As the solar industry continues to innovate at a rapid pace, products and solutions seem to change on a daily basis. From this continuous improvement of available products and ever-increasing pressure to make solutions more economical, module manufacturers have altered the geometry of components that mate with racking systems and support wire management products. Two trends that have been identified in the market include reducing the material used in module frames and adjusting the geometry of frames to increase strength to weight ratios.
From these changes in mating geometry, what were once considered standard wire management solutions no longer work with the new module frames. Installers are challenged to find solutions for new applications and manufacturers are racing to keep up with products that work in these new applications. This poster is intended to summarize trends observed in the redesign of module frame geometry in addition to providing case studies on how installers are dealing with these challenges seen in the field. By examining the current trends as well as providing potential solutions, the poster is intended to educate and assist designers and installers in completing cost effective and code compliant installations.