Monday, November 29, 2010

You Can Teach an Old Shade New Tricks

The 2010 ANSI/WCMA Standards for Safety of Corded Window Covering Products was recently released.  This standard defines what products need to do to comply with the enhanced safety standards.  To learn more about these standards, visit the Window Coverings Manufacturers Association or the Window Coverings Association of America.

To meet the new standards, the Research & Development team at Rowley has created Sure-Shade™Shade Components.  Using these new products, in combination with existing materials and supplies, workrooms will be able to create any style of shade with confidence.

Available in the 2011 Rowley Company Catalog

New Sure-Shade™ Shade Components include:

Lift Band Material A sturdy, yet sheer, 100% poly, 10" wide band for raising and lowering shades

Rib Center Support Rings and End Caps A sew-on ring used to hold fiberglass ribs in place on shades using Lift Band Material.

Encased Lift Cord A shroud tape with lift cord included that replaces cords and rings on shades.

Universal Drive Tension Device Holds bead or cord loops taut and must be installed correctly or renders the shade partially inoperable.  Available in 7 colors.

The benefits of using Sure-Shade™Shade Components include:
- Can be used for any style shade including London, Relaxed, Ribbed or Flat Romans, Balloons, Austrians and more.
- Enhanced safety.
- Cost effective.
- Easy to learn.
- Easy to retro-fit existing shades.
- Can be used for Italian Stringing on draperies.
- Versatile for any project

Roman Shade featuring the Sure-Shade™Shade Lift Band System

Roman shade featuring Encased Lift Cord and the EZ-Rig Shade System

We understand that many workrooms have a large stock of unused shade items and are concerned they will no longer be able to use them to fabricate shades.  With the new Sure-Shade™Shade Components, most of the previous shade items will still be used including lift systems like EZ-Rig™ Shade System, Soft Shade Traversing Clutch, Roller Clutch and Roller Spring.  Other stock items like orbs, rings, bead chain loop, ribs, rib tape and more will also be handy for making the the new, safer shades.
To learn more about the new products, including fabrication tips, join us for the FREE webinar, Sure-Shade™ Shade Components on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm EST or Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:00 am EST.  Visit our website to register.

Encased Lift Cord used for a London Shad

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