New Online Window Covering and Bug Screen Fabric Selection Specification Tool

New Online Window Covering and Bug Screen Fabric Selection Specification Tool

Screen Innovations’ Fabric Wizard narrows down fabric choices quickly and efficiently based on installation objectives and cosmetic preferences, making it easy to make the right choice, fast.

AUSTIN, TX (July 8, 2021) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer of design-forward motorized and manual window covering products and accessories for shading, temperature control, privacy, and insect screening, continues to demonstrate its commitment to helping integrators prosper in the burgeoning motorized window shade business by launching an online shade selection and specification tool. Guiding integrators, designers, homeowners, and end-users through the fabric selection process, SI’s new Fabric Wizard provides one convenient place to learn about and quickly and easily determine the best shading fabric for any indoor and outdoor application.

More than 850 indoor and outdoor fabrics and insect screens from leading designer shade suppliers, such as Phifer, Mermet, Serge Ferrari, Wilson, and more, have been thoughtfully categorized according to the installation location, function, color, and other parameters, significantly streamlining what could otherwise be an overwhelming and complex exercise. SI’s Fabric Wizard starts by asking website visitors to identify the purpose of the shade, be it for UV protection, privacy, heat reduction, glare control, or insect prevention. Based on those answers, as well as color preferences, Fabric Wizard cultivates a manageable list of the most appropriate fabric choices. Integrators can present these options to their customers, confident that whichever material is selected will look and perform optimally for the intended application.

“We recognize that fabric selection is unfamiliar territory for many when designing shading solutions,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “Fabric Wizard helps integrators get up to speed quickly on the important aspects of fabric selection and leads them through the specification process while providing them with an interactive tool that helps their clients visualize how fabric composition and color influences its ability to block UV rays, control the indoor climate, enable a view of the outdoors, or keep bugs out.”

For customers who also want physical samples of products recommended by Fabric Wizard, SI will send up to three swatches free through SI dealers “We always suggest people place the fabric swatches on their intended windows and live with them for a while before making a final decision,” says Jason Russell, SI VP of Residential Sales. Integrators can also pull fabric swatches from the SI’s Nano demo kit, which contains 300-or-so of the company’s most popular fabric offerings.

The Fabric Wizard complements SI’s popular Flow online shade configuration and ordering software.  After using Fabric Wizard integrators can plug the fabric choice into the Flow configuration tool, adding dimensions, motorization type, and other specs to build a complete turnkey shading solution, along with estimated pricing. “As always, SI’s Design Service team is available to assist integrators and designers at any time and to handle custom shading requests,” Russell continues.

The Fabric Wizard was designed by SI to be much more than a specification tool, however. It includes a wealth of useful information that explains through text and visuals common performance differences, advantages and disadvantages of certain fabric colors, and composition features essential for light filtering, UV protection, heat control, and more. “Our goal is to help integrators, designers, and end-users understand how shades differ in their composition and functionality and why those facets are important to consider when choosing shading products for the home,” Russell says. By understanding these principles, they can confidently design the best shading solution for any indoor or outdoor home environment.”

To learn more about SI and its portfolio of shading fabrics, go to https://www.screeninnovations.com/fabrics/. The company’s entire line of shading and projection screen solutions can be found at https://www.screeninnovations.com/.

About Screen Innovations

Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun

Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window covering, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIn @screen-innovations.

New Online Window Covering and Bug Screen Fabric Selection Specification Tool

Making Dreams Come True: Make-a-Wish Kid’s New Home Theater Anchored by a 110-Inch Zero Edge Pro Slate Screen

 

Along with other ProSource vendors and members, SI contributes to a $20,000 custom home theater and makes a child’s entertainment wish come true. 

Austin, TX (April 21, 2021) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer and supplier of design-forward optical screen and shade materials, has always given back to its community through charitable donations. Its most recent, the contribution of a 110-inch, 16:9 Zero Edge Pro Slate acoustically transparent screen with LED kit for a custom theater installed in the home of a Make-a-Wish kid. An effort spearheaded by custom integration buying group ProSource, the soup-to-nuts theater features a wide variety of AV equipment from member companies including SI, as well as Origin Acoustics, Control4/SnapAV, Marantz, Sony Electronics, and others. Austin-based AV integrator Macauley Technologies donated its time and labor to complete the transformation of an existing bonus room into a full-fledge theater in five days. 

“It was an honor and privilege to be involved with such a wonderful organization as the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas. We were able to turn a child’s dream into a reality, creating a special space that Miles could enjoy with family and friends while he recovers from treatments,” says SI VP of Residential Sales Jason Russell. “As a Make-a-Wish kid, Miles could have asked for any number of things, but more than anything he wanted a “movie theater” in this house. We were happy to help make that happen by providing a larger-than-life projection screen.” 

SI collaborated closely with the integration team a Macauley Technologies to customize a screen for optimal performance and seamless integration into the space. “It was a pleasure working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation on this project and giving back to our community. They let us do what we do best and make this a special room for Miles where he can watch all his favorite movies and play Xbox in a fun, immersive environment capped off with movie posters, theater seats, popcorn machine, and more,” adds Ian Shaw, Vice President of Business Development at Macauley Technologies.

Other organizations to which SI has donated in the past include Cure 4 the Kids, local food banks and blood drives, and support for the victims of the Australian wildfires. 

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.

New Online Window Covering and Bug Screen Fabric Selection Specification Tool

Screen Innovations (SI) Names Sales Force & Associates as Sales Rep for Florida

SI strengthens its reach and commitment to Florida-based commercial integration community, generates new sources of revenue by adding Sales Force & Associates to its sales channel. 

AUSTIN, TX (April 21, 2021) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer and supplier of design-forward optical screen and shade materials, continues to strengthen its dealer network and explore new business opportunities with the addition of commercial AV manufacturers’ sales rep firm Sales Force & Associates. With more than 50 years of experience serving the needs of dealers in the pro AV industry through a solid portfolio of exemplary audio, video, and lighting products; technical and design training and assistance; and marketing support, Sales Force & Associates now represents SI’s entire projection screen line in Florida. 

As SI’s “feet on the street,” and with a deep understanding of the commercial AV marketplace, Sales Force & Associates will help SI cultivate new dealers while introducing existing dealers to new vertical industries including corporate, higher education, medical, hospitality, government, and house of worship.

“Sales Force & Associates possesses all of the qualities we look for in a premier manufacturers’ rep of our full line of projection screens: a forward-thinking company with a great reputation, many years of experience, a solid network of high-quality integrators, and a commitment to serving the needs of the integration community,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson, “With the support of Sales Force & Associates we can broaden the awareness of SI solutions among both new and existing dealers in Florida, continuing to grow our presence in commercial environments and creating new sources of revenue for integrators.” 

“Sales Force & Associates is honored to represent SI in Florida, and we believe our companies are well aligned to build meaningful long-term relationships,” adds Bobbi Brooks, Sales Force & Associates Managing Partner. “Our mission has always been providing our dealers with the most innovative, high-quality pro AV products on the market, and the addition of SI projection screens reinforces this company mission.” 

To learn more about SI and its line of commercial projection screens, motorized shades, and technologies, visit www.commercial.screeninnovations.com. For more information about Sales Force & Associates, go to www.salesforcerep.com. 

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 and follow the company on Facebook @screen innovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Screen Innovations Delivers Manual Box Version of its Popular Nano Motorized Shade

Screen Innovations Delivers Manual Box Version of its Popular Nano Motorized Shade

New Nano Box Manual complements SI’s existing line of Nano motorized shades, providing integrators an opportunity to dress every window with matching cassettes. 

AUSTIN, TX (October 1, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier US-based manufacturer of projection screens and window shades, widens its Nano product category with the addition of Nano Manual Box shade cassettes. Designed to perfectly match the cosmetics of the motorized version of Nano, Nano Manual Box offers integrators and end-users the ability to use a combination of less expensive manual shades on smaller ancillary windows like those in a guest bedroom and motorized units on windows in main spaces like family rooms, and still maintain a unified look throughout a residence. By adding Nano Manual Box to its extensive shade lineup, SI continues to provide integrators with simple, decorative, economical, and highly functional shading solutions.

“Our introduction of a new Nano Manual Box shade offering helps SI dealers provide a cohesive shading solution for every window of a customer’s home. The manual and motorized Nano cassettes and open roll look exactly the same; aesthetically, there’s no way to tell the difference,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “The scope and revenue potential of a shading project is no longer dictated by the number of motorized units required. Integrators can offer a solution for every window in a home, even those on which a manually-controlled treatment will suffice. Adding our new Nano Manual Box shades further enhances our dealer’s quiver, allowing them to better compete in the shading market.”

Like the motorized Nano Box, Nano Manual Box comes in more than 12 decorator colors, including custom finishes, can be fitted with a wide variety of shading fabrics, mounts quickly and easily to a variety of bracket styles, and offers standard and reverse-roll options. SI rounds out the aesthetic and functionality of Nano Manual Box with a simple, attractive pull tab that matches the shade fabric and a telescoping wand to position the shades of hard-to-reach windows.

To see the new Nano Manual Box shade offering and SI’s other shade solutions, please visit www.screeninnovations.com/shade/nano-box.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at its 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 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, and follow the company on Facebook @screen innovations and Twitter @SIScreens. 

Media Contact

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



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Screen Innovations (SI) Introduces Zigbee 3.0 Mesh Controller and Edge Router for Motorized Shade Applications

Screen Innovations (SI) Introduces Zigbee 3.0 Mesh Controller and Edge Router for Motorized Shade Applications

New Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet and Link Pro Z install easily to support mesh networking and seamless integration of SI shades with best-in-class automation systems, voice assistants, and smart devices.   

AUSTIN, TX (September 1, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer and supplier of design-forward optical screen and shade materials, introduces two new products enabled with Zigbee 3.0 technology, the latest iteration of the Zigbee wireless communications protocol. The Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Mesh Controller and Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet join SI’s previously introduced Zigbee 3.0 enabled line of ultra-compact Nano indoor shades and improved Smart Plug to create a complete communications ecosystem that seamlessly interoperates with a wide range of Zigbee 3.0-compliant third-party devices and systems, including automation systems from Crestron, Control4, Savant, Elan, and others. Additionally, SI’s new Zigbee 3.0 devices enable the control of Zigbee 3.0 and RTS shades (Radio Technology Somfy) via the Somfy TaHoma app on any smartphone or tablet, as well as voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and soon Josh.ai.  

Dealers and End-Users Benefit from Mesh Topology and Cloud-Based Setup and Service 

Based on a dynamic mesh topology, a Zigbee 3.0 ecosystem becomes stronger and more resilient as the number of devices on the network expands. The addition of the Link Pro Z and Smart Outlet leverages the performance of SI’s Zigbee-based platform while providing dealers with a solution that’s easy to install, configure, and manage. Along with SI’s other Zigbee 3.0 devices, these new products can be pre-programmed by SI via the cloud, saving dealers time and money. After the devices are installed, access to important information, including battery level, service indicator, and programming are accessible 24/7, and the entire system is 100% backed up and restorable. 

“We continue to evolve our Zigbee 3.0 portfolio to provide dealers with a full suite of products that can enhance the control and automation of our Zigbee 3.0 compliant shades, while deploying a network that’s robust and facilitates the seamless integration of a wide variety of third-party products,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO at SI. “End-users benefit, too, thanks to the installation ease, scalability, and affordability of a Zigbee 3.0-based platform.” 

Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Mesh Controller

As the world’s first and only professional Zigbee 3.0 mesh controller powered by PoE, the Link Pro Z affords integrators a simple way to integrate SI shades with other Zigbee 3.0 smart devices and systems. Able to be mounted to the ceiling for an inconspicuous installation with optional flush mounting kit, it controls up to 72 Zigbee 3.0 nodes and an unlimited number of SI shades that utilize the Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) control platform. Shades can be fully automated with advanced scene, grouping, and scheduling in both residential and commercial environments. For large projects, additional Link Pro Z units can be added via PoE. 

Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet

The Zigbee 3.0 Smart Outlet functions as an edge router and control point. Any device such as a lamp or fan that plugs joins a Zigbee 3.0 communications platform, enabling it to be controlled and automated via voice, TaHoma app, and third-party control system. At the same time, the Smart Outlet strengthens a Zigbee 3.0 mesh network by efficiently routing signals to and from other Zigbee 3.0 nodes. Because signals are transmitted more efficiently, the Smart Outlet extends the battery life of Zigbee 3.0 shades and other equipment. Its tamper-resistant, duplex design allows one device to plug in for Zigbee 3.0 connectivity and another to only derive power. A built-in on/off button permits manual control of the Zigbee device and an LED can be turned on manually to allow the outlet to serve as a nightlight.  

To learn more about SI’s Zigbee 3.0 Link Pro Z Controller and Smart Outlet, as well as other Zigbee 3.0 offerings, visit https://www.screeninnovations.com/connectivity/linkpro-z/. 

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 and follow the company 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.

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Screen Innovations Introduces Janus Plenum, Fire-Resistant and Low-Smoke Rated Safe for Installation in Plenum Spaces

Screen Innovations Introduces Janus Plenum, Fire-Resistant and Low-Smoke Rated Safe for Installation in Plenum Spaces

SI’s new version of Janus power and control hub meets stringent fire and smoke requirements of NEC, NFPA, and UL, offering commercial integrators a motorized shading solution that’s versatile, powerful, and easily installed. 

AUSTIN, TX (August 19, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier US-based manufacturer of projection screens and window shades, offers a new version of its popular Janus power and control hub, expressly engineered for the needs of commercial integrators. Tested and certified by the NEC, NFPA, and UL for fire-resistance and low-smoke production, Janus Plenum meets all safety regulations for plenum installation. 

The new plenum-rated Janus includes all of the same features of the original Janus, but with a new enclosure suitable for in-wall, riser, and general plenum spaces. This new design, along with its compact size, offers commercial integrators a variety of mounting options to minimize cabling runs and simplify installation. It can easily fit where other power and control hubs can’t, utilize all wiring topologies, including Cat5 or Cat6, or most any multiconductor wire, and handle extremely large shade jobs—up to 8 shades via a single Janus unit or as many as needed by locating multiple Janus units together. 

“At Screen Innovations, we continue to innovate and refine our products to provide solutions for every shading and screen application. The introduction of Janus Plenum marks the debut of the motorized shading industry’s first commercial power supply that’s plenum rated and of solid-state construction,” says SI CTO Michael Braithwaite. “Adding Janus Plenum to our lineup offers new opportunities for integrators to handle large commercial shading jobs and integrate easily with all of our shading options including Nano, Zen, Solo 2, Solo Pro 2, and Veil draperies.” 

Janus Plenum offers a host of additional features including redundant power supply options, infinitely scalable infrastructure, and more than 100 mounting configurations. 

To learn more about the new Janus Plenum, please visit www.screeninnovations.com/connectivity/janus/ and for more information about SI’s entire product  lineup go to www.screeninnovations.com/

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at its 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 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 more information, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

 

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