Kit Packaging for Hot & Cold Server Aisle Containment Systems

Kit Packaging

AmCraft Kit Packaging designs are easy to install and fit most typical data center or office structures.
Kit packaging is an economical solution for small businesses and first time, small data enclosures.

Kit packaging of data center air management systems provide a low cost, modular solution for new and existing data centers. All the necessary components are packaged together to include the pieces required for assembly and self installation of a data center enclosure.

Kit Packaging allows you to custom design and install your own data center Enclosure. The concept is simple, a data center enclosure channels the cold air through the servers by blocking all paths around the server cabinet or vacant spots in the cabinet. This air flow management method creates cold aisles that protect your servers from overheating by separating the temperature zones of the heat generated from the backs of the server units.

Airflow management kits for data centers and server rooms

AmCraft air management packaged kits are easy to use in any size room for simple containment requirements. Mounting kits are packaged to hang from drop ceilings or grid type ceilings. The curtain panels are pre-cut and pre-formed for seamless corners and provides an economical solution for many small businesses.

Using AmCraft products the result can be dramatic with a modest investment of your time and resources. By providing a brief description and dimensions of an unsealed area, AmCraft can propose and fabricate an effective and economical air flow barrier. Our Kit Packaging air isolation solution provides a turnkey airflow management / containment system for a small data center enclosure. For a sleek design, our one piece pre-formed corners wrap smoothly around corners for improved air containment and appearance.
Kits are all inclusive of materials and includes a one tool wrench for installation.

An AmCraft AirControl Data Curtain Kit System consists of:

  • Aluminum track sections and hardware
  • Fire resistant clear vinyl panels
  • Connecting splicer
  • Strip curtains for entryway
  • 360⁰ caddy clip ceiling grid attachments
  • Fire suppression thermal fuse links (UL/FMrated)
  • Supplied tool for installation

*Electro thermal links (ETL) are optional.
*Optional Corner Units eliminate air loss at corners.
*The optional lanyard track system can be added to any kit package order.

Ordering kit packaging for airflow containment

With a brief description of and / or a few photos of the ceiling and basic measurements of your space, our technical assistance team can begin putting your kit components together. Kit packaging includes wall panels, strip aisle doors, ceiling track and hardware that are configured to install the room enclosure to fit your measurements.

The height and width of the panels and track lengths are standard sizes but are available to mix and match in order for you to create an effective enclosure. You can easily cut the vinyl panels to ensure a better fit during your installation.

Standard Panel Height (from ceiling to floor) are 8 ft. (96”), 10 ft. (120”), 12 ft. (144”), and 16 ft (192”).
Standard Panel Widths are: 12” panels, 24” panels, 36” panels, 48” panels and 54” panels.
The vertical edge panel to panel overlap is designed into the panels. Focus on an accurate measurement of the perimeter of your enclosure. There is usually one custom length / width panel needed per side to facilitate a sealed enclosure.

Track sections are determined by the overall build of the panel widths.

How can we help you order the right dimensions?

Decide how you want the enclosure to function. Take measurements of the area that houses the servers and racks. The panel height should reach from the ceiling to the floor or from the ceiling to the top of the server racks. Take into account where your cool air ducts and returns are, you’ll want to make sure the cool air duct is within the enclosure and the return duct is outside of the enclosure.

    1. The cabinet / rack location relative to the cold air supply should be your starting point. Try to situate the cabinets as evenly as possible around the cold air supply in an aisle or three sided configuration. If possible, place the cabinets directly under ceiling support members as you want the panels to run parallel with the center of the cabinets.
    2. Entry and exit of the enclosure should be only what is needed, yet safe and efficient. Unless you anticipate a high frequency of traffic into and out of the enclosure overlapping strip doors are effective and economical, other door options are available.
    3. Now that your most critical elements are in place you can begin to construct the perimeter panel system. Try to build in a 12” – 18” space between every cabinet end (that is on the perimeter) and the perimeter panel line so as to minimize the potential for warm spots near the edge of the enclosure. Custom panels with dual lengths can be used when a cabinet / rack ends near the end of a panel.
    4. The perimeter panel system will be comprised of:
      1. Ceiling to floor panels
      2. Ceiling to cabinet top panels
      3. Doors
    5. Measure from the ceiling to the floor for full length wall panels.
      Measure from the ceiling to the top of cabinet / racks for rack panels.
    6. Calculate linear footage of ceiling to floor panels. (please include corners if applicable)
      Calculate linear footage of ceiling to cabinet top. (please include corners if applicable)
      Next,
      Determine the quantity of corner units that you need. (see diagram for corner dimensions)
    7. The maximum width of a panel is 54”, custom widths are available.

The proceeding steps are intended to create a basic form of a cold aisle enclosure. This arrangement assumes you have sufficient CFM of adequately cooled air and a balanced supply / return situation.

Plan View drawing of a small data center enclosure.

Small Data Center Enclosure

A Lanyard Track System can be installed at the ceiling level for fire safety. The lanyard track system drops at the top of the curtain panel when the temperature reaches 135˚F. Dropping the curtain panels from the ceiling allow the sprinklers to flow effectively and extinguish a fire. The panels drop onto a lanyard suspension system 18” from the ceiling instead of dropping to the floor, onto servers and racks, and employees.

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