Comtec has been appointed as Rackstuds’ first ever UK master distributor, offering next day delivery on Rackstuds – a replacement for cage nuts.

Conceptualised by an installer who struggled to install a 15kg computer in a small under-bench rack on his own, Rackstuds are a replacement for cage nuts, used to mount IT, pro A/V, security and telecommunications equipment in 19in racks.

Unlike cage nuts, Rackstuds go in from the front, reportedly simplifying the installation. Rackstuds can be installed in seconds and are designed to be easy to remove and reuse. Further to this, Rackstuds are tool-free and can be tightened sufficiently by hand.

According to the manufacturer, populating a rack with equipment using Rackstuds is ‘much faster and over the course of a rack build, can save installers many hours. A typical network switch can be installed in under 55 seconds’.

Designed for mounting equipment up to 20kg (44lbs) with a safety factor of three, 60kgs (132lbs), the target shear strength for one stud was exceeded with independent tests yielding the following results:

Push In = 46kgs (101lbs)
Pull Out = 92kgs (202lbs)
Shear = 156kgs (343lbs)

Rackstuds are made from a metal replacement engineered plastic, aiming to pose no electrical threat to installers or equipment. They are colour coded too, so if one is dropped they are easy to find and being plastic, they won’t scratch equipment.

Rackstuds are designed to fit EIA square punched vertical rails, up to 2.2mm thick (RSL100/796578) and for rails above 2.2mm (RSL100-2.7/796583).

Rackstuds can be purchased online at For telephone orders or to enquire about becoming an authorised UK reseller call Comtec on 01480 415400.

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Comtec recently ranked 70 in The Sunday Times International Track 200, the league table of Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest growing international sales.

The International Track 200 ranks the 200 mid-market companies (£25m+ total sales) based on their growth in international sales over the last two years of available data.

The average international sales growth for the 200 companies was 32% a year, to a total of £8.2bn on combined total sales of £20.5bn.

The 200 featured companies export to all corners of the globe and employ more than 194,000 staff, having added 43,000 jobs over the same period.

With offices in three continents, Comtec’s international sales grew 43.85% (two year average).

This growth to £4.2m in 2013 followed the opening of it’s Qatar office in 2012 and saw the company ranked for the first time in the 2015 Sunday Times International Track 200.

A typical International Track 200 company:

1. Has total sales ranging from £25m to £200m.
2. Has international sales ranging from £5m to £100m.
3. Has average two-year international sales growth ranging from 15% to 340%pa.
4. Has between 50 and 1,000 staff.
5. Is in the consumer goods, business services or food and drink sector.