Case Study Volume 2, Issue 4:

Custom Interior Protection Solution Allows Continuity During Manufacturing Equipment Installation

Project Overview:  Shutting down operations for construction projects is not an option for many businesses. When this manufacturing facility needed a complex solution in order to stay operational during the installation of new equipment, TuffWrap’s innovative approach to dust and debris containment became key to the project’s success.

Client:  Curtiss-Wright

Regional Sales Manager:  Randy Greenberg

Project Manager:  Elvis Huymaier

Project Size:  147 l.f. of C.O.R.E. Frameless Walls™ and 5,000 s.f. of SmartSeam® in a Total Enclosure

Duration:  ~4 months

The Challenge:  

View from outside the containment looking in the Pocket Door™

When employees at a manufacturing facility needed a new piece of equipment installed, they could not afford downtime in the remainder of their facility. They asked TuffWrap® to install temporary walls to segregate the construction area in an effort to mitigate the chances of dust migrating during the project. However, the primary challenge arose when it was determined that an overhead crane would need to continue to function during construction.

The initial problem was that the location of the crane inhibited TuffWrap’s ability to use its standard methodology to install the walls all the way to the ceiling. In addition, depending on the design of the containment, the crane could end up traveling through the construction area. Due to these two issues, the focus of the design became finding a way to install the barriers in a very specific area with limited tie off points.

The Solution:  

In order to avoid the crane, the containment would have to be designed as a Total Enclosure.  A combination of C.O.R.E. Frameless Walls™ and SmartSeam® suspended cover would need to be installed below the crane, but with enough clearance for the construction activities to occur inside the enclosure.  

Inside the total enclosure

Because the ceiling joists could not be used for support of the system, tie off points would need to be created. To accomplish this, cabling was run in three locations between walls. Determining the location for each of the cables and the appropriate space in between was important to the success of the solution. Once this was in place, the suspended cover and the walls were hung. The poly was attached to both the cable and the facility walls and drilled into the floor.

An access point also needed to be created so that the project team could enter the area and bring equipment in and out. TuffWrap’s signature Pocket Door™ was installed close to the garage and man door entrances to address this requirement. The resulting effect was a structure that looked similar to a tent with a sliding door. The crane was able to run above it and avoid any contact with the construction zone.

Why TuffWrap:  

The outside of the total enclosure

Ultimately, TuffWrap’s goal is to find creative and reliable solutions that solve customer’s problems. By treating each job as an individual situation, the team at TuffWrap is able to tackle unique challenges and find innovative ways to address them. Through consistent communication, both internally and with the customer, the cabling system was developed and installed effectively. Without that specialized system, the ability to install interior protection for this project would have been limited.


In the end, the custom containment allowed the facility to maintain daily operations while installing a much needed new piece of equipment.  With careful planning, construction dust and debris does not have to be the deciding factor in whether a project can be successful.  Interior protection can create a “best of both worlds” scenario, avoiding interruption in business continuity while allowing necessary change and growth to take place.



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