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Publication numberUS20050258721 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/849,863
Publication dateNov 24, 2005
Filing dateMay 21, 2004
Priority dateMay 21, 2004
Publication number10849863, 849863, US 2005/0258721 A1, US 2005/258721 A1, US 20050258721 A1, US 20050258721A1, US 2005258721 A1, US 2005258721A1, US-A1-20050258721, US-A1-2005258721, US2005/0258721A1, US2005/258721A1, US20050258721 A1, US20050258721A1, US2005258721 A1, US2005258721A1
InventorsKuo-Chuan Hung
Original AssigneeKuo-Chuan Hung
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server
US 20050258721 A1
Abstract
A cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server characterized in that rectangular shaped cable through-holes are defined in two sides of a back plate of the cable management rack, and a plurality of circular heat dissipation orifices are defined in a base plate and the back plate of the cable management rack. Furthermore, a retractable two-stage flexible structural member of appropriate dimensions is separately configured on each of two sides of the cable management rack. According to aforementioned configuration organization and secure fastening of a variety of transmission cables is thereby realized, and connecting plugs and terminals between host computers and various devices avoid being damaged due to flexing, as well as achieving enhancement in heat dissipation and effectiveness of extending service life.
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1. A cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server comprising a cable management rack and a retractable support bracket, the cable management rack is disposed within a floor type cabinet of the industrial rack mount computer server, and slide rails are separately configured on two sides interior of the cabinet, and characterized in that:
the cable management rack is bent and thereby formed from a metal plate, and assumes a lengthwise structure from a side view perspective, a vertical portion of the lengthwise structure forms a back plate of the cable management rack, and a horizontal portion the lengthwise structure forms a base plate of the cable management rack, rectangular shaped cable through-holes are defined in two sides of the back plate, and a plurality of circular heat dissipation orifices are defined in the base plate and the back plate of the cable management rack, a fixing bracket is configured on each of two ends of the cable management rack so as to correspond to the slide rails, moreover, a retractable two-stage flexible structural member of appropriate dimensions is respectively configured on two sides of the cable management rack, and one end of each of the flexible structural members is fixedly configured to an inner side of each of the fixing brackets.
2. The cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server according to claim 1, wherein the retractable support bracket comprises a cabinet hinge, a back plate hinge, a connecting rod hinge and two connecting rods, the connecting rods assume an inverted U-shape from a side view perspective, one end of each of the two connecting rods are mutually connected by means of the connecting rod hinge and thereby forms a collapsible bar thereof, one end of the collapsible bar utilizes the cabinet hinge to mutually connect with a vertical support of one side of a rear surface of the cabinet, and another end of the collapsible bar utilizes the back plate hinge to mutually connect with the back plate of the aforementioned cable management rack.
3. The cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server according to claim 1, wherein the one end of each of the flexible structural members is fixedly configured atop one of the fixing brackets, and another end of each of the flexible structural members is fixedly configured to each of two sides of a frontal end of the cabinet.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

(a) Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server, and more particularly to the cable management rack that ensures transmission cables and connecting terminals of host computers and devices avoid being damaged due to flexing, as well as achieving enhancement in heat dissipation effect and effectiveness of extending service life.

(b) Description of the Prior Art

In order to facilitate organization and operation, majority of communications equipment or other electronic appliances of a general computer are disposed within a casing, whereas structure of an industrial computer server is complex, and moreover, embodies a large number of peripherals, thus the peripherals are necessarily installed within a floor type cabinet. A plurality of host computers or accessories are disposed within the floor type cabinet by means of slide rails and swappable shelf plates or fixed type shelf plates; (a multi-intercept form slide rail is separately configured on each of two sides of the swappable shelf plates), and a slide rail frame is configured on two sides within the cabinet so as to correspond with the host computers, the accessories or the slide rails of the swappable shelf plates. The multi-intercept form slide rails are fixedly locked in parallel to two sides of the industrial computer server, thereby enabling the host computers and the accessories to achieve functionality of extractability from and retractability within the cabinet. Display units, host computers, data access devices and various computer peripheral equipment having different functional usage can be disposed atop the shelf plates.

Furthermore, number of cables of the industrial computer server, including signal transmission cables, data connecting cables, power supply cables, and so on, amount to many more than can be found in the general computer. A conventional cable organizer employs cable ties to directly bind the cables onto a frame of the cabinet. Connecting points, including connecting terminals at ends of the cables, plugs, and so on, are equally disposed at a rear of the shelf plates. If the cables are connected to devices of the host computer, then an appropriate length of the cables is necessarily left unfastened, and thereby naturally hang loose. However, because the length of the cables left hanging loose easily become caught between a back plate and different tiers of the shelf plates or results in the cables forming a tangled mess, whereupon a user wanting to pull the cables out of the host computer, a sudden tug on the cables can result in a situation whereby the connecting terminals of fittings, including the cables, mainboards, the host computers, and so on, become damaged, which causes great distress to the user.

In addition, heat dissipating fans are installed on a back plate at a rear of the general host computer, and after the host computer has been withdrawn into interior of the cabinet, the connecting terminals and the cables obstruct air outlets of the heat dissipating fans, thus during usage of the industrial computer, hot air flow generated is unable to circulate unhindered or because the connecting terminals and the cables get caught up in blades of the heat dissipating fans, the heat dissipating fans are caused to stop rotating, which thereby results in inefficient heat dissipation of the devices including the host computer on the shelf plates or the mainboards, and so on, and damage results as a consequence.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In light of aforementioned shortcomings of a conventional retractable support bracket, the inventor of the present invention, having accumulated years of experience in related arts, attentively and circumspectively carried out extensive study and exploration to ultimately design a completely new cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server.

A primary objective of the present invention is to provide the cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server that ensures transmission cables and connecting terminals of a host computer and peripherals avoid being subject to impairment due to flexing, and moreover, enhances a heat dissipation effect, thereby achieving effectiveness of extending service life.

In order to achieve the aforementioned objective, the cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention primarily comprises the cable management rack disposed within the industrial rack mount computer server, whereby slide rails are separately configured on two sides exterior of the industrial server, and is characterized in that:

The cable management rack is bent and thereby formed from a metal plate, and rectangular shaped cable through-holes are defined in two sides of a back plate of the cable management rack. A plurality of circular heat dissipation orifices are further defined in a base plate of the cable management rack and the back plate. Slide rails are separately configured on two ends of the cable management rack so as to correspond with a slide rail frame, and retractable flexible structural members of appropriate dimensions are respectively configured on two sides of the cable management rack.

According to the aforementioned configuration, the cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention is configured at a rear section of each of a plurality of host computers and peripherals within a floor type cabinet of the industrial rack mount computer server, moreover, the cable management racks are securely fastened to the slide rail frame thereof. Thereafter, structural members having stretchable functionality are connected to each of rear back plates of the plurality of host computers and peripherals, whereupon the connecting terminals and the cables close to the rear section of the host computers are securely configured on the cable management rack. Such a configuration thereby ensures the transmission cables and the connecting terminals of the host computers and the peripherals avoid being subject to impairment due to flexing, and moreover, enhances the heat dissipation effect, thereby achieving effectiveness of extending service life.

To enable a further understanding of the said objectives and the technological methods of the invention herein, the brief description of the drawings below is followed by the detailed description of the preferred embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows an exploded elevational view according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows an assembled elevational view according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 shows an elevational view of an embodiment according to the present invention.

FIG. 4 shows a cross sectional view of the embodiment according to the present invention.

FIG. 5 shows an elevational view of another embodiment according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIGS. 1, 2, and 3, which show a cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention primarily comprising a cable management rack 1 and a retractable support bracket 5. The cable management rack 1 is disposed within a floor type cabinet 2 of the industrial computer server, and slide rails 21 are separately configured on two sides interior of the cabinet 2 respectively. The cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention is characterized in that:

The cable management rack 1 is bent and thereby formed from a metal plate, and assumes a lengthwise structure from a side view perspective, moreover, a vertical portion of the lengthwise structure forms a back plate 11 of the cable management rack 1, whereas a horizontal portion forms a base plate 12 of the cable management rack 1. Rectangular shaped cable through-holes 110 are defined in two sides of the back plate 11, and a plurality of circular heat dissipation orifices 13 are defined in the base plate 12 and the back plate 11 of the cable management rack 1. A fixing bracket 14 is configured on each of two ends of the cable management rack 1 so as to correspond to the slide rails 21, moreover, a retractable two-stage flexible structural member 3 of appropriate dimensions is respectively configured on the two sides of the cable management rack 1, and one end of each of the flexible structural members 3 is fixedly configured to an inner side of each of the fixing brackets 14.

The aforementioned retractable support bracket 5 is structured to primarily comprise a cabinet hinge 50, a back plate hinge 51, a connecting rod hinge 52 and two connecting rods 53 and 54. One end of each of the two connecting rods 53 and 54 are mutually connected by means of the connecting rod hinge 52 and thereby forms a collapsible bar thereof. The connecting rods 53 and 54 assume an inverted U-shape from a side view perspective. One end of the collapsible bar utilizes the cabinet hinge 50 to mutually connect with a vertical support of one side of a rear surface of the cabinet 2, and another end of the collapsible bar utilizes the back plate hinge 51 to mutually connect with the back plate 11 of the cable management rack 1.

According to aforementioned assemblage, and referring to FIG. 4, the base plate 12 in direction of an outward extension of the back plate 11 forms a frontal section of the cable management rack 1. The fixing brackets 14 are utilized to fixedly configure the cable management rack 1 on the slide rails 21 of the floor type computer cabinet 2, whereupon the host computer server 4 is disposed atop the same slide rails 21. Various different connecting terminals 6 and cables 7 are configured in the rear section of the host computer server 4, and the connecting terminals 6 and the cables 7 protrude out from the rear section of the host computer server 4. The cable management rack 1 is positioned at the rear section of the host computer server 4 so as disposal of same realizes the frontal section of the cable management rack 1 faces the host computer server 4, whereupon another end of each of the flexible structural members 3 having stretchable functionality is mutually connected to the host computer server 4, and the connecting terminals 6 and the cables 7 protruding from the rear section of the host computer server 4 are disposed within the cable management rack 1, thereby enabling the cables 7 to pass through the cable through-holes 110, whereupon the back plate hinge 51 of the retractable support bracket 5 is fixedly configured to the rear surface of the back plate 11, and the cabinet hinge 50 is then fixedly configured to the vertical support frame of the cabinet 2, and the cables 7 having passed through the cable pass-through orifices 110 are thereupon fastened to the connecting rods 53 and 54 of the retractable support bracket 5, whereupon assemblage of the present invention is complete.

According to the aforementioned, because of the connection between the cable management rack 1 and the host computer server 4 by means of the flexible structural members 3 having stretchable functionality, therefore the cable management rack 1 undergoes displacement along with the displacement of the host computer server 4, and thus the cable management rack 1 provides effectiveness of securely disposing the cables 7 at the rear section of the host computer server 4, moreover is able to support weight of the cables 7, and thereby prevents pulling of the cables 7, which can result in damage to the connecting terminals 6 and the mainboard.

In addition, upon the host computer server 4 being withdrawn and completely pushed into the cabinet 2, the connecting rods 53 and 54 of the retractable support bracket 5 come in contact with the back plate 11 of the cable management rack 1, and will not directly strike the connecting terminals 6 at the rear section of the host computer server 4, thus providing functionality to safeguard the connecting terminals 6. When the host computer server 4 is in sliding movement, flexing angle of the cables 7 varies in accordance to the movement, and thus space for the cables 7 to move around is necessarily provided for, and disposal of the flexible structural members 3 having stretchable functionality provide the cables 7 with such a flexible space, thereby effectuating an appropriate distance between the cable management rack 1 and the host computer server 4, and decreasing resistance drag generated because of the flexing and traction force of the cables 7, thus providing for superior and unhindered extracting and withdrawing the host computer server 4 for operating personnel.

Furthermore, according to the cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention, after withdrawing the host computer server 4 into the cabinet 2, an appropriate distance between heat dissipating fans and the retractable support bracket 5 of the rear section of the host computer server 4 is thereby realized, moreover, the heat dissipating orifices 13 of the base plate 12 effectuate accelerating unhindered circulation of air flow, and thus achieves superior heat dissipation effectiveness.

Referring to FIG. 5, which shows one end of each of the aforementioned flexible structural members 3 fixedly configured atop one of the fixing brackets 14, and another end of the flexible structural members 3 is separately fixedly configured to each of two sides of a frontal end of the cabinet 2, accordingly, better stability in extracting the host computer server 4 from the cabinet 2 and withdrawing the host computer server 4 into the cabinet 2 is thereby achieved.

In conclusion, the cable management rack for industrial rack mount computer server of the present invention ensures the transmission cables 7 and the connecting terminals 6 of the host computer 4 avoid being subject to impairment due to flexing, and moreover, enhances a heat dissipation effect, thereby achieving effectiveness of extending service life. Furthermore, the present invention provides originality and advancement to prior art; accordingly, an application for a new patent is proposed herein.

It is of course to be understood that the embodiments described herein is merely illustrative of the principles of the invention and that a wide variety of modifications thereto may be effected by persons skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification312/223.1
International ClassificationA47B81/00, H05K7/14
Cooperative ClassificationH05K7/1491
European ClassificationH05K7/14S4D