• Do I need to purchase DataTrack and DataTrack Backbone parts separately?

    Yes. DataTrack and DataTrack Backbone parts are sold and shipped separately.

    What kind of hardware can I use to mount DataTrack Backbone?

    DataTrack Backbone is compatible with all hardware suitable for use with Unistrut.

    Are there any DataTrack parts that are not compatible with DataTrack Backbone?

    DataTrack Backbone is not compatible with DataTrack hanging hardware, such as wire rope or threaded rod kits. There are no Backbone housings for Current Limiters or Flex Couplers, but these devices may be used in a DataTrack Backbone system if aesthetically acceptable and properly installed.

    How do I feed power and data into a DataTrack system?

    Power and data can be fed into a DataTrack system at any track coupler point. This includes end, mid, and L-/ T- /X-couplers. ETC recommends bringing power and data into separate couplers when possible; this simplifies wiring termination.

    How do I make sure I have the right parts to make my DataTrack System work?

    ETC has created multiple documents to assist in laying out DataTrack systems. The DataTrack Reference Drawings.DWG file provides CAD blocks that are easy to work with and provide clear visual confirmation of the data path and part numbers to assist in system layout. The ETC DataTrack Accessories Guide.DWG file provides complete dimensions and part numbers for individual system components. The DataTrack System Planning and Installation Guide provides examples for how to plan DMX paths for systems of varying complexity. These documents and more can be found here

    How do I make sure I have the right combination of DataTrack Backbone and DataTrack parts in my system?

    DataTrack Backbone Housings and Coupler Housings support any variant of their respective DataTrack components. For example, any DataTrack T-coupler will fit into the DataTrack Backbone T-Coupler Housing. If you are bringing power or data into a coupler, select the Backbone Coupler Housing with Pull Box to provide additional space for attaching conduit and storing cable service loops. A complete list of DataTrack Backbone parts and dimensions can be found in either the DataTrack Backbone Installation Guide or the DataTrack System Planning and Installation Guide.

    How do DataTrack and DataTrack Backbone parts fit together?

    Lengths of DataTrack install into DataTrack Backbone Housings with screws that ship with DataTrack Backbone. These screws were selected specifically to allow DataTrack fixture adapters to mount without obstruction. It is not recommended to use different hardware. Screws should mount through the pre-punched holes in the top of the DataTrack on 8” centers to provide maximum support of track-mounted fixtures (22 lbs/ft).

    DataTrack Backbone Feed and Coupler Housings do not directly attach to DataTrack feed or coupler accessories, the accessories are supported by the DataTrack mounted within DataTrack Backbone. Coupler Housings provide structural support for the DataTrack Backbone system, as well as improved wiring termination support if power or data are being fed into the coupler.

    What benefit does DataTrack Backbone provide to a DataTrack system?

    DataTrack Backbone provides a means for utilizing larger theatrical-style fixtures for high-bay or specialty-lighting applications where flexible fixture location and the smaller, cleaner look of track is preferable for the aesthetic of a space over a traditional connector strip. In addition, Backbone allows for more robust structural attachment and DMX signal stability regardless of whether larger fixtures are required.

    How do I use non-track fixtures with DataTrack Backbone?

    Hanger Brackets that mount to the top channel of DataTrack Backbone and attach to the fixture yoke are available for fixtures up to 100 lbs. (Note: Fixture hanger brackets are not intended for use with automated fixtures.) A version of the Hanger Brackets with tamper-proof hardware is available for fixtures providing emergency lighting.

    Fixture Hanger Brackets are used in conjunction with Pigtail Adapters to connect to power and date to DataTrack. Adapters provide a 20-inch powerCON and 5-pin XLR pigtails for connecting to fixtures.