The average brain is just 1400cc, yet houses 100 billion neurons. So it’s not surprising that a laboratory delving into the complexities of the brain would need to pack a lot of ‘smarts’ into a similarly compact area. In organizing 4 new research labs at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, Systems Administrator, Jeremy Smith, was faced with this challenge.
After a search for potential equipment suppliers, Mr. Smith selected IAC Industries’ LAN Stations to serve as equipment racks and workstations for the four new UC Davis EEG labs. Mr. Smith explained that there were several reasons for the selection of IAC LAN Stations. First was their ability to accommodate a large array of densely packed computer and electronic diagnostic equipment below the worksurface, on the worksurface and above the worksurface while providing rock-solid stability. Secondly, the LAN Station’s integrated cable management system keeps all the wiring cleanly organized while allowing for simplified equipment exchange. Mr. Smith states, “The cable management system is very convenient, as we frequently modify the equipment mix for our various research projects. And the casters built into the LAN Station base allow us to roll out the entire workstation for quick access to the rear cabling.”
When asked, Mr. Smith also cited IAC’s ability to provide a wide variety of size and accessory options for the LAN Stations, such as CPU racks, and shelving, as a real bonus to their selection process. “Their choice of configurations allowed us to optimize the fit of the LAN Station to each of our labs,” said Mr. Smith. Our interview with Mr. Smith concluded with his final comment of, “IAC makes exactly what we want.”
The UCD Center for Mind and Brain is a cognitive neuroscience research facility providing more than 30,000-square-feet of custom designed laboratories, offices and shared facilities that currently houses 15 faculty laboratories. Laboratories include high-density EEG recording studios, numerous sound-proofed behavioral testing suites, child development testing facilities, and computer analysis labs. Through the UCD Imaging Research Center, the Center for Mind and Brain also uses magnetic resonance imaging.
Based on IAC Industries’ Dimension 4 Labstations, LAN Stations feature integrated cable management and options for better computer and electronics access and organization. They are the ideal space saving system for computer and instrumentation arrays. LAN Stations are fully adjustable with a full complement of ergonomic productivity accessories; they also can share many Dimension 4 accessories.
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