Operable Wall: Terminology
12 December 2019
The Operable Partition Industry, like many industries, speak and describe in our own language using our own terminology. We sometimes wrongfully assume that the listeners understands what we say. In order to explain and clarify some of these phrases, below are some of the most common that you may encounter.
Manual Operable Partition: A series of panels that are relocated by a person applying force to move them along an overhead track system. Moderco has two series of manual operable partitions: Signature Series & 700 series.
Manual Operable Partition Configuration: Moderco manufactures two configurations: paired panels, the most common configuration, in which the panels are hinged together in groups of two and moved along the track in pairs (Signature Model 8500 & 700 Series Model 742) and single panels in which the panels are not hinged together but move individually along the track (Signature 8600 & 8800 & 700 Series 742).
Electrically Operated Partition: An operable partition in which all panels are hinged together as a unit and moved along the track by means of an electric motor driving a cable, concealed within the track and attached to the trolley installed on the first panel out of the storage area. Moderco manufactures four electric partitions: Signature 8760 & 8720, 700 Series 743-E and Gym door 801.
Pocket Doors: One or more full height panels installed to conceal the storage area in which the panels are stored (stacked). Pocket doors come in various configurations (single, double, bi-fold or 3 section) depending on the particular application.
Panel Face, Panel Surface: The vertical plane of the panel usually covered in a vinyl, fabric, carpet etc. that is visible when the partition is extended. Facing materials are typically gypsum board or steel of various thicknesses (gauges) as dictated by the sound tests.
Ceiling Height: The vertical measurement between the underside of the finished ceiling and the finished floor. It is critical that this measurement be determined as accurately as possible prior to partition manufacturing. Ideally the ceiling and floor shall be parallel to each other or within the tolerances allowed by the manufacturer in order to provide desired operation, aesthetics and acoustics.
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