The most important annual event for the commercial design industry will take place next month in Chicago. Draper and Mermet USA are combining art and science to bring the next generation of window shading solutions to the Interiors + Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon 2019.

Together, we will be bringing the message of providing innovative and technically superior fabrics, manufactured into the finest quality window shades, with the best personal service and fastest delivery. We will present the latest accomplishments in high performance fabrics, easy-to-use heavy-duty manual shades, and flexible and scalable motorized shade control.

Mermet will introduce a new spring collection of contract shading solutions:

  • E Screen Chroma™
  • M Screen Chroma™
  • GreenScreen® Nature™.

The expansion of Mermet’s high-performance portfolio evolved from a market need for more durable metalized fabrics, as well as shade materials with minimal ingredients and additives.

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E Screen Chroma and M Screen Chroma address a market need for more durable metalized fabrics. They feature a new proprietary and aluminum back-coating for improved scratch resistance and higher solar reflectance. This enhanced metalized layer also provides a hydrophobic finish to repel water and oils for better durability, providing new flexibility for installations in humid climates, unlike other metalized fabrics. Both products are available in a 3 percent openness and have a unique construction of fiberglass core yarns and metal finishing, enabling the fabrics to deliver excellent glare control, thermal comfort, and view-through.

  • E Screen Chroma has the same room side basketweave appearance of traditional E Screen™, yet it achieves a higher solar reflectance rating of up to 82 percent with a 63 percent improvement on solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).
  • M Screen Chroma maintains its popular rib-weave construction from standard M Screen™, but with a higher solar reflectance rating of up to 86 percent with a 68 percent improvement on SHGC.

Both high-performance Chroma options can also be used in conjunction with traditional E Screen™ and M Screen™ for a seamless design, maximum energy efficiency and cost savings.

GreenScreen Nature answers the call for shade materials with minimal ingredients and additives. Its lightweight construction of 100 percent natural fiberglass material provides industry-leading achievement in flame resistance, smoke emissions, and dimensional stability. Featuring a mock-leno weave in a five percent openness and neutral, mineral-toned palette, the fabric is PVC-free, halogen-free and comprised of minimal ingredients.

These high-performance fabrics from Mermet work in conjunction with our latest innovations for simple and flexible solar control.

Manually-operated window shades are an inexpensive way to bring solar control into many spaces, but ease of lifting operation and noise can be issues. There are also some settings where a standard clutch-operated window shade won’t stand up to rigorous treatment over time.

Our next generation of heavy-duty clutches, the FlexShade NeXD, addresses these issues.

The Clutch-Operated FlexShade NeXD provides quiet, smooth operation and low maintenance for commercial, healthcare, institutional, or educational settings. It meets even the most rigorous manual shade specifications.

NeXD also contributes aesthetically. Hardware is available in attractive, durable lightly pebbled powder coat colors. Height-adjustable idler brackets allow the shade roller to be installed perfectly level, ensuring there will be no uneven fabric panels.

To consult with us on an ADA-compliant facility, see us at the Interiors + Sources Materials Pavilion.

We will also demonstrate the future of shade control. Window shade automation should be elegant, simple, and scalable. IntelliFlex I/O is a highly customizable solution for motorized shades that is flexible and expandable to the size and complexity of a project.

Intelligent motors are connected to input devices through a wired network allowing two-way communication between devices and distributing power to them from the motors, eliminating the need for external power supplies. This also reduces the amount of wiring needed.

Once installed, configuration is done from the devices themselves or with a simple, inexpensive tool. No laptops are required. You can copy and paste limits from one shade to another, or from one shade to the entire network.

Up to 120 devices can be connected to a network. The network can be extended to 4000 feet in total with no further restrictions on connections between components.

For a closer look at these innovative, next-gen solutions from Mermet and Draper, visit us in the Interiors + Sources Materials Pavilion at Neocon 2019, June 10-12 in Chicago. The Materials Pavilion will be located in #7-1000 on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart.

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