Sanyo, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, celebrated the manufacture and shipment of their three millionth projector, the PLC-WTC500L, which was donated to their long-time client, the Georgia Institute of Technology. Top executives from Sanyo North America and AVI-SPL, a national Sanyo dealer, were accompanied by several members of the university’s IT and administration staff during a brief ceremony held on the Georgia Tech campus on October 8, 2009
“It was a great opportunity to share this milestone with our dealer AVI-SPL on the Georgia Tech campus. This year marks both our three millionth projector sold and our 20th anniversary in developing innovative, leading edge projectors. Products like the WTC-500L represent the type of advanced, high-image-quality projectors that has made Sanyo a leader in the educational industry,” says Sam Malik, director of marketing for the Presentation Technologies Group in Sanyo North America’s Consumer Solutions Division.
The three millionth projector was integrated by AVI-SPL, out of their Atlanta office, to Georgia Institute of Technology, who has previously purchased many Sanyo projectors for their classrooms and auditoriums. AVI-SPL is the largest and one of most advanced global integrators in the A/V industry, providing custom systems integration solutions, equipment sales, and service.
The PLC-WTC500L offers a wide variety of features and functions that are critical for the classroom environment, including a high brightness rating of 5000 lumens, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and WXGA (1280x800) native resolution. The new optical engine uses an inorganic panel for increased reliability and also features Sanyo’s “Lamp Selection System”, which automatically selects one of two lamps, making it possible to project approximately 6000 hours between lamp replacements.
“With this projector, we plan on creating a new style of classroom, which we are calling ‘Classroom 2.0’, and this is a wonderful way to kick-off the project. We have always loved the service provided by AVI-SPL as well as the quality of products that Sanyo has offered,” says Ron Hutchins, Georgia Institute of Technology CTO.
The donation ceremony helped raise awareness about Sanyo’s presence in the projector industry, especially denoting Sanyo’s renewed emphasis on solutions for educational institutions.
“We are very happy to present this projector to a school that has more than 400 of our projectors in use daily. It is nice to be able to give back to a place that has given us so many orders,” says Mark Holt, Sanyo North America VP and GM Presentation Technologies Group.