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Torus Power Delivers Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Lineup for improved audio-video performance; Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2014

TORONTO, ON, CANADA & DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #1066) SEPT. 10, 2014 – Torus Power, maker of uncompromising isolation transformer-based power components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at CEDIA Expo 2014, including the premier AVR2 Series and the popular entry-level TOT Series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration, whether it is a large home theater or commercial venue, significantly improving sound and video quality and performance. Shelf, rack, and wall-mount configurations are available throughout the line for added flexibility, offering a solution for most custom installation scenarios. 

The AVR Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression line. Designed for large-scale custom installations like home theater, automation, and audio installations, the AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential and commercial audio-video applications—an attractive feature set considering the ever-merging worlds of commercial and residential integration.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling highcurrent delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, TVs, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most mid-level audio-video systems and power amplifiers.

Torus Power Hour + at CEDIA Expo 2014
Torus Power VP of Sales & Marketing Kevin Main and Changing Velocity CEO David Rodarte will present the Torus Power Hour + Panel Session and Training Course at CEDIA Expo on September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM (room 605 at time of press). The CEDIA Expo MFT course provides .75 CEU and will provide the audience stimulating insight into proper grounding and power techniques for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics. All-star panelists on-deck to present at the Torus Power Hour + include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested tips, tricks, best practices and resources, followed by an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors. To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

 Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA Expo, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the show.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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D-Tools and SupplyStream Form Strategic Partnership

Joint collaboration establishes standards for Data Management and Categorization for manufacturers, distributors and integrators – future integration of respective software solutions to streamline workflow for AV integrators

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SupplyStream, the leading web based product catalog  and industry purchasing platform today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will  establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors and integrators of audio video systems. The partnership will also focus on the integration of data and workflow for future versions of the D-Tools System Integrator software platform and SupplyStream’s online catalog and purchasing platform.

The management and publishing process for manufacturer product information is often manually executed and time-consuming, riddled with duplicate efforts and void of any set standards for nomenclature, categories, and sub-categories. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients.

Furthermore, the integration of this product information into the D-Tools and SupplyStream solutions will ultimately benefit both manufacturers and dealers, as it will provide the basis for an end-to-end process for effective research, specification, design, procurement, and installation of low-voltage audio video systems.

“We’re pleased to work with the team at SupplyStream and are confident that this collaborative effort will make it easier for everyone in the industry to manage, categorize and publish product data,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As pioneers of the data management process we understand the challenges manufacturers, distributors, and integrators face with regard to standardized management and communication of ever-changing product information.”

In addition to standards for data management, the strategic partnership will pursue ways to integrate the two industry-first software platforms in ways that users of both will benefit from. The goal of integration will be to further streamline AV integrator workflow, making it easier for integrators to manage their data and run their businesses. Stone explains, “Our software platform has facilitated a more efficient process for thousands of integrators over the years and we look forward to working with the team at SupplyStream as we discuss how to further improve the industry data and integration company processes moving forward.”

“It makes so much sense for us to partner with D-Tools and work collectively to make dealers’ lives easier. Our visions and dedication to the dealer experience are perfectly aligned. Not only will we work together with manufacturers to make industry data cleaner and more consistent, but we are also discussing how best to share our technologies so the dealer experience can extend across both of our platforms,” says SupplyStream Founder and CEO, Kirk Chisholm.

D-Tools will be previewing the latest version of its award-winning solution, System Integrator 2015 at CEDIA (booth #526), featuring new Mobile installation functionality. D-Tools will also be announcing the winners of the 2014 D-Tools Design Awards at the booth on Friday, September 12th at 3:00 P.M. MT. Dealers can register to win an iPad Mini and $500 towards D-Tools software.

SupplyStream will officially launch their web-based dealer purchasing platform out of beta at CEDIA Expo (Booth #1264). Dealers who stop by the booth can get a personal, live demonstration of the SupplyStream powered product catalog and industry purchasing platform.

About SupplyStream
SupplyStream is a complete, web based industry-specific product catalog that allows AV installers to find product information and make wholesale purchases from all of their suppliers in one place. SupplyStream collects and organizes product data by category, including pricing, availability, specifications, videos, and more, then presents it in a comprehensive yet intuitive web catalog, making it easier for resellers to find what they need and purchase wholesale on the web.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact  
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

 


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STEWART FILMSCREEN ELEVATES RESIDENTIAL THEATER TO COMMERCIAL DIGITAL CINEMA LEVEL WITH “THE 4K+ ULTRA HD EXPERIENCE THEATER” DEMONSTRATION AT CEDIA EXPO 2014

Stewart and Quantum Media Systems partner to provide 4K Ultra HD private theater packages that include advanced Digital Cinema projectors, uncompressed native 4K content, and highly specialized Stewart four-way masking screens

TORRANCE, CA and DENVER, CO – CEDIA BOOTH #136 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications—and the only manufacturer in the category that has been producing 4K+ products since 1947—is thrilled to bring CEDIA Expo attendees some of the best and most immersive visual experiences on the show floor. In collaboration with Quantum Media Systems, Stewart Filmscreen will present “The 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Theater” in booth #136 at the Colorado Convention Center September 11-13, in Denver, Colo.

Quantum Media Systems specializes in creating 4K private theater systems that go beyond typical home theater setups. Exclusively featuring Stewart Filmscreen projection screens, Quantum Media Systems Digital Cinema packages also include commercial-grade Digital Cinema projectors, proprietary Quantum Media Systems servers, and native and uncompressed 4K content for both first-run and home video releases, plus more. The 20’x24’x14’ 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Theater in Stewart Filmscreen’s booth at CEDIA Expo will feature an integrated Quantum Media Digital Cinema system that includes:

·  A 15-foot wide 1.78:1 Stewart Filmscreen Director’s Choice screen.

·  4K Commercial-grade Digital Cinema projectors.

·  Multiple servers running a wide variety of specialized uncompressed native 4K content utilizing the motion picture standard, JPEG 2000 codec.

“The video quality we are achieving in this space is so incredible, we hesitate to even call it ‘home theater’, which could be something as simple as a TV and a pair of speakers. These systems deserve the moniker private theater, because they have the same quality you’d find in a commercial 4K Digital Cinema, in a residential environment,” says Ken Hoffman, CEO of Quantum Media Systems. “Best yet, these systems are available to integrators right now.”

Quantum Media Systems uses standards practiced in commercial Digital Cinemas to deliver the 4K viewing experience, including 10-12 bit DCI P3 color space, DCP delivery (the method for delivering first-run Digital Cinema movies to commercial theaters), high dynamic range, JPEG 2000 encoding, and more. Stewart Filmscreen is used exclusively for these applications as the screens provide superior resolution and pixel density.

“We selected Stewart for Quantum Media Systems Digital Cinema packages because Stewart Filmscreen is not only a household name, it has a rich legacy of manufacturing 4K screen solutions that goes all the back to 1947. Because Stewart works closely with the Hollywood community, the company uniquely understands the complex technologies involved in our offering and delivers best-in-class screens that are ideally suited to the next-level residential theaters dealers are creating,” furthered Hoffman.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best possible visual experience are encouraged to connect with the Stewart Filmscreen team, Ken Hoffman, CEO of Quantum Media Systems, or Cesar Guererro, Director of Technology, while visiting the Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo in booth #136.

For more on Stewart’s legendary screens and technology, visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call(800) 762-4999, or follow @StewartFilm. For more on Quantum Media Systems, visit www.quantummediasystems.com or call (949) 240-4996. Please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at Katye@kmbcomm.com or (406) 446-1283 for any Stewart Filmscreen media-related inquiries or to schedule a media tour.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering a visual entertainment experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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STEWART FILMSCREEN APPOINTS PETER BROWN AS VP, SALES AND MARKETING

Formerly a top sales and marketing executive at Pioneer Elite, Sonance, and Hitachi, Brown will spearhead Stewart’s sales and marketing efforts, commencing with the presentation of The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014 

TORRANCE, CA – September 3, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications, announced the appointment of Peter Brown as VP, Sales and Marketing, who joined the Company in August. 

A seasoned executive with deep-rooted industry affiliations, Peter’s background includes more than 35 years of sales and marketing experience. His career began in audio-video retail sales, merchandising and management, he then went on to Pioneer where he was VP of Sales for the Home Entertainment Division. Later, he went on to be the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Sonance’s iPort line and Director of National Accounts for all the company’s retail brands. He held a similar role at Hitachi, where he served as Vice President of Consumer Sales, leading a $300M regional sales team. 

“I look forward to working directly with Stewart dealers to make the company as easy and beneficial to work with as possible,” says Brown. “I’m excited about the momentum Stewart is building and the future opportunities in store for the company and its dealer network. This is a very exciting time for the company and I am incredibly enthusiastic about what the future holds. CEDIA Expo will be a great time to meet and I encourage everyone who is interested in doing so to come by the booth (#136).” 

Peter’s broad base of leadership experience ranges from small startups to large, multinational companies. His professional foundation was established from first with business management education from the University of California at Santa Cruz and then also Golden Gate University Law School. Peter is known for his deft relationship skills and has a reputation for sincerely caring about the growth and success of his customers. He will be in charge of Stewart Filmscreen residential sales, serving as the in-house contact for the residential market, as well as spearheading marketing initiatives for both the residential and commercial channels. 

“Peter brings with him a strong written corporate governance for our day-to-day customer relations at Stewart Filmscreen. He inspires people and motivates teams,” says Stewart Filmscreen CEO, Grant Stewart. “We’re confident that he will not only bring cohesion to our internal teams and a new level of service and support to our customers and partners, but also deploy initiatives that will further Stewart’s goals of being a nimble company that dynamically responds to the marketplace while staying true to our legacy as the premiere manufacturer of high-performance projection screens.” Furthering, “We will continue to enhance our capabilities across departments, to ensure that Stewart Filmscreen customers receive the highest level of support possible coupled with the finest screen solutions available.” 

Peter will join the Stewart Filmscreen team at CEDIA Expo in Denver next week at the Colorado Convention Center, in Stewart’s Booth (#136). There, Stewart will show some of the most cutting-edge video displays that can be custom engineered to provide the best possible image available for the residential market. A demonstration of the latest 4K+ technologies, The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo, is one not to be missed.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about achieving the best image possible for any application imaginable are encouraged to connect with Stewart during CEDIA Expo in booth #136.

Visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, or follow @StewartFilm for more on Stewart’s legendary screens and award-winning technology. Please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at Katye@kmbcomm.com or (406) 446-1283 for additional information or to schedule a media tour.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering a visual entertainment experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | President | KMB Communications Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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STEWART FILMSCREEN BRINGS 4K+ Ultra HD EXPERIENCE CENTER TO CEDIA EXPO 2014

Manufacturing 4K+ projection screens since 1947, Stewart Filmscreen’s Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014 will be a comprehensive showcase of the best possible visual experiences for home entertainment applications

TORRANCE, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens with specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications and the only manufacturer in the category that has been producing 4K+ products since 1947, announced today the formation of The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014. A comprehensive demonstration of many of the hottest new display and content delivery technologies will be provided to attendees of CEDIA Expo, to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo. September 11-13. 

There, in booth #136, Stewart will show some of the most cutting-edge video displays that can be custom engineered to provide the best possible image and experience available for the residential market. The “Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo,” will be headlined by a dedicated digital cinema room featuring a 15-foot wide Stewart Filmscreen GrayMatte Director’s Choice®screen paired with commercial-grade projectors showing uncompressed native 4K content from Quantum Media Systems as part of the Company’s Quantum Private Theater® package lineup. 

The unforgettable Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014 will also feature a stunning rigid rear-pro system paired with a Christie Mirage 4K projector featuring 4K content shot at 120FPS. This combination has been deployed in high-end residential installations as has a similar pairing with the new CrystalView material, an ambient light rejecting high contrast, high resolution offering that can be configured with glass or safety-rated glass for added versatility and durability. 

Stewart will also have a laser projection demonstration featuring a DPI HighLite® laser projector paired with a Cabaret screen outfitted with the StudioTek 100 screen material. Combined, this demonstration will showcase the benefits of pairing laser light engine projectors with Stewart screens. Rounding-out the immersive demonstration of best-in-class projection screen solutions, Stewart will also have on display an assortment of value-oriented CIMA™ By Stewart Filmscreen fixed and electric projection screens. 

Stewart Filmscreen is the only manufacturer of projection screens that can claim it has been offering 4K screens since 1947—something the company will be celebrating during CEDIA Expo 2014.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about achieving the best image and visual experience possible for any application imaginable are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen by visiting The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014 in booth #136.

Visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, or follow @StewartFilm for more on Stewart’s legendary screens and technology. Please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at Katye@kmbcomm.comor (406) 446-1283 for additional information or to schedule a media tour.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace.Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | President | KMB Communications Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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D-Tools to Sponsor 2014 National Systems Contractors Association Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase

IBSC events support AV industry education, promote technological advancements, and provide valuable networking time with systems integrators

CONCORD, CA, USA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, recently announced that the company has committed to becoming a sponsor of the Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase (IBSC), September 15-16 in Atlanta, GA and November 6-7 in Phoenix, Ariz. D-Tools’ latest version of System Integrator software, SI 2015, will be on display. Designed to serve integrators on a regional level, the IBSC provides both an affordable and convenient opportunity to experience new products and technologies, learn new business processes, share best practices, and obtain valuable training.

This two-day regional event presented by NSCA and Commercial Integrator covers successful business practices, emerging technologies, and new trends from the industry’s leading manufacturers. Expert panelists and guest speakers will weigh-in on project management, sales, operations, finance, and service topics through sessions dedicated specifically to IT certification, problems and solutions in the analog-to-digital transition, ways to increase profits, dealing with contract obligations and labor costs, proper planning and scheduling, and managing and billing recurring revenue, designing mass notification and emergency communications (MNEC) systems, using dashboards for future planning, building and managing a service department, strategic account planning, and smooth project management.

“As a company dedicated to streamlining project management aspects critical to the integration and installation of AV, Security and IT networking equipment, we’re proud to sponsor the 2014 Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “The event provides a great opportunity to network with a dynamic community of integrators and manufacturers who are attending the IBSC to strategize about ways to maximize operational efficiencies and grow their respective businesses. It is an ideal venue to gain valuable insights, share ideas, and demonstrate how the D-Tools software platform can help save time, streamline processes, and ultimately, increase profitability. We fully support the charter and confident the IBSC will provide many tangible opportunities for all who attend.”

At the IBSC, D-Tools will provide attendees an opportunity to witness firsthand its newest release, SI 2015. A comprehensive software platform which delivers valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Building new functionality into the already-robust architecture of D-Tools System Integrator platform and associated Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile installation management, and a major upgrade to the software’s drawing capabilities. An award-winning solution used by more than 4,500 organizations worldwide, D-Tools perfectly compliments a professional integration firm’s business strategy and can provide tangible bottom-line enhancements.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools System Integrator and the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk®AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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D-Tools Announces SI 2015 Launch Event Sponsors

D-Tools MVP partners Core Brands, Atlona, and Epson support annual software release launch event during CEDIA Expo 2014 in D-Tools Booth #526

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 27, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced sponsors for its annual CEDIA Expo Launch Event that will take place during CEDIA Expo in Denver on Friday September 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners AtlonaCore Brands, and Epson will sponsor the event, which will celebrate both the launch of a major new release of D-Tools’ flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015, and the winners of the annual D-Tools Design Awards. A highly attended event in past years, D-Tools expects a similar crowd will come to see the winning submissions and hear details of the SI 2015 release announcement.

Available in Q4, the D-Tools SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Residential and Commercial AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be sold as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

The D-Tools Design Awards are open until Friday, August 29th, at which point entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

“Not only do the D-Tools Design Awards recognize the efforts and outcomes involved with systems design, estimation and proposal efforts, they also showcase the success of the projects and return on investment the entrants bring to light as part of their submission,” Stone furthered. “It has become a tradition of ours to celebrate the winners of the Design Awards during our annual software release launch event at CEDIA Expo and it’s something we look forward to every year. Not only is it a great networking event, it’s an opportunity for CEDIA Expo attendees to see how integrators around the world are using the D-Tools software platform for projects of all sizes and scope.”

Winners of the D-Tools Design Awards will receive considerable prizes provided by the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners Anthony GalloAtlonaIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio. D-Tools users can submit their entries by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at JoshC@d-tools.com.

About Atlona
Atlona is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare. Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available atwww.atlona.com.

About Core Brands, LLC
Niles is a brand of Core Brands, LLC, a Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) company. Core Brands combines the product innovation and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management, and control brands to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end-users. Visit www.corebrands.com for more information.

Core Brands is part of Nortek’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG), a group of top product brands that together offer a leading global portfolio of residential and commercial automation and control solutions and related products, delivering innovative entertainment, security, access and monitoring solutions to millions around the world. With leading brands including 2Gig GoControl, ELAN, Panamax, Geffen, Linear and SpeakerCraft, Nortek TSG has the largest install base of home control products of any provider. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: http://www.nortekinc.com/products/technology-solutions/.

About Epson
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images
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‘Torus Power Hour +’ CEDIA CEU Course Promises to Be a Groundbreaker Thanks to an All-Star Cast of Industry Experts

Renowned experts Anthony Grimani, Dennis Erskine, Arthur Kelm, Dr. Henry Pajooman, David Rodarte and Kevin Main give CEDIA professionals the inside track on grounding and power for high-end, high-performance installations

TORONTO, ON, CANADA - AUGUST 25, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising and unrivaled isolation transformer–based power management components, announced today the Company will be hosting the groundbreaking ‘Torus Power Hour +’ Industry Expert Panel Session and Manufacturer Training Course during CEDIA Expo 2014, onSeptember 12, from 3 to 4:30 PM (Room 605 at time of press).

“Though commonly misunderstood, proper power management ensures both the integrity and performance of connected Audio/Video equipment is preserved,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “The Torus Power Hour + aims to demystify and educate the audience on proper power and grounding while providing some strong opinions and invaluable application insight from some of the best minds in the industry. This will be a discussion worth making time for!”

Main will introduce Torus Power and the esteemed panel, including host David Rodarte, global strategist and champion of the CE industry and recipient of Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Leadership Award. Rodarte, also past CEO of NuVo Technologies and now CEO of ChangingVelocity, will lead a panel of luminaries from all corners of the industry. Panelists include Anthony Grimani, world-famous audio expert and acoustician and President of Media Specialty Resources, Inc. and Dennis Erskine, award-winning THX-certified professional theater designer, acoustical engineer, CEO of the Erskine Group, and CEDIA Vice Chairman. Joining them will be power and grounding expert Arthur Kelm, CEO of Ground One, and Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., specialist in motors and magnetics and VP of Engineering for Plitron Manufacturing.

The CEDIA course is worth 0.75 Continuing Education (CEU) credits, but Torus Power Hour’s real draw is the promise of an electrifying discussion on power and grounding for high-end, high-performance installations. The panelists will also cover everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics, followed by a deep dive into related technologies and key success factors. Some questions that will be put to the experts are: What are some of the high-level considerations that you think about when working on a power-hungry project? What are the symptoms you’ve experienced in a system that only an isolation transformer could have resolved? How do integrators justify the investment in toroidal isolation products with customers? And more.

As a thank you for the time taken away from the busy trade show floor, Torus will award one pre-registered course attendee the prize of the Torus Power AVR 20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer with Automatic Voltage Regulation. Enrollment for the course is limited to 90 students and early registration is encouraged.

To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media tour during CEDIA Expo 2014, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the Expo.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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Torus Power Appoints Four New Canadian Sales Representative Agencies

New Canadian reps extend Torus Power’s reach and add value to dealer partners

TORONTO, ON, CANADA – AUGUST 19, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising, clean, isolation transformer–based power components, announced today that it has appointed four new Canadian representatives in the Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta territories.

Known for its power components that isolate the AV system, Torus Power products are engineered to provide high instantaneous power to the system, filter noise present in the system, protect the connected equipment from electrical fluctuations and surges, and can extend the life of connected equipment.  

“Torus Power is built in Canada to perform and protect like no other, and we are committed to reaching our dealers through a network of dedicated professional sales representatives,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “Our goal goes beyond just being a supplier to A/V dealers and custom integrators. Our goal is to bring added value to our network of dealer, which is why we have aligned our company with sales representatives who share our core values and are dedicated to enhancing the businesses of our dealer partners.”

The new firms now representing Torus Power in Canada are as follows:
• Ontario: Wired with Sound – James Drew, President 

• Quebec: Griffin Audio – James Griffin, Principal

• British Columbia: Mark Owen Agency – Mark Owen, Principal

• Alberta: Grand Prix Marketing – Jason Hay, Principal

Torus Power has two open Canadian territories for which it is seeking interested applicants, including Saskatchewan/Manitoba and Atlantic Canada. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Kevin Main of Torus Power by e-mailing kmain@plitron.com or by phoning(800) 754-8766.

Torus Power turns up the heat at CEDIA Expo 2014
During CEDIA Expo, Torus Power will showcase an assortment of toroidal isolation power conditioning solutions, including TOT, AVR, and WM Series models. Torus Power will also host the “Torus Power Hour +” September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM. The course provides attendees .75 CEU and will deliver a stimulating discussion on grounding and power for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics in high-end, high performance installations. All-star panelists participating the session include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested best practices as part of an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, 425-328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images
Images for use in publication can be downloaded here.

 

 

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