Press Release

CINEMACON, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, MARCH 28TH 2017 — Harkness Screens the world’s leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has announced a new wave of research and development into screen perforation.


Having launched the acclaimed 4K Digital Perforation Pattern at CineAsia 2015 which has now become the standard perforation pattern on all screens, Harkness is set to embark on a further development to improve the cinema experience.

“Our 4K Digital Perforation Pattern has proved an enormous success since its launch,” explains David Harrison, Chief Technical Officer at Harkness Screens.  The current pattern which significantly reduces moiré fringing, has smaller holes and less open area was specifically engineered to meet the requirements of today’s cinema exhibitors and whilst this is has been a huge step forward for the industry, we believe that there is significant work still to be done.


Harkness’ imminent research project will involve inputs from audio companies and leading educational establishments including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University (UK).  The next phase of research will focus on further improvements to speech intelligibility, screen resonance and reduction in sound reflecting between screen and speakers.
“We’re focused on applying scientific expertise to our manufacturing to help improve both audio and visual performance.  By applying complex audio-based algorithms we believe we’re able to further push the boundaries on sound performance from the current performance with Digital Perforation.  The aim is to create a pattern which has even less open area (through smaller holes) than our current pattern whilst improving audio transmission particularly in the spoken range. By doing this we believe that we can help exhibitors to further enrich the cinema experience with the next generation of cinema technology,” explains David Harrison.

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