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Issue: August 2003

By: Frank Bisbee

In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz'.

"CABLING: What You Dont Know Can Kill You"

Communications infrastructure (cabling & connectors) is focused on two major areas - performance and safety. Typically, performance is placed in the arena of standards (EIA/TIA) and safety is related to codes (NFPA/NEC). Most of the information provided by the manufacturers deals with performance and interoperability. The information about safety is usually described in relationship to meeting certain codes.

Safety is too important to ignore. There are two major areas of concern that remain undressed in the NEC 2002 (National Electric Code). As the building industry is besieged with litigation revolving around the mold toxicity issue, we asked the "BIG" question. Does the testing process for fire safety measure the TOXICITY of the cables when overheated or burned? The answer is shockingly "NO". Remarkably, fire safety performance SUSTAINABILITY is not measured. Who wants a product that is safe today and useless tomorrow?

We should know how long these products maintain the fire safety performance. Measuring toxicity output for materials used in building air systems is NOT part of the testing criteria for communications cables. These important aspects of safety are completely absent from the criteria of the current of the NEC (2002) and the proposed criteria of the upcoming NEC (2005).

During the past several decades, we have seen the effect of product “toxicity” on various industries and the victims. No one can ignore the echoing repercussions from tobacco, asbestos, and lead. The finger pointing and lawsuits continue to be prominent in the news. One common area of these products seems to be the failure to warn the buyers/users about the dangers.

Toxic - (adj.): 1: of, relating to, or caused by a poison or toxin, 2 : affected by a poison or toxin, 3 : POISONOUS tox-ic-i-ty \ noun.

Currently in the cabling marketplace, limited combustible cable is touted as the premier cable construction for fire safety. Limited combustible cable (by all current manufacturers) is only insulated and jacketed with FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene).

The fire testing (per NFPA 90A-National Fire Protection Association) includes maximum potential heat value of 3500 btu/lb, and maximum smoke developed index of 50 for the NFPA 255 surface burning characteristics test. The cable is UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and marked CMP-Limited Combustible. The testing (NFPA 90A) for smoke generation and flame spread is more stringent that the tests (UL910/NFPA 262) for CMP. At this time, FEP appears to be the only material commercially available that will pass the LC test. Certainly, it would seem that more stringent fire testing is good. But, is it really?

In the last cycle of the National Electric Code (NEC 2002) two important developments for the cabling industry took place. First, the need to reduce the fuel load in the return air plenums was identified and the code added a provision for the removal of "abandoned" cable.

The NFPA is currently wrestling with new issues for cabling safety that will be considered for the next cycle of the NEC (NEC 2005). In mid August, the NFPA 90A committee is scheduled to meet to deal with several areas of concern. Topics included in their published agenda, are the discussions about the use and applications of limited combustible cable. Several parties have discussed the use of LC cables in Air Ducts in addition to the currently approved return air plenums.

Several industry insiders have commented that there have been informal discussions about making LC the only approved classification for use in the air systems. Could this mean the elimination of the CMP listing entirely? Perhaps that’s on someone's agenda for an upcoming NEC cycle. If all this sounds confusing, it is.

One of the underlying issues of the LC cable is safety. Is LC cable really safer? We looked into the question of toxicity. Toxicity is an important area that can affect the overall safety of cables that are installed in the building air systems. Can cables emit toxic gases when heated beyond their operating threshold? Currently, the product is tested for smoke generation and flame spread. Toxicity is not measured. However, toxicity can have a major impact on the safety issue because toxicity can affect the same functions that we are trying to control with low smoke and reduced flame spread materials in the cabling.

When cables containing FEP are burned, they may produce very dangerous gasses. Fluorine halogen is used extensively in compounds for insulating and jacketing cable. Materials like FEP contain significant amounts of this halogen. FEP may contain up to 76% fluorine by weight.

FEP materials are normally very stable. But, when they burn, the halogens separate and become highly reactive - forming toxic and highly corrosive gasses that can significantly damage organic, inorganic and metallic materials. Hydrogen fluoride is one of the gases produced from burning FEP.

Halogenated gasses are dangerous because when they come in contact with water - even minute amounts, they immediately form acid. The fluorine from FEP makes hydrofluoric acid. These acids are among the strongest and most corrosive that exists. The water source that the gasses use to form these acids can be found almost anywhere-moisture in the eyes, throat and lungs of individuals with whom it comes in contact, as well as fire sprinkler systems and humidity in the air.

"Inhalation of fumes from overheating FEP may cause polymer fume fever, a temporary flu-like illness with fever, chills and sometimes cough, of approximately 24 hours duration. There are some reports in the literature of persistent pulmonary effects of individuals, especially smokers, who have repeated episodes of polymer fume fever. Because of complicating factors, such as mixed exposures and smoking history, these findings are uncertain. Protection against acute exposure should also provide protection against any potential chronic effects. Smokers should avoid contamination of tobacco products, and should wash their hands before smoking. Significant skin permeation after contact appears unlikely. There are no reports of human sensitization. Small amounts of carbonyl fluoride, hydrogen fluoride and perfluoroisobutylene (PFIB) may also be evolved when FEP Copolymer is overheated or burned

Inhalation of low concentrations of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) can initially include symptoms of choking, coughing, and severe eye, nose, and throat irritation. Possibly followed after a symptomless period of 1 or 2 days by fever, chills, difficultly breathing, cyanosis, and pulmonary edema. Acute or chronic overexposure to HF can injure the liver and kidneys. "

We received input from several sources indicating that some of the materials used in the construction of LC cable may generate toxic gases that could blind and choke the building occupants in fire conditions. One of the functions of low smoke index is to reduce the choking and obscuration (blinding effect of smoke). However, our inquiries revealed information that some of the materials currently in use in cabling construction may release clear and odorless gasses that can blind and choke those individuals that are exposed. The UL 910 (NFPA 262) test is not configured to measure combustion toxicity. Perhaps it should, because measuring opacity does not account for the effect of a blinding acid.

FEP - A rose by any other name?

In the past, we have discussed the positive performance aspects of FEP at length. The cabling industry is besieged by a media blizzard reminding the users about the high performance (electrical) properties and the low fire hazard associated with FEP. Face it, FEP is hard to burn. FEP provides relative high thermal stability providing continuous service temperatures up to 401 degrees F. Toxicity information should be used as part of fire hazard assessment. It is part of the safety formula.

Cables can deteriorate under certain circumstances. Above 401 Deg.C, some decomposition of FEP products can be expected with evolution of gaseous and particulate products, which are toxic if inhaled. Cables that are listed and approved for use in air spaces (CMP & LC) should be tested and monitored to determine if the safety performance falls below the minimum code threshold. Fire safety equipment such as sprinkler systems and extinguishers are periodically monitored to assure performance that meets a code requirement. Fire safety performance is required over time. Currently we only measure cable fire safety one time. Maybe it’s time for a change….

CORRECTION: In the June 2003 HOTS, we discussed a presentation "Plenum Cables: Proven Safety and Performance" that was made January 22, 2002 at the BICSI Winter Conference 2002. Dave Kiddoo of AlphaGary, did NOT give this presentation. The presenters were: Wayne G. Carson, PE and Joseph B. Zicherman, Ph. D. representing The Vinyl Institute.

Good News! The cabling business is picking up substantially in the SE and SW United States. And positive reports are coming in from the rest of the country. Cable values are at an all-time high and prices will rise. You can buy it now, or buy it later. But, it's always more expensive LATER.

But, that's just my opinion. Frank Bisbee

Superior TeleCom takes steps to emerge from Chapter 11

Superior TeleCom Inc. has filed its proposed Plan of Reorganization and related Disclosure Statement. The steps are designed to help the company emerge from Chapter 11. The cable manufacturer filed the plan and statement with the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on July 31. The filings are designed to help the company and its operating subsidiaries emerge from Chapter 11 with an improved balance sheet and deleveraged capital structure.

The company had filed petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 on March 3. The plan, which is the product of negotiations with the largest holders of the company's $1.15 billion pre-petition senior secured credit facility, contemplates a reduction in debt of more than $1 billion. The company's total debt at June 30 totaled approximately $1.3 billion.

A hearing to consider approval of the disclosure statement is scheduled for Sept. 2. Upon court approval, the company will begin a solicitation of votes for acceptance of the plan from its senior secured creditors. If the requisite votes are received, a hearing will be held before the court to consider confirmation of the reorganization plan.

"The filing of our plan of reorganization represents a major step towards a successful financial restructuring and emergence from Chapter 11," says David Aldridge, chief financial and restructuring officer for Superior TeleCom. "We are very pleased to have the support of the largest holders of our senior secured bank debt for the principal terms and provisions of the plan which should help to facilitate final ratification of this plan by our senior secured lenders." Superior TeleCom is based in East Rutherford, NJ.

Graybar launching its latest version of ProSource

Graybar (St. Louis, MO), the nation's largest distributor of electrical and comm/data equipment and components, is launching its latest version of ProSource - Tools for the Professional Installer and giving contractors, installers and end-users a chance to win a $1,000 Tool Spending Spree, the company announced today.

The new, 32-page ProSource catalog provides helpful information and competitive pricing for more than 500 high-quality tools and testing devices from leading manufacturers, including DEWALT, Fluke, Greenlee, Harris Corp., IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Klein Tools, Milwaukee, Motorola, and Panduit. The types of tools and devices featured include amp meters, voltage meters, continuity testers, crimpers, cable cutters, termination tools, cordless drills, circular saws, wire ID devices, labeling devices and job-site radios.

"We had great success with our inaugural catalog last spring, which has proven to be an excellent service for our customers," said Graybar National Product Manager Bob Trolander. "Not only are we offering high-quality tools from our suppliers in the new catalog, but we're also providing an extra reward with the $1,000 Tool Spending Spree sweepstakes."

Entry forms and official rules are available at Graybar's branch locations across the United States or online at Graybar's new Web site -- . The contest runs through Oct. 1, 2003. Complimentary copies of the catalog are available by calling 1-800-GRAYBAR (1-800-472-9227), 7.a.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by visiting any Graybar location.

About Graybar Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high-quality electrical, telecommunications and networking products, and is an expert provider of supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from more than 4,200 manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Wiremold Versatile Cable Management System

The Wiremold Company (West Hartford, CT) offers a cable management system for use in telecommunications closets, electrical entrances, and other areas where cabling density and tight quarters demand a versatile solution. New FieldMate™ CR Series cable runway is lightweight and flexible so it is easy to configure and install.

Stringers are made from 16-gauge high tensile, tubular steel. Cross members are made from 12-gauge steel and feature rolled edges for cable protection. FieldMate cable runway is also available with solid steel stringers and cross members. Standard widths range from 6" to 24"; standard lengths are 4' 5 1/2" and 9' 8 1/2". The runway is painted with rust-resistant flat black or industry standard gray paint. Other colors are available on request.

FieldMate cable runway can be assembled in a variety of configurations, including tees and junctions, using straight, corner, or edge clamp assemblies to join runway sections. Horizontal and vertical radius elbows and radiused dropout fittings provide controlled radius bends for high-performance cable. Support options include threaded suspension rods and wall mounting. FieldMate cable runway is UL listed as a communication circuit accessory.

Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Support Unscrupulous Contractors Says NECA

Bethesda, MD - - All responsible contractor groups should applaud the leadership of Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Peter King in conjunction with Gary Miller, Paul Kanjorski, Dennis Kucinich, Major Owens and Edolphus Towns for their efforts to raise the quality, performance and legal standards for the federal government procurement system. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), representing the interests of more than 70,000 contractors, enthusiastically supports introduction of the Contractor Accountability Act of 2003.

NECA is pleased to endorse legislation seeking to create a more accountable and selective construction bidding process where the government gets the quality it deserves from the most ethical and qualified firms the industry has to offer. This legislation would strengthen procedures and standards so contracting officers would have the best tools available to ensure that the American people's tax dollars are well-spent.

The Contractor Accountability Act of 2003 would establish a centralized database on actions taken against federal contractors and require a description of each action, thus providing debarring officials with the information necessary to protect the business interests of the United States. It also would place the burden of proving responsibility and subsequent eligibility for contracts on the person seeking the contract if they have been previously convicted of two violations.

The U.S. government spent more the $235 billion a year on goods and services in 2001, making it the largest consumer in the world. NECA believes that ignoring the past behavior of lawbreaking federal bidders is no way for our government to do business, nor will lax federal enforcement of federal procurement laws serve the interests of the construction industry, taxpayers or the federal government. Further, the revocation sends the wrong message that firms will not consistently suffer the consequences of their repeated legal violations when bidding federal work.

Stricter procurement standards make a positive quality and financial difference for the owner, facility users and the taxpayers noted NECA. The fact that some organizations and their members fear stricter enforcement of the rules guiding federal contractor quality and performance review as well as selection should not deter the Congress from supporting and passing this long overdue, quality-driven procurement reform.

NECA is an active part of the Campaign for Quality Construction (CQC), which also supports the Contractors Accountability Act. Other CQC members include the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) and the Association of Union Constructors (NEA).

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The National Electrical Contractors Association, founded in 1901, is the leading representative of a segment of the construction market comprised of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms. The industry employs over 650,000 electrical workers and produces an annual volume of over $95 billion. NECA includes 120 U.S. chapters in addition to others in countries around the world. The association sponsors the NECA Show, renowned as the industry's premiere event, which features cutting-edge technologies, highlights new trends, and provides courses to help contractors broaden their knowledge and skill. NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities. To learn more about the industry or NECA's services, please visit .

Graybar expands supplier relationship with AFL Telecommunications

Leading distributor to stock more complete line of AFL products, including copper interconnect products, fiber closures, test and inspection equipment, and fiber optic fusion splicers

Graybar (St Louis, MO) North America's largest distributor of telecommunications, networking and electrical products, announces an expansion of its supplier relationship with AFL Telecommunications, a division of Alcoa and a leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the telecommunications industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, Graybar will stock the complete line of AFL's Interconnect & Apparatus products including copper demarcation, fiber closures, and XDSL repeater cases. The agreement will also cover AFL's Fusion Splicing Systems and Noyes® Test & Inspection product families.

" AFL's Keptel®, Noyes® and Fujikura® brands have excellent recognition in the marketplace and further Graybar's commitment to raise the bar on performance for our customers by providing best-in-class solutions," said Alan L. Eddings, Graybar Vice President, Comm/Data. "This agreement positions AFL as a significant supplier for several key product categories, and strengthens our product offering to support traditional network solutions and the growing need for 'last mile' solutions."

"AFL Telecommunications and Graybar have a long history together, and this agreement solidifies our commitment to one of the top distributors in the market," said Jody Gallagher, AFL Telecommunications President. "Through Graybar, we'll be able to expand our presence as a lead supplier for outside plant, and tool/test products."

Customers for AFL Telecommunications' products include telephony, cable, Internet, and other service providers. .

Leviton Introduces Midsize Multimedia Wallplates

Oversized QuickPort wallplates mask flaws around outlets, provide designer look.

Leviton (Bothell, WA )has announced the introduction of a new line of Midsize QuickPort wallplates for voice, data, audio and video.

Generously proportioned, with midway dimensions of 4.875”H x 3.125”W, these flexible nylon plates are large enough to disguise many installation flaws, such as irregular drywall cuts. An attractive alternative to a standard-sized silhouette, Midsize Wallplates are popular in homes, retail and gallery installations, as well as conference rooms and other public areas. The wallplates are suitable for any commercial or residential applications, accommodating QuickPort modules for Category 6, 5e and 5, fiber optic and audio/video connectors.

Midsize Wallplates are available in 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-Port configurations, and Ivory, White, Almond and Brown colors. They are covered by Leviton’s standard 1-year warranty.

Leviton Midsize Wallplates provide .375” more coverage than standard wallplates, and a .25” depth to ensure a clean fit with most devices. The expanded silhouette is both wider and taller than standard versions, matching that of Leviton’s Midsize Wallplates for electrical devices and lighting controls. Crafted from durable, smooth-finish nylon, the wallplates resist cracking or UV fading, and fit any single-gang electrical box.

In addition to QuickPort plates, the line also features new single-gang Midsize Wallplates for Voice or Video applications. These include versions with a single F-Connector, a hex-sized hole to accommodate an F-connector, or a 6P4C Phone wall plate with screw terminals.

Leviton Midsize QuickPort wallplates are compatible with any QuickPort module or adapter, including: Category 6, 5e and 5 connectors; ST®, SC, FC and LC fiber connectors; video F-Connectors; and audio/video connectors such as RCA, BNC, S-Video, Banana Jacks and Speaker Binding Posts. . announces the next generation of fiber optics
10 Gigabit - 50 um Multimode Fiber Optic Cables

With the increased bandwidth consuming applications such as Multimedia, Streaming Audio/Video, and Peer-Peer Networking, these next generation fiber optic cables provide the much needed capacity for bandwidth and performance. Enter 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

These new technology 50um fiber optic cables from Lightguide™ provide nearly 3 times more bandwidth than conventional 62.5um Multimode Fiber Cables rivaling performance available in only Singlemode Fiber Cables, with much reduced cost. Made with Corning™ Xcelerate™ 50 micron multimode fiber.

Using Multimode electronics, besides being 2-3 times less expensive than singlemode electronics, also lower costs due to lower power consumption and less stringent maintenance requirements. These new cables offer performance at singlemode speeds with multimode economics while providing an easy upgrade path for future network requirements.

Ortronics introduces new faceplates

Ortronics has introduced its new Series II angled faceplates. The new faceplates allow angled positioning of Clarity6 and Clarity5E Series II modules, as well as other 1-unit flat Series II modules. The angled positioning is designed to provide a lower profile workstation solution, which minimizes the bend stress of the installed patch cord. This plate design positions modules so they occupy less space of a recessed wall box or pathway, providing more space for proper cable management.

Ortronics new Series II angled faceplates offer recessed label fields, and slotted screw holes to adjust alignment. They are ruggedly constructed from high impact thermoplastic 94V-0 rated to ensure long life. The standard color is fog white.

Siemon Company's Robert Carlson earns promotion

Robert C. Carlson, Jr. has been named to the newly created position of vice president of global marketing for the Siemon Company. In his new role, Carlson will have direct global responsibility for marketing communications, product line management, market management and customer support services. He will report directly to Carl N. Siemon, president of the company.

Carlson has been with the company for more than 10 years. He began his career at the Siemon Company as an engineer in 1992, designing many new products and securing several patents for the company. He was later promoted to senior engineer. The company promoted Carlson to marketing manager in 1997. In 2000, he moved from marketing into sales, taking responsibility for US sales of Siemon cabling products and was named national sales manager. He was elected an officer of the company in September 2001 and became vice president of national sales (U.S.) before being named vice president for sales for North America in February 2003.

Carlson is credited with helping guide the company towards its goal of becoming a global operation. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven, CT. "I am extremely excited about this very challenging opportunity," says Carlson. "The needs of the market globally are vastly different from any individual country or region and I look forward to gaining the insight of the global marketplace and helping to guide the company's marketing efforts toward increased market share and brand recognition."

The Siemon Company, based in Watertown, CT, manufactures structured cabling products.

NORDX/CDT names first African certified system vendor

NORDX/CDT ( recently entered into a certified system vendor (CSV) agreement with KiTEK Ltd. (, authorizing KiTEK to sell and install NORDX/CDT's IBDN certified structured cabling systems.

As a CSV, KiTEK can offer NORDX's 25-year extended product warranty and its lifetime application assurance program to end-user customers. John Case, RCDD, CEO of KiTEK, reflects on the improving infrastructure in the sub-Sahara region. "When I first came to Africa, if you wanted to telephone the country next door, the call had to be routed through London. Those days are gone. Now it is possible to conceive of people in a village asking questions via an Internet link from their rural library. To say that the idea of being able to provide people in Africa access to the vista of the world is exciting, would be an understatement.

Both KiTEK and NORDX/CDT see tremendous long-term potential for growth on this continent."

Graham Boret, finance and operations director of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region (EMEA) for NORDX/CDT, concurs. "There is obviously great synergy created between these two companies," he says. "KiTEK provides structured cabling services as part of a comprehensive range of data-network design, installation, and support services, and NORDX/CDT is known as a leading manufacturer of LAN and network structured cabling systems."

Leviton Offers Compression Connectors for High-end Audio/Video

Leviton (Bothell, WA) has added two new connectors to its line of enhanced voice, data, audio and video connectors for home and office: Compression-style RCA and F-connectors for high-end audio/video systems. These female-style field-configurable Compression RCA and F-Connectors work with RG6 Quad cable, and feature a radial crimp, widely recognized as the highest quality fitting-style for audio/video applications. This crimp compresses uniformly around the body of the connector, creating a stronger, more robust connection between it and the cable, which in turn provides superior electrical performance in comparison to traditional connections.

RCA Connectors feature a selection of five color-coded connector bands for application identification available in red, black, yellow, green and blue. Leviton’s versatile Master Compression Tool, also introduced this week, works with both RCA and F-Connectors. It will also terminate QuickPort-style F and RCA Compression Connectorsspecifically designed to fit in Leviton QuickPort outlets which will be introduced later this year.

A faulty or substandard connection point is the most likely candidate for poor signal quality. Low quality connectors will significantly affect even the best audio/video system, causing interference or poor signal quality. Crimps that are not strong enough or loosen over time can pull off and cause further deterioration in these signals.

Leviton Compression RCA and F-Connectors offer a high-integrity bond that firmly binds the cable to the connector and does not relax over time. The Leviton Master Compression Tool also offers a quicker, more consistent termination, with a high rate of repeatability to ensure that tired hands will not make a bad

Hubbell Premise Four-Post Open Frame Rack

Hubbell Premise Wiring announces a new four-post open frame rack that is easier to assemble than traditional four-post racks. It comes pre-assembled and ready to accept servers and other deep active equipment. The open frame construction combines the mounting support typically found in full size cabinets with the ventilation and cable management benefits typically found in equipment racks.

By providing 19” rails with square holes and M6 cage nuts instead of #12-24 tapped holes, the rails adapt much more readily to the active equipment’s mounting brackets. The durable 14ga steel construction accommodates today’s higher equipment densities. It is available in depths from 20 inches to 36 inches.

National Electrical Contractors Association Signs Alliance with OSHA:
Focus on Reducing and Preventing Exposure to Electrical and Construction Hazards

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) joined forces today to protect workers in the electrical construction industry.

NECA President Ben Cook and NECA CEO John M. Grau met with OSHA Administrator John Henshaw today to sign the alliance that begins a collaborative effort between the two organizations for preventing exposure to electrical and construction hazards, particularly those relating to inside electrical, power line, and video-data-voice systems.

"Safety in the workplace has always been a priority for us, so the NECA-OSHA Alliance is a natural fit," added John M. Grau, NECA Chief Executive Officer. "NECA has the educational and training channels in place to deliver the latest information about new programs and best practices to continue the long tradition of promoting worker safety and health."

We are actively working with employers in this industry to reduce hazards and improve working conditions for thousands of electrical workers," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Through our Alliance with NECA, we can draw on their expertise and work together to improve even further the safety and health of the industry's workers." During the ceremony Henshaw thanked Grau and Cook for "the energy and leadership in making this happen."

OSHA and NECA will develop training for NECA chapters that focuses on safety and health hazards in the industry, as well as ways to reduce those hazards. Additionally, plans will be developed to cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in best practices or effective approaches to worker safety and health.

NECA worksites' best practices will be shared with others in the industry through outreach by the Association and through OSHA- or NECA-developed training programs and materials. Every opportunity will be taken by both organizations to participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical contracting industry workplace safety and health challenges. OSHA will also speak, exhibit or appear at conferences or at other industry events, such as the annual NECA Show, the largest trade show in the electrical construction industry. Finally, NECA and OSHA will develop and disseminate information through various media, including their respective websites, and will also encourage NECA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Consultation Program.

BICSI Conference Attendees Donate $14,000 to Judi's House

Attendees at the recent BICSI (Tampa, FL) 2003 Spring Conference in Denver contributed $14,000 to Judi’s House, a support facility for grieving children and their parents. The contribution was made through BICSI Cares, which has collected and distributed more than $900,000 to children’s support organizations since 1992.

Judi’s House is a place where grieving children who have lost a parent, sibling, grandparent or friend can meet to share their emotions as they move through the healing process. Parents and caregivers also meet in a volunteer-facilitated support group where they share their feelings and receive ideas for helping their children. Founded by National Football League player Brian Griese to honor his mother, Judi’s House is part of the Judith Ann Griese Foundation for Grieving Children and Families.

BICSI Cares, Inc., BICSI’s charity arm, was officially established as a 501 (c)(3) corporation in 1998. Yet for many years prior, BICSI donations have benefited children in cities where BICSI conferences were held. Committee members and volunteers collect individual and corporate donations at these educational conferences. Donations have gone to facilities for mentally and physically handicapped children, youth programs, and student scholarships around the world since 1992.


BICSI is an international, not-for-profit association that serves nearly 26,000 designers and installers of communications systems. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, BICSI delivers standards-based, vendor-neutral manuals and training that prepare individuals to successfully pass rigorous examinations required to earn BICSI professional registrations in areas of design and installation of cabling infrastructures. BICSI also supports individuals with ongoing educational opportunities through conferences and other venues to ensure that registration remains current. Many end users in business and government require BICSI-registered individuals for cabling infrastructure projects.

Don’t forget BICSI Fall Conference in Nashville August 18 - 21, 2003

The Vinyl Institute - Plenum Cable: Proven Safety & Performance

In searching for information about the plenum cable safety issue, we found an excellent presentation by The Vinyl Institute. This presentation: "Plenum Cable Proven Safety & Performance", was delivered to BICSI attendees on January 22, 2002 at the BICSI winterconference in Orlando, Florida. The message is very relevant to current code questions. .

Leviton Voice & Data Division Releases T-700 Product Catalog
2003 Catalog includes Angled Panels & eXtreme 6+ Category 6 System.

Leviton Voice & Data Division today released its new T-700 product catalog, featuring multimedia solutions for copper and fiber structured cabling. Catalog sections include: Performance Systems, Connectors, Wallplates & Housings, Copper Components, Fiber Components, Cable Management, and Tools sections, including all the latest Leviton Voice & Data products such as unique Angled Panels, and the extreme 6+ system.

Residential Structured Media products can be found in the new Leviton Integrated Networks Catalog, along with a complete selection of power quality, home control, security and lighting control products for home networking.

New products listed in the T-700 catalog include:

eXtreme 6+ Category 6 System combines the best performance in the industry with the latest in mechanical integrity by using patent-pending “Retention Force Technology”. Craft-friendly features such as a specially designed pair-separation tower on the jack rear-termination field and IDC’s that punch down easy but hold tight, even with Cat 6 wire size variances found on the market today. Panels come in QuickPort, Angled, or 110-style versions, and Patch Cords are solid conductor for enhanced electrical performance. A matching slimline boot allows installation and easy access in high-density applications.

Angled Patch Panels with unique wedge design help cables flow directly into vertical cable managers, maintaining proper bend radius, eliminating the need for front horizontal cable management and freeing up rack space. Available in GigaMax 5e and eXtreme 6+ versions.

Fast Cure Adhesive Connectors, available in FC, SC, ST & LC styles, feature fast-curing epoxy, terminate in less than 5 minutes, and are a low-cost alternative to mechanical connectors

Midsize & Stainless Steel QuickPort Wallplates provide a designer look for voice/data/audio/video applications, with an over-sized silhouette to cover irregular drywall cuts, or the high-tech, high-fashion look of stainless steel.

Fiber Optic Pigtails and Cable Assemblies are part of an expanded selection of competitively priced, high-quality fiber patch cords and new pigtailed connectors.

110-RCA Connector lets you run RCA applications such as games and audio/video over standard category compliant copper wire. Features unique 110-style IDC punch-downs.

LC Fiber Connectivity includes Fast Cure connectors, standard and QuickPort adapters, 12- & 24-fiber mounting plates, and cable assemblies for high-density, high-bandwidth applications.

Shutters & Icons for labeling and port identification, as well as protection of connectors from dirt and debris.

International Wallplates are offered, in versions for the United Kingdom and South America.

Hubbell Speedgain® White Category 5e Patch Panels

Hubbell Premise Wiring’s new white Speedgain® 5e series patch panels offer an additional way to separate and identify voice and data applications or differentiate cross-connects that are rack mounted side-by-side. White Speedgain patch panels provide technicians a visual alternative for application separation, allowing for easier moves, adds and changes.

Speedgain panels significantly exceed ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2 Category 5e requirements with component and channel performance to 190MHz. White Speedgain panels have a rugged rolled edge construction to provide panel rigidity and a clear plastic shroud to protect the printed circuit board from missed terminations and contaminants. Hubbell labeling software can be used on these panels to customize and simplify port identification to meet TIA/EIA 606-A administration standards.

Marcelo Hirschler (GBH International, Mill Valley, CA) states categorically that he never said that “Fluorinated polymers are hundreds of times more toxic than zero-halogen cabling.” In fact, he does not believe that such a statement is true. He does not believe that the toxic potency of individual materials or of individual products is an important consideration in the fire hazard or fire risk within a fire scenario.

Dr. Marcelo M. Hirschler
GBH International

KUDOS: to Carol Everett Oliver,RCDD - First our Cabling Diva, and now RCDD!

Carol (Everett Communications, Medway, MA) is a free-lance writer for the cabling and networking industry and can be reached at


BICSI Fall Conference
August 18 - 21
Nashville, TN

2003 Energy, The 6th Annual Energy Efficiency Workshop and Expo
Aug 17 - 20
Orlando, Fla.

Greening of the Campus V: Connecting to Place
Sep 18 - 20

Muncie, Indiana

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) 46th Annual Convention
September 10-13
Anaheim, CA

Cabling System Conference & Exhibition 2003
September 22 – 24
Anaheim, CA

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
2nd Annual The Emerging Technologies & Healthcare Innovations Congress
September 22 - 24
Washington, DC

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) 2003
October 2-4
Orlando, FL

Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) Fall Seminar
October 19 - 22
San Diego, CA

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Annual Conference
October 15 - 17
Boston, MA

Graybar Technology Showcase

ANIXTER National Seminar Series



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