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Web Exclusive | April 2018

Innovation for aircraft seating

ACME Mills, USA has joined forces with Quantum Materials, LLC to launch the newest level of fabric innovation designed for aircraft seating applications – Comfort Zone powered by QUANTUM™ ZXT technology. This revolutionary B-surface fabric technology is designed to provide long-term enhanced comfort to passengers, and reduce or eliminate the need for foam commonly used in airline seating.

Comfort Zone has been engineered with QUANTUM ZXT technology providing the airline industry with a progressive alternative compared to traditional seating. Utilizing this proprietary technology, the fabric can provide customized levels of ergonomically correct support throughout the seat, ultimately enhancing comfort to passengers. As a supporting B-Surface application, Comfort Zone reduces the amount of foam needed and can eliminate the need for springs, wires, clips and insulators that have historically been used.

Initial testing has shown that this new fabric can reduce weight by as much as 8 pounds per seat or a total of 1,512 pounds [Total estimated weight savings based on a 190-seat configuration on a commercial airplane]. In addition to weight reduction, and depending upon the size of the plane, there is the potential to add more than 10 seats without redesigning the interior cabin due to space savings. The fabric can be engineered or treated with the various performance requirements needed to pass standard FAA regulations.

“There has been a tremendous focus on weight reduction in the transportation industry as a whole and while this is important to help maximize fuel efficiency, passenger comfort has sometimes been overlooked or sacrificed,” said Neil Gross, Chief Operating Officer for ACME Mills. “In a survey by Skytrax, uncomfortable seats ranked third among a long list of customer complaints. With our Comfort Zone product, we see an opportunity to change this.”

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