Martin Integrated Issued Second MWISS Patent

Additional Patent on Acoustic Ceiling Tile Earthquake Safety System

Feb 02, 2016, 17:54 ET from Martin Integrated

ORANGE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., an Orange County, California, company that designs and installs specialty ceilings, has been issued U.S. Patent No. 9,249,592 for the Martin Wireless Interstitial Suspension System ("MWISS").

This is Martin Integrated's second patent for the MWISS, an innovative system to install lay-in acoustic ceiling tile to make it much more stable - and, therefore, safer - during an earthquake.  The MWISS also eliminates the need for support wires.

Structural engineer and inventor Alvin Geller explained, "The MWISS system eliminates support wires in a suspended acoustic ceiling, which is one of the major sources of construction failures during earthquakes.   Exit corridors will no longer be cluttered with falling ceiling tiles and light fixtures.  Building occupants will be able to safely leave buildings during earthquakes, saving countless lives."

Marty Hovivian, the CEO of Martin Integrated, commented: "The issuance of our second patent for the MWISS strengthens the legal protection of our proprietary ceiling tile suspension system.  We are pleased that the Patent Office has again confirmed the unique and innovative design of the MWISS."

The patented MWISS system uses steel tubular seismic joists that are anchored to the wall studs by a steel track.  In turn, rigid steel seismic hangers connect the ceiling tile grid to the seismic joists.  As a result, the ceiling tile grid is attached to the walls rigidly, so that it will move with the wall vibrations during an earthquake, rather than sway independently as it would if installed with support wires.  Additionally, by eliminating the need for support wires, the overhead plenum is more easily accessible for installation and maintenance of cable trays, tubing and other equipment.

The MWISS has been installed in the following Southern California hospitals: Clovis Community Medical Center, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Scripps Cardiovascular, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, St. Joseph Children's Hospital in Orange, and Ventura County Medical Center.

Martin Integrated has additional patent applications for the MWISS pending.

About Martin Integrated

Martin Integrated, located in Orange County, California, focuses on the design and construction of specialty ceilings, including insulated, acoustical, specialty metal, security and wooden ceilings.  Martin Integrated has been recognized repeatedly by the leading industry trade publication, Walls & Ceilings Magazine, as one of the "Top 50" contractors in the United States.

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