Middle Atlantic Configurator Delivers Collaboration to Marine Corps University

Rack Design App Saves Time, Empowers Integrator Karcher Group
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One of the equipment racks installed by Karcher Group at the MCU

Middle Atlantic Products’ Configurator was recently chosen as the program behind planning the large-scale AV installation at the Marine Corps University (MCU) in Quantico, VA. Integrator Karcher Group used the tool to design the control system racks needed throughout the new building, saving on installation time.

The building includes 29 classrooms, two tiered classrooms, three large collaboration rooms, five small collaboration rooms, a 300-person lecture hall, a 500-seat theater, as well as other meeting and teaching spaces. Many of the rooms are outfitted with video systems that are designed to adapt to today's bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment and the interactive preferences of users. This includes videoconferencing suites, video walls, flat-panel displays, and projection systems with an array of input options, all operated from a control system that's tied into the school's central help desk, where instructors can request assistance when problems arise. All system inputs and signals are fed back to more than 50 AV equipment racks throughout the building.

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One of the lecture halls at the MCU, outfitted by integrator, Karcher Group

"As an integrator and a Middle Atlantic customer, working with the Configurator simply made my job easier," said Hong Cheng, vice president of technical operations, Karcher Group. "Many of the rooms had the same systems, so I was able to quickly order an identical rack configuration for all those classrooms. Instead of ordering a list of parts, my entire product list is bundled into one part number—streamlining the ordering process. While having the equipment racks shipped preassembled saved our team a ton of man hours, my favorite feature—by far—on Configurator is the ability to easily see the equipment and layout visualized exactly where I wanted each component. The tool is indispensable for large AV projects; it's become a key step in our integration process."

Accessible from any Web-enabled device, Configurator is available to all registered Middle Atlantic users to facilitate the creation, personalization, and design process by streamlining the selection of suitable products and accessories. As part of the personalized digital experience, users can also export CAD and other design documents to be integrated into their standard design process, enabling the creation of new projects, a stored history of user projects, and direct online ordering. Users can quickly browse through the Middle Atlantic catalog, automatically generate quotes on projects with or without pricing, and receive orders pre-assembled or with downloadable assembly instructions from the site.

"Part of the Middle Atlantic value proposition is the level of service we provide our customers, and that includes supplying the powerful support tools available on our site," said Dan Tarkoff, vice president of customer experience, Middle Atlantic. "From beginners to experts, we want our customers to be able to build intuitive, personalized systems that match the exact design and installation needs of today's demanding AV environments. By using the tools available on our site, including the Configurator, Karcher Group was able to successfully complete the installation at MCU with ease and time savings."

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