In keeping with its status as one of the UK’s leading providers of commercial underfloor distribution systems, MK Electric has revolutionised its Ackermann range with the launch of a new suite of floor boxes – for raised, flush and screeded floor applications – that deliver very robust, high load bearing performance together with greater ease and speed of fixing.
Packed with features designed to benefit the specifier, contractor and the facility manager, the new revised Ackermann Cablelink Plus and Onix Plus ranges represents a significant leap forward in managing data and power in underfloor and screeded situations and its launch certainly promises to bring huge improvements in both ease of installation and in day-to-day office use long term.
After extensive market analysis which revealed a number of concerns – load bearing, robustness, CAT 6 compatibility, speed of install and end user flexibility – MK set about a major redesign to enhance the Ackermann range. The result is five product groups that are designed and engineered to provide unrivalled ease of install, tough in-situ performance and trouble free, long term ease of use.
The new line-up comprises: the Cablelink Plus Modular for typical raised floor situations where individual modules can be moved to provide increased plug top clearance or greater floor void space; the Cablelink Plus Single Pan which features 1 to 4 compartment floorboxes and both 95 and 70mm depth boxes; the Cablelink Plus Screed that can cater for 53-110 mm screed depths; the Cablelink Plus Flush System for easy access to cabling, and Onix Plus for high load, high traffic areas such as retail outlets or applications requiring wet wash solutions.
Highlight features include market-leading load bearing performance that meets the latest legislation – prEN50085-2-2, self closing lids in accordance with draft IEC 61534-22 – and improved robustness with the inclusion of tougher cord caps that can’t be kicked off. The introduction of square-shaped boxes and lids allows 900 rotations, giving contractors greater options in location, positioning and installing; and facility managers more flexibility during office re-designs. Deeper back boxes, adjustable module and device tray heights help achieve increased plug top space or increased wiring space for CAT 6 compatibility by ensuring that minimum bend radii of cables are maintained.
For the contractor, installation time has been slashed thanks to a number of design advancements that include quick release blades for 10-second tool-less fitting and quick fit two piece modules for the raised floor modular product; and a ratchet levelling system that allows rapid fit of frame and lid for the single pan, screed and flush systems.
Common problems that typically affect end users have also been addressed. Staggered power plates ensure that plug top leads do not clash allowing workers the opportunity to make full use of all available outlets. The module height adjustment feature means that items such as phone chargers that traditionally have bulky plugs which prevent lid closure, can now be used with the floor box lid closed, reducing the risk of tripping.
The Ackermann range – from MK Electric – has long been UK leader in cable distribution; and its new Cablelink Plus collection delivers the specifier, developer, contractor and building manager with a host of benefits – both in terms of speed of fixing and convenience in use – that raises the bar for floor boxes for commercial underfloor distribution systems. Whether dealing with raised, flush and screeded floor applications, MK Electric has revolutionised the market for high quality professional installations demanding faster, easier and more robust and accessible installations.