Saturday, April 1, 2023

Strong/MDI introduces new line of specialized optical coating


Strong/MDI Screen Systems, a Ballantyne Strong Inc. company, has introduced Orion – a matte gray coating developed for solid, paintable surfaces. Orion is an acrylic-based formula that provides wide viewing angles and impeccable color reproduction. It is applied onsite by Strong/MDI technicians to ensure adequate surface preparation and optimal image uniformity.  Orion is recommended for large commercial applications in the themed entertainment industry.

The Orion gray coating was first developed specifically for the company’s compound spherical surface: the Eclipse screen. The new matte gray finish limits the impact of incidental light from sources other than the projector while maintaining superior contrast levels. The ultra-wide viewing angle ensures impeccable image quality from any point of view in the room. “We first developed the gray coating for a flying theater project” said Francois Barrette, Vice President and General Manager at Strong MDI Screen Systems “the main objective was creating a formula that would allow perfect uniformity, rich color and a very wide viewing angle. In themed applications, the audience must often interact with the content at sub-optimal viewing angles or while moving, the Orion Gray Coating ensures each viewer perceives a high-quality picture no matter where they are seated in the room.”

The coating, suitable for application on a variety of substrates used in large immersive displays, theme park rides, flying theaters and motion simulators is available in two optical gain options: 0.5 or 0.7 for increased brightness. Orion meets low VOC emission requirements and is Class A fire rated.  Those requiring more information can contact the Strong/MDI sales team by calling 1 877 755-3795 or by filling out the online contact form.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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