Cable Management System

Photo of Kevin Henry, Chris Jimenez, and Austin Summers Students: Kevin Henry, Chris Jimenez, and Austin Summers

Sponsor: UT Center for Electromechanics

Date: Spring 2011

Power cables and compressed air lines pose a safety hazard in CEM's 10,000 square foot high bay laboratory. CEM scientists and laboratory technicians simultaneously work on 6 to 10 projects, all requiring power and/or compressed air. Currently, all power outlets and compressed air connections are located at the walls of the high bay, requiring lines to be run across the high bay floor, creating not only an unsightly appearance, but a safety hazard as well. Furthermore, the lines run through zones reserved for walking and forklift operation, reducing lab productivity. The management system must modular and must be able to quickly adapt to support a variety of high bay activities. It must be aesthetically attractive relative to the cords and the lines on the ground, and it must not impede crane operations or create other safety hazards. Furthermore, it must be able to provide four 110V power connections and two compressed air connections at 110 psi.

The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) is seeking a flexible power cord and compressed air line management system to effectively organize cables and air hoses.

The new design provides utilities overhead, in order to keep all cables and air lines from the floor. The workstations are suspended eight feet above the floor, a distance reachable by CEM workers.and The system provides access not only to power jacks and compressed air connections, but to Ethernet connections as well. The outlets are supported by an I-beam trolley system, with power and air connections being available all along the 25 foot I-beam. I beams will be hinged to columns along the high bay wall, allowing them to swivel horizontally in order to ensure maximum coverage of the lab.

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