Racks and Mounts
Jan 8, 2013 3:59 PM, By Mike McIntyre
Racks and mounts are the mainstays of quality installations in our industry and can often set an integrator’s work apart from his peers. You will recognize some of these manufacturers, but some might be new to you. In total, this is a group of incredible products designed and built by our industry’s unsung heroes.
RACKS AND CARTS
Da-Lite manufactures equipment rack carts ideal for housing AV gear in boardrooms, conference rooms, or classrooms. These handsomely designed carts come in 12-, 21- and 30-rack space sizes with standard veneers and laminates. There also is a 17RU size with a keyboard shelf. A cooling fan, dual bottom vents, and oval-shaped cutouts provide air circulation, but still allow some noise suppression from the devices in the rack.
IMS Engineered Products, a 2008 global supplier of precision sheet metal fabrications and electromechanical assemblies, bring us two categories of equipment racks: Amco Enclosures, which are mainly used for data and other electronic equipment storage, and Installer’s Choice for AV racks. Both product lines are engineered, designed, and built in the United States. Amco Enclosures’ TitanEP frames feature multi-formed main channels in each of the four corners to provide exceptional weight support for electronics. They are available in many RU heights, widths, and depths, come in 12 standard power-coated color finishes, and all have a 10-year warranty.
There are several models and types available from Installer’s Choice. The SnapRax frames are knockdown AV racks and can be assembled in fewer than three minutes with eight screws total. They have a 20in. overall frame width and are available in depths of 20in. and 26in., with RU heights of 8, 14, 21, 29, 37, and 43.
The PTN fully welded racks feature wider main channels for larger cable bundles, increasing the overall rack width to 24in. They can easily be joined together or used as standalone racks and are available in 12 standard colors, as well as custom colors. All Installer’s Choice racks include a 10-year warranty.
RX3 rotating racks pull out from closets and recessed walls providing easy AV equipment access. They rotate and lock in place at 60 and 90 degrees in both directions, making equipment installation simple. The rear cable management system comes with cable lacing bars to guide and tie down cabling and is available in heights of 12, 16, 21, 24, 28, and 30RU's and is available in depths of 19in. and 23in. Purported as the strongest in the industry, and using SnapRax technology, they assemble in less than 10 minutes.
The WMRwall mount racks are cost-effective, smaller system solutions for mounting electronics equipment in secured and non-secured areas. The WMR racks are 24in. wide and available in center-section depths of 12in. and 17in., with RU height options of 12 and 18. Electrical knockouts in the top and bottom of the racks allow for conduit and cabling. The reversible front doors are available in solid, vented, and polycarbonate, and feature a keyed lock for secured access.
Penn Elcom has a standard range of more than 3,000 catalog products that include 19in. racking enclosures and accessories. The R8400/R8500 Flat Pack Rack Systems are steel knockdown racks with a multitude of accessory options, such as doors, fans, leveling feet, and casters.
WM wall mount 2.0mm steel rack enclosures come equipped with removable side panels and ventilated top including cable knockouts. The front door features a quick release and is constructed of tempered glass. Penn Elcom also carries the R2520 rackmount wall bracket with hinged rack strip and cable exit.
Video Furniture International’s executive mobile rack model, REX-16, is designed for rack mountable audio and video equipment. It includes 16RU rack rails for equipment up to 20in. deep, a framed front door that features a tinted acrylic window with an innovative hidden lock, a locking rear door for easy access to equipment connections, and 4in. casters. Shipped fully assembled, it is finished with a highly resistant black thermowrap top and your choice of thermowrap color. Options include a 32in. LCD Monitor mount, camera stand, and 6in. heavy-duty casters.
The VFI model CR2050EX is a fully assembled executive credenza. Each unit is equipped with a 12-space rack mount and a quiet 53 CFM exhaust fan. Standard features include raised panel front doors, locking front and rear doors, and five 4in. heavy-duty casters. Options include an LCD monitor mount, camera stand, and 6in. heavy-duty casters.
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