Screen Innovations Launches Commercial Shade Technology; Helps Pro AV Dealers Expand Their Business

Screen Innovations Launches Commercial Shade Technology; Helps Pro AV Dealers Expand Their Business

Building off a highly successful residential shade launch, SI extends popular shade line to the commercial sector. 

Austin, TX (June 24, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer of projection screens and window shades, broadens its presence in the motorized shade market by offering its extensive product line to commercial AV integrators. The move represents a growing demand for motorized shades for both residential and commercial applications and SI’s commitment to providing integrators with the products, technologies, and tools they need to add a lucrative new category to their product rosters.  

Boasting the same advanced technological capabilities and flawless design elements as SI’s innovative residential shade portfolio, the products comprising the commercial line include a wide range of solutions to suit most indoor or outdoor shade applications. Featured are wired and wireless options for SI’s Nano and Zen shade systems, and advanced connectivity solutions via revolutionary new products Janus and Fontus, which simplify the installation of shades even in the most challenging environments. Plus, as with all of SI’s screen and shade systems, the new commercial shade line supports seamless integration with best-in-class control systems from companies including Crestron, AMX, Control4, and Lutron, as well as support of the global wireless standard Zigbee 3.0 communications protocol. SI’s recent adoption of the Zigbee 3.0 standard ensures complete interoperability with other Zigbee 3.0 products from companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. 

Integrators adding shade to their offerings benefit from the SI’s high level of service and support provided through comprehensive dealer training, in-house Design Services, and free, intuitive Flow specification and ordering software, and professional demo kit. 

“We’ve been building remarkable momentum in the shade business, pioneering some of the most innovative, technologically advanced solutions that resonated strongly with our residential integrators and their customers,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “Given the huge demand and requests from our commercial integrators, it was the right time to extend our proven shade solutions to the commercial market. The products and technology SI has developed solve many problems integrators struggle with every day. This, coupled with our free Flow software and SI Design Services, IS helping new pro AV integrators enter the shading space with ease. At SI simplicity is king.”  

To see the shade solutions and services available in SI’s new commercial shade portfolio, dealers can visit https://commercial.screeninnovations.com/shade/.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations (SI) 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 Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or media tours, 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 Black Diamond and Short Throw Screens are Now a Snap to Install

Screen Innovations Black Diamond and Short Throw Screens are Now a Snap to Install

New Black Diamond & Short Throw Zero Edge Pro attachment system from SI cuts installation time in half and offers stable, predictable imaging results.

Austin, TX (June 18, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer of projection screens and window shades, has developed a new attachment system to ensure predictable results when affixing Black Diamond and Short Throw (BD&ST) optics to SI’s Zero Edge Pro frame. The new BD&ST Zero Edge Pro snap attachment system replicates the installation method used on SI’s popular Zero Edge Slate screens, offering a simpler way to attach the screen material to the frame. This minimizes manpower and cuts installation time in half or more.

Plus, unlike pre-assembled Zero Edge Pro screens, which are bulky and therefore more expensive to ship, difficult to deliver to the job site, and at times impossible to carry to the installation location, the flexible, rollable BD&ST and its new snap attachment system offer dealers a more manageable freight and delivery option.

“We listen to our dealers, this was not our idea, it was theirs,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “The BD&ST Zero Edge Pro snap attachment system is another example of SI’s commitment to continually improving our dealers’ lives through innovation and refinements to its products. Our goal is to simplify our products and service to provide dealers with tools to be as successful as possible.” 

The BD&ST Zero Edge Pro snap attachment system is available on SI’s new 3-day quick-build program. To see how the new BD&ST snap attachment system simplifies the installation of Black Diamond and Short Throw screens, watch this video.

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 Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or media tours, 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 Invisible Suspended Ceiling Mount System for Designer Line of Solo Motorized Screens

Screen Innovations Introduces Invisible Suspended Ceiling Mount System for Designer Line of Solo Motorized Screens

Solo Suspended Ceiling Mount System from SI designed for discreet installation of Solo and Solo Pro screen cassettes within standard drop ceiling grids. 

Austin, TX (May 14, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screens and designer shades, introduces a new mounting system that brilliantly accommodates the lightweight, compact form factor of SI’s Solo and Solo Pro motorized screens. The Solo Suspended Ceiling Mount System preserves the room’s aesthetic through a design-focused mounting solution that eliminates visible technology and mounting hardware.

The new Solo Suspended Ceiling Mount System follows the latest lighting and air handling trends, allowing the world’s smallest low-voltage motorized screen cassette to be mounted flush with the ceiling grid. Using the grid as the screen reveal eliminates the need for visible flush-mount trim and allows integrators to take advantage of the compact and lightweight cassette design of Solo and Solo Pro. The new Suspended Ceiling Mount System utilizes a standard threaded rod to mount the brackets to the structure above. The cassette remains completely hidden from view and the screen descends into the room through a thin opening.

Like all other ceiling grid-mounted products, installation is straightforward and fast, utilizing all industry-standard hardware and tools. This allows specifiers to follow standard suspended ceiling mount planning and implementation.  

Today’s power and two-way control options for Solo and Solo Pro are state-of-the-art and don’t require an electrician in many states, even above ceilings. Low-voltage wire can be run up to 300 feet using a standard category cable or two-conductor wire. By adding Fontus, a recent invention of SI, integrators can enable full 485, two-way communication over a two-conductor wire, allowing Solo to seamlessly integrate with most major control systems from manufacturers including Crestron, Lutron, and AMX. If wiring is not an option, the screen can be powered by lithium rechargeable batteries for a wireless installation.  

“At SI, design and beauty are number one. Solo is a key example of a new chapter in design-forward motorized projection screens.  We feel that by following the designs of the latest LED lighting and modern air handling systems, we give designers exactly what a motorized screen should look like in a commercial environment using Solo and the new Suspended Ceiling Mount System. This new concept of hiding Solo above the ceiling tiles while using the ceiling grid for the reveal is the cleanest look possible,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “We listen to our dealer’s feedback, then we invent.”  

Solo is the smallest, most versatile projection screen on the market. Its small size and custom color options make it disappear when surface- or flush-mounted. For example, Solo can be mounted to window mullions so when the screen descends it covers the windows. By specifying SI’s latest ambient light rejecting material, Slate, the image retains full clarity and vibrancy even during the middle of the day. Slate is 100% opaque, rendering a perfect image from the latest projectors. When the Slate ascends and the windows are now longer covered, users can enjoy a full unobstructed view of the outdoors.  

The Solo Suspended Ceiling System is available now in all Solo and Solo Pro sizes.

For more information about the Suspended Ceiling Mount System and other innovative SI shade and screen solutions, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations designs, engineers, and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at their 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shades for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any environment. As their name states, Screen Innovations is focused on the integration of new technologies into their products, and providing 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, editorial appointments, or media tours, 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 Now Shipping Fontus; Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

Screen Innovations Now Shipping Fontus; Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

Fontus from SI lets integrators connect power and control to motorized screens and shades over nearly any type of two-conductor wire. 

Austin, TX (April 30, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer of optical screens and designer shades, announces the immediate availability of Fontus, a revolutionary new product that enables their low-voltage motorized screens and shades 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 commercial building or home to connect screens and shades to a modern control system. 

No bigger than a pack of gum and easily mounted to a DIN rail, Fontus 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 or shade 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 or shade 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 virtually any type of wire shielded or non-shielded with at least 18 AWG. Fontus is able to utilize it to deliver power and communications signals from our Janus low-voltage power and 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. IR input, and 485 signals. 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.”

To learn more about the vast connectivity options of Fontus, watch this demonstration video.

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

 

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations designs, engineers, and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at their  75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shades for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any environment. As their name states, Screen Innovations is focused on the innovation of new technologies into their products and providing 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, editorial appointments, or media tours, 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.

Integrators Embracing Shade Category at Record Pace, Training Attendance and Feedback Suggest More Than a Trend; Significant Opportunity for Future Growth

After record dealer attendance over the last two weeks, SI bolsters online training offering to include shade and screen category sessions. 

Noted as a huge growth area and revenue-building opportunity for home systems integrators, motorized shading is a topic that integrators are eagerly pursuing to learn more about. Screen Innovations is doing its part by offering free online training sessions throughout the month of April. Integrators are invited to register to attend any of SI’s informative webinars, which cover topics such as utilizing Zigbee 3.0 in shading installations, how to streamline the installation process, utilizing SI’s innovative Flow ordering program, a tutorial on SI’s wired and wireless options, and more. 

“The shade training has been designed to be relevant and impactful to both inexperienced integrators and seasoned professionals, so no matter the skill level of the attendee, there will be something beneficial for everyone,” says SI Director of Training Sasha Osadchy. “The goal isn’t to just teach the integrators about these topics but to show them how they can use their learnings to grow their business. Everything is about ensuring that our integrators are as successful as possible.”

Launched in early April, the online learning sessions have touched a chord with integrators, with nearly 200 integrators attending a recent 90-minute “stay-at-home” shade webinar. And the verdict is in: Integrators are loving the depth of information and the engaging and entertaining delivery of the SI presenters. 

“This is the way webinars should be done. The presenter was creative, knowledgeable, engaging, entertaining, informative, and even for as long as the presentation lasted, he did a great job on keeping our attention,” remarks David Holloway of MDH Automation Inc. “This was not one of those webinars that put me to sleep even after a good night’s sleep. I look forward to the additional training on ZEN outdoor shades and more.”

SI will continue to host between three and four shade training sessions per week (as well as online training focusing on motorized screens) throughout April. 

Integrators can register for residential shade and screen courses at https://www.screeninnovations.com/trainings/ and attend commercial training sessions by registering at https://commercial.screeninnovations.com/training/

Several sessions of each course will be held to accommodate every time-zone, including:  

Shade: The Best Wireless & Wired Technology and Fastest Install Ever Made (90 minutes)

April 20,10 a.m. EST 

April 21, 10 a.m. CST 

April 22, 10 a.m. PST 

April 27, 10 a.m. EST 

April 30, 10 a.m. PST 

Zigbee 3.0: Unbreakable Wireless Shades & How to Get Started (30 minutes)

April 20, 9 a.m. EST

April 21, 9 a.m. CST 

April 22, 9 a.m. PST 

April 27, 9 a.m. EST 

April 30, 9 a.m. PST 

Flow: Why You Will Never Order Shades the Old Way Again (45 Minutes)

April 20, 2 p.m. EST 

April 21, 2 p.m. CST 

April 22, 2 p.m. PST 

April 27, 2 p.m. EST 

April 30, 2 p.m. PST 

Fontus: How to Utilize Any Wire Imaginable for Two-Way Shades (60 minutes)

April 23, 1 p.m. CST  

Screens: Designer Screens with Technology Made for Any Room Imaginable (60 minutes)

April 20, 12:30 p.m. EST 

April 21, 12:30 p.m. CST 

April 22, 12:30 p.m. PST 

April 27, 12:30 p.m. EST 

April 30, 12:30 p.m. PST 

 

Commercial Webinars:

How to Specify a Screen

April 21, 1 p.m. CST

April 22, 1 p.m. CST

Learn About Motor and Control Options for Motorized Screens 

April 21, 1:45 p.m. CST

April 22, 1:45 p.m. CST

Why SI, our Products and Commercial Tools 

April 23, 1 p.m. CST

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.