At conference tables, locate the Connectrac underneath a chair rather than in between two chairs - the system is so low you can barely tell you're on it!
Connectrac wireways easily go beneath furniture panels and table bases which are raised just 5/8” above the floor with leveling glides.
While Connectrac wireways are designed to cross walking pathways (they're ADA compliant), the receptacle devices should be located beneath tables or desks.
Our systems are designed to attach the conduit to a junction box above the ceiling. So, locate the wireway system where it works best with furniture and not based on existing outlet locations.
- Q: Are Connectrac systems designed for new construction or remodeling? A: Both! Connectrac systems are designed to be used in new construction, renovations or modular furniture reconfigurations.
- Q: What types of flooring work with Connectrac? A: Connectrac is designed to work with broad loom carpet or carpet tiles.
- Q: Does Connectrac comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act? A: Yes, the slope of our Connectrac wireway system is less than 1:12, more than twice what is required by the ADA. Of course, in all installations, the electrical devices must be located beneath the work surface--not in the walking path.
- Q: What sort of flexibility in lengths does Connectrac offer? A: Connectrac system components come in 8 foot and 4 foot lengths. They can be field-cut to any length and can be joined together end-to-end also.
- Q: After it's installed, can I move my Connectrac wireway system? A: Yes, Connectrac systems are designed to be easily moved and changed as your needs change. The aluminum wireway components are simply unscrewed from the floor slab after the power and data cables are disconnected and reinstalled with new MDF ramps in their new location.
- Q: Who installs Connectrac systems? A: As with all electrical systems, the Connectrac power conduit must be hard-wired by a licensed electrician. The rest of the components (base track and ramps, etc.) can be installed by flooring contractors, furniture installers or electricians. Typically, flooring contractors complete the installation by gluing the carpet to the wireway ramps, cut the carpet along the wireway cap and install the wall base using the template to cut the bottom edge of the base to the same profile as the wireway system.
- Q: How are Connectrac systems attached to a floor? A: The Connectrac wireway components are anchored to the concrete floor slab with the supplied concrete anchors. The ramped portions of the system are installed with construction adhesive.
- Q: Can Connectrac be installed with existing carpeting or does the carpet need to be installed after connectrac is mounted on the floor? A: Yes, our systems can be installed with existing carpet, provided that the carpet is in a condition where a portion of it can be cut and pulled back temporarily for installation of the wireway components. Here’s the sequence: 1) identify where the Connectrac system will be installed; 2) remove a portion of the wall base (approx 2 ft.) where the cables will be pulled up inside the stud wall cavity; 3) cut the carpet along the length of where the wireway components will be installed; 3) carefully lift and pull back the carpet here so that the Connectrac components can be installed; 4) cut the wireway components to the required lengths and anchor them to the floor slab; 5) make a small hole (approx 1”h x 3 1/2”w) in the bottom of the stud wall base channel; 6) run the cables (power/voice/data) into the stud wall cavity and connect the power conduit to a junction box located above the ceiling; and 7) reinstall the carpet, gluing it to the tops of the Connectrac side ramps and trimming along the wireway cap. Cut the bottom edge of the previously removed wall base (using the template that comes with the Connectrac system) and reinstall it on the wall. The whole process takes a few hours. For the best results, it’s helpful to have an experienced flooring installer on hand for the carpeting portion of the work.
- Q: What does the system look like at the wall? Is some type of wall transition adapter required? A: There is no special wall transition adapter required where our Connectrac wireway meets the wall. The wall base (typically rubber, vinyl or carpet) covers the small opening in the lower portion of the wall where the cables enter the stud wall cavity from our wireway. A template is provided with each Connectrac kit to allow the flooring installers to cut the bottom edge of the wall base to match the same profile as our wireway system. There is an optional rough-in box that can be used for new wall installations.
- Q: Can I connect a Connectrac I Series to an existing power outlet in our conference room? A: Yes, you can! Your electrician should verify that there is sufficient capacity in the circuit that serves the outlet first. Then the Connectrac conduit can be "fished" up the wall and connected to the bottom of the metal outlet box located inside the wall.
- Q: What is the height of the Connectrac wireway? Will it go beneath modular furniture panels? A: The height of the Connectrac wireway is less than 5/8" above the surrounding flooring.
- Q: What is the gauge of wire used for the electrical components of Connectrac systems? A: The gauge of the wires is as follows: I Series (One 20-amp circuit): 3 – 12 gauge conductors; M Series (Four 20-amp circuits): 7 – 12 gauge conductors and 1 – 10 gauge conductors; and U Series (Four 20-amp circuits): 7 – 12 gauge conductors and 1 – 10 gauge conductors.
- Q: What is the weight-bearing capacity of Connectrac systems? A: The system was designed and engineered to accommodate a load of 1,000 pounds on a 4-wheel cart. That’s about the greatest load we could conceive our system encountering in the typical commercial or institutional interior environment.
- Q: How many CAT-5 or CAT-6 cables will the Connectrac wireway accommodate? A: The wireway track will accommodate the following number of communication cables: Empty Connectrac system (i.e. no power conduit in track) – 25 CAT-6 cables or 30 CAT-5 cables; Connectrac system with power conduit – 18 CAT-6 cables or 25 CAT-5 cables.
- Q: What type of connections (e.g. LAN, phone, computer video) does the I Series accommodate? A: Our I Series provides 2 15-amp power receptacles and between 2 and 4 voice/data jacks. Because our adapter plate consists of a standard size opening (1.4” x 2.7”), up to 4 - RJ-45 and/or RJ-11 jacks can be accommodated by using an adapter plate provided by your voice/data jack manufacturer (e.g. Panduit, Amp, Avaya). If you need a VGA connector in addition to a LAN and a phone jack, you may have to pull one of the 3 lines up into and terminate in the furniture. A communications accessory box can also be added to terminate additional connections at the level of the Connectrac.
- Q: Is it okay to place telecommunications cabling alongside the power cables in the Connectrac wireway? A: Yes, according to the Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Industry Association, it is acceptable to locate communications cables along with properly shielded power cables (such as the Connectrac power conduit) in the same channel or wireway. This is the standard means of installing such cables in virtually all modular furniture systems throughout the country.
- Q: Why is the Connectrac wireway cap exposed? Can it be covered with carpet? A: The cap which runs the length of the Connectrac system is designed to be removed for ease of changing /installing communications cables. The wireway cap is available in four finishes; Anodized Aluminum, Graphite, Espresso and Stone*. *Limited Stock available; product being discontinued.
- Q: How many workstations can be supplied by the Connectrac M Series? A: Our Connectrac M-Series systems provides four 20-amp circuits. The number of workstations which can be served depends on the power requirements at the individual workstations. You should contact your systems furniture dealer for help determining your specific requirements.
- Q: Where can I purchase Connectrac? A: You can purchase Connectrac systems from your local AV dealer, contract furniture dealer, or other qualified Connectrac reseller. Contact us today for design or sales support or with any other questions on how to obtain our product. 1-877-480-5637