Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ICW @ADA 2017 Atlanta, Georgia



Between October 19-23, 2017 America's DentasMeeting will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. ICW will be presenting the newest innovative mounting systems, focused on the the dental industry. So if you are curious to see how our products and state-of-the-art mounting systems can improve your work environment while adding a nice design to your interiors, stop by at our Booth #2235.
We are excited to see you there! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dental Meetings

Dental Events and Meetings


ICW sales representatives will be present at two events between October 4th-6th, 2017 to demonstrate our newest products, improvements and give you detailed information in regards of any questions you might have.
So, if you have plans to attend either the Buffallo Niagara Dental Meeting or the Edmonton & District Dental Society Meeting, don't forget to plan ahead to save yourself enough time for a quick stop at our booth. If you need more information about the event visit our Facebook event page to get more details about the location, event schedule and more.


https://www.facebook.com/pg/icwusa/events/?ref=page_internal

We are looking forward to see you there!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Strenght Test: ICW's Double Elite Ceiling Mounting System

Strength Test: ICW's Double Elite Ceiling Mounting System

At ICW we know how important it is for our customers to not only receive the best possible customer service but also have some detailed insights of our products and their development process.

While our engineers come up with creative ideas & possible product improvements, our marketing team likes to share these ideas with all of you. That helps you to have enough time to plan ahead scheduling your next purchase to improve your ergonomics, equipment and interiors design. 

Coming Soon


One of our new products to keep an eye on is the Double Elite Ceiling Mount. The mounting system will be available this fall. ICW will publish more product details & information soon.

But, nonetheless, we wanted to show you a test we did to check its' strength and durability. You can either watch the video directly here or follow the link to our YouTube Channel:


If you have any questions in regards to the product or test, just let us know. Otherwise, enjoy the video clip, get some first impressions and, most important, stay tuned for upcoming new!




Please keep in mind that this is NOT an official product test and the video is only made to give you some impressions of one of our new mounting systems!
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Internet of Things- IoT

Internet of Things - IoT

New trends, technology and smart devices enter the consumer market and our life almost on a daily bases. For those of us working in the technology industry or in a fast-paced environment, the new names and shortcuts are easy to adopt and to understand.

But for everyone else, new names and technologies are often times confusing and hard to understand.
In the last year, especially since the beginning of 2017, the term "Internet of Things" or "IoT", began springing up more and more often. New start-ups and established companies started focusing on it and the term IoT can be found on a daily basis in almost every tech magazine or paper. 
But what does IoT actually do for the consumer and who would benefit from using it?

To give you a basic understanding of the Internet of Things, here's a quick overview of the advantages of using it in the private sector as well as industrial.
 
"The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. In 2013, the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as "a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies," and for these purposes a "thing" is "an object of the physical world (physical things) or the information world (virtual things), which is capable of being identified and integrated into communication networks". The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, virtual power plants, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020."

Sources:
Internet of Things- Wikipedia full entry


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ask the Right Questions when Choosing Your Mounting Solutions Company

There are several ways to improve your workspace set-up ergonomically. One would be to improve your monitor positioning. That being said, the question that comes up right away would be:

“How do I choose the right mounting solution company?”

Tough one. There are several companies offering similar services, but not all of them have quality products or fulfill your specific needs. Sometimes the most obvious decision would be choosing the company based on price range, but does this actually help you to improve your ergonomics or is it just adding more cluster to your office? To make your decision less of a headache, check out the infographic below designed by Warren B. With these tips, you’ll see improvement in the following areas:
  • Your health
  • Your posture
  • Your eyes
  • Your productivity
  • And of course, your interior design
Here are the questions you should ask and the reasons why these specific questions are important:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Benefits of Well-Designed Medical and Dental Computer Mounts

 
Wall mounted computer workstation in a patient room. Well designed, ergonomic mounting arms improve efficiency and enhance caregiver comfort and safety.


 The need for better monitor and computer mounting solutions

There has been a dramatic increase in the need for correct monitor and computer mounting systems in medical and dental settings. Placing a monitor and keyboard on a counter or shelf is no longer acceptable for the following reasons:
  • Computer use and MSDs. Awareness of the relationship between increased computer use and Muskuloskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in healthcare and dental environments has brought proper ergonomics to the forefront when selecting computer mounting systems.
  • Limited space. The growing use of computers, monitors and carts has created space restriction problems.
  • Meeting patient needs. Whether entertaining patients or presenting them with information, one static location for a monitor or TV will not meet the needs of every patient.

The importance of proper ergonomics

With better knowledge of workplace-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back, neck and shoulder pain, healthcare and dental managers are recognizing the need to provide ergonomically correct workplaces for their staff. The simple definition of ergonomics is the adaptation of the workplace to the worker. Mounting systems need to adapt equipment to the people who use it.
Because people’s physical proportions vary considerably, mounting systems need to easily adjust for each caregiver. Administrative and patient care tasks are handled more safely and efficiently with ergonomically designed computer and monitor mounts. Proper ergonomics can also save money through fewer missed days due to injury and increased productivity because employees are comfortable in their work environment.

Considerations for space-constrained environments

Often the first question that comes to mind before the purchase of a computer or monitor mounting system is, “Where will we put it?” In medical and dental environments, space is a valuable commodity. In an administrative or IT area, if a keyboard is placed at the edge of the table and a monitor behind the keyboard, the actual usable workspace has been greatly reduced. In some instances a second or third monitor is needed, compounding the problem.
In hospital patient rooms and dental operatories, it’s often impractical to use a second cart or cabinet for a computer, monitor, keyboard or laptop. Every square inch of floor and desk space has already been allocated for other equipment and tasks. Stowable mounting solutions provide complete workstations that mount in minimal space and fold up and out of the way when not in use. Desk and floor space remain clear.


Wall mounted computer workstation and ceiling mounted monitor improve efficiency in a healthcare setting.

 

 

 

 

Adjustable mounting arms can enhance patient care

Articulating monitor mounts in medical and dental settings enable caregivers to easily share information with patients. Appropriately selected monitor and computer mounting solutions can improve caregiver efficiency by streamlining workflow and maximizing the area they have to do their work.
Ergonomically designed mounting solutions increase the comfort, health and safety of staff in clinic and patient rooms, nurses stations, administrative areas, diagnostic sites and operatories.
A monitor mounted to an adjustable arm makes it easy for a patient to enjoy television even if his/her mobility is limited. The patient no longer has to be moved to see the screen because the screen can be moved to where the patient can view it.
An extendable monitor arm can enable a caregiver to use the monitor to educate a patient about a treatment or help him/her view x-rays from a bed or chair. This mounting system makes it easier to engage a patient in the treatment process. The same mounting system can then lift the monitor high enough to be used by caregivers or colleagues to discuss treatment plans.

 

 
Wall mounted monitor in a dental operatory makes it easier to share images    with the patient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the right mounting solution

There are many monitor and computer mounting arms and stands on the market designed for an array of applications in healthcare and dental environments. It’s important to know exactly what mounting solution will match facility and caregiver needs. The following are points to keep in mind when looking for a mounting system.
  • Adaptability. Present needs may change in the future. Find a system that is designed with this in mind. Ask, “How easy will it be to add a keyboard to this monitor mount in the future? Will it be necessary to buy a completely new system or can this one be upgraded?”
  • Adjustability. The monitor and/or computer mount should be designed to adjust easily by the people who will use it every day. Ask, “Can caregivers and staff easily adjust the height and position of this mount?” In the case of an articulating mounting arm, think of the farthest point it will be required to reach. “Will this arm extend to where it is needed?”
  • Compatibility. There are compatibility standards set forth by VESA, the Video Electronics Standard Association, that determine how a flat panel monitor can be mounted. Be sure to find a mounting interface that’s VESA compliant and compatible with the monitor. Also keep in mind the weight of the equipment that will be mounted and choose a mounting system that meets the load capacity.
  • Quality. Find out how the monitor and computer mounts under consideration have been engineered and manufactured. Ask, “Is the mounting system designed to be durable? Is the mount built to last at least as long as the equipment that is mounted on it? Is this system safe to extend above and over a patient? What kind of finish does it have? Will the finish fade or chip after frequent cleaning? Will the manufacturer stand behind this product?”
The right monitor and computer mounting system can transform a healthcare or dental practice. It can enrich the experience of patients and create a safer, more efficient workplace for employees.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ICW's Vertical Dual Monitor Mounting System Product Prototype




 ICW's Vertical Dual Monitor Mounting System Product Prototype


ICW is excited to announce our next new product prototype. In fact we know exactly how important it is to develop new, innovative & helpful ideas for many reasons; constantly improve the quality of our products, target new trends and increase the ergonomics at your workplace.

The last few years have been interesting in terms of new technology; that being said, we have noticed that the trend to work with dual monitors has increased work productivity in office spaces throughout the world. The convenience of having two monitors has many benefits, but also brings certain problems. Tight quarters with limited space and incorrect ergonomics.

Knowing the benefits and concerns, our engineers came up with a new idea for a vertical dual monitor mounting system. So this is what we did: we have mounted dual monitors in the vertical position on a heavy-duty desk puck. Each of the monitors can be rotated 20 degrees laterally and our Para-link adjuster provides forward and backward motion for fine-tuning their position.


This is an excellent, space-saving configuration for radiology departments, dental offices, IT, and other areas that need maximum monitor real estate in a minimum amount of space.
Feel free to contact us directly for any questions or visit our website at www.icwusa.com to get more news and updates about existing & upcoming products.