Another milestone in the world of high-speed copper cable connectivity was achieved as Berk-Tek Cabling and Ortronics Connectivity Solutions earned certification for meeting the Anixter Levels Channel 7 (ALC 7) performance requirements. These high-speed local area network (LAN) technologies combine to offer more reliable and consistent transmission channels. We expect other manufacturers to achieve this new pinnacle of quality and performance soon.
The two technologies recognized by Anixter Inc. are Ortronics' GigaMo+ end-to-end connectivity products and the Berk-Tek LANmark 1000 UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cable series.
The Anixter Levels Channel program was created in 1997 to define cabling system performance beyond 100 MHz, with ALC 7 representing the highest performing channel specification in the industry. The complete channel or cabling infrastructure includes connectors, patch cords, patch panels, information outlets and cable.
Midwestern cabling contractors and end users, take note of an excellent training opportunity in your region.
On October 29, H&C Technologies will conduct a day-long training seminar on cabling infrastructure codes and standards in Indianapolis, Ind. Emphasis will be on TIA/EIA 568A and the National Electrical Code (NEC).
H&C's seminar is being conducted in affiliation with Association of Cabling Professionals (ACP) and promises to be value-packed with information and quality materials. For more information on the seminar, contact H&C at 317-841-1805, fax 317-841-1830, or visit www.h-csales.com.
We have spotted another innovative and labor-saving device for installers. The patented Handy Tool™ cable pulling guide from FiberNet Technologies Inc. eliminates cable damage and many of the hassles involved with cable installation. One of its unique features is that it magnetically adheres to steel beams, metal joints and other metallic structures. This affordable device will save you time and money. Check it out at www.fibernettech.com.
Does improved technology equal improved service? Recently, one of our staff members received a phone call from her 92-year-old grandmother with an unusual request. Apparently, the elderly lady received a letter from her HMO informing her that her list of accepted doctors had changed. The letter contained the company's web site address and instructions to look up the list on the Internet. There was no phone number provided as an alternative.
Technology is a tool, not a weapon. Remember: plain old Category 5 still works for some people.
LANart Corp. (Needham, Mass.), a provider of network connectivity solutions, introduced three new media converters to its innovative line of products. LANart has added a multimode-to-single-mode converter as well as multimode and single-mode stand-alone Fast Ethernet converters with AutoCross.
LANart's multimode-to-single-mode fiber converter enables protocol independent conversion between single-mode and multimode fiber. This converter supports a broad range of protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Token Ring at data rates up to 125 Mbps. This converter also supports LANart's responsive LinkALERT fault detection.
All of LANart's twisted pair-to-fiber media converters incorporate the AutoCross technology. AutoCross automates the correct configuration for both crossed and uncrossed cabling to simplify installation and reduce manual troubleshooting. Check LANart out on the Web at www.lanart.com.
Cable designers take note: The demands on the cable infrastructure will be directly influenced by expanded bandwidth and higher speeds offered by the network carriers. For example, Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. (New York, N.Y.) announced the signing of an agreement with WinStar Communications Inc. under which payments to Metromedia Fiber Network are to exceed $40 million. Under the 25-year agreement, Metromedia Fiber Network will provide WinStar with high-capacity fiber optic infrastructure on its New York network and on the intra-city networks it is developing in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, in addition to fiber on the New York to Washington, D.C., inter-city corridor. Visit the Metromedia home page at www.mmfn.com.
Edwin C. Wheeler and investors have purchased NetScaN Manufacturing Inc., the maker of a patented method of identifying network cables. The purchase includes the manufacturing and marketing rights to the DataLite Cable Identification System, a product that through the use of light speeds up and simplifies the process of identifying and marking network cables.
The DataLite System was conceived and patented by J. T. Ross, a cabling contractor for American Airlines, after he became frustrated with the length of time being taken during the tagging process and the problems created due to mislabeling or missing tags. Ross was able to cut the cabling identification time from weeks to days.
More information and a list of suppliers may be found on the Web at www.cybrsuites.com/netscan. Look for a new product coming soon from NetScaN that will further benefit end users.
Precision Cable Inc. (PCI) has opened a new, high-tech facility at 2875 North Berkeley Lake Rd., Suite 7, Duluth, Ga. PCI is a premier cable assembly manufacturer dedicated to meeting the needs of its distributor partners with superior quality assemblies in the voice, data, security and video markets.
Some of PCI's product offerings include colored fiber jumpers, shielded Category 5-6 colored patch cords, fiber service cables, LS fiber assemblies and its own Hydra Sum connectorized cable assemblies. PCI can be reached at 770-814-0529 or 888-262-0349.
While Cablofil Inc. www.cablofil.com, St. Louis, Mo., may sound like a new name to the U.S. cable management market, the company enjoys a long standing reputation for providing effective, efficient and innovative cable management solutions throughout the world. In fact, its unique EZ Tray cable tray system was invented by the recognized global leader in cable management solutions-Métal Déployé-the parent company of Cablofil.
"While you might be familiar with this cable tray product-marketed under another name-you can only get the latest features and product enhancements from Cablofil Inc.," said Tim Place, president of U.S. operations. "We've entered the U.S. market in a very aggressive way and that's helped lead to our early success. Our nationwide distribution network is in place, catalogs are complete, and product is in stock," he added.
American Access Technologies Inc. www.aatk.com, Altamonte Springs, Fla., announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire privately held specialty metals manufacturer Omega Metals Inc. of Keystone Heights, Fla., in a pooling-basis transaction for 200,000 shares of American Access common stock with an indicated present market value of $4.5 million.
American Access President Richard A. Murray said that Omega, which serves as one of its parts subcontractors, generated approximately $4.5 million in annual revenue and a net income of approximately $1 million in 1997. "This acquisition is the first step in our plan to solidify production capability for our Zone Cabling products. But in addition to servicing our own internal growth, Omega will continue to generate revenues from a broad range of other customers," said Murray.
Communications Supply Corp. (Chicago, Ill.) announced the purchase of Diversified Wire & Cable Technologies Inc. Diversified, founded in 1988, is a distributor of network, wire and cable products for the voice, data and industrial marketplace, with locations in Troy (Detroit), Mich.; Nashville, Tenn.; and York, Pa. On a combined basis, CSC and Diversified are expected to have annualized sales approaching $250 million.
According to CSC President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Riordan, "Diversified is a strategic acquisition for CSC. Its experience in serving data communications and industrial markets, its strong and profitable operations in the Midwest and its presence in geographic locations not presently served by CSC greatly enhances our capabilities."
Hendry Telephone Products (Goleta, Calif.) announced the addition of a new production facility in Garland, Texas. Hendry acquired a division of Electronic Enclosures, a manufacturer of equipment racks and cabinets.
This division occupies 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space and houses a complete line of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The new facility will allow Hendry to increase its capacity by 50 percent and to better serve its customers in the Midwest and East Coast.
Hendry has been supplying equipment to the telecommunication industry since 1926. Its product line features equipment racks, cabinets and power products, including power systems and power distribution panels. "Throughout the years, our goals have remained the same. We are committed to delivering superior quality products and services to our customers, and to exceeding our customers' expectations for quality and service," said Jim Keenan, president.
Packet Engines Inc. (Spokane, Wash.), a leader in gigabit networking solutions, and WWP Fiber, a subsidiary of Washington Water Power, announced they have been awarded a contract worth up to $14 million to provide equipment for the Educational Metropolitan Area Network (EMAN). The EMAN network is designed to connect Spokane area K-12 school districts, community colleges and universities.
The EMAN Gigabit Ethernet network will support the voice, data and video communications of each participating organization, potentially linking 120 educational sites over the next two years. Implementation of the EMAN network will be completed in multiple phases. In August 1998, District 81, the largest school district in Spokane, will be the first educational agency in Spokane to begin deployment, providing students and teachers access to the EMAN network.
Ingram Micro Inc. (Santa Ana, Calif.), a leading wholesale distributor of technology products and services, recently announced that its Telecom Integration Division has signed two new distribution agreements with Harvard, Mass.-based MOD-TAP and Southfield, Mich.-based Prestolite Wire Corp. The agreements secure the company's position in the structured wiring arena, allowing its resellers to provide the networking cabling and connectivity needed to enable high-performance data and voice transmission. Check Ingram Micro out on the Web at www.ingrammicro.com.
Be sure and check the class schedule for Cabling Business Institute (CBI) in Dallas at www.cablingbusiness.com. CBI has also added the ACP certified 200 course to its offering. CBI offers regular classes on installation, structured wiring with Category 5 certification, LANs, fiber optics and design at its training facility. By the way, CBI classes are approved for BICSI continuing education credits for RCDD and LAN Specialist renewals.