|[November 08, 2012]
Bretford® Expands MDM Cart Line with Three New Compact Models for Schools and Other Learning Environments
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of
dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn,
today announced an expansion to its MDM
Cart line, which includes three new models with a 20 percent smaller
footprint for more options to fit needs and budgets in K-12, higher
education and business environments. The addition of the new carts give
IT administrators a total of six MDM carts to choose from in varying
sizes with or without network capability for their specific educational
and business purposes. All three are available for order starting Nov.
26, 2012 and will be shown for the first time this week at EDUCAUSE,
Nov. 6-9 in Denver, CO (Booth #1665) and NSSEA,
Nov. 7-9 in Tampa, FL (Booth #634).
The new additions to the line provide a range of choices for their
schools and businesses, depending on the size and need. The new models
house either 20 laptops/netbooks (MDMLAP20),
24 tablets (MDMTAB24)
or 20 laptops with network capability to charge and fully manage the
devices from inside the cart (MDMLAP20NR).
These smaller-sized carts join the existing MDM line, which consists of
a 30-unit laptop/netbook cart, 36-unit tablet cart and 32-unit
network-ready laptop cart, all three of which recently received UL
Certification (UL 60950 Safety of Informational Technology Standards for
the U.S. and Canada).
"The new models are designed for education and business environments
where fewer laptops or tablets are needed and where space may be limited
based on requests from IT administrators who are responsible for
managing the personal computer assets," said Bob Gabriel, product
manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.® "The new carts
offer flexibility to better fit the needs of smaller class sizes and
offices while helping a school or business stay within budget limits."
Gabriel noted that the continuation of the network-ready version allows
IT administrators to send security patches, software updates, software
installations and more to all the laptops and netbooks in the cart. This
saves a tremendous amount of time compared to the existing practice of
removing each computer one at a time and updating it individually.
The network-ready 20-unit laptop/netbook model comes prewired with 21
network cables threaded through a hole in the divider panel, which hang
in each laptop storage compartment. It includes cord winders on both
sides of the cart, one for a power cord and the other for a network
cable, with space in the top compartment for a 1U 19-inch rack mounted
network switch. It also contains an external network port on the outside
to access the network, and thermally-controlled fans inside to dissipate
heat from the cart while networking.
All of the new carts include a unique "Power Manager" that continually
evaluates the amount of power that can be safely drawn, then efficiently
distributes current from a 15-amp wall outlet to the devices in a "Round
Robin" cycle. This feature not only prevents circuit tripping, but also
allows each set of device batteries to cool down between charging
cycles, thereby extending battery life. The carts also include
full-access doors in the front for the teacher/educator and in the back
for the IT administrator. The cable management in the front positions
power cords to plug into laptops and netbooks while the cord management
in the back includes removable plates with Velcro straps to secure cords
and adapters. The left side panel of the charge-only versions has a cord
winder to keep the power cord neat and out of the way when not in use.
Their dual-handle design allows both teachers and students to push and
pull the cart safely and easily. At the same time, security is provided
by the solid steel construction and a unique locking handle that can be
opened using either a re-programmable combination or a key. And the top
and side panels and doors of the charge-only versions are perforated to
dissipate heat generated when charging and to keep the equipment cool.
The MDMLAP20, MDMTAB24 and MDMLAP20NR carts are available for order
starting Nov. 26, 2012 and will ship later in the year. All three carts
are pending UL Certification. For more information about Bretford®
visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed
on Twitter (News - Alert) at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.
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