Cross-Connect Blog

Visit CPI at the 2015 BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition in September

7/31/2015 7:12:58 AM

BICSIAs a longtime exhibitor and participant in BICSI events, you can count on seeing Chatsworth Products (CPI) at this year’s Fall show, being held Sept. 20 – 24 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas.

CPI will be displaying a variety of its most innovative solutions at Booth 401 including:

  • 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- and Four-post Racks, 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) - ELS 1000 and 1500 provide enhanced security over standard mechanical or combination locks. They are standalone electronic keypad locks with multiple user levels and codes.

CPI looks forward to the opportunity to interact with BICSI attendees and help them meet their communications technology needs. For more information about the event or to register, click here. For questions about CPI products, contact Customer Service.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Tool Tip: CPI Online Catalog Provides Variety of Options for Sharing Products

7/30/2015 10:17:38 AM

Online Catalog - Find a Distributor

If you have had the opportunity to use the CPI Online Catalog you may have noticed that there is a large selection of products to choose from - more than 92,000 to be specific. The catalog’s intuitive filters help you manage your choices and select the right product for your application. 

But what can you do once you’ve found the product(s) you were looking for?

Once you’ve selected the products you need you have several options. Most of these require you to login to the catalog using your CPI Website Login. If you do not have one, you can easily create one at any time.

 Product sharing options include:   

  • Printing the product page - some of us prefer to have that piece of paper in hand

  • Emailing the product page – send the product page to yourself, a teammate or to CPI Customer Service

  • Adding to a cart – adding a product to a cart will allow you to save the product for future retrieval, continue to add additional products, email a group of products to yourself or others, or send your cart to a local CPI Distributor Partner

As you can see, the CPI Online Catalog provides you with many options to assist you with daily tasks whether it is purchasing a single product, creating a multi-product solution or preparing a proposal for a project.

Take advantage of these tools by using our CPI Online Catalog.

Video:Watch this short video demonstrating the options above.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Chatsworth Products Continues High Quality Standard with Renewal of ISO 9001 : 2008 Certification

7/28/2015 9:51:16 AM

Manufacturing Industry

Chatsworth Products (CPI) is committed to being a company of the highest quality in every aspect of its business. One key element of CPI’s ongoing quality program is its Quality Management System, which meets the standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the design and manufacture of systems, components and products for the structural support of communications and information technology equipment.

CPI’s Quality Management System recently underwent thorough auditing and has been verified, once again, that the system fulfills the requirements for ISO 9001: 2008, allowing CPI to continue as a UL Registered firm.

“Our goal is to delight our customers with excellent products and services. An ISO Certified Quality Management System is a good start to achieve that. Robust processes in all steps, from sales through shipping, is the foundation for the CPI Quality System,” said Hakan Riggestad, CPI Quality Systems Manager.

Quality is a CPI Core Value and every employee owner takes responsibility for ensuring every product meets customer expectations. Find out more about CPI’s commitment to quality, or download the ISO Certificate.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager 

CPI Receives Patent for Vertical Exhaust Duct Technology

7/21/2015 6:47:09 AM

Case-Study-BendBroadband.jpgChatsworth Products (CPI) was recently awarded another patent for its Vertical Exhaust Duct, a key component of its data center equipment cabinet lines. 

The exhaust duct, which is mounted to the top of a cabinet, guides hot exhaust air from the cabinet to an overhead drop ceiling or ductwork to create a closed hot air return pathway to the cooling system. When combined with CPI’s additional airflow products, complete hot air isolation is achieved, which helps prevent equipment from overheating and allows the ability to significantly lower cooling costs.

First introduced in 2006 as CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions, CPI’s innovative airflow management techniques are so effective that customers find they can easily support heat densities up to 30 kW per cabinet without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. Because CPI Passive Cooling Solutions are so effective and have zero points of failure, many customers have achieved Uptime Institute’s Tier IV certification and LEED® Gold certification.

CPI’s Vertical Exhaust Duct is available on these CPI cabinets:

The Vertical Exhaust Duct is one of CPI’s many patented products. For a complete list visit our Patent web page.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

U.S. Green Building Council Releases LEED v4

7/20/2015 1:14:47 PM

Energy Efficiency Solutions

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently updated the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings to an updated version, v4. The new version is “bolder, more specialized and designed for an improved user experience,” states the USGBC.

Data centers are unique in their design and energy requirements, so as the USGBC worked with industry leaders to develop a data center-specific standard, they found it necessary to increase the rating scale from 100 to 110 possible credits with the following LEED certification levels:

  • Certified: 40-49 points earned
  • Silver: 50-59 points earned
  • Gold: 60-79 points earned
  • Platinum: 80+ points earned

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) technologies can contribute towards achieving 12-20 credits in the areas of advanced energy metering, low-emitting materials, interior lighting and optimized energy performance towards these certification levels. 

Here are some updates of LEED v4:

  • Includes a focus on materials that goes beyond how much is used to get a better understanding of what's in the materials we spec for our buildings and the effect those components have on human health and the environment
  • Takes a more performance-based approach to indoor environmental quality to ensure improved occupant comfort
  • Brings the benefits of smart grid thinking to the forefront with a credit that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs
  • Provides a clearer picture of water efficiency by evaluating total building water use

Contact one of CPI experts to find out how CPI products and solutions can contribute to LEED certification. For more information on LEED v4, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist


Tool Tip: CPI Online Catalog Provides Easy Access to Information, Tools

7/17/2015 8:48:52 AM

CPI Online Catalog Documents Tools Download

The CPI Online Catalog is designed not only to provide complete product information, but also to provide additional tools that many customers find helpful such as CAD, Visio and BIM files. These tools have been available on Chatsworth Products' (CPI) website for many years but now, in an effort to save our customers time, we have collected all files that are associated with a product and listed those on the catalog product page. 

Finding all of the documents and tools associated with a product is easy. 

Follow these four simple steps:

  1. Find the product on the CPI Online Catalog, using search or navigation. 
  2. Narrow down your selection by using the filters located on the right side of the page.
  3. Once you have identified the product you are interested in, such as a Standard Rack, you will see a "Documents & Tools" tab in the center of the page. Select that tab.
  4. Select the document or tool from the list provided. 

For the Standard Rack, you can download a cut sheet, specification sheet, installation instructions, Visio Shapes, CAD Blocks, and view a 3D Model. However, not all products have the same options available, so please contact CPI Technical Support if you need a tool that is not listed.

Video: Watch a short video demonstrating the above steps.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

The Basics of Premise Network Cable Management

7/16/2015 6:31:58 AM

Cable Management Illustration

The basic cable management solution features a two-post rack with cabling sections along both sides of the rack to provide a vertical pathway for premise cable and patch cords. Cabling sections in-between adjacent racks in a multiple rack bay must be larger (wider and/or deeper) to support cable from both racks.

Open two-post racks provide the most cost-effective and efficient use of floor space, but four-post racks are superior when supporting larger equipment, like modular network switches. Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers three styles of two-post racks, six styles of four-post racks and five styles of vertical cabling section in various sizes.

Vertical Cabling Section

CPI offers five styles of cabling section (vertical managers) to complement the two-post and four-post open rack systems. Cabling sections attach to the sides of the racks to provide a cable management space along the side of rack-mount equipment.

Cabling sections can be single or double-sided. Double-sided cabling sections are used alongside racks that support patch panels, fiber enclosures or a mix of active equipment and cable termination hardware to provide separate front and rear pathways for patch cords and premise cables.

Cable Runway

Use cable runway or cable tray to create a pathway for premise cables through the room. Premise cables typically enter the cabling sections from overhead cable runway (ladder rack) or cable tray. Be sure to provide radius drops where cable enters or exits the overhead pathway. Also, elevate cable runway 3" to 6" (80 mm to 150 mm) above racks to get the full benefit of the radius drop.

Cable runway or cable tray can be supported from the tops of racks with elevation kits or from the ceiling with threaded rods. Cable runway or cable tray can also be divided to allow cable segregation by media or use/application and tiered to increase capacity.

When selecting a rack solution, it is important to pick a height that provides enough overhead space for cable runway or cable trays. Always leave 3” to 6” (80 mm to 150 mm) of space between the top of racks and cable runway. Leave 12” (300 mm) between each tier of cable runway and 18” (460 mm) between the ceiling and the top tier of cable runway.

Horizontal Cable Management

Use jumper trays and  horizontal managers on the racks in between patch panels and network switches (as shown below) to guide patch cords between connections. Use cable spools inside the cabling sections to control patch cord slack. Loosely bundle cables with CPI’s Saf-T-Grip® Cable Management Straps.

Cable Fill Capacity

Cabling section width and the corresponding cable fill capacity must be carefully considered, especially when a cabling section is shared in-between adjacent racks. CPI recommends using a 50 percent cable fill when selecting vertical and horizontal cable management. This allows sufficient space for maintaining cable bend radius for patch cords. CPI’s Extended Fingers (- EFX) versions are recommended whenever angled-face patch panels are used. Use CPI’s Cable Fill Tool to compare cable fill values and select the correct size cabling section.

For an informative overview of CPI Cable Management, download this brochure.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI Plans Data Center for Luxury Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel

7/10/2015 2:06:42 PM

CPI Case Study - CologixCase-Study-Emirates-Hotel.jpgThe Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is anticipated to be one of the most lavish hotels in the world. With help from Chatsworth Products (CPI), this deluxe space has a world class data center ready to accommodate its technological needs for years to come.

Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel wanted a green, energy efficient data center to coincide with the architectural design and sophistication. 

“The aim was to provide and design a solution that could bring energy efficiency and at the same time, protect our investment for 10-15 years. Therefore, future scalability was also important to us.”  

-Nabeel Siddiqi, Project Manager for Atlas Telecom

GF-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 CabinetWith this goal in mind, CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions were chosen to allow cooling efficiencies in the data center to be maximized without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. This “free cooling” is achieved by properly isolating, redirecting and recycling hot exhaust air from cold supply air.

CPI’s Passive Cooling Solution was comprised of a Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Solution, complete with doors and floor ceiling kits, GF-Series GlobalFrame® Cabinets, Monitored Vertical Power Distribution Units and accessories.

To read more about Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel and CPI solutions, visit the case study web page.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

CPI Cabinets, Accessories Now Manufactured in Germany

7/9/2015 1:25:41 PM

Germany Manufacturing CapabilitiesTo better serve the increasing demands of local and global customers based in Europe, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has increased its European production capabilities by setting up a manufacturing location in Ellwangen, Germany.

CPI will now manufacture the TeraFrame® and GlobalFrame® family of cabinets, as well as accessories, which will complement the existing European-based production facility for Racks, Cable Management and Cable Runway product lines.

Showroom Offers Customers Access to Solutions

Don’t miss out on visiting the product showroom within the Ellwangen facility, which is open to customers and channel partners in the region. The demo room will feature CPI’s Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Solution with GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinets, N-Series Network Cabinets, Two- and Four-Post Racks, Cable Runway and Power Distribution Units. 

“We are delighted that CPI customers in Europe can now enjoy improved lead times and product availability with the same high level of quality and innovation that CPI is recognized for around the world,” commented Julian Riley, CPI’s Area Sales Director for Europe. 

In addition to the European-made products, customers will continue to have access to other CPI solutions, including eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs), Build To Spec (BTS) Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) Solution and Remote Infrastructure Monitoring (RIM) System. 

For more information, contact a local CPI Sales Representative, or download the European IT Infrastructure Solutions Brochure.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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.

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