Rittal’s infrastructure protects compact IT data centre

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Marshall Tufflex is a well-known and respected manufacturing company, based in East Sussex, that produces PVC trunking, cable trays and a range of other products for the construction industry. At one of its key plants, it was proposed that an area within the factory floor (that was then in use as a workshop) could be re-purposed as a space for a compact IT computing system that would run the factory’s automated machinery.

Rittal’s infrastructure protects compact IT data centre Normally, systems like Edge data centres require separate, secure, brick-built rooms to protect the servers’ delicate internal electrical components. In busy industrial environments, the risks to the circuitry are amplified through repeated exposure to significant temperature variations as well as dust in the atmosphere. As a result, Rittal’s IT team reviewed the site and discussed their findings with the company’s IT manager.

A solution was proposed using remotely monitored IP55 racks and a redundant ‘IT-specific’ N+1 cooling system. Combined, they would create the required controlled environment for the IT equipment, while avoiding additional building costs and any disruption that can be associated with on-site construction works. The result that emerged was built using standard Rittal products and included a variety of its proprietary components including TS-IT IP55 racks on Flexblock plinths, a 6.5kW close-coupled cooling system featuring redundant condensers and CMCIII monitoring with an additional LTE unit providing a parallel path alarm messaging. Sundry accessories were also specified.

In addition to supplying the necessary equipment, Rittal’s team also supported the project by installing DX system pipework and electrical works (via a Rittal partner), as well as installing and setting up the racks, CMCIII, LCU-DX internal unit and controls and heat-load testing using server simulator heaters. The installation of the Rittal hardware was completed in under two weeks, ready for the customer to install their IT system. Fred Adams, Marshall Tufflex’s IT manager says: “Working with Rittal has been a good experience. We received cutting-edge technology along with great support at a cost-efficient price. We’re extremely grateful to them.”

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