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Conference table with central utility system

A conference table includes a work surface having one or more central openings. A utility distribution system is positioned below the central opening on a support channel. The support channel defines separated wireways for communicating separated utilities along the support channel. The utility distribution system further includes a plurality of W-shaped utility modules positioned on beams of the support channel below the central opening. The utility modules set end-to-end in an arrangement that facilitates initial installation and later retrofit or repair. The table is supported on legs that define a vertical wireway space, and further include a repositionable divider configured to selectively subdivide the vertical wireway space into subwireways of different cross-sectional sizes for accommodating different cross-sectional sizes of utility conduit bundles. A removable double-pivoted door is releasably supported to cover the opening and to provide easy access to the opening from either side of the tabletop.

Conference table with central utility system

A conference table includes a large elongated work surface having one or more elongated central openings dividing the work surface into opposing half sections, with each opposing half section including work areas large enough for a conference meeting. A utility distribution system is positioned below the elongated central opening on a support channel. The support channel defines separated wireways for communicating separated utilities along the support channel, such as power wiring, telecommunication wiring, and network or video cabling. The utility distribution system further includes a plurality of W-shape utility modules positioned on beams of the support channel below the elongated central opening. The utility modules set end-to-end in an arrangement that facilitates initial installation and later retrofit or repair. Each person at the conference can access and connect to the utility outlets from above the work surface for operating or receiving individual utilities for the conference, but characteristically can access and connect to the utility outlets without the persons reaching awkwardly under an edge of the work surface. The table is supported on tubular legs that define a vertical wireway space, and further include a repositionable divider configured to selectively subdivide the vertical wireway space into subwireways of different cross-sectional sizes for accommodating different cross-sectional sizes of utility conduit bundles. A removable double-pivoted door is releasably supported to cover the opening and to provide easy access to the opening from either side of the tabletop.

Conference table

Picture-screen apparatus are integrated into a conference table to be viewed by conference participants. The conference table is suited both for video conferences with conference participants who are at different locations and also for normal conferences with participants who are all present at the table. Television cameras needed for video conferences can be removed from the surface of the table, if the table is to be used for normal conferences. The picture-screen apparatus arranged below the table top do not interfere during normal conferences and can also be utilized for bringing visual information of any kind to the participants.

Arrangement for holding, accommodating, installing and connecting electrical apparatus for a conference table

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.


Conference table with central utility system
Table, especially office and conference table


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