Ultrafabrics, partnering with Tapis and Franklin Products, has created a new fabric solution incorporating a fire-blocking backcloth – Atago.
The solution is named after the Atago Shrine in Tokyo, erected in 1603 to protect the residents from fire.
“Ultrafabrics exclusively partnered with Tapis for the initial distribution of this collection,” said Jason Estes, vice president, global sales and marketing, Tapis. “The upholstery system is provided from one source, reducing the need to manage multiple suppliers while assisting with inventory management.”
“This ground-breaking material reduces the number of components required, without sacrificing the look or performance,” said Rodney Howard, Franklin Products sales director. “Atago lightens the load by up to one pound per passenger place but allows passengers to experience the same level of comfort and well-being that they have come to expect from Ultrafabrics’ products.”
No longer will the cushion, dress cover and material need to be purchased separately. This is intended to reduce the amount of sewing and assembly required, reduce overall cycle time in manufacturing, and provide higher-level assembly at a reduced cost. The product is designed to decrease fuel consumption and emissions and add to passenger comfort by eliminating rigid fire blockers.
When combined with a traditional high-resilient polyurethane foam cushion, Atago was reported to pass burn tests with “exceptional” results. This prevents the need for additional fire-blocking fabric or introducing foam additives, such as graphite, to meet flammability requirements.