Wright Line has been awarded a patent for its Heat Containment System (HCS), which uses a "chimney" to remove air directly from a server cabinet. The patent was granted on Oct 20 to Wright Line LLC, and the inventors are listed as Mark Germagian, John Prunier and Martin Olsen. The Wright Line HCS captures heat exhaust from IT equipment to the top rear of the rack enclosure, were it is ducted to the data center's air conditioning units through a ceiling plenum or hot air return.
"Our new HCS patent is a great example of how Wright Line continually competes and wins through innovation," said Ed Bednarcik, CEO of Wright Line. "Chaotic cooling is a fact of life for even the most advanced data centers in operation today. The ability to contain the hot air exhausted by servers at the rack level, and then return it directly back to a cooling device provides a much more predictable and efficient operating environment." The HCS system can be seamlessly integrated into Wright Line's own platforms, as well as most third-party server enclosures. Here's a two-minute video overview of Wright Line's heat containment system: