National Museum of the Pacific War Uses Furman to Protect New AV Exhibits

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• Created: May 21, 2010

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FREDERICKSBURG, TX – The National Museum of the Pacific War recently opened the 33,000-square-foot George H.W. Bush Gallery with 40 multimedia exhibits to provide extra impact. To protect the AV components, the exhibit technology team at Bowen Technovation and exhibit designers The Douglas|Group chose Furman's PS-PRO II power conditioner/sequencers and AC-215 power conditioners. The AV gear helps tell the  story of America's war in the Pacific and China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Powered components include computers, interactive flat-panel displays, media players, audio amplifiers, and multi-screen, edge-blended panoramic projectors.


"To power this equipment, there are two electrical systems at the museum, one of which is an older pre-existing part of the structure," noted Brian Norris of Bowen Technovation. "It was vital to protect the sensitive AV components from surges, spikes, and dangerous voltage conditions. 


"To do this," Norris added, "we employed Furman's power protection in every exhibit area in the gallery. In addition to protecting components, the PS-PRO II and AC-215's filtering and noise suppression permit a totally immersive visitor experience with no distracting hum, buzzes, sonic, or visual noise. In addition, the PS-PRO II's power sequencing ensures all audio equipment is powered on and shut down in the correct order."


In audio systems, simultaneous powering on and off of equipment can result in a loud, annoying, and potentially damaging "pop" reaching the speakers. The 20-A PS-PRO II contains six sequenced rear panel outlets to power up a rack full of equipment in a three-step delayed sequence and power equipment down by reversing the sequence. Five PS-PRO II units are utilized for the gallery's computers and audio equipment. 


In addition, 43 Furman AC-215 power conditioners are being used throughout the gallery to protect and enhance the performance of flat-panel displays and projectors. The AC-215 is compact in size (1.75" x 5" x 8.5") weighs three pounds. The unit's low-profile design makes it well-suited for mounting to the back of a flat-screen television, or anywhere that discreetly located remote power protection and purification are needed.


The PS-PRO II and AC-215 both offer Furman's Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) for surge/spike protection; Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) to protect equipment from extreme voltage conditions; and Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) to reduce AC line noise. 


"As professional AV installers with decades of combined experience, we know just how important power conditioning and protection can be," said Tyler Gill, fabrication manager of Bowen Technovation, who said the Furman gear was chosen in part for its "built-like-a-tank construction and global reputation for quality and value."


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