Middle Atlantic releases new rack certified to meet California's OSHPD OPM seismic safety standa
Middle Atlantic Products, a brand of Legrand | AV, today announced the AXS-IR, the latest addition to its family of Slide Out Racks in Steel Enclosures. The AXS-IR is specifically designed, rigorously tested, and certified to meet California's Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) voluntary Preapproval of Manufacturer (OPM)'s Certification standards for seismic design of supports and attachments for nonstructural components to be used in the state's healthcare facilities and hospitals. In the event of any seismic activity, the AXS-IR ensures equipment remains operational and that the rack stays securely anchored to the floor when installed with the optional seismic kit.
"We strive to not only make the integrator's job easier and to ensure the reliability of the systems installed into our enclosures, but also to adhere to the best practices of the AV profession and the strictest building and facility standards and codes, even as they evolve," said Jay Franetovich, product manager for racks and accessories at Legrand | AV — Middle Atlantic. "The AXS-IR builds upon our offering of seismic-certified solutions. Our customers in California's healthcare market have an enclosure that's ready and approved to use on projects under OSHPD's jurisdiction."
In addition to the AXS-IR's ability to withstand seismic activity, it is based around the strength and features of the No. 1-selling BGR rack and the CEDIA Hall of Fame-honored and patented AXS enclosure series. Integrators have unrestricted rear access to equipment and connections with a rack frame that slides out from inside the steel enclosure via a track and stand system. This allows for easy wiring, installation of devices, and servicing all while saving valuable space in the environment. When complete, the integrator simply slides the rack back into the steel enclosure where it locks in place. To accommodate nearly any size system, the AXS-IR is available in several rack heights ranging from 35 to 42 rack spaces and various depths, 20- and 26-inch.