Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mobile Device Cart Q&A with Brian Lambert

Spectrum Industries has been manufacturing mobile device carts for 20 years. From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a leader of innovation in the industry. Brian Lambert, territory manager of Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia, has helped many customers with selecting the perfect cart for their mobile device deployment. He's joined us this week to answer a few questions about the Spectrum line of mobile device carts.

Q: What markets do you typically sell mobile device carts to?

A: The K-12 market amounts to probably 95% of the mobile computing carts that Spectrum sells.

Q: What kinds of spaces are they being used in?

A: Once the devices are wired up into the carts, they are deployed around K-12 buildings, and used as “classrooms on wheels, or COWS.” One cart might remain within each classroom, or maybe one cart is shared amongst multiple classrooms, but either way, the wireless access points allow these carts to be entirely mobile and flexible for use wherever the district needs them to be.

Q: What features do Spectrum carts have that customers are attracted to?

A: Ruggedness and durability are always very important to the end users, as well as ease of use, ease of mobility, and security.

Q: What are customers saying about Spectrum’s mobile device carts?

A: The design changes made at the outset of 2016 addressed some of the previous generations deficiencies. These updates include: easier cabling, more security with the ability to add a padlock, more flexibility to be able to accommodate larger devices, and we kept the wonderful reliability that comes with all Spectrum products. The 2016 line has been very well received!

Q: Why should customers choose Spectrum’s carts over other carts on the market?

A: The value of Spectrum products has long been known for a great mix of reliability, durability, flexibility, security, ease of use, and second-to-none customer service.

Q: What advice do you have for a customer when trying to pick the right cart for their devices?

A: I would encourage any tech director or reseller firm to contact their local Spectrum Industries territory manager. Since Spectrum manufactures a cart for any device, simply knowing the desired capacity, and the specific device type will allow us to select the proper cart for your needs.


To find out more about Spectrum's line of mobile device carts and request a quote visit our website.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Spectrum Industries Brings in New Graphic Design Talent

Spectrum Industries announced today that Samantha Boos has joined the marketing team as a graphic designer. Sam is a native of Chippewa Falls and a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

“I am looking forward to meeting and working with a great group of people,” Sam stated about beginning her career at Spectrum. “I am also excited to keep their brand strong, appealing and consistent in the various marketing mediums Spectrum uses.”

Sam comes to Spectrum with extensive experience in graphic design. She has worked for Queen of the Castle Magazine designing their layouts and ads and for their sister company Stokes + Herzog PR. For the past three years, Sam has worked as the Lead Designer at Summerana doing freelance design. She also had an internship at Great Northern Corporation. On top of all of that, Sam brings a strong knowledge of photography to Spectrum, having her own photography business for over 4 years.


“We are looking forward to the innovative design ideas Sam will bring to our team,” stated Carla Leuck, Marketing Manager at Spectrum. “She has a lot of talent and her creativity will help Spectrum grow as we continue to expand our product selections into new markets.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Products Built to Adapt

At Spectrum, we believe in building products that last. We offer a 10-year warranty on our tables, desks, lecterns, and carts because we believe in standing by our products which are all designed and assembled in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. However, with the constant change and innovation of technology, our products will often outlast the electronics they are initially used with. To keep up with the demand of an ever-changing tech market we aspire to build products that can adapt so that you won't need to replace your furniture every time you replace your electronics. Here are a few examples of how this is done:

Mobile Device Carts
  • Intuitive wire management and adjustable power strips accommodate different styles of in-line adapters and wall plugs 
  • QuickBrick™ trays can be added or removed as needed to adapt to changing wiring needs 
  • Padded shelves and flexible dividers protect devices of different sizes 


Lecterns
  • Industry Standard Rack Units are used in our equipment racks and cubes
  • New lecterns feature removable rack cubes for easy integration and changing of technology
  • Overbridge Control Consoles feature replaceable instrument panels for updating cutouts as needed

As technology changes, Spectrum continues to adapt our designs to meet customers' expectations. As territory manager Drew Cave says, "it has given Spectrum the opportunity to develop innovative products to support ever-changing needs,” 

For more information on all of our great products check out our website: www.spectrumfurniture.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wiring with Ease


At Spectrum Industries, we keep our customers in mind with every step of our design process. One of the most common things that we hear is that customers want their carts and lecterns to be organized with well-managed cable and power storage.

From a specially designed overhead cord management system to our removable QuickBrick™ wiring trays, our Mobile Device Carts have set the standard for quick and easy integration.

The superior, all-metal overhead wire management system keeps charge cords organized above each storage bay.

Our large, removable QuickBrick™ wiring trays with retaining straps for charge adapters allow wiring to be completed outside the cart at the comfort of a workstation or desk to provide quick and easy integration.

For more information on how to wire our carts check out this great new tutorial:

For more information on our entire line of Mobile Device Carts and Cabinets visit our website: http://ow.ly/Iz4O303kqTj

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Meet Our Territory Managers! August Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Ohio native Brian Lambert, who covers the mid-country territory of Michigan, West Virginia, and his home state of Ohio, or, in his words, “The heart of it all.” He enjoys selling Spectrum’s high-quality products with “a wonderful reputation in the field.” “That, combined with the reliable, hard-working inside sales team, makes my job a lot easier,” he said.

But don’t think he rests on those laurels. Brian works hard to get Spectrum products into schools and businesses throughout his territory. What sells the best for him, and why? “I’ve had great success selling mobile computing carts to the K-12 market. They’re feature rich and offer many advantages over our competitors’ products,” says Brian.

In the big picture, Brian points to customer satisfaction with Spectrum’s great customer service, reliable and durable products, and the fact that “our products are made in the U.S.A.”

Brian has a BBA from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining Spectrum, Brian originated residential mortgage loans and administered purchase and refinance closings for title companies throughout Ohio and Michigan.

Outside of work Brian spends his time with his wife, Becky, and two young children. His hobbies include cooking, working out, and following sports and politics.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Relay For Life

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

Once a year, the community of Chippewa County comes together to "celebrate, remember, and fight back" by participating in and fundraising for Relay for Life.  Employees at Spectrum have taken part in this movement for many years. This includes Teresa Repaal, a survivor who has participated for 17 years and is also the Survivor Chair for the Chippewa County event.

"Going through the luminaire ceremony every year is the most moving part of the event," said Teresa. "It brings to light both the survivors and those who have lost their lives in this battle. Every year we have more and more survivors and that makes this all worthwhile."

Other members of the Spectrum team this year include Rocky Aken, Debi Berg, Sue Bohl, Tom Repaal, and Steve Tannler. The committee asks teams to help at the Relay, if possible. The Spectrum team has always helped in the survivor tent since Teresa is the Survivor Chair.

Diane Berg, also an employee of Spectrum, was there with family and friends as a part of Team Bridget in support of her sister Bridget McNamara. They were all sporting Team Bridget shirts which featured a quote by Elizabeth Edwards: "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails."

The Spectrum Team has raised $2,500 so far which is a part of the $70,128.36 raised by the 24 teams and 151 participants that took part in the Chippewa County Relay for Life. The team has until the end of August to raise money.  If you are interested in contributing to this great event, donations can be made here through the end of the month.


About Relay for Life

In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life event is special to its community, but the movement's true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers, and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.