CABLESTUD

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CABLESTUD is a patented product made of fiber reinforced fire retardant plastic, and has passed acoustical and structural/stress tests. It inserts into the bottom of typical non-structural metal studs, or in a notch at the bottom of a wood stud, providing for rapid installation of electrical and data cabling with connections made behind a removable baseboard. Installation of the electrical and data cabling, boxes and devices can take place in one efficient operation following erection of the metal studs and gypsum board. “MINI” struts are used with 1½” hat channels; “MIDI” struts are used in 2 ½” metal studs as “wall liners” against demising walls; “MAXI” struts are used in typical 3 5/8” stud walls. A “MICRO” strut is available for use in wood frame construction. Electrical and data cables and devices can be repositioned quickly and easily, at much lower cost and disruption than in typical electrical installations. The product is classified as a building product, and performs as part of the partition. CABLESTUD is compatible with standard, code approved wiring and data technology in the United States and Canada (such as MC or NM cables and boxes), using either standard junction boxes or such quick-connect products as Molex’s self-contained power connector and tap, depending on the occupancy and construction classification.

CABLESTUD Provides:

Flexibility in the building process:
• Quick changes of wiring design and layout;
• Selection by end-users of outlet, switch and data port locations just before final installation;
• Simplified coordination: electrical installer is on-site less frequently (simplified mobilization/inspection processes);
• Cables and outlets can be installed after gypsum board and finishes are installed, as in a “re-work” installation;
Flexibility in use of the space:
• Quick (and less expensive) adaptation of wiring systems to new requirements, equipment and furniture layouts;
• Equipment upgrading without ripping open the wall and destroying finishes;
Lower Costs:
• CABLESTUD can reduce labor costs during installation because the electrical and data installers come to the site once, reducing mobilization costs (depending on size of the installation).
• CABLESTUD reduces labor costs when changes are made later (average cost of moving or adding one outlet can cost $200.00 – $500.00 in some markets).

COMPARISON WITH CONVENTIONAL METHODS

The standard practice of installing cabling within a demised space – buried in walls – is obsolete. Conventional methods require several visits by the electrical and data subcontractors (with associated mobilization/coordination/scheduling issues), and result in installations where no one knows where cables are after drywall is installed. Conventional installation practice also means that decisions about where to locate convenience outlets, switches, wall lights, and data ports must be made early, sometimes before preferred equipment and furniture specifications are known. Burying cables and outlets in walls makes changes costly and disruptive, even during the construction phase.

THE CABLESTUD SOLUTION

CABLESTUD provides a good solution. While adding a small up-front material cost (each strut costs about $10.00), this cost is small compared to the time saved in installation and the possibility to easily relocate and add new outlets and data ports.

Infill Systems BV (Delft, The Netherlands) holds the patent for CABLESTUD. INFILL SYSTEMS US LLC has the exclusive license for CABLESTUD for the North American market.

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