Plastic trunkings are often utilized in indoor cabling networks, particularly in workplaces.
The two most important factors in selecting plastic materials are:
- Ease of application
When a more robust solution is required, most people think of sheet metal trunkings, even if they may not entirely suit the requirement.
Aluminum has numerous advantages compared to others as it can be used in practically any environment.
In this article, we’ll look at them.
1. Electromagnetic / Radio Frequency Field Protection
The best way to insulate data transmission cables from strong electromagnetic or radio-frequency fields is to use aluminum foil, either individually or in pairs.
For cables running through open or plastic cable trunkings, this approach is frequently preferred.
The Faraday Cage effect prevents extraneous variables from interfering with data cables, making it more effective to run the cables via aluminum trunkings.
Aluminum cable trunkings are to be favored in locations where data security is of utmost importance, such as presidential offices, intelligence agencies, military units and courts.
2. Fire Safety
As mentioned, the melting point of aluminum is much higher than all polycarbonate and ABS-derived plastics.
Compared to plastic trunkings in places feeding critical systems, they protect the cables against fire for a much longer duration.
Plastic and metal trunkings cannot compare to the strength and durability of aluminum.
When the duct is being installed, it won’t bend from using too much force or being struck by foreign objects, and it won’t fall or break from impacts like those caused by vacuum cleaners being used, say, to clean the office.
It also doesn’t expand and its covers don’t come off because it isn’t impacted by the outside temperature.
Its body is scratch-resistant thanks to anodized coating.
Interior architects favor aluminum cable trunkings more as a result of these characteristics.
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Aluminum cable trunkings are lighter than other materials, which reduces the load on structures.
4. Environmentally Friendly
One of the most valuable mineral resources in the world is aluminum.
Its primary source is bauxite ore and is the most prevalent element on earth after oxygen and silicon.
Aluminum’s melting point is 660°C, which is fairly low when compared to other metals. Cast iron melts at 1203 °C, copper at 1083 °C and nickel at 1452 °C.
Aluminum’s low melting temperature makes it perfect for recycling.
When utilized in automotive and construction applications, aluminum can be recycled at a rate of more than 90% and does not lose its characteristics during recycling.
The energy necessary to melt aluminum scrap is only 5% of the energy required to create aluminum from alumina.
Furthermore, because it is a light substance, it places less strain on the structure during application.
For offices that need both practical and aesthetically pleasing cabling infrastructure, aluminum is a great choice.
The closed-room/partitioned workplaces of the past are being replaced by open/semi-open workplaces that use natural separators like glass.
When used in conjunction with accessories, aluminum cable trunkings are aesthetically pleasing and adapt excellently to such settings.
Zemecs Aluminum Trunking Solutions
Zemecs’ “All-in-One” IT infrastructure systems come with qualified aluminum cable trunkings as round and floor types and used successfully in any size project.
Floor Aluminum Cable Trunkings: Zemecs A105 series floor aluminum cable trunking solution is used for the transportation and termination of cables in residential, commercial or industrial applications.
Low voltage and power cables are safely routed through separate compartments without interfering with one another and terminated at 45 x 45 mm. or 22.5 x 45 mm. sockets and modules.
When used in conjunction with accessories like 90° corners and inner-outer corners, a robust, practical, and aesthetically pleasing channel infrastructure is established in both horizontal and vertical applications.
Round Cable Trunkings: When termination is not necessary, Zemecs’ A501 series round aluminum cable trunking solution enables horizontal and vertical cable runs between floors or building sections.
The metal housing protects the data communication cables from external factors. Thanks to the 3 separate strut design that increases the durability, the product can be used without bending or breaking in places where there is pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
When combined with PVC cable trunking accessories, a one-of-a-kind trunking solution is available on the market.