Access to flexible power options is becoming a key concern in today’s workplace. Whether it’s a simple space reconfiguration or the need to boost access to power in an older space, there are several solutions to achieve flexible, reconfigurable power. Flat wire technology allows for power to run seamlessly under carpet tile making it easy to camouflage but there are also raceway options that are highly functional and will ensure that your power solution will not be a safety hazard. Here are 4 technology options that will boost your access to power without the expense and inflexibility of core drilling, trenching or floor boxes.

1. Connectrac Wireways

The ultra-low-profile Connectrac wireways ensure connectivity and power access in two ways, either “in carpet” or “on floor”.

Connectrac in carpet
Connectrac In Carpet Solution: Image Courtesy Connectrac

The Connectrac In-Carpet Wireway offers discreet power and technology connectivity combining an extruded aluminum central wireway flanked by ultra-low sloping floor transition ramps, creating a subtle cable pathway solution.

Connectrac On Floor Solution: Image Courtesy Connectrac

The Connectrac On-Floor Wireway system installs directly on top of any type of flooring. Extremely durable and low-profile, the wireway offers a wide array of connectivity options.

Design factors:  
+ open channels for running any cables
+ speed bump option with aluminum channel available in multiple finishes
+ field cut with plastic and wood flanges
+ can do outlets at the end or base power
+ multiple circuits

Distribution for:
AV, Electrical, Data

Floor type:
+ Carpet, below or above carpet tiles or broadloom
+ Surface-mount on wood, concrete

Applications:
Areas of minimal reconfigurability (conference rooms, workstations, private offices)

Additional Info:
Connectrac Website
Product Videos


2. Commscope Flat Cable

Formerly Tyco Amp Netconnect, this solution involves using a completely flat copper cable channel that is field cut and can be used under carpet tiles.

TYOCELE00130_WB_1_PE_001with power data

Design factors:
+ completely flat, field cut solution
+ paper thin sheeting with carpet overlay
+ plastic beveled box at termination point
+ multiple circuits
+ cannot surface-mount, has to go under carpet tiles (not broadloom)

Distribution for:
Electrical, data, AV (only CAT-6)

Floor type:
Carpet tiles

Applications:
Areas of minimal reconfigurability (conference rooms, workstations, private offices)

Additional info:
Company Website


3. Wiremold Over Floor Raceway (OFR)

Wiremold OFR Series Overfloor Raceway System provides four-channels of capacity and access to a wide range of power, communications, and A/V connectivity options in the smallest, lowest, narrowest, ADA compliant profile available in overfloor raceway systems. This system installs over existing floor coverings and is both tamper-resistant and installer-friendly, making it an ideal solution for relocatable or permanent installations where access through floors and ceilings is not an option.

Image Courtesy Legrand
Image Courtesy Legrand

Design factors:
+ open channels for running any cables
+ steel channel, 6” wide by 7/16” high
+ field cut
+ channel can be vertically run, end point cannot be exposed

Distribution for:
AV, electrical, data

Floor type:
Wood, concrete, carpet tile or broadloom

Applications:
Areas with no reconfigurability (conference rooms, workstations, private offices)

Additional info:
Company Website
Product Video


4. Steelcase Thread

Thread offers a workplace solution that is ultra thin and lays nicely underneath the carpet. At a height of just 3/16″, Thread’s power track seamlessly integrates into a space, providing power to furniture and users, without impacting foot traffic. Installing Thread is as easy as laying carpet, with modularity that makes it easy to reconfigure. Power can easily be added to new construction or retrofitted into existing spaces.

Image Courtesy Steelcase
Image Courtesy Steelcase
Steelcase Thread flexible power
Image Courtesy Steelcase

Design factors:
+ standard increments in length
+ flat modular power track, 3/16″ high
+ standing towers that can be moved wherever power is needed

Distribution for:
Electrical only

Floor type:
Carpet tile

Applications:
Areas of frequent configurability (classrooms, common areas)

Additional info:
Company website
Product Video


And lastly… here’s a summary of all four options! Need help? Our technology team has the expertise to answer any questions you may have. Contact us!

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