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LMG Restores US Theater With LynTec's NPAC Rack-Mounted System

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Louisiana Media Group (LMG) has restored a US theatre with LynTec's Networkable Power Automation Control (NPAC) rack-mounted system following a tornado in 2017.

A digital mixing console was also installed at Thomas Hall Theater at William Carey University in Hattlesburg, Mississippi.

The roof of the 1,200-seat Thomas Hall Theater was destroyed and subsequently required a complete renovation of the interior and the AVL systems. Since the theatre hosts a wide variety of events, including plays, musical performances, educational classes, and chapel services, it was critical to restore the functionality to the space without sacrificing quality.

The NPAC's complete, ready-to-install power management solution enabled LMG to provide complete power protection, control, and sequencing capabilities right in the rack, eliminating the need for an outside electrician or subcontractor.

"This is a new chapter for the school," said Mike Marchese, president of LMG. "They are rebuilding with the future in mind, and every decision made as part of that process has been critical, but time was definitely of the essence. When we saw the NPAC at InfoComm, we knew it would be the ideal power solution for the multipurpose venue. It not only gave us superb power control and sequencing for all the new gear going in, it also made the installation incredibly easy and sped up the timeline of the project by not having to wait for an electrician to come and wire in panels."

Part of LynTec's networkable product lineup, the NPAC is the only rackmount solution of its kind to sequence on/off complex digital audio systems with easy-to-program extended step rates and time delays that guarantee proper component boot-up and shutdown automatically. It features four 20A circuit inputs in a single 2-RU enclosure and can manage up to 80 amps in a single 2-RU unit. The NPAC series includes four models — 120V or 240V to manage higher voltage loads — and features four 20-amp circuit inputs, with 4 or 8 relays, in a single 2RU enclosure, saving integrators valuable rack space over 4RU systems and eliminating the need to wire multiple units together.

Circuits can fire in any order required, even from unit to unit, with no extra wiring required as long as each NPAC is connected to the network. Outlets can be controlled individually or as a sequenced group with up to 12 zones across 10 units. The unit boasts pre-terminated cables that are ready to plug into existing sources and four NEMA 5-20 outlets (6-20 outlets for the 240V model) that allow for easy connection to gear. An outbound relay (O/R) control option adds two single-pole, double-throw, 2-amp, low-voltage relays to allow users to also control external devices equipped with contact closures as part of their AV lighting (AVL) control platform.

"Getting the theater up and running as quickly as possible after the tornado was incredibly important," said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. "With the NPAC, LMG could keep the momentum going on the project. It solved the necessary power protection and control to its entire AVL outfit."

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