1/27/2015 3:08:17 PM
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) popular Mobile App Suite for Apple and Android devices now includes a handful of new products and support for iPhone 6 and 6+.
The Mobile App Suite consists of a variety 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.
The App Suite’s Cabinet Selector now includes the recently released Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet which features an industry-leading 1500 lb (680 kg) seismic equipment load with an additional 100 lb (45 kg) top load for cabling. It is UL Listed for its 3000 lb (1360 kg) static load and integrated grounding and bonding features.
Additionally, we added two of our signature Cable Runway products—Radius Bend and E-Bend—to provide a more complete Cable Runway solution.
Find out more about how CPI’s Mobile App Suite can help simplify your next project by visiting our Mobile App Design Tools webpage.
1/26/2015 2:48:02 PM
Monitoring and controlling environment, power and security conditions in data centers can easily become a time-consuming task for busy IT professionals.
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-1000) System provides easy and effective remote monitoring of sensors and devices in your IT facility, so you are able to take immediate action when conditions change.
The critical early warning system provides an integrated view of all equipment through a web browser. The web interface summarizes device and sensor input conditions with color-coding and displays the physical location of devices and sensors on a floor plan or map.
Key features include:
- Single web-based interface for accessing and reviewing all data
- Provides one integrated view of all facility equipment
- Accepts inputs from a wide range of environmental sensors and facility equipment
- Stores data internally, no need for additional equipment or software to store or access data
- Configurable with expansion cards for a large number of sensor inputs
You can also use CPI’s RIM-750 to monitor a single server cabinet or small computer room.
For detailed information on CPI’s RIM-1000, download the data sheet. A comprehensive FAQ document is also available.
1/22/2015 10:16:19 AM
This February 23-25, Orlando, Fla. hosts the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition. As a longtime exhibitor and participant in BICSI events throughout the year, count on seeing CPI at this year’s event, where we’ll be displaying a variety of our most innovative new solutions at Booth 1001.
During the show, be sure to stop by the CPI booth and get a hands-on look at the following:
- N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet - The N-Series supports and protects switches, regardless of size, model or airflow requirements. The cabinet is Cisco compatible and is the ultimate cabinet for high-density network and storage switches.
- F-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Cabinet - The F-Series features an enhanced frame design, new sizes and panels, easier equipment rail adjustment and smarter airflow management, making it one of the most advanced cabinets available.
- Build To Spec (BTS) Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution - The BTS Kit arrives on a pallet and includes eight unique components to field-fabricate a duct over a contained aisle. The solution can be used over a mix of cabinets of varying sizes and can be ceiling- or cabinet-supported, making it ideal for retrofit applications.
- Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System - The RIM System allows data center managers to resolve environmental problems in equipment rooms and data centers before they cause downtime by providing real-time monitoring of critical conditions. Three configurations are available—RIM-750, RIM-1000 and RIM Protocol Converter.
- eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) - eConnect® PDUs are intelligent power distribution products that connect you to your evolving enterprise data center. eConnect is designed to withstand the high heat loads of any hot aisle environment and is available in more than 180 standard configurations, including high-density models.
- Evolution® Cable Management - Evolution Cable Management provides an engineered solution for managing high-density cabling applications on open two-post and four-post CPI Rack Systems, delivering increased performance to match the demands of data center applications.Use Evolution Vertical Cable Managers on the sides of racks to manage premise cables, patch cords and jumper cords.
- Electronic Lock Kits (ELS) - Electronic Lock Kits Systems 1000 and 1500 provide enhanced security over standard mechanical or combination locks. They are standalone electronic keypad locks with multiple user levels and codes.
1/21/2015 8:14:29 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides several handy tools to help you identify the correct product for your application.
One option includes our downloadable quick reference guides for many of our popular product lines.
Each side-by-side comparison describes the product's application, key features, dimensions and more. Example part numbers and recommended accessories are also listed.
Download a guide for your next project: Racks | Cabinets & Enclosures | Cable Pathway | Cable Management | Wall-Mount Systems
Additionally, CPI's Mobile App Suite includes easy-to-use selectors for Cabinets and Wall-Mounted Cabinets.
The Cabinet Selector will ask for specific requirements such as height, width, depth, door styles and more. You can then build a part number based on the results. It will also provide an information sheet for the cabinet family selected, so that you can read about the additional features and benefits.
The Wall-Mount Cabinet Selector will help you select two of CPI’s top systems — ThinLine II or Cube-it Plus® — based on your needs. Once you make your selection, you will be provided with the cabinet’s complete spec sheet and given the option to add it to a BOM, email it to yourself, or to CPI Technical Support.
Find out more about CPI's Mobile App Suite.
1/16/2015 10:36:49 AM
Orlando Health wanted to construct a new data center because of hot spot issues in its original data center. With Chatsworth Products' (CPI) solutions and expertise, the space now uses less than 2/3 cooling capacity to cool 200% of the original IT load. Over $350,000 was saved by reusing older CRAC units, and $120,000 was saved by not using a raised floor. Additionally, cabinet-supported fiber duct and low-voltage basket trays also saved $350 per cabinet installation cost.
Steve Bornfield, CPI's Senior Data Center Consultant, will explain what was involved in this successful installation at the Mission Critical & Data Center Expo (MCDC) in Atlanta next month. If you are attending the Expo, plan to attend his session on Wednesday, February 11 at 3:55 pm.
Get the complete details on this application and others by visiting our case study library . You can also watch the case study video.
1/9/2015 8:28:11 AM
Planning a data center in a seismically active area
requires careful consideration on many levels.
To reduce risk and injury and minimize equipment damage
during an earthquake, proper seismic protection is essential. This is
especially important in telecommunications/equipment rooms and data centers
that cannot afford to be offline or are not backed up at a secondary location.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a seismic enclosure. Here are five:
1. Is the enclosure seismic-rated?
The enclosure you choose should be designed, certified and tested for use in seismic areas. If the enclosure was put under a physical test, such as the one required by NEBS or the ICC-EC AC 156 – another recognized testing standard procedure – the manufacturer should be able to provide the lab test report, calculations and even a video of the shaker table testing. Because shaker table testing provides a defined result of “pass” or “fail” without affecting performance and operability, it is easy to compare products that go through the same type of certification to find the best fit for your requirements.
2. What is the seismic load rating?
When choosing an enclosure, one with a high seismic load capacity will provide the most benefits. A seismic load capacity indicates how much weight a cabinet or rack can hold and protect equipment during a seismic event. The higher the seismic load, the more equipment and weight it can support. Note the difference: Seismic load indicates a load that has been tested for dynamic movement in a simulated seismic event, whereas static load is qualified by a standard load test (not a shaker table test) without motion.
3. Is the enclosure big enough for my equipment?
Most manufacturers limit the size of their seismic cabinets in order to have a smaller, sturdier product that will pass seismic tests. This limits the depth of equipment that can be installed. However, most equipment can be more than 30 inches deep (762 mm). Current TIA-569-C standards provide size and clearance requirements for equipment and cabling cabinets to address equipment sizes, cable management and power distribution unit (PDU) installation. To ensure these standards are met, cabinets 42” deep or larger are recommended. Additionally, ensure the cabinet's frame leaves adequate room for cable management and power distribution.
4. What about airflow?
You should not have to sacrifice proper airflow over seismic stability. Servers still need to remain cool to function properly, even within seismic areas. Also, thermal management strategies and legislation enacted to reduce energy consumption do not provide exemptions to these products if installed in seismic areas. At a minimum, the enclosure’s seismic bracing should not block the flow of cool air into your servers. At best, select an enclosure with airflow accessories to prevent hot air recirculation.
5. How difficult is it to install?
Enclosures in general are heavy and difficult to move on a job site. Seismic cabinets can be almost two times the weight of a non-seismic cabinet. Additionally, seismic cabinets attach directly to the floor. Casters can help move the cabinet, but the weight of the cabinet makes removing the casters difficult. The ideal solution is a cabinet that includes transport casters and recessed leveler feet to raise the cabinet so that the transport casters can be removed. Be sure to anchor the cabinet to the floor using the specific methods and approved seismic anchors as directed in the construction drawings and the supervising registered structural engineer.
Chatsworth Products' engineers have considered and designed a cabinet to effectively protect your equipment in the event of an earthquake. The Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet incorporates the features above and more.
1/8/2015 9:00:47 AM
Cabling Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) regularly hosts informative webcasts that are accessible at any time after the conclusion of the live event.
Recently Chatsworth Products (CPI) participated in a webcast titled "Cabling, Power and Thermal Management Technologies in the Data Center".
Three topics were covered:
- Using and Characterizing Bend-Insensitive Multimode Fiber in Data Centers
- Achieving Effective Airflow Management in Challenging Networks
- The Benefits of Overhead Power Distribution in Mission Critical Applications
During the webcast, CPI, the pioneers of Passive Cooling® Technology, addressed the need for effective airflow in challenging networks. One of the balancing acts a data center administrator must achieve generates from the acknowledged best practice of implementing front-to-rear-breathing network equipment, coinciding with the value that comes with the non-standard airflow paths of some network switches.
The presentation provides assistance in achieving that balance, by describing how to maintain as efficient an airflow as possible, while also realizing the advantages of non-standard-breathing networking equipment.
View the archived presentation here.
CPI's N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet helps data center professionals achieve complete airflow isolation by supporting and protecting network switches regardless of size, model or airflow requirements.
Additionally, CPI provides a complete set of design tools to help you determine if the N-Series is right for your data center needs.
Take advantage of CPI's experience and expertise by talking to one of our Field Applications Engineers or Regional Sales Managers.
1/6/2015 7:27:54 AM
Menzies Aviation, a leading global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo services in the United Kingdom, stored all of its important and confidential information in a communications room that needed reconstruction to optimize airflow and improve cooling inefficiencies.
The main challenge in Menzies Aviation’s communications room was the low plenum ceilings. In some instances, structural beams passed a mere 300 mm above the tops of cabinets. The beams supported trusses, so there was sufficient space for airflow above the finished ceiling plenum, but the space between the tops of the cabinets and the finished ceiling was limited.
This affected Menzies Aviation’s ability to regulate air efficiently, so they needed to deploy an effective cabinet and duct solution to maintain a standard volume but fit in the restricted overhead space.
Menzies Aviation partnered with Impact Data Solutions (IDS), a designer and installer of IT equipment, to help remodel the communications room. After assessing the needs of the communications room, IDS professionals recommended using passive cooling technology, making Chatsworth Products (CPI), the pioneers of Passive Cooling® Solutions, the best choice for the project.
To accommodate the limitations of the building’s design and the low plenum ceiling in the communications room, CPI designed custom GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts, split rear doors, solid side panels and vented front doors.
With this solution, Menzies Aviation was able to maximize its cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions.
Now Menzies Aviation’s server room is running on free air cooling, and they are looking to achieve better efficiencies, while increasing their infrastructure footprint with ease.
- Robbie Williams, CEO Director of IDS
Visit CPI's Case Study library for the complete story and additional photos, or take a look at other installations.
12/30/2014 8:00:00 AM
Product innovation, excellence and customer delight have been the heart of Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) mission for 23 years. This year was no different. Let’s take a quick look at the top product releases of 2014. They include:
Build To Spec (BTS) Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution – Ideal for retrofit applications, this solution arrives on a pallet with eight unique components to field-fabricate a duct over a contained aisle. The BTS Kit can be used over a mix of cabinets of varying sizes and can be ceiling- or cabinet-supported.
High-Density eConnect® Power Distribution Units - High-density eConnect PDUs with six built-in circuit breakers are the answer to customers predicting two- to three-year power growth deploying blade servers, network switches and cabinets with more than 30 servers. New features were also added to all models.
CPI Mini Catalog App and App Suite – The CPI Mobile App Suite was made available for Apple or Android devices to help you determine cable fill, select server or wall-mount cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit (PDU) and create bills of material (BOM) for cable pathway, while on the go. We also turned our popular Mini Catalog into a handy mobile app for iPads.
N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinet System - Taking equipment management one step further, CPI’s ultimate network cabinet supports the deployment of different devices; regardless of size, model or airflow requirements, within one cabinet without the need for additional accessory kits, while providing complete airflow isolation.
Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System - CPI’s RIM System monitors, records and analyzes environmental, security and safety conditions of equipment in a single server cabinet or row of cabinets, providing data center managers flexibility and ease-of-mind. Choose between RIM-750 or RIM-1000.
Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet - Engineered to protect and store network equipment in seismically active areas, the new Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet System is the most innovative seismic cabinet in the market today, featuring flexibility and an industry-leading seismic equipment load. The Z4-Series meets the stringent seismic testing from Telcordia Technologies— GR-63-CORE—and has California’s OSHPD Preapproval of
Manufacturer’s Certification (OPM).
12/22/2014 8:58:08 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) is proud to announce the release of its 2015 Mini Catalog in both print and digital format.
As always, the product catalog features comprehensive documentation at a moment’s notice for all of CPI’s most popular solutions, including our full line of Cabinet and Enclosure Systems, Racks, Cable Management, Cable Pathway, Grounding and Bonding, Software and more.
- F-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinet System
- N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Cabinet System
- GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System
- Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System
- Runway Radius Bend and E-Bend with Additional Widths
- GVCS Available in 10"W Sections
- Remote Infrastructure Management Products
- KoldLok® 2-Post Grommet Products
You will also notice the 2015 CPI Mini Catalog product tabs are now in alphabetical order. Additionally, the CPI Catalog App will be updated and published soon to match the CPI print catalog.
For those hands-on folks who like to keep a printed catalog close by, this year’s hard copy is slim and trim, fits snugly in any installer’s toolbox and sports handy quick-flip tabs for each major product category.
Click here to request a print copy or download a PDF copy now (20 MB).
12/18/2014 3:10:47 PM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) now has Visio shapes for its recently redesigned N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet.
Visio shapes are one of the many design tools CPI provides free of charge to registered CPI website users. CAD blocks and BIM models are also available.
The N-Series TeraFrame features a highly flexible frame and ducting that provides a universal solution to meet the unique thermal and cable management requirements for network switching equipment. The internal duct can be configured to support side airflow or front to rear switch airflow patterns. Additionally, the duct is designed to simultaneously support equipment of different sizes.
Visit our Visio shapes library to see our full selection.
12/16/2014 9:26:12 AM
Robb Jones, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) Sales Manager for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states, is the first CPI employee to earn the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) designation. Jones passed the DCDC test in half the time allotted to take it.
Released in 2011, the DCDC test was created to recognize the individuals who have demonstrated both the knowledge and ability to apply it over the multiple facets within data center design. Candidates for the designation are individuals involved in the planning, implementing and making of critical decisions regarding data centers. BICSI recommends this credential for Data center, IT, facility or project managers, architects, engineers, designers, consultants and those planning to enter careers in the data center design, construction or maintenance fields.
Congratulations to Robb Jones on this achievement!
CPI is proud to employ individuals with such high credentials. Additionally, several CPI employees, including Jones, possess the RCDD certification. See the complete list here.
12/12/2014 1:29:07 PM
Join CPI and Anixter on Tuesday, December 16 for the opportunity to engage with leaders in data center thermal management during a free virtual event titled "Thermal Efficiency: Best Practices for a Healthy Data Center".
New facilities need to have flexible designs to support future growth over the next decade with minimal capital investment.
One of the best ways to reduce operational expenses is to design a highly efficient data center cooling system. At this live webinar, you will learn about various cooling and containment technologies, modern design trends, as well as best practices that mitigate risk and save money by keeping a data center’s thermal management system healthy, including:
- Airflow design and management best practices
- Fine tuning the data center’s breathing through temperature and pressure adjustments
- Monitoring the airflow’s circulation throughout the facility by using environmental sensors and active control.
12:45 p.m. Virtual environment opens
1:00 p.m. Video presentation begins
1:30 p.m. Real-time panel discussion with industry experts (see list below), live Q&A from audience
2:00 p.m. Virtual trade show opens
Panelists include: Robert Sullivan, Ph.D. Independent Consultant, Thomas McKinney, Forsythe Data Centers and Jason dePreaux, IHS Technology
All attendees will earn (1) BICSI CEC credit.
12/4/2014 3:10:53 PM
Research suggests that most data centers use an average of four times the power for cooling than the IT load requires. With power requirements only going up; by some estimates, 30 to 50 percent of data centers will run out of power and cooling within the next year.
Learn how to make the most of the power already being supplied to your data center with solutions that optimize airflow, reduce operating costs and eliminate the need to purchase additional CRAC units.
Don’t miss this eye-opening webinar on power and cooling on Dec. 18 at 10:30 am Central Standard Time.
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI), Field Application Engineer, Tom Cabral, will delve into topics such as:
- Benefits of isolation
- Highlights of CA Title 24
- The case for containment
- Methods of containment…is one better than another?
- Hot Aisle vs. Cold Aisle
- A detailed study of containing an active data center
11/25/2014 9:21:32 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) just updated two of its signature Cable Runway products—Radius Bend and E-Bend—to include additional widths to fit all the available widths of CPI’s Cable Runway.
CPI Cable Runway Bends and Radius Drops maintain gradual bends so that cable signal quality is preserved, as per Category 5/5e/6 requirements.
Cable Runway E-Bends create a 90-degree gradual sweep for horizontal plane cable runway runs. CPI Cable Runway Radius Bend are used to maintain a gradual cable bend for cascading cable runs.
Both products are now available in widths ranging from 4” (100 mm) to 36” (910 mm).
Visit the product page for more information. An updated cable fill document and Cable Pathway Quick Reference Guide are also available.
11/21/2014 12:28:56 PM
The employee owners at Chatsworth Products (CPI) are thankful for a fruitful year among customers, partners, suppliers, and co-workers.
As the holiday season approaches, please take note of our holiday schedule.
Holiday schedule for CPI U.S. operations:
- Nov. 27–28: Closed
- Dec. 23: Last shipping day
- Dec. 31–Jan.1, 2015: Closed
- Jan. 2, 2015 – All functions resume
Holiday schedule for CPI European operations:
- Dec. 24, Noon –Jan. 5, 2015: Closed
- Dec. 19: Last shipping day
- Jan. 6, 2015 – All functions resume
CPI Customer Service and Technical Support teams will be available to assist you Dec. 26, 29 and 30. Please contact us at 1-800-834-4969 during this time.
From all CPI employee owners, we wish you a happy holiday season. We look forward to many new and encouraging opportunities with you in the New Year!
11/17/2014 12:37:42 PM
You can now support and organize larger bundles of high-performance cables with the newly available 10-inch wide Global Vertical Cabling Section (GVCS) and cable rings.
High-performance cables such as Category 6A, for example, are heavier and larger in diameter than their counterparts, so cable managers that will house these cables should be large enough to accommodate them.
The GVCS is an adaptable vertical cable management solution with a unique, two-piece design that reduces shipping size and cost.
CPI’s Cable Rings create a separate cable path on back of the GVCS to organize cables for a neat, professional installation. The rings can be added to the back of the single-side managers to create a front and rear pathway for cables.
11/13/2014 1:25:47 PM
Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) offers two mobile apps to assist our customers who are on the go in selecting or accessing information about our products.
For added convenience, you can now push your list of selected products from the Mini Catalog App to the bill of material (BOM) feature on the Mobile App Suite.
This way you only have to submit one BOM list with all the products you need.
The Mini Catalog App for iPads is one of our most popular tools for information on accessories, cable management, grounding and bonding, etc.
Whether you have an Apple or Android device, use the CPI Mobile App Suite to determine cable fill, select server or wall-mount cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit (PDU) and create bills of material (BOM) for cable pathway.
For more information on CPI’s mobile apps, go here.
11/11/2014 10:26:51 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently participated in a panel discussion on the advancements of clean technology innovation at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
Business leaders and proponents of clean technology shared their views on ways to create a cleaner and more stable environment.
Representing CPI at “Advancing Cleantech Innovation in the San Fernando Valley” was Jose Blanco, Plant Manager at our California manufacturing facility. Also included in the panel were California State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), Andrew McAllister, California Energy commissioner; and others.
As a pioneer in energy-efficient solutions for the data center, CPI is proud to have become an industry leader in the topic. Our Passive Cooling® Solutions, the most cost-effective and cooling-effective thermal management solution on the market, continue to push the envelope when it comes to effectively reducing data center energy costs.
During the eight years Blanco has worked at CPI, he has continued to highlight the value of education, experience, environmental responsibility and has pushed the capacities in manufacturing to meet the energy challenges of the new millennium.
CPI also participates on standards committees and recommends accepted industry best practices of The Green Grid, AFCOM, ASHRAE, TIA and more to fulfill its commitment to true energy efficiency. To learn more about our energy efficiency solutions, go here.
11/6/2014 9:39:31 AM
Chatsworth Products (CPI) will participate in one of the industry’s top events, Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference 2014, Dec. 2-5 in Las Vegas.
The event focuses on today’s most important infrastructure and operations topics, trends and technologies.
As such, CPI will display its latest cutting-edge solutions—the N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet with a Vertical Exhaust Duct and Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System products.
Taking equipment management one step further, the N-Series TeraFrame supports the deployment of different sized devices within one cabinet without the need for additional accessory kits, while providing complete airflow isolation. Optimum cooling and airflow are achieved with the Vertical Exhaust Duct, which isolates, redirects and recycles hot exhaust air from the cabinet.
On the environmental monitoring front, CPI will display its new RIM-1000, RIM-750 and RIM Protocol Converter, which give users the ability to remotely monitor, record and analyze environmental security and safety conditions in data centers and equipment rooms.
By using CPI’s exclusive promo code DC33SP47, you will be able to get a $300 discount off the event registration fee.
Go here to register for the event using CPI’s promo code.