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Technology Showcase: Flatpanel Mounts

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

Market expands with some unique designs to show off new TV technology.

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From its own flatpanel mounting line, Display Devices recommends its PWM-AA articulating wall mounts, which are dual-arm models designed for easy installation and service access, as well as clean cable management. The PWM-AA-6 has a 6in. extension and is intended for displays up to 150lbs. The PWM-AA-36 has a 30in. extension and holds flatpanels up to 100lbs.

Display Devices is now also distributing the mounts in the Vogel's Professional line, including that company's new LCD/Plasma Glider Remote Control Wall Support. The Glider's Auto-move function senses when the TV is switched off, returning to the wall automatically. It is suitable for 42in. to 60in. displays weighing up to 154lbs.

The Draper WFH ST2000 Wall-to-Floor Plasma Mount can hold up to three plasma displays. It uniquely features a 78in. extruded-aluminum column, which attaches to the wall and floor with a sturdy steel swivel; this means all of the weight of display and mount is supported by the floor. Designed to tilt up to 10 degrees and swivel plus or minus 20 degrees to the left or right, Draper's WFH ST2000 has cable-management channels on either side of the column and optional shelves for VCR, DVD player, amplifier, and related equipment.

Released last March, Draper's new Flatscreen Display Lift is designed to raise a plasma or LCD flatpanel display out of your own custom cabinet or furniture. Its stored dimensions are compact, and yet Draper claims the maximum extended height is greater than any other model currently available. With a 210lb. lifting capacity, Draper's new Flatscreen Display Lift can accommodate practically any available model of display up to 50in.

Since 1982, when it was founded by VESA-FDMI-standard author Harry Sweere, Ergotron has been improving the human interface with digital displays that feature creative mounting designs. The company's Neo-Flex HD Wall Mount Swing Arm provides a flexible alternative to rigid wall mounts for displays weighing up to 50lbs. The embedded CF technology in the Ergotron Neo-Flex HD Wall Mount Swing Arm enables effortless screen adjustment for optimal viewing. The Large Display Tilting Wall Mount enables effortless adjustment of plasmas and LCD TVs with the touch of your finger. With the Ergotron Large Display Tilting Wall Mount, any large screen easily tilts forward or back, yet stays put at the exact angle you select without using any knobs or levers.

The FSCR4028 is an especially sturdy rolling flatpanel cart that Lucasey Manufacturing specifically designed for American Airlines to be used in its airport terminals. The FSCR4028 can elevate the center of a monitor to 66in. and mounts flatpanel displays up to 125lbs. or 50in. But for wall mounts, Lucasey recommends its LC200WS pivoting wall mount for 20in. to 32in. flatpanel displays, with up to 200mm×200mm VESA-mounting patterns. Security screws are provided for wood-stud installation, monitor attachment, and to secure the pivot-tilt points. If the screen is not level, you simply loosen the monitor-attaching screws, adjust the monitor to level, and retighten the screws.

This month, OmniMount will be bringing out a smaller brother to its Motion52 motorized mount for 37in. to 52in. displays, the Motion40 (up to 40in.). Both allow you to tilt, pan, and swivel your flatpanel with the touch of a button. Each are remote-controllable via IR (2 memory) and RS-232 (3 memory) programmable positions with a 0- to 15-degree tilt and can pan 0 degrees to 20 degrees left and right. They are single-arm designs with auto-centering and a safety mechanism that stops motion when movement is obstructed.

But the latest from OmniMount is its Slimback Series, the SB100-F (for up to 37in. displays at 100lbs.), the SB150-F (up to 52in. screens at 150lbs.) and SB200-F (up to 63in. at 200lbs.). OmniMount's Slimback series benefit from a 3/4in. low-profile design and sliding lateral on-wall adjustment. They also have ample room for power and AV cutouts behind the panel.

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