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Issue: January 2004
By: Frank Bisbee


In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee's Buzz'

The Internet has given us access to a dazzling new world of information. It is so easy to get online from a hotel room, a coffee shop, even a cruise ship. But for many of us, that convenience can become an obligation - and a burden. We check the office e-mail and voicemail from home and on vacation because we believe our bosses expect it. we leave cell phones on when we’d really rather not be bothered.

Some of us can’t seem to say “no” and interrupt the data flow. The always- connected nature of our world can be overwhelming. Instead of driving technology to better our lives, we’re often letting technology manhandle us. More than one of our associates has commented on the avalanche of Spam. If it weren’t for Spam, the e-mail system would be pretty neat. We have never had such easy access to so much information. The trip to the library for research is as easy as www.google.com . Many of the datacom industry are finding ready answers in a technology world that is evolving at the speed of light.

And the longer we stay connected, the more we tend to produce for others to process, quickly cycling into information overload. “Society in general is very much everybody wants everything now. Constantly checking e-mail and voice mail becomes a habit like brushing your teeth before you go to bed.

As computers and Net connections become faster, e-mail attachments and reports, charges and photos they carry get larger. And as storage becomes cheaper, the urge to save everything increases.

A Berkeley study released in October estimates that 5 exabytes on information got produced last year – about 500,000 times the size of the Library of Congress’s print collections, and double the estimate for 1999. The bulk, 92%, is electronic, primarily on hard disks.

Not that long ago, publishing capacity was limited to information was carefully edited and organized. Now the ability to retain and distribute anything diminishes our ability to glean the truly relevant.

Don’t cancel your subscriptions to the excellent magazines of the cabling world. There is a wealth of information in them that has not reached the Internet. Even their advertisements contain educational material.

We wish you a prosperous year ahead. If we do not see you at the BICSI Winter Conference, then we hope you will get to the VDV-EXPO in March.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee

BICSI Turns 30!

Celebrating three decades of service to the telecommunications industry, BICSI is more than ever your connection to the future. Read the Message from the President and other exciting news from BICSI.
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Fiber Connections Inc. to Highlight New 10 Gigabit EasyLAN Modular Cabling System at BICSI 2004 Winter Conference - BOOTH 1020

Fiber Connections Inc.(Schomberg, Ontario, Canada) will be highlighting their new 10 Gigabit EasyLAN Modular Cabling System along with their full line of custom and standard fiber optic interconnect products at the BICSI 2004 Winter conference in Orlando, Florida.

The convergence of voice and data in Enterprise networks has created an explosive growth of data forcing the fiber industry to face many new challenges. In order to meet these challenges, Fiber Connections Inc. has developed the 10 Gigabit Ethernet EasyLAN Cabling System, which fully complies with the new IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standard.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet EasyLAN cabling solution is an entirely pre-assembled backbone system complete with your choice of rack and/or wall mountable hardware. A pulling grip is an available option that can be added to the assembly to provide a greater degree of flexibility to the overall cable while at the same time offering further protection to the connectors during installation.

The total backbone cabling system is factory tested and delivered to the job ready for easy installation. “Since the EasyLAN solution is assembled in our factory, we have eliminated the time consuming steps of hardware assembly, connector installation and cable furcation. The 10 Gigabit Ethernet EasyLAN solution offers installers and end-users greater flexibility and is quick to install which reduces system downtime,” states Geoff Laycock, Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Fiber Connections Inc. Once the solution is installed, your communication infrastructure will support all the bandwidth intensive voice and data applications of tomorrow’s networks.

For more than a decade, Fiber Connections Inc. has been an industry leader and innovator at the forefront of fiber connectivity technology. “With this technology, we are continually looking for ways to challenge the traditional methods and develop more effective ways to service the needs of the fiber industry,” notes Laycock. Fiber Connections is a global corporation with sales and operations located throughout Canada and the United States. To ensure that we meet the needs of our customers, our facilities are ISO 9001 2000 certified. For more information about Fiber Connections Inc. visit our new website: www.fiberconnectionsinc.com or contact Fiber Connections Inc., 5878 Highway #9, Schomberg, Ontario, Canada LOG 1TO Tel: 905-939-2808

Unique Fire Stop Products, Inc. will be exhibiting at the BICSI Winter Conference and announces upgrades to their Mechanical Firestop Systems. Their Sleeve Systems are fire stopped as well as smoke sealed, 100% of the time with "Unique" intumescent putty now included with each System. Their new U. L. Listings allow for a 48% cable load in Sleeves previously limited to 34% cable load. Their new listings have also eliminated the commonly required "packing" with mineral wool on our horizontal Systems rated up to 2 hours. All the new listings as well as the latest version of our video can be seen at www.uniquefirestop.com.

Firestopping skills are in demand. Unique Fire Stop products is offering Factory Certification Training good for (2) BICSI Continuing Education Credits. Training is web based and free of charge to Contractors, Engineers and Specifiers. Come by their booth and check out their new display.

Fluke Networks’ New LinkWare Stats™ Simplifies the Reporting of Cable Test Results; Provides Meaningful Performance Indicators

Fluke Networks (Everett WA) introduces LinkWare Stats™, a new cable test analysis software option that works with LinkWare Cable Test Management Software to transform test data into graphical indicators of overall cable performance. At a glance, network owners can isolate ways to improve cable plant operation, project managers can verify correct completion of a cabling project, systems manufacturers can verify warranty specifications, and contractors can deliver customer friendly reports that demonstrate quality workmanship.

“Managing the test results from today’s advanced cabling plants is an overwhelming task when you consider that a single Category 5e test report includes more than 400 data fields and a typical commercial install numbers in the hundreds or thousands of links,” explains Amy Heidner, LinkWare product manager for Fluke Networks. “LinkWare Stats makes sense of all test results (both copper and fiber) and delivers customized reports that are easily viewed by anyone with a PC browser.”

A visible advantage now and in the future

LinkWare Stats provides statistical analysis and reporting beyond page-per-link reports. It summarizes the entire cabling infrastructure so a complete view of performance can be seen. Each day, the results can be reviewed to make sure the job is on track and test margins are met. Over time, LinkWare Stats makes it easy to baseline and isolate potential problems. For example, if NEXT margins are 5 dB, then network owners will want to investigate why a cluster of results in Building A on the second floor is showing results only 2 dB. LinkWare Stats can also provide insightful data for future designs, identifying which pairs had the worst results and at what frequencies and locations they occurred.

“LinkWare Stats not only simplifies the reporting process, but equips the user with actionable results,” adds Heidner. “Imagine being handed a stack of 250 individual cable test reports versus getting a graphical analysis of cable performance by test standard, operator, location or tester -- instantly highlighting any anomalies or inconsistencies. With LinkWare Stats, cable test results become meaningful indicators of what works and what doesn’t.”

Pricing and Availability

LinkWare Stats is available now through selected Fluke Networks’ distributors. The price is $295 (U.S. list). A free demo version of LinkWare Stats is included with every copy of LinkWare or can be downloaded at the company’s website www.flukenetworks.com/linkwarestats. For additional information, please call Fluke Networks at (800) 283-5853.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fiber and copper foundation of those networks. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company has over 450 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries.

A New BICSI Committee for Exhibitors

If you are an exhibitor at BICSI, you now have a lending ear and a sounding voice on your opinions. And, action is being taken. At the Spring BICSI in Denver, a new committee was formed by Mel Lesperance, acting director, to develop, propose and present programs that will enhance the value of BICSI conference to the exhibitor, while increasing the interest and overall experience of the exhibit areas to conference attendees.

From an ad hoc to becoming a recognized approved committee by the Board of Directors this January, it is known as the Exhibitor Advisory Committee. Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, the elected chairman of this new committee, and her team members, Ed Cronin (Superior Essex), Karl Griffith and Jan Meyer (Graybar), Peter Levoy (Anixter) and Debra Leingang (Ideal Industries), with help from BICSI conference and marketing staffs have already put in place many new programs for the exhibitors. These include the Premiere Exhibitor Product Forums, which are 5-minute product presentations during Monday and Tuesday evenings. These got an overwhelming response at their debut in Nashville and are available to the Premieres on a first-come, first-serve lottery selection. Watch for 24 of them during the Winter Conference. (Those who didn’t get selected will get first dibs in Baltimore.)

New improvements for this upcoming Winter BICSI include: a better lead retrieval system, longer exhibit hours and Premieres’ pre-selection of booth space for the Spring BICSI. Look for your time on Tuesday at the Gaylord Palms Conference Center for your booth selection. Future projects include smaller market focused conferences and regional meetings and enhanced speaker programs.

Don’t miss the mandatory Exhibitor meeting on Sunday for more information. Also, look for the committee members (wearing yellow ribbons), who will be visiting each exhibitor to hear the good, bad and even the ugly. www.bicsi.org

Cabling Systems magazine evolves into CNS - Cabling Networking Systems magazine

From the Editors Desk - Paul Barker - (Nov/Dec 2003)
www.cablingsystems.com

This issue marks the end of an era for Cabling Systems, a magazine that made its debut five years ago as the new Canadian voice for the structured cabling and telecommunications industry.

A new era will begin in January with the arrival of CNS, an acronym for Cabling Networking Systems. As the name suggests, a key new coverage area - the active network - is being added at the same the industry is on the threshold of major change and expansion.

We are certainly not walking away from the original mandate, but expanding it.

Apart from introducing a new name and logo, David Young, the magazine's art director is currently working on a major redesign, which will be introduced in the first issue of 2004.

The timing is right. In the View From The Board column on p. 23, Brad Masterson concludes that networks represent the next logical evolution.

What that means for cable installers in particular is that they need to look for new opportunities on the networking and connectivity side of the equation.

Why the need to change business models? "Simply put, the cabling world is going through long-term changes, " Masterson writes. "Astute business people realize that they have to adapt accordingly if they want to survive.

"The people and skill sets required to manage networks are also changing, making enterprises increasingly dependent on suppliers to do the work for them. Today's networks require a new type of expert that has in-depth knowledge of standards, protocols, testing procedures and installation requirements."

It's called diversification and it is necessary because the structured cabling industry of today is far different than it was in 1998.

All this change comes at a good time. In our cover story beginning on p. 8, Joaquim Menezes concludes that the light seems to be breaking through again after the bleak networking climate of the past couple of years.

And while there are signs of a resurgence underway, the slump will definitely be over when organizations start spending again. That is expected to happen within the next 12 months.

According to Frank Murawski, president of FTM Consulting Inc., three major trends emerge: A rise in strategic spending, renewed interest in fiber to the desk and the rapidly growing importance of Voice over IP.

He points out that during the slump, businesses would install new LAN networks only for applications that promised immediate payback or productivity increases. Installing LANs for connectivity purposes was not considered a prudent investment.

In order to gain a competitive advantage, he suggests that larger companies will soon opt for such up-and-coming technologies as HDTV over IP and tele-immersion, an application that combines teleconferencing and virtual reality.

With these and other advances coming our way, the time is right to introduce a new addition into the pages of this magazine. Watch for it in January. www.cablingsystems.com

NECA Issues NEIS for Motors and Controllers

The newest National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) released by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is NECA 230-2003, Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers (ANSI).

NECA 230 is the twenty-third volume of the NEIS series of publications. A comprehensive guide to selecting and using motors, it covers subjects such as:

      • Motor design code letters and characteristics.
      • Receiving and storing motors and controllers on job sites.
      • Selecting motor branch-circuit short circuit, and ground-fault protective, devices.
      • Motor control circuits.
      • Motor wiring connections.

NEIS® are the first quality and performance standards for electrical construction. They define what is meant by installing electrical products and systems in a "neat and workmanlike manner," extending and supplementing the minimum safety requirements of the National Electrical Code.

NECA 230-2003 is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Consulting engineers generally prefer to reference ANSI-approved standards in their specifications for construction projects, while states and municipalities normally adopt only ANSI-approved standard for regulatory enforcement.

Expert Author:

The principal author of NECA 230 on motors and controllers is Charles M. Trout. The long-time chairman of National Electrical Code-Making Panel 12 (cranes and lifts), he is an acknowledged expert on electric motors for industrial applications.

"My primary purpose was providing guidance for those persons engaged in the actual installation and maintenance of electric motors and controllers," explains Trout. "Although the standard is designed primarily for electrical contractors, engineers, and code enforcement officials, it can be equally useful to journeyman electricians. Following NECA 230 will expedite the proper installation and maintenance of electric motors and controllers, while ensuring that the fundamental requirements for the safety and protection of personnel and electrical equipment are followed properly."

Charlie Trout is also the author of NECA's popular online feature, "Code Question of the Day." Visit www.neca-neis.org/cqd to test and improve your knowledge of the NEC.

Ordering information. The new standard is priced at $30 with NECA-member and quantity discounts available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 tel, (301) 215-4500 fax, or orderdesk@necanet.org. Provide your name, company, mailing address and NECA member number (where applicable). All orders must be prepaid by check or credit card. NECA 230-2003 is also available in downloadable PDF format from www.neca-neis.org/standards.

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 119 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 www.necanet.org

BICSI Message from the President - Unusual Term Ends with Success and Thanks

There’s an old adage that says “Time flies when you’re having fun!” I need to change that saying to “Time flies whether you’re having fun or not!” The past two years have flown by, yet it certainly has not been all fun.

During my term as your president, BICSI has seen its history change. The terrible events that took place on September 11, 2001, turned most American economic trends upside down. And, this being a global economy, the rest of the world’s economy followed suit. Certainly the communications industry was not spared and neither was BICSI. Immediately following the terrorist attacks, business travel slowed dramatically and attendance at BICSI courses dropped sharply. As 2002 began, communications companies started to squeeze their dollars to survive.

By midyear, companies had begun layoffs. These continued throughout 2002 and 2003, and to a lesser degree even continue today. Communications employees were forced to leave the industry by the thousands. The companies that survived had to cut, or rather slash, spending. In early 2002, layoffs and expense cuts began to take their toll on BICSI and as a result membership numbers declined slightly for the first time in our association’s history. Fortunately, BICSI remains strong and new members join daily. Fiscally, the past two years at BICSI have been a rebuilding time. When I took office in January 2002, BICSI was not financially healthy. In fact, during my term, BICSI rewrote its financial history. or the first time, we had to borrow significant funds ($500,000) for operating capital using our world headquarters’ building as collateral.

This caused the Board of Directors to make some decisions that were not universally popular. We raised membership dues and conference fees—again, a first in modern BICSI history. However, by managing each penny, we have turned BICSI’s financial position around and the year 2003 ended with the loan repaid and surplus funds in the bank. In addition, the Board has laid the necessary groundwork to significantly increase those funds during 2004. Surplus funds are needed to ensure that BICSI can weather unforeseen economic downturns in the future. In spite of the financial worries, BICSI continued making forward strides over the past two years. Some of the accomplishments include international growth, new administrative computer systems, changes in accounting systems from checkbook style to accrual, registration exams in languages other than English, and financial self-support for each international area. We also introduced new technical publications: the Residential Network Cabling Manual (January 2002), the 2nd edition BICSI Telecommunications Dictionary (May 2002), the 10th edition Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (May 2003), and the 5th edition Network Design Reference Manual (September 2003). A new specialty, the Registered Residential Installer, was introduced in January 2002 and preliminary work was completed for a new manual and specialty in wireless design scheduled to debut in 2004 (see page 15). In the last two years, BICSI has offered seven new training courses.

No man is an island—I did not guide BICSI through the storms by myself. Your current Board of Directors has worked harder and put in more volunteer hours than any other BICSI board in history. I think it only appropriate that I give each one of them special thanks in this closing article:

President-Elect Russ Oliver, RCDD/LAN Specialist; Treasurer Mel Lesperance, RCDD; Secretary Steve Calderon, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist; U.S. Northeast Region Director Ed Donelan, RCDD/LAN Specialist; U.S. Southeast Director Jerry Allen, RCDD; U.S. North-Central Region Director Brian Hansen, RCDD/LAN Specialist; U.S. South- Central Region Director Ray Craig, RCDD/LAN Specialist; U.S. Western Region Director Stephan Fowler, RCDD; Canadian Region Director Roman Dabrowski, RCDD; European Region Director Carole El Zein; Brazilian Region Director Paulo Marin, PhD; and South Pacific Region Director Col Browitt, RCDD.

Each of these board members has given countless hours overseeing financial and administrative changes within BICSI. To each of them, I offer my sincere thanks for a job well done. You are all truly good and faithful servants of BICSI. Two of these members, Carole El Zein and Colin Browitt, are rotating off the board with me this January. Carole served two terms as our European Region Director. The first to hold this position, she has done an exceptional job. This year much of her work is culminating as she has laid the groundwork for manuals and training to be provided to our French members in their own language. Col served as BICSI’s first South Pacific Region Director and has been a tireless ambassador for our association, helping the area become first a district and then a region. Also, Col was instrumental in having BICSI listed as an Australian Cabling Provider Registrar.

As you know, much of BICSI’s work is guided and done by volunteer committee members. I have been fortunate to have excellent committees, chaired by dedicated BICSI members who give of their time without expecting even a thank you. Without the leadership of these committee chairs, BICSI could not survive: BICSI Cares, Ray Gendron (2002) and John Bakowski, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist (2003); Codes, Phil Janeway, RCDD; Education Advisory, Allan Anderson, RCDD; Governmental Relations, Tom Larsen, RCDD; Installation, David Cranmer, RCDD: Long Range Planning, Dick Reed, RCDD/OSP Specialist; Membership and Marketing, Donna Bell; Registration and Specialties Supervision, Bob Erickson, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist; Standards, Theron (TJ) Roe, RCDD; and Technical Information and Methods, Tom Rauscher. I lift my hat to each of you and thank you for all the work you have done and continue to do.

Outside our eight regions, geographical areas with 100 or more members are organized into Districts governed by Steering Committees with District Chairs and Secretaries. These individuals have done an exceptional job supporting their members with little help from BICSI Headquarters. BICSI will always be indebted to the unselfish spirit displayed by these District Chairs and Secretaries: Andean Chair Henry A. Merino; Andean Secretary Daniel A. Morera, RCDD; Caribbean Chair Ignacio Diaz; Caribbean Secretary Jose Nazario, PE, RCDD; Central America Chair Rolando Alvarado, RCDD; Central America Secretary Victor Herrera; Hong Kong Chair Peter Tang; Hong Kong Secretary Leo Yu Hau Lee; Japan Chair Keiji “Casey” Yamanishi; Japan Secretary Takekazu Hashiguchi; Mexico Chair Mauricio Swain, RCDD; Mexico Secretary Jorge de la Fuente Parres, RCDD; Middle East/Africa Chair Kandasamy Ganesan, RCDD/LAN Specialist; Middle East/Africa Secretary Maneo Al Khalifah, RCDD; Southeast Asia Chair Leong Sei Kwong; and Southeast Asia Secretary Simon Kong. Please know how important you are to BICSI and how much your work is appreciated. Ignacio Diaz, who has served as Chair of the Caribbean District since its beginning in 1999, is stepping down. I would certainly be remiss if I did not let every member know how much Iggy has done for BICSI in the Caribbean. Thank you, Iggy, for the countless hours you have spent on past BICSI projects and thank you, in advance, for your promise to stay involved in future BICSI Caribbean activities.

I would also like to take a moment to honor the memory of John Cope, RCDD, who served as Middle East/Africa District Chair until his unexpected death in May 2003. John did great things for BICSI and he is missed. BICSI is blessed with a fine staff. They have not had an easy time during the past two years, and for that I am sorry. Change is never easy, but we often find that we have become better for the experience. BICSI staff members, for all your work and dedication, I thank you from my heart. I know you love BICSI and that is why you give so much to your jobs. To the entire membership of BICSI, I have sincerely enjoyed serving as your President. I wish you each the best in your endeavors and I look forward to seeing you at some BICSI event in the future.

Finally, I leave BICSI in good hands and I wish all the best to incoming President Russ Oliver,

RCDD/LAN Specialist.
John Payseur, RCDD/LAN Specialist
www.bicsi.orgNews0104.pdf

Ortronics Appoints John Struhar as Director of Fiber Optic Structured Cabling Solutions

Ortronics (New London, CT) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Struhar as director of fiber optic structured cabling solutions. In this newly created position, Struhar will lead business development initiatives in the fiber optic market segment, utilizing his extensive experience in fiber optics, networking technology and cabling system infrastructure to expand Ortronics presence in this rapidly evolving sector of the industry.

Well known and respected within the industry, John is a founding member, and chairman since 2001, of the TIA Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS) promoting the technical and economic advantages of fiber technology in customer-owned networks. He is also a published author and frequent presenter on technology trends, products and systems in 12 countries. His previous work experience includes 12 years as an application engineer and software project/product manager at Lucent Technologies, OFS, and AT&T Network Systems. He also spent several years as a data technical specialist for AT&T Computer Systems.

John’s educational background includes a Master of Science Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, : www.ortronics.com

Background

Ortronics Inc., The Performance and Flexibility People, headquartered in New London, Connecticut USA, is a global leader in commercial Category 5e, Category 6, fiber optic and residential high performance, high capacity structured cabling systems that support today's and tomorrow's multimedia environments. From end-to-end, Ortronics offers the world's most extensive range of connectivity products including patch panels, patch cords, workstation outlets, cable management systems, 110 cross-connect systems and more. Ortronics offers engineering and technical support, systems planning, training programs and a 25-year extended products warranty and applications assurance warranty program.

Ortronics has sales offices in the USA, Canada, Central/South America, Europe and Asia, and production facilities in the USA, Mexico and Asia. Ortronics is ISO9001 Registered and an active member of BICSI, TIA/EIA, ISO and other industry standard groups.

Ortronics parent company Legrand, headquartered in France, is the world’s leading specialist in residential housing and commercial building products and systems for electrical installations and information networks. With net sales close to $3.5 billion in 2002, the Legrand group employs 27,000 people globally, has operations in 60 locations worldwide and sells in more than 160 countries.

Ortronics is the Global Technology Center for copper and fiber optic connectivity and systems for Legrand. Utilizing state of the art, active and passive component laboratories, Ortronics provides advanced R&D and technical support for network products, end-to-end performance solutions, vendor and internal qualification testing, as well as standards compliance.

Mohawk/CDT products receive UL LEVELS XP ® Verification

Mohawk/CDT recently became the first cable manufacturer to receive Levels XP® verification from Underwriters Laboratories Inc., which purchased the Levels XP technology from Anixter in January 2003. For a complete list of XP-Verified products, go to the UL Web site at www.ul.com/wire/xp

The company's MegaLAN 5e+, AdvanceNET 6e and GigaLAN 6e+ product lines successfully completed UL's Levels XP Performance Verification Program. The verification program was performed using Mohawk/CDT's cables with connecting hardware from The Siemon Company, a world leader in network cabling components, as part of an overall structured cabling solution. Mohawk/CDT cables tested were MegaLAN 5e+ as a Level 6 XP solution, and AdvanceNet 6e and GigaLAN 6e+ as Level 7 XP solutions.

The Levels XP program is UL's premier structured cabling performance verification program and is distinguished by its rigorous initial qualification process and ongoing monitoring processes that demonstrate continued compliance of Levels XP verified products. Levels XP verified components are matched, which means all components will work together as an optimized solution.

"Mohawk/CDT and The Siemon Company are very pleased that our cabling solution has been designated as a Levels XP product," said Gregory Niemiera, sales and marketing manager for Mohawk/CDT. "This reinforces our mission to provide the highest quality cabling solutions to meet the future needs of our customers."

"The Levels XP Verification Program involves some very stringent performance testing criteria that only a handful of manufacturers have been able to complete," added Steve Galan, general manager of UL's Wire and Cable Services business unit. "Mohawk/CDT and The Siemon Company have demonstrated that their cabling solutions provide superior performance."

Because Levels XP cabling solutions are subjected to ongoing performance verification testing, end-users have confidence that the Levels XP products will maintain a high level of performance.
www.mohawk-cdt.com www.Siemon.com

Hubbell Premise Wiring HI-IMPACT System for Harsh Environments

Hubbell Premise Wiring announces the HI-IMPACT System, which provides a complete end-to-end communication solution for punishing environments. Dust and debris, water, cleaning agents, wide temperature swings, vibration, corrosion, impact, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) can lead to critical failures. With Ethernet being rapidly deployed into demanding environments like the shop floor, commercial kitchens, laboratories, entertainment facilities, mining and marinas, the HI-IMPACT System was designed to protect against those extreme environmental conditions.

Hubbell has assembled a comprehensive system of connectors, plates, workboxes, delivery, and cabinets suitable for harsh environments, to address the challenge of finding and positioning all these components together. The HI-IMPACT system is available in 3 different levels of protection: mild, harsh and severe.

The heart of the system is the HI-IMPACT Mated Connection. The HI-IMPACT Jack utilizes Xcelerator technology, delivering unmatched category 5e component performance. The HI-IMPACT Patch Cord with SpeedGainÒ technology delivers a high performance connection, with a mated protection level of IP67 to seal out unwanted elements. The Mated Connection has a bayonet-style interface constructed from a robust polymer resistant to common oils, chemicals and cleaning agents.

The HI-IMPACT System will be displayed at the BICSI Conference in January 2004 and will be available for sale in February 2004. www.hubbell-premise.com

Berk-Tek Appoints Daniel Wilhoit to Sales Manager SE U.S. Region

Berk-Tek (New Holland, PA), A Nexans Company, appointed Daniel Wilhoit to Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Wilhoit will be responsible for establishing and meeting the goals and objectives in the Southeast Region of the U.S.. He will work out of his Concord, NC office.

Wilhoit brings a valuable background in industry sales experience to this position. His prior employers include Molex Premise Networks and AMP/Tyco Incorporated. He has held a variety of sales positions from customer service to technical, regional and national roles..

Wilhoit is a member of BICSI and obtained his bachelor's degree in science for Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company

For more than 40 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber-optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced UTP and optical fiber cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.berktek.com

About Nexans

Nexans is the worldwide leader in the cable industry. The Group brings an extensive range of advanced copper and optical fiber cable solutions to the infrastructure, industry and building markets. Nexans cables and systems can be found in every area of people's lives, from telecommunications and energy networks, to aeronautics, aerospace, automobile, railways, building, petrochemical, medical applications, etc. With an industrial presence in 28 countries and commercial activities in 65 countries, Nexans employs 17,150 people and had sales in 2002 of 4.3 billion euros. Nexans is listed on the Paris stock exchange. www.nexans.com

CDT Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2004 Results Company returns to profitability, generates positive cash flow

Cable Design Technologies (Schaumburg, IL) reported today that earnings for the first fiscal quarter ending October 31, 2003 were $2.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. This compares with a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the quarter ended July 31, 2003 and a net loss of $71.9 million, or $1.61 per diluted share, for the quarter ended October 31, 2002. The losses in the previous quarter and for the same period last year included expenses of $2.3 million and $4.7 million, net of tax, respectively, related to restructuring activities. In addition, the net loss for the same period last year included a $32.6 million loss, net of tax, from discontinued operations and a $35.7 million charge, net of tax, in connection with a change in accounting principle. The Company had a net loss from continuing operations of $1.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the quarter ending July 31, 2003 and a net loss from continuing operations of $3.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the quarter ending October 31, 2002.

Revenues for the first fiscal quarter ending October 31, 2003, were $130.6 million, compared with revenues of $129.5 million in the previous quarter and $121.0 million for the same period last year. Revenues for the first fiscal quarter 2004 benefited by approximately $6.0 million over the same period last year from the favorable effects of currency translation resulting from the weaker dollar. There was minimal impact from currency translation in the sequential quarter comparisons. Network Communication segment sales for the first fiscal quarter 2004 were $76.2 million and represented 58.3% of total company revenues, compared to $75.8 million in the previous quarter and $71.5 million for last year's first quarter. Specialty Electronic segment sales for the first fiscal quarter 2004 were $54.5 million compared to $53.6 million last quarter and $49.6 million for the same period last year. First fiscal quarter 2004 segment revenues benefited from currency translation over the same period last year by approximately $3.3 million and approximately $2.7 million for the Network and Specialty segments, respectively. Sales outside of North America represented 38.7% of CDT's current quarter revenues compared to 39.1% last quarter and 35.6% for the same period last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $23.8 million for the current quarter compared to $24.7 million for the quarter ending July 31, 2003 and $23.5 million for the same period last year. The increase in SG&A over the same period last year is primarily due to the effect of foreign currency translation which increased SG&A by approximately $1.0 million. On a percent of sales basis, SG&A has declined to 18.2% from 19.4% a year ago. The Company generated $5.1 million of cash during the quarter, driven largely by cash flow from operations. Gross margin was 23.6% for the current quarter compared to 24.6% for the fiscal fourth quarter 2003 and 22.9% for the same period last year.

"This quarter's results in terms of profit, cashflow, and costs show the benefits of our restructuring efforts," CEO Fred Kuznik stated. "With restructuring taking hold, we believe we have established a solid foundation for the business. The improving economy has resulted in increased revenues, and we continue to look to grow revenue through product and market development."

About CDT

Cable Design Technologies (www.cdtc.com) is a leading designer and manufacturer of high bandwidth network connectivity products used in computer interconnect, switching and wireless applications and electronic data and signal transmission products that are used in automation and process control and specialty applications.

Union Comments on DuPont Plans to Restructure and Shift Operations to Outside the U.S.

PACE International Union President Comments on DuPont Plans to Restructure And Shift Operations to Outside the U.S.

In a statement released by Boyd Young, president of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), expressed concern over DuPont's announcement that it would slash jobs in the U.S. and Western Europe and shift operations to China and Eastern Europe. PACE currently represents 2,000 workers in six DuPont facilities.

"I believe that DuPont's union and non-union employees will see this announcement as just another example of this company's disregard for the thousands of workers and their communities who built this company," said Young. "We will certainly be challenging this restructuring plan, and believe DuPont workers understand that this is a global challenge requiring greater worker power. No one can fight this alone."

To date, DuPont has invested a total of $700 million in China and built 23 solely invested or joint-venture facilities there. The company employs 3,000 Chinese workers. Other U.S. and Western European chemical companies are also investing heavily in China, which has raised concerns among trade unionists that China will some day become a major exporter of chemicals as companies abandon industrialized countries and their workers. In 2002, the U.S. became a net importer of chemicals for the first time since the country's chemical industry was developed. The result, according to PACE, will be dependence on China for chemicals needed to sustain the overall economy and maintain national security.

Although DuPont has signed onto the United Nation's Global Compact, it is notable that the company has yet to incorporate the compact's mandates covering labor rights into its own mission statement.

"After centuries of isolationist policy, China is now open for business and foreign companies, like DuPont, want to take advantage of poverty-level wages, sweatshops, prison labor and non-existent environmental restrictions while abandoning their plants and communities in the U.S. and Western Europe," said Young. "While we understand new plants will be built abroad as economies develop, the real question is who benefits -- certainly not workers in China, where real unions are nonexistent, or workers in the U.S., where good jobs in the chemical industry are fast disappearing. We expect to see the U.S. flooded with cheap and perhaps unsafe chemical imports from abroad in the not too distant future.

"This announcement makes it perfectly clear that DuPont's number one priority is profit and not its people. We are going to demand a change in that priority and fight to put a human face on DuPont," said Young.

PACE represents 300,000 workers in the paper, oil, chemical, atomic energy, auto parts, grain milling, cement, and industrial minerals industries. www.dupontcouncil.org www.paceunion.org

VDV EXPO – A Must Attend conference March 2004

Every year since 2000, NECA and partners have hosted the annual VDV Expo & Conference. However, last March 2003, they introduced something bigger and better -- the VDV/Integrated Building Systems Conference & Expo.

The name change reflects the reality of the marketplace. Customers are increasingly demanding a one-stop source to meet all their needs for power and integrated building systems work. It can be tough for contractors and installer/technicians to keep up, especially since new technologies, tools and techniques to support this evolving field are being developed every day.

That's why, for this fifth outing, the agenda has been expanded to include sessions on systems integration, security, sound, audio/visual, fiber optics, copper cabling, home networking, LonWorks, power quality, VDV sales and service, and much more. The VDV has attracted new exhibitors, and will be presenting an exciting conference program that is, for the first time ever, open to all.

And that's how you'll leave a winner, taking home new knowledge learned at the only event of its kind and inspired to succeed in the premier growth market of the 21st century. I will be there and look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in March! www.vdvexpo.org

The Light Brigade to the Rescue

Fiber applications are winning widespread approval. Residential fiber (FTTH) and an expanded demand for datacom fiber has created a need for more fiber optic trained technicians. We have dumbsized our ranks and all but eliminated our technical training programs. Resultantly, the cabling contractors have a serious gap in well-trained fiber optic cabling specialists.

We scrutinized the fiber optic training courses and availability and found the Light Brigade. Over 27,000 people have completed a Light Brigade training course making them the leading fiber optic training provider in the world. They have courses for all experience levels -- from the novice with no fiber experience to the seasoned fiber optic installer or designer. We cannot say enough fine things about their quality training. Their courses are widely available and you should check out their website for more information.
www.lightbrigade.com

James Bochat Installed as NEBB President

James Bochat, president of Pro Mechanical Services, Inc. (dba Pro Services), headquartered in Phoenix, Arizone, was elected President of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) at the NEBB Annual meeting. The National Environmental Balancing Bureau is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1971 by contractors in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. NEBB establishes and maintains industry standards, procedures and specifications for work in its various disciplines, which include Testing-Adjusting-Balancing of Air and Hydronic Systems, Sound and Vibration Measurement, Cleanroom Performance Testing and Building Systems Commissioning. www.nebb.org

CDC (Center for Disease Control) planning blood test for DuPont's C-8 (APCO)

This material is an integral part of the DuPont Teflon ® FEP manufacturing process which is widely used in datacom cabling. The results could have a major impact on the construction and price of most datacom cables.

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The EPA is investigating APFO and its relatives because they have been found in the blood of people and wildlife across the country. EPA scientists want to know how the chemicals get into the environment, how they get into people and what harm they might pose now that they are there.

The EPA and some environmental groups requested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study the chemicals and present the findings in the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. A recent news story aired on ABC's 20/20 uncovered information that this material may cause birth defects. abcnews.go.com Teflon Investigation

Structured Cabling magazine becomes Network Cabling magazine- A brave new world for all of us

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” Isaac Asimov

Change is really the only constant in the high tech world that we inhabit. Despite highs and lows of euphoric market booms and drops, technology always marches on, constantly undergoing development, and we in turn evolve to meet new standards and challenges.

In January 2004, we’ll unveil our very first copy of Network Cabling. We’ve renamed our magazine to better reflect you as a reader and the expanded issues that you face. We’ll bring you an expanded editorial lineup which includes a mix of our regular columns that you know and love, and new areas that you need to explore.

Network Cabling will contain the same great stories and information on installation and cabling knowledge, but now you’ll also find in our pages a wealth of information on network infrastructure issues and technology for the end user. We’ll keep the MIS/IT manager informed about why cabling and hardware is essential for the smooth running of the network, and we’ll give the people who are making and installing that hardware a look at how and what those end users are thinking.

The perception of structured cabling as merely a commodity is one that we as an industry constantly face and challenge, especially at the end of the year when people are looking ahead to their buying decisions in 2004. Although market conditions appear to be leveling out and the outlook seems to be brighter for next year, the identity of structured cabling is very different from what it was just a few short years ago. Many in the cabling business have moved towards either diversifying or expanding what they offer in order to meet the challenges of a new marketplace. Technology such as power over Ethernet and now broadband over power cables are stretching the definition of what voice and data telecommunications cabling really is.

Our industry is undergoing a momentous evolution, and we’re reflecting and moving forward with that shift with our readers, our advertisers, and our marketplace. It’s true that the industry can no longer make decisions based on how the world is right now. Join us in January 2004 in taking a look at the world as it will be.

Leslie Wu
Editor

Be sure to check out our new editorial lineup and a preview of the January/February issue of Network Cabling magazine at www.networkcablingmag.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

ACUTA Winter Seminar
Jan 11 – 14
New Orleans, LA
www.acuta.org

BICSI Winter Conference
Jan 12 – 15
Orlando, FL
www.bicsi.org

International CES
Jan 08-11, 2004
Las Vegas, NV
www.internationalces.com

SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies 2004
January 13-15, 2004
Dallas, TX
www.scte.org

International Builder's Show
Jan 19-22, 2004
Las Vegas, NV
www.buildersshow.com 2004

COMNET Expo
January 26-29,2004
Washington DC
www.comnetexpos.com

AHR EXPO
International Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration Expo

January 26 – 28
Anaheim, CA
www.ahrexpo.com

SiCOn/04 - Sensors for Security
Jan 26 -29, 2004
New Orleans, LA
www.siconference.org

FEBRUARY 2004

Electric West 2003
February 2 – 4
Las Vegas, NV
www.electricshow.com

Internet Telephony Conference & Expo
Feb 11-13, 2004
Miami, FL
www.itexpo.org

Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Expo
February 24-26, 2004
Los Angeles, CA
www.ofcconference.org

Broadband Wireless World
February 24-25, 2004
San Diego, CA
www.scievents.com

MARCH 2004

VDV-IBS
Voice – Data – Video & Integrated Buildings Expo

Pre Conference March 8-9
Conference March 10-12
Post Conference March 12-13
www.vdvexpo.com

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