Torus Power Isolation Transformers Deliver Optimal Power and Protection for Unparalleled Quality in AV Systems at ISE 2020

Torus Power Isolation Transformers Deliver Optimal Power and Protection for Unparalleled Quality in AV Systems at ISE 2020

At ISE 2020, Torus Power will showcase toroidal isolation transformers that deliver clean, uninterrupted power for today’s high-resolution residential and commercial AV systems, including the brand new AVR ELITE.  

Toronto, ON, Canada (January 17, 2020) Torus Power Inc., maker of uncompromising, clean, isolation-transformer-based power components, will be exhibiting its RM, AVR, TOT AVR, PowerBlock Series, and the new AVR ELITE at this year’s Integrated Systems Europe, 11–14 February at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam. There, in booth 1-Q115, the company will showcase the benefits of using isolation transformers for AV applications of all shapes and sizes, from small media rooms to recording studios to large commercial AV installations, anywhere in the world. Rack, shelf, and wall mount units will be shown — the wall mount AVR2 model will be prominently positioned along the aisle as part of a social media awareness campaign to promote the virtues of toroidal power isolation (#HighResPower).

Isolation Transformers—not to be confused with power conditioners or surge protectors—decouple and isolate electronic components from the power source to eliminate transients and improve audio quality by dramatically lowering the noise floor while adding better dynamics, imaging, and bass. Video is noticeably crisper with brighter colors, deeper blacks, better contrast, and a more captivating overall image. Connected components are additionally protected from surges, spikes, and brownouts, ensuring systems continue to perform as intended despite harmful power conditions. 

Torus Power AVR ELITE Power Control and Isolation System

Torus Power’s new AVR ELITE is the ultimate power control system for high-performance audio-video systems. The AVR ELITE isolates connected equipment from the electrical grid ensuring clean power delivery to sensitive electronic components.  High Current capability provides performance improvements that can be seen and heard in all AV systems. Advanced Automatic Voltage Regulation protects against voltage fluctuations, and Series Mode Surge Suppression protects expensive equipment from power line damage.

The AVR ELITE features a powerful 32-bit processor, and the all new TorusConnect power control system. TorusConnect is a cloud-based system for control, programming, data logging, and reporting that allows installers to remotely monitor and respond to user issues, and to control and reboot power zones. The TorusConnect WebApp works with all mobile devices and tablets and features an Installer Dashboard for power control of single or multiple installations.  Wi-Fi connectivity makes firmware updates and feature enhancements easy to install.  

TorusConnect includes live polling and on-demand reports of power-quality data, data logging and historical data reporting, graphical display of power parameters, and a monthly report of power events to TorusConnect users.

Automatic Voltage Regulation Boosts Performance, Protects Against Power Events 

Torus Power will display its AVR2 models, which feature enhanced Ethernet control and monitoring and Automatic Voltage Regulation technology that protects equipment from surges, spikes, brownouts, and other events caused by a variable grid. It also delivers a stable source of power regardless of outside line conditions for the very best AV performance. Connected equipment is kept within the optimal operating range of 220V–240V. The AVR2 will be shown in a standard chassis design as well as a Wall Mount (WM) unit that’s ideal for industrial, commercial AV, recording studios, luxury residential applications, or any commercial AV installation where rack space is limited.

TOT AVR: Toroidal Power Isolation In a Small, Affordable Unit
Torus Power’s award-winning TOT AVR packs all the features of the bestselling AVR series into a 2U chassis. Robust and powerful, the TOT AVR is rated at 4 Amps and available at an affordable price for budget-conscious installations. Like the AVR2, the TOT AVR also features Torus Power’s proprietary Automatic Voltage Regulation technology.

POWERBLOCK Series for Smaller Systems
The compact POWERBLOCK (PB) Series is Torus Power’s midrange line of isolation transformers that delivers clean, uninterrupted power to smaller AV systems or single components. The new POWERBLOCK PB 4 isolates outlet pairs to separate source components from power components for a cleaner signal, resulting in an exceptional audio video experience. In projects where it’s only necessary to protect a few components, the PB 2 offers four total outlets that will improve the audio and video quality for source equipment or smaller systems.

RM Series Ideal for Luxury Residential AV Applications

Great for luxury home theater and residential systems such as high-end audio systems, the original Torus Power models in the RM series remain unparalleled for performance, protection, and value, with models from 4 Amp to 45 Amp. Popular models in the RM series are the RM-8 and RM-16 models, which are ideal for mid-size and larger high-performance systems. Larger 30 Amp and 45 Amp models are available to provide clean, protected power for even the largest systems.

To better understand the difference clean, uninterrupted power can make in AV systems and to learn why so many integration firms and consultants rely on Torus Power to maximize and protect their installations, visit us at ISE in booth #1-Q115.  

For more information about Torus Power, visit www.toruspower.com and follow Torus Power on Twitter and Facebook.

About Torus Power

Toroidal isolation power transformers by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to amplifiers and powered speakers, Torus Power products utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and medical-grade toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events while increasing system reliability and extending product life. Torus Power products deliver higher levels of instantaneous current which ensures that dynamic components and high-performance systems are never compromised, nor starved for power.

Built to rigorous specifications under Plitron Manufacturing’s ISO 9001 quality control system in Toronto, Canada, Torus Power’s toroidal transformers—the heart of the Torus Power product line—utilize similar technologies as those found in leading AV amplifiers as well as in industrial, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, IT, power conditioning, and energy management applications. For additional information visit www.toruspower.com and follow Torus Power on Twitter and Facebook.

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D-Tools to Showcase Powerful New Capabilities to its Award-Winning System Integrator Software at Integrated Systems Europe

D-Tools to Showcase Powerful New Capabilities to its Award-Winning System Integrator Software at Integrated Systems Europe

D-Tools System Integrator version 13 delivers critical new features, including service plan sales and management, supplier pricing, and enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more.          

CONCORD, CA (January 17, 2020)  — D-Tools, Inc. will demonstrate its award-winning business software at ISE 2020, Custom Home Europe stand #1-N80, February 11–14, in Amsterdam, NL. Powerful new features have been added to its flagship, on-premises System Integrator (SI) solution including service plan management, supplier pricing, and more. The newest version of SI, with its enhancements, helps system integration firms like never before—improving operational efficiency for increased profitability while reducing time, cost, and errors for a streamlined business process.

Major Release of D-Tools System Integrator, SI v13, Delivers Valuable New Features

D-Tools System Integrator is a robust, comprehensive software that guides users through the sales, estimation, system designs, project management, installation, and service aspects of their business. The latest release now features:

Service Plans – Define, create, sell, and manage service contracts

Supplier Pricing – Access to dealer-specific pricing from select partner brands

Allowance Packages – Substitute allowances for parts with no impact on price

Multi-Conductor Cable Documentation – Draw connections down to the individual conductor

Bundled Cables Support – Provides accurate labor calculation for bundled cables

Bar Code Scanning – Collect and validate product data, and sync with projects upon item receipt

Payment Processing – Integration with ProPay provides ability to accept initial deposit on projects through the D-Tools Customer Portal

ISE attendees are invited to see SI v13 at the show in D-Tools stand #1-N80. For additional information on the D-Tools’ System Integrator software, sign up for a free personal tour by visiting https://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/ or download a free trial by visiting https://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, more than 6,000 companies in over 80 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability. 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com

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

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Screen Innovations Debuts Fontus to Enable Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

Screen Innovations Debuts Fontus to Enable Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

An extension of SI’s Janus power and control hub, Fontus lets integrators connect power and control to motorized screens over existing two-conductor wire. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, introduces at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a new “problem solving” product that enables new low-voltage motorized screens to be powered and controlled via any type of traditional two-conductor wiring. SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a building or home to connect screens to a modern control system. 

With Fontus, an integrator can make a two-conductor wire perform 485 communication as if it were an eight-conductor wire, significantly simplifying the installation. As long as there is a two-conductor wire available near the screen location, Fontus, a dongle that plugs into SI’s new Janus power and control hub, converts low-voltage communications signals and power from a five-conductor system for distribution over two-conductor wire. The signal is decoded for reception at the screen location via a second Fontus dongle with no loss of signal.  

“No matter what type of wire is available at the project—old coax from a wall-mounted display, speaker wire, or even Romex, Fontus is able to utilize it to deliver power and communications signals from our Janus five-conductor control hub,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO of SI. “Full two-way control and power are maintained using our advanced BCP encoding and decoding protocol, giving integrators a proven solution for uniting old and new technologies.” 

Fontus can also be used to enable basic control of screens over two-conductor wire through dry and wet contact closures. For example, when a door opens or a projector is activated, a contact closure or 12-volt trigger can signal a motorized screen to deploy. “Scenarios like these often require the addition of a control system,” says Braithwaite. “Fontus enables automation all on its own, with no extra equipment required.” 

Visit SI at ISE in stand #1-N80 to see Fontus in action and to learn more about SI’s wide range of screen solutions. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Simplifies Multi-Screen Installations with New Janus Power and Control Hub

Screen Innovations Simplifies Multi-Screen Installations with New Janus Power and Control Hub

Janus from SI enables as many as eight screens to be powered and controlled from a hub 75% smaller than traditional control panels. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shading products, announces at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a revolutionary new product, Janus, designed to simplify and expand the installation of motorized screens. In the past, integrators have had no choice but to mount huge panels or run conduit to deliver power and control multiple motorized screens. SI’s revolutionary Janus hub, however, is able to do the job at a fraction of the size of traditional panels, without the need for conduit. Janus is 75% smaller than its closest competitor, yet has the capacity to accommodate connections for as many as eight screens and eight accessories, such as keypads.  

Its ultra-compact form factor combined with huge capacity for commercial and large residential projects sets Janus in a class all its own. Ideal for projects requiring the installation of multiple screens, the expandability of Janus is limitless. It can utilize all wire topologies, even a Cat5 or Cat6 can be run 45.7 meters or more to SI’s largest screen motor. 

Designed for the Future

Janus was designed for integrators to be infinitely expandable and capable of supporting any project. “We designed a product that combines future and past technologies into one, with the combination of UTP connections on one side of Janus and terminal blocks on the other side. No matter what type of wire you pulled on an existing project or a new project, Janus can be employed,” says Michael Braithwaite, CTO of SI.

Fits Where Traditional Panels Can’t and Runs Cool to the Touch

Due to its small form factor and highly efficient power supplies, Janus affords integrators a wide variety of mounting options. Unlike all other low-voltage power and control systems, Janus is both rack and panel mountable. It can even be mounted above the ceiling to minimize wiring runs. Several Janus units can be daisy-chained to streamline the installation of extremely large screen jobs. Traditional structured wiring enclosures support only 10 screens. Because Janus runs cool to the touch, multiple units can be stacked together tightly to support 32 screens in the same allotment of space of a conventional panel that supports 10 screens. 

Visit SI at stand #1-N80 to see Janus in action and to learn more about SI’s wide range of screen solutions. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, review, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Screen Innovations Introduces Fully Redesigned Low-Voltage Motorized and Fixed Screen Technologies and Connectivity Solutions at ISE 2020.

Screen Innovations Introduces Fully Redesigned Low-Voltage Motorized and Fixed Screen Technologies and Connectivity Solutions at ISE 2020.

SI’s wide range of motorized screen technologies offers integrators a new level of installation ease and solutions for a wide variety of applications. 

Austin, TX (January 16, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premiere manufacturer of optical screen and shade materials, demonstrates at ISE 2020 in stand #1-N80, a wide variety of revolutionary motorized screen technologies designed for installation ease and simple solutions for challenging projects. Displayed prominently by SI are new and improved motors, screen materials, and connectivity solutions, all engineered to serve the unique needs of the custom integration community. 

“We’ve listened to feedback from our dealers, and redesigned and expanded our product offerings to reflect our commitment to providing them with the types of products and solutions they need,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “At our core, we are a technology company, and our mission is to bring these technologies to our dealers though continually enhanced screen materials, motorization capabilities, and simpler methods of installation and integration.” 

The following products and technologies are featured by SI at ISE 2020:

World’s First Zigbee 3.0 Screens and Shades

A highlight of SI’s introductions at ISE 2020 is the implementation of Zigbee 3.0 into its screen and shade solutions, with an initial North American rollout. Broadly recognized as the new global wireless standard, Zigbee 3.0 turns SI’s motorized screens and shades into communications powerhouses, enabling them to seamlessly interoperate with a wide range of other devices that adhere to the protocol, including popular brands of lighting, voice control, and automation systems. Based on a dynamic mesh topology, the Zigbee 3.0 ecosystem becomes stronger and more resilient as the number of devices on the network expands. 

Janus Low-Voltage Power and Control Hub

A revolutionary new product developed by SI, Janus is designed to simplify and expand the installation of motorized screens. In the past, integrators have had no choice but to mount huge panels or run conduit to deliver power and control multiple motorized screens. The Janus low-voltage power and control hub, however, is able to do the job at a fraction of the size of traditional panels, without the need for conduit. Janus is 75% smaller than its closest competitor, yet has the capacity to accommodate connections for as many as eight screens and eight accessories, such as keypads.  

Its ultra-compact form factor combined with huge capacity for commercial and large residential projects sets Janus in a class all its own. Ideal for projects requiring the installation of multiple screens, the expandability of Janus is limitless. It can utilize all wire topologies, even a Cat5 or Cat6 can be run 45.7 or more to SI’s largest screen motor. 

Fontus Enables Two-Way Power and Control Over Two-Conductor Wire

A new “problem solving” product that enables new low-voltage motorized screens to be controlled via any type of traditional two-conductor wiring, SI’s Fontus allows integrators to utilize wire that may already exist inside a building or home to connect screens to a modern control system. With Fontus, an integrator can make a two-conductor wire perform 485 communication as if it were an eight-conductor wire, significantly simplifying the installation. As long as there is a two-conductor wire available near the screen location, Fontus, a dongle that plugs into SI’s new Janus power and control hub, converts low-voltage communications signals and power from a five-conductor system for distribution over two-conductor wire. The signal is decoded for reception at the screen location via a second Fontus dongle with no loss of signal.  

Expansion of Low-Voltage Motorized Screen Offerings

To deliver more low-voltage options to dealers, SI has implemented its low-voltage motor technology across its entire line of motorized screens.This low-voltage capability was initially rolled out in 2017 in a few varieties of SI motorized screens, but is now incorporated into every model. Every SI motorized screen can now be powered and controlled via any type of low-voltage wire, including Cat5 and even two-conductor speaker wire. This affords integrators worldwide enhanced installation flexibility, versatility and cost savings. 

Solo 2 Redesigned Ultra-Compact Motorized Screen Assembly

One of the signature features of SI’s new Solo 2 motorized cassette is its compact, decorator-friendly design. With cassette sizes starting at 90mm in depth and height, the Solo 2 is 17% smaller than the original version, allowing it to be installed in places that would otherwise be impossible. The cassette is available in a width of up to 3.5 meters, and in AC, DC and wireless lithium rechargeable versions.

FlexGlass Durable, Bendable Rear-Projection Glass

SI’s FlexGlass re-invents rear-projection screens by providing integrators with a surface that’s durable yet bendable, boasts a low profile of just 2-1/2 millimeters thick, and is available in sizes up to 30,785 millimeters wide by 2,616 millimeters tall. These features make FlexGlass a highly versatile rear-projection screen, supporting applications including digital signage, projection blending, short-throw projection, and as a traditional rear-projection surface. Completely bendable, FlexGlass can be configured in a number of ways, such as an S-Shape against a curved wall and even a 360-degree circle.

Zero-G Long Drop Motorized Screen Assembly

Featuring an extended maximum drop of nearly 16 feet, SI’s newly redesigned Zero-G provides integrators with a solution when specifying motorized screens in structures with extremely tall ceilings. Unlike competing long-drop motorized solutions, Zero-G has no black mask above the viewing surface. Instead, the Zero-G screen is housed in a two-piece tube that is suspended from Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene cables, where it deploys at a preset location and unrolls itself, displaying the viewing surface without any visual distractions.  

Black Diamond XL Screen

SI’s new Black Diamond screen, Black Diamond XL, offers integrators a larger viewing surface than previous versions of the product. In the past, Black Diamond and other layer-based optical screens were limited to 60 inches in height. The XL version increases the maximum height to 76 inches, making it possible to create a seamless 150-inch diagonal 16:9 optical screen. 

Visit stand #1-N80 at ISE 2020 see the latest screen solutions from SI.  

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all its screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shade for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any viewing environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, on Facebook @screen innovations, and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or editorial appointments during ISE, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.