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Manufacturing Automation: IT equipment cooling: HVAC systems don’t suffice for climate control

A building’s existing air conditioning system is designed to create comfortable environments for employees

March 11, 2021  by Manufacturing Automation

Photo: Rittal

IT managers working in small and mid-sized businesses often find themselves searching their buildings for unused space to house the company’s IT enclosures.

Mailrooms, empty offices, janitors’ closets – all have been repurposed into data closets holding one to a few racks. This approach may be the right choice in terms of square footage needed, but when it comes to proper climate conditions for sensitive IT equipment, it could not be more wrong.

At best, these spaces are cooled using only the building’s AC system. At worst? An open window.
Read more on Manufacturing Automation, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.


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