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Conference venues – pull down ceiling boxes

Andrew Brister 8 February 2012

Pull-down ceiling boxes can be used to hide away audio and video equipment when not in use. TFA looks at recent developments. FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced the launch of a new ceiling box with a deeper design developed to accommodate applications requiring more internal equipment than the CB-12 and CB-22 models.  “The CB-224 is the largest unit in our popular CB Ceiling enclosure series,” commented Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “Its capacity to support 50 pounds for a projector, and 12 pounds on each shelf makes it ideal for any venue requiring a robust ceiling mount.”@page_break@ 
The unit is a perfect fit for conference centres, schools, meeting and training facilities, airports and museums. Its advanced deep box design has a pull-down 4 RU cage with gas-spring assisted ball-bearing slide. 2 RU of angle-adjustable rack-mounting surfaces on either end of the cage facilitate mounting and visibility of 1RU/2RU patch panels. Clear space on both sides allows for wire bundles to traverse parallel to the cage after installation. Each side of the box has an edge-protected bundled cable inlet cavity, filled with flame retardant foam seal. The interior of the CB-224 is complete with five internal outlets, one external outlet, and a fan. The CB-224 ceiling box is available in four versions:  with or without a pole-mount for a projector, and both with or without “smart” electronics. The Smart Module brings energy savings to the ceiling box by turning power on and off to non-critical equipment based on the current being drawn by the projector. In effect, when the projector is shut down, the non-critical devices in the ceiling box are powered off as well, and when the projector is powered on, so are the other devices. This reduces the amount of power being consumed by the room when it is not in use. www.fsrinc.com 

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