Flatpanel MountsFlatpanel displays surround our everyday livesat home, at work, and even in the aisles of the supermarket. Flatpanels have shown huge growth in popularity and market share in the last few years 4/21/2010 8:00 AM Eastern
Apr 21, 2010 12:00 PM, By Mike Keadle
Flatpanel displays surround our everyday livesat home, at work, and even in the aisles of the supermarket. Flatpanels have shown huge growth in popularity and market share in the last few years, and that trend isn’t dwindling in the slightest. Falling prices have contributed heavily to that rise in popularity; no longer a luxury item, they are now within reach of nearly every budget. As with any successful product, other companies have found ways to make the flatpanel experience better by offering accessories to go with them.
We now have at our fingertips just about any type of mount or accessory we can imagine to go with the newest plasma, LCD, or LED display. We can hang them from walls, hide them in furniture, rotate them, and even lift them into the ceiling. We can also mount on them just about any other piece of equipment we care to. Here’s a look at some of the latest flatpanel mounts and accessories available on the market.
Avteq has taken the viewer as close to the center of the action as possible in a videoconference with its PS-100L-CTR dual-display wall mount with a center camera shelf. Unlike other shelves that sit above or below the display, Avteq’s CTR shelf allows you to position two displays side by side with no gap between them and locate your camera dead-center of them. This provides an obvious advantage in bringing direct eye contact between participants to a maximum level. The PS-100L-CTR mount will accommodate displays 32in. to 65in.
Avteq’s RPS-800S is the newest in a wide line of carts for the company. It will hold up to a 52in. display, and it comes standard with lockable rear access panels and a front door, 9RU threaded rack rails, and an adjustable camera mountfeatures usually found only on high-end carts. Accessories available for the RPS-800S include an accessory shelf, a rackmount surge protector, and a loudspeaker module.
Chief Manufacturing has added to its successful line of Fusion series mounts. Standard features of the Fusion series include Centerless lateral shift to aid in centering the display regardless of stud placement; Click Connect, which provides an audible click to ensure that the mount is properly seated; and built-in cable stands to prop the display out from the wall, allowing easy access to cables and connections on the display. The company also now offers its Fusion FCK series accessories to connect two Fusion mounts side by side. This makes the task of leveling multiple displays far easier and less time-consuming. Coupled with the company’s ControlZone feature on some mounts, post-installation leveling and adjustment is now possible as well.
Also new are the Fusion series Pull-Out wall mounts, MSMVU and LSMVU. These mounts are designed to simplify installation in multiple-display videowalls. They incorporate all of the standard features of the Fusion line, as well as adding individual plumb adjustments to ensure that the displays all line up perfectly. They can even be used to compensate for walls that are not perfectly flat. The design of the mounts allows them to be pulled out from the wall 7in. This allows access to all cabling and connections and makes servicing the videowall a breeze, even on the center displays. The Fusion Pull-Out mounts fit displays 26in. to 63in., and they can be used in videowalls from 2x2 and larger.
Da-Lite’s Advance series flatpanel wall mounts were designed to make life easier for both the installer and the order-entry department. The line offers static, tilting, and fully articulating models all built for ultimate mounting compatibility with most displays. The flexibility of the mounts means that you can stock only a handful of stock-keeping units (SKUs) to cover just about any mounting situation or display you come across. All members of the Advance line are crafted of heavy-gauge steel and are powder-coated for a durable, long-lasting finish. All carry a five-year warranty.
Apr 21, 2010 12:00 PM, By Mike Keadle
Long known for its custom mounting solutions, Display Devices is no stranger to the flatpanel-mounting market. The company’s line of flatpanel lifts offers lift solutions for up to 50in. displays. The TFT55/75 series is configurable to either lift a display out of furniture, or to lower a display from within a cabinet. It supports screen sizes of up to 20in. wide and 17in. high.
The PL-2200i and PL-2600i lifts are designed to raise a medium-sized display from within millwork or cabinetry. Also offered are options of IR and RF control, as well as an optional closure frame for adding custom millwork. The PL-3000 and PL-3200 series raise and lower displays up from higher ceilings. The 3000 series is designed to support up to a 63in. display. The 3200 series offers a slimmer profile and supports up to a 50in. display. The Display Devices’ flatpanel lift products feature extremely quiet operation, timed control motors accurate to within 1/4in., and finger-safety guards where appropriate.
Draper’s Flatscreen Lift’s design is much more slim and compact in the stored state, yet it rises to a maximum height of 2.4 times taller than its stored height. The lift only requires 2in. of height in the furniture above the display height. This compact design saves space and allows the lift to be placed in a wider variety of furniture and enclosures. Draper Flatscreen Lifts feature universal display mounts and offer drop-in installation. An attachment is also included, allowing a finished look at the bottom of the display by filling the gap with a trim piece matching the furniture. They are available in three sizes: the FSL-F-42, which fits up to a 42in. display; the FSL-F-50, which fits up to a 50in. display; and the FSL-F-65, which fits up to a 65in. display. IR and RS-232 controls are optional.
OmniMount’s OL200FT mount combines fixed and tilting mounting, with 3-degree, 5-degree, and 7-degree increments, into one 2in.-deep design. It is universal and VESA 75x75-to-400x800 compliant, fits most 42in.-to 70in.-panels, and supports weights of up to 200lbs. An easy-to-install, single-wallplate design provides support for the mount. It features OmniMount’s Lift n’ Lock attachment system to allow easy attachment of the display to the mount. Installation is further simplified with the included mounting template and complete hardware kit. Not overlooking any details, OmniMount also includes end caps to ensure a clean side view of the display and mount, as well as providing a locking system to secure the display to the mount. The OL200FT is part of OmniMount’s eco-friendly OmniLite series of products. With that in mind, the packaging is slim to minimize waste, and it features the instructions and mounting template printed on the inside of the box. Topping it off, the OL200FT features a five-year warranty.
Peerless Industries has solved a long-standing problem by offering the first direct corner-mounting solution for flatpanel displays in the industry. The CM mounts attach to both walls of a corner and allow the use of compatible Peerless flat and tilting wall mounts. The mounts are available in two sizes: The CM50 is capable of supporting displays from 32in. to 50in., and the CM60 supports displays from 40in. to 60in. Both mounts are available in black and silver finish.
The CM850 mount attaches to both corner walls as well, but it also includes the SmartMount SP850-UNL pull-out mount, which allows the display to be pulled out 11.9in. from the mount and swiveled up to 45 degrees for proper viewing.
Peerless’ new SUA750PU is the world’s thinnest fully articulating mount, according to the company. It is designed for 37in.-to-55in. ultrathin displays weighing up to 100lbs. Keeping with the aesthetics of these thin displays, the SUA750PU only extends 1.1in. from the wall, providing a truly low-profile mounting solution.
Apr 21, 2010 12:00 PM, By Mike Keadle
Keeping with the trend of progressively moving thinner, Premier Mounts has released the world’s thinnest universal flatpanel mount, according to the company. The PTFM3765 extends .37in. from the wall. It features a spring-loaded bracket with a built-in safety release to secure the display to the wall plate. It also offers the extras needed to address the cable routing issues created by such a thin display; it comes with a 3 meter flat HDMI cable, and two ultrathin HDMI right-angle adapters to allow other cables to be used. It supports most 37in.-to-65in. displays up to 100lbs., and it includes a hardware kit with universal spacers to ensure display compatibility, and mounting hardware for wood, concrete, and metal stud structures.
Premier’s GB-INWAVP provides in-wall space for cable routing and power behind a flatpanel display. It features easy installation in a post-construction environment in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. It includes knockouts for both AC power and AV cables, as well as a UL-approved junction box.
Premier’s ECM series ceiling mounts provide unique solutions for mounting flatpanel displays, especially for digital signage or other public-display scenarios. The company provides integrated cable management to ensure a clean install, and the mounts fit most 37in.-to-63in. displays. The ECM series includes four models: the ECM-3763S, which holds a single display; the ECM-3763D, which supports two displays back to back; the ECM-3763T, which arranges three displays in a circular array; and the ECM-3763Q, which handles four displays in a circular array.
Spectrum Industries offers two flatscreen carts with unique features. The carts are available in a height of 37in. or 44in. Both offer the option of a flatscreen stand capable of supporting a display up to 50in. They feature an attractive combination of either Indigo Organix laminate and Dark Gray metal, or Wild Cherry laminate and black metal. Both carts feature front and rear locking doors, perforated sides and back for ventilation, a perforated loudspeaker area for integration of an audio system, an acrylic viewing panel for locked equipment that does not need to be accessed by the user, and a removable acrylic access panel perfect for allowing front-panel controls of a DVD player while maintaining the security of the locked cart. Optional features also include a videoconferencing camera shelf, rack shelves, fans, power strips, a retractable 15ft. data cord reel, and a custom cut logo.
Video Furniture International (VFI) has designed a series of flatpanel mounts to attach to its cart lineup. The PM-S is a single-display mount that accommodates a 32in.-to-50in. display; the PM-D is a dual-display mount capable of supporting two 32in.-to-50in. displays; and the PM-S-XL is a single-display mount designed to support a 52in.-to-70in. flatpanel display. All three mounts have heavy-steel construction and a powder-coated finish for durability. They offer adjustable display height and an adjustable camera shelf. The main pillar of the mounts is used as a cable chase to allow clean routing of cables from the mount and display to the VFI cart below without being seen. Options for the mounts include a cosmetic base cover, a top-mount codec plate, an eye-level camera mount, and a rear codec-mounting bracket. The PM mounts attach quickly and securely to pre-drilled VFI carts.
Video Mount Products (VMP) has addressed the issue of rackmounting flatpanel displays with its ER-LCD1017 universal rackmounting kit. The 9RU mount holds most monitors from 10in. to 17in. that are VESA 75 and 100 compatible. It is coated with a durable black powder finish.
VMP’s TT-LCD20B/S turntables offer a simple solution to the flatpanel displays using manufacturer-provided stands. The turntable offers easy swivel adjustments for the perfect viewing angle. It measures 20in. wide by 14in. deep, and is capable of supporting displays up to 70lbs.
The VMP LCD-PV ceiling-mount kit combines a flatpanel mount along with a universal camera bracket. It is designed to allow public viewing of the display while allowing the camera to view or record the display viewer or space occupants. It includes the ceiling mount; adapters for VESA 75-, 100x200-, and 200-compatible mounts; and a universal camera-mount bracket.