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Q. Who is Rainford Solutions?

A. Established in 1982, Rainford Solutions is a world-class UK designer and manufacturer of bespoke electronic equipment enclosures including: 19" racks, server cabinets, indoor racks, outdoor cabinets, seismic cabinets, fibre cabinets, telec­om­mu­nica­tion cabinets, EMC enclosures, IP rated cabinets and cable management systems.

Q. Where is Rainford Solutions located?


Rainford Solutions Ltd
Rainford House
Rainford Industrial Estate
Mill Lane
St. Helens
WA11 8LS

Registered in the UK No: 05061620  VAT No: 860 2309 48

Q. How can we contact Rainford Solutions?

A. Please visit our Contact Us page

Tel:     +44 (0) 1744 889 886

Q. How can we make an enquiry?

A. Please Click Here to use our Quick Enquiry Form.

Q. Where are your cabinets designed and manufactured?

A. All Rainford cabinets and electrical enclosures are designed and manufactured at our 114,000 sq ft UK manufacturing facility located in Rainford, St Helens.

Q. What type of machinery do you have on-site?


New AMADA EMK M2 Series Punching Cell with leading-edge technology.

New state-of-the-art Amada FOL3015 AJ fibre laser machine with cutting edge technology.

New state-of-the-art Amada EM 3612 ZRT punching cell machine with high performance operation.

Q. Is Rainford Solutions IS0 9001 certified?

A. Yes, our quality management system is audited and certified to ISO 9001 standards by independent Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Ltd.  

Q. Do Rainford belong to any other memberships?

A. Yes, Rainford is a registered supplier of the RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) and are members of the Rail Alliance.  We are also registered suppliers to Achilles UVDB (Utility Vendor Database).  Rainford are delighted to announce that they have also successfully passed the Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme.

Q.  Can you provide any customer testimonials?

A. Yes, please Click Here to read a selection of testimonials from our satisfied customers.

Q. What type of industry sectors do Rainford cater for?

A. Our in-house design team have over 30 years’ experience across a wide variety of markets including Telec­om­mu­nica­tions, IT, Broadband,­ Transport, Rail, Road, Security, Utilities, Digital Display Solutions and MOD and Defence industries.

Q. What type of services do Rainford offer?

A. With over 30 years of expertise in design, development and manufacturing Rainford offers an extensive range of services including: Design & Engineering, Manufacturing, Assembly, Quality & Service, Logistics and Project Management. 

Q. What is a 19" rack cabinet?

A. A 19" rack cabinet is a standardised frame or enclosure for mounting equipment, each module has a front panel that is 19 inches wide.

Q. What is the standard height for a cabinet?

A. Rainford racks, cabinets and electrical enclosures are available in a variety of heights ranging from 1U to 50U and above.

Q. What is the benefit of extra depth in a cabinet?

A. The greater overall depth of a rack cabinet for example 900mm or more vs 800mm or less in a server cabinet allows more space to the front and rear of the cabinet for routing cables, also provides additional space for mounting equipment, enhances cable management as well as airflow indispensable in cooling server cabinets and enclosures. 

Q. What are the different types of cabinets available?

A. An extensive range of cabinets is available including: Seismic, EMC, IP65, server cabinet, outdoor electrical box, server racks, data cabinets, outdoor cabinet, marshalling kiosks and utilities enclosures to suit your application. 

Q. What type of cabinets can you manufacture?

A. Rainford manufactures an extensive range of cabinets and solutions including: cable management systems, IP66, IP65, IP54, consoles, server cabinet, outdoor electrical box, 19 rack, server racks, electrical enclosures, data cabinets, console unit, outdoor cabinet, outdoor enclosures, indoor racks, indoor cabinets, bespoke enclosures, fibre cabinets, digital display solutions, high grade IP rated cabinets, EMC shielded and seismic racks.

Q. Do you sell indoor cabinets?

A. Yes, we sell a standard range of Vanquish® Indoor Racks and Cabinets. 

Q. Do you sell outdoor enclosures?

A. Yes, we sell a standard range of Vanguard® Outdoor Enclosures.

Q. Do you offer wall mounted boxes / enclosures?

A. Yes, we offer Wall Mounted Boxes / Enclosures.

Q. What type of cabinet accessories and ancillaries do you supply?

A. Rainford Solutions offers a comprehensive range of accessories and ancillaries for all Rainford 19 inch racks, data cabinets, server cabinets and electrical enclosures including: fans, shelving options, plinths, PDUs, aircon units, 19 inch rack mounting fan trays, earth bonding kits / earth bars, baying kits, mounting brackets, blanking panels, brush panels, chassis assemblies and front panels, cable management panels, junction boxes and 1U up to 6U enclosures.

Q. What is the difference between standard cabinets and bespoke enclosures?

A. Rainford offer a wide range of standard cabinets and bespoke enclosures, the standard range includes Vanquish® indoor racks and cabinets and Vanguard® outdoor enclosures. Our expert team in design and development can design any U configuration to meet your needs, bespoke enclosures are custom made with original design, prototype build and testing and build to print solutions are also available.

Q. What do the terms FTTx, FTTC, FTTH, FTTP stand for? 


FTTx (Fibre to the X) - is a collective term used to describe any broadband network architecture that uses optical fibre to provide all or a part of the local loop used for last mile telec­om­mu­nica­tions.
FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) - involves running fibre-optic cables from a telephone exchange or distribution point to outdoor street cabinets which are then connected to a standard phone line to provide fibre-optic broadband to homes. FTTH (Fibre to the Home) - is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fibre from the operator's switching equipment to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires.
FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) - is a form of fibre-optic communication delivery, an optical fibre is run in an optical distribution network from a central office all the way to the premises occupied by the subscriber.

Q. What does PDUs stand for?

A. PDUs (Power Distribution Units) - is a type of electrical component that distributes and manages electricity supply to servers, computers and networking devices.

Q. What is an IP rated cabinet?

A. An IP rated cabinet, also known as Ingress Protection or International Protection ratings are defined to the international standard of EN 60529 (British BS EN 60529:1992), which defines the levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies.  It is a 2 digit rating that classifies the degrees of protection against dust, water and impact of electrical equipment and enclosures.  Rainford offers a range of high IP rated cabinets from IP54, IP55, IP65 up to IP66. 

Q. What is an EMC enclosure?

A. An EMC enclosure provides a combination of mechanical and electromagnetic protection features, Rainford EMC enclosures and cabinets are designed to meet the EU electromagnetic compatibility regulations for critical equipment. The fully welded stainless steel construction provides protection from harsh outdoor and industrial environments including shock and vibration and lightning.

Q. What benefits do your cable management systems provide?

A. Rainford Solutions offer a range of overhead cable management systems for use in both overhead and underfloor applications.  The fully modular system provides a range of cabinet support modules and AC power distribution and aisle lighting solutions, modular kits enable quick and easy on-site installation and can be configured to meet specific site layouts.  Finished in either electroplated chrome, gloss black polyester based paint or your corporate colour.

Q. Do you manufacture consoles?

A. Yes, Rainford design and manufacture an extensive range of consoles / console unit including: command and control consoles, floor standing consoles, wall mounted consoles, flat screen consoles, dual display consoles, console desks, console cabinets, training consoles and operator consoles.  All consoles are fabricated to the highest standards and are custom made to fit individual monitor sizes and specifications.

Q. How do I choose the right size cabinet and specification for my application? 

A. Contact our expert design team to help you choose the right cabinet / electrical enclosure solution.

 Q. Do you manufacture seismic cabinets / seismic racks?

A. Yes, we manufacture seismic cabinets / seismic racks, which have been tested to the requirements of GR-63-CORE Zone 4 standard.  The rugged cabinet design has been engineered by Rainford Solutions to perform in areas of high seismic activity and vibration or areas with high load capacities. 

 Q. Do you manufacture GRP enclosures / plastic cases / plastic wall boxes?

A. No, unfortunately we do not manufacture any GRP enclosures, plastic cases or plastic wall boxes. 

 Q. Do you manufacture ATEX enclosures / explosion proof enclosures?

A.  No, unfortunately we do not manufacture any ATEX certified / ATEX approved / explosion proof electrical enclosures to perform in explosive atmospheres / hazardous areas. 

If you have a question that is not included in the above list, please don't hesitate to get in touch with your specific cabinet or enclosure question our experienced team will be happy to help you.

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