The Acclaim Chair
The Acclaim offers a functional and subtle elegance with simple but pleasing lines. A thin common frame allows for greater size and increased comfort. A slim chair profile permits the architect to increase capacity without sacrificing comfort or proper egress space. The Acclaim is available with fully-upholstered seats and backs or with an optional veneer back panel. Removable fabric covers are standard for easier maintenance.
- Gravity seat mechanism insures that the seat will always quietly return to a consistent vertical position.
- Hardwood armrests are available in a variety of species and finishes.
- Durable powder-coat finish is standard on all steel components.
- Flush mounted floor attachment hardware is standard.
- Removable, zippered seat and back covers are standard and allow for easier on-site replacement.
- Unique slim profile of only 15” (without tablet arm) allows greater chair capacity.
- Standard spacing is 19″, 20″, 21″, and 22″ c.c. of frames (19″ not available with tablet arm).
- Lifetime Warranty is standard on the Acclaim.
Gravity Tip-Up Seat
The Acclaim seat tip-up action is attained by the use of a gravity counterweight mechanism. The advantages of a gravity mechanism over a spring or cylinder mechanism are as follows:
-Consistent and automatic return to the upright position. Spring mechanisms can have inconsistent tip-up action due to the variation of the strength or fatigue of the steel springs. This affects the aesthetics of the room and may affect compliance with egress codes since the seats may not return to a consistent upright position.
-Silent action. Spring mechanisms are likely to develop squeaks and normally produce several loud hits before coming to a stop.
-Seat tip-up will never fail. Because the Acclaim mechanism relies on gravity, it will never fail to return the seat to its upright position. In contrast, as a spring mechanism fatigues, the seat tip-up action will get slower. Eventually, the spring mechanism may fail to return the seat to the upright position, producing a possible violation of egress codes.
The Acclaim seat construction is patterned after office chairs for long-term comfort and durability. Flexible polyurethane foam is glued directly to the structure of the seat. The advantages of this type of construction are as follows:
-Silence, durability, comfort. Seats constructed with serpentine springs often fatigue, sag and fail. This creates an uncomfortable and noisy seat, which may require replacement. TSI’s flexible polyurethane foam construction offers significant user comfort over long seating periods. Additionally, the absence of steel springs insures completely silent compression during use.
-Upholstered options. Unlike metal seat pans with serpentine springs, Acclaim’s all-wood construction allows for custom upholstery detailing. The fully-upholstered seat has a zippered slip-on fabric cover for easier on-site replacement.
TSI Chair Frames
The Acclaim frames are welded assemblies of heavy gauge and solid steel components. The advantages of this type of construction are listed below:
-Flexibility The Acclaim’s welded steel assembly allows for simple and cost efficient design modifications for conformance to unique building conditions. Unlike high-volume castings, welded construction facilitates small production run modifications.
Cost of Ownership
Due to the obvious product advantages of Acclaim seating as mentioned above, and the superior service and warranty levels offered by TSI, purchasing Acclaim seating is a better long-term value. The initial savings associated with the purchase of a less expensive chair is likely to be lost through ongoing maintenance and replacement during the lifetime of the product.
- California Technical Bulletin 133 Fire Code Compliance (when required by local codes)
- End Panels – Available as either upholstered or veneer, end panels can enhance the visual appeal of the room. They can be upholstered to match the chairs, or stained to match the armrests.
- Aisle Lights – Low-voltage (24v) aisle lights discreetly illuminate dark aisles and steps, enhancing safety and visual appeal. Aisle lights can be concealed in the underside of the arm cap, or installed in the end panel. Wiring is routed through the frame to provide a clean installation.
- Seat & Row Identification and Donor Tags – Seat & row identification plates and donor tags are available in a variety of shapes and finishes.
- Tablet Arms – The tablet arm folds between the seat and armrest and provides a work area for the occupant. Tablet arms are available as either left or right-handed.
- Power/Data – Popular with corporate training and educational facilities, the power/data ready frames allow for distribution of networked communications and 120 volt power directly to each chair, allowing laptops to be connected to the building’s internal computer and power distribution networks.
- Removable Chairs – Available as one, two, or three chairs, these units include a steel sled-base and can conform to the row radii so as to provide harmony with the design of the room, while maintaining the utmost in flexibility. Removable chairs are available with a standard base that allows them to be bolted to the floor quickly and easily, or an extended base that allows them to be completely freestanding without the need for physical attachment to the floor.
- Wood Veneer Back – Available in a variety of wood veneers, the outer back panel is ideal for use on chairs which require superior acoustical quality or extra protection.
- Laminate Back – Outer back panels are available with a high-pressure laminate face; ideal for use on chairs which require superior acoustical quality or extra protection.
- Transfer Arms – Designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, these unique frames allow easy and clear access to the seat. Installations without an end panel feature a hinged lift-up armrest while installations with end panels feature removable end panels.
- Oversize Chair Widths – Chair widths of 23″ and 24″ c.c. are available to provide occupants with a higher level of comfort and to satisfy layout requirements.
- Bookracks – Available to meet the specific requirements for book storage, TSI provides project specific solutions.
Acclaim Lifetime Warranty
Theatre Solutions, Inc. (TSI) warrants its’ products against failures and manufacturing defects for the life of the product. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser and is non-transferable. TSI will provide parts and labor to replace defective parts for the first two years after installation. Thereafter, TSI will provide replacement parts for the life of the product. This warranty does not cover damage from abuse, misuse, neglect or act of God. Damage caused by modifications to the product by anyone other than an authorized TSI technician will void this warranty. This warranty does not apply to fabrics or products not installed by authorized TSI technicians.
Use the Acclaim Floor Mounting Details drawing as reference for the following instructions.
- Use approved floor plan to establish hole locations for the foot plates. Note that the chair radius line is 1-1/2″ behind the front hole of the foot plate. Accurate center-to-center width spacing is critical to a proper installation. Tolerance on the chair width dimension is plus or minus 1/8″. It is critical not to exceed this tolerance on width spacing.
- When mounting chairs over carpet, punch two 5/8″ diameter holes in carpet to match holes in the chair base plate. Bolt leg frames to the floor as per the appropriate anchoring method. Use 1/4″ flat head machine bolts or #14 wood screws and countersink lock washers. Hand-tighten bolts to allow for some slight movement in the leg frame.
Use the Acclaim Exploded Assembly drawing as reference for the following instructions.
- Attach back as follows: From the front of the legs, slip the back panel over the legs with the top brackets sliding over the top of the frame and the bottom brackets sliding under the frame. Installing the back panel from the front of the legs insures that the back brackets on the upholstered back do not scratch the paint on the rear of the legs. Align slots in the back brackets with the threaded holes in the leg (4 locations for each back) and insert a 1/4-20 x 1/2″ SEMS machine screw. Center the back panel between the legs, hand tighten all screws first, then tighten securely.
- Attach the seat as follows:
- Attach one hinge to the seat with two 1/4-20 x 1-1/4″ fillister head machine screws.
- Make sure that the “L” part of the hinge is over the side edge of the seat and the rubber bumper on the hinge is toward the front edge of the seat.
- Hand-tighten the screws.
- Place a nylon washer over each forward pivot pin followed by a plastic bushing.
- Slide the seat (with attached hinge) onto the forward pivot pin on the leg.
- Place a nylon washer, plastic bushing, and hinge onto the opposite forward pivot pin and pull seat to hinge (“L” part of hinge is over the side edge of the seat and the rubber bumper on the hinge is toward the front part of the seat).
- Insert two 1/4-20 x 1-1/4″ fillister head screws and hand-tighten.
- The seat hinges should be adjusted tight against the shoulder of the pivot pin and should be parallel to the leg tube.
- The seat should be centered on the hinges. Securely tighten all four screws.
- Flip seat up and down several times to insure that it pivots and returns to upright position freely. Adjust hinges as necessary. If side-to-side play exists, readjust hinges moving them outward toward the legs, or if hinges have been adjusted to their maximum, add additional nylon washers. It is critical to insure full engagement of the hinge onto the hinge pin.
- Attach armrest with #8 x 3/4″ sheet metal screws; two per arm without tablet arm, three per arm with tablet arm. Left and right aisle arms have partial cut out slots to allow clearance for a single back bracket. Center arms have thru slots to allow clearance for two back brackets. Center the armrest on the leg and tighten securely.
- Tighten all floor attachments securely.
The Acclaim chairs are designed and built for years of reliable service. The durability and beauty of the chair will however, be greatly enhanced with proper care and inspection, as described below. Each project will be provided with an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manual which will describe in detail the maintenance measures to be taken by onsite personnel. For more information on the care of the veneer and fabric components of your product, click the appropriate link.
Inspection and Cleaning In the first year after the original installation, it is recommended that the chairs be inspected quarterly to insure that all chairs remain secure to the floor, and that the seats and backs remain tight to the leg frames. After the first year, this inspection interval can become longer, but should never exceed 6 months.
Lubrication There are no components in the Acclaim chair which require lubrication. Seat pivot hinges include a nylon bushing to insure silent and consistent performance.
Besides inspecting for loose screw attachments, there should not be any routine need for readjustment. If, however, a loose connection is discovered, please refer to the appropriate drawing and instructions for installing the subject component. These drawings and instructions can be found in the O&M Manual.
The Acclaim chair has been designed and tested to achieve optimum performance and durability. In general, onsite maintenance personnel can provide the appropriate service to correct problems if they have the necessary spare parts and installation instructions.
Troubleshooting In the event that a problem with the performance or finish of the chair occurs, it is often possible for immediate on-site remedies. TSI recommends that any loose components should be inspected for any visible evidence of breakage. If evidence is found, the part should be immediately replaced. If there is no evidence of breakage, the attachment hardware should be checked to insure tightness.
Obtaining Replacement Parts
A complete list of spare parts provided with the original installation is included in the O&M Manual. If any additional parts are required, simply contact Theatre Solutions and refer to the appropriate part number or the description listed in a drawing depicting the component.
For service work which cannot be executed by the building user, contact Theatre Solutions and we will assist in arranging a visit by qualified technicians.
Shipping Back to Theatre Solutions Prior to returning any component part(s) to Theatre Solutions, please contact us by phone or fax for instructions on packaging and shipment method.
- Brochure – A printable version of the full-color Acclaim Brochure.
- Planning, Installation, and Maintenance Manual (1261k) – Detailed information about the Acclaim Series, including detailed planning, installation and maintenance data as well as detailed specifications for all Acclaim Series chairs.
- Acclaim C1 Specifications (28k) – Specifications only for the Acclaim C1 model chair. The C1 model includes an outer wood veneer panel on the back and a fully-upholstered seat.
- Acclaim C3 Specifications (27k) – Specifications only for the Acclaim C3 model chair. The C3 model includes both a fully-upholstered seat and back.
- Planning Drawings (452k) – Drawings detailing chair sizes, planning a seating layout, and determining minimum dimensions.
- Warranty (10k) – The Acclaim’s unique Lifetime Warranty.
Acclaim CAD Drawings
- Acclaim C1 Drawings (176k) – Side, Plan, and Elevation views of the Acclaim C1 chair.
- Acclaim C3 Drawings (169k) – Side, Plan, and Elevation views of the Acclaim C3 chair.
- Acclaim Layout Drawings (217k) – Planning drawing for all Acclaim chair models.
- Acclaim Installation Drawings (926k) – Installation drawings for all Acclaim chair models.