Convertible Cart

Rubbermaid Commercial Products introduced the new multifunctional Convertible Utility Cart—a utility cart that converts into a platform truck, improving efficiency, productivity and workplace safety. A smart solution for schools, offices, foodservice, catering and more, the Rubbermaid Convertible Utility Cart has a 400-pound capacity as a utility cart and a 250-pound capacity as a platform truck. Its recessed top prevents items from falling during transport and with its extended lower deck, loading is made easier and less strenuous. The cart features non-marking swivel casters for increased maneuverability and safety. Its fully round ergonomic handle reduces hand fatigue, and its flat configuration provides easy storage and transport.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC: 800-347-9800

Smart Access

SmartLocker® is a managed locker solution from Penco Products that utilizes identification technology to grant or restrict access to lockers in a manner consistent with the operational policies of owners and administrators. The system can be designed to have lockers assigned to individuals on a permanent or temporary basis. Lockers are networked via computer to a central administrative office, where usage can be monitored and access controlled. Password-protected administration software controls locker operating parameters and access. Convenient for users, one ID card can be integrated into many existing functions. A school ID card can be used for building access, attendance, library card or a lunch program.

Penco Products Inc.: 800-562-1000

Spin Cycle

Continental Girbau unveiled the M-Series hard-mount line of washer-extractors, available in 25-, 40- and 55-pound capacities. The new M-Series Washers deliver improved energy efficiency and higher G-force extract speeds than many hard-mount washers on the market. Designed to occupy less space than other hard mounts, the M-Series Washers are programmable to reach standard maximum extract speeds between 108 and 141 G-force, allowing laundry to be processed more quickly. The highly flexible Logic Control offers superior programmability, with eight individually modifiable programs. M-Series boasts additional features geared toward providing optimum temperature and dosing management for the best fabric care.

Continental Girbau Inc.: 800-256-1073

Skate Sounds

Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., recently opened the Arrington Ice Arena, boasting a regulation-size hockey rink with spectator seating and standing capacity for 1,000. As with most ice arenas, acoutsitcs are not among the venue's stronger features, and with the 28-foot ceiling exacerbating reflectivity issues, intelligibility for announcements was a significant challenge at the outset. Vision Performance Group designed a sound system utilizing 14 Community iBOX IHP 1264 two-way loudspeakers to solve the problem. The system is set up in two zones, one for audience information and one to cover the ice surface.

Community Professional Loudspeakers: 610-876-3400