ComRent Highlights Rack-Mounted Load Bank

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The rack-mounted ComRent CRLS 11.5 Load Bank, which offers additional features to simulate power loads in data centers and other mission-critical facilities.

ComRent, which specializes in load bank rental solutions for mission-critical facilities, has introduced its CRLS 11.5 rack-mounted load bank system, which can allow a more accurate validation test compared to using floor standing load banks for computer room air conditioner (CRAC) and chiller system capacity tests.

Load banks are devices used to testing a data center’s readiness for the heat and power draw of racks of servers.  By mimicking the operation of an everyday data load on the system, load banks allow validation testers a way to fully assess the cooling system’s capacity to handle large load situations. ComRent says rack-mounted systems can more accurately simulate conditions in a running data center than equipment that tests for room-level temperatures, and that the CRLS 11.5 can reduce the risk of miscalculations and costly reconfigurations.

Key Features of the CRLS 11.5 include:

  • Variable fan speed control: Full adjustment of CFM, Temperature Delta, altitude compensation and ability to fine-tune the applied load, with an adjustment range from 530 CFM to a maximum of 730 CFM per channel.
  • Three load steps per channel: Allowing for five different load combinations, providing a wider array of fine load step resolution at all voltages.
  • Internal or External fan and control power source: External fan and control power allows the unit to be used to create a Black Start condition. The current draw is 2.6 A @ 120VAC with the fan at its maximum setting (internal or external power).
  • Extensive protection system: Thermal protection, power supply shut-down and wrong voltage detection.

“As server densities increase, data center owners and facilities operators are in need of a reliable, automated solution to help them accurately and safely verify mission-critical electrical and mechanical systems,” said Clayton Taylor, CEO of ComRent. “The ability to virtually eliminate the risk of making changes to a production environment after commissioning makes the 11.5 rack-mounted load bank an ideal solution for mission critical data centers.”

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  1. Derek Telkamp

    We are building a new DC in Amsterdam, and this is close to completion. We are starting testing and would like to use rack mounted load banks, my question is can we hre your product in The Netherlans, or Gemany. Regards Derek Telkamp PM Equinix UK Ltd.