A conference table assembly comprises a plurality of conference
tables each having a top providing a writing surface for a user,
and a plurality of accessory units sandwiched between adjacent tables.
Each of the accessory units has a top which is the same thickness
as the conference table tops and is supported flush with them. In
the accessory unit top there is an opening into a trough-like housing
which is divided into compartments housing electrical and electronic
components. The opening is closed by a removable panel on which
are mounted such components as a goose neck lamp, microphone, keyboard,
control elements, indicating instruments, etc. Preferably an accessory
unit is provided between two user positions so that it can serve
both. Each accessory unit preferably has a leg and foot so that
it is self supporting and is provided with quick-release fasteners
for connecting it to the tables.
What we claim is:
1. In combination with a conference table having a top providing
a writing surface for a user and opposite ends, an accessory unit
disposed immediately adjacent one end of said conference table and
comprising a top with a panel bearing electrical and electronic
components including at least one microphone and receiving and transmitting
communication apparatus, a space below said panel accommodating
accessory elements for said components, means detachably supporting
said accessory top approximately flush with said table top, and
means for detachably electrically connecting said electrical and
electronic components with electrical conductors extending lengthwise
of said conference table.
2. A combination according to claim 1 in which said top of said
accessory unit has an opening below which there is a trough-like
casing providing said space for accommodating accessory elements,
said panel constituting a removable cover for said opening.
3. A combination according to claim 2 in which said casing is
metal and is connected to a neutral potential.
4. A combination according to claim 2 in which said casing is
molded of plastic material and has a metalized coating connected
to a neutral potential.
5. A combination according to claim 2 in which said casing is
divided by at least one partition into a plurality of compartments
which respectively house components operating at different potential
6. A combination according to claim 1 in which said accessory
unit has means for supporting said accessory top at the same height
as said conference table.
7. A combination according to claim 6 in which said means for
supporting said accessory top is adjustable to support said accessory
top at different heights.
8. A combination according to claim 1 in which said accessory
top has the same thickness of said conference table top and has
an edge appearance matching the edge appearance of said conference
9. A combination according to claim 1 in which said accessory
top has the same depth as said conference table top but is of substantially
10. A combination according to claim 1 further comprising quick-action
fastening means for connecting said accessory top with said conference
11. A combination according to claim 1 in which said panel is
mounted substantially flush with said accessory top.
12. A combination according to claim 1 in which electrical components
including said microphone are disposed on top of said panel and
other components are mounted on the underside of said panel.
13. A combination according to claim 1 in which components on
said panel include at least one reading lamp.
14. A combination according to claim 1 in which components on
said panel include a keyboard.
15. A combination according to claim 1 in which components on
said panel include a display screen.
16. A conference table assembly comprising a plurality of conference
tables each having a top providing a writing surface for a user,
and a plurality of accessory units sandwiched between adjacent conference
tables, each of said accessory units comprising a top with a panel
bearing electrical and electronic components including at least
one microphone and receiving and transmitting communication apparatus,
a space below said panel accommodating accessory elements for said
components, means for removably supporting said accessory top approximately
flush with table tops of adjacent conference tables and means for
detachably electrically connecting said electrical and electronic
components with electrical conductors extending lengthwise of said
17. A conference table assembly according to claim 16 in which
said accessory units are electrically connected with one another
by multiconductor electrical cables extending longitudinally of
said conference tables and provided with quick-action couplings
for connecting components of said accessory units with said cables.
18. A conference table assembly according to claim 17 in which
said quick-action couplings comprise non-interchangeable contact
means to assure proper connection of respective conductors to components
of said accessory units.
19. A conference table assembly according to claim 16 in which
said conference tables are of a length to accommodate two users
and in which said accessory units provide facilities for two adjacent
users, one at each of the two adjacent conference tables.
20. A conference table assembly according to claim 19 in which
each said accessory unit has certain components duplicated and certain
components including said microphone for use in common by said adjacent
21. A conference table assembly according to claim 16 further
including a master accessory unit adjacent a conference table for
a chairperson, said master accessory unit being similar to the aforesaid
accessory units but having different electrical components.
FIELD OF INVENTION
The invention relates to an arrangement for holding, accommodating,
installing and connecting electrical apparatus for a conference
table, with a cover on or in which a microphone holder, lights and/or
control or indicating elements for electro-acoustic apparatus and/or
remote control apparatus are mounted and at least one compartment
for accommodating accessory elements such as amplifiers, transformers,
control apparatus, connection plugs, etc.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
For conferences, much electrical and electronical equipment is
needed and indeed among others, microphones, loudspeakers, desk
lamps, telecommunication apparatus, etc., whereby the participants
can announce decisions or transmit or receive information. The required
apparatus and equipment is driven by intermediate or low voltage.
The conductors are accordingly to be separately arranged and accommodated.
The apparatusses and their parts are to be held, accommodated and
connected. The many apparatusses and the like must be accessible
and convenient for the user. They must, moreover, satisfy the electro-acoustical
requirements. As different requirements must be met, the apparatusses
have heretofore for the most part, been accommodated in different
positions on the table. Occasionally, microphones in some cases
combined with loudspeakers or lights, have been positioned on the
table and control panels of electronic communication equipment have
been arranged in another position. Insofar as these have been combined,
corresponding housing has been provided on the longitudinal side
of the table, opposite the participant as individual casings or
as continuous channels whereby also conductors are accommodated
in such channels.
In equipping normal worktables with electrical and electronic apparatus,
the problem of accommodating the cables and plug-in connections
is well known. Thereto there have been many proposals to lead the
cables in hollow spaces in the frame parts or in separate cable
channels, which are provided on the longitudinal side of the table
or on the cross side in a cross beam, also so formed that covers
on the table top can be taken away for connection and then brought
back in position. Thus, according to DE-GM 19 80 884 there is provided
in a writing table top a cutout which is closable by a cover and
whereby on the underside of the table top there are provided carrier
plates for plug sockets for supplying low voltage. Lead-out openings
between the cover and the cutout allow bringing out the electrical
connecting conductors. This arrangement is suitable only for a range
of voltages and requires a cutout in the normal table top. For conference
table installations, similar cutouts for passage of the cable have
likewise been provided without their being described in publications.
A similar arrangement of plug sockets in the sidewall of a writing
table is known through DE-OS 25 25 498. The wall carrying these
plug sockets extends to the table top height or above and is arranged
on the shorter end side of the writing table. In the sidewall there
are plug sockets which are accessible from above or from the side.
Connection facilities are thereby provided in convenient reach without
disturbing the working surface, however, without any apparatus or
From DE-OS 20 09 596 there is known a writing table of which two
side regions adjacent the work surface proper have slidable plates
over enclosures which are slidable crosswise to the longitudinal
direction and under which there are provided compartments for electrical
equipment and the like which are covered by sliding the plates back.
The apparatus can thereby be available when required or can be covered.
However, such an arrangement is unsuitable for a conference table.
The many proposals for providing electrical apparatus and conductors
for a work table and writing table have heretofore had no suggestion
for significant design for providing for electrical apparatus and
conductors on a conference table installation. The requirements
for a conference table are of a special nature. For one thing, there
must be provided a wide variety of indicating and control devices,
which correspond in number to the number of participant positions
and are connected with one another and/or with a central control
unit. Moreover, an intermediate voltage supply must be provided
for lights and other intermediate voltage apparatus. Finally, ash
trays, glass holders, and the like must be accommodated. For a conference
table installation several flat tables are as a rule joined. These
are occasionally also used for other purposes so that the electrical
conference devices must be removed from the table and be annexed
and connected as required. If the connecting conductors must then
be inserted through openings in the table and connected, the different
apparatus with the different voltage supplies and control devices,
a considerable amount of work and time is required for the assembling
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The invention is directed to the problem of providing the apparatus
needed by individual conference participants and to install or remove
the apparatus quickly and to provide simple and safe connections
without dealing with contacts on the table with the exception of
terminal fastenings and the like.
In accordance with the invention there are provided alongside the
conference table, accessory units which in essentially the same
plane, are combinable with at least one conference table and which
in an opening of the accessory table surface have selectively combinable
input-output operating and control means of electro-acoustic equipment,
remote control devices, remote information devices and/or lighting
devices and which have plug-in connection means for conductors running
beneath the conference table top and/or along a longitudinal edge
of the conference table. Further in accordance with the invention,
there is provided transverse to the user's side of the conference
table, thus between conference tables in a corner of an angle arrangement
or on an end, an accessory unit which accommodates all conference
apparatus and the like, which carries cables and is connected only
through a plug-in connection. Thus, the table surface remains fully
free. Nothing needs be altered on the table. The tables can, as
desired, be used as individual normal tables without a conference
installation or as an electrical and electro-acoustically outfitted
conference installation. This is important because the electronic
conference installation represents valuable apparatus which should
not be unnecessarily used and endangered by other use. Added on
or inserted between the conference tables they enable the use of
valuable electronic equipment which also with technical and electronic
accessories enable an orderly and expeditious conference procedure
and by which the valuable equipment is not damaged and thus assures
outstanding transmission quality as is valuable for a good physical
understanding as a prerequisite for pursuasion and opinion forming
processes in the sense of learning theory. It has structural provisions,
for example, for loudspeakers, cable technique and the like. The
parts are compatible and are combinable with present and new tables
according to need. They can be arranged ergonomically correctly
and in like or opposite arrangement, can provide a head table and
the like. Fast assembly and disassembly and constantly arranged
accommodation of all necessary and related parts are assured.
The accessory units are preferably provided with an upwardly opening
trough which is thus accessible from above and in which the apparatus
can be inserted from above. This trough provides mechanical protection
and moreover, an electrical shield whereby it consists of metal
or can be produced from metalized plastic material and is conductively
connected with the shielding or ground. Mounting and repair work
are thus carried out not from below, but after removing the apparatus
upwardly, on exposed apparatus. The trough can be divided into several
compartments in order to provide separate electrical shielding for
different components and to provide the different voltages according
to the specifications. The accessory unit is advantageously formed
with a panel fitting the table and preferably of like depth. It
is thus inserted suitably in the table layout and the entire apparatus
which, including control and indicating elements, is referred to
as "E-apparatus" in the following description, are installed
essentially flush. The table panels of the accessory units preferably
have like or similar edge formation as the tables with which they
are used. This leads not only to a pleasing appearance, but also
contributes to avoiding injury and facilitating cleaning. Each accessory
unit is advantageously connected with at least one table by a quick
acting coupling. These can be selected from known couplings and
are preferably disposed on the underside of the table. A fastening
on one table is sufficient and above all is provided at the end.
However, fastening elements can be provided on both of the adjacent
The accessory unit can extend over only a part of the height of
the conference table and is then held by at least one of the adjacent
tables. Thus, it need be, only a relatively shallow element which
is hung laterally on one table, or between two tables. However,
an advantageous design is that the accessory unit is formed with
a foot of its own. It is then a complete small table which, above
all on assembly, can be favorably positioned adjacent and secured
to a table. The foot can, if necessary, be adjustable heightwise
in order to be used with tables of different height. The feet advantageously
correspond in style and arrangement with those of the remaining
conference tables. The connection with the conference tables can
be effected directly. However, it can also be effected in corner
regions by adapter elements or bellows extensions. Thus intermediate
elements for the corner regions or a U-form arrangement or the like
can be produced as standard elements, so that individual elements
need not be custom made. The accessory units will in this instance
have two parallel side edges and be arranged between the conference
table. In order to simplify the connection, the accessory units
and the conference tables are preferably provided with matching
elements for the aligned connection of the same with one another.
As a rule, the E-apparatus occupies only a part of the table surface
of the accessory unit. The rest is filled up by the selected panel
of suitable form. However, the E-apparatus and/or the trough opening
can be formed so that they take up the entire upper surface of the
accessory unit up to the table edge. Then there is no table top
as such and the trough or a framing takes over the main supporting
function. Such accessory units can favorably be used for simple
tables and/or with very many flush mounted instruments without matching
the respective table model.
For convenience of production and repair, the E-apparatus and its
indicating and control elements of each accessory unit are advantageously
mounted on a single panel which in a substantially plane surface,
covers the opening of the accessory table surface. Thereby, the
control and indicating elements are on the upper side of the panel,
while the electrical and electronic supply and processing devices,
the cable and the load devices and the like are on the underside.
Thus the panel with all electrotechnical devices can be completed
in an electro-technical plant while the remaining assembly can be
carried out in a furniture plant. If necessary, plug-in swinging
arms or goose neck lamps and microphones can be installed later.
Thus a very rational design is attained.
The accessory units may be provided with duplicate E-apparatusses
such as lights, switches, plugs and the like, so that a unit can
be arranged between two conference positions and provides each participant
with favorable lights and switches. The reading devices for information
carriers, display screens, and other information receivers and/or
information transmitting and receiving devices such as keyboards,
viewing screens and the like, need be provided only once in each
accessory unit for two neighboring tables because the signals or
input keyboards can be correspondingly designed, thus the number
of the required switching and control means for this purpose can
be reduced by half.
The accessory units with their E-apparatusses can advantageously
be connected with one another or with a central control unit by
a one-cable conductor. This conducting cable advantageously leads
laterally out of the accessory units. They can be easily manipulated
and plugged in. For this purpose, the one-cable connections are
provided with diversified plugs for the non-interchangable plug
connections of the associated apparatus and the plugs preferably
lie in the middle under the conference table. It is thus necessary
to make only one plug connection. The holding devices for the cable
are preferably laterally opening cable canals or adhesive clamps
which are provided under the table top or along the table top and
are easy to operate.
In the cover for the opening of the accessory table top, there
can be provided openings for an ashtray and/or glass and/or small
drinking flask under which there are provided supporting surfaces
of proper height in the trough and/or on the accessory unit.
The accessory unit designed as the operation or control unit for
the entire conference installation, has in its table top opening
electrical and electronic apparatus different from other accessory
units, in particular receiving devices for the evaluation of selections,
for the allocation of speech and central amplifier are if necessary
arranged under, preferably demountable and closable covers. Further
particulars and developments of the invention will appear from the
following description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
Preferred embodiments of the invention are illustrated in the accompanying
drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a schematic plan of a conference table arrangement with
inserted accessory units.
FIG. 2 is a schematic perspective view of conference tables with
FIG. 3 is a schematic plan of three conference positions between
two of which an accessory unit is provided.
FIG. 4 is an elevation of the arrangement of FIG. 3 from the side
of the seat position but without the chair and participant.
FIG. 5 is a schematic end view on the same scale.
FIG. 6 is an enlarged end view partially in section with a schematic
indication of detachable accessories.
FIG. 7 is a plan of the schematic arrangement of the accessory
unit according to FIG. 6.
FIGS. 8 to 11 are schematic plans of different arrangements of
FIG. 12 is perspective view of a control unit.
DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
The conference table arrangement according to FIG. 1 comprises
rectangular conference tables 21 and, for example, rounded corner
tables 22 and accessory units 23 as well as a control unit 24 inserted
between two conference tables. At the ends of the C-shape arrangement
two accessory units 23 are provided as terminations. Many other
arrangements are possible.
FIGS. 2 to 7 show the arrangement of conference tables and accessory
units on a larger scale. The conference table tops 26 are supported
on frames 27 with C-shaped feet 28. They have seat postiion edges
29 opposite longitudinal edges 30 and short end edges 31. The conference
table tops have a thickness D and an edge construction, not illustrated
in more detail in these figures, with an edging of wood or plastic,
in particular of a smooth soft integral plastic foam or the like.
Between end edges 31 of two conference tables an accessory unit
23 is provided. This has an add-on table top 32 and a foot 33 which
corresponds to the foot 28 of the tables 21 22 and supports the
accessory unit 23. At the side of the conference table 21 22 opposite
the conference participant there is provided a column 35 extending
up from the foot 28 as well as a screen 36. A screen 37 is also
provided on the accessory unit 23.
The add-on table top 32 is like the conference table top in style
and finish, thickness and the nature and arrangement of the edging
but is, however, smaller. Both are, for example, 75 cm deep. While
the conference table is, for example, 1.5 mm long, i.e. wide, the
accessory unit has a width of about 20 cm.
The accessory table top 30 has an add-on table top 41 with an opening
42. This does not extend over the whole surface, but leaves a border
portion with a width of about 2 to 5 cm on the side of the conference
participant 34 while the opposite surface area 43 over the vertical
column 35 for the fastening 39 of the foot 33 is larger.
In the opening 42 there is an upwardly opening trough 45 which
is, for example, formed of sheet metal by welding parts together
or by deep drawing. It can also be formed of plastic material and
is then preferably metallized on the inner surface. It is secured
at its sides to the table top for example, by screws. It has two
compartments 46 and 47 which are separated from one another by a
partition 48. Its side walls 49 have openings 72 for the cable 51.
The compartment 47 is provided for intermediate voltage and contains
a transformer 52 which supplies current to the light 53. The compartment
46 is for low voltage for the entire control device and the like.
The entire opening 42 is covered by a panel 55 which is secured
in suitable manner, for example by clamping devices or screws, in
the border of the opening.
As is illustrated in FIGS. 3 7 and 8 to 11 the panel 55 has a
control area 56 and an arm holder area 57. On the arm holder area
57 there are provided two goose neck lights 53 for illumination
of the adjacent conference positions. Suitable switches (not shown)
are provided. The conductor 52.1 for intermediate voltage, separated
on grounds of EMC (electro-motice compatability) leads from a separate
cable outlet 72 to a cable 51 which is also indicated only schematically
in FIGS. 2 and 4 by a line. The arm holder area 57 further carries
a single microphone holder 58 with a microphone 60 which is preferably
combined in a structural unit with a separate loud speaker. This
microphone has a spheroidal (kidney shaped) characteristic so that
it can be used by both of the adjacent participants.
As can be seen from the drawings, the control area 56 is in convenient
reach of the conference participants 34. Thus the entire table surface
of the conference table 21 22 remains free for writing materials.
As will be seen, the electrical apparatus is orderly placed and
arranged according to requirement. Quick release locks 62 between
the conference table tops 26 and the accessory elements 23 with
connecting loops or the like and if necessary aligning elements
hold the conference table 21 22 and the accessory unit 23 together
and permit them to be easily separated. The conductors extending
laterally out of the trough 45 are connected to cables 51 which
have on their ends different plugs 63 for intermediate voltage and
low voltage and controls which can be plugged in noninterchangeably.
Their position and the length of the cable 51 are so chosen that
they meet under the middle of the conference table 21 as can be
seen in FIGS. 2 and 4. Suitable holding means such as adhesive clamps
65 under the conference table top 26 hold the cable 51 in the desired
position and assure that the plugs 63 do not separate and that in
view of the EMC, the necessary distance between the two parallel
cables for intermediate voltage and low voltage is maintained. Instead
of the adhesive clamps, easily opened cable canals can be provided
under the conference table tops or along their longitudinal edges
30. The plugs can have screw or bayonet joints.
By virtue of the arrangement of the accessory unit there is provided
a convenient and orderly arrangement of electrical apparatus for
the conference tables which can otherwise be used as normal tables.
The selected form with one accessory unit and one panel allows a
very favorable construction and one which permits assembly as desired.
As seen in FIG. 6 all of the electrical apparatus is mounted on
the panel 55. The lights and the microphone have already been explained.
As will be seen, the microphone is arranged above the compartment
46 because it is supplied with low voltage. Its holder and/or amplifier
is designated by the reference numeral 70. It is connected by a
schematically illustrated line 71 to the cable terminal 72. Moreover,
there is illustrated a keyboard 73 on a mounting support 74. The
mounting support 74 contains all necessary electronic parts and
can be formed as a printed circuit or other panel which is mounted
under the panel 55. A single line 75 to the cable terminal 72 indicates
schematically the connection which naturally can be multiconductor.
Moreover, further electrical apparatus is illustrated schematically
by the case 76. Above the panel 55 there is further shown schematically
a control or contact element 77. A line 78 indicates the connection
to the cable terminal 72. This symbolizes that different further
devices such as switches, plug receptacles for headsets, selector
switches for languages, adjustment devices for the amplitude of
headsets and loudspeakers and the like can be suitably arranged.
FIGS. 6 and 7 illustrate this only schematically. They indicate
however, that all electrical apparatus switching and control elements
are arranged and mounted on the panel 55. In further parts of the
description and in the claims they will be designated as "E-apparatus."
In this assembly of all E-apparatus on one panel and their splitting
up into different areas depending on their functions, lies an essential
element for a meaningful layout of conference tables with the necessary
devices, which heretofore have been installed individually on the
respective tables or offer an insufficient space for convenient
housing. For further required splitting up and shielding of the
different apparatusses from one another, additional partitions can
be provided. FIG. 6 illustrates a further partition 80 which bounds
a compartment 81. In this there is provided a supporting surface
82 on which there stands a removable ashtray 83 which extends through
an opening 84 in the panel 55 and, for example, has a tiltable cover
above the table surface. In like manner, drinking glasses or drinking
flasks can be inserted in the opening 84.
FIGS. 8 to 11 show schematically, by way of example, different
layouts of the panels. Attachment positions for the lights are designated
at 53.1. The fastening position for the microphone is designated
60.1. These applicances are as a rule provided on all layouts. The
layouts differ from one another mainly in the control element. The
layout of FIG. 8 is for a simple discussion installation and has
besides the usual components, only a switching and indicating element
90 with which the conference participant can transmit his speech.
Upon speaking allocation, a light can go on. When a participant
is speaking, a light on the microphone can illuminate or the like.
FIG. 9 further shows plug-in sockets 91 for two separate head sets
and associated volume regulators 92 and if necessary, associated
selector switches 93 for selecting the language in a simultaneous
translation installation. These are preferably provided in duplicate
so that each of two conference participants adjacent an accessory
unit 23 is provided with separate elements while the microphone
and switch 90 can be used in common.
FIG. 10 shows the previously described elements but instead of
the indicator switch 90 there is a keyboard 95. This keyboard 95
is here shown, by way of example for voting and is provided with
the customary keys "-", "0" and "+"
for voting "no", "abstaining" and "yes".
So that the votes can be assigned to the proper participant, there
are provided associated switches 96.1 and 96.2. These enable the
conference chairperson to recognize which of the two participants
has answered or given his vote. Moreover, there are provided two
keys 97.1 and 97.2 which can be arranged as control keys and indicator
instruments and, for example for switching the microphones for the
announcement and the like if necessary with special electronic registration.
Other switching elements can be arranged as desired.
FIG. 11 shows a further example of the panel layout. In FIG. 11
like elements are designated by the same reference numerals as in
FIGS. 8 to 10. Moreover, the keyboard 95.1 here has keys 0 to 9
with which one can enter a desired number. Thus the conference participant
can receive numbers, can transmit number coded information and a
manifold information exchange can be carried out between conference
participants and the central station or also with one another. Moreover,
there is also provided a viewing window or display screen 98 which
can be designated "Display." Further there can be provided
card readers for identification for example, with slits and electronic
sensors under the panel. The conference participant can thereby
be identified. Their messages can thereby or also over the described
keyboard, be comprehended and their spoken messages recorded on
tape. Also other electrical and electronic apparatus can be provided.
The operational control unit 24 illustrated in FIG. 12 is installed
in a like accessory table top 32 with a foot 33. The opening 100
is somewhat larger and is not provided with a unitary cover but
rather a cover divided into three areas. At the right hand side
of FIG. 12 there is seen a supporting plate 101 with a central
switch 102 under which there is a small trough-form guard, although
it can also be only a simple sheet metal plate. The left hand region
103 is provided with a divided panel 104 which is provided with
two lights 53 and a microphone holder. Of the microphone holder,
only the connector socket 60.1 is shown. A lower metal or metalized
trough-like cover 106 closes the space underneath. The central region
of the control unit 24 inside the opening 100 carries all required
control operation, supply switching and amplifying elements. Thereto
a standard frame 107 is provided with perforate covering walls 108
which enclose the modular elements and has on its upper side the
different control panels 109 for the allocation and switching on
of the microphones, for amplitude control and for voting evaluation
and the like. A transparent molded cover 110 for example, of plexiglass,
covers this region. Control units can also be formed with other
devices and in other external form.
Instead of the construction with a table top with an opening, the
trough 45 can be made as long as the table top up to the border
and provided with corresponding holding devices. Then it can be
suspended only laterally on the table top and provided with suitable
fastening devices. Panels and accessories can be formed in like
manner. The mounting of the foot has the great advantage that the
entire unit can be mounted especially well in the right position
and after removal can be stood next to one another in like manner.
The foot can be made adjustable heightwise. Then the accessory table
top can be positioned flush with conference tables of different
heights. Although, for the most part, the E-apparatus is supplied
by wire connections, individual elements such as call receivers
or translation receivers can be supplied wireless.
In summary, the invention can also be described as follows:
The arrangement for holding, receiving, incorporating and connecting
electrical apparatus on conference tables is formed as accessory
unit 23 between two conference tables 21 or on an end and has a
cover 55 for an accessory table top opening 42. On this cover 55
the electrical components are mounted and are convenient to the
user. The accessory unit 23 can have a foot 33. Accessory components
can be provided as required.