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Minkels Extends Data Center Security Portfolio with Drop Away Panels

June 20
08:27 2016

Veghel, The Netherlands – Global supplier of data centre infrastructure, Minkels, part of the publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR), announces an extension to its data centre security portfolio with the launch of its Drop Away Panels. With this product portfolio expansion, Minkels is responding to the worldwide increased demand for security and safety solutions in data centres. Drop Away Panels are specifically designed roof panels for data centre aisle containment to enhance fire safety within data centre environments.

Global demand for data centre security and safety solutions is rapidly on the rise (Gartner, 2015 CIO Survey and Forrester, Sizing the cloud security market).Minkels also recognises this trend.


“Under the influence of the cloud, there is a growing focus on data centre security solutions,” says Bas Jacobs, Product Manager at Minkels. “Demand for data centre security and safety solutions is amplified by an increased focus on security topics within the European EN 50600 data centre standard.”

The initial customer demand which led to the introduction of the Drop Away Panels, originated in the United Kingdom. Some Minkels customers in the UK, where Minkels has one of its European sales offices located, need roof assemblies like the Drop Away Panels to meet ‘FM Global’ insurance requirements. According to Minkels, Drop Away Panels do significantly enhance fire safety within data centre environments while ensuring energy efficiency requirements.

Drop Away Panels are specifically designed roof panels for aisle containment solutions (Free Standing Cold Corridor and Next Generation Cold Corridor, also retrofit applicable). Drop Away Panels make it possible to use these corridors in combination with water fire extinguishing systems with sprinklers. When temperature gets above 65 degrees, the plastic frames of the Drop Away Panels automatically soften and the lightweight panels will drop down to make way for the water sprinklers or water mist systems. This solution is now available globally.

About Minkels
Minkels is a knowledge-driven manufacturer and global supplier of high quality total solutions for data centre infrastructure. The Minkels brand is part of the product portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR). Legrand has companies and offices in more than 180 countries with a revenue of 4.8 billion euros in 2015. Legrand markets a range of low voltage equipment and data networks from different manufacturers for the housing, utility construction and industrial sectors.

Minkels’ products stand out due to their innovation and flexibility. Customers are always assured of the latest data centre technologies – modular solutions that meet customer-specific and evolving business needs. More information about Minkels: www.minkels.com

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