Tackling the flaws in floor boxes
A host of features in new floor boxes in MK Electric’s Ackermann improve ease of installation and use.
MK Electric has substantially redeveloped the Ackermann range of floor boxes for raised, flush and screeded floor applications. The new range has very high load-bearing performance and a host of features for easier installation and speed of fixing and the ability to accommodate plug-top power supplies with the lid fully down. The revised Ackermann Cablelink Plus and Onix Plus ranges were developed in response to extensive market analysis that revealed a number of concerns. They include load bearing, robustness, Cat6 compatibility, speed of installation and end-user flexibility. The result is five product groups. The new line up comprises the Cablelink Plus Modular for typical-raised-floor applications. Individual modules in a floor box can be simply moved vertically to provide greater clearance above or below. Another version is the Cablelink Plus Single Pan with one to four compartments and boxes that are 70 and 95 mm deep. Another version is the Cablelink Plus Screed that can cater for screeds from 53 to 110 mm deep. The Cablelink Plus Flush System provides easy access to cabling. Finally, the Onix Plus is designed for areas with high loads and high traffic and where wet washing is required. Main features include load-bearing performance to the latest legislation (prEN50085-2-2), self-closing lids in accordance with draft IEC 61534-22 and improved robustness with the inclusion of tougher cord caps that cannot be kicked off. The introduction of square boxes and lids allows for 90° rotation, giving more options in location, positioning and installing and more flexibility during office redesigns. Deeper back boxes, adjustable module and device tray heights provide more space for plug tops or more wiring space for Cat6 compatibility by ensuring the minimum bend radius of cables can be achieved. Installation time has been sharply reduced by innovations such as quick-release blades for fitting in a few seconds without tools. There are also quick-fit 2-piece modules for the raised-floor modular products and a ratchet levelling system that allows rapid fit of frame and lid for the single-pan, screed and flush systems. Staggered power plates ensure that plug leads do not clash, especially for moulded-on plugs with integral strain relievers. Being able to adjust the height of a module means that items such as telephone chargers can be used without preventing the lid from closing.
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