Composite covers protect fiber cabling inside trenches

March 31, 2015
Fiberlite’s trench covers, available in multiple sizes, load ratings and colors, simultaneously protect and allow access to the fiber cabling that feeds data centers.

Composite covers available from Fiberlite serve to protect and allow access to the fiber cabling that feeds today’s cloud computing facilities and other data centers. The covers are available in a number of sizes, load ratings, and colors—including custom covers—and are designed to be a “fit-and-forget” product, Fiberlite says, thanks to being maintenance-free, lightweight, and durable.

David Holmes, technical director at Fiberlite, commented, “Cloud storage facilities require miles and miles of fiber-optic cabling, which is installed in protective but readily accessible concrete trenches so that impaired sections can be swiftly replaced—or more cables added, as storage companies are incorporating extension plans into their new-builds.

“Then, in order to maintain optimum hardware performance, each server room requires additional electrical power and battery-backup systems to operate its vital environmental and mechanical controls such as continuous cooling, fire and security alarms. These too require their own cabling in their own identifiable, readily accessible trench. So taking all this into account, it’s no surprise that designers are specifying from the outset lightweight composite trench covers, which can be quickly and easily removed by hand.”

Fiberlite adds that its composite covers can be moulded “in virtually any color or color-combination … Covers can incorporate logos and/or be color-coded to match a facility’s branding or even to identify the specific underground service that can be accessed via a particular cover.”

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