Queues are Safer Now, Thanks to Trusty Magnets

Designing efficient crowd control queues for many applications can be a challenge. You need to consider space requirements, people flow, wait times, budget and so many other factors. The end goal is to provide your valued patrons an understanding of where to go and what to expect, providing an optimal brand experience. But beyond efficiency and guidance, you also need to ensure that everyone is safe.

Planning for safe, quick evacuation in the event of an emergency is critical.

Every building has plans for emergency evacuations that take multiple codes into account, including both the actual exits and a clear path to reach them from any occupied space. International Fire Code states, “Each secured physical barrier shall automatically retract or swing to an unobstructed open position in the direction of egress…”(1) Panic can ensue when those paths are blocked, resulting in a loss of control, putting everyone’s safety in jeopardy.

To put it simply, queue stanchions with belts or ropes can inhibit your patrons from safely reaching exits in the event of emergencies. They can also block first responders from quickly reaching someone in need of help.

Because of this, international and state level fire codes have adopted quick egress policies from queues in the event of any emergency. So, you need a solution that not only guides crowds around your facility, but also allows them to bypass those defined queues when required.

Visiontron creates a magnetically appealing solution.

The answer turns out to be very simple: magnets. The solution needed to meet two basic requirements:

  1. Securely attach the retractable belt or rope to the stanchion when in use.
  2. Easily break away in emergencies.

Along with the consultation of a Fire Marshal, our engineers went to work designing and testing multiple samples until they came up with a reliable solution. Ensuring that the solution provided uninhibited egress from a queue, Magnetic Breakaway products were born.

Retractable belt stanchion solution:

RETRACTA-BELT® Magnetic Belt Ends create strong connections between the belt and a mounted post, preventing accidental removal from fidgety patrons. However, they easily disengage as a person walks through with any force from the side. The belt then immediately and safely retracts into the post to avoid becoming a tripping hazard. You can upgrade your existing solution without the need to purchase new stanchions. Contact a People Guidance Pro for details.

Classic Post+Rope stanchion solution:

Our Classic Post+Rope stanchions, and any competitor’s products, can be fitted with Magnetic Breakaways. In the event of an emergency, that connection will break under similar force to prevent panic and allow clear access to egress points. The Magnetic Breakaways for ropes are available in three finishes to match existing rope ends and wall connectors. Upgrades to your Post+Rope stanchions are simple. The Magnetic Breakaway is an additional part that joins two ropes at the center, attaching easily to existing snap ends, to provide a panic break solution for doorways and other egress points.

With Hoover Dam, this attraction is undeniable.

The architect assigned to redesign the Hoover Dam Visitors Center requested a quote for an elegant, sturdy line management solution. While the team was impressed with our patented, secure MINI-SOCKET® base mounts that have the smallest possible footprint for a ‘floating posts’ look, there were still concerns about the safety of visitors. They worried that standard belts would not easily provide safe exiting from the queue in event of an emergency.

Our RETRACTA-BELT Magnetic Belt Ends proved to be the ideal solution that made the architect, management and inspecting Fire Marshal happy. Now the Hoover Dam Visitors Center has an efficient queuing solution that not only looks elegant and functions well but will keep their patrons safe in event of an emergency.

1) 2018 International Fire Code; Chapter 10 Means of Egress; Section 1010.3.2 Security Access Turnstiles; Paragraph 5.

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Visiontron — The People Guidance Pros

We at Visiontron believe it’s our job to enhance each and every person’s experience. From small retail stores to the world’s busiest airports, our products and solutions are there to help people get the most from their time with you.

Need help selecting the best products for your location? Get in touch with a People Guidance Pro today at 631-582-8600. We’ve been in the industry for 50+ years and we love to help! Tell us about your current situation. Let’s see if we can solve your challenges together.

Visiontron’s Guide to Guards

Which Guard is Right For You?

Keeping customers and employees separated will create a safe experience for all. Sneeze Guards come in many styles and materials to accommodate any budget and application. Here are some examples.

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Designing the “New Counter Experience”

Please Wait Here

The new counter experience is all about feeling safe. Customers and staff want to know that there are procedures and equipment in place to protect and separate. Emphasize this message throughout the entire customer journey.

Exit This Way

Messaging and equipment are just as important once the transaction is completed. Limit cross-traffic interactions with one-way flows and provide additional sanitizer dispensers near the exit.

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Designing the “New Queue”

The new normal is dictating changes in how we interact and go about doing business while keeping employees and customers healthy. Here are some tips to update or create a more guarded and distanced queue.

This System Works for New Queues of All Shapes and Sizes

These are just some sample floor plan configurations. Contact a People Guidance Pro at 631-582-8600 or Sales@Visiontron.com to discuss options that fit your application. You can learn more about these and other products at Visiontron.com.

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Crowd Control for the “New Normal”

For over 50 years, we’ve been manufacturing products that guide people to ensure a safe, organized journey. See how many of our new and existing products help as the world focuses on a more distanced, guarded and safer path ahead.

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Visiontron Creates a Magnetically Appealing Product that Satisfies International Fire Code

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The architect assigned to redesign the Hoover Dam Visitors Center requested a quote for an elegant, sturdy queue solution. We quoted our Premium ADA-compliant Dual Line RETRACTA-BELT® posts with our patented MINI-SOCKET® base mount, which has the smallest possible footprint and looks really sleek.

Hoover Dam had concerns that the belts would not easily open to provide safe exiting from the queue in the event of an emergency, so our expert engineers went to work on designing a magnetic Breakaway Belt compatible with our RETRACTA-BELT products. They had built and destroyed, rebuilt and then destroyed less, multiple samples until they
finally had a reliable solution that provided uninhibited egress from a line. Satisfying the architect, the Fire Marshal and Hoover Dam, the order for custom stanchions with Breakaway Belts was placed.

We’ve since added Breakaway Belts as an upgrade to our standard RETRACTA-BELT product line, which can work with several of our base options for a variety of installation and aesthetic requirements. To be compliant, customers can easily upgrade existing models to save the cost of replacing an entire stanchion.

Thanks to Hoover Dam, Fire Marshals everywhere will give customers using RETRACTA-BELT posts Breakaway Belts two thumbs up!

Crowd Control Products Featured: RETRACTA-BELT Posts & Accessories


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for 50+ years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Visiontron Helps United Airlines Board Better

Dependability. Reliability. Responsiveness.

Multinational corporations like United Airlines demand these attributes from their business partners. And they received exactly that from Visiontron.

United was undertaking a years-long initiative called Better Boarding. The goal was to help its customers and gate agents navigate the boarding process more quickly and comfortably. Although it may seem simple, the subtle complexities of the boarding process have vexed travelers and airlines for decades. United wanted to finally get the boarding process right, and was spending millions of dollars to do so.

To help make its expansive (and expensive) vision a reality, United engaged its longtime business partner Visiontron. The family-owned company has been involved in the aviation industry since the 1960s, when it developed the very first mechanical arrival and departure boards for airports. Today, its RETRACTA-BELT® stanchions, baggage sizers, Post & Panel systems, signage, and many more products are the airline industry standard for what some call “crowd control” but Visiontron calls “people guidance.” It’s the standard in numerous other industries as well. The majority of its products are designed, manufactured and serviced in the USA… in fact, under one roof on Long Island, New York.

United executives and Visiontron engineers worked closely together through many trial iterations of the Better Boarding project. Visiontron would design, manufacture and prototype custom products to United’s spec, often from scratch, to precisely suit the airline’s needs. In some cases, Visiontron would collaboratively improve on United’s ideas, letting the company know about possibilities United might not have been aware of.

Throughout the process, Visiontron was always ready and able to adjust at United’s request. The fact that Visiontron’s unparalleled rapid-response customer service department is housed in the same building as its engineering, design and operations teams ensured that the right people were always tuned into the project in real time, 24/7/365.

In September 2018, United formally introduced Better Boarding worldwide, featuring Visiontron’s thoughtfully engineered 6’ tall sign post and RETRACTA-BELT® stanchions. Almost as important as the products themselves was Visiontron’s expert management of the logistics involved with the global roll-out. Visiontron’s deep knowledge of domestic and international shipping modes and various customs hurdles around the world was vital to the successful implementation the program.

United, like many other customers large and small over the years, was very appreciative of Visiontron’s execution and was pleased that Visiontron consistently fulfilled their needs. Because of the wide, global scope of the project, United had initially considered using multiple vendors. But Visiontron quickly proved to the airline that it could handle the entire load by itself.

“We’re not just a manufacturer,” said Visiontron Vice President and Chief Engineer Bryan Torsiello. “We work closely with our customers, and they trust us to develop solutions from their ideas. We’re always working as their partner from start to finish, from concept to roll-out. We test, we knock ideas around, we come back to the table and improve on things. That’s just how Visiontron operates.”

JetBlue Terminal 5 at JFK Airport

JetBlue selected Visiontron to outfit their state-of-the-art, 26-gate terminal at JFK Airport with indoor and outdoor RETRACTA-BELT® posts, Q-PANEL® rigid systems, Baggage Sizers, and custom signage.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport: Crowd Control Solutions for an Organized Airport Experience

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport selected Visiontron’s Mini Socket Mounted Retracta-Belt Stanchions, Q-PANEL® ‘Privacy Panels’ and Q-BEAM® for increased airport security in their customs areas. MINI-SOCKET® Mounted RETRACTA-BELT® stanchions were also used in the Southwest ticketing counter.

MINI-SOCKET Mounted RETRACTA-BELT stanchions are quick and easy to install, unscrew from the socket in seconds so the queue line size can change with minimal effort, and the socket is smaller than a quarter so it has very little impact on floors. Q-PANELs and Q-BEAMs were used around the queue line perimeter for added security.

Testimonial from Charles Goedken, Manager of International Operations at the Port of Seattle (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)

“The flexible MINI-SOCKET posts have a much more attractive appearance than portable stanchions, and the saving in space from the base is unparalleled.
The standard portable stanchion has a base that takes up almost a foot, which is space that is often essential in space-constrained areas. Without that base, we can maximize the space we have and provide a smoother experience for our passengers.
The MINI-SOCKET posts are also a great improvement over fixed railings, because they provide such great flexibility with our queuing system, we can completely change the queue layout in a matter of minutes, rather than be stuck with the same layout throughout the day.
The installation was very quick and easy. We were able to replace old fixed railings with Mini Socket posts overnight.
We will continue to replace portable stanchions and fixed railings all around the airport with MINI-SOCKET posts. They have been less expensive than other products and also more reliable.”

Crowd Control Products Featured: MINI-SOCKET Mounted RETRACTA-BELT Posts,   Q-PANELs,   Q-BEAMs


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

JetBlue Terminal 5 Customs and Border Area at JFK Airport in New York City – T5i

JetBlue unveiled T5i, their new international arrivals facility in JFK Airport, in November 2014. This state of the art $200 million project features a customs and border patrol area designed to process up to 1,400 travelers per hour. To outfit their queue lines, JetBlue selected Visiontron’s MINI-SOCKET® Mounted RETRACTA-BELT® Stanchions, MINI-SOCKET Mounted Q-PANEL® Systems, and RETRACTA-BELT Wall Mounts. Our exclusive and unique products provide a functional, attractive, and flexible queuing solution to accommodate arriving passengers.

MINI-SOCKET Mounted RETRACTA-BELT stanchions and Q-PANEL Systems are ideal for airports because they feature a ‘no-base’ design, which tightens up the queue line space, eliminates the tripping hazard from standard bases, and provides a clean-looking appearance. The permanent socket ensures that queues are set up in the same place and layout each time, and prevents the stanchions from shifting or ‘walking’ throughout the day.

MINI-SOCKET posts remove from their sockets in less than 30 seconds for easy floor maintenance or queue reconfiguration. The 3/4″ diameter socket installs in less than 10 minutes, saving on installation labor costs compared to traditional removable sockets. Click here for more information about MINI-SOCKET and other base styles.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Visiontron Introduces VERSA-STAND — A New Line of Sign Stands for Airports, Stadiums, Casinos, Banks, Restaurants and Hotels

Visiontron Corp. is proud to launch the VERSA-STAND line, three sign stand styles each with easily changeable graphics and a variety of finishes and options to meet a wide range of signage requirements.

“This American-made product line is unique because of its many models and customizations,” says Joseph N. Torsiello Jr., President of Visiontron Corp. “We expect the VERSA-STAND to become the ‘go-to’ product line for places that need a prominent sign display but with changeable messages.”

Versa Stand HD Sign Post Black

The VERSA-STAND HD Sign Stand is a heavy-duty, weatherproof sign stand that’s offered in two sizes and four styles – paper poster holder, rigid poster holder, cork board and marker board. This heavy-duty sign stand is available with wheels, extra-heavy bases for maximum stability, hundreds of finish colors, and custom options. It’s ideal for busy environments like airportsstadiums, and retail stores that need a rugged signage solution.

Versa Stand Sign Post Black

The VERSA-STAND Sign Post is a lighter duty, more economical sign stand that accepts paper posters or rigid sign inserts. This post mount sign stand comes in three standard finishes and hundreds of custom colors, and is best suited in banks, lobbies, restaurants and medium-traffic areas.

Versa Stand Sign Tower Options

Airports and stadiums will find the VERSA-STAND Sign Tower highly useful because the 92″ version stands ‘head and shoulders’ above busy crowds for maximum attention. Standard ’tilt and roll’ wheels allow the stand to move easily throughout the facility, and the 30 lbs. base-weight ensures it remains in place when accidentally bumped around.

Graphics on all three VERSA-STAND models change easily without any tools – concealed holes allow for changing panels with the push of a finger, and their location helps prevent tampering because patrons can’t easily see where they’re located.

Visiontron’s full printing and design shop prints graphics onto the back of rigid PETG to prevent scratching, with a white vinyl backer to protect graphics. Paper poster holders are the economical choice for frequently changed messages in the VERSA-STAND HD Sign Stand and the VERSA-STAND Sign Post – any paper poster fits between the two rigid panels to protect and support the signage.


Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.

Houston Airport: Customs and Border Entrance

Houston Airport selected Visiontron’s new MINI-SOCKET® Mounted RETRACTA-BELT® stanchions for the Customs and Border Entrance.

These easily-installed posts keep queue lines in place, and remove easily for floor maintenance and layout changes.

MINI-SOCKET® Mounted RETRACTA-BELT® stanchions at Houston Airport Customs and Border Entrance

“The installation of the Visiontron MINI-SOCKET system produced a very clean appearance for our client with an easy and straightforward installation,” says Garrett Jurica, the Project Manager at KBR who installed the posts. “The provided instructions made the procedures for installation clear to all personnel used on the project and assisted greatly in getting all the needed equipment to site. Our project required the system to be installed into a terrazzo floor finish, this was accomplished by utilizing the epoxy anchor system with the supplied lock-in mechanical feature for each anchor. We also supplied our clients with the optional anchor cap for future use if the areas queuing requirements change, with the cap installed the anchor virtually disappears into the finishes of the surrounding areas.”

MINI-SOCKETs are installed easily, and posts remove for floor maintenance or queue reconfiguration. Ideal for busy areas where posts tend to shift throughout the day.

Visiontron Corp. is a green manufacturer of crowd control products for over 40 years. Their products include RETRACTA-BELT® crowd control stanchions, traditional Q-PANEL® queuing systems and related signage and accessories for public guidance. Visiontron has built its reputation on two important factors: quality and customer service. They listen to their customers’ wants and needs and act upon them. Visiontron’s complete manufacturing facility and decades of experience within the airline industry allow them to value-engineer and offer complete solutions to any issue that may arise.

For more information on Visiontron crowd control products contact, Visiontron Corp. at 631-582-8600.