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Issue: June 2003

By: Frank Bisbee


In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee's Buzz'.

The decline and fall of practically everything

The telecom and datacom cabling industry peaked in the 3rd quarter of 2000. Since then, the dot com sizzle has become a real fizzle. The market began to fall in the 4th quarter of 2000 and seems to have bottomed out near the end of the 1st quarter 2003. First quarter results for the datacom cabling industry have dropped nearly 50% since the same period in 2000.

With depressed stock prices and depressing sales results, the pressure on management to deliver the numbers is beyond "intense". When things began to go sour, upper management started pressuring for the quarterly analysis. Later, they narrowed the focus to monthly, and then weekly, and now some organizations have upper management on their backs for daily numbers. This kind of pressure can create serious drug and alcohol problems. Strategic thinking and planned marketing went out the window right after they trashed product development and advertising.

Now you want to hear about the "recovery"? Forgetabouit! Some sectors of the datacom market have expanded in 2003. Coax is getting a major boost from applications in the support structure of wireless. Read " a Comeback for COAX"

CAT 6 sales are slowly increasing as the comfort level improves in the marketplace. The gap has narrowed in costs between fiber optics in the extended backbone and copper based cabling in the LAN. Volume overall is sluggish and real growth in the cabling infrastructure industry should be filed under "fiction".

For almost 3 decades DuPont, the chemical giant, has been a critical component of the cabling industry. Since 1975, DuPont's Teflon ® FEP has been the mainstay material for the construction of cables that are approved for use in return air plenum spaces. Today, there are millions of feet of plenum cable made with Teflon installed in businesses, hospitals, schools, and government buildings. Recently, Teflon has come under investigation for two separate issues. First, the EPA has begun an intensive investigation into the materials used in the manufacture of Teflon. For years, DuPont has been dumping thousands of pounds of waste materials from the production process of Teflon. Environmental groups have challenged the safety of those materials. In a few days, the EPA will be holding its first public hearing on this matter.

Secondly, numerous groups have challenged the safety of Teflon when the material is heated. The headlines of USA Today (April 24, 2003) proclaimed " Out of the frying pan, into a fire". The article developed the issue of space age polymers (like Teflon) are making us sick. The Environmental Working Group unveiled more news on the Toxic Teflon question in the following news item:
DuPont Recruited Volunteers to Smoke Teflon-Laced Cigarettes
Human Experiment Found that Fumes from Heated Teflon Make People Sick

From the cabling perspective, we have volumes of information on Teflon's characteristics for flame and smoke generation. However, there is very little information regarding the generation of toxic fumes from Teflon in normal state, heated environment, or after ignition. Several cable manufacturers have noted the "polymer fume fever" in their employees during the extrusion process.

Both UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) and ETL SEMKO, a division of Intertek Testing Services, test cables made with Teflon for use in return air plenum spaces. These tests determine if the cable passes the requirements for use in plenum spaces as specified by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). These tests do not monitor toxicity. Everything that burns generates toxic fumes is only part of the question. Do these materials generate toxic fumes prior to burning? How toxic are these fumes?

Pet lovers will be quick to tell you that the fumes from a Teflon coated frying pan can kill their pet birds. When you consider the tons of Teflon cables in the air systems of commercial real estate buildings, hospitals, and schools, you should ask "Are the occupants at risk from toxic Teflon fumes?" Hopefully, DuPont, NFPA, OSHA, and EPA will pursue these questions to assure our safety.

There is very little good news when we look back over the past 3 years. Numerous factors have sent the business elevator to the basement and kept it there. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the collapse of the stock market bubble in technology, the shock of September 11th, 2001, the commercial construction doldrums, and most recently, the uncertainty of the war in Iraq and on terrorism. Don't breakout the champagne yet. Today's market is still very unstable.


Recent media attention to Homeland Security has not gone unnoticed by the cabling industry. Electrical and datacom cabling products and practices are being reexamined for improved security and safety. The cover of the May issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine ( ) has the word "SAFETY" emblazoned on a large stack of $100 bills. They warn us to observe " SAFETY - Invest Now or Pay Later". Joe Kelly, Editor, reminds us that this message is no cliché. The Editor's Eye is followed by a timely commentary by Ben Cook, President of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) titled " Promoting Electrical Safety 24/7/365".

Safety is too important to ignore is a philosophy that we must put into practice throughout our cabling industry. To start the ball rolling, go for the simple and obvious areas to improve. In my case, that would be the proper operation of the ladder. For the technician, the humble ladder tops the list of injury agents. OSHA rates the ladder related injuries as #7 in the list of most frequently violated standards by electrical and datacom contractors. We have to give four stars to The Electrical Contractor magazine for the May 2003 issue. It is literally packed from cover to cover (140 pages) with valuable information. In the upcoming months we will expand the focus on job safety to address as many issues as we can identify. Here is an area where your suggestions are welcome and may save someone's life. Send your safety ideas to: .

Security goes hand in hand with safety. There are many things that we can do "on the job" to improve safety and make a major contribution to security. It may sound like a small suggestion, but many of the cabling closets are open to anyone. Try a lock. There is an excellent article on security in the workplace published in the April 2003 issue of Cabling Business Magazine - "Weaving a tight security blanket" by Lee Badman. This article makes some great suggestions for low-tech common sense. Note, this article is not on the CBM website. Many steps that can be made to improve safety and security are inexpensive and easy to accomplish. Do it now.

But that's just my opinion. Frank Bisbee

Lookalike UTP cables sporting false independent-verification marks

In his presentation at the BICSI Spring Conference , Robert Jensen alerted the assembled audience to the emergence of knockoff cables that are packaged to resemble familiar brands, and even carry false marks of independent performance verification.

Jensen took several minutes near the end of his update on National Electrical Code activities to caution members of the audience to look closely when purchasing unshielded twisted-pair cable. Several cable manufacturers, he said, have reported the circulation of knockoff brands, which are often sold in boxes marked to resemble those of familiar brands. Specifically, cable makers Avaya, Belden, Coleman, Genesis, CommScope, Mohawk/CDT, and Nexans (Berk-Tek) said their cables and packaging have been counterfeited. The jackets of many of these cables falsely include the familiar ETL or UL marks, indicating that their performance has been independently verified when in fact it has not.

Jensen said that many of these cables are manufactured outside the United States. It was not immediately clear whether these cables are available through nationally recognized supply houses or through lower-visibility, bargain-basement-type suppliers. Jensen advised users, in the event they find a knockoff brand, to notify the manufacturer whose cables they believed they were purchasing, and to notify UL or ETL/Semko if either mark appears on the cable.

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As reported by Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine - your news and information source for the cabling community.

Fluke Networks Helps BICSI Keep Pace with Emerging Technologies and Installation Best Practices

Fluke Networks (Everett, WA) presented the BICSI training organization with an OptiFiber Certifying OTDR at the BICSI Spring Conference in Denver, Colo. on May 12, 2003. BICSI will incorporate OptiFiber into the fiber curriculum offered at its main training facility in Tampa, Fla.

BICSI courses are based upon industry standards and cover the fundamentals, design, installation and protection of structured cabling systems, LAN and internetworking technologies, and outside plant. Courses that will now utilize the OptiFiber OTDR include the following:

IN200 Installer, Level 2 Training
TE300 Technician Level Training
OF100 Optical Fiber Installation Theory and Technique
TT100 Testing, Certifying, and Troubleshooting Copper and Fiber

"Last year, BICSI Master Instructors taught over 750 Installer Level 2 & Technician students," said Ron Shaver, RCDD/LAN/OSP Specialist and Master Instructor for BICSI. "The Light Source/Power Meter & OTDR theory of operation in the Fiber Optic Testing section of the Installation Manual (TCIM) and the in the workbooks is quite extensive. Having the latest equipment improves the quality of the coursework and makes sure our students are prepared for whatever they encounter in the field. We are grateful to corporate sponsors such as Fluke Networks who help provide the latest installation tools and practices for BICSI training."

About OptiFiber

OptiFiber is the world's first portable, certifying OTDR designed specifically for the fast growing premises and campus fiber markets. It has unparalleled resolution and accuracy specifications and exceeds the proposed requirements of the new TSB-140 standard presently in draft stage. Unlike other OTDRs designed for the telecom market, OptiFiber has optimized pulse width and dynamic range to more accurately test and certify short-haul fiber, accurately pinpointing events spaced as closely as one meter apart. OptiFiber also offers other unique features like ChannelMap graphical diagramming, fiber endface inspection and new LinkWare cable test management software.

For more information about the OptiFiber Certifying OTDR Series, call (888) 401-8473 or visit

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 forming the foundation for 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 approximately 400 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries.

CDT Announces Third Quarter 2003 Results

Cable Design Technologies (NYSE: CDT - News) today announced net income for its fiscal third quarter ended April 30, 2003 of $2.0 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.

Total sales for the third quarter 2003 were $122.1 million versus $129.8 million last year. Favorable foreign currency translation effects had an approximately $7.0 million positive impact on sales as compared to the same period last year.

Cost of goods sold for the third quarter 2003 included charges of $0.7 million primarily relating to exiting leased warehouse space and increasing reserves against inventory to reflect ongoing weakness in the telecommunications market.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $23.2 million during the quarter as compared to $23.6 million last year. SG&A for the third quarter of this year included charges of $0.9 million relating to severance payments and a loss to adjust certain real estate held for sale to fair market value. In addition, the effect of foreign currency translation had a $1.3 million negative impact on the current quarter SG&A as compared to the same period last year.

The previously mentioned cost of goods sold and SG&A charges totaling $1.6 million during the quarter had an after tax impact of $0.02 per diluted share.

Network Communication segment sales for the third quarter 2003 were $70.5 million and represented 57.7% of total company revenues and compares to $77.9 million for last year's third quarter. Gigabit network cable represented 90% of Category 5 and above network cable sales.

Specialty Electronic segment sales for the third quarter 2003 were $51.6 million compared to $51.9 million for the same period last year.

During the third fiscal quarter 2003, the Company reduced debt by approximately $4 million on a cash basis. Capital expenditures and depreciation and amortization expense were approximately $1.4 million and $4.9 million, respectively, for the quarter. Fred Kuznik, CEO of CDT, stated, "The ongoing weaknesses in the global economy continue to require us to streamline our businesses. These actions, combined with our focus on improving our processes through centralization, will pay off with improved financial performance. We continue to reduce operating expenses, generate positive cash flows, and pay down debt which we believe positions us to take advantage of any economic upturn."

About CDT

Cable Design Technologies ( 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.

Quabbin patch cord testing study reveals that most fail

Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. announced today the completion of an extensive evaluation of Category 5e and 6 LAN patch cords.

Cords were purchased on the open market, however, no premise OEM system-proprietary cords were included. They were tested using Fluke Network's recently introduced patch cord test adapter and its DSP 4000 Series Cable Analyzer.

All were tested to the full requirements of TIA/EIA-568-B; including Propagation Delay, Delay Skew, Wire Map, NEXT, and Return Loss.

Over the past months, most people associated with the premise equipment market have become aware that as higher speed protocols are used, patch cords can have a huge impact on LAN performance, error rates, and channel throughput, the company says.

"Until now, most cords have not been tested by either the cord manufacturer or end-user. Most cord buyers simply believe what is printed on the cord's cable jacket or package. Therefore, this test program was designed to determine the current quality level of patch cords and observe if there was any correlation between performance, sales channel, or cost."

Cords were purchased from distributors, retail outlets, assembly houses, and catalog houses. The study showed that most open-market cords do not meet the TIA's published requirements.

It also revealed no correlation between performance and price. "Surprisingly, even though Category 5e requirements are well established, almost 70 per cent of the Category 5e cords failed," the company said. "This fact, combined with a Cat 6 cord failure rate exceeding 80 per cent, makes it clear that cord buyers should be demanding actual test data."

Anixter Inc. Moves Corporate Offices to New Facility in Glenview, Ill

Anixter Inc., the world's leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers, has relocated its global corporate headquarters to Glenview, IL from its former location in Skokie, IL. The new 167,000-sq. ft. two-story building, with lower level, is a showcase for the industry's latest network and specialty cabling applications. It was developed by Wright Architects, Catellus Development Corporation, Clayco Construction and Executive Construction, Inc. It sits on The Glen -- a redevelopment project (20 miles north of Chicago) that was once home to the Glenview Naval Air Station.

The move spanned a four-week timeframe and involved the relocation of 575 Anixter employees. The new facility includes high-tech entry systems, the latest in video surveillance and wireless technologies, and advanced communications cabling for faster data transfer and less downtime. Installing the same state-of-the-art systems Anixter offers to its customers clearly demonstrates the confidence Anixter has in its vendors' products and systems. It also puts the equipment to a real first-hand test. "How else would you get to know about high-bandwidth data cabling's performance without using it yourself," said Pete Lockhart, vice president of new technology. "We designed our corporate office space the same way we would for our enterprise system customers."

To create workplace efficiencies, Anixter installed local and satellite video channel access sent back to all main conference rooms and select individual desktops. Zoned paging systems and background masking are part of the floor plan, and the company even has a debit card system in the cafeteria. During the seamless transition of IT and telecommunication systems, Anixter was able to maintain uninterrupted customer service levels.

One of the steps that Anixter took to ensure it was providing the highest security levels, was to integrate its revolutionary new closed circuit twisted pair (CCTP) video surveillance system into the design of the building. The Anixter engineered system is the very first of its kind to allow video, power and control signals to travel over a single unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable. This system provides security for personnel and property by offering camera coverage for entrances and exits, lobbies and pathways, as well as external cameras to fully monitor grounds around the headquarters complex. The system provides access control for more than 40 doors, with external camera output to be monitored off-site by a third-party through a WAN connection.

According to Bob DeBolt, Vice President of Operations, "We are extremely pleased with the new complex, which offers our employees a pleasant, secure and technologically advanced work environment. We are all excited with our move and delighted to be a part of the growing Glenview community."

About Anixter

Anixter International is the world's leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) more than 185,000 products and nearly $500 million in inventory, 2) 142 warehouses with more than 4.4 million square feet of space, and 3) locations in 175 cities in 40 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.

News from Mohawk/CDT

GigaLAN VoTP as in "Video over Twisted Pair". At the May Bicsi in Denver, Mohawk/CDT displayed a demonstration of video over twisted pair. Three cable types were used; minimum compliant Category 5e (5eLAN), minimum compliant Category 6 (6LAN) and enhanced Category 6 (GigaLAN VoTP 6e+). A television was connected to a 100-meter length of each of the above cables. The output source was from a DVD player with the signal modulated to channel 78 via a CATV head end unit. The difference in performance was immediately recognizable. Bandwidth is directly related to signal loss. As you go up in CATV channels typically spaced at 6 MHz intervals the bandwidth demands increase. Channel 78 represents a bandwidth usage at 547 MHz, pushing the limits of standard category 5e or category 6 cables. GigaLAN VoTP Category 6e+ tested to 650 MHz has bandwidth to spare.

Also new is a redesign of the reelex box. Redesign incorporates a top feeding round payout, re-enforced handles, a side access panel and a table for writing down cable pulls. Also included is a color-coding scheme for both the reelex box and reel-n-box packages. All boxes are a white background with color-coded diagonal strips indicating performance.

· Category 6e+ GigaLAN Blue diagonal strips
· Category 6e AdvanceNet Gold diagonal strips
· Category 6 6LAN Green diagonal stripes
· Category 5e+ MegaLAN Maroon diagonal stripes
· Category 5e 5eLAN Orange diagonal stripes

All packaging includes reverse sequential footage printing of 0 to 1000'. So that if you make several pulls and are wondering how much cable is left on the reel or box, if the footage marker says 452', that is the remaining length.

New ICMS debuts at BICSI Spring Conference in Denver

NORDX/CDT Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies (CDT) Corp., and iTRACS Corp. today launched their new Intelligent Cable Management System at the BICSI Spring Conference in Denver, Colorado. IntelliMAC is an ICMS that monitors physical infrastructure and reports all moves, adds and changes (MACs) to a database, allowing the network to be viewed in real-time.

The product is composed of four main components: The IntelliMAC Patch Cords, Patch Panels, Analysers and Analyser (I/O) Cable Assemblies. That integration allows real-time monitoring of the physical network, detecting every move, add and change and logging these events in a central database, that then can take appropriate actions.

In addition to increasing network security and control, IntelliMAC removes the last major limitation in managing a large, modern network, while providing real-time access to 100 per cent accurate data, the companies say.

When combined with the IntelliMAC intelligent hardware, the iTRACS software monitors the network and all attached devices, the network topology in data centers, communications rooms and wiring closets; and automatically detects both authorized and unauthorized changes; utilizes patent-pending technology to quickly pinpoint wiring trouble spots; alerts IT staff to problems via alarms, emails, pages, user-defined scripts and/or photos; and issues work orders or trouble tickets to initiate corrective action.

All iTRACS circuitry is isolated from the network, ensuring that the system does not impact data flow or network performance.

eXtreme® 6+ system offers breakthrough resilient design

Robust components resist physical layer damage and reduce network downtime

Leviton Voice and Data Division (Bothell, WA) this week announced the next generation of its eXtreme® 6+ cabling system with re-designed connectors, panels, patch cords and a Category 6 version of Levitons unique Angled Panel.

The system features Leviton's innovative connector-based Retention Force technology, which reinforces tine contact in connectors for improved channel performance, protects against damage caused by insertion of 4P and 6P plugs, and ensures consistent error-free performance over the life of the termination. The system meets requirements for channel/component-level performance per TIA/EIA Category 6, and delivers reliable, error-free transmission in an active, real-time network environment.

Optimized for maximum throughput and a zero bit error rate, Leviton's eXtreme 6+ System delivers outstanding headroom, is fast and simple to install, and easily stands up to the rigors of installation, testing and years of use. The ideal system for future-ready networks and mission-critical applications, eXtreme is backed by Leviton's Lifetime Warranty on certified installations.

The new system includes:

eXtreme 6+ Connectors provide critical functionality from workstation to frame and meet all TIA standards for Category 6 performance. Craft-friendly features such as a rear-termination field and universal A/B compatibility increase accessibility and speed terminations. Available in 13 colors for color-coding and organization, Leviton's eXtreme 6+ connectors fit into any QuickPort housing and can be used with other QuickPort modules to support voice, data and video applications.

eXtreme 6+ Patch Panels come in Universal (110-IDC), Angled or QuickPort versions. The PWB panel features a 110-IDC punchdown bezel, a universal wire card labeling scheme, front window labeling, an optional termination standoff for quick data grounding, and comes in 12-, 24- 48- and 96-port configurations.

eXtreme 6+ Angled Patch Panels feature 110-style punchdowns and a unique 'wedge-shaped' design that easily routes cables into vertical cable managers, eliminating the need for front horizontal cable management, and freeing up vertical rack space for increased rack density. Come with a variety of optional angled accessories

eXtreme 6+ QuickPort Panels are loaded with eXtreme 6+ QuickPort Connectors with rear-field 110-style punchdowns, feature color-coded front window labeling, and are available in high-density 24-or 48-port configurations. All panels accommodate universal A/B wiring configurations, mount on standard 19 " equipment racks and accommodate top, bottom or side cable entry.

eXtreme 6+ Patch Cords meet the latest TIA guidelines for Category 6, and come in seven colors and six lengths for versatility and easy adds, moves and changes. The patch cords are stranded for extended flexibility and feature a matching slimline boot for easy access in high-density applications. Custom lengths available.

Berk-Tek Introduces Reel-it, Improved Reel-In-A-Box Packaging Solution

Berk-Tek (New Holland, PA), a Nexans company, introduces Reel-it, a new reel-in-a-box packaging innovation that solves common problems in a cabling installation.

The custom designed box features an adjustable EZ-Brake system that prevents "free-wheeling" of the cable reel?a major source of cable tangling. This braking system allows the installer to select the level of tension and it stops the reel's rotation as soon as the installer lets go.

The box and all of its internal components are made of 100 percent recyclable materials. Reinforced handles are conveniently located at both ends of the top so contractors can carry a box in each hand?saving time on the install without compromising the box or the product. Improved graphics and a coordinated color scheme allow users in the warehouse or on the job site to easily identify the cable series and if the product is plenum (CMP) or riser-rated (CMR).

"Our Reel-it boxes are a part of an ongoing effort to develop solutions that meet our customers' needs for performance, applications and in this case, ease of use," said Dan Kennefick, Berk-Tek Copper Products Business Manager. "We are pleased to offer the Reel-it packaging, following the success of our Tek-Pak "reel-less box".

Berk-Tek HyperPlus Category 5e cables through LANmark-2000 Enhanced Category 6 cables can now be ordered in this state-of-the-art reel-in-a-box package.

Interwire2003 provided a glimmer of hope for industry says WAI - the organizer

It is fair to say that the wire and cable industry was looking to Interwire 2003, held May 10-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center, for signs that better times were ahead. By the type of activity that took place at the event, there was reason to believe that it was so. Many exhibitors reported that they felt more optimistic, that they believed the industry was picking up again. That sense was not an across-the-board experience - excess capacity and especially harsh conditions for some sectors continue to be a problem - but the consensus seemed to be that the climate was more positive than expected, that there was real interest from attendees and that overall conditions and attitudes were improving. Those comments were based on more than just wishful thinking; there were many reports of "meaningful conversations," of equipment being sold on the floor, including some to new and unexpected customers. The positive news of Interwire 2003 was not the numbers of attendees but the quality of those who came. Attendance reflected the impact of the lengthy industry doldrums: actual attendance was 4,622, compared to the 2001 tally of 7,955. Yet the majority of exhibitors said that their expectations had either been met or exceeded.

This news item is presented by Wire World. Wire World provides on-line news service that extracts Wire & Cable Industry news from leading international newspapers and news agencies published daily at Midnight GMT.

An excellent wrap up of global cabling news. Check it out.

Daikin America, Inc. & Bayer Chemicals sign distributor agreement to serve textile industry

Daikin America Inc. is pleased to announce an agreement for Bayer Chemicals Corporation to distribute Unidyne, a fluorochemical-based product designed specifically to meet the needs of most textile and textile related operations. This agreement is expected to enable Daikin and Bayer to better serve the textile industry.

Unidyne is recommended for nearly all types of fabrics to impart oil and water repellency, is compatible with most textile additives, and offers excellent stability in the presence of most dyeing and finishing residuals. Unidyne is designed for excellent wash durability in home laundering as well as commercial cleaning and can be effectively used on micro-fibers.

Daikin America, headquartered in Orangeburg, New York is one of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the US. Daikin provides molding resins, fine powders, aqueous dispersions and melt-processable fluoropolymers for many critical applications. Daikin America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin is Japan's leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and Japan's largest producer of fluorochemical products.

Bayer Corporation's Textile Processing Chemicals business unit supplies the textile industry with a wide range of innovative products and technologies that enhance the appearance, performance, and utility of textiles used in apparel, home fashions, and industrial fabrics.

CSC to market and distribute Catalyst's RapidBOM package

Catalyst Data ( and Communications Supply Corp. ( recently announced that they have formed an alliance to market and distribute RapidBOM, a network-infrastructure design and estimating system.

RapidBOM is a complete PC-based network design and estimating system for the voice and data market. It enables the user to establish and standardize on a design process that automatically creates a bill of materials (BOM) and labor costs. It includes Microsoft Project to design a complete network including premises infrastructure and outside plant with route construction.

RapidBOM's product catalog contains more than 60,000 commonly used items from more than 80 manufacturers, and includes product specification drawings. Another feature of the program is installation labor units for each product based on the project's geographic area (which is user-customizable). The user inputs basic information, such as cable lengths, cable-closet distance, cable type, and network-closet placement. The program calculates the materials needed, associated part numbers, and labor costs to complete the job. It produces a BOM that is ready to be e-mailed to CSC for project pricing, then returned to the user to be imported into the application.

ISO9001:2000. is quite an improvement over ISO9001:1996

It has been suggested that all ISO 9000 certification meant was that a bureaucratic paper trail had been put in place whereby it was possible to trace where a screw up occurred, by whom and why? And that the only prerequisite to maintain ISO 9000 certification was to have enough filing cabinets to store the records that showed how good or bad a company's production quality was. We asked a senior test manager at Nortel to comment and learnt that: The new version of ISO9001:2000 requires continual improvement in all metrics being measured. In other words you have to have less mistakes each year. The original ISO9001:1996 specification focused on document what you do and do what you document. This was done to get people on to some sort of standardized format of record keeping.

The second version of ISO9001:2000 takes the standard one step further and now asks what are you doing about it. The standard still does not ask for or guarantee a basic quality level for products such as AQAP, MIL-STD or IPC standards. What the standard does do is demonstrate that basic repeatable management practices are adhered to and that the processes are in place to impart corrective action into the organization based on issues encountered. The ISO14001 environmental standard is much more regimented and has certain improvement targets that must be set and met. The third level of standards which is a subset of ISO9001 is the TL, AS ...standards. For the telecommunications industry the TL9000 standard applies and in order to be TL9000 qualified we have to meet some prescribed minimum product quality standards such as reliability, availability, and return.

* This news item is presented by Wire World. Wire World provides on-line news service that extracts Wire & Cable Industry news from leading international newspapers and news agencies published daily at Midnight GMT. An excellent wrap up of global cabling news. Check it out.

Note: NORDX/CDT Inc. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies was the first end-to-end structured cabling system manufacturer to obtain the new 2000 version of the ISO 9001 system quality standard.

Furakawa dragged into loss by US unit

Furukawa Electric, the world's second largest maker of optic fiber, made a record annual loss and is likely to remain in the red this year as it continues to reduce an overhang of capacity from the internet bubble. The company, whose cables are used for high-speed data transmission, said on Friday that its net losses in the 12 months to March spiraled to Y114bn, against a 3.4bn loss in the previous year. It also made an operating loss of Y43.9bn as sales fell 8 per cent to Y710.6bn. The company said the weakness of its US optic fiber subsidiary accounted for a large part of the decline. Furukawa forecast a loss of Y32.6bn for the current fiscal year but said strengthening in certain parts of its business in the last 8 months was likely to continue. Sales of copper lead frames used in semiconductors picked-up, as did telecoms spending in Japan. Furukawa purchased its US unit from Lucent Technologies in November 2001 but since then has struggled to cut its production capacity to catch up with deep spending cuts made by telecoms carriers following the bursting of the internet bubble. The company said it planned to cut hundreds more jobs at the US unit and would announce details in the next two months. It has already reduced the number of employees at the unit from 6,300 to 2,090 since 2001.

* This news item is presented by Wire World. Wire World provides on-line news service that extracts Wire & Cable Industry news from leading international newspapers and news agencies published daily at Midnight GMT. An excellent wrap up of global cabling news. Check it out.

AlphaGary & DuPont Fluoroproducts to jointly develop communications cabling products

AlphaGary Corporation and DuPont Fluoroproducts announced they have signed a joint development agreement to develop and commercialize new fluoropolymer compounds for data cable applications.

According to the agreement, the companies will combine the DuPont patented fluoropolymer technology with AlphaGary's compounding expertise to develop new products aimed at the North American plenum and limited combustible duct cable market, as well as the European Construction Products Directive (CPD) Class A & B cable, and emerging Chinese high-performance data cable markets. The companies also hope to participate in the advancement of codes and standards for cabling products in all regions.

Specifically, the joint development agreement will focus on developing and commercializing new products for jacketing, insulation/buffers, and crosswebs used in Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP), Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) coaxial, fire alarm, and fiber optic cable applications.

"Fluoropolymers represent the best available technology for electrical performance and fire safety," said Patrick Lindner, global business manager - data communications, for DuPont Fluoroproducts. "We believe that, by combining those inherent material qualities with AlphaGary's compounding technologies, we can develop differentiated, next generation products that create technical advances for end users, perhaps in the form of increased fire safety or bandwidth capabilities."

Fluke Networks Introduces the Industry's First Test Plug to Fulfill Category 6 Open Cabling System Requirements

New DSP-PM06 Personality Module Overcomes the Interoperability Challenges of Cat 6 and Receives Acclaim from Connectivity Vendors Worldwide

With industry approval from over 20 leading connectivity vendors around the world, Fluke Networks unveiled its new DSP-PM06 Personality Module for use with the DSP-4300 and OMNIScanner2 Cable Analyzers. PM06 is the industry's first test plug to ensure Cat 6 interoperability in addition to compliance. Its unique "center plug" design removes the variability found in vendor specific patch cords and test plugs so installers can accurately certify an "open" cabling system.

"While there are many challenges in specifying a Category 6 cabling system, perhaps the most difficult is certifying the interoperability between Category 6 components from different manufacturers," said Jeff Lime, business unit manager for Infrastructure SuperVision Solutions at Fluke Networks. "Until now, to get a Cat 6 installation, a user had to purchase all cabling and components from a single manufacturer. With the introduction of the PM06, network owners and installers can test and certify that their connecting hardware and patch cords are Category 6 component compliant, no matter which manufacturer's component they may have chosen.

PM06 is the first and only centered, shielded test plug giving users a higher degree of confidence when it comes to Cat 6 compliance and interoperability testing. The unique PCB-based, cable-free design of the PM06 fully complies with all plug specifications of the Cat 6 component standards, but is situated in the center of the performance ranges defined by the standards. This design ensures that all PM06 modules are identical so that test results will have little or no variability. This consistency in results allows users to compare the performance of different cabling solutions in the most reliable, fair and predictable way. PM06 supports all UTP, FTP and ScTP cabling systems.

Price and Availability

DSP-PM06 Personality Modules are available now from Fluke Networks distribution partners worldwide. A pair of PM06 plugs for the DSP-4300 or OMNIScanner2 is priced at $150 (U.S. list). For more information or to see the growing list of PM06 supporters, visit\pmmatrix, .

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 forming the foundation for 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 approximately 400 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries.

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) aids in promotion of InfoComm

The International Communications Industries Association, Inc.® (ICIA®) is pleased to announce that the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is partnering with ICIA to bring the InfoComm audiovisual trade show, which will take place June 3 to 5, 2003 in Orlando, Fla., to the attention of the building automation community.

"The InfoComm audience will be enriched by the presence of CABA members at the show," commented Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., ICIA's executive director. "Early planning for integration of audiovisual technologies is an important aspect of building automation that's sometimes overlooked. InfoComm is the ideal opportunity for those involved to broaden their technical knowledge in this critical area."

CABA members will be encouraged to attend the show through distribution of promotional brochures, e-mail blast announcements and website links, as well as an invitation to participate in the Spring 2003 Home & Building Automation QUARTERLY. In return, ICIA is giving CABA, as an association alliance partner, increased visibility by recognizing CABA as an event endorser in the InfoComm 03 Show Guide, Show Daily, website and signage at the Show. ICIA is also providing free passes to CABA members to visit the InfoComm 2003 exhibition.

"CABA is quite pleased with the work that the ICIA has done in the audiovisual part of the industry," said Ron Zimmer, CABA president and CEO. "It is becoming quite evident that the integration of all systems from the design stage all the way up to commissioning will play a key role in the success of all companies in this industry."

In addition, select seminars and events will cover areas of interest to attendees from CABA, such as the integration of AV and IT, user interface issues, technology comparisons, videoconferencing networking solutions, digital television, understanding echoes and bandwidth, and rich streaming media.

More information and show registration is available on the ICIA website,

About CABA

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is the only industry association for companies involved in integrated systems and the automation of buildings and homes. A number of resources the CABA Home & Building Automation QUARTERLY (average of 20 million unique visitors per month), CABA's monthly eBulletin (approximately 17,000 subscribers), Information Series reports, Event Reports, eVents and the CABA website have positioned CABA as Your Information Source for Home & Building Automation. Visit for more information.

NetClear® Announces Three New Fiber Optic Channel Solutions for Advanced Network Requirements

NetClear, the Berk-Tek/Ortronics alliance offering maximized dynamic performance for real world networks, announced today the launch of three new fiber optic channel solutions developed to facilitate advanced network requirements. The new fiber optic solutions – NetClearMM1, NetClearMM10, and NetClearSM, offer horizontal, backbone and campus solutions that guarantee high speed performance and network longevity.

NetClearMM1 fiber optic solutions feature Berk-Tek's GIGAlite' multimode fiber, guaranteed to support Gigabit Ethernet to industry leading distances, and Ortronics OptiMo multimode (62.5/125 and 50/125) optical fiber connectivity. NetClearMM10 fiber optic solutions include Berk-Tek's GIGAlite-10 multimode fiber, also guaranteed to support Gigabit Ethernet to industry leading distances, as well as Ortronics OptiMo10G multimode (50/125) optical fiber connectivity. The NetClearMM10 fiber optic solutions provide superior performance for 10 Gigabit applications by ensuring specifications that meet or exceed industry requirements.

The NetClear multimode fiber optic solutions offer guaranteed performance well beyond the IEEE and Fibre Channel distance limitations for standard multimode fiber optic cable and are guaranteed for applications including 10Base-FL, 100Base-SX/100Base-FX, ATM 155/ATM 622, 1000Base-SX/1000Base-LX, Fibre Channel 1.062/2.125, 10GBase-SR, and 10GBase-LX.4.

The NetClearSM fiber optic solution combines Berk-Tek's singlemode fiber with Ortronics OptiMo singlemode optical fiber connectivity for performance well beyond the IEEE and Fibre Channel distance limitations for standard singlemode fiber optic cable. The singlemode solution guarantees ATM 155/ATM 622, 1000Base-LX, Fibre Channel 1.062/2.125, 10GBase-LR, 10GBase-ER, and 10GBase-LX.4 applications.

For more information on the new NetClear fiber optic cabling solutions, or more information on the Berk-Tek/Ortronics NetClear alliance, call 1-877-96CLEAR or visit our web site at You can also visit the Berk-Tek web site at and the Ortronics web site at

About NetClear®

NetClear offers end-to-end modular engineered solutions for enhanced Category 5e, Category 6 and optical fiber channels - all backed by a 25-year warranty. In addition to the new NetClear fiber optic solutions are the NetClearGT, NetClearGT2 and NetClearGT3 high performance copper solutions. NetClear solutions encompass all horizontal and backbone systems including high-performance interface cords, workstation outlets, cross-connect panels and enhanced performance horizontal and backbone cabling.

About the NetClear Alliance

NetClear is a Technology and Marketing Alliance between Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, and Ortronics to further advance their enhanced copper and fiber cabling solutions through NetClear, an innovative, high capacity, clear data transmission system. NetClear assures maximum dynamic performance for real world networks.

About Berk-Tek

For more than 40 years, Berk-Tek, a Nexans company 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 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.

About Ortronics

Ortronics Inc., the Performance and Flexibility People, headquartered in New London, Connecticut USA, is a global leader in commercial Category 5e and 6 high performance, high capacity enhanced frequency channels, fiber optic and small commercial/residential 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, interface 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 Inc. has sales offices in the USA, Canada, Central/South America, Europe and Asia, and production facilities in the USA, Mexico and Asia.

Siemon Launches 10G ipTM - The World's Highest Performing Structured Cabling System

10G ip™ combines Siemon's 10Gb/s XGLO™ Fiber Solution with the two best performing copper cabling systems available – TERA™ and 10G 6™ – to deliver a network cabling infrastructure that is unsurpassed in the industry

Watertown, CT - The network cabling industry is more competitive today than ever before. Staying ahead of the technological curve is a challenge, but one that Siemon has met repeatedly over the years. Now, as the company celebrates its centennial year, Siemon, a world leader in network cabling systems, is proud to announce its new 10G ipTM solution. Enterprises today are doing extraordinary things with their networks – running applications that they only dreamed about a few years ago. Today’s enterprises need a networking infrastructure built to handle the emerging bandwidth-intensive, IP-based applications. 10G ipTM was created specifically for this purpose and gives enterprise customers the ability to maximize their investment in IP networking equipment while decreasing costs and improving revenues. 10G ipTM features Siemon’s 10 Gb/s XGLO™ fiber products, TERA™ – the world’s best performing copper cabling system delivering 1.2 GHz of usable bandwidth and 10G 6™ – the highest performing Category 6 (6e) cabling system with linear performance and usable bandwidth to at least 625 MHz. Siemon’s 10G ip™ delivers the power enterprise customers need to grow their businesses.

"Today’s businesses are looking for innovative ways to increase productivity and to ensure the safety of their employees and the security of their intellectual property," says Carl Siemon, President of The Siemon Company. "Increasingly, they expect their significant investment in IT to provide productivity and security benefits that translate directly to their bottom line. Whether it’s high tech manufacturing with video monitoring, the implementation of Voice over IP or some other advanced application, two things remain constant: it’s all becoming IP-based and it’s all running over your network cabling system. 10G ipTM gives your business the foundation it needs to succeed in today’s increasingly connected world."

10G ipTM is the culmination of years of research and development and combines the best of Siemon technology. XGLO™ Fiber cabling, Siemon’s newest fiber system, features singlemode and multimode LC and SC style laser optimized components and is designed for applications ranging from 1Gb/s to 10 Gb/s backbones to fiber to the desk. TERA™, the undisputed leader in copper cabling performance, is ideal for multimedia transmission over a single STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) cable. With the capability to handle voice, data and video simultaneously over a single horizontal link, the TERA™ system and its components offer full compliance to the new international class F, category 7, and BCT (broadcast communications technologies per ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 N 822 FCD dated 2002-12-09) standards. 10G 6™, Siemon’s leading Category 6 cabling system, is the best choice for UTP and screened (ScTP) cabling to the work area. Combined, these products make up the 10G ipTM solution, and deliver the world’s best performing and most complete cabling system options.

All 10G ipTM systems and components are currently available and shipping. For more information about 10G ipTM and what it can do for your network, please visit the 10G ipTM section of our web site at

About The Siemon Company

The Siemon Company, a world leader in network cabling systems, is a privately held company with four generations of manufacturing excellence. Established in 1903, Siemon is a global leader in the design and manufacture of standards-based structured cabling systems and components.

Xerox Researchers Develop Breakthrough Technology to Bring Benefits of Fiber Optics to Small Businesses and Homes

Available for Licensing, Innovation Expected to Drive Down Cost to Extend Fiber Optic Reach

Although the information superhighway is here, the "off-ramps" are more like one-lane dirt roads because of the high cost of routing fiber optic networks that last mile.

However, a new technology from Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) could help change that, by assisting the effort to bring affordable, high-capacity fiber optics directly to businesses and even homes for the first time.

The technology breaks the bandwidth barrier that exists today by integrating an Optical MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) photonic switch with planar light circuits on a single silicon chip small enough to fit on a fingertip - a first ever achievement.

The new switch promises to provide rapid delivery of optical services by providing the functionality of a Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (R-OADM), a routing device that's commonly used today but is 10 to 100 times as large and costly.

"Optical networks based on our technology could go way beyond delivering on-demand DVD-quality videos in homes," said Joel Kubby, a technical manager at Xerox's Wilson Center for Research and Technology in Webster, N.Y. "Our switch could help usher in a new era of undreamed-of Internet applications, changing the way we do business, seek information and find entertainment."


Today's optical networking equipment must switch from the optical to the electronic domain. Xerox's technology enables switching in the all-optical domain. Because it controls the flow of light rather than the flow of electrons, it is ultimately faster, smaller and cheaper.

"With the Xerox switch, an entire R-OADM can be compressed into 2 cm x 1.5 cm in size, and can direct enormous amounts of data in ways that currently require large racks of assembled equipment," Kubby said. "Our technology would let telecommunications companies install systems locally and even on utility poles."

"Waveguides" are very small conductors of light, about 5 to 6 microns or 1/10 the thickness of a human hair. The Xerox MEMS waveguide shuttle acts like a miniature train track switch for the fine waveguides, avoiding the problems of earlier, mirror-based MEMS switches.

The MEMS switches and waveguides are made together on a single crystal silicon wafer using widely available semiconductor processing equipment. Such on-chip integration avoids the complex alignment issues associated with manually connecting different and larger components with optical fibers, and avoids the cost and space associated with manufacturing, assembling and packaging the separate components of Add/Drop Multiplexers.

In addition, the new technology eliminates the need for technicians to make routing changes in the field, ultimately bringing bandwidth to consumers faster.

Kubby created a working prototype 8-channel reconfigurable OADM. Xerox intends to commercialize this technology through licensing to leading companies in the optical switching market.

"Global consumption of OADMs was $101 million in 2001 and will surge to $1.03 billion in 2006," according to Jeff D. Montgomery, chairman and founder of market research firm ElectroniCast Corp. "The most rapid growth is expected in fully reconfigurable devices."

Xerox MEMS Heritage

The new optical switch technology builds on a broadly enabling MEMS fabrication platform developed under a grant provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in its Advanced Technology Program. Xerox is the lead partner in the Optical MEMS Manufacturing Consortium, and Kubby is the principal investigator for the consortium's project. Other partners include Palo Alto Research Center, a subsidiary of Xerox; Corning IntelliSense, a MEMS foundry and software company; Microscan, a data acquisition firm; and Coventor, a MEMS software company. They are tasked with developing a manufacturing process for Optical MEMS, which can be used broadly.

"Taking advantage of our MEMS knowledge to create breakthrough technology for telecommunications and other industries is an outgrowth of our core MEMS research for internal Xerox applications in digital printing," said Kubby.

At Xerox, Kubby and his team began conducting MEMS research in 1993, Optical MEMS in 1998. Using Optical MEMS, Xerox is working to improve color image quality during the color reproduction process. Optical MEMS devices could eventually eliminate the need for high-cost precision manufacturing of components that stabilize movement in Xerox photoreceptor belts.

Xerox Corporation, one of the world's top technology innovators, spends about $1 billion annually on research and development. It operates research and technology centers in the United States, Canada and Europe that conduct work in color science, computing, digital imaging, work practices, electromechanical systems, novel materials and other disciplines connected to Xerox's expertise in printing and document management. Xerox consistently builds its inventions into business by embedding them in superior Xerox products and solutions, using them as the foundation of new businesses, or licensing or selling them to other entities. For more information, visit

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Berk-Tek appoints director of new business development

Berk-Tek A Nexans Company has promoted Phil Radics, RCDD to director of new business development.

In his new role, Radics will be responsible for identifying and developing strategic sales and marketing plans for the telecom and OEM market segments and for Berk-Tek's optical fiber products.

Radics has held various sales and marketing roles with Berk-Tek, most recently as strategic market manager-telecom-OEM. Prior to that, he worked for JDS Uniphase and IBM. He has a bachelor's degree from California State University Fresno, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the United States Army telecommunications School.

"Phil has made significant contributions to our sales and marketing strategies, including the inception of the OASIS and contractor programs," says Paul Trunk, Sr., vice president of sales and marketing for Berk-Tek. "He also developed critical business relationships with strategic customers and I am confident that we will continue to benefit from his expertise in his new role."

Berk-Tek manufactures more than 100 different network copper and optical fiber cable products. The company has manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit

Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco highlighted the importance of apprenticeship in her keynote speech at the 2003 IEC Legislative Conference

The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes the importance of apprenticeship programs as "a significant part of the answer" in addressing the skilled labor shortage and in preparing America's workforce for the 21st century. Emily Stover DeRocco, U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), said just that in her keynote presentation to the IEC membership last week at the Annual IEC Legislative Conference. She also stated that she realizes 35-45 percent of the construction workforce is trained through apprenticeship programs.

"I believe the apprenticeship system holds tremendous promise to be an important part of the solution for some of the most serious workforce issues we are going to be facing into the foreseeable future," Assistant Secretary DeRocco said. "In fact, we have implemented a major effort called the Advancing Apprenticeship Initiative, a program which I'm sure many of youare familiar with."

DeRocco addressed four main goals for improving the apprenticeship program: expanding access to the apprenticeship programs to employers, especially those in new and emerging industries; strengthening linkages with the workforce investment and educational systems; increasing the number and diversity of apprentices; and enhancing the quality of apprenticeship programs. DeRocco was quick to point out that these are not merely goals they picked because they fit their agenda.

"These goals are indeed areas that were highlighted in a September 2001 study by the General Accounting Office, backed by the Federal Committee on Registered Apprenticeship report -- a committee on which Bob Baird, our Vice President of Apprenticeship and Training, is active," said Gary Baumgartner, IEC National Immediate Past President and Past Chair of IEC National

Apprenticeship and Training Committee. "Assistant Secretary DeRocco also informed the membership that these goals were supported by forum and focus groups on Advancing Apprenticeship - in which many IEC chapters and members from across the country participated."

Assistant Secretary DeRocco thanked IEC for its hard work with respect to promoting the apprenticeship program. Currently, IEC trains approximately 12,000 electrical apprentices per year. For more information on the IEC apprenticeship program, which is federally approved, please call (703) 549-7351 or email <>.

Established in 1957, IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors' ) is a trade association made up of more than 3,200 merit shop electrical and systems contractors with 73 chapters nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., IEC is the nation's premier trade association representing America's independent electrical and systems contractors. IEC National aggressively works with the industry to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop - a philosophy that promotes the concept of free enterprise, open competition and economic opportunity for all.


We recently received our copy of the Power Outlet (a publication of Rexel, Inc.) volume 3, No 2. This issue is awesome. You can read it cover to cover or just pick the goodies that interest you. I have to warn you, this publication is addictive. The reader is attracted to one section after another. It's interesting and paced to review in bite size chunks. The Power Outlet Magazine is the closest thing to "Readers Digest" for the electrical contractor industry.

Power Outlet is a distributed quarterly publication by Rexel, Inc. for the use of its customers, employees, and vendors. If you are doing business with Rexel, you probably receive this magazine already.

The cover story of the April issue of Cabling Business Magazine is an article about the New Jersey Transit - a CCTP case study. Co-authors Pete Lockhart and Frank LaPlante of Anixter, discuss the utilization of smart equipment to maintain security and video surveillance. Get a good overview on video surveillance over CCTP - Closed Circuit Twisted Pair.

Structured Cabling Magazine - Fiber Optics, CAT 6 cable, CAT 6 connectors, racks, trays, and cabinets; all add up to big bucks. If you invest in the infrastructure without a management and records system, you are doomed to repeat the process and lose the asset over and over again. Cabling systems must be managed in order to maximize the value of this critical asset. For more information on this issue, read, "Managing the maze" What to consider when selecting your cable management system" By Kristyna Miller and Monique Bois

Cabling Systems Magazine - May 2003 issue cover story, "Structured Health Risks"

"The industry currently has two burning issues it needs to confront. One relates to environmental air plenums being turned into a toxic fire hazard. The other involves the lead used as a stabilizer in many plenum-rated cables becoming an airborne toxin. There are new developments occurring on both fronts." By Perry J. Greenbaum.

Building Operating Management Magazine - This publication will help the cabling contractor to understand the needs, issues and priorities of the commercial real estate world. Building Operating Management is one of the top publications for the executives and purveyors in the world of real estate property management. Read the May issue cover story:

"Homeland Security Hits Home" How war in Iraq and a Code Orange alert brought tighter facility security. by Edward Sullivan, editor, with contributions from David Kozlowski, senior editor, Mike Lobash, executive editor, and Loren Snyder, managing editor.

Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine is one of the Pennwell publications that addresses the cabling industry. Their other publications also address many other aspects of technology that compliment the cabling infrastructure. Pennwell's Lightwave magazine addresses the fiber optic side of the cabling industry.

In the April issue of CI & M, there is a good article for the contractor about airport security installations without delays by Patrick McLaughlin, Chief Editor of CI &M. Working in a SECURITY ZONE is a growing requirement in the cabling world.

In the May issue of CI & M, there is an excellent article - "Making the most of cramped telecom rooms" by Brian Milligan, senior associate editor for Cabling Installation & Maintenance. article
Read it and get informed!

Another fine publication is Outside Plant Magazine . - "Infrastructure Solutions for the Networks Edge". In the May 2003 issue is a fine feature titled "Wake Up Call" by Jerry Moran. - "What is the difference between an easement and a right of way? Knowing the difference and choosing the right one for your company can save time and money". Another fine monthly feature is "Shortshots" by Bob Styoffels. Check it out.

Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. is pleased to announce that Ronald J. Ruggiero has been promoted to President. Since joining HCM in 1988, Ruggiero has led the company through 3 plant expansions and streamlined productivity to grow revenue by 400%. With over 27 years of experience in cable manufacturing and plant management, Ruggiero will successfully lead HCM's production, engineering, sales, and marketing teams using his proven hands-on management approach.

Brian Griggs, HCM's Senior Vice President, expands on Ruggiero's longstanding contribution to the company. Ron's promotion represents a milestone in HCM's history as he is the first non-Japanese President of a Hitachi Cable Ltd. overseas subsidiary. Obviously, this is a testimony to Ron's strength as a leader and his commitment to success here at HCM. We look forward to realizing continued growth under Ron's direction.

Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (HCM) manufactures premise telecommunications, optical fiber, and electronics cables in a modern 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire. State-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and advanced engineering technology enables HCM to produce a wide range of products to meet all industry-standard and custom cable needs. HCM is a division of Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (HCL). With an annual budget of over $130 million for R&D of cable products alone, HCL is part of the Hitachi family that is listed as one of the world's largest corporations.

ACUTA Ride the Wave of Change in Hollywood, Florida

In today's economy virtually every campus must reexamine programs and cut costs. The upcoming ACUTA (Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education) Conference and Exhibition, July 27-31 in Hollywood, Florida will provide numerous opportunities to maximize your efficiency and revitalize your attitude.

Here's what ACUTA's 32nd Annual Conference has to offer:

1. Four general session speakers and more than 50 breakout sessions on a variety of topics presented by your peers from across North America

2. Four compelling pre-conference seminars covering mobile computing, network security, infrastructure planning and IT policies.

3. High-quality networking with around 500 campus communications technology professionals

4. An exhibit hall filled with information on new technology and communications solutions

ACUTA events are tailored to your needs. We are so certain that you will benefit we offer a money-back guarantee!

Ready to register? Need to know more? Please go to .

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Calendar of Events

Anixter Annual Network Performance Seminar Series

Register at

San Francisco, CA June 5th
Rochester, NY June 19th
Louisville, KY June 26th
Chicago, IL July 10th

June 3-5, 2003
Atlanta, GA USA

BCC conference on Flame Retardancy
June 2- 4
Stamford, CT

Microsoft Tech Ed 2003
June 1-6
Dallas TX

Infocomm 2003
June 3 - 5
Orlando, Fl

The Electric Show
June 10 - 12
Washington DC

NCTA National Cable & Telecommunications Association
June 8 - 11
Chicago, IL

ACUTA 32nd Annual Conference
July 27 - 31
Hollywood, FL



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