Armstrong World Industries. has filed a patent for a ceiling system that allows for quick and easy installation of acoustic ceiling tiles onto a ceiling hanger system using magnetic assemblies. The system includes magnets attached to clips on the tiles for secure mounting. GlobalData’s report on Armstrong World Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Magnetic acoustic ceiling tile system for easy installation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Armstrong World Industries Inc

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240026681A1) describes a ceiling system that includes a ceiling hanger system and an acoustic ceiling tile with a side wall. The system features multiple magnetic assemblies detachably coupled to the side wall of the tile at various locations around its perimeter. These magnetic assemblies allow the acoustic ceiling tile to be mounted to the ceiling hanger system through magnetic coupling between the magnets on the assemblies and the hanger system. The design of the magnetic assemblies includes a resilient clip that can be altered from its original shape to an open state when subjected to force, allowing for easy removal from the side wall of the tile.

Furthermore, the patent application details the configuration of the magnetic assemblies, which include a bottom plate section, first and second plate sections, and a channel between them for nesting the side wall of the acoustic ceiling tile. Each assembly also includes retaining tabs for secure attachment to the tile. The system allows for easy installation and removal of the acoustic ceiling tile, which is made of felt material. The magnetic assemblies are designed to slide onto the side of the tile, engaging it in its original shape for a secure fit. Overall, the ceiling system offers a practical and efficient solution for mounting acoustic ceiling tiles using magnetic coupling, providing ease of installation and maintenance.

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