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Air/Cable Management Assembly

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112540D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lawrence, MJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a combination air and cable management device that attaches directly to Industry Standard Equipment Racks that conform to EIA Standard RS-310-C and IEC 297. This device allows for unrestricted airflow into rack mounted products while providing a means to manage cables that are connected to products mounted in the equipment rack.

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Air/Cable Management Assembly

      Disclosed is a combination air and cable management device that
attaches directly to Industry Standard Equipment Racks that conform
to EIA Standard RS-310-C and IEC 297.  This device allows for
unrestricted airflow into rack mounted products while providing a
means to manage cables that are connected to products mounted in the
equipment rack.

      This assembly consists of two major components, a cover (1) and
cable guide (2).  The cover (1) provides the structure which supports
the weight of cables, a means to attach cable guides (3) and openings
(4) to allow for unrestricted airflow into the rack or rack mounted
product.  The cover also provides holes (5) for directly attaching
the assembly into an equipment rack (6) (Figure).

      To ensure unrestricted airflow in applications where many
cables are installed, the bottom (8) of the cover is punched with a
high percentage of openings to ensure airflow through the bottom of
the cover as well as the front of the cover (1).

      The Figure shows five guides (2) installed on the assembly.
These guides can be individually removed (7) in cases where customers
choose to customize their cable management devices.  Each guides can
be removed from the cover without the need for tools since the guide
is installed through a series of 3 keyslots (9).  Upward motions
applied to the guide will permit disassembly from the cover.

      One additional feature of this design...