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CMD supplies power to Birmingham’s new school of engineering 

CMD has supplied the power distribution and workstation power modules for the University of Birmingham’s £47m 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 has supplied more than 1km of its ‘plug and play’ Betatrak busbar powertrack 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 has also supplied more than 1,000 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 provided more than 20 Conti configurations, comprising power and prewired data configurations, along with 16A RCBO protection.

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