ZIRA is a Zahner-patented system which was developed to enable designers to automatically translate an image, graphic, or design to metal. Instead of simply selecting a standard perforation, designers are able to use their own imagery to create stunning patterns and designs across a metal surface.

* PATENT NO. 7,212,688 B2

ZIRA stands for Zahner Interpretive Relational Algorithm. This patented process was developed to expedite complex custom perforations and selective embossing on projects of every size and scope. 

The technology behind ZIRA is continuously refined. One of the most powerful examples of this technology can be seen in the Zahner-developed ImageWall app. This app enables designers to upload their own imagery to quickly develop custom perforated metal. 

ImageWall is one of several ZIRA-based technologies. In addition to perforation, these systems offers designers the ability to use any combination of selective embossing, cutting, or perforation to translate these images to metal. Any image, photograph, drawing, or pattern can be translated to the metal surface using with ZIRA technology.

Imagewall custom perforated imagery
Custom perforated imagery made with ImageWall app by Zahner.
Perf bump
Perforated and bumped stainless steel, Kauffman Stadium.
Perforated laser tracery
ZIRA-cut water jet plate, Artwall at Doha.
Fairmont pacific 2938
Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, BC.
Subtle embossed signage
Custom bump-embossed lettering for the de Young Museum.
Custom engraved memorial
Subtle police badge image engraved into the many plaques on LAPD Memorial.

Designers come to Zahner to create something new. Working with Zahner on custom perforated and embossed metal systems is like having an eager collaborator. Zahner engineers understand the artistic aspects as well as the scientific aspects of a built system. To develop your custom perforated design, contact the Zahner sales team and get started.

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