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Screen Innovations—The World Needs the Best Bigger

Austin, TX—May 22, 2014—Because we believe that everyone deserves the best, Screen Innovations (SI) has enlarged the Black Diamond™, the world’s most popular ambient-light-rejecting screen. The largest Black Diamond™ screens to date feature 1.4 gain in new sizes: 16:9 120” and 2.35:1 150”, in Fixed and Zero Edge formats. The larger Black Diamond screens, as well as other recently designed additions to the SI family, continue to make SI the fastest growing screen company in the world.

Black Diamond, the world’s only vertical and horizontal ambient-light-rejecting screen, has a multi layer optic that reflects only the light generated by the projector resulting in a 900% boost in contrast. Additionally, Black Diamond is the only screen that greatly benefits dark environments by reducing light scatter by over 75%. The result is the richest, sharpest image, with the best blacks now available from a screen.

Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations, boldly announced, “At SI, we believe innovation means that a design is never complete, just more perfect with each iteration. He continued, “We are excited to announce that plans are underway to invest in and expand our production capability to better support today’s large display needs. Our customers asked, and we delivered.”

All Black Diamond screens feature active 3D capabilities and are future-proofed and 4K ready. Screen sizes start at 80” fixed, curved, motorized, and popular Zero Edge formats.

Screen Innovations will exhibit at InfoComm June 18-20, 2014, in Booth #419 in the North Hall. Stop by to see the next generation of video projection screens demonstrated with projectors from our partners, DPI, Epson, and Vivitek.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing: Starts at USD $2,199.00
Availability: May 1, 2014

Screen Innovations makes it easy to choose the right screen for each application, based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit www.screeninnovations.com to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.

About Screen Innovations
Based in Austin, Texas, Screen Innovations is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient-light-rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens that deliver an unparalleled video image in light or dark environments. Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rivals or surpasses traditional displays. Operating under the principle of “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs.” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Visit www.screeninnovations.com or call 512-832-6939. Follow us on Facebook @screeninnovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Tracy Named To New Post in Middle Atlantic Growth Strategy

Fairfield, NJ––Mark Tracy has been appointed to the newly created role of Vice President Strategic Business and Market Development for Middle Atlantic Products and the Commercial AV division of Legrand North America. Led by the Middle Atlantic brand, Legrand Commercial AV offers foundational infrastructure products to installing contractors, including Wiremold wire and cable management solutions and C2G cable assemblies.

Part of an aggressive growth strategy for the company, this and related moves are intended to provide customers with the widest range of products and new technologies to improve system reliability and facilitate installations, and maintain the exceptional level of quality and support for which Middle Atlantic is known.

Working closely with company president Mike Baker, Tracy will be responsible for supporting growth for Middle Atlantic and Legrand Commercial AV through the addition of new products, businesses and the development of new market applications and channels.

Tracy will also represent Middle Atlantic and Legrand Commercial AV in key industry groups and work to evolve the company’s value proposition to an ever-expanding customer base to build complementary business alliances and identify, facilitate and integrate strategic acquisitions.

In a simultaneous move, Tim Troast has been appointed to the position of Director of Product Management for Middle Atlantic in charge of New Product Development and Product Line Management.

Commenting on the new appointments, Baker said, “Mark’s extensive product and market knowledge, 20 years of building relationships within the AV community and grasp of today’s technology perfectly position him to help us in developing a successful overall strategy to grow our business.

“We are excited to welcome Tim to the Director of Product Management position. He has demonstrated a passion for our customers and business and a willingness to jump in and make a difference.”

Troast joined Middle Atlantic in 2013 after spending 13 years at Pitney Bowes holding various sales and marketing positions, combining formal education and on the job experience in marketing and product line management. Baker noted, “Tim has the necessary tools to help us develop the next chapter in our history. With a customer-centric approach, he will leverage internal resources to develop innovative solutions that solve real world problems for our integrators today and for tomorrow.

“These moves confirm that growth continues to be a priority since Middle Atlantic’s acquisition by Legrand in 2011. Our goal is simple. We want to use every opportunity possible to ensure our customers have the very best products, services and support they need to be successful in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

New D-Tools website provides an enhanced, new Data Library that delivers in-depth analytical detail which benefits both users and manufacturers

CONCORD, CA, USA  – MAY 20, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has completed a comprehensive data update and has launched a new Data Library website, which together provide highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the software environment, enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information.

The new Data Library is designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized SIX users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program. With these additions, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing tool for users; it is also a profit-generating program for MVPs that now provides greater visibility and analytical depth.

“We designed the new Data Library to include a cleaner visual style, better showcase MVP program manufacturer logos, and deliver more detailed product descriptions that now link to each MVP’s complete data catalog (as opposed to only linking to the company name),” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “This makes navigating the MVP partner data simpler, more refined, and will include the most current promotions and information available.”

Delivering tangible benefits that users will immediately experience and benefit from, D-Tools now features the most up-to-the-minute product information available. “By linking to the MVP’s complete product catalog, D-Tools has essentially taken the guesswork out of the system design and documentation process for the user, while giving the MVP the added benefit of increased visibility,” says Stone. “These are exciting enhancements that we’re excited to provide to our partners worldwide.”

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 platforms. 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) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

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

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D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Data Library Screen Shots

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New Comprehensive Company Catalog from ICE Cable Systems Aims to Help Dealers Make More-Informed Structured Wiring Buying Decisions

Available in webzine and PDF formats at www.icecable.com, the 34-page catalog provides a detailed overview of the company’s products and strong adherence to safety and performance standards including UL, ETL, RoHS and HDBaseT. The design layout is much like a high-end car brochure, making for a compelling and easy-to-digest “read”

Los Angeles, CA – May 20, 2014 – Established in 2004, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products that serves the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company has created a full-color 34-page catalog that is available for viewing in webzine and PDF formats at www.icecable.com – with printed versions mailing to all its dealers and distributors now.

”The goal of the catalog is to provide a comprehensive yet easy-to-read piece that will help dealers develop a stronger understanding of the many types of structured wiring, connectors and accessories that we offer – and why our adherence to safety and performance standards such as UL, ETL, RoHS and HDBaseT is so crucial for their businesses. This should help them make better decisions when specifying for the diverse and complex jobs they encounter,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo.

”We wanted to create a catalog that would capture the essence of ICE Cable Systems — the passion that we have for wire & cable — while providing technical information as deep as the reader wants to take it,” describes Rizzo. “To achieve this we are utilizing a layout reminiscent to what you might find in a BMW or Mercedes brochure where the first pages are emotional with cars in action, sensation, speed (all very broad), followed by an exploded view of the engine, and as you get further in it breaks things down to the nitty gritty. Similarly our catalog starts with broad strokes — company philosophy, exploded product pictures and features/benefits — and then gets into the line and specs further in.”

”This catalog should also serve to reinforce ICE Cable System’s position in the marketplace as a premium brand. This is important for us as the view of the structured wiring category is so often that of commodity and shopped on price alone. What dealers need to understand is that bargain-brand pricing often leads to performance problems either out-of-the-gate or down the line,” added Rizzo. “And that’s costly.”

The catalog features sections on:
· Product highlights of the company’s most innovative products
· Product listings (descriptions, colors, compatibilities)
· An in-depth look at cable standards and performance
· Competitors cross reference chart
· How ICE makes premium cable

For more information on the catalog please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or paul@mutocomm.com.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by President Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free of charge, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

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 at www.atlona.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) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

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

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

 

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D-Tools Adds Planar and Runco to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, Providing Integrators with Detailed Product Specifications for Lauded Commercial and Residential Video Solutions

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of Planar and Runco products at their fingertips, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate some of the most sought-after video products available.

 
CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 30, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Planar and Runco, maker of high-end, high-quality video solutions for both the commercial and residential markets, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Planar and Runco join the ranks of 150+ other MVP program vendors, in what is now one of the largest and most complete software-based product databases available for the electronics system integrator.

With the addition of Planar and Runco to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools Global System Integrator™ for electronic system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on Planar and Runco’s entire product offering. This includes dozens of projectors, displays, video processors, players, video walls, large-format displays, and monitors. Now, integrators and systems designers can access and specify the most current available specification information on some of the most venerable video products on the market.

“For both the commercial and residential markets, Planar and Runco are among the most respected names in video,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “By adding them to our ever-growing roster of MVP vendor partners, we dramatically boost the number of available video product options that our community of users can access with a simple keystroke.”

Whether it is a sophisticated commercial video wall with all the associated video processing, or a high-performance home theater, Planar and Runco rounds out the D-Tools MVP program’s already robust video product offerings and gives integrators the tools they need to specify cutting-edge systems with ease.

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current data from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer service.

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Planar and Runco products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device. Once launched, customers already on D-Tools’ Software Assurance plan will receive a discounted monthly subscription rate of $12.00 per user/device.

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, by calling (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About Planar and Runco
Founded in 1983, Planar and Runco represents the very best in both commercial and residential video products. Planar is the global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest performance. Runco, which Planar acquired in 2007, has been the leader in the custom home theater industry that is committed to research and development in cultivating the finest products and services in home theater video displays. For more information, visit planar.com and runco.com.
Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

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

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Planar and Runco logos

 

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SunBriteTV Introduces Groundbreaking New 32” and 46” Signature Series Models

THOUSAND OAKS, California, April 28, 2014 — SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, today introduced the Signature Series SB-3270HD 32-inch and SB-4760HD 46-inch outdoor TVs. Both models are dramatic upgrades to the industry’s first consumer-centric weatherproof televisions, boasting 50% slimmer profiles and LED displays to make the 3270HD and 4670HD the most affordable high-performance outdoor TVs currently available.

“We’ve taken the best-selling outdoor TV in the world and improved it by leaps and bounds,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Our new design features powder-coated aluminum casings that make the new Signature Series models 50% thinner but actually stronger and more durable. By adding newer, brighter LED displays, SunBriteTV will take the outdoor viewing experience to a new level.”

SunBriteTV’s new design employs a new patented cooling system that allows for an impressively thin design while actually improving the unit’s ability to operate in extreme heat (up to 130° F). The new powder-coated aluminum exteriors deliver improved strength and durability and are far lighter than earlier models. The new bright LED panel further improves picture quality in a multitude of outdoor viewing conditions.

“The outdoor living market is expanding rapidly as more consumer technology products become optimized for outdoor use,” said Dixon. “It’s critical to consider not only performance, but also how these products are integrated aesthetically into existing backyards.”

SunBriteTV’s outperform indoor televisions used outdoors on a number of important variables. All models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Insulated electronics and specialized sealing technology reduce the risk of personal injuries associated with using electronic equipment outside.

The new 32- and 46-inch Signature Series models are now available in black, silver and white colors at www.sunbritetv.com for $1,495 and $2,895 MSRP, respectively. They include a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote and 20-watt built-in speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of weatherproof wall-, ceiling-, or deck pole-mount installation solutions, wireless HD transceivers and weatherproof media box enclosures.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products are the only time-tested outdoor display solutions for in-home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Catalyst AV Network Member Allnet Distributing Gears-up for Annual Spring Vendor Day

An action-packed day of live demos by factory reps from more than 16 leading brands, discussions about new profit opportunities and Allnet’s infamous Steak Lunch!

Elk Grove Village, IL – April 22, 2014 – Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) – the Midwest region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – is preparing for its annual Spring Vendor Day, to be held May 1, 2014 at its Elk Grove Village, IL headquarters.

“We’re getting ready for what is certain to be an action-packed event,” says Wally Whinna, Allnet Distributing principal and board member of Catalyst AV. “Allnet just launched the SONY line – we’ll have three SONY projectors on display (including 4K models) for dealers to see, along with their new ES Receivers, Blu-rays and XBR 4K TVs.”

“Factory representatives from 16 vendors will be on-hand to meet with dealers and take them through the latest offerings from their companies,” added Whinna. “Vendors include SONY, TiVo, EnGenius, Atlona, Luxul, Yamaha, Lutron, Sonos, Peerless, Aprilaire, Definitive Technology, Yamaha, Lutron and URC.”

“We’re thrilled to continue to bring opportunities like this to our dealers,” says Whinna. “It’s an event not to be missed!”

The event will include a continental breakfast from 8 – 10 AM; Allnet’s Famous Steak lunch from 11AM – 2 PM and door prizes all day long.

Location: Allnet Distributing, 2680 United Lane, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007.

Date and time: May 1, 2014 from 8 AM – 4 PM.

For more information call Allnet Distributing at 847.860.0082.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

ESP/SurgeX Continues to Grow by Acquiring SurgeX International

Knightdale, NC – April 18, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, announces the acquisition of SurgeX International, which had been operating as its own entity since Electronic Systems Protection, Inc acquired SurgeX North America in 2008. The move unifies all SurgeX operations under a single management team located in Knightdale, NC, that will allow the company to streamline international expansion and better serve their customers.

Global demand for smart energy and power management products is growing and the acquisition allows SurgeX to better serve the needs of an electricity-dependent world. The company is uniquely suited to handle the demand of established and developing markets based on its existing operational capabilities and extensive product offerings. Uniting worldwide operations and management of SurgeX assets in the Knightdale, NC headquarters will increase product development and result in more consistent service for customers, distributors and dealers.

“We are living in an increasingly developed and powered world. Reliance on IT infrastructure and other electrical systems is higher than ever so safeguards are needed against the various anomalies that can affect equipment and systems,” said Stephen F. Galloway, CEO and president ESP/SurgeX. “We have existing residential and commercial product lines, development capabilities, and manufacturing capacity to serve the evolving needs of our growing international market. Furthermore, the move will increase sales opportunities for our U.S.-based dealers, consultants and design integrators who handle installations all over the world.”

SurgeX’s diverse product portfolio includes solutions for audio video, IT infrastructure, digital signage, integrated systems and more. SurgeX provides professional-grade power protection and intelligence solutions for rack systems, branch circuits, and standalone equipment for mission critical electronics.

For more information, please visit www.surgex.com.

 

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products.  Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 37 patents/patents pending, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

 

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com  for further company and product information.

D-Tools Furthers Standardization, Fully Integrates Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into System Integrator™ Software Platform

J-STD-710 Industry Standard Architectural Drawing Symbols are used to represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, and other Professional trades

D-Tools System Integrator system design and proposal platform now features industry standard shapes for more seamless integration and better communication of project parameters with associated trades.

CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 09, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

“By implementing industry standard J-STD-710 Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ platform, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows them to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon be a service that systems integrators will be required to provide. Essentially, we’re giving integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–that D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new D-Tools J-STD-710 stencils are available now for download and use by authorized System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, electronic systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across different trades. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
 
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press
 
Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References:
The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Residential Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm
http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents
https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

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