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Harkness Screens’ Custom Frames Take Shape At InfoComm 2009

harkness-screen-custom-frame-crystal-cathedral-project-1.jpgORLANDO, FL — Harkness Screens, the world’s leading manufacturer of projection screens for cinema applications, will be showcasing a variety of custom frame solutions for pro-AV or cinema applications at InfoComm 2009 (Booth 2935).

Designed to accommodate any size or shape, Harkness’ custom screens and frames have been installed at a wide range of venues for such events as live theater/opera, film premieres, concerts, conventions, fashion shows, theme park attractions, product launches and touring shows.

“With an array of custom frame and screen options, Harkness Screens can design and fabricate a frame for any project,” says Andrew Robinson, managing director of Harkness Screens. “With our screen solutions accommodating everything from large and complex installations that involve curved and cylindrical screens, to high-end home theaters, InfoComm is the ideal setting for Harkness to showcase our frame offerings to this targeted market.”

The Harkness Screens Wrap-round frame system features a frame of prefabricated sections of round tubular steel that are bolted and clamped together with a projection screen wrapped around. Wrap-round frames can be flat or curved on the horizontal axis and can also be supplied with a raked screen. A tilting arrangement (mechanical or electrical) can be incorporated on wall-mounted frames.

The standard frame can be made to any size up to 88.5 feet wide and 40 feet high. Frames up to 26 feet wide can be wall mounted (above this size is recommended that it be mounted on vertical ‘ladders’). Larger units are available as special orders. The picture size is identical to the frame size.

The MF frame system is a very popular system for general cinema and auditorium use as it is readily adaptable for most projection requirements. The MF frame can be made any size up to 75 ft. x 41 ft. high. MF frames are floor standing with brace stabilization to the rear. The MF frame can be supplied with a raked screen. The MF frame is available in both flat and curved versions. Larger units are available as special orders. The maximum picture size is a 1 ft. reduction on both dimensions of the frame.

MF frames can be supplied with fixed or moving masking systems, or a combination of both, which can be electrically or winch operated. Moving side or top and bottom masking systems are also available. The frame can be modified to carry additional track systems for close over curtains.

Harkness’ Flying frame system is designed to be suspended from cables above stage areas so that it can be raised or ‘flown’ above the proscenium arch when not in use.

The Flying frame system consists of a fabricated steel lattice structure and is available in wrap-round or lace-in versions. Ancillary equipment, such as masking systems, is also supported within the frame so that the entire unit can be raised above the proscenium arch when not in use. Depending on the size of the system, it can be raised and lowered by electric hoist, manual winch or counterweight system.

The frame can be made to any size up to 65.5 ft. wide and 33 ft. high. For a lace-in flying frame, the maximum picture size is a 1 ft. reduction on both dimensions of the frame.

Lace-in flying frames can be supplied with fixed or moving masking systems, or a combination of both, which can be electronically or winched operated. Moving side masking systems of the full close over type are recommended for flying frames to ensure maximum protection of the projection surface when the unit is in the raised position.

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