University of Birmingham’s School of Engineering selects CMD

CMD Ltd, experts in workplace connectivity and ergonomics has supplied the power distribution and workstation power modules for the University of Birmingham’s £47 million School of Engineering.

The showpiece development will create a centre of engineering excellence for the university, with pioneering facilities that will drive interdisciplinary study and collaboration between the university and private sector companies. The facilities include an anechoic chamber for specialist experiments and a laboratory environment designed for research into digital railway engineering, complete with a rail cab and hydrogen-powered train track.

CMD Ltd has supplied more than 1km of its ‘plug and play’ Betatrak busbar power track system to enable the installation of an agile power distribution network throughout the building. The 63-amp Standard Earth Betatrak system offers effective futureproofing for the state-of-the-art facilities, with ease of reconfiguration and the capacity to add or alter the position of tap offs every 30cm.

Alongside the Betatrak system, CMD Ltd has also supplied more than 1000 of the company’s Conti under desk workstation power modules and the same number of 210mm grommets, enabling the workstations to connect to the underfloor power distribution network. Working with the client to tailor the under-desk workstation units to the requirements of different areas of the building, CMD Ltd provided more than 20 Conti configurations, comprising power and prewired data configurations, along with 16A RCBO protection.

John Archer, Area Sales Manager at CMD Ltd said, “this project continues our enviable track record in the higher education sector in an environment designed to combine commercial R&D projects with pioneering education and research.

“We were able to offer a complete solution to take power distribution from the switchboard to the point of use at each workstation, with sufficient resilience and flexibility to continue adapting to changing needs in a fast-paced, high-tech setting.”

CMD Ltd was also responsible for the supply of on desk workstation power modules. The company provided c.1500 Contour on desk modules in anodised silver with white fascias to complement the high-tech research environment. Each of these modules combines two 13-amp power sockets with twin 5-amp type A chargers.

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