Audio Visual Safety tips for the Workplace and on the Job
We talk a lot about equipping yourself with knowledge about your equipment, but we have not yet highlighted the importance of safety with and around Audio Visual.
Right about now you’re probably wondering what kind of safety would be needed around audio visual equipment. Everything can be dangerous in the right situation. Just like it’s dangerous to leave Ryan alone with ice cream, we want to help remind you of ways you can make sure your area is safe for anyone who comes around.
Here’s a checklist we’ve put together for you, so you can easily walk around your business and make sure everything is being used in a safe way for you and your equipment:
It's New and Fancy, but is it Right For You?
Last week we looked at knowing when it’s time to replace your equipment or if you could “hold it together” with a repair or a patched in new part. This week we wanted to take a different look at updating equipment. How do you know when you should update your equipment with the latest and greatest?
Deciding When Your Old System Needs Something New
If your main Audio Visual system has been installed for a while you might be starting to wonder if it’s time to upgrade your system or start from scratch. We all try to save money if we can and Audio Visual is certainly an area we want to save money in. Sometimes a simple update in a piece of equipment is all you might need. Other times it might save you money over time to create a whole new system. How do you know when you can no longer upgrade? When is it time to tear out your legacy system and start over from scratch?
With older systems there are several options you might take: wait it out, simply maintain, or eliminate completely. Each has its pros and cons. Let’s walk you through each one.
If you wait as long as you possibly can to upgrade, it may save you money now but will probably cost you in the future. Many times, these systems are relied on a weekly, if not a daily basis. By waiting until pieces of your system fail, you put yourself in a position where you must make a quick, pressured decision to get the system back up and running. And sometimes you must settle for a piece of equipment that you might not like as much because the one that you want isn’t available that quickly. Or you might have to spend extra money to rent equipment until your new equipment can be ordered and installed.
To continue with our Lighting Maintenance Checklist we wanted to highlight cleaning your console area. Where cleaning your actual lights may only need to be done every 3-6 months, the console gets used all the time! We’d suggest doing these items every 1-2 months.
So, how do you know what is right for your building and space? Typically, screen position is decided based on the aesthetics desired for the room. But sometimes the building is more complicated and needs a little more thought process than simply the desired look. This is where Lambda can help! We can take the measurements of a room and build an 3D design to show us exact sight lines. With this information we can determine the exact placement of screens for best viewing.
Without building a special 3D cad design, there are already some industry standards and rules to consider. Perhaps you even have a portable screen for one of your rooms, some of these rules could help you determine where to place your screen.
Here at Lambda AV we always want to be incorporating the newest and best technology into the systems we design and install. One of the products we love is Dante!! So, what is Dante and why do we love it so much?
One of the other benefits of Dante is that huge cable snakes are now a thing of the past because all of the audio travels over an ethernet cable. Dante integrates media and control for your entire system over a single, standard IP network. Dante systems can easily scale from a simple pairing of a console to a computer, to large capacity networks running thousands of audio channels.
Because Dante uses logical routes instead of physical point-to-point connections, the network can be expanded and reconfigured at any time with just a few mouse clicks. Signal routing and system configuration with Dante is fast, simple, and incredibly flexible. Setting up a Dante network is typically just a matter of plugging devices into an Ethernet switch and connecting a computer to the network. All Dante devices are automatically discovered and displayed in Dante Controller, so you can be up and running in seconds.
So, next time you see Dante, hopefully you’ll know a little more about what it’s all about!
As you can see in these pictures, we use a combination of labels and color-coded heat shrink to identify each cable and what connection they have. Check through your list and make sure each is connected where it is supposed to be.
Labeling along with good documentation, like you can see here can help you trace a cable in seconds instead of minutes or hours!
One of the biggest things we like to push at Lambda Audio Visual is using your equipment to its fullest. Almost every piece of equipment we work with and sell is positioned not only fill your needs but to grow with you. Our tech tip this week is non-other than the equipment user Manual!
We affectionately speak of this amazing tool on our crews as our most important and knowledgeable crew member ‘El Manuel’ (of course we say it with an accent). “Have you checked with Manuel”, is a common day to day saying for us. This is because while our training's do a great job of getting teams started and helping to solve problems, it’s only when you dig in to what the manufacturer has designed the equipment for that you can fully understand it.
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