Commercial Shading Systems
MechoSystems®, formerly, MechoShade Systems®, Inc., is a pioneer in the development of solar shading, including the development of its' hugely successful ThermoVeil® and EuroVeil® shadecloth lines and creative solutions to brightness, glare and solar control problems. The SolarTrac® system is an Automation Shading System that is predictive, responsive, and accurate to insure solar protection in real-time while offering the benefits of connection to the outside with human factor comfort as a priority!
Through the research and engineering capabilities that created the MechoShade products, MechoSystems has become the only single source solar shading designer and manufacture of hardware, shadecloth, control, and accessories. From rectangular windows, to trapezoidal, from top-down to bottom-up shades, small punched window sizeto monumental (40 foot wide); MechoSystems is in the forefront of energy efficient solar shading design!
Energy conserving and automated ElectroShades® work in harmony with the dynamic Sun to improve interior environments with optimum solar protection, greater use of natural light, energy savings, and those vitally important outdoor views so beneficial to human personal well-being and productivity. The patented SolarEvaluation® program insures that automated shades are up as often as possible, while managing glare and heat gain when needed. Automated shades contribute to LEED ratings, and help occupants maintain their Circadian Rhythm, while offering solar heat-gain control and management of glare.
MechoSystems offers an integrated system of visually transparent and room darkening roller screens that provide optimum solar protection with the functionality and design esthetics architects and designers worldwide desire. Whether you need a manual chain-driven shade for a typical window, a motorized mid-window alignment system for a curtain wall, a multi-zone shading control system for an entire office or an automated solar tracking system for the entire building, MechoSystems is the shade of choice for all types of windows, skylights, and atriums. Numerous Cradle to Cradle® certified products are also available.
MechoSystems has offices and manufacturing facilities in Long Island City, NY, Edison, NJ, Phoenix, AZ , and in the UK, with sales, distribution, and installation throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Since 1969, Mecho® has been a trusted partner to architects and designers to help bring their design visions to life. Responding to the growing and evolving needs of the architectural and design communities, Mecho is on the forefront of revolutionizing window shades, effectively creating a new industry.
Mecho thrives in hard- to-solve design and technical challenges and embraces "the unbreakable spec" - those unique projects that call for shading non-rectangular, sloping, high, wide, monumental, difficult-to-access, and other non-standard windows. Mecho has the solution that architects, and designers specify to get the job done right.
Mecho's product line includes the manual Mecho 5, the motorized ElectroShade®, and revolutionary solutions such as SolarTrac®, an automated shading system that tracks the sun and automatically adjusts ElectroShades throughout a defined space, entire building or complete campus.
Mecho' s innovation and "thinking outside the box" approach applies advanced science to important sustainability goals. The manual Mecho® /5 with eco-friendly EcoVeil® shadecloth has been recognized as Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze products by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
EcoVeil®, and our time-tested ThermoVeil® sunscreen, are some of the more than 300 textiles now offered in a range of densities, weaves, openesses, and colors to satisfy the unique demands of curtain-wall applications, glass types, geographical orientations, locations, and aesthetics.
Not to brag, but we've earned dozens of awards, are asked for by the world 's leading architects and designers and are recognized today as "best in class" by a new generation of creatives and builders.
From protecting art to highlighting architectural elements to improving occupant performance, Mecho will configure solutions that will meet your needs. Our engineers, designers, and product specialists eagerly wait for your next design. We dare you to imagine it. We can't wait to create it!
SkyLighter shades control the daylight coming into your building through skylights. SkyLightershades are available in either soft or flat-folded fabrics where horizontal, angled, or bottom-uptype shading is required. Skylighter shades reduce the impact of solar heat and glare, and canbe fitted for rectangular, triangular (equilateral), trapezoidal, and other non-standard shapes.
More than four decades of performance-proven engineering makes the latest evolution of our patented, chain-driven, commercial-grade Mecho/5 the go-to manual roller-shade solution for architects, designers and engineers. It's the only complete hardware-and-shadecloth solution on the market backed by a 25-year, Lifetime Limited Warranty. The Mecho 5 features an overrunning clutch, self-lubricating components, and larger-diameter sprocket that increases the overall lift capacity with no adjustments needed upon installation
Bottom-Up Shades are an innovative shading system ideal for adding privacy while still preserving exterior views and controlling daylight. Bottom-Up Shades utilize a bottom roller tube and are controlled the same way our standard Mecho Shades are. Mecho's Bottom-Upshades are the ideal solution to add privacy on lower floors of buildings
Mecho's DualShades is a two-layer shade system with a solar screen shadecloth and blackout or light-dimming MirroFilm™ shadecloth on one roller. This technically advanced system allows for added insulation, extra view, and heat control while providing maximum solar protection.
Sloped Shades are a distinct and effective shading system utilizing a bottom roller tube similar to bottom-up shades. Sturdy guide wires and technically advanced automation features allow the shades to be mapped to unusual angles.
Fixed shades provide the same light control as Mecho's traditional roller shades and can be custom-fitted to almost any widow size and shape to provide exceptional solar protection and light distribution. These static shades can be used as an accent piece, adding to the identity and depth of your space. Fixed shades are versatile and can be mounted on a window frame, ceiling or wall and can be custom printed with your logo, photo or other designs.
More than four decades since its introduction as the first commercially-available, motorized shade system with an inner-roller tube motor, the performance-proven Mecho ElectroShade continues to be the go-to solution for conference rooms, high bay windows, atriums, and other spaces where accessibility is a challenge. Mecho's ElectroShade is versatile and can accommodate angled and faceted windows and even shades up to 50 feet high. This shade easily integrates with MechoNet™ wireless and remote controls, sun-activated sensors and timers including SolarTrac™ for the best in automated controlled shading.
Electro/1 and 2 are available in Standard, Extended, and DoubleShade bracket models with a 50mm tubular motor and the new RTS motor for wireless switch control. Fitting shades up to180" wide x 220" high are possible with Electro®/1 and 2 Extended brackets. Electro®/2 is also designed to work with our optional SnapLoc® fascia to entirely conceal the shade assembly in an exposed installation. Mecho's Extended manual shades and Electro®/2 motorized shades can be mixed under one continuous compact fascia.
Electro®3 is ideal for smaller spaces including conference rooms, offices, cafes and boutiques,hospitals, and residences. Its smaller size allows it to fit in tighter spaces (subject to maximum roll-up diameters) and is available in Standard, Pocket, Extended and Doubleshade models with a 40mm tubular motor (RTS not available). Electro/3 works with shades up to 90” wide by 220”high when using the Extended brackets and accepts blackout channels and most Mecho accessories. For greater versatility, Mecho manual shades and Electro/3 motorized shades can be mixed under one continuous compact fascia.
Mecho's Electronic Control Systems employ UL recognized and CSA Approved motors that meet the strictest industry standards for safety and reliability. These motors have agency approvals covering the entire motor “tip-to-tip” including motor construction and performance (UL1004), thermal overload protection (UL 2111), and operator design with respect to window and drapery applications (UL325). No other motors in the industry offer this level of safety and reliability assurance.
Mecho® possesses a variety of line voltage switches for basic control of shades equipped with standard, line voltage (120/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz) tubular motors. The motors wire directly to the switches that control them in a hardwired, home run (direct) fashion and therefore do not require any intermediate controller electronics. All switch variations meet local and national building codes for indoor usage and have been certified to UL and CSA recognized component standards.
The next-generation IQ/MLC2 microprocessor-based motor controller operates up to four standard line-voltage tubular motors and extends the DIP-switch-configurable group controls into a network solution capable of handling the most advanced daylighting and integration requirements.
The IQ/MLC low voltage network can operate with third party contact closure switches, low voltage accessories (i.e. automation sensors, timers, remote controls, etc.), and controls to create a seamless integration into lighting, HVAC, A/V and building management systems.Our control systems provide the installer and end user confidence that Mecho solutions and the methods used to install and wire them meet the strictest safety and reliability standards in the industry.
To make your system easy to use and efficient, Mecho® offers optional control accessories including:
- Remote-Control line that provides motor control from a distance through the use of ahand-held radio transmitter. Remote Controls are available as one, two, three or four motor controllers.
- Dual direction 24-hour digital timer for carefree automatic control of ElectroShades.
- Solar Activated Controllers (SACs) with sensors that continually monitor solar brightness, enabling the control unit to extend or retract the shade.
- Digital keypad to prevent unwarranted operation of shades
- Key Switches with either light or heavy-duty designs, white or ivory cover plates and maintained or momentary switches.
Mecho's DoubleShades support light-filtering and room-darkening shadecloth on the same bracket resulting in a faster, easier, and more economical installation of two shades per window. The brackets require less measuring and are pre-spaced to ensure proper alignment of both shades in relation to each other.
A Tensioned SkyLighter Roller Shade is a motorized shade designed for applications that requirea horizontal, taught flat shade. The system consists of two synchronized tubular motors and aspecial electronic control unit to maintain the tautness of the shade band. The electronic unitcontrols each motor to minimize fabric sag while the fabric is moving or stationary.
A Non-Tensioned SkyLighter Roller Shade uses single tubular motor and spring system ideal forangled, gravity drop, or horizontal shades measuring up to 6 x 8 feet. This system creates ataught shade for a firm, solid appearance.
This system uses two cable take-up tubes, one for each direction of travel. Each tube has its own motor, drive cable, and fixed pleat at the head rail. This system incorporates a separate set of spacer cables to keep pleats properly spaced while a guide cable keeps the shade tracking straight.
This system has a single cable take-up tube with a tubular motor and fixed pleat at the headrail. The cable take-up tube raises the shade by lifting the drive cables attached to the hem bar at the bottom of the shade. A set of spacer cables keep the pleats properly spaced to a series of 1" tubes sealed inside the shade cloth, while a guide cable keeps the shade tracking straight.
The Soft-Fold Skylighter incorporates two cable take-up tubes, one for each direction of travel. Each has its own motor and drive cable and a fixed pleat at the head rail. A separate set of spacer cables keep the pleats properly spaced, while a guide cable keeps the shade tracking straight.
Sill Channels are recommended when conditions require minimized light leak around the shadecloth. Sill Channels are ideal for A/V centers, training facilities, and laboratories and allow shadecloth to travel inside the channel to prevent light leakage
When using side channels on horizontal shades, Idler Rollers are recommended to enable the shade to ride smoothly and effortlessly in the channel to prevent light leakage.
Guide Cables and Guide Tracks are used when shades are sloped or the width to height ratio (1:6) is exceeded. When shades exceed this ratio, guide cables keep the shade tracking correctly, help prevent damage, and support a shade when there is no space to accommodate a Guide Track.
For certain room-darkening and A/V requirements, Mecho® components and blackout shadecloths are the ideal solution. Components for a blackout system include:
- Blackout shadecloth
- Room darkening side and sill channels
- Optional DoubleShade® brackets
- LightSeal™ hembar
- Pockets/Recessed mountings/fascia
Select from a range of innovative and superior-performing solar fabrics that provide maximum daylight management and protection against damaging UV rays and glare.
ImageShade allows for daylight control and limitless design opportunities. Mecho's printed shade solutions allow you to add photography, logos, artwork or other messaging to our solar or blackout shadecloths. You design it, we will print it.
Monumental and Specialty Shades offer seamless coverage from a single shade band - perfect for large or oversized windows. Monumental shades accommodate windows up to 50 ft. wide and 40 ft. tall. This adaptive shading system ensures your space is fully protected from heat gain and glare no matter what size windows you have.
Architect - HKS Architects
Designer - Stantec
Products - Motorized DoubleShades with ThermoVeil and Classic Blackout shadecloth - Manual Solar Shades
This award-winning facility represents the pinnacle of women's healthcare at the prestigious hospital's flagship campus. Its 13 floors and 336 licensed beds will serve women's health needs through all stages of their lives.
Mecho provided motorized DoubleShades® for patient rooms, along with ThermoVeil® shadecloth for advanced solar heat control and Classic Blackout shadecloth for improved rest, privacy, and room-darkening at any time of day. The system can be easily operated by patients and staff with a pillow switch, multiple wall controls and the building automation system.
Architect - KMD Architects with Stevens + Associates, P.C.
- SolarTrac® Automated-Shade System
- Brightness-Override module
- WhisperShade® IQ® EDU
- I-Con® Network Interface
- Mecho® /5 manual roller shade
- EcoVeil® shadecloth
Daylighting is a key part of PUC's stainability strategy, complementing a novel, on site wastewater recycling system, a roof-mounted photovoltaic array, vertical-axis wind turbines, and an earthquake-resilient, concrete structure.
The 13-story glass tower requires up to 45% less energy to illuminate its interior than typical Class A office buildings. It welcomes daylight, but also manages it, using SolarTrac® automation.
At PUC Headquarters, SolarTrac also provides automated control of exterior Venetian blinds (EVBs) on the top two stories. EVBs under automated control reduce the workload of the building's HVAC system by helping to alleviate solar-heat gain.
Last Update: 2018-12-03