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Meet Four of CPI’s Talented Conference Speakers from Around the World

2/25/2015 10:51:27 AM


As a global top provider of IT infrastructure solutions, Chatsworth Products (CPI) participates in a variety of well-respected industry events and training activities.

We are proud to have highly trained employee owners sharing their data center expertise across the globe. Many of them hold various industry certifications, and participate on advisory boards and technical committees.

Here are four experts from each region:

North America: Ashish Moondra, Senior Product Manager, Power, Electronics & Software

Ashish Moondra has more than 20 years of experience developing, managing and selling rack power distribution, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), energy storage and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions. Ashish has been an expert speaker at various data center forums. 

He will be speaking on CPI’s new Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System solution at Data Center World Global Conference 2015, April 19-23, in Las Vegas. 

 Ashish Moodra
Latin America: Victor Banuelos, Technical Manager, CDCDP™, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer

Victor Banuelos has years of experience in the IT community. Victor’s works on the continuous education on high-performance data center design through seminars and conferences, as well as pre-sales and technical support. He was recently was awarded with the Accredited Tier Designer status by Uptime Institute.

Victor will be at the 2015 BICSI CALA Mexico Conference and Exhibition, March 18-19, presenting “Cooling Concepts for an Efficient Data Center Design.”

 Victor Banuelos
United Kingdom: Duke Roberston, Sr. Solutions Application Engineer

Duke Robertson has more than 20 years of experience in a broad range of disciplines.  At CPI, Duke focuses on developing tailored solutions for customer-specific applications, utilizing CPI’s unique and extensive design and manufacturing capabilities. He also serves on CPI’s product development team.

 Duke Robertson
Asia Pacific: Michael Zhang, Technical Support Manager, Asia Pacific

Michael Zhang has more than 16 years of experience in the IT industry. Michael’s expertise is in the field of structured cabling, data center facility management and project management. He was also invited to the Data Center Standards Board of Committee of Shanghai.

 Michael Zhang

To learn more about these and the other talented data center experts, go here. If you would like to engage one of our speakers, please contact us.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

AFCOM Infographic: Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Lead Industry in Cooling Innovation

2/18/2015 3:29:44 PM

Cooling Innovations - AFCOM InfographicAbout 80 percent of data center owners seek hot and cold aisle containment as an effective cooling solution, according to a new Cost Containment Infographic recently released by AFCOM.

Whether you are managing a small computer room or a large high-density data center, Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides a full line of enclosures for complete hot and cold air separation. One of our most popular solutions include aisle containment products. 

CPI offers several configurations for Hot Aisle Containment (HAC) or Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) Environments, each addressing the most pressing data center cooling needs, including ones that can be completely customized on site. 

Separating hot and cold air through containment addresses two key efficiency requirements – it allows control of inlet temperatures (the cold aisles are one temperature, not a mixed range) – and, it maximizes delta T (in general, the higher the return temperature the better).

Benefits of CPI’s Aisle Containment include:

  • Available for retrofit or new installations
  • Use for full containment or partial containment
  • Separates hot and cold air efficiently, eliminating hot spots
  • Supports 4x higher heat and power densities (6 kW to 30+ kW)
  • Effectively utilizes 100% of supplied air and reduce chilled air waste
  • Improves CRAC efficiency because of higher supply-to-return temperature differences (Delta T's)
  • Allows increased room temperature and higher set points on cooling equipment and chilled water temperatures, resulting in less electricity consumption using low-cost economizers

If you would like more technical data on effective containment solutions, be sure to download the White Paper, “Extend the Life of Your Data Center.” For more information on CPI’s full line of Containment Solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

eConnect® PDUs Enable Oak Ridge Schools to Pursue STEM Status

2/17/2015 2:07:33 PM

Oak Ridge School IT

Oak Ridge Schools, some of Tennessee’s most praised learning institutions, are known for their excellence and advanced academics within the educational system. 

To help the students in their academic endeavors, the schools wanted to provide one Microsoft Surface tablet to each of their students, to be used as learning tools. 


To successfully accomplish this 1:1 initiative, the school system needed a robust infrastructure that would support the increasing demand for power and high-density, reliable servers.

To withstand the heat loads of this high-density environment, which included high-tech fiber cabling throughout, Oak Ridge Schools needed reliable power distribution units (PDUs) with remote monitoring capabilities.


Oak Ridge Schools turned to Chatsworth Products (CPI) to deliver intelligent PDUs, server cabinets with Vertical Exhaust Ducts and cable runway to support all the cabling they would need for the next few years.

With CPI’s Monitored eConnect® PDUs, Oak Ridge Schools would be able to monitor and measure voltage, current, power and power factor in each cabinet. eConnect PDUs were designed to withstand high heat loads of any hot aisle environment, with an ambient temperature rating of 149°F (65°C). This way, if power requirements for equipment go up, the eConnect PDUs will be able to withstand the high temperatures within the cabinets. 

Now with a solid and redundant data center in place, Oak Ridge Schools are technologically prepared to attempt becoming top in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

To learn more about Oak Ridge Schools and this successful project, read the full case study.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Customer Delight: The Heart of our Business Philosophy

2/13/2015 7:25:54 AM

Love CPI Products

The most romantic day of the year is tomorrow, and we love a good love story!

For us at Chatsworth Products (CPI), the protagonists of this story are our customers.

We believe that successful customer relationships are paramount. This is why we strive to provide unequaled customer service and technical support, as well as a global network of industry-leading distributors, to assure customers that CPI is dedicated to delivering products and services designed to meet and exceed their needs.

Customer issues are addressed immediately and in a way that assures complete — and lasting — satisfaction.

The result? Here’s what our customers have to say…

"Thank you again for all your help! Good customer service has become an increasingly rare thing these days…." – Doug, Texas Motor Speedway


“CPI continues to amaze me with their products, systems and customer service.”– Proud CPI customer for 10 years


“CPI’s solution met many criteria but most importantly, I knew CPI offered complete support during all phases of the project.” – David Otaki, Major Account Manager for Anixter Brazil


“The quality of the engineering and workmanship are apparent in all the products. Attention to detail in the protection of the products during the shipping process is one such detail that is easily missed.” –  Don West, independent Systems Administrator.


Be sure to visit our case study page to get more details on what CPI aspires to — delighting the customer. 

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Chatsworth Products to Display Top Solutions at Premier European Data Center Event

2/11/2015 9:09:37 AM

DataCenterDynamics at CeBIT

Don't miss the unique opportunity to network with top senior IT professionals and learn about today’s most advanced network infrastructure solutions during the inaugural DatacenterDynamics Converged at CeBIT event, March 16-20, at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover, Germany.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) will be displaying a comprehensive data center solution comprised of cabinets with smart airflow management, open racks, cable managers and power distribution units (PDUs). Learn about:

  • The new N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet, which supports and protects switches, regardless of size, model or airflow requirements. 
  • The GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System, which features new size and finish options, enhanced panels and doors and smarter airflow management. 
  • Two-Post Rack, featuring a small footprint, this open rack provides unrestricted airflow for maximum ventilation and easy access to cables for moves, adds and changes.
  • Evolution® Cable Management, an effective solution for managing high-density cabling applications on CPI Rack Systems.
  • eConnect® PDUs, designed to withstand the heat loads of any hot aisle environment, they can establish basic connections to equipment, provide remote access with monitoring and switching capabilities, and include high-density models.

Visit CPI on Stand C32/4, Hall 12 in the Infrastructure Partner Pavilion to see the full range of innovative data center products and solutions. 

For more information about the event, visit the event website.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Why You Should Care About the Seismic Rating of Your Data Center Cabinet

2/9/2015 8:44:06 AM

Hospital Critical Seismic FacilitySeismic areas require specific building codes and installation requirements for public buildings to ensure the safety of people and equipment. Seismic products that will be installed in these buildings must also comply with stringent guidelines.

Set by the International Building Code (IBC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), these guidelines include specific calculations to prevent nonstructural components from sliding or overturning in the event of an earthquake.

According to the IBC, certain facilities such as hospitals, fire and police stations, national defense buildings and other critical facilities must remain operational during a seismic event.

To meet that need, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) designed and tested the Z4-Series SeismicFrame® Cabinet System. The Z4-Series provides critical facility operators the confidence that their rack-mount equipment will be protected even after the most severe earthquakes.

OSHPD Pre-Approved Design Saves Time and Money

In the highly seismic state of California, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) reviews and approves construction designs. OSHPD OPM is the pre-approval process that allows manufacturers to submit analysis or test data prepared by a registered design professional to support design requirements of the code.

The Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet recently received OSHPD OPM-0112-13, which means the design, supports and attachments of the SeismicFrame comply with the requirements of the latest California and International Building Codes for Zone 4 areas.

As a pre-approved design, the OSHPD OPM can be incorporated into construction documents, simplifying the design and approval process. In addition to OSHPD OPM, the Z4-Series SeismicFrame Cabinet was tested to meet the stringent seismic testing requirements of Telcordia Technologies GR-63-CORE, which involves putting a cabinet through a series of shaker table tests to simulate a severe earthquake.

The Z4-Series passed the GR-63-CORE test with an industry-leading 1500 lb seismic equipment load and an additional 100 lb top load for cabling.

Watch the seismic test video now.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

A Helpful Checklist for a Successful Grounding and Bonding System

2/5/2015 8:48:36 AM

Grounding and BondingIn response to the increase in newer, more sensitive, highly integrated electronic equipment, Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a comprehensive line of UL® Listed grounding and bonding products, which help prevent transient voltage from damaging sensitive electronic equipment.

Here’s a valuable checklist with top recommendations and considerations for your Grounding and Bonding system:

  • Select a Busbar for each Equipment Room and Telecommunications Room with sufficient connections for equipment and the Telecommunications Grounding System
  • Add Busbars to Racks and Cabinets that support equipment that requires bonding to the Telecommunications Grounding System (most network switches and some patch panels require grounding)
  • Bond each Rack and Cabinet to the Busbar using Ground Wires, Jumpers and Straps
  • Bond Cable Runway and Tray across splices and to the Busbar using Ground Wires, Jumpers and Straps 
  • Bond raised floor pedestals bonded together and to the Busbar using Pedestal Clamps
  • Use Joint Compound when making bonding connections between metal surfaces on Racks, Cabinets, Cable Runway, Cable Tray and Busbars

Large-scale, rapidly occurring electric arcing is a significant contributor to data disruption and damage to equipment. In minor cases, data is disruption occurs or devices are reset. In major cases, damage to equipment can happen.

Having a reliable grounding and bonding system in place, and controlling the ESD/surge paths certainly aid in minimizing the impact and or damage or your equipment.

For more details on CPI’s Grounding and Bonding products, go to the product page, or download the Application Sheet.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Ensure Proper Cable Management Performance with CPI’s Solutions

2/2/2015 11:40:39 AM

Horizontal Cable ManagersAn important factor in maintaining high circuit performance is the care given to communications cable during installation. 

For example, tight bundling of the cable or improper support of cable that deforms, stretches or adds tension to the cable can negatively affect circuit performance.

For best cable performance:

  • Specify continuous support for your cable
  • Specify support that creates a wide turn for cables, when there is a need to change their direction
  • Bundle cables with wide reusable straps
  • Use spools to control patch cord slack within cable managers 

Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) is a leader in cable management solutions that support and protect cables, helping maintain cable performance. For in-depth details on best cable management practices and how to specify the right cable management solution for CPI rack systems, make sure to download CPI’s white paper, “Cable Management Solutions for Rack System.”

Additionally, CPI maintains an up-to-date Cable Fill Guide for recommended and maximum fill values for all of its cable managers and pathway products.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

CPI Mobile App Suite Now Includes New Seismic Cabinet

1/27/2015 3:08:17 PM

 Mobile App SuiteChatsworth 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.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist  

Gain Maximum Control of Your Data Center Environment with CPI’s RIM-1000

1/26/2015 2:48:02 PM

Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM-1000)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.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Visit CPI at the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition in Orlando

1/22/2015 10:16:19 AM

BICSI 2015This 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.
Not Attending the Conference?
If you are not attending the BICSI Conference, we invite you to contact one of our Regional Sales Managers or Technical Support Professionals to find out more about any of our solutions. 

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager


Quick Reference Tools Simplify Product Selection

1/21/2015 8:14:29 AM Quick Reference Guide Example

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

Mobile Applications

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.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Orlando Health Data Center is Topic of Discussion at MCDC Expo

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

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

Open Racks Continue to Provide Valuable Equipment Mounting Solutions

1/15/2015 3:12:12 PM

Rack SystemsOpen two- and four-post racks continue to be a standard solution for mounting IT equipment in computer rooms and data centers that do not require the benefits of an enclosure. In fact, global unit shipments of IT racks and enclosures are forecast to grow 2.9 percent in 2015 accompanied by 4.4 percent revenue growth, according to a recently published report.

There are many advantages to open mounting solutions, such as unrestricted airflow and easy access to cables for moves, adds and changes (MACs). 

Open racks provide flexible structural support solutions for a wide variety of applications, industries, and business needs. When properly deployed with other products, such as cable managers and cable runway, a company can enjoy years of uninterrupted service and room for growth.

Two-post racks provide the most cost-effective and efficient use of floor space, while four-post racks are superior when supporting larger equipment such as modular network switches. Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers a variety of two- and four-post racks to fit your needs.

CPI Two-Post Racks

Universal Rack 
  • Heavy-duty two-post rack with a 3”D (76 mm) mounting channel
  • Heavy-duty two-post rack with a 3”D (76 mm) mounting channel
  • 19” and 23” EIA rack-mount widths
  • 3’ to 9’H (0.9 m to 2.7 m)
  • 1500 lb (680.4 kg) static load rating
  • Integrated grounding and bonding system
  • UL Listed 
 Standard Rack 
  • 3”D (80 mm) or 6”D (150 mm) mounting channel
  • 19” EIA rack-mount width
  • 7’, 8’ and 9’H (2.1 m, 2.4 m and 2.7 m)
  • 1000 lb (453.6 kg) static load rating
  • Integrated grounding and bonding system
  • UL Listed 

 Seismic Frame® Rack
  •  3”D (80 mm) or 6”D (150 mm) mounting channel
  • Threaded or square-punched mounting holes
  • 19” or 23” EIA rack-mount width
  • 7’H (2.1 m)
  • 1000 lb (453.6 kg) static load rating
  • Integrated grounding and bonding system
  • UL Listed
  • Meets GR-63-CORE NEBS Zone 4 requirements 

CPI Four-Post Racks

QuadraRack® 4-Post Frame 
  • Fixed 29”D (740 mm)
  • Threaded mounting holes 
  • 19” EIA rack-mount width
  • 7’, 8’ and 9’H (2.1 m, 2.4 m and 2.7 m)
  • 2000 lb (907.2 kg) static load rating

 QuadraRack Server Frame
  • Fixed 29”D (740 mm) 
  • Square-punched mounting holes 
  • 19” EIA rack-mount width 
  • 7’H (2.1 m)
  • 1000 lb (453.6 kg) static load rating

 Adjustable QuadraRack and ServerRack
  • Adjustable depth ranging from 15.75” to 42.32” (400 mm to 1075 mm)
  • Threaded mounting holes (QuadraRack) 
  • Square-punched mounting holes (ServerRack)
  • 19”EIA rack-mount width
  • 6’, 7’, 8’ and 9’H (1.8 m, 2.1 m, 2.4 m and 2.7 m)
  • 2000 lb (907.2 kg) static load rating
  • UL Listed

 Adjustable Rail QuadraRack and ServerRack
  • Fixed 23.6”D (600 mm) and 35.4”D (900 mm) frame
  • Adjustable depth rear equipment mounting rails for maximum rail depth of 41.33” (1050)
  • Square-punched mounting holes (ServerRack)
  • 19”EIA rack-mount width
  • 6’, 7’ and 8’H (1.8 m, 2.1 m and 2.4 m)
  • 2200 lb (1000 kg) static load rating
  • Integrated grounding and bonding system
  • UL Listed


See CPI’s Rack Quick Reference Guide for more comparison features.


Consider using an open-storage solution if you need to save space, make frequent connection changes, ventilate equipment easily or mount wide vertical cable management sections.

Trust the experts at CPI to deliver the most comprehensive line of equipment support products in the industry and to provide the design tools you need to include them in your next project. For additional information, please visit our website or contact Technical Support.

 Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

Top 5 Considerations For Selecting an Enclosure in a Seismically Active Area

1/9/2015 8:28:11 AM

Top 5 Considerations for Selecting Seismic EnclosurePlanning 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.  

Request a copy of CPI's NEBs Report

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.

Kim Ream, Project Marketing Manager

Cabling, Power and Thermal Management Technologies in the Data Center

1/8/2015 9:00:47 AM

Nuskin Application Photo

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.

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Product Solution

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. 

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

UK-Based Aviation Company's Communications Room Redesign Results in Savings

1/6/2015 7:27:54 AM

Menzies Aviation Case Study - MENZIES_STAFF_RGB72.jpgMenzies 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.

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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. 

"Working closely with the CPI team enabled us to fine tune a small delivery window, which was essential in the success of this project."
- 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.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

2014 Year in Review: Product Highlights

12/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

2014 Year in ReviewProduct 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).

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager

CPI's 2015 Mini Product Catalog Now Available

12/22/2014 8:58:08 AM

2015 CPI CatalogChatsworth 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.

New Product Additions 

  • 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).

Jeanne Carr, Graphic Design Specialist

Visio Shapes Now Available for N-Series TeraFrame® Gen 3 Network Cabinet

12/18/2014 3:10:47 PM

N-Series TeraFrame Gen 3 Network CabinetChatsworth 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.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager