Specialty Blind Applications

Motorized Blinds

WACI Manufactures a simple 12 Volt DC Motorized Tilt Only blind system that must be hard-wired into the building. Our system is not a wireless motorization; it must be installed using 16 gauge wires that runs between switches, blinds, and transformers per the specifications of the particular application. Again, it is worth mentioning, The WACI Motorized blind system is Tilt-Only. We do not offer a motorized system that raises and lowers the blinds.

There are two different sized 12 Volt DC Power transformers available:

  • A – 1 Amp regulated power supply that can handle up to 4 motorized blinds, and
  • A – 7 Amp regulated power supply that can handle circuits containing up to 25 blinds on a single switch.

Because there are many different ways that these circuits can be configured, and wired, it is up to your contractor to determine the best way to accomplish your goals per your particular project. If you need assistance to determine how best to configure your motorized blinds, please feel free to contact WACI at any time for help. But be aware that we are not electrical engineers, or contractors. You must work with qualified engineering personnel to properly configure your application.

Motorized blinds are typically 1000 Series 1” Blinds only. We can motorize our 625 Series 5/8” Blinds, but in order to do so, we must hang the blinds from a 1” Blind headrail, as the gearhead motors that we manufacture do not fit inside the 625 series blind headrails. Along with the Transformers WACI has a complete line of switches, junction boxes, and wiring harnesses, needed for various applications. Please refer to our motorized blinds parts list for guidance.

Specialty Shaped Blinds

WACI can manufacture a complete array of ‘Special-Shaped-Blinds’. If the laws of Physics allow us to make a blind of complex shapes, WACI can do it.

Special Shapes? No Problem!

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Because there are virtually unlimited numbers of shapes that can be submitted for approval, we (in most cases) will require a drawing of the shape before we can say for sure if we can make it or not.

In some applications, it may become necessary to manufacture a ‘valance-plate’ near the top of the blinds to conceal any undesirable light gaps that are unavoidable. Please submit a drawing to the engineering personnel at WACI if you have concerns about a particular shape being viable or not.

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2000 Series – 2″ Between Glass Blinds

A request was submitted to WACI to develop a 2” Blind that could be installed into a between glass application to fulfill the needs of matching blinds to meet Historical Registry Requirements. We were able to do that, and therefore we can now offer 2” Blinds for between glass applications on a job-by-job basis. Because we are not manufacturing these blinds on a daily basis, we will generally require additional time to manufacture 2” between glass blinds. Colors are also somewhat limited on the ‘special-order’ blinds.

WACI 2000 Series 2” blinds can be manufactured with the typical wide cotton tapes, as seen on many 2” blinds in the 1940’s and 1950’s, or with narrow ladder cords similar to the ones we use on our 1000 Series 1” Blinds. This must be specified at the time a project is quoted.

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Typical Vertical Control Rod (5mm Hex Rod), and Tilt Knob Configuration

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1000 Series RLT Blinds – Raise, Lower, and Tilt Blinds

A request was submitted to WACI, for a Special Application, to design, and manufacture, a 1000 Series 1” blind that could be raised, lowered, and tilted with one operator on the face of the Window. What resulted was our 1000 Series 1” RLT Blind.

Similar to the WACI 2000 Series 2” Blinds, these 1000 Series RLT Blinds can be manufactured for your projects (if required) on a job-by-job basis. WACI must be informed of this requirement during the quoting phase, as they are considerably more expensive due to hardware cost, and the extra labor required to assemble them.

Because the 1000 Series RLT blind utilizes the same slat, Headrail, and bottomrail as our standard 1” Blinds, they can be ordered in all of our standard colors. They also utilize the same mounting clips as our standard 1” Blinds. The location of the mounting clips must be modified to avoid the additional hardware contained within the blind headrail. WACI can submit the required mounting clip location charts to your assembly personnel if needed.

Because the ‘clutch’ that we utilize on all of our standard 1000 and 625 Series blinds cannot be incorporated in the usual manor in the RLT blinds, we have built a clutch into the tilt control knob itself. When the blinds are either raised, or lowered. To their maximum locations, the tilt control knob will ‘ratchet’ rather than transferring the torque required to damage the operational hardware. This is a totally unique, and highly effective, way of introducing a clutch into our drive mechanism.

In addition, because of the higher torque required to raise and lower these blinds, we were forced to go to a vertical control rod that could handle that additional torque. A 5mm hex-rod was chosen to handle this task.

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