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APWMayville™ Cabinets Provide Sturdy And Flexible Enclosure Solutions For Westwood College Of TechnologyAPWMayville solutions defined as standard for future Westwood campus expansions and renovations in California (March 07, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-3-7--APWMayville™, a leader in rack and enclosure solutions for the broadcast, audio/visual, security, data communications and telecommunications industries, is now an integral part of the learning process at Westwood College of Technology. Westwood is a national university offering a variety of career-focused degree programs in Computer Network Engineering and Management.
During a recent campus expansion, Westwood College of Technology worked with Arkatype, a full service connectivity provider, to manage and design their data communications installations. Michael Cantrell, Arkatype’s CEO, says the goal of creating a user-friendly learning environment greatly impacted the decision to use APWMayville Mini Max™ Wall Cabinets at the college’s four California campuses (Los Angeles, South Bay, Inland Empire and Anaheim).
“Westwood’s biggest immediate need was a product that that was sturdy enough to get used on a daily basis,” said Cantrell. “APWMayville just made the most sense, offering the best blend of features and cost. That’s why we developed a standard operating procedure that includes APWMayville racks in every installation we do for Westwood in California. Whether they’re just doing a new classroom, renovating, or expanding the campus, they’ve standardized on APWMayville because of the convenience and flexibility that the cabinets give their students.”
The college’s commitment to standardization allows an IT staff member from any Westwood campus to experience a uniform environment while maintaining the crucial core technical systems that make up the college’s technology programs. A single Westwood campus can feature up to 50 classrooms containing APWMayville cabinets housing a variety of IT equipment.
From each cabinet, cabling is run into the college’s main distribution frame, handling anything the college needs to go to the classrooms on an update or Internet connectivity basis. The cabinets and racks in use today afford Westwood enough space to make for flexible cable management and easy access.
“We take great care selecting cabinets for our infrastructure and we’ve never had a problem managing cabling and wiring since we began using APWMayville racks,” says Kevin Behunin, Westwood College of Technology’s IT Director.
According to Cantrell, the APWMayville cabinets offer robust features without putting strain on the college’s budget. “The college looked at several other options, but when it came down to price, no other competitor could match the form, function and aesthetic quality like APWMayville,” he said.
The cabinets are out in the open, serving as a vital tool in the education program, providing function while facilitating learning. Westwood stresses hands-on training given for its students, so the networks must be housed in a sturdy rack that withstands those demands. Students enrolled in Network Engineering and Management courses complete daily projects simulating troubleshooting scenarios in a business environment. The dual-hinged cabinet allows students to open the front door and have access to plug in patch cables. The hinge on the back allows them to view everything inside from the rear.
APWMayville is the former Mayville, Wisconsin business unit of APW Ltd. Now under dedicated local ownership, APWMayville remains an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and assembly of a wide range of standard and configurable cabinets, enclosures, frames, racks, and mounting products. The enclosure solutions product line is sold throughout North America for use in data communications, telecommunications, audio-visual/broadcast, and security applications. For more information, please go to www.apwmayville.com.