The Emerson ProForm® Pedestal (EPP) protects telephone and other data transmission equipment. The slide lock assembly comprises a dome, a two-piece base and a snap-on stake. It has an automatic locking feature that operates by cam action and needs only a quarter turn to open. Another interesting feature is it can be placed in different orientations and includes an alignment element to enhance lock assembly. The base consists of a rear component that has features for mounting telephone equipment. A removable front cover can be attached to the rear component without the use of hardware. The snap-on stake assembles to the ProForm® base without hardware. As a result, technicians can work on the EPP with fewer tools. “Today's outside plant marketplace is constantly focusing on ease-of-use that will reduce technician service times,” says Jerry Maloney, an engineer at Emerson Network Power. For security reasons these pedestals are locked to prevent unauthorized entry but from time to time the pedestals may be opened for service by an authorized technician. The pedestal has to be tough enough to withstand environmental hazards including rain, flood, winds and contaminants, as well as attempted tampering and vandalism. Engineers primarily responsible for the project besides Maloney are Ed Leon, Simon Chen and George Wakileh.
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