New Atlas operating room ceiling system from Titus offers greater flexibility

April 20, 2015

Healthcare facilities are constantly grappling with how to adapt to a consistent stream of new rules and regulations, which sometimes means costly and time consuming renovations and layout alterations. With the introduction of the Atlas Operating Room Ceiling System (AORCS), Titus HVAC, a leader in air distribution, is making it easier to build critical environments like operating and imaging rooms with future flexibility in mind.

The new AORCS meets the needs of modern procedure rooms by offering the ability to be customized piece by piece. The system’s components include the LineaTec and SteriTec air curtain diffusers, which can accommodate any job and help critical areas maintain sterility. Since introducing air curtain technology to the United States market in 1972, Titus HVAC has continued to advance the art and science of air distribution with the AORCS. The LineaTec and SteriTec diffusers prevent directional airflow from collapsing and isolate sterile areas from contaminants. The diffusers are available in one- or two-slot variations and 10, 12 and 15 inch widths, allowing contractors to more closely match their ceiling systems and equipment to their job’s specifications. 

While fully welded systems are fixed in place once installed, the AORCS is a custom-sized, integrated system that permits future ceiling layout changes, letting facilities adjust the system’s individual parts instead of replacing it entirely to meet unexpected field conditions. The AORCS also cuts down on lead time by more than 50 percent and has a unique antimicrobial finish and gasket that prevents and stops bacteria growth to help improve patient outcomes. And instead of the 10 to 15 week turnaround time fully welded systems typically have, the Titus AORCS system can be delivered and installed in just four to five weeks.

“With budgets tightening and a host of new regulations to accommodate, hospitals and healthcare facilities cannot afford to design and build critical environments without future flexibility in mind,” said Matt McLaurin, critical environments product manager. “The Atlas Operating Room Ceiling System and its complementary pieces, such as LineaTec and SteriTec, were designed to address that issue. The system’s flexibility and antimicrobial qualities makes operations both simpler and safer for healthcare managers.”

The AORCS system meets 2014 Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) guidelines and construction standards, allowing for stringent air quality regulations to be met. It also supports more weight than conventional grids, eliminates the use of sheet rock ceilings over the patient in operating rooms, and can be used with any manufacturers’ diffusers and lights. 

For more information on the AORCS or other air management products from Titus HVAC, visit


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