The initial fabric duct project purpose was to decrease sick leave in meat processing facilities, while not lessening the product safety aspects. The success was evident. It became the beginning of a whole new way of thinking within HVAC/R, product safety and employee comfort – FabricAir was born!
FabricAir Through the Decades: The 80s
The initial 1973 prototype, developed as a joint project between IPS Dansk Presenning A/S and the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI), was a success. The concept worked above and beyond expectations; but of course, the engineers didn’t just stop there. The potential was huge and throughout the decade, the new air dispersion technology was thoroughly explored. Airflow patterns, fabric types, suspension solutions were all new focal points and not long after the initial success, the new subsidiary in the Electrolux Group, IPS Ventilation A/S (precursor of FabricAir), was established to further the product development process.
News of the technology quickly spread and IPS Ventilation began its internationalization adventure. The technology was introduced to a number of new markets and by the mid 1980’s, the new fabric air dispersion solution was also introduced in the United States. Up until this point, the new technology had mainly been used for refrigeration purposes, but the US market was primarily interested in HVAC solutions. Through research and development, the technology was advanced and in 1989 FabricAir launched a new flow model – the NozzFlow™.
NozzFlow™ was a cutting-edge new air dispersion solution, which enabled an unprecedented degree of accuracy and precision in airflow design. The conical plastic nozzles enabled the engineers to create precise directional throws that allowed heated air to reach the occupied zone, creating a better mixing without causing drafts.
The new Fabric Air Dispersion Technology provided by IPS Ventilation stood out from the conventional solutions by creating a more even air dispersion with higher occupant comfort and more hygienic properties than was known in any other solution at the time. Competitors began to appear on the market for textile-based ducting and the company emphasized being at the forefront of innovation to make it better and make it easier.
By the end of the 1980’s, IPS Ventilation was established as the world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of fabric air dispersion systems.