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Draper, Inc.
Platinum Award
2016
Topspin
Draper’s Topspin is a retractable fabric shading system designed to take the heat off skylight openings. Draper’s Topspin can be manufactured to almost 10'6" wide and can have draws in excess of 40' long. The versatile Topspin can be used on the interior or the exterior and can be installed on horizontal, vertical or sloped glazing. Topspin can also shade barrel vaulted skylights.
The Topspin system can be manufactured with a wide range of fabric colors, styles, and openness factors, ensuring that the solution provides the right balance of glare and heat gain control, view-through, and natural light. It is particularly effective when combined with an automatic control system.
The design of the system comprises a series of fabric panels connected to spring rollers which can be deployed and retracted as required. Topspin is wind resistant and, even when covering large areas, can be used in wind speeds of up to 38 mph.
Depending on the fabric color (or colors as the system is made up of a series of panels) selected, the Topspin system can either blend in with the rest of the building architecture or make a high profile statement. The fabric that is used with the system can also be digitally printed to allow graphics or images to be displayed when the systems are used.

Sustainability

Prevents solar heat gain at skylights and other window openings-especially over wide areas.

Awards

Architectural Products Product Innovation Award at Greenbuild 2015

Pricing

Varies, as this is a custom product.

Notes

The amount of solar radiation on skylight glazing is very significant and much higher than the incident solar radiation on vertical glazing, particularly during the summer months. Using an exterior shading solution radically reduces heat gain and cuts glare, providing a more comfortable environment inside the building and reducing the air conditioning loads and running costs. Often, however, these areas are very large and difficult to cover with a shading system.
Draper’s Topspin retractable fabric shading system can be manufactured to almost 10'6" wide and can have draws in excess of 40' long.
The Topspin can be used on the interior or the exterior and can shade large areas of glazing. It can be installed on horizontal, vertical or sloped glazing and can also shade barrel vaulted skylights. It is therefore a very versatile shading system. The system can be manufactured with a wide range of fabrics and can be deployed and retracted as required. The design of the system, comprising a series of fabric panels connected to spring rollers, means that it is wind resistant and, even when covering large areas can be used in wind speeds of up to 38 mph.
Draper, Inc.
Draper, Inc., a Spiceland, Ind.-based manufacturer of projection screens, window shades, videoconferencing accessories and gymnasium equipment, celebrated 100 years as a family-owned business in 2002.
The company was founded by Luther O. Draper in 1902 to manufacture window shades for schools, and the company is still owned and managed by Draper's descendants.
In 1957 Draper's grandson, Luther Pidgeon, secured a patent on an inexpensive classroom projection screen, marking Draper's entry into the screen business. Today, projection screens and related products are the largest component of Draper's business. Draper-manufactured products closely related to projection screens include rear projection display systems, video projector mounts and lifts, plasma display mounts, presentation easels and communication support furniture.
In 1989 Draper introduced FlexShade Systems, a second line of window shades designed for the commercial market.
In 1994 Draper entered the gymnasium equipment market. Today, the company's gymnasium equipment products include basketball backstops, gym dividers, wall pads, volleyball equipment, batting cages and wrestling mat hoists.
Draper Inc. is headquartered in Spiceland, Ind., a village of 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to its Spiceland facilities, Draper has manufacturing or sales operations in Placentia, Calif.; Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom; Nacka, Sweden; Halmstad, Sweden and Hong Kong. Draper products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 75 foreign countries.
Address: 411 S Pearl St
City: Spiceland
State: IN
Zip: 47385
Country: United States
Phone: (765) 987-7999
Fax: (765) 987-7142
Website: http://www.draperinc.com
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