Jun 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Cabinets Manufactured Using ISO Requirements
Standard, modified, and custom modular electronic enclosures, instrument cabinets, computer workstations, card cages, and chassis are manufactured by Equipto Electronics Corp. under the new ISO 9001: 2000 standard. The new version of the standard requires continuous improvement and requires evaluation of quality system effectiveness on an ongoing basis. Equipto Electronics was first ISO certified in 1993. The ISO certification is the recognized standard that validates consistently high-quality manufacturing practices and is of particular value to products seeking overseas markets.
Making New Waves
The new wave truss picked up a Buyers Choice Award for innovation at the Exhibitor 2003 trade show in Las Vegas. The small truss also won Debuting Product of the Year at LDI 2002, and the Omni connector, a variant of which is used in new wave, won Product of the Year — Rigging and Hardware at LDI 2001. The judges at the Exhibitor Show gave special mention to the new wave truss's looks, versatility, and branding capabilities. Many positive comments were also made about the weight of the truss and the reduced cost of drayage from loading dock to show floor.
Stardraw Sales Grow
Stardraw announced a 55 percent growth in sales of the company's traditional shrink-wrapped range (namely Stardraw Audio, Stardraw AV, Stardraw Radio, Stardraw Lighting 2D, and Stardraw Professional) in 2002. In addition to the ongoing enhancements to the existing shrink-wrapped range and the launch of Stardraw Radio for the audio broadcast market, Stardraw has also developed the technology to deliver design and documentation tools through the Web with its Stardraw.net application. Stardraw.net gives the company the capacity to offer manufacturers and other corporate clients a flexible, scalable custom software solution tailored to their individual needs.
AVAD Appears at International Builders Show
AVAD, LLC has entered into the next phase of its distributorship following its exhibit at the International Builders Show. In keeping with the Get Connected campaign, AVAD has positioned itself as a liaison between the builder community and certified home technology installers. AVAD acts as a network to connect builders and system integrators to help them engage the resulting demand for home design to include new technology.
Chief Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Chief Manufacturing celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as an industry member in the design, development, manufacturing, and distribution of total support solutions for presentation products worldwide. In 1978 Chief entered the pro-A/V industry with one product: slide projector registration stands. These stands featured the first-ever roll, pitch, and yaw adjustments designed to make image registration easy, precise, and secure. Chief's mounting solutions have evolved with the industry's new video technologies.
JVC Professional Products Renamed
JVC Professional Products (United Kingdom) has changed its trading name to JVC Professional Europe. The U.K. operation will continue to function from its West London headquarters. It is expected that this harmonization will play a part in enabling the U.K.-based company to offer more effective service to its customers and end-users in its home and export markets. JVC has also created a new Web site (www.jvcproeurope.com) as a means of providing its customers with quick and easily accessible information.
Alcons Audio enters Germany
After a successful launch of the new Alcons brand at the Frankfurt Pro Light and Sound, Dutch sound system manufacturer Alcons Audio expands into Germany with the founding of Alcons Audio Deutschland GmbH. For this an agreement was reached between Alcons Audio and Carsten Albrecht, with Albrecht to act as sales and technical support manager of Alcons Audio Deutschland. In this role, he will be responsible for client contacts, technical support, and project management. Alcons Audio Deutschland will be operating from Kassel.
Eclipse Launches Graphic Retainer Program
Eclipse Marketing announced a program featuring unlimited graphic service. This offering allows manufacturers to control design costs without making acute cuts in their marketing efforts. Getting started in the program begins with an analysis of the manufacturer's monthly design needs. After an assessment is made, a fixed monthly retainer is set. Participation in the program is aimed to eliminate time-consuming and continuous budget planning that manufacturers must otherwise make.
Ford Audio-Video Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Originating in a suburban Oklahoma City garage with one employee, Ford Audio-Video Systems today occupies a 50,000-square-feet corporate headquarters and employs 200 people in seven cities across the United States. Officially founded as Ford Audio and Acoustics in January 1973 by husband and wife Jim and Claire Ford, the company expanded it operations to Tulsa in 1975 and became Ford Audio-Video Systems in December 1981. While charting a course that led the company from local to regional and then on to national and international repute, the Fords never forgot their roots; the new corporate facility is barely ten miles from the garage in which the company began. Ford Audio-Video has a bonding capacity of over $10 million per project.
Klein Tools Introduces Tradesman Club
Klein Tools introduces its Tradesman Club, a membership-based program designed to provide loyal customers with industry news, product information, special promotions, brand merchandise, and other exclusive offers. Members of the Tradesman Club will consist of Klein Tools' customer base of professional tool users, including electricians, contractors, and maintenance pros. Klein customers can enroll in the club through www.kleintradesmanclub.com. Membership is free.
Zenith Introduces Premium LG Brand
Zeniths plans to introduce a premium brand for digital video products: LG. To meet the needs of the company's retail business partners, it is expanding its product portfolio. Under this market-driven plan, select high-end products — including plasma displays, LCD TVs, and digital set-top boxes — will be introduced in the second half of the year under the LG brand. Zenith plans to continue the momentum for Zenith-brand digital products while offering premium LG-brand products with additional features and capabilities to create new opportunities for selected partners.
Program Supports System, Network Technologies
Panasonic Security Systems' Certified Dealer Program aims at providing dealers and systems integrators with incentives to embrace new digital and networking technologies offered by the company. The program offers extensive support services and education to participating dealers and systems integrators to provide them with the latest information on those product categories most affecting the security market: matrix switching systems, digital video recorders, iris-recognition systems, and an array of networking solutions for every level of application. Panasonic has established minimum requirements for the Certified Dealer Program structured to assure that participating dealers receive the education and training required to support the latest digital and networking technologies.
Commerce Bank, NEC-Mitsubishi Recycle Monitors
With sales of more than 10 million flat-panel monitors anticipated for 2003, the question of what will happen to the units that have been replaced continues to loom. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is approximately 2 million tons of e-waste per year in the United States — more than 90 percent of old PCs and monitors become e-waste. Faced with the task of disposing approximately 600 monitors every quarter, Commerce Bank turned to NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display to help replace and recycle the display units through its Total Trade program. In addition to cash/rebate offerings for the monitors, the Total Trade program ensured nonworking trade-in monitors were removed and recycled in accordance with all EPA requirements and guidelines.
SoundTube Announces Warranty Program
SoundTube has a new five-year warranty, up from its original three-year warranty. SoundTube Entertainment develops, manufactures, and markets commercial audio products worldwide.
BenQ Relaunches Qreseller, Adds Incentive Programs
BenQ has teamed up with Illinois-based Marketing Technology Concepts to assist with the design, implementation, and support of the Q-Reward$ Program by BenQ. The Q-Reward$ Program will be used initially for BenQ projectors, plasma displays, LCD TVs, and LCD monitors. To ensure reseller adoption, the program will include live toll-free and online support, as well as a secure Web site to maintain and update accounts. Qreseller will implement a variety of expanded programs. Members receive broadened lead referral and competitive product demo programs, monthly contest and product promotions, as well as priority support and newsletters for new product and service information.
Smaller Plasma Displays Double
North American buyers of plasma displays (and 20-plus-inch LCDs) have put a dent in the bigger-is-better theory commonplace in the market for large flat-panel displays, according to Pacific Media Associates, a Menlo Park, California, market research firm that tracks the worldwide large-screen display market. The latest results compiled in the monthly Plasma/LCD Displays Reseller Tracking Service show that during the October 2002 through February 2003 period, the sub-40-inch-size category grew from a 12 percent share to a 22 percent one, a near doubling in size. There was a 7 percent decline in average street price, in contrast to less than 1 percent price movements for size categories of 40 inches and above. A second factor that may also have helped was the strongly increasing role of Sony's consumer models in this size range: Sony now has a share of over 50 percent of the sub-40-inch market.
Db Integrated Systems Begins Operations
Db Integrated Systems, LLC began operations in May. The company was formed by David McNutt, president; James Wicker, vice president; and Harry Witz, president of db Sound, a member of the LLC. The new company will focus on upscale, converged audio and video systems, including specialized audio applications, large-scale visual display, and sophisticated control and transport systems. Db Integrated Systems is located in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Premier Mounts Drops Prices
Premier Mounts has reduced the prices of its projector mounts by more than 25 percent. This price decrease is a reflection of increased customer demand for the Gyrolock series. Although the increased demand has mainly been for the Gyrolock series of projector mounts, the company has also reduced the price of its PBM-series projector mounts. Manufacturing efficiencies have resulted in reducing the cost per mount.
Serial Control Board Gets Crestron Support
Crestron has completed compatibility testing and has made source code available to systems integrators through its Web site. Use of this source code allows RS-232 serial control over Da-Lite's SCB-100 serial control board from any Crestron control system. Da-Lite is a member of Crestron's I2P partner program, which is designed to allow partner manufacturers' products to operate seamlessly in a Crestron systems environment. The serial control board allows for control over a screen using RS-232C communication and relay closures.
Concertmasters Trip Scheduled
Altec Lansing Professional has announced the destination for its September 2003 Concertmasters Trip. The 2003 incentive trip will be held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, from September 19 through 23, 2003. Altec Lansing customers who achieve specific sales goals will be awarded two free trips for this extended weekend. The Coronado Springs Resort is an adult facility on the theme park grounds.
CEntrance Gains Momentum
CEntrance, a product development consulting firm, is gaining recognition in the audio industry. The company recently added Harman International to its list of clients, which includes Shure and Sound Devices. CEntrance performs outsourced product design for a range of installed and portable devices for wireless audio, handheld computing, and MP3 recording and offers its own ASIO and MIDI drivers for Mac and Windows platforms on a licensing basis.
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