projector mount in an art gallery setting with a white UNICOL PSU mount pictured right

The first stand that UNICOL made was for a Kodak Carousel slide projector some 60 years ago and since then both the types of projector and ways of mounting them has grown as the Audio Visual Industry has expanded. All projectors require a light source to project an image onto a surface and use internal technology to process inputs into red green and blue mixed outputs. Without going into detail, there are DLP, LCD, LED, LCoS and Laser projectors. All have benefits depending on the job they have to do and the budget you have to spend.

Over sixty years UNICOL has seen the methods of installation for projectors increase as the use for projection has increased. If you think of a building with floor, wall and ceiling then these are the surfaces to fix a projector. In addition, there are static or mobile stands, tables, truss and specialist applications such as rigs for 3D imagery.

So, what types of projector mounts are there?

Well you need wall, ceiling and floor (horizontal surface) mounts. In each case there should be adjustment built in for swivel, tilt and yaw to meet any requirement to angle the projector. UNICOL provide two products for mounting projectors, the Projector Suspension Unit (PSU) and Gyrolock. The difference between the two is the weight each can support, the PSU 60Kg and Gyrolock 20Kg.

Probably the most popular methods of mounting projectors is from the ceiling followed by attaching to a wall so we will start there.

  • The PSU is the most versatile of the range as there are models to hold a projector in its normal orientation within a cradle, or to hang a projector inverted, or on its side for vertical projection and numerous specialist models for bespoke applications. The PSU system requires a method of fixing to a ceiling consisting of a ceiling plate and column or fixing to a wall utilising a wall arm. In both cases the column is chosen as a means of adjusting the length the projector is from the ground. The length of drop from a ceiling is dependent on the column length and as columns can be coupled together the factor that comes into play probably over two to three meters is any gyroscopic motion within the projector itself or draughts within the building acting on the projector causing a blurred image. Therefore, to counter this a secondary tethering of the PSU may be required.
  • The Gyrolock is an all in one solution that provides ceiling, close to ceiling, wall and surface mounting with height adjustment built in. Of course, you have to be able to attach your projector to the chosen mounting system and each projector manufacturer have their own fixing orientations although many are now following a universal approach laid down by the VESA standard. However, because there are many projectors with variations in their fixing patterns UNICOL make their systems compatible with each projector they list by producing a bespoke mount. To add universality into the projector mount the Gyrolock system has a universal version that uses adjustable arms in order to connect with the fixing points on most projectors.

Whatever projector you have and wherever you may want to mount it, we have a solution.