General Access Floor Questions

How does the Quick-Loc system address these common problems:

    • panel corners bend up as a load is applied by rolling carts, or situating
      equipment close to the panel corners.

    • panels sit on a flat head pedestal which cause panels to rock under
      loads, and causes the floor to squeak.

ASM had solved these problems with the invention of the Quick-Loc pedestal.

    • Quick positioning of panels is provided by locating corner tabs on Quick-Loc System pedestals that
       effectively interlock the floor grid and its supporting structure with the panels.

    • Tubes and studs are specifically designed to prevent pedestal head rotation.

    • Dual support of the panel ensures ultimate corner support.

Is your raised office floor groundable?

Yes - with ASM's positive metal-to-metal ground, the Ground-Fast Panel Bolt. ASM's new Ground-Fast Panel
Bolt ensures metal-to-metal grounding of the office floor panel to the understructure, dissipating static and
protecting against electrical faults.

How does ASM's Quick-Loc System enhance later stability?

The new ASM Quick-Loc system captures and locates the panel as it is placed on the pedestal. The
fasteners hold the panel down and clamp the panel to the pedestal. Because of the locating feature, the
pedestal provides lateral stability without the fasteners in place.

How do ASM's Quick-Loc pedestals provide ultimate support strength?

Raising the Bar on Quality
The ASM Quick-Loc pedestal is stamped and formed out of one piece of metal, making it incredibly strong.
It is then welded to a solid steel stud and finished with a premium gold-coat plated finish, traditionally used
in demanding automotive applications.

Understructure

What finishing processes are integral to giving access floor understructure the characteristics and protective properties that contribute to the floor's overall performance?

ASM's superior finishes are effective and consistant, giving a bright and polished look with protective
properties. All ASM's parts are dipped in the corrosion-resistant finish after stamping and welding, to
protect welds and raw edges from rusting.

Is the sequence of processes significant in the manufacture of pedestal systems?

The sequence is critical: the dipping process completely protects welds and raw edges if it is done after
welding and stamping.

Is there a way to design an access floor for a set of unique criteria, particular to the sensitivities of a very specific set of conditions?

ASM can develop and supply custom understructure systems specific to any application.

ASM Panels

How are ASM panels protected from rust and corrosion?

Corrosion Resistant Process
The ASM FS and S-Series panels are first fully immersed in a corrosion resistant bath of phosphate to
protect inner and outer surfaces prior to applying the epoxy powder coat finish. Each panel is hand
polished to a bright clean luster.

How do you ensure panel flatness?

ASM is the only manufacturer to stamp the hollow panel one additional time after welding to ensure the
panel is flat after potential distortion during the welding process.

Is it the industry standard to advertise CISCA performance results only?

No - you must check tables and charts and make certain it is clearly noted that results represented are
according to CISCA test procedures. If there is no mention of CISCA, you can assume they are not by
CISCA standards.

Electrical Grounding

Is you floor grounded?

If there is electrical build-up or a grounding problem on top of the floor, it can cause major problems and
shut down your system.

The access floor panel must be positively grounded to the understructure, providing for less than 10 ohm
resistance from the metal top of the panel to the bottom of the pedestal base where the building's grounding
system is attached.

ASM is the only manufacturer to comprehensively address this problem by incorporating a solid brass
Positive Grounding Device (PGD) in every panel as standard equipment. A small detail solves a critical
problem. Make sure your panels are grounded - PGD is standard with all ASM panels that have an ESD finish.

Zinc Whiskering

Zinc whiskering happens when certain electro-plated zinc based coatings are used under the access floor.
The zinc in the coating gradually forms zinc particles. These particles can become airborne and cause your systems to short circuit. There is a wealth of articles and information available regarding this growing
phenomenon in the data center environment.

Stringers

ASM's high strength stringers deliver unprecedented strength because of their unique solid tube design.
ASM's tube configuration is structurally superior to the standard U-shaped roll formed stringers offered by
other access floor companies in North America. Be sure to specify the tube type stringer with the black vinyl
strip, for ultimate strength and quiet durability.

How are ASM panels protected from rust and corrosion?

Corrosion Resistant Process
The ASM FS and S-Series panels are first fully immersed in a corrosion resistant bath of phosphate to
protect inner and outer surfaces prior to applying the epoxy powder coat finish. Each panel is hand
polished to a bright clean luster.

How do you ensure panel flatness?

ASM is the only manufacturer to stamp the hollow panel one additional time after welding to ensure the
panel is flat after potential distortion during the welding process.

Is it the industry standard to advertise CISCA performance results only?

No - you must check tables and charts and make certain it is clearly noted that results represented are
according to CISCA test procedures. If there is no mention of CISCA, you can assume they are not by
CISCA standards.

Seismic

What special considerations must be taken into account for data centers in
geographic zones prone to seismic activity?

Raised floors enhanced for seismically active regions must have heavy cast undersides and the sturdiest
support pedestals in the industry. When architectural components, electrical and mechanical equipment
mounted in your computer room must withstand the displacing forces that arise from seismic activity,
choose ASM's new Atlas Pedestal Systems.

ASM's Atlas Pedestals have the highest support rating. The pedestal head is threaded into the pedestal
base, eliminating the fear of panels shifting or lifting during sudden movements. This allows equipment to
be bolted directly into the raised floor, and eliminates the need for additional elaborate bracing under the
floor. Unparalleled strength and simplicity, designed for seismic lateral loading without the need for
diagonal bracing. Easy to install.

With new high-density equipment in computer rooms, such as blade servers, do
you question your computer room's ability to handle such heat loads?

ASM's Air Flow Series allows for maximum movement of cool air from the plenum throughout the workspace,
keeping equipment protected from overheating. If you need a concentrated volume of cool air, choose
ASM's air flow panel.Is it possible to have a smooth transition from solid panel to perforated panel?

ASM's adjustable height system solves long running industry problems of leveling the perforated panel with
the adjacent solid panel - a smooth transition from perforated to solid panel is now possible.

Can a perforated panel provide structural integrity?

Yes - ASM's AF200 panel can. The AF200's exterior surfaces sandwich an interior structural grate, providing
strength unparalleled by industry counterparts.

 

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