Legrand Introduces Evolution Series Ceiling Box
Designed for conference rooms, classrooms, training facilities and more
WEST HARTFORD, Conn., April 21, 2014 – Legrand has introduced the latest in its line of high-performance wire and cable management devices – the Evolution™ Series Ceiling Box. Offered in six variations, 2' by 2' by 6" deep boxes fit above a false or permanent ceiling to provide storage for electronic audio/video and IT equipment, and to support a projector, if required. These boxes are designed for conference rooms, classrooms, training facilities, or anywhere a projector and/or A/V equipment is needed and where large racks or furniture storage are not practical.
Designing the Evolution Series Ceiling Box presented a unique opportunity for two market-leading Legrand product brands, Wiremold and Middle Atlantic Products, to combine their individual areas of expertise and create a solution that is easy to install and service and helps ensure system reliability. It incorporates the innovative wire and cable management facilities inherent in all Wiremold designs as well as the device mounting, thermal management and power considerations intrinsic in Middle Atlantic’s products.
According to Senior Product Manager Michael Cole, the Evolution Series, which also includes floor boxes, poke-thru devices and wall boxes, represents the pinnacle of device design. “This ceiling box is loaded with user- and installer-friendly features that were originally suggested by our customers and that were incorporated into the design,” he said.
The six versions of the Evolution Series Ceiling Box include three units with a projector mount, and several options for electrical circuitry. Receptacles within each box are uncontrolled, controlled by dry contact or feature network (IP) or RS232 Series port enabled RackLink™ technology from Middle Atlantic Products, which monitors and controls the power to AV and IT equipment. Receptacles are rotated to accommodate large plugs.
The shelves inside the ceiling box are designed to easily pivot forward and backwards, providing access to both the front and back of installed devices. The shelves can even be easily removed (without the need for tools) to allow for devices to load outside the box and then be reinstalled. A unique pattern of slots and holes enables installers to use a variety of techniques for securing equipment in place.
Evolution Series Ceiling Boxes are offered with a built in projector mount, allowing the projector to be positioned across the width of the box with a load capacity of up to 50 lbs. The projector mounts have a total lateral movement of 18" in 1" increments allowing the display to be centered on the screen.
Controlled and RackLink versions of the box include a 4" 49 CFM/28dBA fan that is thermostatically controlled for cooling. A second fan is available for equipment-intensive applications.
The cover of the Evolution Series Ceiling Box can be opened and removed while a projector is mounted to the box. This allows other devices to be serviced without having to disconnect the projector. A tether cord is included to prevent the cover from slipping out of hands and landing on expensive conference room tables.
Evolution Series Ceiling Boxes are suitable for use in plenums in accordance with section 300.22(c) of the National Electrical Code. These boxes are available through Wiremold distributors and Middle Atlantic Products.
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Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us