CABLING & CABLE MANAGEMENT FEATURE New cabling infrastructure for Coventry Uni library

Multi-compartment trunking from Unitrunk is being used to provide the new data and electrical cabling infrastructure for an upgrade to the library at Coventry University

The electrical installation is being

carried out by Whittaker Brothers, who is working closely with the university and the other delivery partners on the project to manage the challenges of an occupied building and temporary access. Kevin Rollason from Whittaker Brothers

comments: “Multi-compartment trunking is an obvious choice for a complex project like this, where new build and refurbishment is being carried out in a live library environment. “It means that we can install all the

infrastructure for the cabling on a single type of containment, saving time to ensure the project is fully completed on schedule, ready for the new academic year in the autumn. “Unitrunk’s multi-compartment

trunking is a standard specification for Whittaker Brothers because it’s robust and easy to install. “Thanks to Unitrunk’s UK


esigned by Birmingham-based practice, Associated Architects, the

£2.1m library upgrade includes a new entrance, reception and café for the library, along with refurbishment of some of the study areas. Unitrunk’s trunking has been used in two sizes to connect all electrical, LV and

data services from the existing risers in the newly constructed and refurbished areas. All the trunking is installed in the ceiling void and power and lighting cables will be installed in one compartment, while the other compartment is used to contain data, fire alarm and LV cabling.

manufacturing and national depot network, we also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we can have what we need delivered to site quickly, ensuring our installation schedule remains on track.”



Nicomatic is launching Optimus, an EN4165-compliant, modular, rectangular I/O connector series


his low-profile interconnect solution is user-configurable and is applicable

either to provide an equipment interface connection to a harness or as a robust rack and panel solution. Conforming to specifications set out in

EN4165, Optimus connectors are highly versatile. Modular construction enables designers to specify the layout they need. Connectors can be configured with size 22 signal contacts rated at 5A or size eight power contacts rated for 60A, and 90° PCB mount versions are also available. Devices are waterproof and offer EMI protection. Alexis de Lassat, product manager at Nicomatic says: “We have applied

Nicomatic’s modular manufacturing philosophy to the industry-standard EN4165 hi-rel rectangular I/O connector, and we are able to design and deliver mechanical solutions adapted to the specific requirements of our customers on optimised lead times. With this new connector series we can now offer connectors for the whole equipment need – from the miniaturised inside the box connector, to the robust Optimus I/O equipment interface.” The new Optimus EN6145 connectors

can withstand 500 mating and de-mating cycles as per EN2591-406. Devices also meet the shock and vibration requirements of


EN2591-402/403 and have an operating temperature range of -55 to +175°C. The connectors provide excellent protection against EMI and withstand ten times lightning strikes of 10KA, 1600V.


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