Case Study

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USystems Successfully Delivers Critical IT Cooling Infrastructure to Sony Europe, UK Technology Centre

Project at a Glance

Project Type: Server Room

Location: United Kingdom

Equipment Installed: EDGE-3 Soundproof MDC

Customer Benefits:

  • Secure Data Centre Infrastructure
  • Innovative air-flow design for effective thermal dissipation
  • Energy efficient, plug and play modular data centres, enabling flexibility should the customer require to expand.

The Customer

Sony Europe, UK Technology Centre went to the market looking for effective cooling solutions that requires minimal space. As USystems has previously supplied our 4210 Comms and Data Rack, the customer was initially interested in our affiliated ColdLogik Rear Door Cooler to handle the high heat loads, however unfortunately they were unable to have a water supply.

After a visit to our Cheltenham Technology Centre the Soundproof EDGE-3 MDC was identified as the perfect cooling solution as it provided flexibility to cool up to 12kW, whilst only taking up 1m2 of valuable floor space!

Sony UK Technology Centre is a division of Sony Europe B.V. Headed up by Steve Dalton OBE, Sony UK Technology Centre is the manufacturing and customer service centre for Sony in the UK and houses 32 related start-up companies.

The Sony UK Technology Centre has developed a reputation for manufacturing excellence, which has been recognised through the receipt of four Queen’s Awards for Export, as well as the Queen’s Award for the Environment. The centre is certified to ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 45001 (health and safety) and ISO 50001 (energy), and is a previous winner of the British Quality Award and recently crowned Britain’s best factory at the 2013 Best Factory Awards (BFA). As well as winning the prestigious accolade of BFA Factory of the Year, Sony UK TEC has also won the Best Electronics & Electrical Plant Award and the Innovation Award.

The site also received a Highly Commended in the Energy and Environment Award.

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Final Product Supply:

EDGE-3 Soundproof Micro Data Center

Simple ‘plug and play’ EDGE-3 solution is supplied pre-configured from the factory with built-in intelligence and an energy efficient air-cooling system for effortless installation and customer convenience.

The EDGE-3 is an excellent all round 19” data, comms and server cabinet, with adjustable front and rear mounting angles and six cable entry ports, but uniquely will reduce equipment noise up to 28.5dBA (99.9%) of IT noise, while providing a thermal load capacity of 12kW.

To accommodate greater depth IT equipment such as some of the latest high power servers. The extension kit enables these to be housed in the EDGE-3 by giving an additional 300mm depth to accommodate this type of deeper, specialist equipment.

Challenges and Solutions


Bulk faced the following challenges:

  • How to design a solution for a colocation customer when specific IT technology, density or rack configuration is not known.
  • How to cater for the current GPU trend requiring 40-50kW+ per rack, while also considering future tech upgrades that could scale to even higher densities including Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC).
  • Find a flexible solution that allows its customer the option to select and bring in their own racks of different sizes and manufacturers.
  • Maximise operational efficiency through optimised airflow and heat rejection.
  • Reduce time for white space fit out and customer deployment by pre-installing and testing all cooling components.


The ColdLogik solution:

  • Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of over 100 at maximum capacity.
  • Average 15% reclaimed power for Compute by comparison to traditional cooling.
  • Potential Cooling PUE available of 1.035 with RDC.
  • Over 50,000 trees worth of carbon saved per 1MW ColdLogik deployment.
  • Adaptive Intelligence that controls the whole room temperature.
  • Higher water temperatures reduce the need for mechanical cooling, whilst maintaining ASHRAE A1 temperatures.


Data Center Products 

that Exceed Expectations

Discover the High Performing Data Center products, including ColdLogik Rear Door Coolers – RDHx, ColdLogik InRow Cooler, ColdLogik & EDGE LX Plant.
Rear Door Heat Exchanger

CL21 Passive Rear Door Heat Exchanger

The CL21 Passive RDHx offers high-performance cooling at zero-operational cost.

ColdLogik CDU

Efficiency, reliability, and innovation define our CDU.
Server Cabinet

USpace - 4210 Cabinet

Cost-effective and versatile Rack, adapts to diverse applications, offering ease and flexibility.
InRow Coolers

CL80 600W InRow Cooler

Precision cooling solutions for aisle containment, ensuring optimal performance.
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Server Cabinet

USpace - 5210 Cabinet

High-density design with flexible configuration for evolving IT environments.
InRow Coolers

CL80 300W InRow Cooler

The highest cooling capacity available in a footprint of a chilled water InRow.


Data Center Solutions
that Exceed Expectations

Get in touch with us at USystems Ltd to join the journey towards more efficient and sustainable data centers. Our leading and innovative technologies are designed to help you use less energy and reduce your carbon footprint on a global scale. Contact us now to explore how we can work together for a greener future.
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