New 30-Unit Laptop/Netbook Cart and 36-Unit Tablet Cart Facilitate Technology Use in Education

Published | Mon, November 21, 2011

Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today introduced four new mobile device carts to support the modern learning environment. The new MDMLAP30 30-unit laptop/netbook carts and MDMTAB36 36-unit tablet carts feature an advanced power management system and the industry’s first “desktop” cord management system. All of the new carts are currently available and shipping.

“Technology is inherent in how students communicate and has become a driving force in education. The use of these devices is quickly increasing,” explained Dan Berger, product manager, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “Laptops, netbooks and tablets allow students to explore the world outside the walls of the school without ever leaving the classroom. Teachers can now expand their curriculum in ways that were not possible even just a short time ago. With the new MDM carts, this technology is always available when needed and safe and secure when not in use.”

The new carts include a sophisticated “Power Manager” system, which is designed to continuously charge even the most power hungry mobile devices. The system uses a “Round Robin” charging cycle that constantly evaluates the demand for power and concentrates on the devices that need it most.  The system inherently senses when batteries are nearing a full charge and automatically reduces power as required. The "Power Manager" not only prevents circuit tripping, but also allows each set of device batteries to cool down between charging cycles, thereby extending their life.

The carts offer new cable and cord management. According to Berger, the locking slots in the front of the cart position the cords so they can be easily plugged into the device. And the back of the cart features the first removable cord management system. Made with removable steel plates and Velcro straps, the system allows teachers or IT administrators to secure the power cords and adapters to the panels before snapping them into the cart all while seated at a table, making it no longer necessary to kneel or bend down to manage the wires.

Each new cart has two shelves with individual laser-printed numbers for identification on every device slot. They also include full-access doors in the front for the students and a choice of a panel or full-access door in the back for the person operating the cart. Their dual-handle design and dual-locking casters allow both adults and children to push and pull the cart easily and safely. Additionally, device security is provided by the solid steel construction and a unique locking handle that can be opened using either a re-programmable combination or a key. Both carts ship fully assembled and are ready to be cable-managed for power.

The new carts, which are manufactured in the Bretford production facility in Franklin Park, IL, are constructed using an average 30 percent post-consumer recycled steel content and are finished in environmentally-friendly powder paint. They are pending UL60950 certification for safety of technology equipment and GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certification for low-emitting products.

Pricing and Availability

The new MDMLAP30 laptop/netbookcarts and MDMTAB36 tablet carts are currently shipping at a list price that begins at $3,948. For more information about Bretford, call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.

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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.

Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, Bretford holds close to seven decades of expertise dedicated to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected.

With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable Bretford products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral product certification. All Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty.