Missouri Patent of the Month – March 2023
Winco Window Company is a leading innovator in the design and manufacturing of windows for commercial buildings. Their commitment to quality and efficiency has led to many advancements in window technology, including the integration of motorized shades within the window itself.
Traditionally, window designers and window blind designers have been separate entities, resulting in a lack of integration and efficiency in the design of windows with built-in shades. This has led to wiring problems and an overall lack of consistency in window and shade design.
Winco has changed this by designing smart windows with integrated motorized shades that can be connected to a building’s electrical grid in a consistent and modular way. One of the main challenges in integrating motorized shades into windows has been the wiring process. In the past, wiring for motorized shades was routed through holes in the window frame or even through the glass panes of the window. This not only reduced the structural integrity of the window but also created an unattractive aesthetic.
Winco’s solution to this problem was to design windows with a consistent and modular way to connect the wiring to a building’s electrical grid. By doing so, the wiring is hidden behind the walls, making it more accessible for maintenance and repairs. Furthermore, Winco’s design allows for easy rewiring and updates at a later time, making it a more practical and long term solution for commercial buildings.
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