Chief designed their latest above-ceiling boxes with the AV installer in mind. The redesign of the CMS491 and CMS492 ceiling storage boxes are meant to help installers by eliminating common problems encountered on the job.
Installer feedback led Chief engineers to design a better storage box to remove the need for frustrating swing down doors that can get in the way during installation and servicing.
"The new boxes are easy to work with on site and allow installers to better place projectors and equipment," said Luke Westin, product manager at the AV mounting solutions provider. "It's a great solution for non-permanent conference rooms."
Installer feedback led Chief engineers to design a better storage box to remove the need for frustrating swing down doors that can get in the way during installation and servicing. The boxes include a drop-down feature that lowers the entire frame enough to slide the tile out of the way. Designers also focused on maximizing the column location within a tile space for less reliance on digital adjustments and lens shift to the image.
Additional features include power that can be added either in the box or facing the room, a detachable power plate, and passive cooling vents to help with thermal management.
The boxes can hold 100 lbs (45.4 kg). That includes 50 lbs (22.7 kg) for the projector and up to 25 lbs (11.3 kg) per shelf. AV components can be loaded to the shelf before bringing it to the ceiling for further installation convenience. The CMS491 and CMS492 above ceiling boxes can be ordered with or without a column drop. All boxes come with one shelf. Accessories to further customize the installation include another shelf and a 1RU rack rail. A fan kit for active thermal management will be available at a later date.