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Vincent Associates ® Receives Third U.S. Patent for UNIBLITZ® NS Series Shutter

Rochester, NY, April 27, 2012 --( Vincent Associates, the manufacturer of UNIBLITZ shutters, has received a third U.S. Patent for the UNIBLITZ NS series shutter, (U.S. patent number 8,128,296), issued March 6,2012. The original patent, (U.S Patent No. 7,513,702), was issued in April of 2009, the second (U.S. Patent Number 7,513,702) was issued in April of 2011. Products in the NS series include NS15 (15mm), NS25 (25mm), and the NS45 (45mm) series of shutters. Recently, the NS65 (65mm) was added to the NS product line, and soon they will introduce the NS90, a 90mm aperture. Additional aperture sizes and additional uni-stable devices will also be available soon.

The UNIBLITZ® NS series is a novel innovation in shutter design from Vincent Associates®. The devices’ reliability has been enhanced by significantly reducing the number of moving parts. The total number of moving parts has been reduced to six, five of which are the shutter blades themselves. (The NS65 and the new NS90 design each contain six shutter blades.) The activating mechanism in each of the NS series shutters, is non-contact, and has shown to increase the overall reliability of the NS series, through testing, over similar shutter designs.

The NS series device is innovative by comparison. There are no linkages, and no external damping system. Instead, the damping system has been integrated into the device to provide a long lasting, quiet operation. The only protruding component is the unit’s actuator coil. The external mounting surfaces of the device are flat which make the shutter simple to integrate into user applications. Additionally, these shutters are bi-stable, only requiring power to change their state. Some of the devices can also be configured uni-stable (powered active and return to the default state once power is removed).

Vincent Associates® is the manufacturer of UNBLITZ® electronic shutters and shutter systems, and is based in Rochester, NY with distribution centers worldwide. For more than 40 years, Vincent Associates® has been supplying UNBLITZ® electro-programmable shutter systems worldwide, addressing numerous demanding applications. Vincent Associates® provides shutter solutions to a wide variety of consumers after rigorous testing to ensure application with confidence. Please visit their website at:, email or call (585) 385-5930 to learn more about products offered by Vincent Associates® and how they may help you with your applications.
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