Breaking Down CPI's Seismic Rating Guidelines and Standards
August 15, 2011
Based out of the seismically-active region of Southern
California, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) understands the value
and importance of true seismic protection for IT equipment
and infrastructure. As witnessed by the devastation in Japan
earlier this year, an earthquake's unpredictability and sheer force
can cripple cities, communities and companies alike. Yet in the
aftermath of this natural disaster, many of the nation's data
centers made it through the onslaught more or less unscathed. Why? Preparation. How? Stringent
building guidelines and IT infrastructure reinforcement. Two things
that CPI adheres to very, very well.
To start with, Chatsworth Products holds itself to not just one
industry-recognized standard, and not just the most general either.
Our seismically-rated racks and cabinets all undergo a variety of
testing and accreditation by a number of well-respected governing
bodies, including the International Building
Code, ICC-ES-AC156 standards and perhaps the most rigorous,
GR-63-CORE seismic testing. Here's a quick video of an actual
GR-63-CORE test in process.
to our pursuit of only the highest quality products, we contracted
compare various international seismic tests for CPI to determine
that our GR-63-CORE testing was as good or better than other
seismic requirements for maximum ground response. Southwest
Research Institute performed simulated ICC-ES-AC156 testing for 5
locations; Los Angeles, San Fernando, Seattle, San Francisco and
Anchorage. The results solidify the fact that we hold ourselves to
the highest standards possible, as GR-63-CORE was found to be a
more stringent test.
Of course, even the best seismic
protection equipment requires the right kind of preparation. Here
at CPI, we're happy to help determine your needs based on location,
budget and customization requests.Contact our
Technical Support teamto learn more.