3/5/2014 1:30:09 PM
Generating a bill of material (BOM) for your next project is now easier than ever with Chatsworth Products' Bill of Material tool that comes in the new CPI Mobile App Suite.
First, select CPI Cable Runway or OnTrac® Wire Mesh Cable Tray. Then, enter width, length, color, type of splices and junctions. Finally, you will get a BOM complete with part numbers, description, quantity, etc.
This user-friendly tool calculates supports based on the length of run, and splices, but it is recommended that you have your distributor, regional sales manager, or tech support person review, in case you overlooked something.
After getting a complete BOM, you have the option to email your results to yourself or your customer, CPI’s Technical Support, or Distributor for ordering or verification. Our CPI team can also offer suggestions to make the project complete and to provide you with the best solution for your needs.
The CPI Mobile App Suite is a free suite of four unique tools: Cable Fill Calculator, Cabinet Selector, eConnect PDU Selector and BOM Creator. The App can be downloaded to Apple- and Android-powered phones and tablets. Find out more.
3/4/2014 12:54:33 PM
Two concerns in data center cooling are how to effectively prevent by-pass airflow and stop air impurities from coming through racks and servers.
Chatsworth Products (CPI) offers KoldLok® 2-Post Grommets to address these two issues. Designed to cover the opening between the base angles of CPI’s Two-Post Standard Rack, KoldLok 2-Post Grommets form a tight seal around cables passing between the base angles of the rack, thus blocking airflow. KoldLok also prevents dust from collecting between the base angle of the rack.
“The KoldLok 2-Post Rack Grommet is ideal for applications when installing on a raised floor surface. The grommeted rack opening allows you to pull cables through this area while blocking by-pass airflow,” says Michael Moore, product manager of Open Architecture at CPI.
The split design allows for easy installation on newly installed or existing Standard Racks by simply snapping onto the base angle of the rack, as you can see in this video.
2/28/2014 12:44:08 PM
When you need to select a power distribution unit (PDU) for your data center, the many different types of plugs, outlet combinations and functionalities can get overwhelming.
The eConnect PDU Selector tool from Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) new Mobile App Suite makes this selection process so simple, you only go through two easy steps:
Step 1: Select your requirements – functionality, input voltage, maximum input amps, input plug, outlet combination, or form factor.
Step 2: The selector will give you a part number, along with a basic description and cut sheet with details about the features and benefits. You then have the option to email your results to yourself or your customer, CPI’s Technical Support, or Distributor for ordering and verification.
“We live in a mobile world, so we designed this tool for users to quickly and easily configure an eConnect PDU on the fly,” says Anderson Hungria, senior product manager of Power, Electronics and Software at CPI.
Coming Next Week
Next week, we’ll show you how the CPI Mobile App Suite also helps you easily generate a bill of material for your needs. The CPI Mobile App Suite is a free suite of four unique tools that can be downloaded to Apple- and Android-powered phones and tablets. Find out more.
2/27/2014 7:47:47 AM
The ability to isolate, redirect and recycle hot exhaust air has revolutionized the idea of “free cooling” within the data center. And California is one of first states to recognize that.
A 2013 update of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards, requires that:
“Computer rooms with air-cooled computers in racks and with a design load exceeding 175 kW/room shall include air barriers such that there is no significant air path for computer discharge air to recirculate back to computer inlets without passing through a cooling system.”
Data centers used to be exempt from Title 24, but this is all changing this year. In simple terms, this update requires new data centers in the state to have some form of containment as an energy-saving measure. Existing data centers are excluded from the containment requirement, although California’s utility PG&E has been offering incentives to data centers that retrofit containment.
Could this be an industrywide trend? Dennis VanLith, CPI’s director of global product management says so.
“Reducing data center energy consumption through the use of containment or ducted exhaust reduces the amount cooling capacity required. The reduction of greenhouse gases from less electrical power generation will benefit everyone. California once again leads the nation in helping to protect the environment, and these efficiencies will likely be embraced globally.”
CPI has a number of hot and cold aisle containment solutions. With built-in flexibility and high-quality engineering, Aisle Containment Solutions by CPI are an excellent choice saving energy use in the data center, as the infographic shows.
Our solutions are available in four standard configurations, each offering a unique and versatile approach to addressing your most pressing data center cooling needs:
• Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment (HAC)
• Cabinet Supported Hot Aisle Containment (HAC)
• Frame Supported Hot Aisle Containment (HAC)
• Cabinet Supported Cold Aisle Containment (CAC)
The Title 24 addresses energy efficiency in new and altered homes and commercial buildings. The set of energy standards has saved Californians more than $66 billion in energy consumption for nearly 35 years.
2/24/2014 2:00:44 PM
Don't spend hours or days trying to decide which eConnect® Power Distribution Unit (PDU) best fits your application.
With Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) new eConnect® PDU Product Selector, you’re just a few clicks away from making a good buying decision.
The eConnect Selector is a simple and user-friendly tool that demystifies the part-number hassle by letting you choose your next eConnect PDU according to your power requirements.
Whether you know all your power requirements or just some criteria, you can narrow down your selection based on the number of outlets, input power range, maximum input Amps, input voltage and more.
Once you see which models are available, you can compare up to four PDUs at once to see which one is right for your needs. You also have the option to email or print the results of the comparison.
eConnect PDUs are designed to withstand the high heat loads of any hot aisle environment and are available in more than 180 standard configurations.
Select and Compare PDUs now.
2/21/2014 8:21:03 AM
Now you can select the right cabinets by Chatsworth Products (CPI) from anywhere, at anytime, using our new Mobile App Suite.
CPI has more than 10 families of cabinets and enclosures that address different business applications. Each cabinet includes features such as height, width, depth, color, door style and more.
Selecting the right cabinet for your needs can be overwhelming, to say the least.
With the Cabinet Selector tool from CPI’s Mobile App Suite, users on the go to create cabinet products and systems in only two easy steps:
Step 1: Select the family of cabinets you’'d like for your data center
Step 2: Enter your specific requirements such as height, width, depth, door styles, latches, and more. (Insider Tip: If you like to include accessories in your cabinets, you can do so using our product configurator.)
The selector will provide you with a data sheet for the cabinet family selected so that you can read about its additional features and benefits.
Once you have selected the product and received the part number, you then have the option to email your results to yourself or your customer, CPI’s Technical Support, or Distributor for ordering or verification.
Coming Next Week
Next week, we’ll show you how the CPI Mobile App Suite also helps data center managers easily identify the perfect power distribution units for their application. The CPI Mobile App Suite is a free suite of four unique tools that can be downloaded to Apple- and Android-powered phones and tablets. Find out more.
2/18/2014 2:45:53 PM
February 16-22 is Engineers Week, a time to celebrate and recognize this meaningful profession. Let’s face it, if it were not for our dear engineers, we wouldn't live in the same world we live today.
We have many great engineers here at Chatsworth Products (CPI), who truly keep the company on the right path to innovation. Thanks to their hard work and commitment to creativity and quality, CPI is able to develop and launch new products that positively affect the data center industry.
Here’s why CPI engineers deserve a special 'thank you' this week:
1. From CPI’s Research, Development and Training Center in Texas to our manufacturing plants around the globe, our engineers go the extra mile by studying and performing in-depth analyses of our customers’ needs to design a solution that will be effective for years to come.
2. They ensure our products are manufactured with the highest quality standards and follow regulatory specifications.
3. Thanks to our talented team of design, manufacturing, application, electrical, thermal and quality engineers, CPI was able to introduce in 2006 the industry’s milestone, Passive Cooling® Solutions, which became a blueprint for optimal thermal management at the cabinet level. (This proved to be so effective, places like California have made data center airflow containment a statewide requirement.)
4. They still find time to write insightful white papers with ROI analyses and product information. (You can download our latest one, “Extend the Life of your Data Center,” here.)
5. They never stop learning about the industry, and they like to share their knowledge too. (Don’t miss CPI’s presentation on the latest advancements and money-saving opportunities in cabinet power distribution at Data Center World, April 28-May 2.)
6. Their commitment to innovation and excellence led CPI to receive numerous patents for its groundbreaking product designs, as well as multiple awards by prominent national organizations.
7. And all this hard work pays off with the total satisfaction of our customers. (Our many case studies are proof of that.)
To all engineers across the globe, CPI thanks each and every one of you!