Jan 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Audiolease Is Reborn
Audiolease has been relaunched following the purchase of Electrotec Productions by Steve Sunderland from its owner, Aura Systems. Operations manager is Dave Chamberlain, and Sunderland's brother Tim, a partner in the original Audiolease, is assisting with the relaunch in a consultancy role. The company's first work came immediately after the deal with a full European tour headlined by Motörhead, concurrent with a string of U.K. dates with comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Audiolease's rental equipment is centered on Midas and Yamaha control systems, the JBL-based Audiolease A2 P.A. system, and its JBL-powered monitor systems.
SupportSoft Joins Internet Home Alliance
SupportSoft has joined the Internet Home Alliance, a cross-industry network of companies advancing the home technology market, to help develop the market for connected home technology products and services using broadband or persistent Internet connections. SupportSoft gives broadband service providers the ability to provide automated customer service to their subscribers from installation through ongoing support. According to Internet Home Alliance research, about two out of three consumers consider their computer the most important career-oriented device in their home. The software allows installation of a broadband connection and, once a subscriber is up and running, provides ongoing, automated service to ensure that the subscriber experience is always optimized.
NEC-Mitsubishi Offers Extended Warranty
NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America announced its Premium Protect two-year extended service plan for up to five years of monitor ownership. NEC-Mitsubishi has chosen a third-party supplier to provide the extended service on all monitor parts and labor that are available under the original warranty, as well as lightning and power-surge protection. The intent is to help corporate customers avoid expensive downtime and save costs required to locate service providers and repair monitors. According to a 2002 InfoWorld Monitor study, more than 29 percent of companies keep monitors between four and six years, whereas 28 percent keep them as long as they are working.
GE Acquires Infographic Systems
GE Industrial Systems, a division of General Electric Company, has acquired Infographic Systems, a privately held company. Infographic Systems is a provider of access control products and systems for electronic security and premise management. The company is headquartered in Garden Grove, California. Infographic Systems' product portfolio includes electronic access control, alarm monitoring, photo badging, facilities control, and video imaging offerings. The company's products feature interchangeability of field devices such as card readers, field panels, and remote alarm input and output devices, letting the user upgrade system controllers as needed.
Community System Lands Patent
U.S. Patent No. 6,390,231 B1 was granted to Community founder as well as chief engineer Bruce Howze for his newly developed Cool Coil System. Able to thermally wick destructive heat away from the loudspeaker voice coil, the system creates an uninterrupted airflow of its own, which is directed onto the voice coil's tubular former. The voice coil remains cooler as a result and is subsequently able to handle greater power.
OSHA Releases Final Rule on Hearing Loss Recordability
OSHA has released its final rule on hearing-loss recordability, requiring the recording of standard threshold shifts (STS; age adjusted 10 dB shift) that have resulted in a total 25 dB level of hearing above audiometric zero, averaged over the frequencies at 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000 Hz, beginning on January 1, 2003. That means there must be an STS or greater change, and hearing thresholds must meet or exceed a 25 dB average as a result of the STS. Other changes include: it is not necessary for the workplace to be the sole cause or the predominant cause of the hearing loss in order for it to be work-related; recordable cases must be entered on the OSHA 300 log within seven calendar days of the annual test; if you choose to retest the employee within 30 days, you do not need to record the hearing loss unless the retest confirms the shift; and baselines must be revised for each ear separately if there is a shift in one ear only.
Midas Has Record Month Since U.K. Restructure
Midas reports record console sales in the United Kingdom since the decision to bring U.K. distribution back to the factory. Since the announcement at PLASA, Midas has delivered eight consoles in the United Kingdom. Birmingham sales and rental company SSE added an XL4 and two Heritage 3000s to its hire stock. Skan PA also took an XL4, whereas Adlib Audio and Tourtech each took a Heritage 3000. Cheshire-based Lighting and Sound Services as well as Atomic Sound in Newark each owns a Legend 3000.
Middle Atlantic Products Honored
In recognition of high customer service and product quality, Middle Atlantic Products was awarded the Gold Level Preferred Supplier Award by Edge Marketing and Procurement, a member-owned organization of independent distributors and vendors representing the electronic, datacom, broadcast, security, and CCTV industries. The award is the result of a survey of Edge member distributors.
Survey Measures Connector Industry Values
Trompeter Electronics was ranked by customers as one of the industry's top-performing connector manufacturers in Bishop and Associates' 2002 Connector Industry Survey. The 34 companies surveyed earned scores in categories including product quality, on-time shipping, overall connector performance, and reasonable lead times. Bishop and Associates is a market research firm specializing in the global electronic connector market.
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