Mounting solutions for switch access, computer access and communication products

 
 

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Mounting solutions for switch access, computer access and communication productsOften overlooked, proper mounting can mean the difference between success and failure, comfort and fatigue, efficiency and wasted effort. At AbleNet, we take proper positioning of switches, communication devices, and environmental controls seriously. We've assembled a complete line of mounting solutions ranging from simple Velcro® and tapes, to suction table mounts, to highly customizable clamps, arms, and plates. Use the method below to help you select the correct system for your needs.

  1. What do you need to mount—switch(es), communication devices, etc?
  2. What can you mount to—flat surface, table top, wheel chair, bed?
  3. How strong of a system is needed—device weight, impact from activations, motion?
  4. What is the ideal position of the product for repeatable activation or viewing?
  5. Will the product or position of the product change often?
  6. Are there cords that need to be managed?

 

Common Situations

Situation 1
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We need a system to mount a variety of switches to a flat surface. Based on our activities, we will need to often change the location and orientation to best meet the needs of the students (horizontal, vertical, tilted).

Situation 2
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I need to mount a communication product to give instructions at an activity station. The product's position will need to be adjusted depending on the current user, but it will also need to work with "heavy hitters" in class.

Situation 3
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I have a scanning environmental control product that needs to be mounted on a wheelchair and positioned for viewing. I also need a "sip and puff" switch that can accommodate two-switch scanning.

Situation 1

Mounting solutions for switch access, computer access and communication products

We need a system to mount a variety of switches to a flat surface. Based on our activities, we will need to often change the location and orientation to best meet the needs of the students (horizontal, vertical, tilted).

Applied Methodology

  1. A variety of switches
  2. Tabletop mounting
  3. Light weight switches, but repeated activation
  4. Slightly raised above the tabletop
  5. Frequent changes
  6. Cords are not a significant issue

AT Solution

tabletop mounting solution

Cling!™
Cling provides a quick tabletop mounting solution that's easy to move and reposition
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switch selection guide

Switch Selection Guide
For an ideal selection of switches, review our switch selection guide on our website.
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Situation 2

Mounting solutions for switch access, computer access and communication products

I need to mount a communication product to give instructions at an activity station. The product's position will need to be adjusted depending on the current user, but it will also need to work with "heavy hitters" in class.

Applied Methodology

  1. Communication device
  2. Table mounting
  3. Light weight device, but strong mounting is critical
  4. Adjustable height
  5. Frequent changes in height, but must remain strong
  6. Cords are not a significant issue

AT Solution

customizable communication device - Step-by-Step

Step-by-Step™ with Levels
Flexible and customizable communication device—perfect for classroom activities
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ARM and small triangular mounting plate - Latitude

Latitude™ ARM and triangle plate
Use the Latitude ARM and small triangular mounting plate for a steady position and easy adjustments.
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Situation 3

mount for ECU device

I have a scanning environmental control product that needs to be mounted on a wheelchair and positioned for viewing. I also need a "sip and puff" switch that can accommodate two-switch scanning.

Applied Methodology

  1. Environmental control unit, sip and puff switch
  2. Wheelchair mounting
  3. Light weight devices, stability important
  4. Switch at mouth level, ECU at a clear viewing angle
  5. Infrequent changes in position, but easy to move (to allow for moves from a chair to a bed)
  6. Cords must be managed

AT Solution

ECU device for disabled

Primo!™
Highly visible and easy-to-operate ECU.
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mount for ECU device for disabled

Latitude™ ARM with mounting plate
A perfect solution to mount the Environmental Control Unit.
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pneumatic switch for chair mounting

Pneumatic switch
An ideal sip and puff switch for chair mounting.
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gooseneck arm with pneumatic connector

Gooseneck Arm (with Pneumatic connector)
Use the Gooseneck arm to mount the Pneumatic switch to allow for some slight movement.
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velcro to hold on ECU device

Velcro®
Use the Velcro straps to properly manage the cords.
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Additional Information

Computer Access Brochure

Download our Mounting Selection Grid now (PDF)