AVIXA Details Industry’s First Rack Design Standard

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AVIXA has announced its standard, Rack Design for Audiovisual (AV) Systems (F502.02:2020), which outlines the requirements for audiovisual rack planning, design, accommodation and equipment layout. This standard joins the Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems standard to provide formalized guidelines for efficient design, build and integration of racks in AV systems.

This new standard covers the fundamental processes and decisions necessary for designing equipment into a reliable AV equipment rack, from rack selection, thermal management, power system design, to earthing (grounding) and bonding requirements. It also covers the design input information that should be available to achieve an agreed-upon outcome before designing the rack, including system design documentation, rack location/environment and entry/connection method for site cabling.

Rack Design for Audiovisual (AV) Systems Standard Task Group Members:

  • Jay Franetovich, CTS (co-moderator), product manager, Legrand
  • Nick Pidgeon, CTS (co-moderator), director, Visualization Limited
  • Jason Brameld, technical director, Torpedo Factory Group
  • Greg Carstens, CTS-D, CTS-I, audio/visual design engineer, University of Colorado
  • Kenneth Ng, CEO, Mojoworx Asia Ltd.
  • Jeroen Oey, CTS, team leader/maintenance-install, European Commission

“The talented team that developed this standard represents multiple AV disciplines and spans the globe — from manufacturers to AV design engineers from Asia-Pacific to the U.S.,” said Ann Brigida, CTS, CStd, senior director of standards, AVIXA. “It’s important to have a broad scope of voices from different geographies ‘in the room.’ Regional scenarios are critically analyzed, and the best methods win out. The benefits of following AV standards are passed onto the end user in many forms, including savings in cost, energy, and time, while having a high-functioning system.”