Inventec has been granted a patent for a server rack design that can accommodate a network switch. The rack includes a stretchable frame and a baffle to guide airflow to the network switch. The stretchable frame is mounted on two strips of the rack body, and the baffle is connected to the frame. The design also includes a guiding part with multiple plates and a guide hole, as well as a guide component with a head and body portion. GlobalData’s report on Inventec gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A server rack with stretchable frame and baffle for network switch airflow

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Inventec Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11765853B2) describes a server rack designed to accommodate a network switch. The server rack includes a rack body with two spaced-apart first strips. It also features at least one stretchable frame, consisting of a guiding part and an adjustable part that slides on the guiding part. The stretchable frame is mounted on the first strips, and a baffle is connected to the guiding part. The baffle is positioned between the first strips and serves to guide airflow to the network switch.

The guiding part of the stretchable frame comprises a first plate, a second plate, and a third plate. The first and third plates are connected to opposite sides of the second plate, forming a guide hole with tab portions. The adjustable part is slidably disposed in the guide hole, and the baffle is connected to the first plate. The stretchable frame also includes a guide component with a head portion and a body portion. The head portion is wider than the body portion, and the body portion is fixed to the second plate through a through hole in the adjustable part.

Additional features of the server rack include a stopper on the second plate, with the adjustable part mounted between the stopper and one of the first strips. The second plate also has a tab structure with a hook part, which is hooked onto the first strips. The tab structure and the hook part are fixed to the first strips using screws.

In a further embodiment, the server rack includes two stretchable frames and two baffles. The rack body has two second strips opposite to the first strips, and the guiding parts and adjustable parts of the stretchable frames are respectively mounted on the first and second strips. The two baffles are connected to the guiding parts and are positioned on opposite sides of the network switch to guide airflow.

The server rack may also include a tray, blocking components, cable management components, thumb screws, and fasteners. The tray is fixed to the guiding parts and has an accommodation space with openings. Blocking components are placed at the openings, and cable management components are located within the tray. Thumb screws are used to secure the tray to the guiding parts, and fasteners with head and body portions are connected to the guiding parts through fastening holes in the tray.

Overall, this patent describes a server rack design that allows for the accommodation of a network switch while providing features such as adjustable frames, baffles for airflow guidance, and additional components for cable management and securing the tray.

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