The hunt for a solution was on. JT looked at pull-out drawer solutions that would fit in the server rack including a 3D-printed vertical mounting concept.
“Nothing offered the accessibility we needed,” said JT. “It’s one thing when you have a cluster where you are doing data mining or something when you just don’t touch the boards. But at times we have to change the SD cards. We may have to take a board out of production and put a new one in.”
He even considered using CommandTM strips to mount electronics on the sheetrock wall in the lab, but was stumped by the cable management. Then a colleague pointed him at the Phase Dock WorkBench Project Development Kit.
ADAPTING AN EXISTING PRODUCT
JT contacted Phase Dock asking “Can you make custom bases? If so, what's the largest size?”
Discussions led Phase Dock and JT to a vertical-mount solution that could be attached to the side of the server cabinet in the lab. Prior to this request, the largest benchtop WorkBench offered by Phase Dock had a work surface of 10” by 14”. JT’s team would need three wall-mounted units approximately 20” x 28”.
To facilitate the installation, Phase Dock designed extra-strength keyhole mounts on the matrix base and provided a drill jig, as well as researching and procuring all hardware necessary for the vertical installation of the three bases.
“The hardest part was drilling all the holes in the side of the server case. The jig helped a lot. I was able to drill it in a couple of hours,” said JT.
Now that the test bed is beautifully organized, JT is considering changing out the power distribution system. With the WorkBench, his only challenge is finding the right size power supply, because reorganizing the devices is straightforward.