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APWMayville Stantron Racks Populate Soldiers Media Center

Systems integration firm Professional Products Inc. designs and integrates new facility featuring Stantron? Broadcast racks (May 03, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-5-3--APWMayville, a leader in rack and enclosure solutions for the broadcast, audio/visual, security, data communications and telecommunications industries, announces the installation of 38 Stantron Broadcast Rack equipment racks at Soldiers Media Center in Arlington, Virginia. 

Professional Products, Inc. (PPI), a technology-driven design-build company based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, handled the design and integration services for the new facility and awarded the equipment rack portion of the contract to APWMayville.  Professional Products was impressed with APWMayville willingness to customize racks and create solutions to various rack integration and cable management challenges that the integrator faced throughout the six month project.

The Soldiers Media Center produces news, public affairs programming and information for military personnel located worldwide, distributed through the American Forces Network via IP and satellite to various military bases and communities throughout the United States; to public access cable TV systems throughout the U.S. and its territories; and worldwide via the U.S. Army website:



The Stantron racks were installed in several rooms: 26 in the main broadcast technical core, six for the IT portion of the technical core, and three apiece for the studio control room and the video dub room.  According to Steve Losquadro, director of project management for PPI, APWMayville accommodated several custom requests for both PPI and Soldiers Media Center.

?The integration of a patchbay cabling system, as requested by Soldiers Media Center, places extreme importance on cable management throughout the technical core, said Losquadro.  ?The 36 depth of the Stantron racks, along with customized, two-inch wooden furring strips that were a special customer request, afforded our integration team with the flexibility and room to properly run cables inside and between racks and ensure that the equipment could be properly cooled, maintained and re-engineered after we left the site.  The furring strips, specially designed by PPI with a cherry wood veneer finish, were secured into notches on the sides of the Stantron racks that are reserved for special requests.  This provided the two-inch gap between each rack in the technical core that helped us meet our integration challenges.

Jim Hatcher, chief technology officer for PPI, also pointed to the flexibility of Stantron racks.  ?The ability to use these racks in the IT portion of the technical core, which typically uses specialized racks to accommodate servers and data routing equipment, was another bonus.  We run into challenges everyday as an integrator, and the ability to call APWMayville for custom design requests gives us all the flexibility in the world.


APWMayville also delivered the racks with solid side panels for the end of each rack row, copper bus ground bars, and solid rear doors that create environmental security for moving cool air through the racks to properly maintain ideal operating environment for the active equipment. 

Most racks are filled to capacity; the technical core racks house video and audio routers, satellite receivers, Avid server components, and patching; the master control racks hold camera control and switching electronics; and the video dub room racks secure a variety of recording, playback, and duplication equipment.

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