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New Products Added to CPI's Extensive BIM Library

12/1/2016 9:24:52 AM

Chatsworth Products (CPI) provides customers with unlimited, free access to its extensive library of Building Information Modeling (BIM) files.  CPI recently added several new files to the library, including:

  • Basic eConnect® PDU
  • Monitored eConnect PDU
  • Switched eConnect PDU
  • Adjustable Cable Runway
  • Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet
  • Build to Spec Hot Aisle Containment
  • EF-Series EuroFrame™ Cabinet

Benefits of Using BIM

BIM files can help speed up completion and improve labor productivity, thus reducing final construction spending. Additionally, BIM allows everyone involved in the project, be it the architects, electricians or project managers, to input their data into the shared model. Information is kept in one place, which helps with communication and project coordination. 

The 3D computer models enable easy review and evaluation of errors or issues that could cause a problem during construction. The building is shown in scale, and you are able to enter manufacturer details into the 3D model, allowing important issues in the design to be identified.

Using BIM creates business opportunities. By using an efficient process for your projects, you can put a higher value on this added service, which leads to higher value business. Watch this video overview.

 


Visit CPI’s BIM Library

CPI’s BIM files, from Autodesk Seek®, are built to meet the most recent standards of BICSI, Autodesk Seek RMCSG and others. To access CPI’s BIM Library you must have a website account. This helps us monitor the value of the tool. If you do not have an account, you can create one here. Rest assured that CPI keeps your information secure.

Visit the BIM Library now.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager 


Webinar: “Considerations for Effective Cable Management”

11/29/2016 8:00:00 AM

Join Chatsworth Products (CPI) and Corning for a free webinar “Considerations for Effective Cable Management” on Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. EST.Motive Cable Management System - 32610_32620_INSTALLED_DROPEN_RGB96.jpg

Presented by Duke Robertson, CPI Product Manager of Open Systems, this webinar will cover a number of cable management topics including how cable management affects everything from adds, moves and changes, to overall network efficiency and performance.

CPI Cable Management Solutions help users:

• Streamline the management of cables and cords to optimize the signal quality and network speed of information exchange.
• Organize cables so that they can be easily traced from start to finish when performing moves, adds and changes, saving valuable time and money.
• Fulfill high-density cabling requirements while maintaining proper bend radius and slack management for maximum network performance.
• Meet ANSI/TIA/EIA installation guidelines for Cat 6a cabling and fiber.

Click here to register for the webinar, and visit CPI’s Cable Management web page for more information.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


Forget Black Friday Shopping, Create a CPI Video Playlist to Make the Most of the Holidays

11/23/2016 10:09:48 AM

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Now that Thanksgiving is past, you have some time to sit back and enjoy a few of Chatsworth Products' (CPI) latest YouTube videos!  Better yet, cast the videos to your big screen TV for the entire family. 

Now showing:

Motive™ Cable Management System – Accessory Overview
See how Motive™ Cable Manager’s four tool-less accessories interact with the central track system to provide unlimited adjustability and direct-support for cable bundles anywhere within the cable manager, allowing for maximum use of interior space. Watch now.

Motive Cable Management System – Assembly Overview
Motive Cable Manager was designed with the customer in mind. Watch how simple the assembly is with the intuitive parts that snap together. Watch now.

Clik-Nut™ Hardware Kit
Watch how easy Clik-Nut™ cage nuts are to install. The patent-pending, squeeze-and-release design eliminates the need for tools, resulting in easier and faster installation by at least 70 percent. Watch now.

eConnect® Click Secure Locking Outlets
Take a look at eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs), which are now available with CPI’s patent-pending, award-winning Click Secure Technology. The locking outlets securely fasten equipment to the PDU without the need for proprietary power cords, allowing you to secure your power and save on additional accessory costs. Watch now.

Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet
The Standard Wall-Mount Cabinet is a structurally advanced, metal enclosure designed to provide secure storage for telecommunications equipment in remote locations. Watch how easy it is for one person to install. Watch now.

Two- and Four-Post Rack Integrated Grounding
See how the grounding location is an important feature on two- and four-post racks. It is on one side of the rack channel, thus ensuring proper grounding and bonding, as well as reduction of labor time. Watch now.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


Did You Know? RMR® Industrial Enclosures Have Proven NEMA Type 12, IP 55 Rating

11/23/2016 7:47:03 AM

RMR Industrial EnclosuresChatsworth Products’ (CPI) RMR® Industrial Enclosures were tested by a third-party regulatory compliance body, verifying that they provide full protection against ingress of dust, falling dirt, fibers and noncorrosive liquids.

RMR Industrial Enclosures have been tested by UL, an industry-leading independent test laboratory. After extensive testing, RMR enclosures received approval to carry the UL Type 12 listing and UL Type 12 listing for Canada. RMR Enclosures also carry UL IP 55 classification to comply with ANSI/IEC 60529, the international standard for degrees of protection for enclosures. 

Because both NEMA and IP standards are voluntary, meaning that any manufacturer can claim to have NEMA- or IP-rated products, it is important to check the legitimacy of the protection rating a product has.

What are NEMA 12 and IP 55 Ratings?

NEMA Type 12 Rating
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published “NEMA 250-2014 Enclosures for Electrical Equipment” to cover the requirements to provide protection to enclosed equipment against specific environmental conditions. Different types of enclosures cover conditions such as indoor, outdoor, hazardous, nonhazardous, low/high temperatures, etc.

When completely and properly installed, NEMA Type 12 enclosures provide the equipment inside the enclosure with a degree of protection against ingress of solid foreign objects—falling dirt and circulating dust, lint, fibers, as well as dripping and lightly splashing water. NEMA Type 12 enclosures are for use in indoor, nonhazardous locations.

IP 55 Rating
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) developed the IEC 60529 to classify the degrees of protection provided by an enclosure. 

IP 55 indicates that the enclosure is protected against the ingress of dust (lint, dirt, powder, etc.) and water jets. 

When you need to specify your next industrial enclosure with NEMA Type 12 or IP 55 ratings, count CPI’s RMR enclosures to deliver a complete and verified seal against dust and liquid penetration. 

Find out more about RMR Industrial Enclosures or use CPI's Product Designer to configure an industrial enclosure for your application.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer


CPI 2016 Holiday Schedule

11/21/2016 7:26:44 AM

Happy Holidays 2016This holiday season Chatsworth Products (CPI) would like to thank everyone for their continued business, trust, and support through our 25th anniversary year. 

We are proud to be your supplier for products and solutions that help protect your technology investment.

Please take note of our holiday operation schedules:

U.S. offices:

  • Nov. 24 & 25 - closed 
  • Dec. 23 - Last shipping day for 2016 
  • Dec. 26 & 27 - closed 
  • Dec. 28 & 29 - Customer Service, Quotations & Technical Support available 
  • Dec 30 - Jan. 2, 2017 - closed 
  • Jan. 3, 2017 – all functions resume

U.K. office:

  • Dec. 23 – Jan. 2, 2017 - closed
  • Jan. 3, 2017 – all functions resume

From all CPI employee owners, we wish you a joyful holiday and a very happy new year!

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator


eConnect® PDUs Help Address Security Challenges

11/17/2016 8:00:00 AM

CPI Power Management SolutionsChatsworth Products’ (CPI) intelligent eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) not only monitor power availability, energy consumption of individual IT equipment and provide environmental monitoring, but also address new challenges in security.

As the intelligent PDU market grows, new challenges in security arise. CPI’s eConnect intelligent rack PDUs address security in several different ways:

  • Onboard Web Interface – supports HTTPS protocol, which uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to transmit and encrypt data
  • SNMP v3 Support – supports authentication and Data Encryption Standard (DES) encryption when intelligent PDUs are being managed through a centralized management software or DCIM application
  • LDAP and RADIUS Authentication – ensures that only personnel with proper authorizations and permissions are able to make critical changes to the intelligent PDUs

For additional security and accountability, eConnect PDUs maintain an exportable log of all major events, such as threshold violations, configuration changes and power control operations. eConnect PDUs also feature CPI’s new patent-pending Click Secure Technology, which allows locking outlets to prevent accidental disconnections.

Find out more about eConnect PDUs or take the look at the online software demo.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


CPI Product Designer Makes Selecting an Industrial Enclosure Easy

11/14/2016 12:56:12 PM

Product DesignerChatsworth Products (CPI) excels at tailoring products to meet the unique needs of each installation. One way we do this is by giving you the ability to quickly select and accessorize industrial enclosures, creating one part number for easy ordering and tracking.

CPI Product Designer, introduced last month, will guide you through the steps and selections necessary to create an RMR® Industrial Enclosure that meets your size requirements, and thermal and cable management needs.

CPI Product Designer will generate bills of material (BOM), drawings, 3D models and sales documents automatically.

Once the design is finished, you will receive a confirmation email with the product’s description, part number, BOM with pricing and related documents. A second email will notify you when the 3D models are complete, usually within 15 minutes.

Modify Your Industrial Enclosure

To modify your industrial enclosure with cutouts for HMI, push buttons, conduit or cable connections, or to request additional sizes and accessories, contact CPI Technical Support.

Find out more about CPI’s RMR Industrial Enclosures, or try the CPI Product Designer now.



Chatsworth Products Included in Top 20 Most Promising IT Infrastructure Providers of 2016

11/11/2016 8:00:00 AM

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As the data center industry grows and delves into new frontiers, a holistic approach is required to lessen the budgetary strain, while maintaining a facility that can boost equipment, business and operations, in addition to being energy efficient. However, few excel in surpassing these expectations.

Through extensive annual market analysis, CIOReview identified the emerging players in the technology landscape and showcased their expertise, products, services and solutions in solving impediments and overcoming market complexities. Chatsworth Products (CPI) was one of the top 20 chosen.

Since its inception in 1991, CPI has proven to be an industry disruptor. CPI’s groundbreaking Passive Cooling® technology, for example, resulted in a shift in the way companies designed and managed their data centers. Most recently, CPI has been presented with industry awards for its cutting-edge approach to cable and power management solutions.

During an exclusive interview with CIOReview, Michael Custer, CEO of CPI, discussed CPI’s expert engineering and agile manufacturing practices, which have enabled the company to meet customers’ changing needs with a level of customization uncommon in the industry.

“We discovered ways to help distribution avoid holding big, expensive enclosures by building only when the customer needed it, and no sooner” explains Custer.

To learn more, click here to read the CIOReview article.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


Thought Leaders Discuss the State of the Data Center Industry and Its Future

11/8/2016 7:56:48 AM

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Chatsworth Products (CPI) recently participated in Data Center Frontier's Data Center Executive Roundtable, which asked five thought leaders, "What do you see as the important trends driving how data center operators are approaching cooling?" Below are highlights from the conversation.

"Today we are in the middle of the third generation of data center cooling – environmental. Our goal is to minimize the environmental impact of the high-capacity, high-efficiency cooling systems deployed in generations one and two. This is the generation of economization. The idea is to use outside air when possible to keep the data center floor cool." - James Leach, Vice President of Marketing at RagingWire Data Centers


"Economization, whether direct or indirect, allows operators to realize tremendous savings in operational cost, with little or no extra risk to the system. That’s good for the environment, and for the bottom line, which makes it possible to deploy more servers, or be profitable in a competitive market." - David Shepard, General Manager of the BASELAYER

 

"I believe advancements in semiconductor technologies coupled with adoption of GPUs (graphics processing units), the industry will continue to create more headroom for existing cooling methods, whereas maybe five years ago many predicted liquid cooling would become a pervasive technology." - Ted Behrens, CPI's Executive Vice President of Global Engineering, Product Management & Marketing

"Now we are seeing 10 to 25 kW per rack or greater becoming more common. I think those are the trends that will continue and are driving how people are approaching data center design and cooling. These trends are driving a higher volume of cooling to the delivery aisles, containment, alternative cooling sources and methods." - Robert McClary, Chief Operating Officer for FORTRUST

"... hyperscale data center operators and a select group of others are moving to evaporative cooling – either direct or indirect — to use outside air to reduce cooling costs. This has the potential to consume a large amount of water, which is a growing problem in some areas. " - Jack Pouchet, Vice President Market Development at Emerson Network Power

At CPI, we continue to help data centers address the challenges discussed in this forum. Find out how CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions provide innovative airflow management techniques that allow you to maximize your cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. From small applications with heat loads of 2 kW per cabinet, to large data center applications with heat densities beyond 30 kW, CPI Passive Cooling Solutions provide advanced thermal management with zero points of failure, thus providing no impediments to Tier IV availability. Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager


CAD Blocks Now Available for New Motive™ Cable Manager

11/7/2016 10:19:56 AM

Motive Vertical Cable ManagersFor customers using AutoCAD for design layouts, Chatsworth Products (CPI) maintains a library of CAD files for some of CPI's most popular products. The library's newest addition is CPI's new Motive™ Cable Manager.

Motive features an innovative, extrusion-based, integral central track system, and a highly configurable set of tool-less cable management accessories that optimize use of interior space, providing more direct cable runs that are supported precisely where needed. 

Take advantage of these new CAD files to save time, maintain consistency and reduce file size when planning your next layout. CPI CAD Shapes feature a top, front, side and isometric views.

To download these free CAD shapes, visit our online library. You will be prompted to save a .zip file. You must have a CPI website account to access.

If you need layout services or CAD files not in the library, please contact CPI Technical Support at 800-834-4969 or techsupport@chatsworth.com.

Kim Ream, Marketing Project Manager


New White Paper: Considerations for Intelligent Power Management within High-Density Deployments

11/4/2016 8:39:44 AM

Intelligent Power White PaperChatsworth Products (CPI) recently published a new white paper that not only presents six key considerations for deploying intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) in high-density cabinets, but also demonstrates the management of cost and security associated with the deployment of the PDUs.

Authored by Ashish Moondra, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Power, Electronics & Software, the paper examines how virtualization and equipment consolidation are causing rack power densities to be constantly rising. While an average cabinet supported 3 - 4 kW a few years ago, today that power load is considered in low-density environments. It is not uncommon to have cabinets drawing 9 - 15 kW and in several cases, higher than that.

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With the rise in processing being done at every cabinet, strong attention needs to be paid to the cabinet power distribution strategy so that the highest levels of availability and efficiency are achieved with minimum management overhead.

To ensure highly available power to IT equipment, all power components in the power chain need to have monitoring capabilities. Rack PDUs represent the last leg of the power chain. Therefore, it is critical that organizations choose rack PDUs with monitoring capabilities for high-density deployments.

To learn more, download the white paper.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist

Don't Let Ghost Servers Spook You, Identify and Eliminate Them With CPI's Power Solutions

10/31/2016 11:33:36 AM

Ghost Server BlogHere’s a way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy consumption this Halloween: target those ghost servers creeping around your data center with Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) intelligent power solution: eConnect® Power Distribution Units (PDUs) and Power IQ® for eConnect.

Ghosts or “zombie” servers haunt even the most sophisticated organizations and are one of the largest consumers of energy within the data center environment. They are servers that are either not running any workloads or are underutilized, but still consume power.

A recent research co-authored by consultancy Anthesis Group and Stanford University found that 30 percent of servers in data centers are ghosts. According to the findings, there are about 10 million ghost servers worldwide, which translates to roughly $30 billion in data center capital sitting idle in the globe.

By eliminating ghost servers, IT managers not only reduce energy consumption and improve capacity, but also save thousands in incurring software licensing and hardware maintenance costs.

Specter Detectors: eConnect Monitored Pro and Switched Pro

In order to manage power consumption properly, measurement is key. Knowing baseline power consumption of servers during their normal compute operation when they are provisioned is a good starting point.

Actual power consumption of a server can be determined by utilizing intelligent PDUs with metering at the outlet level, such as eConnect Monitored Pro and Switched Pro PDUs from CPI.

CPI’s Monitored and Switched Pro eConnect provide reliable power distribution for evolving data centers, while providing per-outlet monitoring of voltage, current, power (kW) and energy (kilowatt-hour) levels with a ±1% metering accuracy for each piece of equipment. eConnect Switched Pro PDUs also provide remote control (on/off/cycle) of each outlet.

Curious about eConnect’s functionalities? Try the eConnect Online Software Demo.

Ghost Buster: Power IQ for eConnect

Using a power management software application such as CPI's Power IQ for eConnect allows IT managers to track the historical consumption reports of the servers so that they can compare them against the baseline consumption. These reports can be scheduled at regular intervals or generated on demand. By monitoring low power consumption against a baseline you can determine potential ghost server candidates. A utilization study of all the candidates would further determine the ones that should be decommissioned.

See the benefits of Power IQ software for yourself. Test drive Power IQ to experience its functionality.

 Don’t Be Afraid of no Ghosts

“Removing idle servers would result in gigawatt-scale reductions in global IT load, the displaced power use from which could then support new IT loads that actually deliver business value. That’s a result that everyone should cheer,” concludes Jonathan Koomey, PhD, one of the authors of the server utilization research.

On that note, ongoing measurement and management of the IT server infrastructure are key factors to achieving IT efficiency.

CPI’s power management solutions will protect your technology investment, while allowing for full use of rack space, redundancy and future growth. Learn more about CPI’s approach to power management.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer

 


BICSI Announces Strategic Plans for Middle East and Africa

10/28/2016 6:36:17 AM

BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, affirmed its plans to support Middle East and Africa (MEA) District at the official opening of its new office at the Sheikh Rashid Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre, according to a recent BICSI press release.

With the rapid growth and expansion of ICT projects and needs in the MEA area, along with its BICSI membership steadily climbing to nearly 400 members, Dubai has been identified as a prime spot to assist ICT professionals. 

“Opening this office in Dubai marks a great milestone in our strategy to support the MEA District,” said BICSI President Ensign. “We will continue to focus our efforts on MEA and Dubai specifically to meet the ever-increasing needs of the ICT community.”

The office’s grand opening occurred earlier this month in conjunction with the 36th GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, one of the largest tech events in the world, bringing more than 100,000 ICT professionals to the Dubai World Trade Center for the week.

Oman Data ParkChatsworth Products (CPI), a BICSI Corporate member, supports Middle East and Africa from its office in Dubai. Many companies in this area have taken advantage of CPI's products and solutions, including Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel and Oman Data Park. Sundeep Raina, CPI's Sales Director for the Middle East, and his staff are experienced at helping ICT professionals meet the challenges of today's IT demands.

Click here to view details from the full press release on the BICSI website.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator


Chatsworth Products Introduces Highly Advanced, Tool-Less Vertical Cable Management Solution

10/24/2016 7:41:49 AM

Motive Vertical Cable ManagerOnce again, Chatsworth Products (CPI) takes cable management to a new level with the new Motive™ Vertical Cable Manager.

Featuring a breakthrough design and set of tool-less accessories unprecedented in the data center industry, Motive Vertical Cable Manager has been drawing great attention in the cable networking industry. 

Motive Vertical Cable Manager features an integral track system and set of tool-less accessories that provide unlimited adjustability and direct-support for cable bundles anywhere within the cable manager, allowing for maximum use of interior space.

The unique design of the accessories provide numerous cable segregation configurations that allow for direct support of cables with optimal airflow through the cable manager, preparing networks for higher wattage in Power over Ethernet (PoE). Watch video overview.

Key advantages include:

  • Maximum utilization of space – Central track system provides unlimited adjustability with versatile direct support for cable bundles, while allowing maximum use of interior space.
  • Intuitive, tool-less design – Accessories attach to the cable manager, enabling support and management of cables, as well as quick attachment, removal and adjustment.
  • Effortless deployment – Superior form and functions provide quick and easy moves, adds and changes through intuitive design and tool-less adjustability.
  • Support of current and future cabling needs – Versatile configurability and fiber-friendly design mitigate poor cabling practices regarding cable slack, bend radii and cable organization.

“Motive Vertical Cable Manager is a perfect example of CPI’s ingenuity and close relationship with customers to understand their needs to develop innovative solutions that are unparalleled in the industry,” states Duke Robertson, CPI Product Manager of Open Systems.

Visit the product page for more details.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


Beijing Bans Data Centers with PUE Above 1.5

10/19/2016 1:52:55 PM

GT-SERIES GLOBALFRAME GEN2 CABINETData centers in Beijing must now operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rate below 1.5, according to a recent report by Environment 360, a publication of Yale University. With most data centers in China operating with a PUE of 2.2, the new mandate is causing many companies to relocate.

The value of being “green” has clear environmental and financial reasons, and data centers across China are becoming aware of it, as the Cross-Connect blog reported here. More recently, Chatsworth Products’ (CPI) experts discussed the issue at the America Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Years of experience in energy-efficient solutions

In 2006, CPI developed Passive Cooling®, which is still the most cost- and cooling-effective thermal management breakthrough on the market today.

Through the patented Vertical Exhaust Duct system, enhanced cooling of equipment without the need for additional fans is possible. This results in a more efficient use of available cool air and better overall heat transfer away from equipment, all of which help in achieving lower PUE.

The recommended solution

The GT-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet System was specifically designed to help companies in the Asia Pacific market reduce overall energy costs and meet green standards, particularly when configured with the Vertical Exhaust Duct.

Advantages of the cabinet include:

  • Vertical Exhaust Duct Configuration – captures and removes hot exhaust air from the cabinet to optimize efficiency for high density applications.
  • High Load Rating – supports up to 1300 kg (2866 lb) of equipment.
  • Cable Openings – brush-covered cable openings in the top panel provide easy access for overhead cabling.
  • Perforated Doors – the standard configuration has 78 percent perforated front and rear doors to support front-to-back airflow.
  • Lockable Side Panels – allows easy installation and locks with a key.

Click here for more information on the GT-Series GlobalFrame Gen 2 Cabinet. For more information on CPI’s energy-efficient solutions, go here.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer


Chatsworth Products Expands into Industrial Space with New RMR® Industrial Enclosures

10/17/2016 8:00:00 AM

For more than 25 years, data center professionals around the globe have trusted Chatsworth Products (CPI) to protect their technology investments. Now, CPI is taking its expertise into the industrial space with the introduction of RMR® Industrial Enclosures.
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RMR (pronounced “armor”) enclosures are advanced storage solutions engineered with cutting-edge sealing technology, certified protection ratings and extensive equipment mounting options. RMR enclosures are UL Type 12 Listed and IP 55 Classified, which verify that equipment is protected from the intrusion of foreign object such as dirt, dust, lint and fibers, as well as noncorrosive liquid ingress such as light dripping and splashing.

The enclosures are available in three configurations:

• RMR Modular Enclosure
• RMR Fixed Wall-Mount Enclosure
• RMR Swing Wall-Mount Enclosure

RMR enclosures deliver innovation, configurability and quality in features that include:

• UL Type 12 and IP 55 protection ratings
• Rapid product modification and kitting
• Complete solution under one part number
• Formed-in-place foam gaskets for optimal sealing
• Multiple equipment mounting options and accessories to support IT equipment, electronics and controls

RMR enclosures can be easily configured and ordered through the CPI Product Designer, a simple digital tool that allows you to quickly select the size, features and accessories needed for a specific application. CPI Product Designer will generate bills of material, drawings, 3D models and sales documents automatically under one part number.

To learn more about CPI’s RMR Industrial Enclosures, visit the website.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


CPI Reaches Silver Milestone, Celebrates Employee Ownership

10/13/2016 1:39:46 PM

CPI Celebrates Ownership

Since its doors opened in 1991, Chatsworth Products (CPI) has maintained an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) structure, where all employees become beneficial owners. This unique culture not only inspires employees to build high-quality products, but also to continually delight customers through unrivaled customer service and technical support.

CPI was founded by a small group of individuals who were committed to delivering high-quality products to the rapidly growing information technology (IT) market. Today, CPI has engineering, manufacturing and sales offices across the United States and around the globe. This forward-thinking spirit is what motivates CPI to delight its customers by responding rapidly with tailored standard and custom solutions that give them a higher return on investment.

The products CPI develops make up the data centers of many reputable corporations globally, including Scripps Networks Interactive (HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channels) in the United States, telecom firm Telefonica Vivo in Brazil, Regents Emirates Pearl Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai Tobacco in China, to name a few.

This year, CPI is celebrating 25 years of providing quality products and solutions that protect valuable technology investments around the world. And this month, CPI is one of more than 10,000 companies celebrating National ESOP Month.

During ESOP month, CPI employees will be participating in team-building activities and competitions that will encourage education about what it means to be an employee-owned company.  

“It’s about empowering our employees to think and act like owners,” says Amanda Siek, CPI’s Human Resources Business Partner Manager.  “Recognizing that our greatest achievements come from working as a team, learning from one another and bringing out the best in each other,” she adds.

The employee ESOP events happening this month include:

  • ESOP Trivia Games
  • Big Wheel Team Races
  • Theme Days
  • Special Luncheons
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Halloween Costume Contest

CPI is proud to be a member of ESOP. To learn more about CPI’s ESOP structure, visit our employee ownership page.

Shannon Ryan, Digital Marketing Administrator


Efficient Data Center Cooling and Climate Management in the Age of the IoT

10/13/2016 8:00:00 AM

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With the continuous advancement of cloud computing and the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), modern enterprise data centers are having to push limits to provide uninterrupted service of the highest quality. Data center managers have to be more proactive than ever, restructuring their strategies to allow for greater capacity and expansion across the various areas of IT infrastructure.

According to a recent report by Data Centre Market Insights, power usage, space and the right data center design are still crucial concerns for data center managers. About 40 percent of data center managers stated that they are trying to improve everything from data center capacity, to better utilization of infrastructure resources.

A few strategies to successfully address the above concerns are:

Aisle Containment
Power Management
Environmental Monitoring

For more detailed information, read CPI’s article in Inside Networks.

Shannon Erdley, Public Relations Specialist


Take Advantage of These Training Opportunities on October 20

10/11/2016 2:14:38 PM

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October 20 will be a busy day for Chatsworth Products (CPI). Two different courses on power will be presented for 1 BICSI credit each, as well as a webinar on advancements of cabling and pathway solutions.

Take a look at the below schedule and course descriptions:

Live Event: Power Containment in Dollars & Sense” – 1 BICSI Credit 

This in-person presentation discusses monitoring power use at the rack- and device-level, and maintaining good airflow management practices to help reduce the cost of data center operations.

This simple, sensible approach employs intelligent PDUs, a DCIM software and a system of baffles that integrate with your racks to provide a complete separation of hot and cold air within your data center computer room.

Corning Optical Communications 
Tysons Corner, VA  
Time: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT 

Click here to register.

Webinar: "Power Distribution Considerations for High-Density Data Center Environments” – 1 BICSI Credit 

In this webinar, Matthew Burkle, CPI Sales Engineer for Power Products, will discuss the physical, electrical, networking, management and security considerations to deploy an effective intelligent power management solution that enhances availability within high density environments in a cost effective manner. Free coffee e-gift cards will be sent to the first 50 attendees following the presentation.

Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT 

Click here to register.

Webinar: Cabling and Pathway Solutions for High-Density, High-Speed Data Center Applications”  

In this webinar hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance (CI&M), Duke Robertson, CPI Product Manager of Open Systems, will review common challenges encountered when installing ladder-style cable runway over a row of racks or cabinets. The presentation will detail challenges with cross members as well as time-consuming modification processes, as well as discuss more recently developed technology that provides users with flexibility in the form of movable cross members, drops, and dividers. 

Time: Noon CDT 

Click here to register.

CPI offers a variety of courses that have been approved by BICSI CECs throughout the year. Go here for more details on all our seminar and training offerings.

Raissa Carey, Technical Writer


Chatsworth Products Receives Showstopper Award at NECA 2016 Boston

10/10/2016 2:02:32 PM

Show Stopper AwardChatsworth Products (CPI) received the Showstopper Award for its Adjustable Cable Runway during the NECA Convention, which took place Oct. 7-10 in Boston. Sam Rodriguez, CPI Sr. Product Manager of Cabinet & Thermal Solutions, accepted the award on behalf of CPI. 

The award, determined by a panel of contractor judges, is a spotlight for some of the biggest innovations seen at their trade shows. Only 20 products receive this indicator of success out of the many competitors present, and the winning manufacturers are able to leave knowing their product will be a welcome addition to the marketplace.

The contractors who judged the products praised CPI’s Adjustable Cable Runway on its excellent design. The Runway provides the ultimate cable pathway customization, constructing a flexible point-to-point pathway for network cabling in data centers, and features unique, movable Cross Members, which allow components and accessories to be installed at various points along the runway to simplify the alignment of cabling. 

Adjustable Cable Runway Features include:

  • Movable Cross Members provide ultimate cable pathway customization
  • Tool-less accessories promote quick and easy deployment
  • Load rating of 132 lb/ft (196 kg/m) when the runway is supported every 5 ft (1.5 m)
  • Bonded construction. Thread-forming screws cut through paint to form an electrical bond between Stringers and Cross Members
  • Meets ANSI/TIA/EIA installation guidelines
  • Available assembled or unassembled

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