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Schroff UK has introduced two-post and four-post open patching frames and associated horizontal and vertical cable management products designed for data centre and computer room installations.

Manufactured by sister company Hoffman, the Cabletek family is said to ensure that copper and fibre cable runs are optimised for ease of installation, cable density and protection.

The heavy-duty free-standing aluminium frames are easy to assemble, stable and rigid in use; the two-post frame is rated to support a static load of up to 450kg, the four-post up to 1,130kg.

Available in 45U, 51U and 58U heights, 150mm, 250mm and 305mm widths and single- and double-sided models, the vertical cable manager mounts on the sides of, or between the verticals in two- and four-post open-frame racks.

The front of the manager provides support, management and high capacity for patch cords, while the rear section supports Cat 5e, 6, 6A and fibre-optic cables.

Capacity at 60 per cent fill is more than 1,900 Cat 5e cables at the front and more than 1,000 at the rear in a 300m wide unit.

A readily removable front cover opens through 180-deg to provide full access to the cables and deep fingers accept up to 85 Cat 5e cables per section.

Used in conjunction with the vertical cable managers are 1U and 2U horizontal cable managers, available as single-sided units in both heights with depths of 150mm, or as 2U double-sided versions with 150mm fingers at the front and 230mm ones to the rear.

A single-sided unit will manage 66 Cat 5e cables in a 1U version, 208 in a 2U; the double-sided ones will take a further 223 Cat 5e cables in the rear section.

The deep cable compartments feature arrowhead finger ends that move readily apart during installation or removal and hold the inserted cables securely during use.

For over four decades Schroff has been a world leader in the development and manufacture of electronics packaging components and systems.


The company offers a comprehensive range of enclosure solutions, including cabinets, subracks, cases, backplanes and power supplies, as well as complete systems for standard bus architectures such as VME, cPCI, AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA.


These products are based on the know-how of specialists in the integration of mechanical, electronic and thermal management systems, together with many years’ experience of the most diverse applications in all kinds of environments. Schroff technical personnel are also heavily involved in the development of international standards for electronics packaging systems, with representatives on numerous working groups of institutions such as the IEC, CENELEC, IEEE, BSI, VDE and DIN.


To complement its wide range of products, the company has established a co-ordinated service strategy designed to ensure that customers enjoy comprehensive support throughout the life of the product.Grouped together under the banner ‘ServicePLUS’, Schroff’s product support services are now arranged in eight modules comprising configuration, assembly, modification, solution, express, support, academy and lifecycle.


The Schroff website, provides full technical information on all of the company’s products, including detailed descriptions, technical data, user manuals, test reports and downloadable CAD drawings

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