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CASE STUDY: Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia

7/18/2016 10:48 PM Eastern
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Middle Atlantic Products Configurator

This web-based configuration tool provides a simple and personalized experience for designing great systems. Built for use by beginners and experts alike, users can be guided through building a system or select components at their own pace.

When the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia required a large-scale AV installation in a new building, there was no question that precision and quality was key. Integrator Karcher Group relied on Middle Atlantic Products’ Configurator, a web-based configuration tool, to effortlessly design the control system racks needed throughout the new spaces, saving critical installation time.

The building includes 29 classrooms, two tiered classrooms, three large collaboration rooms, five small collaboration rooms, a 300-person lecture hall, a 500-seat theater, as well as other meeting and teaching spaces. Many of the rooms are outfitted with impressive video systems that are designed to adapt to today’s bring-your-own-device environment and the interactive preferences of users. This includes videoconferencing suites, video walls, flat-panel displays, and projection systems with an array of input options, all operated from a control system that’s tied into the school’s central help desk, where instructors can request assistance when problems arise. All system inputs and signals are fed back to more than 50 AV equipment racks throughout the building.

“As an integrator and a Middle Atlantic customer, working with the Configurator simply made my job easier,” said Hong Cheng, vice president of technical operations, Karcher Group. “Many of the rooms had the same systems, so I was able to quickly order an identical rack configuration for all those classrooms. Instead of ordering a list of parts, my entire product list is bundled into one part number— streamlining the ordering process. While having the equipment racks shipped preassembled saved our team a ton of man hours, my favorite feature—by far—on Configurator is the ability to easily see the equipment and layout visualized exactly where I wanted each component. The tool is indispensable for large AV projects; it’s become a key step in our integration process.”

Accessible anytime, anywhere from any web-enabled device, the conifigurator is available to all registered Middle Atlantic users. It facilitates the creation, personalization, and design process—including smart recommendations—along with creating a priced materials list. Users can also export CAD and other design documents to be easily integrated into their standard design process, enabling the creation of new projects, a stored history of user projects, and convenient direct online ordering. Users can browse through the Middle Atlantic catalog, automatically generate quotes on projects with or without pricing, and receive orders pre-assembled or with downloadable assembly instructions from the site.

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