TV MOUNTS - THE BASICS

A TV Mount generally refers to a bracket made of metal that fixes to the rear of a TV flat display or screen.  Nearly every TV screen manufacturer arranges the screen fixing points in accordance with fixing hole patterns approved by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), a US-based technical standards organisation.  These fixing orientations are arranged in a square or rectangle and are based on cardinal metric numbers, for instance, 100 x 100mm and 1000 x 600mm.  This means that TV Mounts can be designed to cover a number of VESA arrangements and thus become universal.

Whilst the majority of TV Mounts are now universal they are grouped into categories depending on the physical size and weight of the screen.  These categories differ between manufacturers but at UNICOL the Universal TV Mount ranges are split into 30 to 32inch, 33 to 70inch and 71 to 110inch, where the size of the screen is measured in inches across the screen diagonal.  Whilst universal TV Mounts make up the majority of sales there are occasions when dedicated mounts are required and Unicol produce these TV Mounts to special order in similar categories as universal versions.

Most TV Mounts are fixed to a wall but the Unicol mount also fixes to Unicol stands and trolleys and ceiling suspended ceiling plates and columns, which makes installations much easier due to the commonality of parts. The parts of a TV Mount are generally divided into two sections, the back plate which fixes to the wall, stand or column adapter and the arms, which fit the screen.  When fixing the back plate to the wall Unicol recommend installation by a Qualified Tradesperson, using masonry plugs or other reliable fixings to ensure a safe installation.  Improper installation can result in serious personal injury so the structure has to be able to support a redundant weight factor five times the total weight of the equipment: if not, the structure has to be reinforced before installing the TV Mount.  After the arms have been fitted to the TV using the fixing screws provided the screen and arms are lifted onto the TV Mount back plate cross piece ridge so that the hooks on the arms engage.  The TV can then be adjusted up and down and from side to side to ensure it is level and in the right position.

The TV Mount is one of the most used pieces of support equipment for TV Displays in the Audio Visual (AV) Industry and whilst dynamic content on a screen is what everyone wants to look at, none of it could take place without looking behind the screens at the TV Mount.