Screen Innovations Debuts Fontus to Enable Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

Screen Innovations Debuts Fontus to Enable Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

An extension of SI’s Janus power and control hub, Fontus lets integrators connect power and control to motorized screens over existing two-conductor wire. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, introduces at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a new “problem solving” product that enables new low-voltage motorized screens to be powered and controlled via any type of traditional two-conductor wiring. SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a building or home to connect screens to a modern control system. 

With Fontus, an integrator can make a two-conductor wire perform 485 communication as if it were an eight-conductor wire, significantly simplifying the installation. As long as there is a two-conductor wire available near the screen location, Fontus, a dongle that plugs into SI’s new Janus power and control hub, converts low-voltage communications signals and power from a five-conductor system for distribution over two-conductor wire. The signal is decoded for reception at the screen location via a second Fontus dongle with no loss of signal.  

“No matter what type of wire is available at the project—old coax from a wall-mounted display, speaker wire, or even Romex, Fontus is able to utilize it to deliver power and communications signals from our Janus five-conductor control hub,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO of SI. “Full two-way control and power are maintained using our advanced BCP encoding and decoding protocol, giving integrators a proven solution for uniting old and new technologies.” 

Fontus can also be used to enable basic control of screens over two-conductor wire through dry and wet contact closures. For example, when a door opens or a projector is activated, a contact closure or 12-volt trigger can signal a motorized screen to deploy. “Scenarios like these often require the addition of a control system,” says Braithwaite. “Fontus enables automation all on its own, with no extra equipment required.” 

Visit SI at ISE in stand #1-N80 to see Fontus in action and to learn more about SI’s wide range of screen solutions. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Simplifies Multi-Screen Installations with New Janus Power and Control Hub

Screen Innovations Simplifies Multi-Screen Installations with New Janus Power and Control Hub

Janus from SI enables as many as eight screens to be powered and controlled from a hub 75% smaller than traditional control panels. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shading products, announces at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a revolutionary new product, Janus, designed to simplify and expand the installation of motorized screens. In the past, integrators have had no choice but to mount huge panels or run conduit to deliver power and control multiple motorized screens. SI’s revolutionary Janus hub, however, is able to do the job at a fraction of the size of traditional panels, without the need for conduit. Janus is 75% smaller than its closest competitor, yet has the capacity to accommodate connections for as many as eight screens and eight accessories, such as keypads.  

Its ultra-compact form factor combined with huge capacity for commercial and large residential projects sets Janus in a class all its own. Ideal for projects requiring the installation of multiple screens, the expandability of Janus is limitless. It can utilize all wire topologies, even a Cat5 or Cat6 can be run 45.7 meters or more to SI’s largest screen motor. 

Designed for the Future

Janus was designed for integrators to be infinitely expandable and capable of supporting any project. “We designed a product that combines future and past technologies into one, with the combination of UTP connections on one side of Janus and terminal blocks on the other side. No matter what type of wire you pulled on an existing project or a new project, Janus can be employed,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO of SI.

Fits Where Traditional Panels Can’t and Runs Cool to the Touch

Due to its small form factor and highly efficient power supplies, Janus affords integrators a wide variety of mounting options. Unlike all other low-voltage power and control systems, Janus is both rack and panel mountable. It can even be mounted above the ceiling to minimize wiring runs. Several Janus units can be daisy-chained to streamline the installation of extremely large screen jobs. Traditional structured wiring enclosures support only 10 screens. Because Janus runs cool to the touch, multiple units can be stacked together tightly to support 32 screens in the same allotment of space of a conventional panel that supports 10 screens. 

Visit SI at stand #1-N80 to see Janus in action and to learn more about SI’s wide range of screen solutions. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, review, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Introduces Fully Redesigned Low-Voltage Motorized and Fixed Screen Technologies and Connectivity Solutions at ISE 2020.

Screen Innovations Introduces Fully Redesigned Low-Voltage Motorized and Fixed Screen Technologies and Connectivity Solutions at ISE 2020.

SI’s wide range of motorized screen technologies offers integrators a new level of installation ease and solutions for a wide variety of applications. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, demonstrates at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a wide variety of revolutionary motorized screen technologies designed for installation ease and simple solutions for challenging projects. Displayed prominently by SI are new and improved motors, screen materials, and connectivity solutions, all engineered to serve the unique needs of the custom integration community. 

“We’ve listened to feedback from our dealers, and redesigned and expanded our product offerings to reflect our commitment to providing them with the types of products and solutions they need,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “At our core, we are a technology company, and our mission is to bring these technologies to our dealers though continually enhanced screen materials, motorization capabilities, and simpler methods of installation and integration.” 

The following products and technologies are featured by SI at ISE 2020:

World’s First Zigbee 3.0 Screens and Shades

A highlight of SI’s introductions at ISE 2020 is the implementation of Zigbee 3.0 into its screen and shade solutions, with an initial North American rollout. Broadly recognized as the new global wireless standard, Zigbee 3.0 turns SI’s motorized screens and shades into communications powerhouses, enabling them to seamlessly interoperate with a wide range of other devices that adhere to the protocol, including popular brands of lighting, voice control, and automation systems. Based on a dynamic mesh topology, the Zigbee 3.0 ecosystem becomes stronger and more resilient as the number of devices on the network expands. 

Janus Low-Voltage Power and Control Hub

A revolutionary new product developed by SI, Janus is designed to simplify and expand the installation of motorized screens. In the past, integrators have had no choice but to mount huge panels or run conduit to deliver power and control multiple motorized screens. The Janus low-voltage power and control hub, however, is able to do the job at a fraction of the size of traditional panels, without the need for conduit. Janus is 75% smaller than its closest competitor, yet has the capacity to accommodate connections for as many as eight screens and eight accessories, such as keypads.  

Its ultra-compact form factor combined with huge capacity for commercial and large residential projects sets Janus in a class all its own. Ideal for projects requiring the installation of multiple screens, the expandability of Janus is limitless. It can utilize all wire topologies, even a Cat5 or Cat6 can be run 45.7 or more to SI’s largest screen motor. 

Fontus Enables Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

A new “problem solving” product that enables new low-voltage motorized screens to be controlled via any type of traditional two-conductor wiring, SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a building or home to connect screens to a modern control system. With Fontus, an integrator can make a two-conductor wire perform 485 communication as if it were an eight-conductor wire, significantly simplifying the installation. As long as there is a two-conductor wire available near the screen location, Fontus, a dongle that plugs into SI’s new Janus power and control hub, converts low-voltage communications signals and power from a five-conductor system for distribution over two-conductor wire. The signal is decoded for reception at the screen location via a second Fontus dongle with no loss of signal.  

Expansion of Low-Voltage Motorized Screen Offerings

To deliver more low-voltage options to dealers, SI has implemented its low-voltage motor technology across its entire line of motorized screens.This low-voltage capability was initially rolled out in 2017 in a few varieties of SI motorized screens, but is now incorporated into every model. Every SI motorized screen can now be powered and controlled via any type of low-voltage wire, including Cat5 and even two-conductor speaker wire. This affords integrators worldwide enhanced installation flexibility, versatility and cost savings. 

Solo 2 Redesigned Ultra-Compact Motorized Screen Assembly

One of the signature features of SI’s new Solo 2 motorized cassette is its compact, decorator-friendly design. With cassette sizes starting at 90mm in depth and height, the Solo 2 is 17% smaller than the original version, allowing it to be installed in places that would otherwise be impossible. The cassette is available in a width of up to 3.5 meters, and in AC, DC and wireless lithium rechargeable versions.

FlexGlass Durable, Bendable Rear-Projection Glass

SI’s FlexGlass re-invents rear-projection screens by providing integrators with a surface that’s durable yet bendable, boasts a low profile of just 2-1/2 millimeters thick, and is available in sizes up to 30,785 millimeters wide by 2,616 millimeters tall. These features make FlexGlass a highly versatile rear-projection screen, supporting applications including digital signage, projection blending, short-throw projection, and as a traditional rear-projection surface. Completely bendable, FlexGlass can be configured in a number of ways, such as an S-Shape against a curved wall and even a 360-degree circle.

Zero-G Long Drop Motorized Screen Assembly

Featuring an extended maximum drop of nearly 16 feet, SI’s newly redesigned Zero-G provides integrators with a solution when specifying motorized screens in structures with extremely tall ceilings. Unlike competing long-drop motorized solutions, Zero-G has no black mask above the viewing surface. Instead, the Zero-G screen is housed in a two-piece tube that is suspended from Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene cables, where it deploys at a preset location and unrolls itself, displaying the viewing surface without any visual distractions.  

Black Diamond XL Screen

SI’s new Black Diamond screen, Black Diamond XL, offers integrators a larger viewing surface than previous versions of the product. In the past, Black Diamond and other layer-based optical screens were limited to 60 inches in height. The XL version increases the maximum height to 76 inches, making it possible to create a seamless 150-inch diagonal 16:9 optical screen. 

Visit stand #1-N80 at ISE 2020 see the latest screen solutions from SI.  

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 

Screen Innovations Showcases FlexGlass Bendable Rear-Projection Screen at ISE 2020

Screen Innovations Showcases FlexGlass Bendable Rear-Projection Screen at ISE 2020

SI’s FlexGlass rear-projection screen offers integrators a highly durable, flexible, and bendable screen material that’s less expensive and easier to install and ship than typical rigid glass projection screens. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, demonstrates at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, the installation versatility of its FlexGlass rear-projection screen material. SI’s FlexGlass re-invents rear-projection screens by providing integrators with a surface that’s durable yet bendable, boasts a low profile of just 2-1/2 millimeters thick and is available in sizes up to 30,785 millimeters wide by 2,616 millimeters tall. 

These features make FlexGlass a highly versatile rear-projection screen, supporting applications including digital signage, projection blending, short-throw projection, and as a traditional rear-projection surface. Completely bendable, FlexGlass can be configured in a number of ways, such as an S-Shape against a curved wall and even a 360-degree circle. FlexGlass is designed and engineered with ambient light rejecting properties and to eliminate hot spotting that can often occur with rear-projection installations. Engineered from the same material as bulletproof glass, FlexGlass is extremely durable for use in any environment. 

Plus, due to its flexible composition, FlexGlass can be rolled up for shipping for delivery to the jobsite, minimizing the cost and labor typically incurred when shipping and handling a standard rigid rear-projection screen.

“We thought of everything when developing FlexGlass, says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “It suits any rear-projection application, offers unique configuration options, features state-of-the-art screen technologies, and is simpler and easier to ship and install than its competition.” 

FlexGlass is just one of many SI screen solutions showcased at ISE 2020, including Black Diamond XL and Zero-G with long-drop capability, as well as an entire ecosystem of low-voltage screens and power and control hubs. 

Visit SI at stand #1-N80 during ISE 2020 to see its revolutionary FlexGlass material employed in a variety of applications, as well as SI’s other screen solutions. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Doubles Down on Low-Voltage Motorized Screen Offering

Screen Innovations Doubles Down on Low-Voltage Motorized Screen Offering

SI’s entire line of motorized screens can now be powered via low-voltage, leveraging the company’s new Janus power and control hub and Fontus two-conductor connector. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, introduces at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, the expansion of its low-voltage motor technology across its entire line of motorized screens. The low-voltage capability was initially rolled out in 2017 in a few varieties of SI motorized screens but is now incorporated into every model. Every SI motorized screen can now be powered and controlled via any type of low-voltage wire, including Cat5 and even two-conductor speaker wire. This affords integrators worldwide enhanced installation flexibility, versatility and cost savings. 

Leveraging this complete ecosystem of low-voltage-enabled motorized screens are SI’s new Janus and Fontus products. Janus delivers power and control for up to 8 low-voltage screens in 75% less space than its closest competitor, while Fontus supports the connection of screens to a power/control source over any type of two-conductor wire. 

“In an industry where technology is constantly evolving, low-voltage applications are king,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “With our complete line of low-voltage motorized screen solutions, we are able to integrate more seamlessly with other products and systems while providing the integration community with a wide variety of solutions to suit any project or application.” 

The complete low-voltage ecosystem of motorized screens and connectivity products illustrates SI’s commitment to being a leader in the development of new technologies; providing its dealers with state-of-the-art solutions, service, and support; and creating new revenue opportunities for its dealers.

Visit SI at stand #1-N80 during ISE 2020 to see its new low-voltage motorized line of screens and its complete low-voltage ecosystem. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

 

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Creates New Integration Opportunities with Improvements and Expansion to its Production Facilities, Product Line, and Personnel

Screen Innovations Creates New Integration Opportunities with Improvements and Expansion to its Production Facilities, Product Line, and Personnel

Innovation, quality control, production efficiency, and exceptional customer care are the hallmarks of SI’s global initiatives for 2020. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Committed to delivering the best products, technology, and services to its global reseller community, Screen Innovations (SI) enters 2020 armed with several key initiatives for continual growth, advancement, and leadership as a premiere provider of projection screen and shading solutions. 

SI’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, has once again been expanded and enhanced for greater efficiency across the board—from the corporate office to the factory floor. A number of innovative new products, systems, services, and technologies join SI’s broad range of screen and shade offerings. Existing products continue to evolve as new features and functions are implemented and deployed. Finally, a variety of completely new design and installation solutions and technologies are scheduled to roll out throughout the year. 

“SI has a long history of providing unique, innovative, and top-quality products, service and support, but in 2020 we are taking it up a notch by investing heavily in our production facilities and capacity as well as our staff and technology development,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. 

“Everything has undergone a major refresh, and we’re excited to offer our customers a better SI experience. From our improved customer service and support to faster turnaround times on products and improved quality control measures, the SI team is laser-focused on delivering on our commitments and being the best partner possible. We’re primed for growth and our innovative screen and shade technologies—plus all the other cool solutions we’re bringing to market— aren’t offered anywhere else. We’ve listened to our customers and have everything they need to grow their commercial and residential business in 2020.” 

Developing Innovative “Problem-Solving” Products & Technology

SI is pushing the envelope of technological innovation with the development of several products designed to simplify installation and integration of its screen and shade offerings. No matter what type of challenge dealers face when installing motorized screens and shades, SI has a tool to minimize labor and ensure the most reliable operation possible. 

“Our goal is to drive simplicity and ease-of use-for both the dealer and end-user,” Gustafson says.

The recent implementation of Zigbee 3.0 in select products, for example, allows dealers to easily add shading and screen solutions to a mesh network and enable seamless interoperability with a wide range of other devices that adhere to the protocol, including popular brands of lighting, voice control, and automation systems. Additionally, products such as Janus and Fontus— new for 2020—facilitate the use of all wiring types, even two-conductor wire, while providing dealers with a more compact, design-friendly solution that differentiates them from their competition. The engineers at SI will continue to innovate going forward, focusing on providing dealers with additional solutions for low-voltage applications, wireless Zigbee 3.0 integration, and the cross pollination of screens and shades. 

Improvements on the Factory Floor

To improve production efficiency and quality control, SI continues to invest heavily in its Austin, Texas, facility, the latest being a 22,000-square-foot expansion of its factory floor and office space. The addition more than doubles SI’s production capacity and accommodates state-of-the-art equipment, including extrusion saws for precision cutting of screen and shade frames and cassettes. 

“Because the new extrusion area is now completely enclosed, factory debris and noise are minimized significantly, creating a cleaner, more comfortable work environment and ensuring that our products are of the utmost quality,” Gustafson adds.

3-Day Turnaround on Quick-Build Screens

Coinciding with the factory expansion is the introduction of new SI programs, including 3-day quick-build screens, which drastically reduce lead times and lowers inventory carrying costs for dealers while also demonstrating SI’s unrelenting commitment to innovation and customer service.

Helping Dealers Differentiate and Grow

As SI continues to evolve—refining its existing line of products and deploying new technologies, resources, and services—it offers dealers an unparalleled opportunity to differentiate and expand their businesses. Unique programs like Flow, for example, help dealers dive into the shade business by simplifying the process of specifying, ordering, and installing shades in both residential and commercial settings. SI is developing other unique dealer programs and services to ensure that every project is designed and configured to perfection and works flawlessly for the end user. 

Addition of Several Key Staff 

To help push forward its 2020 initiatives and broaden its base of talent, SI has hired several key personnel: Jason Russell, VP Residential Sales; Sasha Osadchy, Director of Training; and Jamie Beltz and Jay Johns, Best Buy Regional Sales. These new employees bring with them a wealth of varied experience from which SI plans to draw upon to leverage its development of products, technologies, service, and support. 

Cultivating a Strong Company Culture 

Establishing and cultivating a strong company culture affects all aspects of a company’s success, and translates to the development of quality products and customer service and support. SI advocates this philosophy by focusing on the creation and implementation of inspiring workplace programs and events, dedication to the improvement of the work environment, and opportunities for employees to expand their base of knowledge and skills, leading SI into a new chapter as a technological powerhouse in the motorized shade and screen industry.

Visit SI during ISE 2020 in Stand #1-N80 to learn about the company’s new initiatives for 2020, as well as a wide variety of new screens and technologies. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

 

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.