Product Review (August 2004) - Chief Manufacturing Inc.
UPA-1002 Universal Projector Mount

Installation of any new ceiling projector often requires the manufaturer of the projector to provide a compatible mount, since every design usually has a unique mounting pattern. As reviewers, we see a variety of different projectors and have to deal with this problem each and every time we set one up. A new product from Chief Manufacturing Incorporated called the Universal Projector Mount (UPA) solves this problem by offering its customers a very flexible mounting pattern. Several configurations are available with the UPA kit making it compatible with a wide variety of DLP and LCD projectors currently on the market. We reviewed the UPA-1002, which comes with an adjustable column ranging from 13" to 23". The upper mounting plate can be angled anywhere between 0 and 90 degrees and the design supports weights up to 50 pounds. The UPA-1002 has independent roll (±6°), pitch (±30°) and yaw (360°), offering a wide variety of mounting angles. A set of extension arms are included for large pattern mounting requirements. In addition, an All-Points™ Security System, which includes a special set of Allen wrenches and screws are included with the package to help prevent theft.

If security is not an issue, the user will benefit from the quick-disconnect thumb nuts that are used to hold the projector mount to the main column. In either case the design makes it easy for the user to remove the projector from the installation position by simply loosening the screws and twisting the mounting plate. The low-profile design of the mounting plates are great for those needing the projector close to the ceiling (no column). Leveling the projector is possible by using the adjustable leveling feet located on each of the extending arms. Simply set the level and tighten the lock nut and you're set. The UPA series mounts are available in two colors, Black Wrinkle or Silver, to help match decor. A black nylon cover included with the kit slips easily over the main column.

Conclusion
The UPA-1002 is a very flexible design that should work with vitually all the current LCD and DLP projector models. We had no problem using it with our InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 projector and the quick-disconnect feature came in very handy. This projector weighs less than 10 pounds, so we didn't load the mount to anywhere near its full capacity. We were very impressed with the construction and flexibility this product had to offer. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a professional, the UPA-1002 from Chief Manufacturing offers a universal solution for ceiling mounting.

- Kevin Nakano



Review - At a Glance

Vantage Point
UFO - Universal Flat-Panel One Mount

Specifications:
Roll
±6 degrees
Pitch
±30 degrees
Yaw
360 degrees
ColorBlack Wrinkle or Silver
Weight Capacity
50 pounds

Installation Instructions

 


Company Information
Chief Manufacturing Inc.
8401 Eagle Creek Parkway, Suite 700
Savage, MN 55378

Tel: 800.582.6480 (toll free)
Tel: 952.894.6280 (local)
Fax: 877.894.6918 (toll free)
Fax: 952.894.6918 (local)

Source: Manufacture Supplied
Model Number: UPA-1002
MSRP: $300

Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

Customer Service: chief@chiefmfg.com
Orders: orders@chiefmfg.com

URL: www.chiefmfg.com

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