School systems: Rising to the challenge of the digital revolution

Gratnells Ltd

Gratnells is a family-run business with over 100 years of history and over 40 years' experience in manufacturing storage solutions for the demanding education and medical sectors. Its award-winning trays along with its metal storage frames are found in schools throughout the UK and overseas, as well as hospitals and many varied industrial environments.

Gratnells Stage has been designed in conjunction with Anthony Hill, the UK’s premier engineer of portable staging as well as other school furniture and was created after a long history of supplying schools, colleges, churches, community groups and commercial organisations with mobile staging and represents the most up to date and effective staging technology available.

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Gratnells, leaders in classroom storage for over 40 years, has introduced an innovative new product range to meet the challenges faced by schools and colleges in the increasing use of digital devices by teachers and pupils alike.

The company has launched two new ICT products, PowerTray and PowerTrolley, keeping portable devices organised, secure and always charged ready for use. Designed to store, charge and sync up to 30 USB devices at ultra-fast speed, the PowerTrays come in two sizes - a deep (F2) and an extra deep (F25) version, and can each store 10 tablets.

The PowerTrolley can adapt to house either three tiers of deep trays, charging 30 devices at any one time or two tiers of extra deep trays, charging 20 units. The deeper trays also feature a lid to protect the contents and can be used as a stand-alone unit, transportable between classes.

Based on the company’s established expertise in producing efficient, robust and colourful tray/trolley combinations which are compatible with standard school and office furniture, PowerTray and PowerTrolley take these features into the digital age.

The trays continuously analyse the appetite for power from USB electronic devices such as phones, tablets and data loggers, responding with an optimized rate of charge and syncing between them to produce a complete storage, charging and syncing solution. The average charge time from 0% to 100% is between two and four hours. In addition, the PowerTray has an integral fan and air vents to keep gadgets cool.

The PowerTrolley is specially designed to securely store and charge devices using the new PowerTrays and has useful built-in features such as lockable castors and optional handles. To maintain security, complete units are lockable and, of course, mobile for easy deployment to storerooms or cupboards.

PowerTrays are available in white and come in two alternative heights, while PowerTrolleys offer five contemporary colours to complement or contrast with décor and furniture. Both are future-proofed, universal and firmware updatable to be compatible with changes in technology.

Gratnells has responded to the universal adoption of technology in the education and office environment with storage systems that are compact, lightweight and versatile while providing security and additional functionality. PowerTray deep and extra deep models are available in both Charge and Charge and Sync.

In addition, these new products add a further dimension to the company’s ‘Learning Rooms’ philosophy, helping to create a healthy, safe and inspiring environment for children’s education.

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