Peerless Industries, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of American-made audio-visual solutions. The company’s innovative product line includes flat panel and projector mounts, wireless technology, motorized mount solutions, cables, kiosks, AV furniture and racks and other accessories. Throughout their 70-year tenure, Peerless has maintained its position at the forefront of the industry, introducing new AV technologies that provide operative solutions to meet the needs of the consumers as well as pro markets.
Prior to 2010, Peerless had been manufacturing audio-visual solutions across several international plants. That year, the company made the strategic decision to move the overseas manufacturing operations back to the US, and subsequently consolidate the US plants into one facility in Aurora, IL. The new facility required a systems integrator to design and install all necessary low-voltage systems. These included structured cabling, access control, CCTV surveillance, voice evacuation, paging, A/V, fire alarm, and intrusion systems. The project necessitated the incorporation of new and advanced technologies with an emphasis on IP network-centric solutions.
We redeployed and upgraded the former facilities’ A/V systems in the new conference and training rooms. The systems consisted of a combination of projectors and flat-panel displays with multiple input panels. To overcome the ambient noise generated by the metal stamping machines on the manufacturing floor, we employed a high concentration of Atlas Sound paging horns to allow for audible paging during machine operation.
Because the new 307,000 square-foot facility hosts both Peerless corporate offices as well as manufacturing operations, access control between the various departments was essential to the success of the project. We selected the S2 Security NetBox IP-based security management technology, which can be operated entirely from a web browser. The technology fluently integrates access control, alarm monitoring and video surveillance capabilities in an IP-based, network-ready system. Additionally, the size of the facility, coupled with the need for network reliability, required a purpose-built IP network. To address this condition, we implemented a fiber optic infrastructure with a star topology to eliminate any single point of failure in the IP network.
Lastly, optimal security was achieved through the installation of network surveillance cameras and an intrusion detection system that integrates with the access control system, providing flexibility to maintain both a secure facility and a 24-hour operation.
Pentegra successfully designed and installed a system with the flexibility, reliability and efficiency to accommodate the diverse requirements and demands of the project, allowing for a seamless transition of the Peerless warehouses and offices. The system is supported and secured by the experts at Pentegra Systems, assuring superior quality and ease of everyday use and maintenance.
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