The various types of fabric air
dispersions products allow facility
managers to specify the performance
requirements that will best serve
their environments. For example, runs
of fabric can follow food production
lines and process machines that need
One of the benefits of fabric ducts is
ease of customization for each application.
Products are application-specific and are
designed for precision airflow by targeted
air speeds, elimination of drafts and hot/
cold zones. Additionally, they can be
made in any color or pattern to provide an
aesthetic element to any environment.
Food Facility Advantages
Advanced fabric diffusers have a
number of benefits in food facilities. Top of
the line models use UL fabric that passes
mold growth in humidity testing and some
have an anti-microbial agent woven into
the fabric to inhibit bacteria growth.
Using linear vents in a run of fabric,
ceilings and walls can be dried faster after
they are washed down. This is particularly
advantageous in food operations such
as meat processing facilities or stand-up coolers whose doors can condense,
requiring wash-downs on a regular basis.
Linear vents in fabric diffusers also
reduce the opportunity for bacteria to
grow, as they reduce moisture buildup.
Growing facilities and food manufacturing
facilities that handle produce with a high
water content are two types of operations
that can take advantage of linear vents
designed into fabric diffusers.
Fabric is ideal in
which is not true for
all metal ductwork.
In freezers, uniform
temperatures are often
required in storage
variance is not good
for stored product or
the equipment cooling
the space. This makes
them more valuable
in cold storage
Another major benefit
to fabric diffusers is
that they are easy to
maintain. Like any
type of duct system,
they will collect
dust and other air
particulate. But instead
of needing to clean
them at ceiling level
or disrupting regular
food manufacturing operations to bring
down sections of metal ducts, fabric can
be easily taken down and washed in
commercial washing machines. Fabric
can also be cleaned by vacuuming or with
There are also durability benefits. If
bumped into by equipment, fabric is more
resilient than metal ductwork. Fabric won’t
dent or scratch, making it a good long-term option.
Food manufacturing operations
whose metal ducts are falling into
disrepair, or who are moving into a new
building without proper ductwork, can
find advantages in a fabric diffuser
retrofit. Fabric serves as one large
diffuser, which provides more uniform
air movement. Installation of fabric is
easier than metal ducts and it’s easier
to maintain. Fabric diffusers work well in
nearly any food application, from post-washdown to freezers.
Gerry Flores is the business development
manager at DuctSox.
Fabric diffusers can be specially designed for specific food facility applications
with antimicrobial fabric. They even allow for customized aesthetics — from color
scheme to company logos.
Visit booth #N5529 for a hands-on demonstration
and see how you can cut your cleaning times in half!