Technology Showcase: Flatpanel Mounts
Jul 13, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney
Once considered mere accessories, new mounts put flatpanels in their place.
At InfoComm 09, Peerless Industries unveiled its redesigned SmartMount universal aluminum pivot and articulating wall arm mounts for flatpanels from 10in. to 71in. The trimmed, curvilinear styling of each mount and wall plate enables the Peerless systems to hold the flatpanel closer to the wall than before. Peerless also showed off the latest incarnation of its Slimline universal mounts for ultrathin flatpanel TVs. Peerless claims to have the absolute thinnest flat wall mount and tilt wall mount, and the industry's first and only ultrathin articulating-arm wall mounts.
Sanus Systems' LL11-B1 is an ultrathin mount (Sanus calls it SuperSlim) designed with ultrathin flatpanel displays in mind. Using this mount, the screen sits less than 0.6in. from the wall. The Sanus VisionMount XF228 mount includes a cable management feature called FollowThru that allows the cables to be routed entirely through the mounting arms, even at the elbow joint. In addition, the VisionMount LF228 for large flatpanel TVs features Sanus' ProSet height and level adjustments for ensuring the TV is perfectly positioned after installation. Other features include Virtual Axis tilting technology for effortless viewing angle adjustment without the use of tools, and an open wall-plate design that provides generous space for cable management behind a mounted TV.
The brand-new WR-30 from Securmount is a universal articulating wall mount for displays from 37in. to 60in. in size. With four single-gang box knock out patterns on upper and lower cap plates, the WR-30 recesses into the wall, mounting between three wall studs, and collapses flush to the wall surface when retracted. The dual-arm articulating motion of the WR-30 includes tilt and swing plus easy tab horizontal adjustment. For Internet-connected flatpanel displays, Securmount offers its CPU/Satellite Mount that hangs from the ceiling with the display panel on the front and a container for a CPU and power block on the back. That way the Securmount CPU/Satellite Mount can provide the display with Internet content without a long run of connecting wires.
Spectrum Industries' Flat Screen Cart is engineered for stability with a solid 3/8in.-thick steel base and optional 5in. balloon wheels. The rear door is huge with more than enough rack space—up to 14RU—inside the cart for audiovisual needs. The two-point locks incorporated in the front and back doors are custom-made for Spectrum. The panel on the audience side and the small panels near the handles are made from perforated metal, so if an integrator wants to install loudspeakers in that area, they will perform without obstruction. Spectrum's Flat Screen Cart is easy to move wherever it is needed, and it blends in well with its surroundings.
Right after InfoComm 09, Video Furniture International (VFI) released its new PMS-FL-XL-D mount that supports most 50in. dual-screen configurations or up to a single 70in. LCD or plasma monitor. VFI has also introduced a line of moveable mounts for plasma and LCD flatpanel monitors. The PMS-FL-B mount for single monitors is a self-supporting, wheeled stand with an adjustable six-position shelf that can accommodate DVD players, cable or satellite receivers, videoconference codecs, or an audio amplifier. The PMS-FL-B mount accommodates most 32in. to 50in. monitors. VFI's unique easy-release vertical brackets make attaching the monitors quick and easy.
A hit at InfoComm 09 for Video Mount Products was its new LCD-MID-C universal midsize flatpanel ceiling mount with tilt capabilities. Capable of holding 27in. to 42in. flatpanel displays, the LCD-MID-C has a mast that telescopes 23in. to 35in. from the ceiling and can rotate a full 360 degrees. Video Mount Products also announced that its new LCD-MID-FT universal midsize flatpanel flush wall mount is now shipping. The LCD-MID-FT was designed for a shallow 2.4in wall-to-monitor profile for installations with space constraints or where the customer wants the flatpanel to be as close to the wall as possible.
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