Just in case you haven’t visited the Draper Pro Portal online recently, we thought we’d give an update on the portal, and highlight some of the items in the Draper Pro Toolbox.

Pro_ToolboxThe first Draper Pro Portal tool I’d like to mention is our automated Freight Quotes app. This handy tool lets you view and select freight rates to ship part numbered AV products that are packed as one item per crate. All you have to do is type in the shipping destination and the products that you would like to have shipped.

You’ll also find a form to request freight quotes for small AV products, window shades, or gymnasium products.

We’ve also recently added Inventory Tools to the Pro Toolbox.

There are two ways to view Draper’s inventory levels online.

The first—and easiest—way is to simply click on the “AV Inventory Levels” link. You can type your part number into the search box, or, if you aren’t sure of the part number, you can scroll down the list, which is in part number order. This list is updated every day prior to 8:00 am with the latest inventory levels for stock Draper products.

If you’d like to download a spreadsheet of the list, paste this link into your browser (replacing the #### symbols with your Draper account number): http://www.draperinc.com/AVinventory/CSVdownload.asp?dlrNum=###.

A couple of the tools you may have wondered about—they sound a bit mysterious—but let me assure you they can be very helpful.

I’m talking about GUI files for our LVC-IV low voltage controller, and for the Scissor Lift.

Draper_GUISo, what exactly is a GUI file? GUI stands for Graphical User Interface design. Without getting too technical about IT issues, a GUI is an interface that has been purposed-built to simulate or control something.

Our LVC-IV GUI files allow you to use your computer to program motor channels, limits, and other settings on motors controlled by the LVC-IV. The Scissor Lift GUI files allow you to set the show position, and commission the unit.

For the Scissor Lift GUI, you need to make sure your computer’s COM Port is configured to provide RS232 communications via the R2D7 RS232 bridge. Your computer literature will have details on how to do that. Information in the GUI will instruct you to configure the COM port.

The LVC-IV includes a “Help” section that will explain what you need to know to set it up on your computer.

Remember, it’s free to use all of the tools and resources in our Pro Portal, but you must register. To do so, click the “Login” link at the top of our web page, then follow the steps to register for access.

Those are just a few of the handy tools available in the Pro Portal—there’s also our powerful Projection Planner, and more! It’s free to use all of the tools and resources in our Pro Portal, but you must register. To do so, click the “Draper Pro Portal – Login” link at the top of our home page, then click on “Draper Pro Toolbox.”

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