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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.”

ABOUT LIGHT MANUFACTURING

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 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

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

More Information:
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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Paris Loudspeakers sound off at Miller Central Speedway

Every Saturday night throughout the spring and summer, South Dakota auto-enthusiasts head to the bleachers of the Miller Central Speedway to watch the Green Flag fall and to root for their favorite drivers. Miller Central Speedway is a half-mile oval dirt track located in central South Dakota. Home to WISSOTA Auto Racing events, the Speedway features Late Model, Street Stock, Superstock, as well as Pump-N-Pak Purestocks. MSC is a longstanding institution in the Miller community and the Speedway celebrated its 50th racing seaon in 2015.

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Several improvements have been made to the Speedway since new owners Dale and Susan Hargens took charge. Pit work, track re-shaping, and an improved concession selection were the first upgrades on the to-do list. An enhanced audio experience has been the most recent. In spring of 2018, the Miller Speedway team worked with Jeff Hanson of Unique Sound Installations to upgrade the horns that had been broadcasting track events since 1975. Jeff pointed the MSC team towards Technomad’s Paris loudspeakers. The Paris loudspeakers are compact, completely weatherproof and powerful enough to compete with the ever-present roar of engines at the Speedway. Four Paris Loudspeakers were installed on the Miller Speedway press box.

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“I included an easy-to-operate sound processor with a strong amp and microphone. They loved the sound quality!” says Mr. Hanson.

A week before the first big race of the season, Jeff received a call from Dave. The audience for the first race was going to be larger than expected, could they add two more Paris speakers?

“With short notice, I contacted Technomad and explained my situation,” says Jeff. “Without hesitation, you guys shipped the speakers that day and I was able to install the additional two speakers the day of the big race. Thanks to the people at Technomad. You helped me secure a customer and make a few friends along the way.”

We’re proud to know that the Paris loudspeakers are going strong at Miller Central Speedway and appreciate partners like Jeff and Unique Sound Installations that invite us to be a part of cool projects like this one.

Have a sound installation that needs high-quality, quick turn-around results? Contact us now!


More Information:

Miller Central Speedway: Website or Facebook

Unique Sound Installations

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Technomad Vernal Speakers Celebrate 10 Years Aboard Marine Cruise Boat

Climb aboard one of Sarasota Bay Explorers Sea Life Encounter Cruise’s and you’ll be in for a treat. The marine biologist led tours take visitors on a 1-hour 45-minute cruise through Sarasota and Roberts Bay, where tourists observe manatees, bottlenose dolphins, puffer fish and more. The tours are broadcast over Technomad’s very own ultra-compact and waterproof, Vernal speakers. Six Vernal speakers are strategically placed throughout the 40-foot pontoon boats ensuring that every passenger can clearly hear announcements on wildlife sightings and learn from the expert biologists on the intricacies of the bay ecosystem.

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Bob Heere, Director of Operations at Sarasota Bay Explorers, originally heard about the speakers via a word of mouth recommendation. The original Vernals were installed in 2007 along with a Lanolin electric paste to protect the terminals.  “They performed wonderfully,” says Bob, “they did exactly what they were supposed to do and lasted 10+ years despite daily exposure to salt water, fog, and sea spray.”

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In 2018, the original Vernal’s were finally retired and replaced by a half-dozen brand new Vernal’s which were installed by sound technicians from Prime AV. Even though they spent their life at sea, when disassembled, the Vernal’s showed no evidence of internal damage or salt intrusion, a testament toTechnomad’s rugged, weatherproof designs.

“If you have a need for an outdoor speaker in any environment, these speakers will meet that need,” Mr. Heere attests. “If they can sit out in salt conditions for 10 years, they can survive anywhere.”

Interested in learning more about the Vernal speakers? Contact us now or check out other examples of Vernal installations throughout the world.

Vernal’s at SkiStar in northern Sweden

Vernal’s in Chicago River Sightseeing Boats

Vernal’s in Club Med, Mexico


Products and Partners:

Technomad Vernal Ultra-compact, Waterproof, Full-range Loudspeaker

Sea Life Encounter Cruise by Sarasota Bay Explorers

Prime Audio/Video- Sarasota Audio Experts