IBC 2010: Anton/Bauer Intros Power Solutions for Canon DSLR Cams, Receives Two ISO Certifications
Anton/Bauer will introduce new Gold Mount and ElipZ power solutions for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D Digital SLR cameras at IBC 2010 (Stand 11.F60).
Addressing the rising demands of cinematographers adopting Digital SLR camera movie making, Anton/Bauer (a brand of The Vitec Group) is offering new power solutions for the EOS 7D and EOS 5D cameras. These new power solutions will run monitors, lights, transmitters and other accessories not possible with a standard OEM battery.
“We are always looking to develop reliable products that address the ever changing needs of today’s film industry,” says Michael Accardi, president, Anton/Bauer. “The biggest trend in cinematography is using Digital SLR’s to capture movies. Anton/Bauer’s new solutions for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D give filmmakers using Digital SLR’s more options to power all of the equipment they use on a shoot.”
Utilizing the Logic Series batteries, the Gold Mount solution has the ability to mount to most third party support rigs, such as Red-Rock Micro, Zacuto and Cinevate, and offers a much needed counter balance to the rig. It can be configured in a pouch pack which is worn on a belt when handheld production is necessary. The ElipZ solution is based on the ElipZ battery system and provides the user the ability to power the camera and ElightZ or EledZ, an appealing option among the event photographer crowd. This can also be adapted to both a shoulder mount or pouch pack configuration.
Anton/Bauer Awarded Certifications in ISO 9001 AND ISO 14001
Anton/Bauer also announced at IBC 2010 (Stand 11.F60) that it has been awarded two coveted certifications from the International Organization for Standardization: the ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems standard and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard. The awards certify all aspects of Anton/Bauer’s business, with specific procedures set in place to evaluate and improve the company’s key processes.
The ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards and its stringent criteria are recognized worldwide. Its ISO 9001 requirements are among the strictest of the approximately 13,000 standards established by the organization and serve as a model for quality assurance in all facets of Anton/Bauer’s business, including design, development, production, installation, and servicing with no exclusions. ISO 14001 addresses the identification and control of environmental impact of activities, products or services, the improvement of environmental performance and the implementation of a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets.
Instead of applying separately to both standards, Anton/Bauer chose to embark upon the arduous certification process for both standards at one time. This is an unusual and demanding procedure, and their simultaneous granting is an impressive achievement.
“At Anton/Bauer we believe that a successful company is always moving forward, always seeking new ways to benefit its customers and improve the way it does business,” says Michael Sobbell, quality assurance manager at Anton/Bauer. “That’s why we decided to pursue these ISO certifications. We’re dedicated to satisfying our existing customers, and even our suppliers, who themselves have very high standards. These certifications signify that Anton/Bauer has implemented an integrative management system that complies with the ISO standards, and it defines us as a company focused on excellence in management policies, operational processes and continuous quality improvement.”
The award of both ISO certifications comes after the completion of an exacting audit, conducted by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board certified registrar, American Systems Registrar, to determine if the company conformed to the established standards.
“We had to examine, analyze, and document every aspect of our business, making various process improvements and establishing the required controls and metrics that ISO-compliance demanded,” says Sobbell. “It was a huge undertaking, but we’ve already reaped the rewards, as it has altered our approach to the way we do business. Our company is more streamlined, efficient and effective which, in the end, benefits our customers.”
This distinction gives Anton/Bauer an edge in its own marketplace as well as an opening into others. “In addition to our current OEMs, many entities in other markets, such as the military and medical industries, now require ISO certification,” says Sobbell. “Because these are global standards, the ISO accreditation is recognized by those industries as well. Having implemented these standards opens the door to further certification as we expand into additional markets.”
According to Michael Accardi, company president, the dual certifications are a milestone for Anton/Bauer. “We’re incredibly excited about what it means for our future as a company,” he says, “and we’re incredibly proud of our entire staff for achieving this tremendous honor. We’re perfectly poised to lead our industry into the future.”