Tate® and Upsite Technologies® publish white paper7 min read

by | Jul 10, 2013 | Press

Tate® and Upsite Technologies® publish white paper stressing the importance of specifying air-sealing grommets in new data center design and construction

Specifying grommets in data center design documents leads to improved efficiency, reliability and cooling capacity.


JESSUP, MD and ALBUQUERQUE, NM – July 10, 2013 – Tate®, a market leader in the manufacture of raised floors and airflow management solutions and Upsite Technologies®, Inc., a leader in data center airflow management solutions, today announced the publication of a new white paper: “Six Reasons to Specify Air-Sealing Grommets in the Design of a New Data Center.”

Available for free download on the Tate and Upsite Technologies website, the paper discusses the importance of including air-sealing grommets in the design of a new data center. According to the paper, air-sealing grommets rarely are installed at the same time as the raised floor during construction of a new data center. In fact, in many cases the grommets are forgotten even after construction is complete and the facility is up and running. This can be a costly mistake, with the potential to reduce the capacity of the data center and increase cooling costs.

“It is critical for our industry to take any and all steps to seal these openings,” said Ken Brill, founder, Uptime Institute and Upsite Technologies, “This includes new builds. Organizations and data center architects need to commit to specifying cable cutout grommets in new raised floor space. To get ahead of the problem, proactively seal these openings during the initial construction of the data center. Don’t wait until later.”

One perceived limitation is that the cutout location is not known when the initial floor is installed, as equipment is not in place. Tate has identified two standard cutout locations, which ensures the cutout will always be in the proper location under any size or shape rack, thereby allowing air-sealing grommets to be specified in the design of a new data center. The paper goes on to describe the many advantages of installing air-sealing grommets during initial construction of a data center, including faster construction, reduction of dust from cutting and assurance that the proper grommet is used, preventing air leakage from the underfloor plenum and saving energy and cooling capacity.

The paper can be downloaded by visiting the Tate website at http://www.tateinc.com/infloor/grommet_whitepaper_offer.php, or the Upsite Technologies website here.

About Tate®

Tate is a leading manufacturer of raised access floors and in-floor cooling systems for data centers. Tate offers innovative solutions to effectively manage the diverse, variable, and high density heat loads commonly found in data centers. In-floor cooling systems such as SmartAire®, DirectAire® and PowerAire® help reduce PUE and create an energy efficient data center. As the market leader, Tate supplies best-in-class raised access floors that provide flexibility to meet any service distribution requirement.

About Upsite Technologies®

Upsite Technologies®, Inc. is the industry leader in data center airflow management. Upsite provides a full suite of solutions designed to optimize data center cooling systems, allowing managers to maximize cooling capacity while reducing energy costs. Upsite distributes its award-winning line of products, including its KoldLok® raised-floor grommet, and services through prominent partners in the data center industry throughout the United States, EMEA and the Asia Pacific region.

Upsite Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Ken Brill, creator of the Uptime Institute, a think tank dedicated to understanding, improving, educating and expanding awareness of uptime and optimal inefficiencies in data centers. Additional information can be found at https://www.upsite.com/.


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