InfoComm 2018: Middle Atlantic Showcases Adjustable Height Lectern, Mounting Devices
Middle Atlantic Products’ has released the L7 Series adjustable-height lectern — which unites engineering and design in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to meet the needs of any user in any learning space — at InfoComm 2018. In addition, the company has expanded its FlexView Series line with new FlexView Series IFP display carts that incorporate unmatched device mounting, built-in power distribution, and finishes into a slim, sleek, and sturdy design. Solving the weight, size, and aesthetic challenges of integrating interactive flat panels (IFPs), the new professional display carts are engineered to support IFPs and larger displays ranging from 60 to 102 inches with a large VESA mounting and a robust weight capacity of up to 300 pounds, accommodating even the 84-inch Microsoft Hub.
L7 Series Lectern for the Solution in Height Adjustability
In 2017, Middle Atlantic began extensive research to address unmet needs in learning spaces at the intersection of technology and furniture. The company discovered a series of conflicting requirements between higher-education stakeholders, such as facilities and faculty members, and the integration community. The solution merges a modern, curved design with motorized height-adjustability that complies with ADA requirements.
ADA compliance and the ability to meet the needs of all users has become a common conversation in the AV industry. Higher-education facility managers are met with the challenge of designing a single space to meet the needs of all faculty members. Setting ADA guidelines aside, the difference in the average height of men and women is six inches. A height-adjustable solution that enables users to engage effectively with the technology in the space — no matter the stature of the individual or whether they are standing or seated — maximizes the flexibility of the classroom.
“Flexibility in function should by no means represent sacrifice in design,” explains Megan Knedler, director of product management for furniture at Middle Atlantic. “Integrators need solutions that will appeal to users and can adhere to design standards for modern, active learning spaces.”
The L7 Series Lectern is designed to flaunt dramatic curves that highlight its generous workspace, and it boasts mixed materials of brushed aluminum and wood-grain finish — resulting in a lectern that looks appealing in both standing and seated positions.
Designed with both integrators and educators in mind, the L7 Series Lectern provides a welded steel frame with modular rackmount and storage options; additional small device storage available below the worksurface on patented, removable Lever Lock mounting; integrated power, cable, and thermal management for ultimate system reliability; and included popular AVIP plates for higher education applications. The L7 also offers instructors a generous 61-inch by 31-inch workspace to accommodate personal devices, a wireless charging pad to keep Qi cellular devices charged during class, ample USB and AC outlets, and storage for markers and microphones.
“Middle Atlantic and Crestron have been strategic partners for years,” says Bob Bavolacco, manager of partner programs for Crestron. “When they approached us to collaborate on the new L7 lectern with the integration of our touch panels, we were honored. The L7 lectern provides a refined, modern aesthetic for today’s classrooms and offers the integrated experience and flexibility required by today’s technology managers.”
New FlexView Series IFP Carts Optimize Equipment Mounting While Elevating Aesthetics
The new display cart lineup is available in a wide array of colors, with optional finishes in popular high-pressure laminate (HPL) colors including new textured, metallic HPLs, to allow presentation, collaboration, and digital signage technology to blend beautifully into surrounding environments and to serve a broader range of customer AV needs. With these unique options, the series elevates the aesthetics of foundational AV systems, and can correspond with preconfigured technical furniture solutions, enabling cohesive designs for any learning or meeting space.
“While touchpanels and IFPs are becoming the new standard for education and corporate environments, mounting them can be tricky and the available solutions don’t address the design requirements that are important to end-users,” says Brett Leatherwood, product manager for display mounts, Middle Atlantic Products. “Resolving those problems were at the heart of the FlexView Series IFP design. Not only do they feature secure mounting and robust storage and power capabilities required by today’s most popular IFP displays, they boost the aesthetic standard for mobile AV carts and digital signage solutions with attractive finishes and offer height-adjustable options, making it easy to comply with ADA access guidelines.”
The FlexView expansion offers both fixed and height-adjustable solutions. The height-adjustable cart models are equipped with the company’s e-lift feature and comply with ADA regulations (section 308) regarding reach ranges. The height adjustability from 40 to 60 inches to the center of the display is paired with a scalloped base, which ensures unimpeded access for interacting with the screen up close and at the desired ergonomic setting that’s comfortable for each user.
The system design optimizes each cart model for maximum uptime and reliability with premium storage, passive thermal management, and eight outlet power distribution with surge protection. FlexView Series IFP carts provide unmatched equipment storage with 2RU vertical mounting and a removable, tool-free Lever Lock for small-device mounting. Heavy duty, locking 4-inch casters make mobility easy, and the carts’ UL rating ensures the safety of the solution. Accessory camera mounts and soundbar brackets are available as enhancements, as are leveling feet that allow users to convert a cart to a stand quickly. Maintenance of the cart is simple and quick, thanks to easy-access, key-locked doors.