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What Do Technomad and Cal Ripken, Jr. Have in Common?

“Baseball is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive and push and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming nineteenth century.”  Mark Twain is credited with that quote upon his observation of what would become a national past-time of the U.S.

Approximately 130 years after baseball’s inception, baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr. retired from the game.  Among his many next endeavors, he spearheaded The Ripken Experience, a baseball complex, and program for kids.  The program gives kids a chance to experience the “Big League” vibe.

Any avid baseball fan might say that hearing your favorite player’s name announced is part of the thrill.  With that understanding in mind, the Aberdeen, Maryland location of The Ripken Experience installed durable, clear-quality sound Technomad sound-systems on all eight of their youth playing fields.

Tehnomad IPA2 with NOHO Ci Loudspeakers

Through the easy-to-use and powerful IPA2, which features the brand new Noho Ci, and the DragonFly portable weatherproof system, the fields play intro music before the game and walk up music for each kid coming on to the field.  Most importantly, an announcer broadcasts the player’s name as they take the field.  “In our feedback and surveys, this is one of the single comments that we consistently receive from parents – they love hearing their child’s name over the loudspeakers,” explains John Dye, Assistant Director of Baseball Operations.


Located in the East Coast of the U.S., the Aberdeen campus experiences the typical scorching sun, wind, rain, hail and snow of Maryland.  The loudspeakers are out in the weather from March through November of every year.  The ruggedness of the sustainably manufactured systems  makes them are capable of remaining out year-round, but the complex management elects to secure them for the winter season. 

During a normal season, the ball fields are packed every weekend and during the week in summer months.  The fields are also used for corporate outings and events, for employers hosting fun outings for their employees.  Even the adults get to hear their names announced through the loudspeakers when they are playing.

Given the recent COVID-19 isolation requirements, the complexes are currently silent.  The entire team at The Ripken Experience is hopeful that the fields and loudspeakers will be back in action soon, announcing the next great player at bat.

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Photo credits: The Ripken Experience, Aberdeen

Technomad Makes Loudspeakers with Heat from the Sun

Sustainable process improves quality while significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint

BOSTON, April 3, 2020 – Technomad redefines sustainable audiovisual equipment with a partnership that brings solar technology to its already-green plastic loudspeaker manufacturing process.  The new manufacturing method reduces production costs by nearly 30 percent while reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic.  As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified in AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.

In 2016, Technomad teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique patent-pending method of molding plastic with solar heat.  The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

The partnership began by manufacturing three of Technomad’s loudspeakers using the solar methodology.  Now in 2020, all Technomad products are sustainably molded by LightManufacturing at its California facility.

“Technomad is the first company in the professional audio industry to take advantage of solar thermal energy,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad.  “We’ve always worked on the cutting edge of green manufacturing, being the first company to use 100 percent recycled plastic to make loudspeaker cabinets.  The LightManufacturing partnership brings new advantages by reducing our costs while benefiting the environment.”

LightManufacturing’s SRM process uses heliostats – computer-controlled mirrors – to concentrate heat from the sun onto a mold and melt the plastic inside.  The sun’s thermal energy is used directly, avoiding the costs of making electricity with photovoltaic panels.  The process delivers higher quality parts at a lower cost than traditional rotational molding, with typical savings of 10 to 30 percent.  The nearly silent SRM systems use no natural gas or external AC power, and the hardware costs less than traditional rotational molding systems.

“This partnership shows that the solar molding process can deliver high-quality, reduced-cost parts for manufacturers right out of the gate,” said Mark Severy, a consultant at LightManufacturing.  “Technomad came to us with a 15-year history of making world-class products.  We met their requirements for outstanding quality, lower cost — and zero carbon emissions.”

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LightManufacturing LLC’s unique process re-invents rotational molding and other plastic molding processes through the use of heliostats and solar thermal energy.  The company works with equipment builders, plastic molders, large-scale end-users of plastic components, governments and NGOs to create sustainable and economically-competitive manufacturing solutions. For more information: call 415-796-6475; e-mail [email protected]; watch this videoor visit LightManufacturing LLC

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technomad loudspeakers installed outdoors

Technomad installed at the Highest Peak in Georgia

Brasstown Bald may be so remote that even GPS mapping systems can’t find it, but Technomad is there. 

Local dealer CANA recently installed the black Vernal ultra-compact, weatherproof, full-range loudspeaker on the highest mountain in Georgia – 4,784 feet above sea level to be exact.   A climb up the steps and over the rail was all that it took to get the speakers installed atop the Brasstown Bald Visitor Center.

The forestry service will use the speakers to make announcements to guests visiting the grounds of the visitor center.  While we think the speakers are a good reason to visit the center, the taxidermy exhibit of bears right below the speakers is a pretty compelling reason to visit too.

Located in the northeastern section of the state of Georgia, the off-season temperatures and weather at Brasstown Bald can be pretty rugged.  There is a recorded low temperature of -27 F and the winds, fog and storms can get fierce.  However, the weatherproof Vernal system will continue to bring high-quality sound to every announcement from the park service.

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Photo credits: CANA

Wildcat Stadium Upgrades to Technomad IPA3 Audio System

As fans file into the bleachers at the Home of the Wildcats, the crowd can now clearly hear the EHS Fight Song as it fills the entire Wildcat Stadium over the recently upgraded PA System. Enterprise High School in Enterprise Alabama chose a top-of-the line Scoreboard PA System to provide great-sounding audio quality at their Stadium. The system is simple to install and operate, producing clear speech and playing satisfying music year-round.   The system is based on Technomad’s flagship Berlin 15H outdoor stadium loudspeaker. 

Not only does the high-powered Scoreboard PA system project sound clearly, but also can weather harsh elements from intense humidity to powerful storms. Technomad’s loudspeakers have proven their weather resistant abilities by regularly withstanding the severe and unpredictable weather in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. made and military-derived loudspeakers were created to overcome any challenge with ease.

The weatherproof system will continue to bring high-quality sound to every game at Wildcat Stadium, rain or shine.

At Technomad, we combine advanced weatherproofing technology with military-specification enclosures and first-rate acoustic designs.    The result?  Clear, intelligible speech and high-quality music even in challenging outdoor applications.  

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Western North Carolina Nature Center Upgrades to Technomad

IMAGOS Entertainment in Miami writes,

“I hope all is well with you and the folks at Technomad!

I just wanted to share with you some pictures from a recent project involving Technomad loudspeakers and mounts.

technomad loudspeaker with spiderweb

These pictures are from the WNC Nature Center‘s new Grand Entrance and Festival Events Plaza. We installed three 70v Viennas and mounts with one of the speakers providing audio to the new entrance parking area and the other two units providing coverage the Plaza.  …the weatherproof Vienna’s provide excellent sound reinforcement for live events as well as regular and seasonal background music.  The client was very impressed with the quality of sound and it’s ability to withstand the elements (the Vienna that provides audio to the parking entrance is fully exposed and was constantly getting rained on while we were installing it!).

The last picture from this group is from a previous Technomad installation at the Zoo (you may remember it as the Otter Falls exhibit).

I call it “Technomad: Communing with Nature”. By the way, that system is still going strong and used everyday without issue.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.

Thank you,

Jorge I. Suarez
IMAGOS Entertainment LLC
Miami, Florida USA
Tel: 305.495.0147
http://www.imagos-entertainment.com

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The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a 42-acre zoological park in Western North Carolina operated by the City of Asheville’s (NC) Parks and Recreation department. Until 1973, it was known as the Asheville City Zoo and was then renamed the Children’s Zoo and Nature Center.

What is now the Friends of WNC Nature Center, a 501c3 non-profit charity, was developed to educate the public about the natural history, flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians and to develop a public responsibility for its conservation. The Center is now home to over sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants and all representative of this unique bioregion.

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