Chatsworth debuts seismic-resistant rack, enhances exhaust duct

September 29, 2008--Chatsworth Products has introduced the Seismic Frame two-post rack to support and protect network equipment in areas prone to seismic activity, and is offering additional sizes for its Vertical Exhaust Duct passive cooling system.

September 29, 2008--Chatsworth Products has introduced the Seismic Frame two-post rack to support and protect network equipment in areas prone to seismic activity, and is offering additional sizes for its Vertical Exhaust Duct in its passive cooling system.

The Seismic Frame two-post rack is engineered to support 19- and 23-inch wide network equipment. Designed with a heavy-duty welded steel structure, this rack is built to resist swaying motion caused by earthquakes and reduces the amount of vibration transferred through racks to equipment. The fully-bonded rack offers two masked grounding locations and includes a mounting hole terminal block for simplified connection to the telecommunications grounding busbar.

The rack also provides power and cable distribution by containing built-in mounting locations along the front and sides for attaching the company's T-shaped Cable Management Fingers and Vertical Power Strips. Fingers align with each rack unit and connect to the front and rear edges of the frame, guiding up to 48 patch cords to each rack unit. Power Strips attach in the corners or along the sides of the rack.

Configurable heights and a collapsible design are now offered in the Vertical Exhaust Duct, a passive cooling solution used with the company's F-Series TeraFrame cabinet system. It isolates and guides hot exhaust air from the back of the cabinet to the drop ceiling plenum, creating a closed hot air return path to the cooling system. Airflow is not limited to fan capacity, and there are no additional power costs, fan replacements, or power redundancy requirements.

With a two-piece telescoping design, the Vertical Exhaust Duct meets varying ceiling height requirements; it is available in a short version, extending from 20 to 34 inches for low ceilings, and a tall version reaching 34 to 60 inches. A flexible gasket creates a seal around the opening in the drop ceiling, eliminating the need for ceiling grid alterations.

On the Web: www.chatsworth.com/seismic and www.chatsworth.com/passivecooling

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