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IED Gets ISO-9001 Certification Innovative Electronic Designs (IED) a manufacturer of public address, voice announcement, and visual paging systems has
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Feb 1, 2003 12:00 PM

IED Gets ISO-9001 Certification

Innovative Electronic Designs (IED) — a manufacturer of public address, voice announcement, and visual paging systems — has met the requirements to achieve ISO-9001 certification from the TUV Management Service Division of TUV America. This achievement means that IED has met or exceeded international standards for documenting its business processes, including design, development, production, inventory control, installation, and servicing. IED achieved the ISO-9001 status with no discrepancies on its auditing report. In order to achieve the ISO-9001 certification, a company must provide written documentation detailing its operations, from preventive maintenance plans and contract review procedures to corrective actions and purchase requests, and many other aspects of the way it does business.

New Warranty for ChannelPlus and OpenHouse

Multiplex Technology has introduced the No Strings warranty for its ChannelPlus and OpenHouse branded products. The warranty gives customers 5 years coverage on active products such as amplifiers and modulators and 15 years coverage on passive and structural products such as filters, splitters, and enclosures. The No Strings warranty is valid regardless of who installs the product and regardless of any additional products that might be integrated into the enclosure or system. The warranty is transferable with no system or dealer registration required.

Mackie Agrees to Equity Investment

Mackie Designs has agreed to an equity investment by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, a Boca Raton, Florida — based private investment firm. Under the proposed transaction, Sun Capital would acquire approximately 9.8 million shares of Mackie common stock, or approximately 65 percent of Mackie's total common stock outstanding, through the purchase of about 7.4 million outstanding shares from certain selling shareholders and about 2.4 million newly issued shares, for a total of approximately $10 million in cash.

Display of the Year Awards Announced

The 2002 Display of the Year Awards (DYA) winners have been announced. The awards are sponsored by the Society for Information Display and Information Display magazine. The formal award presentations will be made at the Awards Luncheon at the Society for Information Display International Symposium, Seminar, and Exhibition, in Baltimore on May 18 through 23.

Display of the Year Gold Award: Eastman Kodak AM550L organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) display. Display of the Year Silver Award: Samsung Electronics 40-inch wide-XGA TFT-LCD module. Display Product of the Year Gold Award: Samsung Electronics 43- and 50-inch rear-projection HDTV monitors. Display Product of the Year Silver Award: Sony Corp. KF-60DX100 Grand Wega 60-inch rear-projection LCD HDTV. Display Material or Component of the Year Gold Award: Optiva Thin Crystal FilmT Polarizers. Display Material or Component of the Year Silver Award: DuPont Holographics reflectors.

Christie Creates Cinema Systems Group

Christie has formed the Cinema Systems Group, a business unit that will offer the cinema industry affordable and flexible turnkey solutions for onscreen advertising, preshow entertainment, alternative content, and in-lobby digital displays. Working closely with theater exhibitors, the group will provide services that include the full systems integration of film projection, digital cinema projection, and networking devices. The Cinema Systems Group will develop application-specific technologies such as hardware, software, and management systems to combine digital projectors with networked control and monitoring from a centralized location. Christie's Cinema Systems Group aims to give exhibitors enhanced entertainment possibilities and revenue-generating opportunities.

DPA Establishes U.S. Subsidiary

DPA Microphones A/S, a manufacturer of condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional-audio applications, is establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in the United States. The new company will be responsible for comprehensive marketing, sales, technical support, and customer service in North America. Operations will be headquartered in Lyons, Colorado, and will begin on March 1, 2003. Bruce Myers will head the new U.S. subsidiary. Most recently, Myers was general manager of field operations for Tannoy North America.

ARX Celebrates 20 Years

This year marks a milestone for ARX Systems, an Australia-based designer and manufacturer of professional-audio equipment, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. ARX Systems was formed in Melbourne in 1983 by brothers Colin and David Park and longtime friend Duncan Fry. Several products introduced in the '80s are still manufactured today, albeit in an updated form, including the Sixgate 6-channel noise gate, the Quadcomp 4-channel compressor/limiter, and the EQ 60 dual ⅓-octave equalizer, sales of which have exceeded 10,000 units.

Runco Institutes Cinema Standards

Runco International has abandoned the ANSI-lumen specification and has adapted the footlambert measurement procedure for measuring the light of output of its projectors. “We feel that the measurement criteria associated with light output of fixed-pixel technology specifications is inappropriate for home-theater applications,” says Sam Runco, CEO and founder of Runco. “The traditional ANSI-lumen method for measuring brightness can be an accurate quantitative measurement but does not describe the quality of an image for home theater. By using the footlambert measurement specification, we can communicate to consumers that the image in their home theater will be 1.5 times brighter than the image at their local cinema, which is more meaningful than trying to explain how bright 1,000 ANSI lumens will appear on an 8-foot-wide screen.”

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