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Draper Screen Tensioning Improvements Get “Most Innovative Screen” Award at InfoComm

(Spiceland, Ind.)– Draper, Inc., has been recognized for the company’s efforts to improve tensioning for motorized projection screens. Draper’s tab-tensioning system improvement was named “Most Innovative Projection Screen” in the 2012 Systems Contractor News InfoComm Installation Product Awards.

Every Draper tab tensioned screen surface (including the tabs) is CNC cut as a single piece, and the tabs are then folded and RF welded. The result is a much stronger tab with no possibility of separation.

Draper's new tab-tensioning system.

“Making a tab tensioned surface in this manner eliminates the puckering that has characterized the edges of tab tensioned screens made by Draper and other manufacturers for years,” according to Draper, Inc. President John Pidgeon in a letter announcing the improvement to Draper dealers. “Prior to making this decision, we cycled a tab tensioned screen made in this manner over 30,000 times with no tab failure.”

With the change comes an upgraded warranty. Draper now warrants all its tab tensioned screens against tab separation for five years from date of manufacture.

For more information, and photos comparing the tensioning systems, visit the Draper company blog at www.draperinc.com/tabtensionedemail/NewTabTensionTabs.asp.

Draper Unveils Mobile Tool Kit

Draper, Inc. has announced a new mobile tool kit of Web tools for smartphone users.
Draper’s mobile toolkit includes searchable document libraries for Draper projection screens, projector lifts and window shades for quick reference on the go.
Also available for smartphones are assembly map tools for Draper’s StageScreen and FocalPoint projection screens. The assembly map tools allow you to figure out which pieces go where to build any size of Draper’s popular modular screens—even when you’re on site and don’t have access to a PC or laptop.
Draper’s mobile toolkit works on all smartphones and can be found at www.draperinc.com/drapermobile.

Draper Announces Screen Tensioning Improvements

Draper, Inc., has announced a significant improvement in the company’s tab tensioned motorized projection screens.

Every Draper tab tensioned screen surface (including the tabs) is now CNC cut as a single piece, and the tabs are then folded and RF welded. The result is a much stronger tab with no possibility of separation.

“Making a tab tensioned surface in this manner eliminates the puckering that has characterized the edges of tab tensioned screens made by Draper and other manufacturers for years,” according to Draper, Inc. President John Pidgeon in a letter announcing the improvement to Draper dealers. “Prior to making this decision, we cycled a tab tensioned screen made in this manner over 30,000 times with no tab failure.”

With the change comes an upgraded warranty. Draper now warrants all its tab tensioned screens against tab separation for five years from date of manufacture.

For more information, and photos comparing the tensioning systems, visit the Draper company blog at http://blog.draperinc.com.

Draper Kicks off Company Blog

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(Spiceland, Ind.)–Draper, Inc. has introduced the first blog in company history, with a post by company President John Pidgeon.
“My career here dates from the summer of 1957 when I began mowing the company lawn,? says Pidgeon in introducing himself on the blog . “The pay was good – $3.00 for four hours work. My job description and compensation have improved moderately since then.?
In addition to posts by Pidgeon—not all of them with tongue in cheek—on general company topics, various Draper experts will share posts on AV integration, industry trends, green building, sustainability, and other subjects relating to the company’s product lines. Tips and “how-to? articles will also get lots of attention on the blog.
Unlike some corporate blogs, Draper’s online offering will be much more than a collection of press releases. It more

Draper Modular Screens Increase ROI

StageScreen-Front Angle

Four years ago, Wayne Wagner was fed up. So the CEO of Wagner Media, one of the largest wholesale projection screen rental companies in the United States, picked up the phone. He called projection screen manufacturer Draper, Inc., with a simple message: “I don’t like your folding screens. Actually, I don’t like anybody’s folding screens.?

Wagner’s initiative led to the development by Draper of a totally new concept in portable screens: Instead of hinged, folding frames Draper came up with a modular design, where screens are built from an inventory of pieces of various sizes.

The StageScreen® is a large venue truss-style screen, while the FocalPoint® is a single-tube version designed for smaller rooms. Both screens do away with such perennial folding screen issues as loose hinges, broken and bent frames, popped snaps, ripped viewing surfaces and pinched fingers. What they add is profit.

“The return on more

Draper Introduces Redesigned Scissor Lift Motorized Projector Lift

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Draper has redesigned its SL & SLX Series Scissor Lifts to offer easier installation, adjustment and service in the field.

Five newly redesigned SL and seven newly redesigned SLX Scissor Lift models offer “service? positions ranging from 4’ (1.2 m) to 32’ (9.8 m). The simplified design provides greater field adjustability and easier access to the motor and controls, while retaining the superior stability from Draper’s patented 3-scissor design. A slightly larger footprint of SLX Series allows for extended travel—up to 32 feet, compared to the 10 feet of travel available on SL models.

The lifting capacity of the SLX Series is 350 lbs. (159 kg); the SL Series comfortably lifts 100 lbs. (45 kg). Scissor Lifts are driven by a gearmotor with a powerful, reliable metal chain drive system, and equipped with a fail-safe inertial safety belt system. The more

Draper Expands Access Screen Line

Access XL

Draper has expanded the company’s patented Access screen line of motorized, ceiling-recessed projection screens. Access XL screens are offered in a range of large sizes not previously available in Access screen models.
Access XL projection screens offer many of the benefits of the existing Access screens—including Draper’s “case first screen later? feature to avoid screen damage during construction—but in a size range suited for large rooms or auditoriums.

“Draper’s Access screens have been very popular,? according to Jim Hoodlebrink, Draper Information Display Systems Product Manager. “This new range of bigger sizes will let us bring the Access concept into areas where it wasn’t available before.?

The Access XL is available in non-tensioned sizes up to 20 feet wide and tab tensioned sizes up to 18 feet wide, and uses the same sliding adjustable mounting brackets as other Access screens.

Part of Draper’s Conceal/Reveal™ line of products, the more

Draper Names Electrical Engineer/Automation Specialist

Zac Farber

Electrical Engineer/Automation Specialist, Draper, Inc.

(Spiceland, Ind.)– Draper, Inc. has announced the addition of an Electrical Engineer/Automation Specialist to the company’s Solar Control Products division.
Zac Farber comes to Draper after spending the last 10 years with Somfy, where he worked in research, development and commercial sales.

“Having Zac on board will be a huge plus for our dealers and installers,? according to Jeff Miller, Product Manager-Solar Control Products at Draper. “His expertise will help Draper provide the ideas and products necessary to integrate solar control products into construction projects of all sizes and types.?

“I’m looking forward to working with Draper in this exciting and growing area of building products,? according to Farber. “Window shade automation is being recognized by more and more people as an integral part of a good indoor environment, more

Draper Videos Now Available on YouTube

(Spiceland, Indiana)–Draper, Inc. has introduced its own YouTube online video channel. Visitors will find a growing list of videos showing Draper products in action. In addition to Draper-produced videos, dealer- and media-produced videos are also catalogued as “favorites.?

For more information, go to www.youtube.com/draperincvideo. To be informed of new videos, you can subscribe to Draper’s channel.

In addition, you can receive updates on new video postings and other helpful information, such as updates on new products, special deals and other company announcements, by following Draper’s Twitter feed. To follow Draper on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/draperinc.

Draper, Inc. Named to 2010 ‘Best Places to Work in Indiana’ List

Draper, Inc. has been named to a list of the 70 best places to work in the state of Indiana.
The annual rankings are compiled by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes the state’s top employers in two categories: companies with 25-249 employees, and companies having 250 or more employees. The top companies are determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. more

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