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Issue: MAY 2003

By: Frank Bisbee

In This Issue
 

Bits N' Pieces

 

Bisbee's Buzz

The war in Iraq is winding down and the casualties could have been far worse.

We are still praying for the safe return of all of our troops. Now, if the economy would be so kind as to show some improvement. There are a few rays of sunshine in the cabling industry. Cabling Design Technologies (CDT) and Anixter International (AXE) are showing some positive signs of improvement.

DuPont (DD) has long been associated with the cabling industry because of its fire resistant material, Teflon ® FEP. Recent news stories have revealed an investigation by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) into the materials used in the manufacture of Teflon products. In mid-April, the EPA announced concerns about a widely used chemical called perfluorinated acid (PFOA). Laboratory test on rats have shown reduced fetal weight of pups, delays in maturation and kidney problems - and 92% of Americans tested had trace amounts of this chemical in their blood.

Anything that may generate birth defects is likely to generate emotional responses. Typically, when we ask the age-old question: " Do you want a boy or a girl?" the perspective parent often responds with: " I don't care, as long as it's healthy." Birth defects are one of the most traumatic horrors that any parent may face. We support a complete investigative probe into PFOA and bisphenol A materials. Both of these chemicals, which are used in fluoroproducts manufacture by DuPont, may cause genetic defects.

For more information on this important news story, here are a few links:


"Out of the frying pan, into a fire",
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-04-23-teflon-usat_x.htm

EPA - POFA Fact Sheet
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/pfoa/pfoafcts.pdf

Washington Works C-8 Inform - by DuPont
http://www.c-8inform.com/

Environmental Working Group
www.ewg.org

DuPont confronted over chemical's safety
EPA and W. Va. lawsuit challenge risks posed by C-8, used to make Teflon Delaware on line story
http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/04/13dupontconfronte.html


The breaking story on DuPont's Teflon "Out of the frying pan, into a fire", may have some remarkable effects on the cabling industry. Most obvious of the possible scenarios is the re-emergence of plenum rated cables that do not contain Teflon FEP. The zero-halogen 4 pair UTP plenum cables have been considered before and even manufactured in the USA. The material costs for this type of cable, which uses polyolefin as the primary insulation material, are much lower than Teflon. The shift in product could dramatically reduce the cost of plenum cable.

Although the polyolefin has a higher fuel load than Teflon, the removal of abandoned cable, as required by the NEC 2002, will probably offset the increased fire hazard.

Another major area of impact on the cabling industry may be increased demand for fiber optic cables instead of traditional copper datacom cables. As the fiber optic backbone extends further into the horizontal plane with zone cabling applications, the demand for copper cable is diminished.

Once before we have seen the effect of the law of supply and demand on Teflon in the cabling industry. Several years ago, a shortage in Teflon jacked the prices for plenum cable up to astronomical levels. This time the effect could be exactly the reverse. Between polyolefin insulation and increased fiber demand, the prices for copper based CMP (plenum rated) cable could plummet.

We cannot pretend that these outside events will not have serious repercussions on the cabling world. If the EPA's investigation into Teflon toxicity reveals real problems, the shift to alternative materials may result in a much more desirable environmental impact.

When we refer to the cabling as infrastructure, we acknowledge the responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. This responsibility applies to environmental (including indoor air quality) safety as well as fire safety. Many building owners are reeling with the liability issues of mold, asbestos, lead in paint, lead in cabling, and, now, endocrine disruptors in the infrastructure. Building owners want safety in a balanced formula that considers all of the factors. Contractors want safe working conditions for their cable installers. Any move to improve these areas of safety is a win / win scenario for all parties.


In this arcane cabling industry we have a tendency to get caught up in the micro-technology aspects of the systems. Sometimes we forget the basics (you know, the big stuff). Here are few checkpoints to ground your thinking.


1) You must have a complete dialogue with your customer. Sometimes a small strategic fact can radically alter the cabling system design. A jobsite pre-survey is a good move.

2) You should have a full service distributor that can provide technical support in the cabling system design and implementation.

3) The cabling infrastructure is an asset. It must be fully documented (records, testing and labels) in order to capture the full value. Dependable test equipment is very important.

4) Safety Is Too Important To Ignore. We should not put the installer or the customer in harms way (i.e., mold, asbestos, lead and other hazards in the plenum spaces). Sometimes protective clothing, masks and respirators may be prudent.

5) Knowledge of the codes & standards that apply to the job is a must. Many contractors fall short in this area.

6) Training - Formal, Association training, On The Job Training (OJT), staying current through industry publications, and cruising the Internet for in depth information on the cabling challenges that you face.

7) And finally, Bisbee's Law of Business: " If it's not in writing, it didn't happen". How many millions of dollars are lost because the contractor failed to document job changes and add orders.


Industry special interest groups often have impressive names. We have to look beyond the cover on the book to see the real story. The spin-doctors are hard at work creating images that may be misleading or deceptive. Recently, we received a technical report from a research foundation that looked just like a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report. It wasn't. It was "super spin" of technical data by a consultant working for a manufacturer. The disclaimer in the back of the report stated that the foundation disclaimed the information in the report and it was just the author's opinion. UNBELIEVABLE!

Remember, the "advertorial" content may also include some valuable information to help the industry reader. You have to separate the wheat from the chaff.


The economy continues to drag along and even the great Greenspan can't forecast a strong recovery. We checked with several contractors to get a "reading" on the cabling business conditions. All of the firms that we contacted indicated the major projects were still being held up. The only sizable projects seemed to be related to the GEMS (Government, Education, Medical Sector). Michelle Gilleo, Vice President of Communication Planning Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, said, " The MAC (Moves, Adds & Changes) activity is picking up and we see some projects in the next quarter. These projects are usually tied to a relocation activity." Many leases are being renegotiated and some of the commercial real estate "deals" are too good to pass up. We are seeing some "cable mining" as the tenants move and the abandoned cable is removed in accordance with the NEC 2002.

But that's just my opinion. Frank Bisbee


Belden reports loss on weak communications market

Belden Inc. (www.Belden.com) reported a loss of $2.3 million, or 9 cents per share, on sales of $196.3 million in the first quarter as the St. Louis-based cable and wire products supplier continued to bear the brunt of weak demand in its communications segment. In the year-ago quarter, Belden posted net earnings of $1.2 million, or 5 cents per share, on sales of $207.1 million.


Belden (www.belden.com )recorded sales in its electronics segment of $137.0 million, flat with the year-ago quarter. But sales in the communications segment fell to $59.3 million from $70.0 million a year ago.

"These results reflect that fact that, while our electronics markets continue to be relatively stable, the communications market is weakening and has been very difficult for us to forecast," said C. Baker Cunningham, chairman and chief executive of Belden.

Belden expects to close its Kingston, Ontario communications cable plant at the end of June and plants in Australia and Germany later in the year. The actions are expected to save $7 million annually.

The company forecasts a seasonal revenue improvement the second quarter, but expects to post a moderate earnings loss as its communications segment continues to operate below the breakeven point.

http://www.ebnews.com/showArticle?articleID=9100005


AT&T Wireless Offers Wireless Phone Recycling

AT&T Wireless has announced an enhanced recycling program for the safe disposal of unwanted and obsolete wireless phones, batteries, and accessories. The company says the program was undertaken in support of the EPA's Plug-In To eCycling, a campaign that encourages Americans to reuse or recycle their used electronics, and Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that focuses on community improvement and beautification.

AT&T invites customers to recycle unwanted wireless phones, accessories, and batteries, regardless of the manufacturer or carrier, at any AT&T Wireless retail store. AT&T Wireless employees will do the same at office locations nationwide.

Wireless phones collected through the AT&T Wireless Reuse & Recycle program that cannot be refurbished will be recycled. The wireless phones that can be refurbished will be donated to groups that respond to emergency situations, such as the American Red Cross.

Proceeds from the recycled phones will be donated to Keep America Beautiful. In addition, AT&T Wireless volunteers will participate in various Keep America Beautiful cleanup activities throughout the year.

"We are honored to be the first wireless carrier to partner with the EPA and Keep America Beautiful to help protect our environment for the next generation," said Wally Hyer, vice president of AT&T Wireless, who oversees the company's Environment, Health & Safety division.

"AT&T Wireless deserves a lot of credit for its leadership in recycling old cell phones," said EPA Assistant Administrator Marianne Horinko. "We're very glad that they are partnering with EPA on the Plug-In To eCycling Campaign. Through efforts like these, AT&T Wireless is helping EPA and all Americans reduce the electronic waste stream and protect the environment."

"Keep America Beautiful applauds AT&T Wireless for its commitment to product stewardship," said Gail Cunningham, managing director, Great American Cleanup. "Together we are engaging individuals in activities that ensure safer, healthier, and more beautiful environments - today and for generations to come."

To learn more about the AT&T Wireless Reuse & Recycle program, visit http://www.attwireless.com/our_company/cares/recycle_program.

http://ens-news.com/ens/apr2003/2003-04-22-09.asp#anchor4


Anixter posts higher profit, sees sales bottom

Anixter International Inc., a distributor of communications products, on Tuesday posted a quarterly profit despite weak industrywide spending, and said its sales seem to have bottomed out.

The Chicago area-based company reported a first-quarter net profit of $10.2 million, or 27 cents a diluted share, compared with $8.9 million, or 23 cents a diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Excluding one-time items, it earned 28 cents a share.

Anixter, whose products include electrical wiring systems and fiber-optic transmission cable, said in February that it expected to earn 26 to 30 cents a share in the first quarter on sales of $655 million to $670 million.

Anixter President and Chief Executive Robert Grubbs said the continued softness in information technology and telecom spending, and manufacturing sector economic weakness have been well documented.

"Overall, the sales environment remains challenging, as customers in all markets continue to be extremely reluctant to commit to new capital spending," he said. "At the same time, our current sales mix ... seems to have found a fairly firm bottom."

Grubbs said a steady softening of telecom-related integrated supply sales has been offset by a firming of corporate network product sales. In the near term, he said growth and improved profits will come only from increased market share and product line expansion, and market uncertainty makes it difficult to predict a recovery. He expects Anixter's financial results in the near term to continue in the same pattern of the last few quarters.

Despite continued economic softness and uncertainty, we were able to generate sales and earnings in line with our stated range of expectations for the quarter. Our market data continues to suggest that we are increasing market share in the face of these difficult times. At the same time, we have the earnings and cash flow strength to continue investing in new market opportunities that are expected to contribute to growth and profitability in both the near and long term." Robert Grubbs, President and CEO. www.anixter.com


Graybar to host Electrical Safety Seminar May 14,2003 in recognition of National Electrical Safety Month


About 300 workers per year die on-the-job from electrocutions, and 20% of the victims are electricians and their apprentices, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which adds another 4,000 people lose time from work each year because of electrical injuries.

To help reduce such incidents and help safeguard workers, Graybar will simultaneously co-host with Cooper Bussmann a special electrical safety presentation on Wednesday, May 14, at 15 of the company's locations across the country.

These "lunch-and-learn" seminars will cover serious hazards associated with exposure to electrical energy and tips to prevent workers from being shocked or electrocuted. The seminars, which will help launch National Electrical Safety Month in May, also will feature electrical safety experts from Cooper Bussmann who will highlight safety standards, new OSHA regulations, and updates on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations 70 and new 70E changes.

"Graybar is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, telecommunications and networking products, and we take safety very seriously," said Mike Dumas, Graybar vice president, corporate accounts-electrical business. "Hosting these safety seminars for our customers with Cooper Bussmann is a perfect way to help reduce the incidents of electrical shock and electrocutions, and to mark the start of National Electrical Safety Month." The presentations, distributed via satellite from Cooper Bussmann's St. Louis headquarters, will be essential for consulting, plant maintenance, and safety engineers, as well as plant electricians, safety managers, plant maintenance supervisors, electrical inspectors, and electrical contractors. The starting times for the 90-minute seminars and the Graybar location cities hosting the events are as follows:

11 a.m. (Central time) -- Bel-Ridge, MO; Ft. Worth, TX
Glendale Heights, IL; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Tulsa, OK
Noon (Eastern time) -- Boston, MA; Cincinnati, OH;
Norcross, GA; North Brunswick, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; Tampa, FL
10 a.m. (Pacific time) -- Hayward, CA; Seattle, WA
Luncheon will be served before or after the presentations.

Persons interested in attending the presentation can make reservations by calling their local Graybar branch manager or Cooper Bussmann district sales engineer. For more information, please call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

The safety seminars also will feature a review of the new Bussmann® arc-flash calculator, a newly developed software program that quickly outputs the incident energy level and flash protection boundary needed for the flash hazard analysis under specific conditions. Graybar is a proud supporter of the Electrical Safety Foundation International, sponsor of National Electrical Safety Month.


About Graybar

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


You're An Electrical Pro

How Can You Stay Up-To-Date On Cabling Standards?

Electrical construction professionals are still migrating into the datacom, telecom, and/or voice-data-video markets. There are plenty of free magazines out there - including the excellent Electrical Contractor, Cabling Business, and Cabling Installation & Maintenance.

Is there a good additional source of information? Consider a subscription to Cabling Standards Update. Here's why:

1. The Update has switched from four issues a year in print to 24 sent electronically. That means you get a quick, eight-page read twice a month.

2. The ninth page of each issue has 30 to 40 links to recent news and articles available free online from other sources. Try doing that with a print publication!

3. Editor & Publisher Marilyn Michelson, who started the publication in 1995, has spoken with electrical contractors, project managers, foremen, and journeymen numerous times. She's appeared at a number of NECA events over the years, and contributes articles these days to Electrical Contractor and The Electrical Distributor (TED) magazines.

4. Associate Publisher Joe Salimando is from the electrical industry. He was Senior Editor of Electrical Contractor (1979-83) and Publisher of that magazine (7/90 to 4/98).

CSU isn't cheap - but it doesn't include any advertising, which means you won't find any obvious supplier influence over its contents. To get a free copy of a recent issue, send an e-mail to: cablingstandards@yahoo.com.

www.cablingstandards.com


CDT Announces Relocation of Corporate Headquarters

Cable Design Technologies announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. www.cdtc.com

believes the move of its corporate headquarters to the Chicago area will facilitate further streamlining of operations and, given Chicago's easier access to global markets and CDT's facilities and customers, serve as a more efficient base for internal and external growth.

Over the past 18 months the company has undertaken a number of restructuring actions aimed at cutting costs, streamlining operations and better utilizing resources. These efforts included the consolidation of various worldwide manufacturing, sales and administrative operations and the appointment of executives with responsibilities for key geographic and product segments. CDT has also announced that corporate operation centers in Worcester, Massachusetts and the U.K. will be consolidated into nearby operating facilities to reduce costs.

CDT currently employs 15 people at its corporate headquarters. Some corporate functions will be outsourced, and a number of the employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate to the new headquarters. The move is expected to take place in July. CDT will maintain its Pittsburgh operation for a transition period.


Hubbell Premise Wiring Announces 25-Year DTE Power Assurance Warranty

Hubbell Premise Wiring announces a 25-year Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) power assurance warranty on its Category 5e and Category 6 connecting hardware.

With the proliferation of VoIP systems and wireless access points requiring DTE power over the structured cabling system, a key concern among IT professionals is the ability of connecting hardware to support continuous power. Though typical industry standards impose requirements for safety, they have not yet addressed this emerging technology.

Hubbell Premise Wiring has extensively tested the current capacity of its connecting hardware under extreme conditions. The tests ran four times the maximum standard power load through the connector and energized all eight positions simultaneously (versus the standard four). The testing demonstrated that Hubbell's connectivity is fully capable of handling the current carrying requirements without any failure or substantial increase in temperature.

www.hubbell-premise.com


Anixter's CCTP Video Surveillance System Wins 2003 Best New Technology Award

Anixter Inc. (Skokie, IL), the world's leading distributor of data communications products, was awarded the 2003 “Best New Technology” award for its CCTP video surveillance system. The prestigious award was presented to Anixter by Government Computer News magazine at the Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE) held last week in Washington, D.C. Now in its 27th year, FOSE is the largest information technology exposition serving the government marketplace. Anixter was selected the best new technology in the highly competitive security hardware category.

The revolutionary CCTP (Closed Circuit Twisted Pair) system was formally introduced by Anixter in January and has received industry-wide acclaim for its innovative, cost-effective approach. It is the first-ever video surveillance system to run video, power and control signals over a single, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cable. This differs dramatically from traditional CCTV surveillance systems that require up to three, separate and distinct proprietary cables. CCTP offers an organized, flexible approach for maintaining video surveillance networks and complex security solutions. Specifically, the CCTP system offers:

The ability to easily, cost-effectively accommodate future moves, adds and changes
An open architecture that fosters PC integration and 100% upgradeablilty to digital technology
Compatibility with existing IT infrastructures to enhance both security systems and digital networks
Reduced labor costs and lower total cost of ownership.

According to Tom Temin, Senior Vice President-Editorial for Government Computer News magazine, this year's competition attracted a record number of entries. "Being named to the list of category finalists, in itself, is a real achievement. Winning the award is a major accomplishment," Temin stated. "We congratulate Anixter on this unique milestone and wish them continued success with their CCTP solution."

An expert panel of judges from Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines picked the winner from a select group of finalists based on innovation, product features, relevance to the federal market and value. Anixter topped the list in each and every category.

"Our CCTP system addresses head-on the escalating movement in corporate America to converge physical security into the IT domain," said Steve Leatherwood, Senior Vice President of Sales-Sound and Security for Anixter. "This award validates the value of our system in the security marketplace. With CCTP, Chief Security Officers (CSOs) and IT managers no longer need to be constrained by the fragmented, compartmentalized approach to security and can create a unified, coordinated program of protecting buildings, people and networks."

Leatherwood also pointed out that CCTP is 100% standards-based and is compliant with ANSI/TIA/EIA National Telecommunications Standards, exceeding Cat 6 performance specifications. With its cabling and complex data integration, CCTP significantly

increases security capabilities, while simultaneously reducing IT maintenance by migrating physical security onto an intelligent IT infrastructure.

For more information about this award-winning technology and to read several CCTP real-world case studies, visit the Anixter website at anixter.com/cctp.

About Anixter

Anixter International is a leading distributor of communication products and a leading distributor of fasteners and other "C" Class inventory components to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process through its valued added service and logistics programs and by providing its customers access to 1) more than 185,000 products and approximately $500 million in inventory, 2) 125 warehouses with more than 4.4 million square feet of space, and 3) locations in 193 cities in 40 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. Additional information about Anixter is available on the Internet at www.anixter.com.


Graybar, Dominion Lasercom Team up to deliver Free Space Optical Broadband Systems

Dominion Lasercom Inc., a global supplier of free space optical (FSO) broadband systems, and Graybar, North America's largest distributor of electrical, telecommunications, and networking equipment, are teaming up to help multi-site companies transmit high-speed data through the air rather than through copper or fiber connections, it was announced today.

Dominion Lasercom's Digital Audio Video Infrared Data free-space laser communications system -- or "DAViD" uses FSO technology to deliver data through an infrared laser beam at a rate of 10 megabits to 1 gigabit per second, up to 1.25 miles.

This point-to-point laser data transmission serves as a perfect last-mile alternative to high-speed broadband carried over copper or fiber, especially in enterprise campus environments, which accounts for about 65% of the market.

The equipment takes up very little space, and can be installed on rooftops, on poles, or from inside windows, and uses a rapid deployment kit that fits in a suitcase, said Dennis DeSousa, senior vice president, Comm./Data Business, for Graybar. "FSO technology is reliable, lightning fast, inexpensive to produce and deploy, simple in design, and easy to use and maintain," DeSousa said. "Important for business customers is the fact it is scalable and extremely powerful in range and capacity.

"This will be a big benefit for customers who need high-speed data transport back and forth from one building to the next within a one-mile radius, but would otherwise have to secure easement rights and pay for costly cable digs," he added.

The carrier-grade free space optics equipment market continues to expand in North America, where sales are projected to grow from $200 million this year to about $870 million in 2005, according to industry analyst The Strategis Group. Worldwide FSO equipment revenues are projected to reach $2 billion in 2005, up from less than $100 million in 2000.

DAViD is a cost efficient way for data and telecommunications service providers to expand their networks and reach new customers, DeSousa explained. Dominion's patented fiber-coupled antenna and laser modem technology has enabled it to establish a strong leadership position in the FSO market.

Both enterprise and public network providers using DAViD can now build or extend networks in hours, rather than days or weeks, and at a fraction of the cost of any other broadband technology, said Mark Docuet, co-founder and vice president, Market Development, for Dominion Lasercom.

"Graybar was our first choice as a distribution partner for the DAViD system because of its strong reputation in the marketplace as North America's leading distributor," Docuet said. "All of us at Dominion are looking forward to working closely with an organization that has a long history as a pacesetter of innovation and professionalism."

DeSousa said Dominion Lasercom's products and services will further strengthen Graybar's portfolio in delivering wireless broadband solutions for telecommunications and networking customers.

"Graybar has always been a forerunner in bringing to market ground-breaking products, and Dominion's FSO design has clearly set a new mark in broadband delivery solutions for our customers," he said. "Our sales and marketing staff are enthusiastic and excited about this wireless product and how it fulfills a market demand for both the first and the last mile."


About Dominion Lasercom Inc.

Founded in 1996, Dominion Lasercom is a pioneer in Free Space Optics (FSO) and manufactures the patented Digital Audio Video infrared Data -- or DAViD -- fiber-coupled light-speed communication system. This breakthrough technology delivers data through the air in point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations as a last-mile alternative or complement to copper, fiber-line, or microwave network extensions. The company is based in Bryan, Texas. For more information, please click on www.dominionlaser.com.

About Graybar

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


Corning CEO extremely pleased company only lost $205 million in 1st Quarter

Expectations are not to high at Corning these days, but it must be comforting for shareholders to know that the $205 million net loss includes $201 million of charges primarily related to previously announced asbestos litigation settlement and included is also restructuring and impairment charges. Among positive news worth noting was that fiber volumes increased approximately 15 percent sequentially due to stronger than expected demand in Japan and China, offset by continued softness in North America and Europe. Sequential price declines, as expected, were in the 10 to 15 percent range for the quarter. Demand for fiber and cable in Japan was stronger than expected and Corning's technologies businesses, particularly the Display Technologies and Environmental Technologies businesses continued to strengthen James R. Houghton, the Corning chairman and chief executive officer, said.

http://www.wireworld.com/wirenews/


Hubbell Plug-and-Play Fiber Optic Cassettes and Cables

Hubbell Premise Wiring announces a new line of fiber optic plug-and-play cassettes and MTP pre-terminated cables that make installing a fiber optic link effortless. The cassettes provide significant installation labor savings because connector terminations are not required in the field. Hubbell's plug and play fiber system is a great solution for zone cabling applications where network configurations may be required, or for installations where quick deployment of a fiber link is essential.

The durable metal cassettes fit into all Hubbell fiber patch panels and enclosures that accept FSP series adapter panels. These compact housings contain factory polished multifiber fanouts in SC, LC, ST and MT-RJ connector styles for singlemode and 62.5 or 50 micron multimode fibers. The fanouts are terminated at the back of the cassette to a 12-fiber MTP receptacle.

Factory terminated, plenum-rated 12-fiber MTP cables are also available. They come in 10, 25, 50 and 100-meter standard lengths. Other lengths can be special-ordered. The cables have a pulling grip attached at one end for easy pulls through conduit and innerduct. www.hubbell-premise.com.


Attention IT Consultants! Anixter's CCTP Classes For IT Consultants 2003

Differentiate yourself in the Security Marketplace by attending one of Anixter's upcoming CCTP classes designed exclusively for IT Consultants! Learn how to successfully design and specify both CCTV and CCTP systems in our free course and receive 16 BICSI credit hours and 5 AIA

(American Institute of Architects) learning units for attending this free two-day course. Participants do not have to have a background in security or CCTV to attend this class. These 2-day training sessions will be offered on a monthly basis in our Mount Prospect, Illinois Levels and Sound & Security Lab approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago.

General Info About the Class

On the next few pages you will find the logistical information and agenda for Anixter's upcoming CCTP Consultant Training Class. Anixter will be offering these classes for IT consultants on a monthly basis. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14
Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11

Who?

Anixter will be offering this free two-day course to IT Consultants. The first few classes are for IT/data consultants only, although we will schedule future classes for security consultants, which will need to be modified slightly to fit their skill set.

What?

This class was designed to teach data consultants how to successfully design and specify both CCTV and CCTP systems. Participants do not have to have a background in security or CCTV to attend this class.

Where?

Anixter Levels and Sound & Security Lab
1471 Business Center Drive, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 (approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago)

Those consultants attending this course will receive 16 BICSI credit hours and 5 AIA (American Institute of Architects) learning units. Additionally, at the end of the class, consultants will be equipped with exclusive tools that will assist them in designing , selling and winning both CCTV and CCTP solutions. Cost to enroll is the class is free, but the consultant is responsible for hotel and transportation expenses. Consultants interested in enrolling in this class should contact their local Anixter sales representative to register for the class. Please keep in mind the classroom was designed to only hold 20 participants in each class. We will register consultants on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact your local Anixter sales representative today to register for this class!

CCTP Consultant Training Overview
As a result of participating in this two-day CCTP workshop, consultants will be able to:

Understand the market for CCTV/CCTP products
Understand key functions of the CCTV/CCTP systems and components
Understand service and technical support available from Anixter
Differentiate between analog and digital technologies in cameras and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each
Identify the correct video signal processor to match system goals, cameras, recorders, and monitoring of the system
Differentiate between when to use VCR vs. DVR technology
Differentiate between DVR features and compression algorithms to determine the best DVR for an application
Explain the advantages of CCTP technology
Understand the costs vs. benefits of a CCTP system
Explain best practices for selling and installing CCTP systems and upgrades
Design CCTV/CCTP systems using logical camera placement and appropriate lenses
Design a complete CCTP system and create a BOM
Enable consultants to "sign-off" on CCTP designs with their customers

CCTP-AC Class Agenda

Day One (8am to 4:30pm)
Welcome
CCTV System Review
CCTV System Design
Lunch (working lunch provided by Anixter)
Correct Camera Placement
Introduction to CCTP
Components of a CCTP system
Lab Technical Insights
Day Two (8am to 3:30pm)
Review day one
Design and Installation of CCTP
Lunch (working lunch provided by Anixter)
Designing a CCTP system
Present drawings
Feedback on drawings
Review of exclusive consulting design tools
Wrap-up

How to Register for the Class

Class Dates:
May 13-14 (Please RSVP by April 28th)
June 10-11 (Please RSVP by May 26th)

Location:

Anixter Levels and Sound & Security Lab
1471 Business Center Drive
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 (approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago)

Cancellation Fee Information:

This is a 2-day training session. In order to qualify for the exclusive CCTP design tools, you must be present for the full 2 days. If a conflict arises and you are unable to attend the class, please note that we must receive notification within 72 hours of the start of class or there will be a cancellation fee of $495.

Logistical Information:

Once you are enrolled into this class, you will receive recommendations on logistical information for flights, lodging, and transportation from O'Hare airport. If you have any questions regarding logistics, please feel free to contact Stacey Brown at Anixter at 847-715-2145 or Vicki Filliung at 847-715-2370. www.anixter.com


CDT Announces Red Hawk-Pingtel Interoperability, Providing Lower Cost, Power Over LAN IP Telephony Solution

Cable Design Technologies announced that its Red Hawk PowerSense(TM) Mid-Span Power Hubs are certified interoperable with Pingtel® xpressa(TM), the world's leading Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) IP phone.

Certified interoperability between the two products offers enterprises a new alternative for deploying voice over IP (VoIP) telephony that is lower cost and more reliable than traditional, non-powered Ethernet LANs. Pingtel xpressa phones are designed to operate with Pingtel SIPxchange IP PBXs, service provider hosted IP voice services, and third-party, SIP-enabled IP PBXs.

Available in multiple form factors and compatible with IEEE 802.3af standards and the Cisco CDP inline power protocol, the Red Hawk PowerSense hubs deliver electrical power to Pingtel xpressa phones over the data network. In addition to the economic benefits of eliminating the individual AC adapters and power cables for each phone, PowerSense hubs can ensure redundant and continuous operation, even during power failures, by delivering uninterrupted power to xpressa phones from a UPS-protected server room.

"Interoperability between our PowerSense products and market-leading Pingtel xpressa IP phones emphasizes the benefits of standards-based technology," said Ron Bose, senior vice president of engineering, Red Hawk. "With our common support for the 802.3af specification and mutual testing, Red Hawk and Pingtel have created an enterprise VoIP solution that offers lower capital expenses, lower operating expenses, easier management and increased reliability."

Pingtel xpressa has become the VoIP industry standard SIP phone by offering thorough implementation of the SIP standard, superlative functionality, an intuitive user interface and superb audio quality. The intelligent Pingtel xpressa phone also provides a rich collection of productivity enhancing features and an open Java-enabled development platform that lets enterprise customers, service providers, system integrators and independent software vendors (ISVs) easily add unique features and applications.

"Support for leading industry standards such as SIP and 802.3af helps Pingtel easily interoperate with the widest range of leading products, such as the PowerSense hubs from Red Hawk," said William J. Rich, president and chief executive officer, Pingtel. "Our adherence to industry standards and open product architecture provide an enormous benefit to our enterprise customers by giving Pingtel IP telephony solutions an unimpeded growth path into the future."

Red Hawk PowerSense Mid-Span Power Hubs are currently available from CDT's Red Hawk subsidiary. Red Hawk corporate and product information can be found on the web at www.red-hawk.com. Pingtel xpressa IP phones are currently available from Pingtel and Pingtel Authorized Solution Providers.

About Pingtel

Pingtel fosters innovation and provides competitive advantages for enterprises and solution providers by employing its leadership in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology and industry standards to create open architecture voice-over-IP products. Pingtel SIPxchange offers enterprises the economic, integration and productivity benefits of the first standards-based and fully SIP-complaint IP PBX. Pingtel xpressa for the desk and instant xpressa for the PC, the first Java-programmable SIP phones, are feature rich, programmable, easy to use and manageable for enterprise IP PBX systems and service provider hosted IP voice services. More information on Pingtel is available at http://www.pingtel.com.

About CDT and Red Hawk

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 aerospace, automotive, automation and process control and specialty applications. From its Silicon Valley, California office, Red Hawk (www.red-hawk.com) designs and manufactures cutting edge networking products that are integral to today's converged networks. Using ISO 9002 certified manufacturing, with worldwide sales and service, Red Hawk is uniquely positioned to provide both standard and custom product solutions to meet the customers' needs.


Graybar adds Corning Cable Systems to VIP Fiber lineup of top cable suppliers for Communications Networks

Graybar, North America's largest distributor of telecommunications, networking and electrical products, is adding Corning Cable Systems to its VIP Fiber assurance program. The VIP Fiber program is the distribution industry's first, independent comprehensive laboratory test for multimode fiber optic cabling systems. VIP Fiber's impartial pass-fail data is designed to identify product failures, allowing Graybar to always offer customers only the best-performing solutions.

Corning Cable Systems, a leading Graybar supplier of fiber optic cable, including its LANscape® Solutions, has passed VIP Fiber's rigorous testing and certification procedures, which screen components for their

performance and interoperability in advance of installation and deployment. "With the addition of Corning Cable Systems to the VIP Fiber roster of first-in-class suppliers, we can work with our customers to assure them of even greater performance reliability when purchasing and deploying multimode fiber for network offices and industrial facilities," said Dennis DeSousa, senior vice president, Comm./Data Business, Graybar.

"Corning Cable Systems' leadership in the fiber optics market gives Graybar's VIP Fiber program an even better competitive edge during this period of market growth - raising the bar for performance in providing cabling solutions for our customers deploying high-speed fiber networks," DeSousa added. Corning Cable Systems' fiber optic cable, connectivity and hardware products for premises networks join other leading industry suppliers that were recently certified under VIP Fiber, following recent independent testing by ETL SEMKO Testing Laboratories, the world's largest product testing organization. Under the VIP Fiber testing program, the cable and connectors - the same materials customers would buy from one of Graybar's more than 250 branch or zone warehouses -- are randomly selected by ETL SEMKO from Graybar's off-the-shelf inventory, and tested quarterly to ensure consistent quality. www.graybar.com


IEEE 802.3 10GBase-T Study Group System and Standards Update

Authored by the Category 6 Consortium

The demand for higher data rates and faster applications over cost-effective balanced cabling continues. Many members of IEEE recognized this potential and are thinking of ways to deliver 10 Gbits/sec over balanced cabling. At the IEEE 802 Plenary Meeting held November 10 through 15, 2002 in Hawaii, a tutorial was organized on "10GBase-T Challenges and Solutions" that considered a 10-Gbit/sec Ethernet standard for twisted-pair copper cabling. The follow-up "Call for Interest" meeting included many interesting presentations on technical feasibility, broad market potential, and economic feasibility. At the end of the "Call for Interest" meeting, a vote to establish a study group was unanimous with 110 participants expressing support. Later in the week, the IEEE 802.3 working group and the IEEE Standards Executive Committee (SEC) unanimously approved the formation of an IEEE 10GBase-T study group. This study group will evaluate the feasibility of standardizing 10-Gbit/sec data rate over horizontal balanced cabling up to distances of 100 meters (i.e., connecting work areas to a telecommunications room) specified in TIA 568-B and ISO/IEC 11801 building cabling standards.

Timeline for the project

The 10GBase-T study group is on an aggressive schedule to develop the Project Authorization Request (PAR) and five criteria necessary to get approval from the parent IEEE 802.3 working group, IEEE 802 plenary and the IEEE SEC. The study group has spawned several ad-hoc committees to study modeling issues, cabling issues, and coding issues leading to much discussion over the e-mail reflectors. Additionally, the study group has had two face-to-face meetings-in January 2003 in Vancouver, and in March 2003 in Dallas. The projected timeline for the project is as follows: Call For Interest was in November, 2002; Project Request Authorization in October 2003; Draft 1 in June 2004; Task Group Review in July 2004; Working Group Ballot in March 2005; Draft 2 in April 2005; LMSC Ballot in October 2005; Draft 3 in November 2005; and Final Standard in June 2006.

Cabling choices

There is much discussion and debate in the IEEE 10GBase-T study group regarding the Category of cabling that the application should use. This debate covers both technical feasibility and economic viability. Part of the economic viability argument is to design the application to run over the current installed base to reduce the cost of cabling.

There are others who believe that the choice should be made on the installed base when the application will be deployed in 2006. It would seem appropriate that the PAR should be written specifying Category 6/Class E cabling based upon the rapid growth of Category 6 cabling in the marketplace, and its significantly improved performance. Others argue that Category 7/Class F cabling should be used, despite the fact that very little is installed, or projected to be installed, over the next three years.

The cabling industry is supporting Category 6/Class E cabling or better as the optimal choice to develop the IEEE 10 Gigabit Ethernet standard. The position of cabling vendors became very clear at the recent (February 2003 in Miami) TIA TR-42.7 meeting, when 29 companies agreed to do additional work to support 10GBase-T over Category 6 cabling while no company indicated a desire to do additional work to support 10GBase-T over Category 5e cabling. The committee responsible for ISO/IEC 11801:2002 also reached a similar consensus position, and wrote an official liaison letter to IEEE 802.3 in February 2003, following their meeting in Wellington, NZ. The letter stated that they would be glad to support the development of the 10GBase-T application over Category 6/Class E or better cabling, but there was no interest in further characterizing Category 5e/Class D cabling. It will be up to the IEEE 10GBase-T Study Group to take into account these cabling industry positions, in addition to the digital signal processing (DSP) issues, when choosing the media to support this developing application. The cabling decision/options will be included in the Study Group report when it formally initiates a PAR after the study is competed in July 2003 (projected).

What is the cabling industry doing?

The cabling industry standards are well positioned to support the IEEE 10GBase-T effort, having just published TIA 568-B.2-1 and ISO/IEC 11801:2002. ISO/IEC and TIA cabling committees are expected to support IEEE requests for information with regard to measurement methods and test data that indicate the performance of installed balanced cabling. As indicated earlier, both cabling committees have no interest in doing further work on Category 5e/Class D cabling, which has a characterized bandwidth currently limited to 100 MHz. Measurements of installed Category 6/Class E channels up to 500 MHz have been provided to the Study Group in support of PAM-9 encoding schemes, and up to 650 MHz in support of PAM-5 encoding schemes. This cabling test data, together with the environmental data and FCC requirements for EMC, will be used to determine the capacity of the system to establish feasibility of 10GBase-T over Category 6/Class E or better cabling.

What about Category 7/Class F cabling?

The study group has discussed the Category 7/Class F cabling option, but realizes that it is only 0.4% of the worldwide installed base, making it unattractive from the broad economic potential criterion. However, Category 7/Class F will be covered by default if the study group chooses Category 6/Class E or better cabling. There is also the question of screening/shielding. More recent IEEE 802.3 applications for "copper" have been designed to work over balanced cabling, irrespective of whether it is screened or unscreened. The scope of IEEE 802.3 applications is that it defines the cabling channel performance-not the cabling construction or topology.

What frequency bandwidth will 10GBase-T use?

There are various signaling and encoding schemes that are being discussed in the IEEE Study Group. On group has been promoting the PAM-9 encoding scheme, which will transmit signals with most of the signal power below 417 MHz (Nyquist frequency is 417 MHz). To support this scheme, measurements out to 500 MHz have been used to develop cabling models and system simulation models. Another group within the Study Group wants to use the tried-and-tested PAM-5 coding scheme that was used in the IEEE 1000Base-T application. To achieve 10 Gbits/sec, a PAM-5 scheme will have to transmit signals up to 625 MHz. Measurements up to 650 MHz are being provided to IEEE for characterizing Category 6/Class E cabling. It should be noted that these measurements out to higher frequencies use existing Category 6 components built into a full horizontal channel, consisting of 100 meters of Category 6 cable and four connections. The crucial point is that existing Category 6/Class E cabling is being characterized up to higher frequencies so that digital signal processing (DSP) simulations can be run to determine the capacity of a 100-meter Category 6/Class E channel with extensive DSP.

What are the current limitations?

Simulations of 100 meters of balanced cabling with various degrees of DSP indicate that the objective of running 10GBase-T over Category 6/Class E cabling can be achieved with some effort by the silicon vendors and the cabling vendors. Using DSP, the silicon vendors can cancel, or compensate for, most of the internal cabling impairments including return loss, NEXT, ELFEXT, and insertion loss. The one area that they cannot cancel out effectively by DSP is alien NEXT and alien ELFEXT, which is the crosstalk coupling into a cabling pair from surrounding cabling and other external noises. The cabling industry is studying this issue and developing proposals for methods to reduce alien NEXT and alien ELFEXT.

Summary

The objective of IEEE 10GBase-T is to create an application that is capable of transporting data at 10 Gbits/sec over 100 meters of horizontal balanced twisted-pair cabling. State-of-the-art DSP will be used to cancel impairments in the cabling system and noise from the external environment to ensure adequate signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to achieve a proposed Bit Error Rate Requirement of 10(-12) at data rates of 10 Gbits/sec. The cabling industry, represented in TIA and ISO/IEC, is promoting the use of Category 6/Class E cabling or better to support this demanding application. It is expected that this Category 6/Class E cabling will be characterized up to some higher frequency. That frequency will be determined by consensus within the IEEE 802.3 10GBase-T Study Group. This additional characterization is similar to the original characterization of Category 6/Class E to 250 MHz, when the original design of Category 6/Class E cabling based up 0-dB PSACR (a measurement of SNR) is limited to 200 MHz. This characterization of current Category 6/Class E cabling up to some higher frequency should not require new components, but simply characterization of existing Category 6/Class E components and channels to higher frequencies.

Developing 10 Gbits/sec over balanced cabling is going to be very challenging. To optimize costs, while ensuring robust and reliable performance over 100 meters and through four connections, Category 6/Class E cabling is the most likely choice to support the emerging IEEE 10GBase-T application.

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Molex Premise Networks appoints Mortensen president, Americas

Molex Premise Networks (www.molexpn.com) has appointed Randy Mortensen to the position of president, Americas. With more than 13 years' experience in the structured cabling marketplace, Randy will provide global leadership regarding management, distribution, sales, marketing, and product development.

Prior to joining Molex Premise Networks, Mortensen held a variety of positions including director of business development at Berk-Tek, a Nexans company; as well as vice president of datacom sales and managing director EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) with Panduit.

Randy holds a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University. He has earned the Registered Communications Distribution Designer and Certified Fiber Optic Technician designations.

Tom Lee, vice president of new ventures with Molex Incorporated (www.molex.com), stated, "With Randy's strong technical background-he has been a representative of many standards organizations including EIA/TIA, ANSI, and ISO/IEC as well as being a member of the United States Technical Advisory Group to ISO/IEC SC25 WG3-Molex is pleased and welcomes the expertise that Randy brings, which will allow us to maintain our leadership role in the structured cabling industry."

Molex Premise Networks is a subsidiary of Molex Inc., a 62-year-old manufacturer of electronic, electrical, and fiber-optic interconnection products and systems, switches, and applications tooling. Based in Lisle, IL, Molex operates 54 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. Molex Premise Networks manufactures a portfolio of products specific to the transmission of voice, data, and video imaging signals.

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Hubbell Premise Wiring Fiber Optic Pigtails

Hubbell Premise Wiring announces a new line of Singlemode and Multimode Fiber Optic Pigtails that are factory polished to provide low insertion loss and low back reflection. Fiber pigtails are useful for fusion or mechanical splicing to outside plant and building cables.

All Hubbell's pigtails are 100% factory tested for insertion and return loss after polishing. The standard three-meter pigtails are available in LC, MT-RJ, SC and ST styles with both singlemode and multimode 900µm buffered fiber types. www.hubbell-premise.com


CDT Red Hawk and Enterasys Networks Announce Strategic Marketing Alliance

Combination of Power Over Ethernet with Wireless Access Points Eases deployment, Increases Redundancy

Cable Design Technologies, a worldwide leader in innovative connectivity technology, and Enterasys Networks, Inc. a global provider of Business-Driven Networks(TM) for enterprise customers, today announced a strategic marketing agreement to jointly market advanced solutions for Power Over Ethernet and Enterprise-level Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN).

The agreement partners CDT's Red Hawk PowerSense(TM) In-line Power Hubs with the Enterasys RoamAbout Access Point 2000 and RoamAbout R2 WLAN platforms to deliver electrical power to wireless access points over existing data networks. By teaming these two powerful solutions, customers can now deploy wireless access points free of AC adapters or power cables, simply and affordably expanding the distribution of network resources for Internet access, IP telephony, and file and printer sharing.

"Combining the capabilities of Enterasys and Red Hawk offers customers an unprecedented degree of networking flexibility," said J. P. Gorsky, General Manager of the Wireless Business Unit, Enterasys Networks. "By drawing on the existing Ethernet infrastructure to power Enterasys RoamAbout access points, network functionality can be seamlessly and affordably extended into non-traditional network environments, such as conference rooms, retail hot spots, warehouses, contact centers, and more."

Fully compatible with IEEE 802.3af standards, PowerSense In-line Power Hubs can also deliver uninterrupted power to Enterasys RoamAbout products from a UPS-protected server room, ensuring continuous uptime even during power outages.

The alliance of the Red Hawk PowerSense and Enterasys RoamAbout platforms offers our customers the strongest possible solution for secure, redundant wireless networking," said Ron Bose, Vice President Engineering, Red Hawk.

"Using our best-in-class solutions to deliver power to Enterasys enterprise-level access points sets a new standard for cost-effectively deploying high-speed wireless networks."

The Enterasys RoamAbout R2 is the first wireless access point to support both 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g standards for seamless migration to higher performance 54 Mbps WLANs and provides Layer 3/4 switching capabilities for policy-based networking. The Enterasys RoamAbout Access Point 2000 is a full featured, cost effective, 802.11b (11Mbps) standards-based, Access Point with Layer 2 bridge functionality. Red Hawk's PowerSense In-line Power Hubs provide a power over Ethernet solution that allows organizations to consolidate their data, telephony, power, and security networks within a single infrastructure.

Red Hawk PowerSense In-line Power Hubs are currently available from CDT distribution partners. Enterasys RoamAbout Access Point 2000 and RoamAbout R2 are currently available from Authorized Enterasys Resellers and Distributors.

www.cdtc.com
www.red-hawk.com
www.enterasys.com


CALENDAR

AIA Expo
May 8 - 10
San Diego, CA


Interwire 2003
May 11 - 16, 2003
Atlanta, GA


BICSI Spring Conference
May 12 - 15, 2003
Denver, CO

Supercomm
June 3-5, 2003
Atlanta, GA USA


Microsoft Tech Ed 2003
June 1-6
Dallas TX

Graybar Technology Showcase

Anixter Annual Network Performance Seminar Series 

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