How to select raised floors & panels for your Data Centre

How to select raised floors & panels for your Data Centre

Are you thinking to integrate raised floor in your data centre? If yes, then there are three factors that you need to consider – structural strength, airflow and leakage. To select the perfect raised floors and panels for your data centre, read through the 5 tips as mentioned below.

1. Understand The Floor Ratings
Floors are typically designed with loading considerations of 1,000 to 3,000 pounds. So, what load rating do we require? If you want to fit a cabinet that weighs 2,500 pounds, the tile required should be able to support 2,500 pounds. To clearly understand the floor rating consider these factors:
• Stronger floors weigh more, this reduces the useful cabinet weight to support the raised floor.
• Cabinets may weigh more than 2500 pounds or greater. In the case of heavier cabinets, using extra pedestals resists the floor from damaging.

2. Evaluate Different Raised Floors And Panels
Raised floors are available in many types. Earlier the raised floors were made of wood, wood composites and hollow steel. These raised floors were not strong and could not hold heavy loads. The modern design of the raised floors is made of cement filled steel or cast aluminium. So, when you are deciding on the type of raised flooring for your data centre, it is very important to evaluate among the ones available in the industry.

3. Select The Floor Surface Material
When considering the floor material for your data centre, select the one with anti-static properties. The two types of floors that usually get confused are – conductive flooring and static dissipative. The perfect flooring for a data centres is the static dissipative. This flooring requires the surface material to have static dissipative qualities that prohibit the generation of static electricity.

4. Search For Floor Tightness That Induces Airflow
Airflow is one of the greatest factors to consider in a data centres, thus selecting a raised floor keeping in mind air tightness will be a great idea. Select panels that are tight and square in shape, this minimises air leakage and ensures excellent air circulation.

5. Examine Panel Ratings
In order to examine the panel ratings, it is important to understand what kind of loads will be moved on the floor. Installing stronger panels in your delivery paths is also necessary.

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