UTAM Change log and History
Back in 2007, the concept of absorption hidden under tables, on an otherwise un usable surface was conceived, while we were looking at ways to reduce reverberation and noise at “in store” cafes for our UK department store chain client.
By 2009, we had completed computer based room modelling to verify the positive effects of the concept, and installed the system in 2 test store “in house” cafes at major high street outlets.
In 2012, we started “mass” producing UTAM, in a small, fixed geometric shape, as apposed to the previous “table specific” module shape/s.
Designed to “cluster” fit, any size and shape of table, with any leg or column arrangement, with maximum flexibility but retaining good surface coverage. This meant that single outlet owners, as well as multiple outlets and chains could more readily take advantage of the system without the need for any “bespoke” manufacture.
New shape UTAM
New “clustering” software has promoted a shape change, from the original Triangle to a “4 sided polygon, one of the sides being a radius”
Shame we didn’t stay with Triangle – much easier to describe !
It gets anything up to 11% more surface area covered than the Triangle, due to better nesting alignment possibilities.
After initial customer fears that fixings needed to be “traditionally structural”, we’ve proved that a simple “push-in” fixing with sufficient “grab” area is more than adequate, and that “wayward customers” can’t actually remove them !.
With standard screw fixings having been replaced by the simple “push in” fixing, there is one whole fitting operation less per fix point.
The new shape also lends itself more to a 2 point fixing – that’s well over 100 holes fewer to drill on a typical install.
Faster, easier fixings, just as secure (if not more so), no metal parts and no separate fixing parts – push in fixing trees are part of the module itself, and not a separate bag of fixing parts waiting to get lost on site.
In summer 2015, we finally got rid of the only significant plastic component in favor of a greener alternative.
The stiffener plate, once plastic, has been replaced with a thin wood pulp board – the material itself made from scrap.
Another advantage is that it’s actually stiffer, and offers greater resistance to module removal attempts by “naughty customers” !!