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A Holistic Approach to Save Data Centers Energy, Money and Earn LEED Points to Boot

7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Data Centers

Dense blade servers and network switches are pushing the thermal envelope further and further, leaving IT and facility managers struggling to keep up with skyrocketing energy costs.  

At Chatsworth Products (CPI), we provide flexible cabinet solutions, power monitoring, cable management and air containment strategies that can reduce energy consumption by up to 90 percent. This unique combination of exceptional quality, solutions and services will help you achieve your data center objectives, including points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Here are some steps to help you get there successfully:

1. Utilize Your Space  

Our solutions allow your data center to grow one cabinet at a time or all at once. To fully utilize each square foot of space, you need to design around specific architectural concerns such as access floor height, ceiling height and layout challenges, as well as various requirements for airflow, power and network connections. Our IT infrastructure products are designed with these challenges in mind, and our support specialists are on the clock to ensure your needs are met. 

2. Optimize Cooling   

CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions are your Simply Efficient™ choice to optimize cooling in the data center. This innovative thermal management technique allows you to isolate hot air and cold air at the cabling level, cabinet level and aisle level to meet the needs of any data center layout. 

3. Our Approach to Aisle Containment

CPI has available four standard configurations, each offering a unique and versatile approach to addressing your most pressing data center cooling needs: 

(Pro tip: A critical component of any aisle containment system is the door. CPI’s Aisle Containment Door is available in a single (which opens from the left or right) or a double door option, both of which slide open and automatically close, ensuring an added layer of sealing for optimized airflow performance.)

4. Quick Return on Investment

Utilizing airflow management strategies to isolate hot and cold air, CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions provide the most cost effective and efficient thermal solutions on the market. Your investment in CPI technology provides a near-term pay back and long-term capacity to grow.

Custom Solutions

If you need a special design that CPI currently doesn’t offer, our Global Application Engineering Services Group will work with you to create the perfect Aisle Containment Solution that fits your needs. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Data Centers: Will Reducing Water Usage Become as Important as Reducing Power Usage?

6/25/2015 2:05:42 PM

WaterIt is common knowledge that data centers use a lot of electricity. Now, it seems that data center owners may need to consider reducing water usage as well.

According to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, a midsize 15-megawatt data center uses between 80 million and 130 million gallons of water a year for cooling.

In his article, “Data Centers and Hidden Water Use,” Drew Fitzgerald describes how California’s more than 800 data centers have become large consumers of an increasingly precious state resource. Though data center water usage lags far behind the needs of agricultural and power industries, it is estimated that each year the state’s data centers consume roughly as much water in a year as 158,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

The article goes on to describe how companies such as Google, Microsoft and Digital Realty Trust Inc. are taking measures to reduce water consumption. Dupont Fabros Technology Inc., the owner of a 250,000 square foot data center in Santa Clara, Calif., has built two half-million gallon water storage tanks as back up to make sure it doesn’t run dry.

In a state where restaurants only serves water on request, every drain on this natural resource deserves attention. California’s governor has ordered cities to cut annual water use by 25%. Businesses have been largely spared from the cutbacks, but for how long?

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Useful Tools for Specifying and Installing CPI Racks

6/24/2015 11:51:59 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has a wide variety of online tools that make product research, selection and installation easy. One of our most recent additions is a growing library of 3D CPI Models from Sketchfab that allow customers to look at a product from any angle, or zoom in to see greater detail.

Two-Post Rack 3D ModelThe models, which are hosted by Sketchfab, can be accessed on the Sketchfab website or from within the CPI Online Catalog. Models can be easily shared or embedded on any web page. Create an account on the Sketchfab website to manage your favorite models (not required).

Additional tools include:

Documentation Center
The Documentation Center is a comprehensive online reference that provides the ability to search for and download printable documentation to support bids and proposals. You can search by part number, keyword, or phrase. You can also filter types of documents so you get a list of all relevant installation instructions, product data sheets, images, etc.

Product Configurator
The Product Configurator allows you to create custom products and systems. Once built, the Configurator will present a total list price, rendered drawings and offer a selection of distributors or global resellers. Requires login.

CPI Online Catalog
The new CPI Online Catalog allows customers to search, filter and compare products by attribute, category or part number. Additionally, product documentation, installation instructions and free tools are available to save users valuable time.

Cable Fill Tables
The CPI Cable Fill Table lists RECOMMENDED and MAXIMUM cable fill values for all of CPI’s cable management and cable pathway products. The table lists usable area for each cable manager and pathway product so you can calculate cable fill for other types of cable.

CAD Blocks
For customers using AutoCAD for design layouts, CPI has created CAD Shapes of popular CPI products. CPI CAD Shapes feature a top, front, side and isometric views, and are available at no charge. Requires login.

Visio Shapes
For customers using Microsoft® Visio for equipment layouts and creating network diagrams, CPI has teamed up with Altima Technologies to create Visio shapes of popular CPI products. These shapes are compatible with Visio versions 5/2000/2002/2003/2007 and available to you free of charge. Requires login.

BIM Drawings
CPI provides architects, engineers and other design professionals with an extensive library of Building Information Modeling (BIM) files for drafting and designing an ideal installation. Requires login.

CPI'S Mini Catalog AppCPI Mobile App Suite and Mini Catalog App
CPI Mobile App Suite is a suite of design tools developed by CPI to help IT and telecommunications professionals determine cable fill, select server cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit (PDU), and create bills of material (BOM) for cable pathway, while on the go. The Mini Catalog App allows you to access CPI product information on the go, or share it with your customers.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Begins Expansion Project at Georgetown, Texas Facility

6/23/2015 2:59:41 PM

Georgetown Facility Breaks Ground

Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) broke ground today on an expansion project that will increase production space at the Georgetown, Texas facility by thirty percent.

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross, Chamber of Commerce President Karen Sheldon, and other members of the Chamber joined CPI employees and project managers for the event.

The expansion, scheduled for completion in January 2016, will accommodate a new state-of-the-art powder coat paint system, as well as provide room for additional new manufacturing technology.

This is the second major expansion at this facility in just a few years, coming after the completion of the Research, Development and Training Center in February of 2009.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Bringing High-Performance Building Principles into the Data Center

6/18/2015 8:50:37 AM

High-Performance BuildingsThe term high-performance building can have a variety of meanings depending on your perspective. 

In a recent “Building Operating Management” magazine article, author Joe Flynn writes that many facility managers are reducing the size of individual work areas, using smaller furniture elements and taking advantage of natural lighting in an effort to maximize real estate and minimize materials used.

Flynn attributes this in part to the momentum triggered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and LEED® certification, which makes green design a requirement rather than a luxury.

Several years ago, Chatsworth Products (CPI) introduced “Simply Efficient™,” a concept that embodied its commitment to supporting companies pursuing green design within the data center environment.

Simply Efficient describes CPI’s approach to supporting heat-generating equipment within a cabinet, often without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. The solution focuses on managing airflow through complete containment at the cabinet level. Hot exhaust air is removed from the rear of the cabinet and funneled into the ceiling’s plenum using a vertical exhaust duct. Hot and cold air are not allowed to mix, eliminating hot spots

Real World Examples

The effectiveness of CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solution has been proven over and over again in data centers around the world. Two examples include:

TCS Case StudyTeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a wireless provider, overcame the problem of limited power availability and became one of the most efficient data centers in the Pacific Northwest. TCS earned two ASHRAE awards and averages a PUE of 1.15.
Read the case study.

BendBroadband, a provider of cable, phone and Internet services, achieved Uptime Institute™ Tier III certification in Design and Facility, and became LEED Gold certified, making it only one of five data centers in the entire world to acquire two of the industry’s most prestigious honors. Read the case study.

By managing cooling at the cabinet level, a data center manager has the ability to easily increase or decrease the amount of cabinets, which makes the most of valuable data center floor space – a benefit that any facility manager can appreciate. Additionally, other forms of containment often require additional materials and time, which increases cost.

CPI’s technical staff have helped customers implement solutions to meet very specific requirements. Thorough planning and CFD modeling helps ensure high performance results. Give CPI the opportunity to make your data center a success by contacting a local sales manager.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Signs Packaging Agreement with Martin Enterprises

6/10/2015 1:22:49 PM

Martin Enterprises LogoChatsworth Products (CPI) recently signed a new packaging contract with Martin Enterprises, a non-profit community rehabilitation program in Williamston, N.C.

Martin Enterprises was established in 1972 as an adult day care center for people with disabilities. The program's goal is to assist individuals in becoming more independent by providing opportunities, training and support. The agency also offers job training, job placement and work activities for its clients.

CPI’s New Bern, N.C. manufacturing location selected Martin Enterprises to outsource packaging assembly parts for its data center products. With one of CPI’s Core Values being forthright, ethical and socially responsible, they wanted to support the mission of Martin Enterprises, which revolves around giving people with disabilities opportunities to have fulfilling lives. This contract will help them work towards that goal.

Click here to learn more about Martin Enterprises.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Rack-Mount Shelves Provide Reliable Equipment Support

6/10/2015 8:30:44 AM

Additional_Shelves.jpgInstalling and cabling equipment in two- and four-post racks is certainly not a glamorous job, but is often an inevitable part of a technician's day. 

Since Chatsworth Products (CPI) began selling racks in 1991, the options for equipment support have continued to evolve to meet the needs of IT professionals. For example, some equipment has reduced its footprint and weight, such as computer monitors, while other equipment has gotten larger and heavier.

Though many rack-mount products can be attached directly to the rack frame, other types of equipment need shelves with particular features that will provide the results needed. Equipment that tends to create heat may need a vented shelf for enhanced airflow. Deeper and heavier equipment require a double-sided shelf with a high load rating. 

If a technician needs to gain access to the back of equipment, then sliding shelves would certainly make that task a little more enjoyable. Similarly, rack-mount storage drawers come in handy when you need to store items such as manuals, laptops, extra cables and cords; while sliding keyboard trays make it easy to access keyboards when needed.

CPI is confident that we have a shelf to fit your needs. So, the next time you head to your local distributor for a couple of CPI's racks, go ahead and pick up the shelves as well. To become more familiar with what CPI offers, or to compare features, take a look at CPI's Shelf Quick Reference Guide.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI’s CUBE-iT PLUS® Wall-Mount Cabinet is Now OSHPD OPM Approved

6/5/2015 11:50:21 AM


CUBE-iT PLUS Cabinet SystemChatsworth Products’ (CPI) CUBE-iT PLUS® Wall-Mount Cabinet System recently received the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Pre-Approval of Manufacturer’s Certification (OPM).

CPI’s CUBE-iT PLUS received OSHPD OPM-0196-13, which means it fulfills the requirements of the latest California and International Building Codes. As a pre-approved design, the OSHPD OPM can be incorporated into construction documents, simplifying the design and approval process.

CUBE-iT PLUS is used to protect and store equipment in telecommunications rooms or public spaces. It features exceptional strength and rigidity and supports up to 200 lb (90.7 kg). The swing-out cabinet body allows easy access to the rear of installed equipment, and vented side panels increase airflow.

Additional features include:

  • Two front door styles are available: solid metal and plexiglass
  • Adjustable 19” EIA threaded equipment mounting rails
  • Pre-punched rear panel with knockouts for conduit
  • Rounded corners and edges on front door to improve safety

For more information about CPI’s CUBE-iT PLUS Wall-Mount Cabinet System, visit the product web page, or download the OSPHD approval and calculations document here.

Interested in all of CPI’s OSHPD approved products? Click here

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Experience the Easy Navigation of the New CPI Online Catalog

6/3/2015 12:48:05 PM


CPI Online CatalogThe CPI Online Catalog was developed with the user in mind. It is highly intuitive and easy to navigate.

For example, the search field, located in the middle of the catalog page, allows quick retrieval of products that match your interests. Simply enter a search keyword or product part number and click on the arrow at the right of the search field. 

You can also find products by categories (cable management, rack systems, power management, etc.), right under the search bar; or by application (data center, telecommunications room, zone cabling, etc.), on the right of the page.

The search will attempt to find any matching data in the catalog including related products, accessories and more, along with product pricing, short description and part number.

Navigate among the different pages of search results, or simply jump to the first or last page of results by clicking on the first and last page numbers. 

Easily add your preferred choice to the easy view shopping cart by clicking on the blue box “+ Quick Add” at the right of each search result. 

Explore the CPI Online Catalog now.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


The Economical Way to Partition Rooms, Secure Equipment

6/1/2015 12:05:12 PM


Wire Cage Enclosure - WIRE-CAGE-ENCLOSURE-RGB72.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) recently introduced Wire Cage Enclosures so you can create a security partition and provide physical security for equipment.

Featuring an open design to allow easy airflow, CPI’s Wire Cage Enclosures are used in shared facility spaces, such as Multi-Tenant Data Centers (MTDC), colocation sites, entrance facilities and equipment rooms. The scalable, modular design allows the system to match site requirements, while the rectangular mesh design allows free circulation of air to support the existing cooling system, lighting design and fire suppression system within the secured area.

Features include:

  • Cage assembly hardware is inside the cage, so panels cannot be tampered with from the outside
  • All components ship together as a complete kit, saving valuable time
  • Also available in Glacier White finish to match F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3, N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network and GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet Systems
  • A variety of locks are available to secure cage doors, as well as a ceiling.

Easily configure and order our Wire Cage Enclosures, by contacting CPI Technical Support, and they will work with you to create a quote. Your order will ship as a complete kit under a single part number.

For more details on CPI Wire Cage Enclosures, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

One Strategy Data Center Designers Should Always Explore

5/29/2015 6:42:34 AM


CPI Aisle ContainmentHow can data center designers create buildings that use less energy, reduce construction costs and allows room for growth?

With Airflow Containment—the ability to isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air that has revolutionized the idea of “free cooling” within the data center. The energy-saving benefits are so convincing, state and federal governments in the United States are increasingly requiring the use of airflow containment in data centers as a way to mitigate energy consumption in one of the most energy-consuming environments. 

“Data centers are trending towards energy efficiency not to be green, but to save money. Case in point: containment. Done with thought and planning, it absolutely works,” says Joe Loyer, a mechanical engineer at the California Energy Commission. “The question is not whether containment saves energy and money, but how much money it saves and how soon the return of investment can be realized,” he adds.

LEED and Energy Savings
As the pioneer in Passive Cooling® technology, Chatsworth Products (CPI) can help designers plan and execute energy-efficient data centers. Our Passive Cooling Solutions help data centers achieve the internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED promotes sustainable design and construction practices to ensure measurable energy efficiencies are achieved and huge money savings in the long run. 

CPI can contribute 12-20 credits in the areas of advanced energy metering, low-emitting materials, interior lighting and optimized energy performance towards these certification levels. CPI does not necessarily deliver these credits in a vacuum, but in conjunction with associated design elements.

With a LEED certification, your data center is automatically recognized as environmentally friendly with proven low-cost operating structure.

To find out more about our Energy Efficient Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

How to Improve the Overall Performance of Open Rack Systems

5/27/2015 12:29:39 PM


Rack EnclosureAs we’ve mentioned before, open racks continue to be a dependable solution in many computer rooms and data centers.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides a variety of products that complement the installation of your Two- or Four-Post Racks, thus truly enhancing the performance of your IT equipment.

Here are four ways to do so: 

1. Manage cables like a pro. 
CPI offers a wide range of cable management products to fit any budget. Velocity® Cable Manager, which create a complete pathway for premise cabling and patch cords, is an economical solution. Velocity features tool-less assembly, and includes single- and double-sided vertical cable managers that are available in four widths and three heights.

However, if you have a lot of cabling and patching in your rack, consider the Evolution® Vertical Cable Manager. Evolution is CPI’s deepest cable manager, ranging from 20 to 24 inches deep for a double-sided model. The extra depth allows you to neatly manage the bundles of cables that get routed, dressed and terminated to your patch panels. In addition, the extra depth will allow you to manage your network patch cables, which will save you time when doing moves, adds and changes.

2. Enclose your equipment with class and simplicity.
If you have an existing two-post rack full of cabling and equipment already installed, and now need to protect and enclose the equipment, consider using CPI's Single Rack Enclosure. Easy access for installation and maintenance is an integral part of the overall design, so the door, top or side panels can be removed in minutes.

3. Install a deep server or UPS in a Standard Two-Post Rack.
If your telecommunications room is not large enough to support an enclosed network cabinet for your deeper equipment (in most cases this is your servers and UPSes), consider using CPI's anyServer Bracket to provide a sturdy solution that will secure your equipment. The anyServer Bracket can be adjusted to fit all of your server’s requirements, enabling you to keep the same mounting system, even if you change equipment in the future.

4. Support your high-density cables.
If you're planning on installing a high-volume copper or fiber distribution system over several racks or more, consider using the High Density Patching Frame offered by CPI, as it features high-density cable management fins that provide an integrated vertical pathway for premise cabling and facilitate adherence to bend radius requirements.

Designed to maximize the support of patch panels, High Density Patching Frame enhance the value of your structural system with quality accessories that provide efficient results. 

For more information on any of these products, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Updates 2015 Mini Catalog App with New Products

5/21/2015 6:10:29 AM

CPI'S Mini Catalog AppCPI’s popular Mini Catalog App has been updated to include recently launched products and accessories.

You can now search, download documents and create a bill of material (BOM) list for the following products:

  • Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System
  • Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-1000 and RIM-750) System 
  • Runway Radius Bend and E-Bend with additional widths
  • GVCS Available in 10"W Sections
  • KoldLok® 2-Post Grommet 

CPI will continue to update the Mini Catalog App, as new products and solutions become available.

To download the app, search “CPI” on your Apple iPad. For more information, visit the app description page in Apple iTunes.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Case Study: CPI Customization Capabilities Win Over Dallas Colocation Data Center

5/19/2015 12:10:57 PM

Cologix Data Center Cologix, Inc., a Denver-based colocation company, was able to improve cooling inefficiencies and achieve significant energy savings, thanks to Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) customization competences.

With a growing North American footprint across eight markets, Cologix needed to resolve cooling and airflow inefficiencies in its Dallas INFOMART carrier hotel. The company also needed a solution that would address the unique layout of the data center facility, as well as the cost and quality of the products.

Because of CPI’s customization capabilities, top-quality and durable materials, Cologix had an easy choice.

“CPI tailors custom products for us to meet our particular needs, using good quality, durable materials to create a solid end product,” stated Matt Spencer, Cologix Chief Technology Officer. “Other providers we were considering couldn’t provide customization and wouldn’t bend anything to meet the unique requirements.”

Cologix selected CPI’s Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution with GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, Cable Runway and accessories. Each GlobalFrame cabinet was customized individually by CPI to meet Cologix’s requirements.

Since implementing CPI’s custom solutions, Cologix has been able to run a more cost- and energy-efficient cooling system. Not only will this result in good service for the company’s customers, as well as a better return on investment, but Cologix will also benefit from more efficient data centers.

To read the full case study, click here, or contact one of our representatives for a one-on-one consultation.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialis

Five Key Components Often Overlooked During Rack Installation

5/14/2015 1:46:32 PM


Rack SystemsMany contractors and installers aren’t aware of this, but it’s possible to improve the performance of open racks if certain installation practices are considered.

Whether installing a Two- or Four-Post Rack, some key components must be taken into consideration for superior performance of the telecommunications room or premise network system.

Here are five inside tips from Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) specialists:

Cable Management: You can choose between a good cable management system that will just get the job done, or a finer system such as CPI Evolution® Cable Managers, that manages cables like no other.

CPI Evolution Cable Management provides an engineered solution for managing high-density cabling applications on open Two- and Four-Post Racks, delivering increased performance to match the demands of data center applications.

Featuring snap-on doors, Evolution Cable Management provides innovative interior features to help maximize the capacity and utility of vertical and horizontal cable management. (Pro tip: Always match the horizontal cable manager with the vertical one, so they align and valuable space is not lost.)

Accessories: Not all equipment that is going to be installed is rack mountable, so it’s important to consider what type of shelves to install, especially the dimensions. CPI racks support 19-inch EIA wide shelves. Mounting positions are marked and numbered, making it easy to position and install equipment or shelves.

Elevation Kits: Whether using CPI’s Ladder Rack or Cable Pathway, make sure Elevation Kits are used to provide a clean path for cables. They allow installation of the radius drop, which supports proper bend radius.

Power: Reliable power is a must-have component to a successful open rack system. CPI provides vertical or horizontal power strips, or eConnect®, CPI’s intelligent power distribution units (PDUs), which support high heat loads and feature PDU linking for IP consolidation of up to 20 PDUs.

Grounding and Bonding: A common item that’s missed by installers and contractors, grounding and bonding on CPI open racks are simple. Our Two-Post Racks come with integrated grounding and bonding—top angles, base angles and side channels are electrically bonded by assembly hardware, and a masked mounting location for grounding is provided inside the side channel, near the top and bottom of the rack. (Pro tip: Use Grounding Jumper as a rack-bonding conductor).

For more information on CPI Racks, go here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Going to the AIA Convention? Visit CPI at Booth 4121

5/11/2015 9:10:39 AM


CPI Aisle ContainmentAIA Convention 2015 is one of the largest gatherings of architecture and design professionals in the world. As a leader in designing and manufacturing data center and network products that are flexible, scalable and energy efficient, Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be at Booth #4121, in Atlanta, May 14-16. 

Additionally, if you are attending the conference, you can take advantage of Expo Chat to earn learning units (LUs) by visiting with us at Booth #4121. 

For years, CPI has been the leader in data center containment strategies and is the pioneer of Passive Cooling® technology.  We look forward to this opportunity to assist data center professionals in planning and executing energy-efficient data centers.

If you are not attending, take advantage of  CPI's online design tools and product information to help keep projects on track. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products’ Design Tools, Expert Services Support Data Center Growth

5/7/2015 12:58:15 PM


Design Tools For Your Next Project Data center traffic is expected to triple by 2018, and Chatsworth Products (CPI) is prepared to help architects, contractors and engineers meet their demanding project needs by providing an extensive library of free design tools and expert services.

According to a Cisco report, IP traffic is expected to triple in the next five years, Businesses are responding to this growing demand in a variety of ways including retrofits, expansions and new construction. 

In an effort to assist data center professionals in planning and executing energy-efficient data centers, CPI provides design tools to help you keep projects on track, including:

  • MasterFormat™ Division 27 Specifications
  • OSHPD Pre-Approved Products
  • Product Configurator
  • Cable Fill Tables
  • CAD Blocks
  • Microsoft® Visio
  • BIM Drawings

CPI also offers one-on-one assistance to help customers develop data center designs that integrate standard or customized CPI products into a total design approach, delivering dramatically lower operating costs and data center optimization.

Services include:

  • Field Expert Site Visits: CPI field experts meet with you on-site to evaluate requirements and discuss product and solution options.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis: Using state-of-the-art 3D software, CPI provides simulation and analysis of data.

For more information, contact one of CPI’s specialists for a free consultation. For more information on our design tools, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

New CPI Online Catalog Features 92,000 Products, Documentation and Design Tools

5/1/2015 11:44:50 AM

CPI Online CatalogChatsworth Products (CPI) recently published a sleek, new online product catalog that allows customers to quickly and easily search and order more than 92,000 CPI products.

The new CPI Online Catalog allows customers to search, filter and compare products by attribute, category or part number. Additionally, product documentation, installation instructions and free tools are available to save users valuable time.

Key features include:

  • Shopping Cart - Displays the list of items currently contained in the cart along with a brief description, the quantity and price of each item.
  • Product Descriptions - Precise product details such as features, specifications and measurements to deliver a more engaging customer experience.
  • Design Tools – CAD, BIM and Visio files are available at no cost.
  • Images and rich media – High-quality images and videos provide product detail.
  • Easy ordering – Shopping cart can be sent to one of CPI’s distributor partners for purchase.

The CPI Online Catalog can be accessed from any web page on Chatsworth Products’ website, by clicking on the “Product Catalog” links located at the top and bottom of each page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Billions in Structured Cabling and Installation Funding for Schools Available through eRate Program

4/30/2015 10:38:04 AM

Education Industry

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized up to $3.5 Billion for internal connections and Wi-Fi infrastructure in U.S. grades K-12 and public libraries for funding year 2015. (eRate requests for the 2016 season opens in September.)

This means thousands of school districts nationwide will be purchasing Wi-Fi infrastructure, structured cabling and installation to update their schools this year. 

With a core list of products covered by the eRate program in IT infrastructure—open racks, wall cabinets, and cable management—CPI not only understands the market, but it has perfect solutions for any school, including:

Take advantage of funding while it lasts by stopping by one of our distributor partner locations. For more information on FCC’s eRate funding, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Cable Fill Table Gives Cable Fill Values for CPI Cable Management and Pathway Products

4/28/2015 11:21:05 AM

Velocity Cable Management

As connectivity speed increases, cable designs and requirements change, so it’s important to have a go-to solution that can make cable fill calculations as easy as possible.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) developed an intuitive Cable Fill Table, which lists the recommended and maximum cable fill values for all of CPI’s cable management and cable pathway products. These suggestions are based on TIA-569 recommendations.

The table lists usable area for each cable manager and pathway product so you can calculate cable fill for other types of cable. Cable fills are estimates based on .20" OD Cat 5e, .25" OD Cat 6 and .30" OD Cat 6a, 4-pair UTP horizontal cable. (Pro tip: To calculate recommended cable fills for other size cables, divide the product's usable area by the area of the cable and multiply by 25 percent, or 50 percent for maximum fill.)

Available in two formats, portable document file (PDF) and Microsoft Excel, the table allows you to quickly estimate cable fill values based on your cable specification. The spreadsheet automatically calculates fill values up to the limit of the cable manager. 

Because the cable fill ratios for cable management and cable pathway products are different, the products are listed on separate tabs. All you have to do is change the cable size and/or fill ratio (the yellow highlighted fields at the top of the document) to match your cable specification. 

Go here to get more information on CPI Cable Fill Table.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist