Curtains or Blinds? Choosing a Laser Safety Barrier for Your Facility

30 July 2019

Laser Blocking Blind and Laser Blocking Curtain Barriers curtains - laser safety barriersChoosing a Laser Safety Barrier for your facility can be a difficult decision.  But, we can help you decide if curtains or blinds would be the best fit for your application.  Curtains are a great option if you have a large area you would like to separate into smaller areas.  For example, in a laboratory, you can use laser blocking curtains to make 2 or more work areas in one room using curtain tracks.

Our curtains are also used to cover windows!  Our curtains can be made with magnets (additional charge) to attach to a window frame.  However, if you do not have a metal frame, Velcro can be sewn onto the edges.

Why would you want a curtain instead of a blind for a window?  Our laser blocking blinds are great for windows.  But, if you have a vision lite in an operating room door, this would not be the best option.  For instance, gurneys and medical equipment are frequently used to open and close these doors and can cause damage to the blinds.  A curtain with magnets works best in this scenario.  It is easily removed and can be used on various windows when needed.

Our laser blocking blinds are great for windows that are stationary (not in a moving door).  They are simple to install and easy to clean.  Typically facilities is able to install our blinds without any problems.  Furthermore, we provide detailed instructions and also offer technical support.

Do you have multiple blinds in a room that you want to open and close at the same time?  We can do that!  We have motorized laser blocking blinds that can be controlled wirelessly.  One switch will be installed to operate all blinds in one room.  Want to see it in action?  Check out this video on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN8xr15V8oE

Our curtains and blinds are both made with the same laser blocking material.  It is white on one side and black on the other.   Tested in accordance with NFPA 701-2015 Test Method 1.  When irradiated with greater than 0.5 MW/m2 it will emit a non-hazardous smoke and may glow, thus indicating that a stray beam is present. Protection times given by the curtain / blind material at various power densities are shown in the specifications below.

Irradiated Area PEL (T3) 10 s PEL(T2) 100s
4 mm2 390 w/cm² 220 w/cm²
2000 mm2  62  w/cm² 35   w/cm²

Need help deciding which laser safety barrier would be best for your company?  Our experienced team is ready to help you.  Please contact us at 770-332-0092 or contact@rtlasersafety.com.  Likewise, you may also fill out the contact form below.  In short, we look forward to working with you.

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