Cable Management

  1. Cable Management Pro Tips

    Data Center Frontier shared a paper by Sunbird Software - 7 Best Practices for Simplifying Data Center Cable Management. The paper is presenting the benefits of utilizing a DCIM system in a data center, and while the paper is a quick and easy read, some of the pro tips caught my attention especially as it relates to power distribution cables...
  2. Not all copper wire is created the same

    You'd think that all copper wire is created the same. Right? Wrong! Recently our regular source for a less common gauge wire used in special applications couldn't meet the quantity needed for a new project, forcing us to buy wire from a secondary source. While the new wire met all the requirements to be considered an adequate substitute, it was...
  3. Following NFPA 75 Rules

    Data centers have their own standards for fire protection as identified under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 75). A closer look at Chapter 5 Section 4 pertaining to Raised Floors we find the following standards: 5.4* Raised Floors. Where raised floors are used, they shall comply with 5.4.1 through 5.4.4. 5.4.1 Structural supporting members for raised floors shall be...
  4. New Rules For 2017 NEC 110.14

    New in the NEC Handbook - 2017 edition 110.14 Electrical Connections 110.14(D) Installation. Where a tightening torque is indicated as numeric value on equipment or in installation instructions provided by the manufacturer, a calibrated torque tool shall be used to achieve the indicated torque value, unless the equipment manufacturer has provided installation instructions for an alternative method of achieving the...
  5. Electrical Device Torque Settings

    Electrical device manufacturers recommended torque settings that range from 12 to 90 inch pounds depending on the device type, when terminating conductors. Device torque settings can vary dramatically between manufacturers for the same device. As an example, for a CS8369 device one manufacturer recommends 25 to 30 pounds, while another recommends 45 to 54 pounds. That's a very broad range...
  6. AirGuard Split Extreme, Newest Product in Award Winning Line of Data Center Floor Grommets

    PDU Cables™ introduces the new AirGuard® Split Extreme cable seal for sealing power and data cables through cable cutouts in raised floors of data centers and mission critical facilities. MINNETONKA – November 16, 2015 - PDU Cables, a division of Engineered Products Company, the industry leading manufacturer and supplier of power-distribution cable assemblies in North America since 1981, has expanded...
  7. Improved Cable Management

    12 Tips for Improved Data Center Cable Management For many data centers managing cables is an afterthought.  Not having a plan or scheme in place prior to running cables, makes troubleshooting problems difficult.  Companies should develop cable management plans and guidelines prior to any cable installation. There are a number of low cost, easy to implement cable management solutions for...
  8. Dual Corded Servers

    Why use Dual Corded Servers? Let's face it - a facilities greatest challenge is to keep servers up and running 7x24, even during maintenance on the critical power paths that feeds the equipment. Even if you are one of the lucky sites that allow you to shut down all the servers on an annual basis you are still faced with...
  9. Power Cable Installation Checklist

    15 Tips for Successful Data Center Power Whip Installation Looking for something to read that is both entertaining and enlightening, how about “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande. A book about checklists might not sound too enthralling, but Dr. Gawande manages to introduce enough interesting stories and case history around the use of checklists to hold your attention.  More...
  10. UL Listed Power Cables

    Why UL Listed Power Cables By using UL Listed and Hi-pot tested power cable assemblies, data center managers can be certain that the power whip code requirements are met and that there are no weak links in the material used to fabricate the power feeds to the critical servers. If your data center is hosting outside customers; you can feel...

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