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SoftWall 2016-10-18T10:39:03+00:00

What is SoftWall?

MGRSoftWall® is a vertical “soft to touch” seat shell liner, designed to enhance the sleeping experience during flight.

The emotional transition from sleeping “sitting up” to sleeping “lying down” is dramatic and passengers expectations increase exponentially. Touching hard or cold surfaces whilst sitting up can be tolerated, but not when sleeping lying down.

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Where is SoftWall Used?

Soft and pleasing to the touch, it is ideal for any area that needs a more human feel.  MGRSoftWall® vertical panels cocoon the passenger from the hard surfaces of the seat surround.  MGRSoftWall® has the added benefit of deadening the aircraft interior noise and is available in a wide range of covering materials including fabrics, faux leather and aramid/Nomex.

The Advantages of SoftWall

  • Luxury soft touch feel

  • Passes OSU heat release and smoke

  • Easily installed and removed

  • Easily customised

  • Wide range of decorative options

  • Can accommodate complex 3D shapes

Examples of Softwall

MGRSoftWall® has been developed over a number of years in response to ever increasing customer expectations in Premium Class cabins, at the same time meeting the regulatory challenges which are a necessity for safety aboard modern aircraft.

Always Expanding to New Areas

MGRSoftWall® is not just restricted to Premium Class seats, it can be utilised on bulkheads and monuments where it brings a luxury soft feel to what are normally cold hard surfaces.

CNC Routing

Complex patterns and shapes can be cut using a flat bed 3 axis router.  This enables the production of be-spoke panels with unique patterns, to be de-bossed into the decorative covering.

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Materials

Base Material

•   PVDF Foam (polyvinylidene fluoride).

•   Two hardnesses – Flexible & Semi Rigid.

•   Vacuum formable.

•   Machinable.

Approved decor materials

•   Nomex/aramid including wipe clean aramid.

•   Ultrasuede, Eleather, Ultraleather.

In Development

•   Other synthetic leathers and real leathers.

Substrate

•   Kydex, Cetex.

Where a rigid or multi-curvature product is required,

a range of substrates can be added to the panel construction to add shape and rigidity.

Installation / Fixing Methods

Maintenance schedules require the possibility to change out units on aircraft turnarounds.  Therefore a rapid release system, using various fixing options, has been developed to achieve this:-

Fir Tree or Magnetic Peg

Used primarily to share the vertical load and provide positive locating points, particularly on curved panels. Can either be a physical peg or a magnetic one.

Doubled Sided tape or Velcro/Dual-Lock

Used primarily to secure the edges of panels. The double-sided tape option works on a low tack (peel) principle, so that maintenance is simple and hours are not wasted trying to remove adhesive residue during maintenance

Flammability, Smoke Density, Toxicity & Heat Release (OSU)

MGRSoftWall® utilises carefully selected material combinations to optimise FST performance. Working with airlines, design houses and OEMs, MGR can provide guidance on decorative material selection and combinations in order to meet EASA/FAA regulations.

MGR Foamtex’s in house flammability department works closely with customers in developing test plans, as well as arranging the test coupon manufacture and testing.