Introduction to movable glass wall system
Being able to introduce natural light using a movable glass wall system can transform your workspace and increase productivity dramatically. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, movable glass wall systems when used in exterior applications can literally open your premises to the outside world
The Skyfold Mirage movable glass wall system when not in use rests in its folded position, invisibly, in the ceiling, requiring absolutely no floor space. In fact, in many installations, it is not even possible to tell if and where the movable glass wall systems are located, until they are operated. As with all Skyfold movable glass wall systems no physical effort is required to operate the mechanism. Our cost effective and lightweight modular movable glass wall system allows for flexibility of design.
Why choose our movable glass wall system?
Our modern movable glass wall systems will outlast conventional wall systems. The panels that make up our movable wall system do not experience the usual wear and tear as they are never handled during operation. The load generated by a Skyfold mirage movable glass wall system is static and requires less structural steel than a conventional movable glass wall system because the load does not shift to one end of the building when stored. The movable glass wall system requires no floor tracks, no wall storage pockets or closets, thereby eliminating the need for unsightly pocket doors. There are no visible hinges on a Skyfold movable glass wall system.
Safety features of our movable glass wall system
Safety is paramount on all the Skyfold movable glass wall systems.
- The movable glass wall system is operated by two spring return key switches wired in series and operated simultaneously. Hand pressure must be maintained in order to operate the wall. When hand pressure is removed, the movable glass wall system shall immediately stop in a quick and positive fashion without coasting.
- As a normal part of the operation, it is possible to partially open (or close) the movable glass wall, stop it and then reverse the operation.
- When one of the keys is released, the movable glass wall stops immediately, without coasting.
- The gear motor that powers the entire movable glass wall system is a heavy-duty, sealed, industrial motor designed for hundreds of stops and starts an hour. It is rated for service several orders of magnitude more rigorous than the service it experiences on Skyfold Mirage® movable glass wall systems.
- Separate from the gear motor assembly is a closed loop hydraulic checking device powered by the line shaft itself. When the movable glass wall is travelling downwards, the hydraulic checking device builds up a certain hydraulic pressure that is dependent on wall travel speed. In normal operation, this pressure is very low and this checking device offers no appreciable braking force on the movable glass wall. If, at any time, the wall speed is substantially greater than normal, this checking device offers sufficient braking force to lower the movable glass wall at a speed no greater than 150% of normal operating speed
Technical aspects of our movable glass wall systems
As a general rule no switches, alarms, thermostats, doorframes, etc. should be placed on the fixed walls or columns directly below the ceiling pocket that houses the movable glass wall. If it is absolutely necessary then the movable glass wall system controls should be flush mounted and never located in the area on the fixed wall occupied by the wall in its closed or down position.
The moving glass wall system is opened and closed using a spring return, 3 position key SWITCHES. Turning the key from the “off” position shall cause the wall to move in the designated direction “up” or “down”.
Some additional features of the movable glass wall system
The movable glass wall system is equipped with an optical sensor, which cuts power to the lifting equipment if an object or person passes between the emitter and receiver. Regular operation of the movable glass wall system is resumed once the key switch has been released and the direction of the wall has been reversed and the obstruction removed.
The internal skeleton of the movable glass wall system consists of a series of lifting mechanisms or pantographs that are made of structural grade aluminum and steel. For greater longevity and silent operation, all mechanical pivot points of the movable glass wall system are made of high strength bolts or pins on plastic bushings. Aircraft-grade wire cable or cables, of the highest strength and quality, pass through the mechanisms and fold and unfold the mechanisms.
Fixed brush and sweep seals close the gap between the wall track and the pantographs (lifting mechanisms) of the movable glass wall system, thus providing a visual barrier while flexible bulb seals close the gap between the floor and bottom panel on all movable glass wall systems.
The Skyfold mirage movable glass wall system can be installed with fixed ceiling height of up to 24’-0”. There is no practical limit to how long (wide) Skyfold Mirage can be.
The movable glass wall systems are equipped with a sealed, heavy-duty gear motor that powers the entire system. This lifting motor is designed for hundreds of stops and starts an hour and is rated for service several orders of magnitude more severe than the service it experiences on the Skyfold Mirage movable glass wall systems.