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  • Is Sitting Really As Bad For You As Smoking?

    A new study from the America Heart Association Advisory has warned that sitting for more than a couple of hours a day could lead to cancer, heart disease and even type 2 diabetes. Much like the effects of smoking these outcomes are apparently not reversible; Even if you get regular exercise and eat healthy. Does this mean that sitting has very quickly become the "new" smoking?

    According to Dr James Levine of the Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative the answer is yes. Speaking recently to The Los Angeles Times he has said, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

    But what can you or your employer do to help prevent a sitting epidemic. The most obvious answer would be simply to move more. But that’s not always practical in the busy office environment. That's why we’ve put together a list of 3 quick and easy changes you could make that will improve your health at work.

    Use the Stairs

    It sounds obvious but taking the stair instead of waiting for the lift provides all kinds of health benefits for your heart, brain  and muscular systems. Not to mention it can sometimes even be quicker.  According to livestrong.com the average adult male will burn an impressive 83 calories just climbing several flights of stairs.

    Sit Stand Workstation

    It’s understandle that employers don't want their employees wandering away from their desks for too long. Especially if their position is mainly computer based. But if you can't change the job role why not modify the workstation instead? A sit / stand computer workstation give users the choice to work whilst sitting at a desk or standing up. Something like the ErgoMounts Ultra 180 is an ideal product for this. It provides a wide range of movement and adjustment while still being more cost effective than your average sit/stand desk.

    Take Regular Breaks

    The America Heart Association Advisory discovered that the negative health effects became worse the longer the period of time a person spent sitting. That is why it is crucial that you take regular short breaks from your desk. Maybe go for a  walk around the office to try and break up periods of sitting as much as possible.

  • ErgoMounts Supply The Mummy Movie

    The Mummy Film 2017

    For almost 15 years ErgoMounts have supplied high quality computer mounting solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Some of the most exciting projects we have been lucky enough to work on have been for stage, television and film. We were originally approached about 5 years ago by a number of different production companies due to our location central to many London studios. Since then our reputation has led to our products being used by the likes of Industrial Light and Magic, Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures to name just a few.

    Today see’s the release of one of the latest productions we have worked on: The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. It's Universal’s attempt to kick start a new franchise of movies taking place in a shared “Dark Universe” based around the famous Universal Monster Movies of the 1930’s. Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

    In the Spring of 2016 a production company in the early stages of shooting needed a range of different monitor mounts to help dress a laboratory set they were in the process of building in Oxford. We were contacted on a Friday and rehearsals were due to take place on the following Sunday with shooting scheduled for the day after. This realistically only gave us a few short hours to source the right solution. It was quickly decided that a member of the art department would come and visit our showroom and decide which solutions would work best. After seeing our mounts in the flesh and a few hours of discussion they were able to leave our warehouse with a van load of mounting arms.

    The crew were then so impressed with the solutions purchased they returned several times over the course of the next few weeks to pick up additional wall mounts and floor stands to be used on other sets and production offices.

    The Mummy has been released in cinemas today (9th June 2017) and was produced by Universal Pictures.

  • London City Airport To Open A Digital Control Tower

    London City Airport is set to become the first airport in the UK to operate a completely digital air traffic control tower. Working closely with one of our clients, NATS the new control tower will use 14 high definition cameras located at the top of a 50m pole. The images will then be sent via a secure super-fast fibre network to a new Operations Centre in Swanwick, Hampshire. From there air traffic controllers will perform their operational role using the live footage displayed on the video wall in front of them (similar to the ErgoMounts Infinity Series).

    Controllers will be able to utilise a range of viewing tools and have detailed views of activity on the airfield, including aircraft movements along the 1500m runway. The cameras can pan, tilt and zoom (magnifying images up to 30 times for close inspection).

    They will also have real-time information, including operational and sensory data, to build an augmented reality live view of the airfield. For example: weather information, on-screen labels, radar data and aircraft call signs.

    Declan Collier, CEO at London City Airport, said: “A pioneering new digital air traffic control system will enhance safety and improve resilience, setting a new standard for the global aviation industry to follow. With London City Airport’s plans to grow and an existing tower which is reaching the end of its operational lifespan, this cutting edge proven technology future-proofs London City Airport’s air traffic control for the next 30 years and beyond.”

    Mike Stoller, Director, Airports at NATS, said, “Digital towers are going to transform the way air traffic services are provided at airports by providing real safety, operational and efficiency benefits, and we are delighted that London City Airport has chosen to work with us to deliver what will be the first of its kind in the UK.”

    The new digital air traffic control tower is planned to be fully operational at London City Airport by 2019 as part of their 30th Anniversary Renovations.

  • ErgoMounts Infinity Video Wall Celebrates its 1st Birthday

    Infinity Video Wall 1st Birthday It’s been a year since we announced the launch of our modular video wall system, Infinity. We wanted to use this opportunity to discuss some of the improvements the product has seen over the past 12 months and also showcase some examples of the Infinity in action .

    Improvements

    Pop Out Interfaces

    Infinity Video Wall Pop Out Arms

    One major improvement we have seen since launch is the addition of “Pop-Out” monitor fixings. Although the original system launched with fixed, tilt and micro-adjust fixing kits we were quickly presented with requirements to be able to perform maintenance on screens without having to remove the monitors at either side. Our team of designers came up with the new style “Pop-Out” Interfaces. By applying a small amount of pressure to the corners of the screen the gas assisted interface gently extends the display approx. 310mm from the surrounding screens. This allows for plenty of room to access important areas behind. Screens can also be locked into place for when the Infinity is being used in a public facing environment to remove the risk of accidental extension.

     

    Secure Floor Stand

    Infinity Video Wall Bolt Down Base

    Another major addition to the Infinity Range is the option to bolt the stand to the floor using the Secure Floor Stand base. This sleek & contemporary looking stand reduces the footprint of the video wall to just 240mm x 240mm. Using this base instead of the free standing solution almost completely removes any potential trip hazard.

     

     

     

    The Infinity Video Wall Installs

    Since it’s launch the Infinity has found itself in hundreds of different locations including schools, hospitals, banks, shopping malls and airports. Below you can see a couple of images of the product installed.

    Dongtan Lake Park Experience Center, Suwon City, Korea

    Dongtan Lake Park Experience Center

    Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom

    Gatwick Airport Infinity Video Wall

    Training Institute of Chungju Industrial Bank, Korea

    Training Institute of Chungju Industrial Bank

    What is the Infinity?

    The Infinity range is the ultimate modular solution for modern AV requirements. One thing setting it apart from similar products on the market is that it can easily be transformed into a wall, ceiling, or floor stand in a matter of minutes. The modular design allows for the system to easily be adapted to support almost any size of screen in nearly any configuration imaginable.

    To discuss your requirements for an Infinity Video Wall please contact our technical team today. If you're not looking for a bespoke product we have also created several "Off the Shelf" solutions that can be found at the links below:

    Motion (Trolley)

    Secure (Floor Stand)

    Rail (Wall Mount)

    Sky (Ceiling)

  • Seismic Ratings For Our Medical Arms (OSHPD)

     

    Did you know?... All of our medical grade mounting solutions from ICWUSA are also rated for use in seismic zones by the state of California. The rating is provided by EASE (Equipment Anchorage & Seismic Engineering) who perform seismic calculations and details that ensure products meet up to date building code regulations in regards to earthquake activity.

    But what is a Seismic Qualification?

    Some types of product must remain operational following an earthquake. Manufacturers of the equipment must submit a declaration (Special Seismic Certification) that the equipment will remain operational after a design level earthquake. A dynamic test (shaketest) must be performed followed by a report (in accordance with OSHPD standard) stating the unit has passed and is seismically qualified. These reports must be prepared by a California licensed structural, civil or mechanical engineer.

    Who is OSHPD?

    OSHPD stands for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. They monitor the construction, renovation, and seismic safety of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and provide loan insurance to assist the capital needs of California's not-for-profit healthcare facilities.

    How does this affect me?

    Although the rating itself is local to the state of California the OSHPD does provide a good indication of the ability of ICW’s products to withstand adverse conditions. The certificates themselves also provide a wealth of information in regards to load bearings and centre of gravity of our mounts and wall tracks.

    Want to find out more about our OSHPD rated productions?

    View them here:

    Ultra Arm

    Ultra Arm Calculation

    MD Arm

    T2 Arm

    Elite Arm

    Or contact our sales team today for more information.

  • ErgoMounts Team Up With Bytec To Expand Medical Cart Offering

    Bytec Medical Carts

    ErgoMounts Ltd have teamed up with Bytec Healthcare, (one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile workstations) to supply their full range of medical grade carts.  All of Bytec’s carts are now available to purchase at extremely competitive prices either directly through ErgoMounts or the ErgoMounts distribution network.

    Managing Director of ErgoMounts, Ben Davies has said,

    “This is a really exciting opportunity for all of us here at ErgoMounts. When supplying customers in the healthcare sector with our existing range of medical workstations we are often asked if we can also supply mobile carts. Before today the answer has always been no. But, we can now proudly offer Bytec’s fantastic range of products to our customers enabling them to source all of their requirements directly through our network rather than having to look at third party suppliers.”

    Although the Bytec range is extremely vast; incorporating multiple, castor, colour, power and height adjustment options their products can be broken down into three main categories:

    Geni-Cart

    Suitable for a single monitor, keyboard and CPU as well as a worksurface area to hold patient notes and other medical documents.

    MIT-Cart

    Very similar in design to the Geni-Cart but rather than supporting a single monitor or screen the MIT has been designed to mount a laptop of notebook.

    Smart-Cart

    A heavy duty medical cart that is designed for a much greater power delivery and longer run times than the rest of the products in the Bytec range.

    Each of these product categories can be heavily customised to meet your exact requirements. Please contact our Sales Team today for more information.

  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017

    Today celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. On the 28th of April every year the International Labour Organization (a United Nations Agency) raise awareness for workplace issues by promoting  a safety and health culture worldwide in the hopes of reducing the number of work related injuries and deaths.

    Since the turn of the century computer based work roles have continued to rise and now it is not uncommon for employees to be sitting (or standing) at a computer screen for a majority of their day. That is why it is more important than ever that those workers have the ability to adjust workstations to meet their individual ergonomic requirements.

    The ILO have created an extensive checklist to help employers make sure they are meeting all necessary health and safety requirements. Checkpoint 60 explains the relevance of the adjustable computer workstations as well as correct posture. Some useful hints on optimising your workstations include:

    “Train users on correct sitting posture at the workstation. Educate users on the use of various controls on the adjustable setting.”

    “If a standing CPU is used, position it on the side of the table. Other items that are not required should be stored away (e.g. archive manuals, documents) to increase legroom.”

    “Schedule rest periods to enable stretching and visual exercises such as looking back and forth on far and close objects.”

    At ErgoMounts we offer a wide range of adjustable monitor and keyboard arms for use in medical, manufacturing, office and home environments. Most of these solutions can be adjusted to meet the ergonomic requirements of 95% of adults. Contact us today to discuss how our products could not only improve worker health but also increase productivity.

    We hope you have a good World Day for Safety and Health at Work and if you would like to learn more visit the International Labour Organization Website for more information.

  • Product Update: Ultra Series Laptop Tray

    Ultra Series Medical Laptop Tray

    One of our leading ranges of ICWUSA medical grade mounting solutions will be having a major re-design from May 2017. The Ultra Series of Medical Laptop Mounts will be moving the support from underneath the tray to a newly designed Quick Connect fitting at the rear. This benefits the users in several ways:

    The front of the tray can now be tilted downwards for easier access to the laptop or notebook keypad.

    A handle has been added to the front of the tray to allow for easier adjustment.

    The Quick Connect can be locked into position for added stability.

    The following products have been affected:

    Ultra Series Laptop Desk Mount

    Ultra Series Laptop Wall Mount

    Ultra Series Laptop Pole Mount

    Ultra Series Laptop Wall Track Mount

    As with all re-designs this can cause some issues for customers that regularly order products from within this range. If you have any questions or concerns about how this change might impact future orders please contact your sales representative or call us on 01252 333326.

    All of our ICWUSA Mounting Arms are manufactured to order by our partners in Medford Oregon and then hand assembled by our team of highly skilled technicians at our headquarters in the UK. These medical grade solutions are produced from Billet Aluminium before being powder coated for a durable finish that can be cleaned with hospital grade solutions (10,000 parts bleach per 1,000,000).

  • Easter Office Closure & Update 2017

    Easter Holidays 2017

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind our customers, suppliers and partners of all the upcoming office closures through the months of April and May.

    Easter Weekend (14/04/2017 | 16/04/2017)

    May Day Bank Holiday (1/05/2017)

    Spring Bank Holiday (29/05/2017)

    During these periods both our offices and manufacturing will be closed completely. No emails or calls will be answered until we return. Please also note that some replies will take a little longer than usual during these times while we catch up.

    Shipping update: One of our most popular and cost effective mounting arms: The Paramotion. It is now finally back in stock after some big runs over the first quarter. Both the Dual and Single arm versions of this mount are ready for next day delivery on all orders placed before 14:00PM.

  • New Website Launch

    This morning all of the team at ErgoMounts are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website.  After over 8 months of development and the feedback from 1000’s of our customers we are so happy to finally be able to share some of the exciting updates and changes with you.

    The new site has been built from the ground up to not only modernise the appearance of us as a brand but also streamline the process for our customers looking for the right product. We have struggled for years with customers having to try and fumble their way through 100’s of options and configurations in the hopes of finding the right ErgoMounts product for them. Our new system uses a picture based configurator to narrow down product options and show users their creations in real time.

    Head of Marketing, Shane Dunn has said:

    “For almost 10 years we have been one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of AV mounting solutions but that has never really reflected in our previous marketing effort. In this day and age where a website is a customer’s first point of call for any prospective business it was so important to us that this was the first on the list of the many exciting changes we are going to seeing come to ErgoMounts in the coming years.”

    Another significant change has been our newly created “Resource Centre”. Here customers can find a wide range of useful information such as News, Instruction Booklets, Brochures and an expanded Case Studies Area.

    We hope you like the changes and if you have any feedback we’d love to hear from you. Why not let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.

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