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New Product Announcement: CPI Introduces KoldLok Wave for Enhanced Thermal Management

7/21/2011 12:08:38 PM

KoldLok WaveChatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is pleased to announce the introduction of a premium innovation in thermal management technology - the KoldLok® Wave™. The latest addition to our collection of KoldLok Raised Floor Grommets for superior sealing in CPI Passive Cooling® environments, the KoldLok Wave uses a wave-formed thermoplastic elastomer material instead of a nylon-bristled brush to form a tight, durable seal around cables entering and exiting openings in access floor tiles of the data center.

Because unsealed cable openings in access floor environments can allow valuable conditioned air to bypass equipment, the KoldLok Wave is uniquely constructed of a solid, yet highly flexible, thermoplastic material that will not break, stretch, tear or deform - even after repeated use - to ensure your IT equipment receives the cooling it needs to operate at a high level.

Split into two halves to create a Split Integral Grommet, the KoldLok Wave also offers increased cable capacity. Quickly calculate your exact amount of increased capacity using CPI's Cable Fill Tables here. For even more protection, an optional safety cover rounds out this brand new product offering - available individually or in 10-pack quantities.

HotLok™ Snap-In Filler PanelsBut updates to CPI's enhanced thermal management accessories don't end there. We've also made helpful changes to the 9.5mm (square-punched) and M6/#12-24 versions of our HotLok® Snap-In Filler Panels. These include trimming the part number count from eight to four, offering a more universal selection process on these highly effective seal solutions, which prevent hot air re-circulation in between filler panels at the cabinet level. Available in packs of five or ten for both 1U and 2U heights, the snap-in filler panels also offer the option of value-added temperature strips for even greater thermal observation.

Of course, CPI's thermal management solutions extend well beyond just grommets and filler panels. We offer a complete line of thermal management accessories, including an Air Dam Kit, Airflow Director and all-important Vertical Exhaust Duct (VED) to form a total and true passive cooling solution throughout the data center or equipment room. Be sure to browse our thermal management accessories page and see how simply efficient solutions can shore up even the most complex data center issues. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

As CPI Celebrates 20 Years, Our Employee Owners Reflect on a Job Well Done

7/21/2011 12:04:42 PM

For employee owners of Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI), the 20th anniversary of the company is the perfect time to look back on where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. But let's face it, the present and future are really nothing without the past, and here at CPI, our history as a company has come to define who we are - one of the leading global manufacturers providing voice, data and security products and service solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment.

So just what makes being an employee owner of Chatsworth Products so special? Don't take our word for it! Let's hear what CPI employees around the world have to say...

"In the beginning, we were a small company, but we had LOTS of pride. We worked hard to support each other - our quality was excellent, and when we opened the New Bern, NC facility in 1993, that's when we truly became a national company. I look back on our growth with an immense amount of pride, knowing that our culture comes from our core values." - Bill Crockett, Senior Vice President (retired) & Board Member, Westlake Village, CA - 20 years

"I remember when our catalog was really nothing more than anold note book, 20 pages long! That was when we only made racks and trays, but boy did we work hard. When a big order came in, everyone pitched in on the production floor to make it happen - even on Saturdays!" -Terry L. Tyndall, Customer Service Administrative Assistant, New Bern, NC - 15years

"This is the first organization I've worked for that truly cares about all of its dedicated, hard-working employees. I've learned a lot and continue to learn more every day. There's no stopping our success!" - Victor Rubio, Material ControlSpecialist/Jr. Buyer Planner, Chatsworth, CA - 4 years

Chatsworth ProductsThen and now. While we've made some changes over the years, it's still on the inside what counts: quality.

"I started in 1985, when CPI was still CPI/Harris Dracon. Many job titles over the years, including customer service, regional sales manager, product manager and director of custom engineering. CPI invented the 5/8, 5/8 ½ hole pattern modifying the old 1 ¼, ½ Telco pattern and we were one of the first to offer switching on keyboard and video, not to mention pioneering vertical cable managers with fingers at RMU spacing. It's amazing how fast the time goes, along with all the changes in the industry." - Dennis VanLith, Director of Custom & Sustaining Engineering, Georgetown, TX - 20 years

"What an honor it's been to have the opportunity to open the first international CPI location and develop the business in the Latin American region. It's great to be a part of this CPI family and work for a company where the most important part is the people." -Alfonso Santos, International Area Sales Director, Latin America - Mexico City - 11 years

"I've been honored to be a part of CPI's 20-year celebration. You can't ask for a better work environment, where all of the employee owners are willing to go the extra mile to keep our customers happy and to grow the company." - Paula Stem, Director of Customer Service, New Bern, NC - 15 years

"They say time flies and rightly so! Three years have passed since I joined the CPI family to look after the Middle East region. We've come a long way and it's certainly a special feeling to be apart of this 20th anniversary celebration. Looking forward to being a part of the 50th anniversary too!"- Sundeep Raina, International Regional Sales Manager, Middle East - 3 years

"For me, CPI's employee ownership structure means a real culture of cooperation. There's a genuine undercurrent of support, urgency and willingness to jump in and help overcome obstacles as a team." -Todd Heany, International Area SalesDirector, Asia Pacific - 1 year  

BLOG-ANNIV-JUL11-1.jpg From just racks & trays to multi-faceted high-tech displays, we've come a long way!

"I knew from day one that working at CPI would be totally different from any other place I had worked. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. I've made many close friends and I'm happy to say CPI is truly my second family. The words 'teamwork, caring and commitment' ring true." - Denise Bonicelli, Customer Service Supervisor, New Bern, NC - 15 years

"Having been with CPI for over 4 years, I can proudly say this is a great organization. Everyone works together, finds ways to make things happen and keep our customers happy - it really is all about teamwork!" - Stewart Munns, International Area Sales Director, Canada - 4 years

"How time flies. I think back over the years and it's amazing how far CPI has come after 20 years. One thing will hold true - that yesterday, today and tomorrow, we will be an organization that takes pride in our products and does our best to delight the customer. The business partnerships and friendships that I've established are what I cherish the most." - Jeff Steen, Area Vice President - Corporate Strategic Accounts, Remote, 16 years

"With this being the first ESOP company I've worked for, I've truly enjoyed the benefits of this unique structure, especially being able to watch our monthly owners meeting and have visibility to the financial side of our business. The openness within CPI really enhances the spirit within all of us." - Ian Cathcart, Technical Support Manager, Europe - 3 years Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

Join CPI at the KyotoCooling Conference in Helena, Montana this October 25-26

7/21/2011 11:55:25 AM

Montana StatueWhen it comes to having a true pioneer spirit, there are few who would argue that the State of Montana isn't afraid to seize a golden opportunity. And in a state where more millionaires lived (per capita) than any other city in the world at the turn of the 20th century, Helena, Montana is now home to a whole new kind of goldmine - that of the first-ever United States data center to utilize the innovative data center cooling technique known as KyotoCooling®.

To highlight this groundbreaking achievement (not to mention the downright amazing cost savings!), Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is proud to extend this personal invitation to join the State of Montana as they host the first-ever U.S.KyotoCooling Conference this October 25-26, 2011 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena.

Not only will attendees have the chance to meet and speak with the team responsible for implementing this impressive thermal cooling solution, you'll be able to tour the data center site, engage in expert presentations by industry experts such as Robert "Dr. Bob" Sullivan, Ian Seaton and Mees Lodder, witness the highly efficient KyotoCooling energy recovery wheel in action, and see (and feel!) for yourself how the State of Montana is now enjoying "cooling-only" PUEs of less than 1.1!

TeraFrame CabinetsBetter still, while being supported by CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions and infrastructure storage, this one-of-a-kind data center is now the benchmark for similar data center sites in the U.S. turning to this proven thermal cooling solution, including the Bend Broadband facility in nearby Bend, Oregon, which just recently received the prestigious Tier IIIcertification from the Uptime Institute - thanks in large part to KyotoCooling supported by CPI's hot air isolation.

Having toured the facility in Montana ourselves, there's certainly a wealth of key information and insights yet to share. How did the state decide on using a thermal solution which first made its mark in Europe? Just why is passive cooling the perfect complement to this kind of energy recovery wheel technique? And how has the State of Montana fulfilled their internal energy efficiency goals thanks to this new data center? We'll be covering all this and more in the weeks and months leading up to the big event - but trust us, there's no substitute for seeing this installation in person - on us!

Be Sure to Register & Watch a Video Invitation

For information on how to attend this complimentary event (that includes site visit, presentations and an evening dinner and entertainment combo), be sure to visit the CPI KyotoCooling Conference registration page. While you're there, check out a special video invitation from Mike Boyer, the Enterprise System Project Manager (DOA/SITSD) for the State of Montana. We look forward to seeing you in Helena! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist

Celebrating 20 Years of Quality Products, Services and People at Chatsworth Products, Inc.

7/21/2011 11:54:19 AM

 Banner for 20thTwenty years ago today, 44 employees banded together to form a 100% employee-owned company called Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI). Today, CPI has grown to staff hundreds, extend our presence worldwide and enjoy over 1,000% sales growth since inception.

So how did CPI become one of the leading global manufacturers providing voice, data and security products and service solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment? When the Chatsworth Operation of the Dracon Division faced divestiture, 44 employees purchased the company, adopted an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and made a commitment to being a company of the highest quality in every aspect of business: Quality Products, Quality Services and Quality People.

Thanks to this ESOP structure, all employees of CPI become beneficial owners. This motivates each and every CPI employee to think and act like an owner, creating a strong desire to attain our core purpose: delighting the customer.

And just how well did CPI adapt to employee ownership and the ESOP structure? Only two years after inception, the California Chapter of the ESOP Association recognized us as the ESOP Company of the Year - a prestigious honor we took home a second time in 2008.

Yet CPI's success isn't merely measured in accolades and anniversary celebrations, it's fostered in the trust, reliability and satisfaction of the customers, contractors and colleagues we serve each and every day.

In addition to our U.S. operations in California, North Carolina and Texas, CPI is now represented with dedicated office staff in Mexico City, Mexico, Buckinghamshire, England, Shanghai, China and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

As CPI prepares to enter its third decade as an ESOP company, employees reflect with a sense of gratitude and pride at the success and growth that has been experienced during our first two decades. CPI's pride of ownership and mutual trust and respect felt for one another is reflected in the company's motto: We're All in This Together.

And on June 24, 2011, we certainly were - with a special luncheon celebrated company-wide to recognize and reflect on all the achievements and successes of CPI over the past 20 years.

Later in the week, be sure to look for a special article from CPI that will give many of our employee owners a chance to share what the 20-year anniversary means to them. Stay tuned! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

CPI Celebrates June as National Safety Month

7/21/2011 11:39:21 AM

Safety MonthFounded in 1913, the National Safety Council (NSC) has long been championing the role that safety plays in our daily lives. In the workplace, on the highways, in the home and everywhere in between, the NSC's commitment to safety awareness is highlighted during the month of June, officially recognized as National Safety Month.

Of course, while the NSC strives to represent safety and accident prevention both in the home and office, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is especially committed to year-round safety at all three of our major plant operations across the United States, as well as our offices across the world.

CPI EmployeeIn this regard, CPI's commitment to safety is an expert mix of written policies, incident investigation and constant safety auditing to ensure the well being of our employees is priority number one. To achieve this goal, CPI's Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Craig Tobin, focuses on these key areas:

  • Involvement - through CPI safety committee membership, safety buddies (Georgetown, TX location), safety idea submissions, first-aid first responders
  • Incentive and Recognition - safety SMART goals, monthly recognition at owners meetings, safety BINGO, a variety of safety campaigns, including "Put the Freeze on Accidents" and "Safety Derby"
  • Training - satisfying federal requirements while keeping safety skills fresh. Includes safety huddles, respirator/forklift/electrical/bloodborne pathogen/lock-out equipment training, and APT-grams (summary findings and preventative measures of incidents).
Naturally, CPI's safety program is only as strong as the effort put forth by our employee owners, which is why we're especially proud of one of our more recent safety initiatives, the 144ft2/360º standard. In this instance, every CPI employee owner, whether on the manufacturing floor or behind a desk, is tasked with maintaining a safe work environment in a 144ft2 radius by a full 360º spectrum - wherever they move to throughout the day.
This comprehensive plan ensures that employee owners are not only mindful of the safety precautions in our immediate vicinity, but looking out for each other on a round-the-clock basis.
As we continue to celebrate June as National Safety Month, all of us here at CPI are proud to carry on the hard work and best practices every single day! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist and Craig Tobin, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager.

CPI is now an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems Provider

7/21/2011 11:33:58 AM

AIA ImageWith a membership of more than 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the nation's leading professional organization on the education, government advocacy, community redevelopment and public outreach of the architecture industry.

Its esteemed reputation within the design, consultation and engineering industries also positions the AIA as an important element in many new and existing data center installations and upgrades, more often known to the IT industry as the ACE community - architects, consultants, engineers.

That's why Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is thrilled to announce that we are now an Approved AIA Continuing Education Systems (CES) Provider for all members wishing to establish and maintain state licensure and certification by earning Learning Units (LU) throughout each calendar year.

As an official AIA CES Provider, Chatsworth Products can now offer two separate courses (one LU each) for members of the AIA community wishing to attend CPI technical seminars. The two course we'll be offering are:

  • The Economics of Air Flow Management in the Data Center (Course #AIACPI61101A)
  • Which Data Center Economizer is Best for You? (Course #A1ACPI61102A)
For AIA members needing to fulfill their annual 18 LU requirement for the year, these new CPI courses not only offer professional development, they provide architects the opportunity to learn more about one of the fastest growing and most rewarding career tracks on the market today - data center design an construction.
Earn Credits at a Complimentary Seminar 

Best of all, AIA members can begin earning these credits immediately! That's because the AIA-designated courses offered here will now be a part of CPI's ongoing Data Center Efficiency Technical Seminar Series (next stop: Dallas on June 22). Be sure to visit the seminar webpage to register and get more information on all upcoming dates and locations.

We look forward to educating architects on various data center best practices while learning much in return from this knowledgeable group. Now that's a blueprint for success! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

Tech Tips: When it Comes to Affinity Laws, We're Big Fans

7/21/2011 11:33:07 AM


Judging by the triple-digit temperatures recorded recently out of our Georgetown, Texas plant, you'd be hard-pressed to imagine the official start of summer is still a week or so away. But sure enough, all around the country, things are heating up - and when things heat up, fan use kicks into high gear.

Of course, here in the data center world, we aren't talking about your usual fan box propped up in a brownstone window - we're talking server fans, industrial sized CRACs, CRAHs and every other kind of swirling, whirling apparatus designed to keep our data processing at a comfortable temperature - even as the outside world bakes and broils.

To that end, fan affinity laws can provide a simple yet effective way to help reduce power consumption in the data center when it comes to the operating set points of your cooling equipment. Take this explanation into consideration:

If you have a data center that needs 10,000 CFM of cooling, you might have an air conditioner that provides 10,000 CFM at 100 percent load, and another one just like it turned off for redundancy. The fan affinity law here essentially operates like the cube effect - instead of running one A/C at 100 percent capacity, you could run them both at 50 percent load. This means that you'd still have the necessary 10,000 CFM with each A/C providing 5,000 CFM. Logically, it would seem that running one at 50% would reduce the energy in half, right? That's where the fan affinity law comes further into play. Instead of X .5, it becomes .5 X .5 X .5 = .125 or 1/8. So with each running at 50 percent load, instead of using 50 percent of the energy, we're only using 25 percent of the energy it takes to run one A/C at full capacity! For you math enthusiasts out there, it breaks down like this:

(Q1/Q2) = (N1/N2)3 whereas (P1/P2) = (N1/N2)3 

Get it? Got it. Good!

When you realize that most traditional data centers may be over provisioned for two to three times normal demand, fan affinity laws begin to look like an awfully attractive solution - especially when you couple this idea with CPI's Passive Cooling® Solutions. With passive cooling, you only need to provide what your demand is 1X. So while there's always savings to be had, with fan affinity laws working hand in hand with passive cooling, there is considerably more efficiency taking place - possibly resulting in paying as little as 25% of 1/3 of what your current A/C costs are!

We'd say savings like that go a long way towards making summer extra cool. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist and Fernando Reyna, RCDD & Senior Technical Support Specialist 

Join CPI at Cisco Live this July and Save $100 on Registration

7/21/2011 11:32:17 AM

Cisco LiveThis July 10-14, Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of the IT world as Cisco Live 2011 rolls into town for five full days of innovation and idea exchange. The industry's premier education and training event for IT, networking and communications professionals, Cisco Live is poised for another event-packed year as engineers and marketers alike join together for an eclectic mix of technical trends and buzz worthy brands that all share one thing in common - great compatibility with Cisco solutions.

Here at Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI), we're certainly no stranger to Cisco compatibility, offering a wide variety of optimized IT infrastructure storage solutions that exclusively cater to the servers, switches and more from Cisco.

We look forward to sharing these solutions at the CPI booth (#1061) at Cisco Live's World of Solutions Expo during the show, where we'll be featuring the GF-Series GlobalFrame™ Cabinet System, our glacier white N-Series TeraFrame® Cabinet with CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions installed, and a variety of our Power Management products.
Better still, as an official exhibitor at Cisco Live 2011, we're able to offer a great discount on full conference passes. To save $100 on registration, simply click here and enter the code wosdiscount when prompted. We hope you'll join us at Cisco Live 2011 as we look forward to a great show!Jennifer Miller, Sales & Marketing Specialist 

At CPI, Specialties Are Our Specialty

7/21/2011 11:31:18 AM

ORLANDO_TFCABWHT_HOTCOLDISLE_RGB72.jpgIn the business world, having it your way goes a long way towards customer satisfaction. But we aren't talking bite-sized burgers here - we're talking byte-sized data center construction and upgrade - an area in which Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) quite simply excels.

With no shortage of highly optimized standard product solutions for IT infrastructure, CPI prides itself on knowing that specialties are our specialty. Let us explain.

Over the years, data center managers, facility supervisors and IT staff have all been searching low (raised floor!) and high (lots of plenum!) for the perfect solution set to meet their unique needs. And while we could argue that no 45U cabinet is created equal (minus the U's), we do realize that getting your data center or equipment room just the way you like it can sometimes be a hassle - that is, if you're not working with Chatsworth Products.

Here at CPI, we understand there's no use for short-term stress when it comes to getting what you want - especially when the long-term value is so high. That's why we have an entire business division devoted entirely to customized product solutions.

CPI engineers, product developers and documentation specialists work daily with enterprising clients to design and refine a variety of solutions based on specific installation data and requirements. Ceilings too low for a Vertical Exhaust Duct? We have a solution. Sprinkler system wreaking havoc on your new overhead cable tray? We have a workaround - literally.

Need proof? CPI's entire Case Study library is filled with success stories that highlight not only CPI's willingness to take on customized projects, but our ability to provide customized solutions that leave the customer satisfied. These include customized solutions developed for clients such as CDW, TelecityGroup of London and Orlando Health.

For help with your data center design, you can email our Technical Support Department or call 800-834-4969 (in the U.S. and Canada) or 818-739-3400 (outside U.S. & Canada). And don't forget, you have the capability to create a custom configuration of many of our standard products using CPI's Product Configurator. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist