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    Sorry. I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. There is no PDU there. The building installed this patch panel simply as an available cabinet location to house low voltage Ethernet connections. It looks wrong and out of place to me. I am trying to figure out if it is an acceptable installation within NEC. Maybe it was OK in the 90's but not OK now. Or maybe it is just fine since there is a metal barrier between the low voltage and high voltage circuits. I can't find an applicable code after spending a lot of time searching.

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    I still say that the inner cabinet is "the" electrical cabinet.
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
    Larry B. Fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgnkenpo View Post
    Sorry. I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. There is no PDU there. The building installed this patch panel simply as an available cabinet location to house low voltage Ethernet connections. It looks wrong and out of place to me. I am trying to figure out if it is an acceptable installation within NEC. Maybe it was OK in the 90's but not OK now. Or maybe it is just fine since there is a metal barrier between the low voltage and high voltage circuits. I can't find an applicable code after spending a lot of time searching.
    The drawing shows twist lock receptacles along the bottom of the cabinet, one for each 3 pole breaker. That would indicate that this cabinet was intended for the connection of portable cords to some temporary equipment. Could be reefers in parked trailers as an example.

    At any rate, you are you saying that you know that this patch panel was installed in this cabinet by someone from the building who was just looking for a good place for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryFine View Post
    I still say that the inner cabinet is "the" electrical cabinet.
    Yes, probably, but I suspect that that side gutter had a legitimate purpose in the design of that PDU like the feeder wiring. Have the twist lock receptacles been removed? I suspect yes since you would have noticed them.

    If so, these modifications would void the listing of the panel. IMO it shouldn't even be used for an electrical panel.

    -Hal

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    Thank you so much guys. hbiss, sorry I misunderstood your comments. I see what you are saying now. Hal, and Larry Thank you. It does seem to make sense that if PDU's were involved that the side channel would feed those. I'm not sure exactly where we stand on this installation being acceptable use and within code. But I think it is troubling enough that if we intend to use that patch panel it should be removed from this cabinet and reinstalled in it's own nearby NEMA box. I very much appreciate all of this help. You guys are really great guys. Thank you.

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    What if anything is supplied by the "power components"?

    Looks like something originally designed for some other application has been "re-purposed" either partially or even entirely.

    If this were designed for security/communications it maybe would have some 5-15 receptacles for powering some components, but those three pole breakers and 3p 4w locking receptacles sort of say this was originally for something else.
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    I called the manufacturer and spoke to a great engineer who has been there a long time and is familiar with this installation. He even recognized the handwriting on the circuit schedule. This box was built custom for this application. The breakers in the main panel supply locking receptacles in the bottom of the box where electricians can connect temporary power to areas throughout the building where it is needed. The right side channel was built specifically for this use with the patch panel installed at the factory to be used as it is. There is no code violation as was mentioned earlier in the thread because there is a metal side wall separating high voltage from low voltage. As a side note in the picture can be seen a blue connector at the bottom of the panel which may be a higher amperage service hooked up for some purpose. The engineer was curious though why this higher amp receptacle was not on the circuit schedule.

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    It is. It is on the input before the main and is shown on the diagram all the way to the right. Possibly as a loop through feed for an additional panel. Alternately it could be used instead of a hard wired feeder, which I think is happening here.

    Good to know that you were able to find someone at the manufacturer who remembered that job! Your question has been answered.

    -Hal

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