Jul 24, 2013 3:32 PM, By Bennett Liles
Modern AV gear can only reach its full potential if it is installed correctly, and the way it is mounted and housed is a critical factor in its effectiveness and ease of operation. Fortunately, technology furniture manufacturers have kept pace with the developments in AV hardware. The ingenious solutions they have found to cope with cables, flanges, protruding connectors, and the varying body sizes and a work style of the operators is a credit to their imagination and resourcefulness. The examples assembled here show just how far these trends have come.
The CNK261 Cable-Nook Jr. from Altinex is a compact enclosure that installs into a tabletop to provide quick and easy access to AC outlets, AV cabling, or fixed connectors. The unit has a modular design to be customized with a range of different configurations. Two 1/2in. holes are available for cabling, and there are caps for unused holes saved for future use and upgrades. Modules included in the CNK261 are the CNK221 Cable-Nook, CN5102US Dual AC Power Insert Plate, and the CN5120RG set of retaining grommets. The surface face is 4.6’’x4.9’’.
Anthro Corporation’s dual-surface Elevate II Adjusta is the ultimate standing desk with complete adjustability. Both work surfaces move up and down with the push of a button, and the front keyboard surface can be positioned by simply squeezing a lever. The Adjusta is available in two finishes and two widths (48in. and 60in.). It has electric legs that can lift up to 150lbs. of equipment quickly and quietly at 1.5in. per second. The Adjusta’s tilt-and-go rear wheels move the desk, providing quick access to the back of all equipment. The workspace can be customized with a wide array of accessories, such as a CPU SideRack, a monitor arm, or the Companion Table. The basic tables have rigid, high-pressure laminate with vinyl-edge banding, while the Plus tables have contoured laminate work surfaces with smooth edges.
The 90-V2RG VR-1000 Universal Workstation from Argosy Console is one of the more popular models in the V-Series. It offers a span of 119in., and room for up to four flatscreen displays and a range of current sound mixing consoles. Its modular design allows rack and desk inserts to be installed in any order, and its steel leg assembly and internal steel support bars easily handle the combined weight of all components. Trim panels are available in black and mahogany. This model includes two 10RU upper rack space units and padded arm rests. Among the accessories available are locking casters and monitor arms. Also included are two 22.9in.-wide and two 14.7in.-wide desk inserts. The V-Series workstations also provide a choice of slope in the rack faces to suit a range of applications and aesthetic designs.
Having the capability to move a stack of gear around without disconnecting all of it is a big asset. Atlas Sound provides a number of solutions to do so including the 21RU RX21-25SFD mobile cabinet. The rolling rack is made of 16-gauge, cold-rolled steel supported on heavy duty casters—each of which is rated to support 175lbs. and two of which lock. With a total of 700lbs. weight capacity, the unit includes three wire-isolation holes, vented and removable locking doors, and a pair of recessed, hinged, and rubber-padded steel grips on each side. Optional RR21 rear mounting rails are available, and the front door is 1in. deep to allow for equipment clearance. Front-to-rear mounting rail supports have slotted cutouts to adjust rail depth and to provide open raceways for containing vertically run wire and cable.
With corporate and academic videoconferencing becoming more pervasive, mobile videoconferencing systems that can be rolled around to various rooms are in demand. Avteq is riding that wave with solutions such as the GMP-300L-TT2 cart. The system holds two monitors up to 55in. (the GMP-300L-TT1 holds one up to 65in.) while the central console provides a 15RU rack space with one adjustable interior rack shelf. A six-port surge protector provides power, and the equipment is protected by a tempered, tinted locking glass front door. The equipment rack includes cable management features and a bolted rear access panel. The system rolls on 5in. double-truck, ball-bearing casters—two with brakes. Between the monitor mounts is a standard adjustable videoconferencing camera mount. The whole unit is 42in. high and made of solid steel.
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