Wiremold Presents “Off the Wall” — and Over the Floor — Raceway
James R. DukartIn what it calls an “off the wall” move, Wiremold is offering its OFR Series Overfloor Raceway, taking traditional on-or-inside the wall raceway onto the carpet, concrete or wood floors of offices, schools, conference rooms and fitness centers.
Wiremold promotes the OFR series as perfect for relocatable or permanent installations, citing quick and easy installation over existing floor coverings such as carpet or tile or wood without any need for alteration. The raceway provides a multiple channel base for power, communications and A/V requirements and includes flat elbows, inside elbows , t-fittings and in-wall entrance fittings.
Transition fittings are also available, utilizing poke-through openings to bring cabling into the raceway from existing in-floor/ceiling and wall raceway. The raceway’s open-system design allows for the connection of a wide range of communications and A/V devices from manufacturers, using standard interfaces such as USB, Ethernet, 9-pin and coaxial cable fittings.
Per the company Web site, the OFR series offers the smallest, narrowest, ADA-compliant overflow raceway available, reducing trip hazards. A tamper-resistant cover is also “nearly impossible to remove unless you have the right tools,” according to Wiremold, preventing unwarranted access to electrical and communications cables inside.
Wiremold Senior Marketing Communications Manager Greg Kozniewski calls the OFR “one of our fastest-growing products,” citing its wide use in fitness centers, office-share or co-location spaces, hotel conference rooms and anywhere else over-the-floor raceway trumps in-wall construction and wiring.
Case studies on the company’s Web page show the OFR series bringing power to the center of a fitness center to serve a line of treadmills as well as running under a conference table to provide A/V projection capabilities.
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