form the main component of any racking system by providing
a mechanical sub-frame for securing modules
in to your system. 2 Rails are required for each 3U section
of subrack and come in the following standard
42HP, 84HP, 104HP, 126HP and 168HP. Other widths are available
a high-quality aluminium they are irridium plated for improved
and anodised for a tougher surface finish.
are pre-tapped to accept M5 bolts making assembly a breeze
while offering a secure and rigid assembly.
do not want to use any of our Side Plates to fit your rails
and intend to mount them directly to your case walls then
you should refer to this template
for drillling details. Please also note that you will need
our Tapped Strip and Rail Sets as these have a 2nd M5 mounting
hole provided at each to prevent the rails from rotataing
around the fixing points
Strips slide in to a dedicated slot near the front of the
rail and are used to accomodate the module fixing screws.
The strips are tapped at 1HP (5.08mm/0.2") intervals
with 3.0mm holes or optionally 2.5mm holes.
strip length is 84HP but their design allows them to be butted
end-to-end with no loss of the 1HP interval. We also offer
20HP and 42HP Tapped Strips allowing the common system widths
of 42HP, 84HP, 104HP, 126HP and 168HP to be easily accommodated
without requiring Tapped Strips being cut.
requiring flexibility over the spacing between tapped holes
such as when installing modules that do not confirm to the
standard defined by Doepfer and as used in our Panther family,
we offer Square Rail Nuts. These slide in to the same slot
as used by the Tapped Strips and can be positioned anywhere
along the length of the rail.
Square Rail Nuts are offered with either M3 or M2.5 tapped
are used to provide support for the rails and help secure
them at the correct module height (3U, 6U etc) as
offering support to prevent the rails from trying to twist
around their fixing bolts..
Side Plates are 160mm and allow construction of an industry-standard
systems our 40mm Side Plates are only 40mm deep and are the
ones used in our Lite Racks.
Standard Side Panels offer additional fixing points for a
Back Panel (ideal for mounting busboards on).
6U Desktop Side Panels allow you to build an open-frame Desktop
subrack in a
variety of widths from 42HP to 168HP.
Panels and Side Plates incorporate half-shears providing an
additional mechanism to correctly align rails in the horizontal
plain and to further reduce the desire for the Rails to twist
around their fixing point.
All Side Panels are now 3U high. Multiple height sub-racks
are constructed by bolting together multiple 3U units using
our Subrack Joiner Kits (each kit comprises 2 plates for securing
2x 3U sub-racks along with the required bolts). The bolts
offer a secure and rigid assembly and maintain the correct
spacing between 3U sections allowing any height tower to be
constructed in minutes.
a Skinny Rack the Side Panels are replaced with Side
Panel Spacers and the Back Panel is discarded.
are used to provide a mounting method for a complete subrack.
The industry standard housing is 19" wide but a standard
84HP subrack is only 17" so Rack Ears (each 1" wide)
provide the additional width to fill the housing and also
incorporate fixing holes that allow them to be secured to
the 19" housing.
market, however, is moving away from the 19" standard
and consequently the need for 1" Rack Ears is diminishing.
Our Filler Ears provide the same mechanical features required
to complete the assembly of our Tower and Skinny subracks
but require only 5mm each on the width for the housing and
offer an alternative solution to installing a standard subrack.
required when building our Skinny or Tower Racks and must
be used in conjunction with our Side Panels (for Tower Racks)
or Side Panel Spacers (for Skinny Racks).
Panels are used in standard subrack construction and in addition
to providing a rigidising element in the overall subrack construction,
also offer an ideal surface on to which busboards can be mounted.
A complete subrack (Rails + Side Panels + Back Panel) can
be removed from its housing as a complete sub-assembly providing
easier access to modules and power for diagnostic purposes
or for simply relocating in to a new housing.
of all of our Construct-A-Rack is done using bolts making them
an easy assembly for everyone.
All the required hardware is supplied with our Construct-A-Rack
Kits but can also be
supplied loose for those purchasing their own mix of parts.