Design

The process begins on paper. Schneller works with you to employ the best, most innovative decorative solutions while paying close attention to visual and spatial ambiance, brand experience, comfort and safety, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

With years of design experience and the latest graphic design software, we turn your ideas into engineered decorative surfaces, utilizing:

  • MAC & PC environments
  • Integrated color labs for custom matching
  • Standard Pantone®, RAL or NCS color matching systems
  • Libraries of art elements
  • Color and pattern creation
  • Material sampling

We employ some of the top designers in the United States, Europe, and Asia, who constantly visit airlines to help stimulate their creativity and stay up-to-date on the most popular paints and Pantone® colors. Once a design has been sampled and verified by a client, the order is placed and sent into production…

 

Technology

We rely on a vast array of cutting-edge technology and know-how to produce solutions that meet all of your expectations for form, function, and regulatory compliance. Our designs can employ any number of application-specific materials, from standard materials to special lines, like bulletproof resins and even a fibrous glass material that comes out thick as cardboard when treated.

Our capabilities include:

  • Custom compounds are formulated in batch sizes from development to production quantities. Our advanced color matching capabilities allow us to create color and texture formulations down to the last detail, ensuring each batch is identical from the first to the last.
Engineered Materials Custom Adhesives

Acrylic solutions

Flame-retardant

Flame-retardant inks and coatings

Pressure-sensitive

Nitrile rubber

Solvent-based

Pigment Dispersions

Water-based

Silkscreen and rotogravure inks

Permanent

Solution vinyl

Removable

Solvent blends

Heat-activated

Water-based emulsions

 

UV curable compounds

 

Plastisols

 

Organisols

 

 

  • Precision coating processes are the most versatile for applying precise coatings of varying viscosity and thickness, particularly for coating a wide array of substrates. This includes roll and knife-over-roll coating for products with widths up to 65 inches. Film-coating thicknesses can range from 0.0005” (1/2 mil) to 0.25” (250 mil).
Standard Coatings Standard Substrates

Acrylics

Paper

Epoxies

Fiberglass

Nitrile rubber

Polyester

Polyesters

Vinyl

Vinyl

Custom substrates

Urethanes

 

Pressure-sensitive adhesives

 

Heat-activated adhesives

 

Flame-retardant adhesives

 

 

  • Advanced printing is ideal for photo quality murals, special colors and patterns with superior texture retention, as well as realistic wood grain, marble, and granite prints. Using digital, flatbed screen, continuous screen, and rotogravure printing systems, we offer optimal graphic effects and resolutions. We can print with either solvent-based or water-based inks for virtually any substrate, including:

PVF

PVDF

PVC

Polyester

Paper

Acrylic

 

  • Lamination & Embossing allows for multiple ways to adhere and texture a wide array of materials, from sheets that are thin and flexible to thick and rigid.
Press Sheet Lamination and Embossing Continuous Lamination Embossing

Flexible sheets/films & rigid sheets

Cost-effective choice for thin, flexible laminations

Wide variety of stock textures for press and continuous laminated products

Virtually unlimited product offerings

Numerous texturing choices

Smooth matte finishes to custom designs

Finish size up to 60"x130"

Wide array of attractive surface finishes

Custom textures for specific customer designs

Press pressure up to 500 psi

Thermal (heat-induce) lamination

Unique laminates that retain texture for thermoform-grade continuous films

Minimal print distortion

Wet lamination

 

Lamination of multiple layers of dissimilar materials

UV lamination

 

 

Pressure-sensitive lamination

 

 

Finish widths of up to 60" with texturing

 

 

Lamination of multiple layers of dissimilar materials

 

 

Once the correct materials are prepared, our technicians employ the printing process that gets you the most cost-effective and efficient results…

 

Equipment

From silkscreen, to roll print, to picture-perfect digital printing, Schneller has the equipment and infrastructure in place to deliver innovative products that set the standard for aesthetics and durability. We work with a broad range of products to cover the interior surfaces in passenger compartments of all commercial aircraft:

  • Film laminates: Ceiling, window panels, and bins
  • Fiberglass reinforced laminates: High-abuse areas
  • Thermoplastic sheets: Seat shrouds and in-flight entertainment housing frames
  • Floor coverings: Slip-resistant and non-textile

To get you the best possible end product, we employ the most appropriate printing process depending on your project. We specialize in four printing processes:

  • Flatbed silkscreen: Uses a flat, rectangular fabric mesh screen that is good for short to medium runs. Best when used with design thickness of 3 pixels at 300 dpi, and an overall registration tolerance of 3/32” (0.09375”). Ideal for fine designs.
     
  • Rotary screen: Uses a hollow cylinder with a metal screen that is typically nickel. Can run either single prints or random multiple prints at a 25.25” repeat. Ideal for printing a wide variety of designs.
     
  • Rotogravure: A very high-quality process that allows for fine detail by using a steel cylinder with copper-plated surface, in which small recesses (cells) carry the ink. The surface is then plated with hard chromium to improve its wearing properties, and the image is engraved using either a diamond-tipped tool or a laser. Ideal for long runs with high-quality images, fine details, and halftones. Roll sizes have a circumference of either 18” or 24”.
     
  • Digital: Uses a 720dpi ink jet printer with a four-color process to achieve extremely high resolutions. Ideal for low-volume prints with multiple colors that are designed to tight registration, such as pictures or murals. Digital prints are not recommended for thermoformed parts.

After the printing process, your order moves to its final stage…

 

Quality and Inspection

Each product is put through our rigorous certification process and is tested extensively for flammability, toxicity, and smoke density. We ensure that they meet all necessary air travel certifications and standards, and are compliant with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Our fire safety labs are FAA certified for:

  • OSU Heat Release Chamber, ASTM E904
  • NBS Smoke Chamber, ASTM E662
  • Toxicity testing using the colorimetric tube sampling method
  • Vertical burn
  • Horizontal burn

 

Click here for a complete list of our certifications. (link to a page with all certifications)

Items are individually inspected for any imperfections. Any item that doesn’t meet Schneller standards does not ship. Once the product meets final inspection, it is rolled or cut into identical-sized sheets then shipped to the customer. Installation workshops and training sessions are available to airlines on-site or at the airline manufacturing facility.

 

Facility

Our nearly 165,000-square-foot headquarters in Kent, Ohio, is a state-of-the-art production, engineering & technology facility that is fully equipped to produce solutions that meet all of your expectations for form, function, and regulatory compliance.

From custom compounding of complex polymer formulations, to high-performance coating, curing, printing, laminating, and embossing, our extensive capabilities establish us as the industry leader in developing and producing highly customized and innovative products and applications that are aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Our world-class manufacturing plant is certified to ISO 9001:2008 with Design & AS9100 Revision C.

GLOBAL REACH

Schneller is the global leader in providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions and worldwide on-demand customer service for hard-surface laminates, thermoplastic sheets and non-textile floor coverings for the Aviation and Rail interiors. Schneller is proud to be a qualified supplier to all major OEM airframe manufacturers, including Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, Sukhoi, Mitsubishi, and others.

We work with all major commercial airlines and all major Tier 1 suppliers, and we are a preferred supplier in the Airbus NTF Selection Guide and the exclusive supplier of the Airbus A350 Canvas Catalog. We are also proud to be the Primary supplier of the Bombardier C Series.

  • Corsair
    Air Mauritius
    Sky West Airlines
    Oasis Hong Kong Airlines
    Air China
    Lufthansa
    Horizon Air
    Malaysia Airlines
    Airbus
    Kapco Global
    China Airlines
    Spirit Airlines
    Hawaiian Airlines
    Southwest
    Qatar Airways
    Korean Air
    Air France
    TAP Portugal
    Iceland Air
    British Midland International
  • Easyjet
    CAE Aviation
    Air Pegasus
    Swissair
    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
    Air Canada
    Frontier Airlines
    Alaska Airlines
    Boeing
    Turkish Airlines
    Virgin Atlantic
    Delta
    Eva Air
    Saudia
    JetBlue
    Onurair
    British Airways
    RyanAir
    Germanwings
    Gulf Air
  • Eurowings
    China Eastern
    Air Transat
    Aeroflot Russian Airlines
    Air Tran
    United
    Flying Colours
    Latam Airlines
    Orbis
    Iberia
    American Airlines
    Vietnam Airlines
    Flyvlm
    Bombardier
    Scandinavian
    Asiana Airlines
    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
    Etihad Airways
    LAN Airlines
    Magee
  • Thomas Cook
    ANA
    Aerolineas Argentinas
    Alitalia
    Air New Zealand
    Embraer
    Polish Airlines
    Japan Airlines
    Garuda Indonesia
    Cathay Pacific
    Emirates
    Virgin
    South African Airways
    King fisher
    Air Asia
    Oman Air
    Singapore Airlines
    Qantas
    MNG Airlines