Rack Diagrams are normally two-dimensional elevations allowing the organization of
specific equipment on a rack. They are drawn to scale and show a frontal view of
everything that needs to be placed in a certain area.
Rack Diagrams can be extremely valuable when choosing which equipment to buy, or when
choosing racks for equipment, since they are drawn to scale and thus can indicate the
size needed. In addition, a Rack Diagram allows for efficient organization without
having to move the actual equipment.
- Determine the purpose. Determine the equipment and racks to be organized. It may be useful to write a list of each item and its measurements. Also consider any special needs of a piece of equipment such as air flow.
- Create the rack. Draw the racks on the page first. They should be drawn to scale exactly and should show every feature of the actual rack in real life. The Rack Diagram template offered by SmartDraw makes drawing to scale fast and easy.
- Create Equipment. Draw each piece of equipment to scale. Placing a label inside the area of each will be useful for keeping track of them while organizing.
- Arrange. Begin placing equipment on the racks where it will fit and continue rearranging until the desired organization is reached.
- Use your rack diagram. Use the diagram you have made to arrange your equipment on your rack. Since the diagram is drawn to scale, everything should fit together as it does on the diagram.