous combustion reaction and when the naked flame is removed it will self-extinguish – the material basically chokes itself.  Additionally, the odour released is unpleasant allowing early detection of a fire.

There are many ways of evaluating flexible PVC strip, all PVC strip should be as minimum classified as “self-extinguishing” but the oxygen index is a good line in the sand – the higher the value the better.  Materials that achieve OI ratings of 26+ are as near to a true fire retardant PVC material as you’re going to get in the PVC world.

If would like to view our independent testing video showing the behaviour of standard grade and OI27 PVC strip where you can see which PVC takes the flame and burns quicker for yourselves – then please just ask and we can send it over to you via email.

EUROPEAN USAGE OF PLASTIC STRIP CURTAINS

Agricultural plastic strip curtains

In the UK alone, plastic strip curtains are installed in a wide variety of industries such as cold stores, cleanrooms, warehouses, and schools. But where are the most common applications worldwide and why are they such a popular product?

As plastic strip curtains are such a diverse product, there is a huge range of applications PVC strip can be installed in. In the UK, they are most commonly found in very industrial settings, such as warehouses and cold stores. Plastic strip curtains are also found in environments such as zoos, schools, and restaurants – so the products are diverse enough to be applied almost anywhere… They even feature in movies and tv on occasion!

But what is the difference in Europe? Countries have unique applications where strip curtains are a necessity for example. France and Italy are known for their impressive vineyards and wine production but strip curtains are an essential asset to their production, as they ensure the cellar keeps at the perfect temperature whilst still in development. 

Spain and Portugal:

Known for their food markets and fishing ports, open-air stalls, food and hot weather means it’s the best place for bugs to gather – this is where PVC strip curtains come in… By installing strip curtains where possible on market stalls and fishing ports, it means the food cannot be contaminated by flies and other pests but also with the added benefit of keeping the food at a regulated temperature.

Norway & Germany:

Data centres are dotted all around Europe, most commonly in Norway & Germany. Some of the larger companies, like Digiplex who are based in Norway & Sweden, are the innovative leaders in the Nordic region. Plastic strip curtains are used in data centres to help with optimising server cooling, to aid in reducing carbon emissions and work as a low-cost non-technical alternative to expensive server cooling systems.

If you have any questions about plastic strip curtains and how you can introduce them into your business, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk 

Our PVC Range

PVC-Strip are the UK’s largest manufacturer of PVC strip curtains, so we understand that there isn’t one grade of PVC suitable for all applications. From our 40+ years in business, we have discovered the most popular grades of PVC in the industry and we’ve expanded to hold the UK’s largest stock of PVC rolls, suited just for our customer’s needs. Take a look at our full range of PVC strip rolls below and see how we can provide solutions to common problems in your environment.

CLEAR PVC ROLL:Clear PVC Strip Roll

The Clear PVC strip roll is the standard grade of PVC that is used in a wide range of applications. The PVC is crystal clear, allowing ease of access for both pedestrians and vehicles while complying with health and safety regulations. The clear PVC strip roll is ideal for almost any application and is also available in low-temperature, which is ideal for environments that are constantly below -0°C, often found in cold stores and refrigerated vehicles to maintain the temperature of the environment.

RIBBED PVC ROLL:Ribbed PVC Strip Roll

The ribbed PVC strip roll is used in more frequently in high traffic areas, for ease of access and durability. The thick ribbed protrusion ensures that the PVC is protected while also remaining safe for pedestrians and vehicles. The ribbed PVC roll is also available in low temperature, ideal for environments that operate below -0°C. We recommend this PVC roll in applications that have constant vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the day, most commonly seen in warehouses for forklift trucks and workers to easily pass through.

FROSTED PVC ROLL:Frosted PVC Strip Roll

The frosted PVC strip roll is used most commonly as a privacy partition. The frosted effect reduces visibility but allows light to pass through. Ideal for environments where particular areas need to be hidden from the public eye and offer privacy to staff, e.g., mortuaries, stock areas and open office areas. The frosted PVC strip roll should be considered in conjunction with your health and safety policy as the lessened visibility could pose a risk to the public and staff when passing through.

PERFORATED PVC ROLL:Perforated PVC Strip Roll

The perforated PVC strip roll is a summer bestseller. Most commonly found in hot kitchens, supermarkets and warehouses in warmer months where pests can cause big hygiene risks. The PVC is clear, but contains small perforated holes throughout which allow airflow but prevents insects from passing through. The perforated PVC strip roll is ideal for preventing hygiene risks and improving overall health and safety in food preparation areas. This PVC strip is often used as an alternative to our mesh strips that work in a similar way.

COLOURED PVC: Red PVC Strip Roll

We supply two options of coloured PVC here at PVC-Strip, coloured and transparent. Our range consists of red and blue in translucent and opaque, black and grey in opaque. Most commonly found as edge markers to denote hazard areas or access point, the Coloured PVC strip rolls can be used in a variety of applications. Ranging from poultry sheds, art and film sets and food manufacture environments. PVC can also be printed on, providing a unique material, often used in corporate branding.

ANTI-STATIC PVC ROLLS:Anti Static PVC Strip Rolls

The anti-static PVC strip roll is designed for installation in datacentres and cleanrooms, offering the best solution for their unique requirements, the main purpose is for contamination control and creating airflow. The benefits of including our anti-static range in datacentres is the increase in capacity with lower, more stable temperatures – which saves energy on air conditioning by up to 67%, optimise server cooling and see ROI in under a year and it maximises airflow dynamics and increases the effectiveness of hot aisle/cold aisle isolation.

The anti-static PVC keeps cleanroom areas free of dust, pollution and other cross contaminates, removes static charge from clothing and prevents the charge being passed inside the cleanroom and helps to contain the environmental regulation within the cleanroom.

ANTI-INSECT PVC ROLL:Anti Insect PVC Strip Rolls

The anti-insect PVC strip roll is translucent yellow and contains citronella, designed to deter airborne pests, like bees, wasps and flies. This range of PVC is very popular in summer, mostly installed in hot kitchen environments, like bakeries and restaurants. The anti-insect PVC improves contamination control and reduces the risk of hygiene breaches in the environment.

WELDING GRADE PVC ROLL:Bronze Welding Grade PVC Strip Roll

The welding grade PVC strip rolls are available in red, bronze and green. The PVC strip rolls can be manufactured into screens, curtains or portable booths for your welding environment. The rolls are naturally dark in colour, however, when light passes through it improves the visibility, making worker observations much easier and removing the risk of harm to workers in the area. The welding grade PVC strip rolls are ideal for protecting workers by screening out hazardous UV rays and blocking sparks or hot metal projectiles that could cause severe burns and fires in the environment.

If you would like to learn more about our PVC strip roll range or would like to purchase any of the products, please visit our PVC strip roll product page. If you would like to discuss your options and enquire about the best PVC roll for your environment, please contact our dedicated and experienced sales team by calling 01925 638753 or emailing sales@pvc-strip.co.uk.

Extend the life of your PVC strip curtain

PVC strip curtains are a long-life product if looked after correctly…  But how are you supposed to care for your PVC kit, make sure it’s well-kept and maintained and lives up to its full potential? We have a few tips…

Choosing your PVC: Clear PVC Strip Roll

Prior to purchasing your PVC strip curtain kit, our team will need to fully understand the environment that your kit will be installed in to make sure that you’re purchasing the ideal PVC material for your requirement. Choosing the correct kit for your application is a pivotal first step in ensuring the PVC can withstand the volume of traffic, temperature ranges and location. When purchasing your PVC strip curtain, our team will be at hand ready to discuss and offer the ideal product for your environment.

 


Installation:Stainless Steel Hook Type Suspension Rail

PVC-Strip are a supply only company, but we guarantee that by following our helpful guides, you can successfully install a PVC strip curtain in your environment. Our kits are very easy to install, however, we understand that if you are inexperienced, it may seem like a difficult task. We installation guides available in video or text format for both our bullet rail and hook type suspension systems, if you follow our guides carefully, we’re certain that your PVC strip curtain kit will be up quickly and correctly.

 

 

Cleaning:PVC Strip Curtain Maintenance

It’s incredibly important to keep your strip curtain clean! Unclean strips can become clouded and cause health and safety risks in environments that require clear visibility, especially in high traffic areas. If your PVC strip kit is being used every day, it’s unavoidable that your strips will become dirty. We advise that you clean your strips as much as possible as part of your maintenance procedure to avoid early replacement and keep your kit looking presentable. Simply wipe down your strips with warm water to clean, it’s as simple as that! The quick and easy procedure will ensure your PVC strips have an extended life and look fresh and well-kept up until replacement.

 

 

Replacing:REPLACEMENT PVC CLEAR

Eventually, one or more of your PVC strips will become damaged and you may be concerned about the cost of replacing the full kit. We offer a full range of handy replacement PVC strips, sold individually, to fill the gaps in your kit. You easily purchase these low price PVC strips online, cut to size with your exact requirements. If you require any assistance purchasing from our replacement PVC strip range, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team who can guide you through the process and ensure you purchase the correct product for your requirements.

 

 

We have been in business for over 40 years, which gives us the advantage of unbeatable product and industry knowledge. We can guarantee we can find a solution for each individual requirement, advising on what options are right for you and how you can prolong the life of your PVC curtain.
If you wish to discuss our PVC range with our sales team, please call us on 01925 638753 or email sales@pvc-strip.co.uk and our experienced team will gladly answer any questions you may have.

What are the benefits and advantages of installing plastic strip curtains?

PVC strip curtains offer a variety of benefits and advantages to any application they are installed in. The strip curtain is designed to form a flexible barrier across an opening, making environments safer, improving temperatures and offering ease of access. Each kit is carefully manufactured to each industry’s unique requirements, ensuring each environment has the ideal solution.

Industrial PVC Strip Curtains

Strip curtains can be found in a large variety of environments, ranging from;

 

  • Cold Stores
  • Warehouses
  • Schools
  • Data Centres
  • Cleanrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Farms
  • Restaurants / bars / cafés

Each PVC strip curtain requirement is unique, specifically manufactured with PVC that will work best in the environment. For example, cold stores and walk-in freezers require the temperature to reach as low as -32°C but cannot let the cool air escape when workers are passing in and out of the space. Polar grade PVC is ideal for this application, ensuring the temperature is regulated and the strips are self-closing. The PVC strips are flexible, even in lower temperatures and won’t hinder any access in and out of the area.

 

What benefits can you expect from installing PVC strip curtains?

Cold Storage and Freezer PVC Strip Curtain

 

  • Low cost and easy to maintain
  • Maintains the rooms’ ambient temperature
  • Prevents the loss of hot or cold air
  • Isolates against noise or the movement of airborne particles
  • Easy to repair or replace on a strip by strip basis
  • Admits light and omits rain, wind and draughts from the workplace

 

PVC strip curtains can be ordered in different sizes, weights and grades – all dependent on your application. We can supply specialist grades for unique applications, such as welding grade material and anti-static PVC. For curtains that will be located externally, the PVC is often a thicker grade with an increased overlap to protect from the outside elements. Internal applications will be lighter to improve access for pedestrians.

If you would like more information about our plastic strip curtain range, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert sales team. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours if you contact us via email, sales@pvc-strip.co.uk, or fill in one of our enquiry forms found on our website at www.pvc-strip.co.uk or for an instant response, please call our team on 01925 638753.