64 plasma units. 8 legs. 17’ high. 335 square feet of display. 7500+ pounds that needs to be free standing. These were only a few of the challenges Advanced Products Group (APG) had to face recently when building an 8×8 plasma wall for a private event.
The creation of the unique 24’ plasma wall
APG was contacted in September 2006 with a request for a large display wall for a private event to be held in May 2007. This was to be the largest plasma wall ever to be built in Canada.
The 8×8 wall required custom manufactured legs to hold a frame 13.75 feet high x 24.33 feet wide, 42” off of the floor with a total weight including all plasmas of more than 7500 lbs. A mechanical engineer and a custom metal shop were hired exclusively for this job. In the meantime, APG’s engineers and sales team were discussing all the details of the event— how the testing was going to be done, how the various inputs would be displayed on the wall, and how to control and pull everything together.
Putting it all together
To leave nothing to chance, a complete dummy build and comprehensive test was undertaken before the event; structural build, safety testing, cabling, pre-colour balancing, matrixing and control programming were all checked exhaustively.
During the event, the screens were controlled and remotely managed using the Crestron MP2E controller with a TPS4500 touch panel. The multiple sources were sent to the plasma wall using an Extron 8×8 matrix switcher and 8 Extron distribution amplifiers. The inputs used for the wall included 4 DVD players, 4 cameras and a media server all set to the same resolution and frequency.
APG’s programmers worked hard to make this touch panel solution extremely simple for the show operator. In the end, the operator simply needed to touch the “desired look” he wanted on the 8×8 and the input source would appear in each magnification.
The BIG day
Once everything was in place, the event was ready to start. And that’s when the plasma wall received the spotlight. Guests were amazed by the power of the screens, generating a wow factor never experienced before to every single person in that room. APG had just created the largest plasma wall in Canada, and did so to perfection. It was a flawless execution to a tight deadline.
For more information on rental of the Infinite Plasma, contact Advanced Products Group at 905-502-1110 or visit www.apgdisplays.com/products/infinite-plasma.