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Tech Roundup: Tech Furniture and Mounts 2022



First impressions count, and when a client walks into a post-production suite, conference room or a control room, a professional look is paramount. Such an appearance implies organization, technical competence, and an attitude toward high standards. Suiting the tools to the task and arranging them in a logical plan saves time and worker fatigue while setting the scene for the customer’s success. The mounts and tech furniture shown here can be central to accomplishing all these goals. These items represent modern trends in presenting a professional environment.

One of the least pro-looking things is cable clutter and the Altinex TNP327C has it solved with a fully customizable interface that neatly rises and then disappears into a table, podium or tech credenza. Providing up to 12 amps from its power outlets, the unit’s snap-in panels can accommodate audio, video, network and USB connections to suit the user’s specific needs. Once the work is done, the clean look is enhanced as the top sinks down nearly flush with the mounting surface which can be up to 2.25in. deep.

Infinitely customizable for the specific facility, the Argosy Console Eclipse line enables a wide range of equipment to be easily reached, logically organized and efficiently operated in a control room or postproduction suite. Up to four S1 control surfaces can be integrated with the Eclipse S1 console with plenty of mounting points for monitor arms and speakers. Even with all four S1 surfaces in place there is still plenty of flat desk area and rack space. The Eclipse Generation 4 is designed to accommodate the AVID S4 and is fully expandable. The Solid State Logic Origin, AWS 924, and 948 Delta mixers are also fully compatible with the Eclipse system.

Racks are just racks, right? Well, not exactly. In high-use environments, they can take a beating and heavy-duty construction matters. The AtlasIED 300 Series shows why. The basic 335-15 model provides three 16-gauge CRS sections which include a 2in. deep, solid-steel front door, a 12in. or 15in. deep center section with adjustable mounting rails and a 4.5in. deep rear door. Equipment in sizes of 7 to 35RU can be used and there is capability for custom cabinet mounting, wire management, and structural support. All units are finished in #962 black epoxy. Internal cable raceways are standard and the back face of the rear section includes 1⁄4in. deep boss detents to facilitate custom plywood, aluminum, or steel sub-plate installation.

The Audio Visual Furniture International PD51 Mobile Instructor Station is a marvel of versatility with enough room on top for monitors, laptops, and controllers. If more surface room is needed, the top console can be removed. Inside there is 14RU ventilated, pull-out rack space and interior shelf space for PC housing or storage, all secured with locking access doors. Between the rack space and the work surface is a wide keyboard shelf. The thermowrap surface and body finish are resistant to chipping and scratches while the heavy-duty casters make the unit easy and safe to roll around.

For ease in moving big displays for mobile instruction and conferencing, the Avteq DynamiQ Flex 400 height adjustable cart has the solution. The universal VESA interface bracket can be mounted at two fixed heights to accommodate a range of school grades and conference room sizes. The easy glide mount allows the display to easily move up and down with a slight touch. Supporting displays up to 86in. diagonal, the stand uses durable 2in. casters, two of which have brakes. These fit onto a 47in. wide base to provide a firm but mobile foundation for the large displays. The stand suits load capacity up to 275lbs.

For applications in which a large display must remain firmly attached to a wall, the Chief Manufacturing XTM1U-G X-Large Fusion Micro-Adjustable Tilt Wall Mount offers features common to the Fusion WallTilt Series such as centerless shift, Centris tilt, ControlZone leveling adjustment and ClickConnect Latching. These speed installation, add stability, and simplify cable management. Set screws keep the mount rigid, stable and secure and the ClickConnect makes an audible click when the screen safely engages with the mount. The weight capacity is 250lbs.

For a heavy duty display mount to be mobile it doesn’t have to look mobile and the Crestron UC-FCMX-Z mobile UC system has a way of looking built-in wherever it goes in a corporate, healthcare or education setting. A Crestron unified communications engine assembly comes pre-installed for very quick installation and everything mounts on the cart for effortless mobility. All of the RSeries UC systems feature Zoom Rooms conferencing software for easy collaboration and content sharing. The camera of the system provides a 150-degree field of view and full HD 1080p video resolution.

The new Crimson AV WMLU menu board flat panel display brackets give a professional look to any wall mounted unistrut installations, attaching directly to 15/8in. Unistrut channels and providing up to 18 degrees tilt. The VMLU brackets can mount displays weighing up to 120lbs. with VESA patterns of up to 400mm high and diagonal size from 30 to 65in. A single installer can set up these mounts with no tools required for plumb adjustment. All necessary components and hardware is included.

Looking almost as cool as the projected content, the Draper Scissor Lift SLX provides lateral and front-to-back projector stability with its three sets of scissors. This one can handle the big stuff with a projector lifting capacity of up to 350lbs. Service is also easier with its ability to extend all the way down to within easy reach. Six models are available for use with extension length from 10 to 28ft. An optional ceiling finish kit is available in white or black and a ceiling closure panel can hide the retracted projector neatly away.

The Ergotron HX Desk Triple Monitor Arm is a bundled workspace solution composed of the HX Desk Arm and the HX Triple Bow Kit. This can support a triple display arrangement of monitors up to 24in. and the hinged bow allows the monitors to easily pan for best viewing angle. The weight capacity ranges from 6 to 30.6lbs. The displays can be tilted 75 degrees and panned 180 degrees. Independent, quick release monitor pivots rotate, pan and tilt each monitor while cables stay hidden under the arm and run through the extension. The perfect finishing touch on a conference room table or other AV furniture is the Extron Hideaway HSA 822. Providing easy attachment to a wide range of AV connectors plus power, the HSA 822 can include an RJ45 bezel kit that is used to color code Ethernet connections. The US enclosure is UL/C-UL listed and when not in use it can be pushed down to hide with the top nearly flush with the work surface. A second press allows the assembly to gently rise and be fully ready to use.

Solid and safe housing is built into the Lowell Manufacturing LSGR-4436 Seismic gangable rack with its fully welded 16-gauge steel construction and 14-gauge base. There is room for 44RU equipment space in an overall height of 83.125 in. The open sides are of X-frame construction and they are reinforced at all loadbearing junctions. The rear door has top and bottom vents along with a key lock and a front door is optional. Cable management features include multiple lacing points, holes, and knockout panels. Corners are beveled and the whole unit is finished in black wrinkle powder epoxy.

Versatility, durability and elegance inhabit the same enclosure with the Marshall Furniture SCM-240L Trio RL Style Workstation. Available in 16 melamine colors, the unit features a black laminate top with black 3mm PVC edge, privacy panel, surface grommets, a pull-out keyboard shelf, 14RU fixed rack, 10x10in. floor vent, and a locking rear access panel. Height adjustment is provided by lift legs with 10in. travel. There is also an AC outlet and a heavy duty drop leaf shelf. The soft close standard locking door keeps all interior gear safe.

The Middle Atlantic Products ViewPoint Series consoles allow the user to literally take command in modern control rooms with a fully customizable modular system. These can be purchased in fixed or electrically adjustable height versions and each is welded for durable long life. The steel bays are available in 6, 12, 24, 36, 48, and 72in. widths. Thermolaminate (TLAM) material is used in the work surfaces and extensive cable management items allow for a neat and tidy installation. ViewPoint consoles can also be ordered in stock sizes and configurations.

Made of high-grade cold rolled steel and aluminum with durable epoxy powder coat finish, the Mustang AV MPA-L64UF professional articulating mount fits 37 to 75in. displays up to 130lbs. and features adjustable universal VESA mounting hole patterns. Depending on display size, the mount can pivot between 40 and 180 degrees. The mounts can attach to double wood stud structures, structural concrete and cinder block surfaces. They come pre-assembled, and all models include a wall template and a unique balanced smooth-tilt feature, along with covers and cord management.

The Peerless-AV KOF555-1, KOF555-2 and KOF555-3 outdoor digital menu boards are made to support 55in. Peerless-AV XHB553 and LG 55XE4F-M outdoor displays. All-weather rated, the boards have a modular design and require two-man installation. After they are in place the displays can greatly speed and simplify content updates. This model is designed for a common 8in. baseplate mounting pattern with 30 degrees of rotational positioning to select the best viewing angle for customers. Options include microphone, speaker, media player, and power distribution unit.

Attaching multiple displays to a ceiling is a simple matter using the 48lb. Premier Mounts ECM-D70T ceiling mount. Displays up to 175lbs. can be easily mounted in landscape or portrait orientation with 360 degrees of swivel and 15-degree tilt. These mounts feature integrated cable management for a clean and pro look. Optional brackets allow mini PCs, digital media players and servers to be attached. Extending down from the ceiling, the unit fits a 2 in. NPT extension pipe.

The Snap One SM-RAZOR-ART2-XL Strong Razor Dual Arm Articulating Mount can support displays up to 90in. and weighing up to 100lbs. The device can retract to just 1.75in. off the wall and extend out to 25.5in. with the ability to swivel 180 degrees. The simple, three-piece construction makes it very easy to install. It also features post-installation leveling, height, and tilt adjustments. The leveling takes mere seconds to accomplish by sliding the TV arm slightly left and right before tightening it down. This mount includes an extension bracket to support VESA patterns all the way up to 800×600.

Customized adjustments don’t end with initial installation of the Spectrum Industries Freedom XRS Elite Lectern. Its ADA-compliant work surface can be extended from 32in. to 40in. height and the keyed, removable back panel and lockable side hatches make it easy to wire. An optional locking rack cabinet can be positioned beneath the surface on the right or left side. The rack cabinet has 14RU in front and 9RU in back. The lectern has a lift capacity of over 360lbs. and a bottom cutout makes it easy to interface with floor pockets.

Displays from 32 to 80in. can be right at home on the Tripp Lite DWM3270XOUT outdoor full-motion TV wall mount with its fully articulating arm. Featuring a tilt of -20 to +10 degrees and -90 to +90-degree swivel, the mount has durable steel construction to support displays up to 110lbs. Display cables attach to the arm to allow clutter-free movement. The weatherproof steel frame, high-grade powder-coated finish, stainless steel hardware and wall plate covers allow the mount to withstand the rigors of outdoor use.

The TVOne ONErack 6RU Standard Kit speeds and simplifies the rack mounting of small equipment items by providing common power to all components. Separate power supplies are a thing of the past with its slide-in modules and up to 2 voltage selectors on each module. Each of these can provide a wide range of power for equipment from any manufacturer. Among its optional accessories are dual-redundant (450w) PSU, additional mounting modules, covers and a cable management system.

One of the more challenging decisions in conference room design and production video can be the placement of the PTZ camera so that it has a clear but unobtrusive view. The Vaddio Drop Down Mount for Large PTZ Cameras – Long Series can hang the camera straight down from the ceiling, keeping it out of the way while it’s in the center of the action. This model fits the Sony HD1, WallVIEW PRO HD1, and WallVIEW CCU HD1. It is also compatible with Polycom EagleEye HD, EagleEye I, EagleEye II, and EagleEye III, Cisco Precision HD and Precision 60, Sony EVI-HD1, EVI-HD3V, and EVI-HD7V, Lumens VCB30U, and 1 Beyond AutoTracker 3.

The Video Mount Products FP-LWAB large flat panel articulating mount is a versatile way of mounting large 42 to 80in. displays with its slim closed depth of 2.9in. and maximum extension of 18.2in. The mount can be adjusted 15 degrees in tilt, 3 degrees in list and +/- 45 degrees in rotation. Security is assured through its ability to accept a padlock. The clip-based cable management system keeps it all tidy and safe while the black powder coat finish presents a professional appearance.

Where command and control is mission critical the Winsted Sightline Console has a choice of two console depths with horizontal/ vertical adjustable monitor mounts. Whether static or height adjustable, the consoles are available with concave or convex corners in a choice of five colors and there are three different work surface options. Also offered are single and dual work surface models. There are dedicated cable trays for sound and power. The user can control work surface height, heating, cooling and lighting all from a touch control panel.

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