Rack Manufacturers

Equipment racks may also be called cabinets or equipment bays, or just bays. The following link provides Equipment Rack Manufacturers & vendors. There are five main types of equipment racks; these include Commercial racks, Heavy-Duty racks, Industrial racks, NEMA racks (Weather), or Military racks (Shock, vibration and Weather).

Rack Standards

DOE-HDBK-1092-2009 Electrical Safety, DOE Handbook

EIA-310-D Cabinets, Racks, Panels, and Associated Equipment

IEC 60297-1 Mechanics for Racks - 19 inch common standard (DIN41494}

IEC 297-x Dimensions of Panels and Racks

MIL-STD-901D Shock Tests. H.I. (High-Impact) Shipboard Machinery, Equipment, and Systems Requirements for [Shock]

MIL-STD-167-1 Mechanical Vibrations of Shipboard Equipment (TYPE 1 - ENVIRONMENTAL AND TYPE II - INTERNALLY EXCITED) [Vibration]

MIL-STD-5400 Electronic Equipment, Aerospace, General Specification for [See MIL-HDBK-5400]

MIL-STD-810E Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests [Humidity]

MIL-STD-46IE Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment [EMI/EMC]

MIL-STD-462 Measurement of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment [EMI/EMC]

MIL-A-8625A - Anodic Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys

MIL-C-5541E - Chemical Conversion Coatings for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys

ATA Spec 300: Specification for Packaging of Airline Supplies

Next Section; Rack Sizes [standard sizes]

How To Specify a Equipment Chassis; Topic Index page

The documents that start with MIL were developed by the US military. The reference MIL-STD stands for the actual military standard or specification. The other MIL documents are How-To's or handbooks that document what materials to use.

Related pages;
Chassis Grounding [implementation hints]
Power cord manufacturers [power cord assemblies]
Wire Color Coding [power & hook-up]
Power Cable Manufacturers [wire without the end-cord]
Power Connector Manufacturers, and vendors

Design Hint; The rack enclosure may have requirements for fire containment. In which cause the designer or person writing the specification would need to convey that to the vendor producing the rack. Having to get the rack UL certified could add significant cost to the design. So care may need to be taken procuring a design, do additional research for a NDI rack [off the shelf].

Editor note; A standard comment on any of these pages that contain a military standard or specification is to indicate that the documents are controlled by the government. As the government, they may withdraw their own document from service at any time. Of course the same is true of any document on the internet. The difference here is that once the government or military withdraws a document, that document is no longer allowed to be cited by other [newer] documents.

That is, if a document is produced today, it may not cite some older document that is no longer in service, or withdrawn with no replacement. However, if there is a replacement for an obsolete document, than the new document may cite that one, and may be required to. In other words the organization controlling a new specification may require the document to include references that it meet certain requirements included in another document.

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