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New WorkFit Ergonomic Workstations From Ergotron 'Take a Stand' for 21st Century Office Computing

Friday, September 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 27 Ergotron has introduced the WorkFit(TM) workstation, a new sit-or-stand mobile computer workstation that enables office workers to move from seated to standing and back to a seated position whenever they wish - reducing back strain, increasing productivity and burning more calories while enjoying healthier, more productive computing.

The new WorkFit workstation helps employees achieve the sit or stand movement their bodies naturally crave, while relieving the strain and fatigue commonly associated with extensive office computing. For business managers, owners and facility/office designers, WorkFit delivers a small footprint, mobile office platform, which can be rolled to "point-of-work" and adapted for temporary employees, traveling guests and short-stay telecommuters.

Research by Dr. Marc Hamilton, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri, indicates the simple act of standing may have great health benefits for office workers. The sedentary act of sitting all day actually lowers metabolic rate, negatively impacting other bodily systems. (See http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/departments/ur/interact/?p=174.) Just standing during the day while using the WorkFit can actually double a worker's metabolic rate.

Designed by Ergotron, a global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, the WorkFit workstation uses patented Constant Force lift technology to offer one-touch adjustment of the negative-tilt keyboard and monitor. With 25 inches of height adjustability, WorkFit allows workers to easily lift LCD screens or laptops to match their body's position while they sit or stand, providing unsurpassed ergonomic comfort. Just as importantly, WorkFit's independent adjustment and negative tilt keyboard ensures optimum elbow and wrist placement to avoid repetitive stress injury.

Ergotron's WorkFit is available in four configurations - from the productivity-promoting dual-monitor or combo (laptop with LCD) to single-LCD cart (Light Duty and Heavy Duty) models. Fully-equipped WorkFit workstations facilitate collaboration at fulltime, temporary or telecommuter work pods, especially when customized with accessories that fit employee needs.

"We are committed to greatly reducing the cost of ergonomics and bringing it to millions of people because we understand that by doing so we will make the lives of millions of people better," explains Joel Hazzard, president and CEO of Ergotron. "WorkFit enables businesses to affordably boost productivity while addressing the number one cause of corporate health expense: neck and back injury."

Ergotron's WorkFit workstations carry a MSRP of $899 in the US, and are available for sale to the global healthcare market through regional reseller and distribution channels. Each WorkFit includes cart, LCD pivot, integrated worksurface, keyboard tray with left/right mouse tray, wrist rest, mouse holder, cable storage box, CPU holder and four dual casters.

With its small footprint, large worksurface and modular platform, the WorkFit is ideal for both new office projects and retrofits. Its versatility and ease of deployment reduces expenditures in new workspace creation and maintenance, optimizing space utilization for large enterprise and corporate, financial, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and government customers.

To see the WorkFit in action in Ergotron's movie "CubeLife 2.0: The Uprising" or for more information about Ergotron's WorkFit workstations - including access to a free WorkFit Payback Calculator and a podcast by University of Missouri professor Marc Hamilton on the benefits of standing during the workday - visit http://cubelife.ergotron.com. For more information about Ergotron visit http://www.ergotron.com or call 1-800-888-8458.

About Ergotron:

Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron is a global manufacturer of digital display mounting and mobility products, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Ergotron's products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 25 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 35 patents and our growing portfolio of award winning products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron products enhance computing wellness, improve workplace productivity and create business process efficiencies, wherever and whenever they're used. Incorporating Ergotron's Constant Force lift and pivot motion technology, wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more ergonomic motion, improving the user's experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment.

SOURCE Ergotron
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