It's common to have equipment in your rack that produces excessive heat and requires ventilation. For example, many power amps have built in cooling fans, but those fans can't do their job properly if there is no way for the hot air to get out and cool air to get in. Scenarios like these are why you often see racks with big open spaces between components. However, not only does that result in a less-than-beautiful look, big openings like that are an invitation for foreign objects to get inadvertently dropped inside your rack.
That's exactly why we carry a large selection of vented rack panels. Installing a vented panel in your blank rack spaces is practical and keeps your rack looking first-rate. We have a variety of one piece panels in sizes from 1/2U all the way up to 6U. These should cover the vast majority of openings in your rack, as well as allowing you to combine pieces for any extra spaces you end up with.
You also have your choice of a surprising variety of finishes including brushed aluminum, black powder coated, and even baked enamel. The vents themselves also come in many shapes and sizes. We carry options with large vertical or horizontal slotted vents with and without flanges. For maximum airflow we have a variety of honeycomb and perforated panels. Patterns like these can achieve a maximum open area up to 68 percent! That's almost like not having a panel there at all, from a circulation perspective.
One of our favorite vent panel features is the hinged face. These are superb for items like power amps where you need both airflow and easy manual access. You can choose which direction they open just by flipping the panel over. With sizes up to 6U you'll have all the room you need when it's time to get in there and start connecting cables.
With choices like sturdy large vents, maximum airflow perforations, a wide range of sizes, and hinged faces, your gear will be safe from overheating yet as accessible as you need them to be. Plus, when people see how organized and sharp your racks look, you'll stand out as a pro who pays attention to the details.
Our Sales Engineers are experienced with all of the gear we carry and we're happy to help you sort out your priorities and pick the best vented panels for your application.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.