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Thursday, May 17, 2012


Black Box Wins 2012 DSA Industry Excellence Award for Global Manufacturer’s Digital Signage


iCOMPEL signage system for Joy Global recognized as Best Corporate Communication Deployment.


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, May 17, 2012 —Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and maintaining today’s complex communications solutions, announced today that its iCOMPEL™ controlled digital signage deployment at Joy Global has won Digital Screenmedia Association’s (DSA) prestigious Industry Excellence Award for 2012.

The DSA’s Industry Excellence Awards honor the best self-service, digital signage, and mobile technology deployments across all vertical market segments. Black Box and Joy Global received the award in DSA’s Best Corporate Communication Deployment category as judged by a 14-member panel of digital-out-of-home (DooH) industry leaders.

“We are very honored to receive this industry award,” said George Borden, Black Box’s Digital Signage National Sales Manager, who accepted the award at the 2012 DSA Party held at The City Club of San Francisco before the opening of Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) in San Francisco. “Joy had a vision for signage and recognized the potential of the iCOMPEL platform and, as a result, have taken their internal and external communications to the next level.”

Active on five continents and with a network of 55 facilities, Joy Global is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of underground mining equipment. It administers its iCOMPEL signage network from its graphics/video production unit in Franklin, PA, where it also has extensive engineering and manufacturing operations.

Joy Global said it chose iCOMPEL because of its ease of installation and intuitive software. It tested other manufacturers’ systems but found them complicated to use or short on functions. An integrated hardware/software solution, iCOMPEL features numerous layouts and tools for assembling and distributing content to digital signs.

For external communication, Joy Global uses signage to present companywide content on lobby screens in a consistent, unified way. In addition, the flexibility of iCOMPEL allows local offices to post site-specific messages like production statistics or welcome messages for their own customers.

For internal communications, the company uses iCOMPEL to electronically disseminate HR-related information to its factories and performance data to engineering staff. In addition, it uses factory screens to enhance the efficiency of the company’s Kanban manufacturing system by displaying “Just-in-Time” inventory information to employees. By using digital displays, the company has been able to eliminate the use of paper Kanban tickets. It is also now in the process of linking the system to other plants, including its South African operations. When fully implemented, the signage system will enable the instant communication of manufacturing/inventory information to sites around the world.

As part of nominating the Joy Global application for the award, Black Box submitted a 5-minute video demonstration of the iCOMPEL deployment. To see the video, visit blackbox.com/go/JMvideo.

For more information about iCOMPEL, visit blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL or call 1-800-355-8003. Also available: iCOMPEL EDS enterprise signage (blackbox.com/go/iCOMPEL-EDS), iCOMPEL WDS wearable signage (blackbox.com/go/WDS), and MediaFlyer™ EXPRESS Web-configured signage (blackbox.com/go/MediaFlyer). All Black Box products are backed with free, 24/7 Tech Support.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing and maintaining today’s complex communications solutions. Black Box services more than 175,000 clients in approximately 150 countries with approximately 200 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks, and iCOMPEL™ is a trademark, of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks appearing in this press release are acknowledged to be the property of their respective owners.

About Joy Global

Joy Global is a leading global supplier of advanced equipment, systems, and direct services for mining. The company brings both P&H brand surface mining solutions and JOY brand underground mining solutions to market. Joy Global is moving mining forward with innovative equipment and life-cycle services that make mining operations safer and more productive. Its headquarters are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. For more information, visit www.joyglobal.com.

About the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA)

With over 650 members, DSA is an independent, not-for-profit trade association whose purpose is to advance the growth and excellence of the global digital signage, interactive kiosk, and mobile community through advocacy, education, and networking. Members include users of digital screenmedia in all vertical markets, as well as manufacturers, resellers, and distributors of hardware and software, network operators, integrators, advertising agencies, consultants, analysts, publishers, tradeshow organizers, and service companies. For more information, see www.digitalscreenmedia.org.

Contact: Black Box Corporation
Gary Doyle
Director – Investor Relations
Phone: 724-873-6788
E-mail: investors@blackbox.com

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