Racks and MountsRacks and mounts are the mainstays of quality installations in our industry and can often set an integrator’s work apart from his peers. 1/08/2013 10:59 AM Eastern
Racks and Mounts
Jan 8, 2013 3:59 PM, By Mike McIntyre
Racks and mounts are the mainstays of quality installations in our industry and can often set an integrator’s work apart from his peers. You will recognize some of these manufacturers, but some might be new to you. In total, this is a group of incredible products designed and built by our industry’s unsung heroes.
RACKS AND CARTS
Da-Lite manufactures equipment rack carts ideal for housing AV gear in boardrooms, conference rooms, or classrooms. These handsomely designed carts come in 12-, 21- and 30-rack space sizes with standard veneers and laminates. There also is a 17RU size with a keyboard shelf. A cooling fan, dual bottom vents, and oval-shaped cutouts provide air circulation, but still allow some noise suppression from the devices in the rack.
IMS Engineered Products, a 2008 global supplier of precision sheet metal fabrications and electromechanical assemblies, bring us two categories of equipment racks: Amco Enclosures, which are mainly used for data and other electronic equipment storage, and Installer’s Choice for AV racks. Both product lines are engineered, designed, and built in the United States. Amco Enclosures’ TitanEP frames feature multi-formed main channels in each of the four corners to provide exceptional weight support for electronics. They are available in many RU heights, widths, and depths, come in 12 standard power-coated color finishes, and all have a 10-year warranty.
There are several models and types available from Installer’s Choice. The SnapRax frames are knockdown AV racks and can be assembled in fewer than three minutes with eight screws total. They have a 20in. overall frame width and are available in depths of 20in. and 26in., with RU heights of 8, 14, 21, 29, 37, and 43.
The PTN fully welded racks feature wider main channels for larger cable bundles, increasing the overall rack width to 24in. They can easily be joined together or used as standalone racks and are available in 12 standard colors, as well as custom colors. All Installer’s Choice racks include a 10-year warranty.
RX3 rotating racks pull out from closets and recessed walls providing easy AV equipment access. They rotate and lock in place at 60 and 90 degrees in both directions, making equipment installation simple. The rear cable management system comes with cable lacing bars to guide and tie down cabling and is available in heights of 12, 16, 21, 24, 28, and 30RU's and is available in depths of 19in. and 23in. Purported as the strongest in the industry, and using SnapRax technology, they assemble in less than 10 minutes.
The WMRwall mount racks are cost-effective, smaller system solutions for mounting electronics equipment in secured and non-secured areas. The WMR racks are 24in. wide and available in center-section depths of 12in. and 17in., with RU height options of 12 and 18. Electrical knockouts in the top and bottom of the racks allow for conduit and cabling. The reversible front doors are available in solid, vented, and polycarbonate, and feature a keyed lock for secured access.
Penn Elcom has a standard range of more than 3,000 catalog products that include 19in. racking enclosures and accessories. The R8400/R8500 Flat Pack Rack Systems are steel knockdown racks with a multitude of accessory options, such as doors, fans, leveling feet, and casters.
WM wall mount 2.0mm steel rack enclosures come equipped with removable side panels and ventilated top including cable knockouts. The front door features a quick release and is constructed of tempered glass. Penn Elcom also carries the R2520 rackmount wall bracket with hinged rack strip and cable exit.
Video Furniture International’s executive mobile rack model, REX-16, is designed for rack mountable audio and video equipment. It includes 16RU rack rails for equipment up to 20in. deep, a framed front door that features a tinted acrylic window with an innovative hidden lock, a locking rear door for easy access to equipment connections, and 4in. casters. Shipped fully assembled, it is finished with a highly resistant black thermowrap top and your choice of thermowrap color. Options include a 32in. LCD Monitor mount, camera stand, and 6in. heavy-duty casters.
The VFI model CR2050EX is a fully assembled executive credenza. Each unit is equipped with a 12-space rack mount and a quiet 53 CFM exhaust fan. Standard features include raised panel front doors, locking front and rear doors, and five 4in. heavy-duty casters. Options include an LCD monitor mount, camera stand, and 6in. heavy-duty casters.
Racks and Mounts
Jan 8, 2013 3:59 PM, By Mike McIntyre
An industry leader for years, Winsted offers products for all applications. The Pro Series I knockdown-style vertical racks feature convection-cooling side panel venting, which can be covered when thermal management fans are used. Also carrying a 10-year warranty, these racks include wire/cable holes for horizontal cable management.
The Pro Series II vertical racks come equipped with features and functions integrators need. A variety of top options include raised-vent panels, solid and vented blank panels, and internal/external mounted fans. These welded racks include pedestal options and carry a 10-year warranty. Additional rackmount accessory options include shelves, drawers, work surfaces, cable guides, wire ducts, script lights, and fans.
The new M-View is an extruded aluminum monitor wall that is flexible, expandable, and completely modular. Patent-pending, quick-release brackets allow adjusting and reconfiguring of the monitors. The M-View is fabricated from lightweight, high-strength extruded aluminum with a black anodized finish. The monitor wall can support any size flat-panel monitor and can be configured as an in-line, concave, or convex mounting solution.
The LPTR pull and turn rack by Lowell Manufacturing was designed for built-in wall and millwork applications. It features a turntable on two heavy-duty slides for smooth pullout access to rackmounted equipment. The bottom base installs with screws and can be mounted flush or recessed up to 2in. in a boxed wall or cabinetry. The LPTR knockdown rack comes packaged in two cartons for efficient onsite installation. It is made in the United States. with 100-percent-certified U.S. steel.
The LWR rack consists of a sturdy steel back box and mounting section. The mounting section uses the stability of the L-pin design, combined with fully gusseted corners and triple formed side-to-bottom, side-to-top wrapped design to achieve strength equivalent to 3/16in. thick steel for dependable load-bearing support. Vented sides have holes to accommodate mounting an optional fan kit.
The LER is a fully welded steel rack with reinforcement on all load-bearing junctures for strength equivalent to 11-gauge steel. With reversible rack rails, a 7U top opening, 6in.-deep rear conduit plane, and vented side panels, this rack has everything.
The LSGR seismic-certified gangable rack is certified to meet or exceed the seismic design requirements as specified in the 2009 International Building Code (IBC). These racks are designated and required in critical or essential facilities where operation and function following a major earthquake event is necessary. The rack's open frame is welded 16-gauge steel with seamless X-style side-frame construction, a 14-gauge steel bottom with welded brackets in each corner of the base, and holes for anchors. The open top features a 6in.-deep rear conduit plane with knockouts for conduit and also features six .5in knockouts for BNC-style wireless antennas.
Middle Atlantic Products’ BGR series racks report higher weight capacities, provide more useable rack space, and incorporate more functionality than any other rack system on the market. They feature the patent-pending LeverLock system for tool-free installation of cable management accessories. New options include brush grommet rear doors and problem-solving extender bays. The unique new extender bay adds 3in. of useable depth to the front or rear of the enclosure at any time and pre-threaded ganging holes allow ganging while fully loaded.
New from Middle Atlantic is the Reference series furniture rack. Designed to be seen, this stylish, aesthetically pleasing offering works well for corporate, municipal, and higher education installations. Available in 16RU, 20RU, and 24 RU models, it has an interior width of 23in. and comes standard with passive ventilation and IR-friendly locking glass door. It is available in three colors: Black Rain, Cherry Rain, and Teak Rain, with options like monitor mounts, active blower, and the LeverLock system.
The Front-Mounted Minimum-Clearance Latch saves valuable wall space by allowing wall racks to be placed side-by-side, in a corner, or wherever side clearance is an issue.
The AXS System for millwork and in-wall construction features a cable management tray for additional capacity for large cable bundles. Frame heights are offered at 10 sp. (17.5in.), 15 sp. (26.25in.), and 43 sp. (75.25in.). Depths are available in 16in., 20in., or 26in., and the two extension lengths are 25in. and 48in. A brush gasket fills unsightly gaps that may appear between the rack and custom millwork.
Racks and Mounts
Jan 8, 2013 3:59 PM, By Mike McIntyre
Crimson AV’s F46A universal flat wall mount for 26in. to 46in. flatpanel screens features post-installation leveling. This feature allows for perfect screen positioning even when the ceiling is not perfectly level. Click-in-place screen placement requires no tools to secure the screen on the wall. An open wall-plate design and kickstand feature provide easy access to wiring. This product offers an universal hole pattern (400x400mm).
With height and tilt adjustments for 37in. to 63in. plasma, LCD or LED screens, the M63 mobile cart can handle displays weighing up to 150lbs., and is able to fit through standard door openings. Its integrated cable management gives this cart a neat efficient look.
The VW4600 videowall mount system features lateral, vertical, horizontal, and plumb adjustments. Also included is an integrated lock-and-key system with a quick-release mechanism enabling 10.75in. pull-out extension for wiring and monitor servicing, and a lightweight wall-plate design that enables a single installer to layout the wall grid.
Draper’s Flatscreen Lifts are some of the company’s most innovative products. The “stored” dimensions are significantly more compact, and yet the maximum extended height is greater than any other model currently available. The extension height is 2.4 times greater than the stored height. In addition, the interior dimensions of the cabinet only need to exceed the height of the stored lift by 2in. The FlatScreen Lifts utilize a universal mounting bracket and easy “drop-in” installation into your cabinetry or furniture. It also features a unique secondary shelf beneath the display itself, allowing you to attach a matching trim piece to fill part of the opening left by the open cabinet lid for a clean, finished appearance when raised.
Touted as the world’s slimmest mounts, at only .19in. (5mm) thin, Peerless-AV’s Ultra-Slim Universal mounts bring flat panel displays as close to the wall as you can get. The SUA765PU articulating wall arm mount is designed exclusively for today’s ultra-thin displays. Dual-arm construction means it is robust enough to hold larger displays firmly in any position.
The PeerAir Wireless Flat Panel Display Cart delivers mobility, convenience, and full HD 1080p wireless content streaming. It comes with everything needed to stream Full HD 1080p at distances up to 131ft–even through floors, walls, and ceilings. Some interesting added features are the ability to stream from one source up to four displays, and source device control with a built in IR back channel.
Video Mount Products’ PDS-LWA large flatpanel articulating wall mount is ideal for most flat panels from 52in. to 70in. It can handle multiple configurations with adjustable rotation, tilt, and extendable arms. The back plate of the PDS-LWA can also move from left to right to ensure perfect placement on the wall. Able to rotate up to 45 degrees with an adjustable -5-degree to +15-degree tilt, this mount has a load capacity of 180lbs.
The LCD-MID-C is a midsize flatpanel ceiling mount that works for a majority of 27in. to 42in. flatpanels. Able to handle a wide range of ceiling applications with its adjustable tilt, extension, rails, and rotation, it helps insure a simple installation. The mast telescopes 23in. to 35in., and rotates 360 degrees with cable management through the center of the mast.