We were featured in the Intel Health & Life Sciences blog!


Our Director of Product Development, Michael Mullen, discusses Ergotron’s work in healthcare product innovation on the Intel health and science community forum.

For over 30 years, Ergotron has optimized the digital interface with IT equipment for improved usability, comfort and safety for doctors, nurses, and the entire healthcare team.

Michael explains how we work closely with thought leaders like Intel and our IT partners to optimize the latest technology and improve EMR usage.

You can read the Q&A with Michael here.

A lesson in radiology reading table design


When a top hospital and academic health center in the Pacific Northwest needed a teaching station for their imaging program, they couldn’t find a ready-made table that checked off all their requirements.

Their newly-appointed department chair set out to renovate the radiology reading rooms. Looking at best practices across the U.S., and knowing that sitting is the new smoking, he wanted to ensure that his staff had the ability to sit or stand during long, intense sessions scrutinizing images across a row of monitors.

After querying multiple firms for imaging furniture, he selected Anthro, a brand of Ergotron Inc., to design and manufacture a solution, based on Anthro’s superior product quality, unique designs that meet the specific needs of radiologists and convenient service offerings. The university ordered 30 tables, which were deployed in two waves; a successful result of a joint decision-making process that involved administration, educators and IT leadership.

Steve’s Bench is an example of how Ergotron can design imaging products in collaboration with imaging professionals.

Radiologists were thrilled with the design because the product is rock solid and moves smoothly with the touch of a button, without racking, even when they tried to rock it. The table also offered an enlarged work space that allows a trainee and a faculty attending radiologist to work side by side and switch between sitting and standing throughout the shift for a healthier reading experience.

They liked having plenty of “real estate” on the table for the four monitors—driven by two computers—set-up on each station. Even with all that, they can still spread out, it accommodates numerous radiologists, with leg room to spare. Wire management means it shows no “spaghetti,” even though they dressed the table with the maximum cables.

The university took advantage of “white gloves” delivery and hardware set-up. Ergotron offers a broad array of service packages for healthcare organizations implementing new equipment. If something ever goes wrong, customers know they’re covered for maintenance and repair, upfront through the life of the product.

Through its Custom Solutions group, Ergotron was able to quickly design and manufacture a unique solution for the university because of its short-turn manufacturing ability to make custom parts.

“Our design and engineering teams are under the same roof as our manufacturing facility,” says Julia Griffiths, Product Manager at Ergotron. “These teams work hand in hand so prototypes come quicker and production ramp-up is smoother. Plus, customers can draw from over 30 years of proven product designs from both Ergotron and Anthro. With those designs in our back pocket, we don’t have to start from scratch.”

The extra-large teaching station design was so well-received that it became a standard product, uniquely suited to demanding healthcare, laboratory, and corporate environments. Now called Steve’s Bench (a member of the Steve’s Station family), it lifts up to 350 pounds, and measures 90” wide by 31” deep so it can support plenty of monitors and equipment. Quiet, smooth-action legs move from 30” to 49.5” in height with the push of a button. It’s an ideal teaching station or utility bench.

But we don’t stop at design and manufacturing: Our service packages guarantee that Steve’s Bench will cover the needs of radiologists into the future, no matter how technology morphs and shifts.

Test drive our entire line of imaging workstations, including Carl’s Table, the most advanced radiology desk to date, at RSNA 2016 in Hall B,  Anthro/Ergotron Booth #7927.

“Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI,” webinar, Oct. 12th


Celebrate National Ergonomics Month with us and discover innovative options for employee wellness in a free ErgoExpo webinar with Dr. Chad Henriksen, a well-regarded expert on workplace ergonomics.

Office ergonomics is not a new topic, and most organizations appreciate the notion of a well-designed workstation. The challenge is to understand and implement “best practices” designed around specific needs. Whether you are new to ergonomic interventions or going from “good to great,” this webinar will provide the foundation to maximize your ROI. Find details here.

Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI
October 12, 2016 | 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Register now for this free webinar. (CEUs and CoC points apply.) Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway and we’ll let you know how to view it on demand!

Dr. Chad Henriksen
Doctorate of Chiropractic, Diplomate in Occupational Health and Applied Ergonomics; Coordinator of Ergonomics and Occupational Health, H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics at Northwestern Health Sciences University

Preventive maintenance is key


That old adage is true – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We rely on our personal cars and trucks, so we give them periodic care and attention: changing the oil every three months, checking the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated, getting a tune-up… there’s a checklist to keep any set of wheels in prime working condition.

Periodic care for the machines that help us do our jobs is just as important. Everyone with a mission-critical role in a healthcare, corporate, or education environment relies on technology and the furniture, arms and mounts that support it to be up and running.

No one likes hassling with deployment, unexpected repairs, or routine maintenance. Now you don’t have to – we’ll take care of it!

Ergotron Services installs over 4,000 products a year and has over 5,000 devices under contract. We cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Our service packages are designed to make life easier for you and your stakeholders. We know healthcare and other high-demand areas. Our equipment is used and abused day in and day out, and in many cases, 365 days a year, three shifts on every one of those days.

Preventive maintenance is key. Ergotron’s Josh Wilson shows how to avoid frustration, downtime and unnecessary expense.

October is National Ergonomics Month: Work shouldn’t hurt


National Ergonomics Month is one of the best times to help people pay attention to their daily activities so they can be more comfortable and productive.

For over 30 years, ergonomics has been the driving passion of our company. In fact, you could say it’s even baked into our DNA, and obviously, our name. So to celebrate ergonomics this month – and every month! – we invite you to make use of our newest resources, developed just for digital users like you:

Resource #1:  MoveMore blog. Get answers to your questions about busting sedentary behavior and its associated health risks. “What’s all the fuss about sit-stand desks?” – It’s the latest trend in office and home computing, but is it just a fad? (Nope.) Should you sit or should you stand? (Both.) And, how often should you switch if you get tired of either? (Every 30 minutes.)

Resource #2: WorkFit® Champion Toolkit. Would you like to enjoy the benefit of an active workstyle and promote its adoption at your workplace? Check out this downloadable Toolkit on JustStand.org/toolkit. It includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our informative e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet.

Resources #3: On-demand Webinar for HR professionals: Building a Business Case for Sit-Stand at Work. Looking for ways to improve employee health and productivity, and lower healthcare costs? This complimentary 30-minute on-demand webinar will help you do exactly that. Watch the pre-recorded webinar anytime and learn why standing at work is gaining popularity and how to make a business case to leadership for sit-stand solutions. (Professionals in health, safety, wellness or ergonomics roles will benefit most from this webinar.)

No matter how you celebrate National Ergonomics Month, follow us on social. Jump on Twitter, other channels, then join the conversation, using #MoveMore and #JustStand. And check back throughout the month for more on this topic!

Join us at the HERO Forum, Sept. 27 to 29


Are you attending the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s HERO Forum in Atlanta next week? The theme this year is Leading in Well-Being: Workplaces Influencing the Health of Employees, Families and Communities, with sessions by top thought leaders and industry innovators from best practice organizations.

While you’re there, please join us for our latest presentation on healthy sit-stand solutions, Stepping into a Culture of Movement. Ergotron’s workplace wellness experts Betsey Banker and Carrie Schmitz will share the latest research on sit-stand interventions and the results of a company-wide movement assessment survey.

Attendees will also be able to “walk the talk”: engaging in movement and wellness activities like morning fitness, lunchtime walks, midday yoga and the traditional Fun Run + Walk. Best of all, there will be Ergotron standing desks in all sessions, plus a chance to win an ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift24 laptop stand.

See you in Atlanta at #HEROForum16 and @HEROehm! Or connect with us online and at other upcoming conferences, expos, and events.



A back-to-school charging cart story


The other day I picked up my husband from work. He’s a fourth-grade teacher at a St. Paul school in Minnesota. Since we’ve been talking to a lot of educators and administrators about our new LearnFit® Adjustable Standing Desk, I took this opportunity to check out his classroom and chat with him to research the flow of his day.


I also wanted to see this charging cart he’d been complaining about. He couldn’t remember the brand name but he said it was a big mess. He said only about half of his students were plugging in their devices because the cables were so tangled; he often couldn’t even get the door closed because of the cords! He was right, it was chaos. ErgotronYesChargingCart

He told me I should see another fourth-grade teacher’s cart. “It’s awesome,” he said, glowing. “The devices almost plug themselves in.” I had to check out this paragon of virtue, a little daunted that it might be a competitor’s cart.

Happy to say, it was one of our YES® Charging Carts. I think these pictures pretty much tell the whole story.

What’s your cart story?

Angela Swenson, Director, Global Channel Marketing


Are you an educator looking for new strategies for organizing your classroom routines and trouble zones? Consider these tech tips for a fall refresh:

Choose a cart, locker, or other charging system that’s compatible with a wide range of devices. One size does not fit all, so make sure your system matches your laptops, tablets, or handhelds. That way, you can mix and match devices today, and your charging solution won’t become obsolete tomorrow.

Locate your system logistically in the classroom, office or media center. It should be out of the way in crowded spaces, but within easy reach for convenient distribution of devices before, after or during class. Sometimes closets or other nooks can serve as charging stations.

Quality, well-made products are durable enough to withstand abuse, the kind that only kids can dish out, but even then… Avoid broken shelves, dismantled cords and jammed locks which require IT to track down replacement parts or call in vendors, such as locksmiths.

Train students to use a gentle touch and act responsibly around technology. Talk to them seriously about the value of the equipment they’re using and what an honor it is to be “tech pioneers.” Not every classroom has the advantage of these devices.

Have a conversation with fellow educators to learn successful strategies for integrating technology into education. You may find that your young, inexperienced peers are comfortable with tech and can give you digital tips and tutorials. Older, seasoned peers may be able to offer good advice on classroom management and how to inspire students. Or the opposite.

Make use of online resources, too. For example, check out the back-to-school posts on the Ask a Tech Teacher blog. In addition to advice, you’ll find over 100 free EdTech lesson plans from a group of savvy contributors. Read away!

Personalized, flexible classrooms

We think the future of classroom furniture is personalized flexibility. What do we mean by that? To adapt to the fluid environment of their classrooms, teachers need equipment that allows them to change their teaching style at a moment’s notice. And kids deserve desks that enable full engagement with the teacher and classmates, as the subject and assignment dictate.

Ideally, classroom furniture should help keep the entire class focused on the learning process, the teacher’s attention on the subject at hand, and both adaptable to the best possible presentation of the knowledge at any given moment.

“To achieve our visions, classroom furniture must be intuitively flexible, for teachers to teach in a very flexible, personalized way, and in a way that’s personalized to the students as well.” ­– Bob Hill, Ergotron Education Manager

What are the results for classes that share our vision? Some teachers shared their experiences with Ergotron’s LearnFit desks.

“Not only does it engage kids, but it sort of frees you to do whatever it is that you need to do in your room, when you can easily move everything around.” – Monica Escobar, 5th Grade Teacher, Arts and History, Alexandria Country Day School

“I’ve noticed that my higher level kids are performing even higher than normal, and my lower level kids are also performing higher.” – Keri King, Biology Lead Teacher, Lamar High School

Watch the video to learn more about the benefits of personalized flexibility in the classroom.

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ErgotronHome: Homework? Increase your calorie burn at home


ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift35 converts any surface into a sit-stand desk

Many of us have no doubt been glued to our televisions this summer, watching exciting sports events such as Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics! Now’s the time to get in on the action, even if all that swimming, running, and jumping is too vigorous for you. As fall gears up, make the most of it by getting in some fun activities that boost fitness and burn calories.

Here are some approximate average calorie counts for fun, at-home un-workouts:

Go for a bike ride = a light spin for 7 minutes can burn 50 calories.

Vacuum the house = going clean-crazy for 13 minutes uses up to 54 calories,

Dance party = boogie down for 11 minutes and burn up 56 calories.

De-stress with yoga = lightly stretching for 17 minutes burns 50 calories.

Play catch with the kids = toss the ball around for 18 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Mow the lawn = give the grass a haircut for 8 minutes and torch 52 calories.

Wash your car = scrub a dub for 15 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Croquet anyone? = play this lawn game for 20 minutes, shed 57 calories.

Do yard work = weed flowerbeds for 10 minutes to burn 59 calories. (Beautiful blooms are a bonus.)

Badminton challenge! = volley a shuttlecock for 10 minutes to expend 54 calories.

Play with your pet = Fido loves fetch, plus 15 minutes can burn 50 calories for you.

BBQ or cook = fire up the grill, indoors or out, for 25 minutes and use up 57 calories.

After-dinner stroll = a pleasant 12-minute walk in the evening can burn 51 calories.

And for the absolute easiest way to speed up your metabolism and feel the calorie burn? Stand when doing any computing or gaming – one hour burns an extra 37 calories. Shorter standing sessions are fine, too. In fact, we recommend you switch it up after 20-30 minutes of either sitting or standing to get the most health benefits. Or, use our Calorie-Burn Calculator to figure out how an increase in can help you maximize your fitness routine. This is home work all of us can love.





Calling all sit-stand champions! New resources for you.


Looking for ways to make your workplace even healthier? Ergotron’s new Resources Center on Juststand.org helps you to educate your employer, co-workers, and other stakeholders on the benefits of creating a culture of movement.

On the Resources Center you’ll find:

A downloadable WorkFit Champion Toolkit which includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet about active workstyles.

Visit Juststand.org/toolkit to learn more.