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Issue: August 2004
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL
COMMENTARY by Frank Bisbee


Dupont is a company that is inextricably interwoven into the very fabric of the Communications Cabling Industry. Most notably, DuPont's Teflon® FEP fluoropolymer material is used in the manufacture of almost all CMP plenum approved cables (used in return air plenum spaces in the offices, hospitals, schools, and government facilities in the USA). With dwindling profits and substantial legal/regulatory problems, Dupont's Teflon troubles are like a growing snowball…

The EPA is considering a $313 million fine for failing to notify regulators of the potential hazards of a key chemical used to manufacture Teflon. DuPont Niagara Falls plant cited with OSHA violation. PACE Union expresses ongoing concern about worker safety at Dupont. Gas prices have soared and Dupont's net income fell $165 million last quarter. Finally, there is a class action civil suit filed against Dupont for polluting the water supplies in West Virginia. The outcome of those cases could spell big losses for the once top dog of the chemical industry.

We are starting to hear from various sources that the cable manufacturers are concerned and are considering "what if" scenarios. What if DuPont no longer supplied Teflon® FEP? What if the NEC was modified to test CMP cables for TOXICITY? What if a variation of PE polyethylene with low toxic output was made available that could pass the NEC/UL 262 test for use in return-air plenum spaces? It appears the marriage between DuPont and the cable industry is headed for change.

Considering the possibilities that may loom ahead, the light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming freight train. What are the various alternatives to today's methods, materials, and practices?

These challenges face the entire communications industry and will affect building construction, installation methods, and a host of safety issues… including LIABILITY.

Most of all we cannot over look safety first.

As for some of the cable manufacturers, their companies have manufactured and sold millions of miles of cable over the past 2-½ decades. Many of the products may have used stabilizers that contained heavy metals like LEAD and cadmium in concentrations that were hundreds if not thousands of times greater than the recommended limits for exposure. While I do not intend to debate the point that bad chemicals exist, as well as the point that new data may show once innocuous materials now may be cause for concern, certainly it is apparent that the compounders who make the fire resistant PVC compounds used in jacketing have made great strides in the development of LEAD-FREE jacketing materials. These new FRPVC jackets can now be recycled by the Vinyl Loop® process. Thus eliminating the burning of this material in the waste cycle.

In addition to the inorganic chemicals, the products may have contained Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP's). The plenum rated (CMP & CMP-50) cables containing fluoropolymer materials may "outgas" deadly HF (kills any living tissue it contacts) and even PFIB (a nerve agent that is ten times more toxic than the infamous phosgene gas of WWI).

To my knowledge, some manufacturers provided no warnings to distributors, contractors, installers, or consumers. Apparently, there was a complete absence of information about the proper safe use and disposal of the products.

The products contained or emitted toxic chemicals that may cause cancer, respiratory ailments, and impair the immune and reproductive systems. The EPA has reviewed data available on 2,863 commercial-scale synthetic chemicals. For 43% there was a complete absence of basic toxicity data; full testing and data were available for ONLY 7%. Of the roughly 80,000 chemicals in trade today, about half are thought to be definitely or potentially harmful to human health. Amazing as it might sound few toxicity data sheets are publicly available for most of these chemicals. We requested the MSDS for DuPont Teflon FEP from Dupont for two years without success.

There is growing concern over developmental and neurological toxins that may contribute to learning disabilities, birth defects, attention deficit disorder, retardation, and autism. These problems are increasingly widespread. Twelve million American children suffer one or more developmental, learning, or behavioral disabilities. We know little about the cumulative, long-term consequences of all chemical exposure on people. We know less about what the "Chemical Revolution" has done to natural systems.

There is certainly room for improvement in the public safety area. Who will "inherit the wind" - LIABILITIES - plenty to go around.

Please visit the following sites, read the information, conduct additional research on the net and develop your own conclusions. We are only here to open doors to the future possibilities and to improve our industry. Some of the information may be shocking or offensive to readers.

But that´s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee

For additional material on the above commentary:
DuPont Sticks To Denials In Teflon Pollution Probe.
EWG Calls for Swift Imposition of Maximum Fine.
http://www.ewg.org/issues/PFCs/20040812/index.html
http://www.ewg.org/news/story.php?id=3015 Boston Globe Editorial
http://www.ewg.org/news/story.php?id=3023 News-Journal Editorial

DuPont Financials 8-17-2004
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=dd
www.dupont.com

PACE DuPont Union Council Issues European Delegation Report
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040813/clf035_1.html
http://www.paceunion.org/
The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) -
Technical report No. 51
'Environmental, Health and Safety Issues in the Coated Wire and Cable Industry'
www.turi.org/PDF/Wire_Cable_TechReport.pdf

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
Environmental Challenges in the Coated Wire and Cable Industry Meeting Summary, June 2002
http://www.turi.org/business/wire_and_cable/wc_summary_20020606.pdf

EPA Issues Powerful Indictment Of Chemical in Teflon
http://www.ewg.org/policymemo/20021113/20030328.php

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection - News Release on Teflon Pollutant
http://www.dep.state.wv.us/Docs/2931c8.nov.pdf

State DEP Underestimates Health Hazards of Teflon-Related Chemical
West Virginia DEP and related news Releases on Teflon Pollutant
Environmental Working Group (EWG) e-clips
http://www.ewg.org/news/eclips.php?reportid=127

"Environmental Impacts of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Building Materials'
A briefing paper for the Healthy Building Network by Joe Thornton, Ph.D.
http://healthybuilding.net/pvc/ThorntonPVCSummary.html

US Environmental Protection Agency-Technology Transfer Network Air Toxics
LEAD COMPOUNDS
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/LEAD.html

AlphaGary Newsletter - January 27, 2001 - "New PVC based LEAD-FREE counterparts to standard jacketing material".
http://www.alphagary.com/newsletter/pr3.html

PVC - A Primary Contributor to the U.S. Dioxin Burden
Pat Costner, Charlie Cray, Gail Martin, Bonnie Rice, David Santillo and Ruth Stringer
http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/PVC-Primary-Contributor-Dioxin.htm

The LEAD Education and Abatement Design Group
http://www.LEAD.org.au/fs-index.html

Green by Design - Daniel Williams, AIA
http://sustainable.state.fl.us/fdi/edesign/news/9704/grnbydes.htm

Comments on the Commissions Green paper on environmental issues of PVC
http://www.ecocouncil.dk/engelsk_websted/arkiv/2000/001128_green.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - 'LEAD and Human Health'
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/programs/LEAD/health.htm

The Alliance For A Clean Environment 'PVC The Poison Plastic - There are SAFER ALTERNATIVES'
http://www.acereport.org/pvc2.html

"What is Extended Product Responsibility?" By David Haskell Grassroots Recycling Network
http://www.grrn.org/

Healthy Building Network
http://www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/

ASTDR - Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry -ToxFAQ's™ for LEAD
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts13.html

National Electric Code 2002 Adoption dates by state
http://www.mikeholt.com/conedu.php?id=adoptionlist

NFPA's Research Foundation examines how quickly smoke incapacitates
Study aims to assure escape from burning buildings
NFPA smoke toxicity
http://www.nfpa.org/PressRoom/NewsReleases/ResearchFoundationStudy/researchfoundationstudy.asp

International Study of the Sublethal Effects of Fire Smoke on Survivability and Health
Phase I final Report
http://fire.nist.gov/bfrlpubs/fire01/PDF/f01080.pdf

Combustion atmosphere toxicity of materials intended for internal cables - white paper by Borealis
http://www.borealisgroup.com/public/pdf/customer_centre/0202toxicity_FROCC.pdf

Hydrofluoric Acid MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) by DuPont
http://msds.dupont.com/msds/pdfs/EN/PEN_09004a2f801b4efc.pdf

Occupational Health Guideline for Fluorine
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pdfs/0289.pdf

Occupational Health Guideline for Hydrogen Fluoride
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pdfs/0334.pdf

Hydrofluoric Acid MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) by DuPont
http://msds.dupont.com/msds/pdfs/EN/PEN_09004a2f801b4efc.pdf

UL limited combustible cable testing program revised:
http://www.ul.com/wiretalk/v11n3/testing.html

Link to article on critical cabling safety issues:
"Cabling what you don't know can kill you" article by Stephen Saunders
http://www.wireville.com/news/Cabling%20Can%20Kill%20You.html

2002 NEC Code Summary
http://www.henkelsandmccoy.com/LOB/NetworkCablingSolutions/Abandoned%20Cable%20NEC%20Code%20Summary.pdf

Hurricane Charley Deals Florida a Deadly Blow

MIAMI, Florida, August 16, 2004 (ENS) - Hurricane Charley tore across southwest Florida Friday, claiming at least 20 lives, injuring hundreds of other people, and leaving some 15,000 homeless. Hundreds of thousands are still without power, and damage estimates range upwards of $7.4 billion, although federal and state officials say it is still too early to declare a complete damage estimate.

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To Hurricane Charley victims our deepest sympathy and prayers.
We hope your spirits are lifted by the thousands who are helping and many more who are praying for you.
For those who lost loved ones we pray that you be comforted.
For those injured we pray for a speedy recovery.
For those who lost homes and possessions we pray that they be replaced.
CATZ ( Communications A To Z ) author - Art Padgett
www.cablingconnections.com

Pinnacle To The Rescue

As Hurricane Charley was bearing down on Florida, our emergency systems began to kick into gear. We got supplies, drinking water, food, flashlights and even plastic sheeting to protect our servers and work station PCs in the event of a roof leak during the approaching deluge. We thought we had remembered everything. As the day wore on we checked and rechecked our list. Then, we got the call from our IT service provider, Pinnacle Business Group (Jacksonville, FL) telling us to check our e-mail as they had just sent us their recommended Hurricane (emergency) check list for the IT department. OOPS! We had forgotten to generate an additional set of back-ups for the computers to be moved to a safe location.

Terry Fields, President of Pinnacle points out that "Picking the right service company to support your data department is an important choice. The operative word is SERVICE". Pinnacle Business Group provides a wide array of data communication systems service to large and small businesses as well as Local, State and Federal Government facilities in the Southeastern region.
www.pinnaclebizgroup.com

Simply Test Any Wiring Application

The new VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester is an all-in-one, handheld tester and troubleshooter for voice (RJ11/12), data (RJ45) and video (Coax F-Connector) cable networks. No training is required with an easy-to-read display and four-tone generation. The detachable remote stores securely in the base for quick and easy patch cable testing. Visit http://www.idealindustries.com for a complete product profile.

Mazzetti & Associates Acquires Portland, Ore.-Based CBG Consulting Engineers

Mazzetti & Associates, a San Francisco-based multi-disciplinary engineering firm, acquired Portland, Ore.-based CBG Consulting Engineers to expand its presence on the West Coast. CBG offers mechanical and electrical consulting and design services for hospitals, laboratories, higher education, and other facilities in the Pacific Northwest. "We are very excited to have an established group of engineers who have a reputation for excellence in client care representing Mazzetti & Associates in the Pacific Northwest," says Walt Vernon, president of Mazzetti & Associates, which was founded in 1962 and has 100 employees.

Light Brigade to new headquarters

KENT, WASHINGTON -- The Light Brigade Inc., the world's leading provider of fiber optic training courses and materials, has announced their move to a new location in Tukwila, Washington.

The 10,000-square-foot facility is located at 837 Industry Drive, Tukwila, Washington, ten miles south of Seattle. It will consolidate all of the Light Brigade's operations, combining the company's administration offices and class room training areas under one roof.

"Newer applications, such as Fiber to the Home, have specific focuses and needs that are not necessarily applicable to other areas of fiber-optic technology," says Larry Johnson, President of The Light Brigade. "The expanded classroom space that our new facility offers will allow us to develop hands-on work areas specifically for teaching these disciplines."

The new facility will feature three new classrooms, specifically for Outside Plant, Premises, and Fiber to the Premise training and will incorporate live-fiber networks including Fiber to the Home, Fiber to the Desk and video systems.

About The Light Brigade
Over 27,000 attendees have participated in The Light Brigade's instructor-led fiber optic training courses worldwide. In addition, The Light Brigade has a wide variety of fiber optic training videotapes, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and computer-based training available. More detailed information can be found at www.lightbrigade.com or by calling (206) 575-0404.

Krone introduces CopperTen cabling

Krone, recently acquired by ADC, has launched CopperTen, the UTP augmented Category 6 structured cabling system capable of carrying 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet over 100 meters.

CopperTen complies with all the Category 6 standards, yet has 10 times the data capacity, the company said.

Independent consultant Steve Banks, recently completed the installation of some 70 km and 2,000 patch panel ports of CopperTen for a major international bank's London data centre.

"Other possibilities for 10Gigabit/s data transmission, such as shielded augmented Category 6 and Category 7, have not achieved significant acceptance outside parts of central Europe and Scandinavia," he said.

"CopperTen will enable users to install a system today that works with existing 10/100/1000 Mbit/s equipment and yet has the capacity for 10Gigabit/s when the electronics are introduced in 2005."

Based on existing Category 6 technology, it solves the thorny problem of alien crosstalk (interference from adjacent cables), which has until now required shielded cables to be used, the company said.

The cable is elliptical rather than circular and uses several novel techniques to ensure that however the cables are installed there will always be sufficient separation to achieve the necessary performance, it said in a statement.
www.krone.com

IEC Senior Vice President John Biagas Meets With President Bush in White House

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - On Friday, July 2, 2004, IEC Senior Vice President John Biagas was one of a select group of business leaders invited to the White House to meet with President Bush and have a roundtable discussion about the economy in the Oval Office. Later, in a televised address Bush mentioned Biagas and his company by name while discussing the improvements in the economy and tax cuts.

In a televised address, Bush pointed to the success of Biagas' company, Bay Electric Co. in Newport News, Va., as evidence that the economy is improving and job growth remains strong. Biagas purchased Bay Electric in 1997 when revenues were about $1 million, which went up to $14 million last year.

Bush also used Biagas as an example for his $1.7 trillion tax-cut plan, saying it was vital to small businesses like Bay Electric. Bush said that raising taxes makes it harder for small businesses to hire new workers and expand. He went on to point out that small companies that are able to invest the money they save in taxes, are more confident about expanding and more able to do so. Bay Electric, as an example, currently has 81 employees and plans to hire as many as 10 more in the next several months, thanks in part to the success of the economy. www.ieci.org

IEC Welcomes New Silver Industry Partner - Electricians' Success International

August 10, 2004 www.ieci.org ALEXANDRIA, Va. - IEC National is pleased to announce its latest Silver Industry Partner - Electricians' Success International™ (ESI). ESI's mission is to provide electrical contractors a competitive edge by equipping them with the newest and most cutting-edge proprietary tools, management expertise, marketing systems, training and buying clout.

Success Group International (SGI) partnered in January of this year with Atlanta-based Mister Sparky, Inc. to form Electricians' Success International™ (ESI). Modeled after SGI's similar groups serving the residential plumbing and HVAC contracting industries, ESI is a new membership organization for independent residential electrical service and repair companies. The company combines SGI's renowned business and marketing acumen with Mister Sparky's expertise as one of North America's most respected residential electrical service companies.

"We are pleased ESI has become a part of our industry partner program," said IEC National Executive Vice President Larry Mullins. "Together we can provide more opportunities for success for all IEC members."

"This is an outstanding opportunity for us to expand our name in the electrical market," said Terry Nicholson, President of Electricians' Success International™. "Our relationship with the IEC will benefit both ESI and the lives of electrical contractors throughout North America."

ESI equips members with cutting-edge business tools and software, innovative marketing and advertising systems, expert training, group purchasing power and the opportunity to be part of a branded national company. For more information about ESI call 1-877-ESI-FOR-ME or visit www.joinesi.com.

TED MAGAZINE WINS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF BUSINESS PUBLICATION EDITORS


www.naed.org

(ST. LOUIS, MO)... TED Magazine, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), has won a Regional Excellence Award in the 26th Annual Awards Competition of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The national contest received nearly 2,500 entries. TED accepted the award at the Regional Awards Dinner held in Chicago on June 15, and received national acknowledgement during the ASBPE National Meeting in Philadelphia in late June.

TED placed first in its region in the front cover photo category for its January 2003 cover story, "Is the Industrial Market Going Out the Window?" The photo illustrated an article on the trend of manufacturing leaving the U.S. and how it affects the electrical industry. The photograph captures actual vacant industrial space which had been used for manufacturing until the company recently moved offshore.

The award-winning cover features the successful teamwork that drives every issue of TED Magazine, from the concept by Editor Michael Martin, to the treatment of the cover by Graphics Art Manager Randi Vincent, to the photo work by photographer Mike DeFilippo, to the words of Managing Editor Misty Byers.

"Our staff is dedicated to providing TED readers with timely, original industry news and trends. We were pleased to see that our commitment to quality content for the electrical industry was recognized by the ASBPE, our peers in the publishing industry. It was truly a collaborative effort, which gives the award special meaning," Martin said.

For more than 20 years, the ASBPE Awards Competition has honored trade publication editors and graphic designers for their hard work and commitment to excellence. The most competitive competition in the business press, the ASBPE judging panel consists of experienced business editors, designers, consultants and academicians. For more information, visit http://www.asbpe.org.

TED Magazine is the primary source of information for the electrical distribution channel across North America. With more than 33,000 qualified subscribers, the publication is dedicated to best practices for the electrical supply chain. In addition to its print edition, TED Magazine produces up-to-the minute news at www.tedmag.com.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED's membership represents approximately 4,100 locations internationally. A searchable database of NAED members is available on www.naed.org.

NECA Contractors Poised to Benefit from New MasterFormat

Bethesda, MD - - Major changes pending in the construction industry's model specification system spell good news for electrical contractors, according to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) (www.necanet.org).

"Basically, the new MasterFormat system splits electrical and communications systems into five new divisions," said Brooke Stauffer. "Speccing electrical and electronic systems is about to become more complicated - and more confusing - for everyone."

"Under these circumstances, I think owners and primes are going to expect their electrical contractors to help them sort out the confusion," said Stauffer. In other words, construction customers and managers are going to be looking at NECA members as a sort of general contractor for wiring, to coordinate installation of the many different power, communications, and control systems that go into a modern building."

** Division 16 - Electrical **

MasterFormat is a list of numbers and titles for organizing construction specifications in a logical fashion. First published in 1964, it divided building construction into 16 divisions. Most systems installed by electrical contractors (power, telephone, control wiring) were covered in Division 16, Electrical.

For the last forty years, Division 16 has been electrical, just as Division 15 was mechanical, and Division 3 concrete. Consolidating electrical work under Division 16 meant that the spec framework also shaped bid packages. Electrical contractors would bid Division 16 and then perform all the work in it (or subcontract parts like fiber optic terminations and fire alarms to specialty subcontractors). Either way, it was a one-stop-shop: electrical contractors were responsible for Division 16.

** Changing the Paradigm **

But the new 2004 MasterFormat changes that familiar business landscape. Five different divisions now cover electrical-electronic-communications systems (see sidebar). Associations of low-voltage installers hold classes and seminars that teach their members how to split off bits of the spec package into separate bids. And while this may be good news for companies that only install card-access systems for parking garages, or nurse-call intercoms in hospitals, it's not such good news for their customers.

"It's unfortunate that Division 16 is being broken into smaller pieces. Instead, they should have updated and expanded its content, to match the trend toward greater system integration in the building industry," commented Dr. Thomas E. Glavinich, of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas.

"Breaking up Division 16 will result in greater confusion during the design and bidding phase of construction projects, which may adversely affect system performance and increase costs for the owner. The growing complexity of-and interactions between-power, communications, and control systems requires that a knowledgeable firm, like that of the electrical contractor, be responsible for installation and operation of all of these systems."

** Electrical Contractors at the Helm **
"You can't just do these different technologies separately, in a vacuum," Stauffer observed. "Low-voltage wires run in sleeves and conduits, which are the electrical contractor's responsibility. Low-voltage controllers need power circuits to operate, which have to be installed by electricians. In many cases, low-voltage systems need to be integrated with other technologies like Building Automation Systems (BAS). And all too often, low-voltage installers don't follow National Electrical Code safety rules about things like fire stopping and grounding."

The genius of old Division 16 was that it naturally put electrical contractors in the driver's seat, where they could coordinate the installation of all these different systems properly. "Now that MasterFormat has changed, there's going to be a learning curve for everyone. But I'm pretty sure that in the long run - maybe even the short run - customers will again understand the importance of having professionals in charge of the total job," said Stauffer.

NECA plans to take a proactive approach to the new changes by keeping members and their customers educated and informed regarding the newly revised Master Format and it's consequences to the traditional way a construction project is contracted out.

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

Three new fiber products from Fluke Networks save time - money

Three new Fluke Networks test tools make installing and maintaining fiber networks faster, simpler and less expensive. Reliable and easy-to-use fiber optic verification and certification testers save time and money for network owners.

EVERETT, Washington, July 7, 2004 - Fluke Networks announces the availability of three new tools to speed the verification, certification and troubleshooting of fiber optic installations. The new VisiFault Visual Fault Locator (VFL), FiberInspector Pro dual-power video microscope, and OptiFiber SmartRemote all make installing, certifying and maintaining a fiber network faster, simpler and less expensive.

VisiFault Visual Fault Locator
The new VisiFault Visual Fault Locator (VFL) is suited for installers and owners of fiber optic networks. Designed for demanding field use, the laser-powered VisiFault traces fibers routes, verifies continuity and polarity, and helps find breaks in cables, connectors and splices. High visibility laser speeds fiber verification and diagnosis of faults The compact VisiFault emits a bright beam of red light for easy fiber location from a distance. Users can visually trace one fiber among many, either in a cable or when terminated in a rack, by visually locating the emitted light. VisiFault makes it quick and easy to check end-to-end continuity and verify the proper polarity of fibers within a multi-fiber connector like an MT-RJ. The VisiFault illuminates fiber breaks, damaged connectors on patch cords, defective splices in splice trays, and tight fiber bends in and around equipment racks. The unit operates in two modes: continuous wave output for steady illumination or flashing output mode for easier identification of one fiber among many.

The VisiFault incorporates an energy-absorbing holster over an impact-resistant case to withstand drops and rough treatment. A heavy-duty tethered end cap protects the fiber adapter, making the VisiFault ideal for demanding field applications. "Unlike more fragile VFLs that utilize a flashlight body or plain plastic case, the VisiFault was specifically engineered to be mechanically tough," said Eric Anderson, marketing manager for Fluke Networks fiber optic products. "Our industrial design team created a custom case for VisiFault that is both durable and compact for field-use." VisiFault carries a one-year conditional warranty. VisiFault comes with a universal 2.5mm adapter for easy connection to SC, ST, FC, and FJ connectors. The optional 1.25mm universal adapter allows for connection to LC and MU connectors. A carrying case is included. The unit has an attach point for a belt lanyard or carry strap. Replaceable AA batteries support more than 80 hours of operation in continuous output mode.

FiberInspector™ Pro Video Microscope
The new FiberInspector Pro dual-power video microscope drastically reduces diagnostic time by inspecting fiber connectors already installed on patch panels.
FiberInspector Pro includes a handheld LCD display unit and a small, lightweight probe that contains a long-life LED light source and CCD video camera. Instead of removing each individual fiber, the probe adapter tip mates with the connector and projects crisp, clear images of microscopic debris and endface damage on the LCD display. The large, bright video display shows clear fiber endface images without the user looking into the fiber, eliminating the chance of harmful laser light reaching your eye. Because the fiber is never removed from its connector, and the FiberInspector Pro never contacts the fiber, the chance of damage due to testing is virtually eliminated.
The FiberInspector Pro evaluates both multimode and singlemode fiber connectors and interfaces with an integrated dual magnification (250x/ 400x) camera. It is compatible with standard ST, SC, and FC connectors and other connector types including small form factor connectors with optional adapter tips. The rugged design of FiberInspector Pro makes it suitable for rough working conditions.

OptiFiber SmartRemote
The new OptiFiber™ Smart Remote, an intelligent remote device that complements the testing power of the OptiFiber Certifying OTDR, provides an affordable, powerful solution for automated insertion loss certification of multimode or singlemode fiber networks.
With an OptiFiber OTDR and a Smart Remote, a user can perform insertion loss certification with the press of a button. A single button touch launches an automated insertion loss Autotest consisting of five optical measurements and link analysis. With every insertion loss Autotest, OptiFiber measures loss at two wavelengths, on two fibers, plus optical length. OptiFiber then compares the measurements against a selected test standard and presents the Pass or Fail status of the tested links. This highly efficient automated test methodology is at least 50% faster than traditional loss certification techniques, saving users thousands of dollars in labor expenses.
Insertion loss certification requires an optical source on one end of the fiber under test and a power meter on the opposite end. To automate the certification process the sources and meters must be intelligent and able to communicate with one another. This previously meant using two OptiFiber OTDRs. While this remains an option, users can now combine a single OptiFiber OTDR with the new OptiFiber Smart Remote, saving over 60% on the price of their test equipment.
The new Smart Remote is based on the DTX CableAnalyzer platform and is available with multimode or singlemode fiber modules. These modules incorporate two sources combined into single output port, a power meter input port, and an on-module visual fault locator (VFL). Users utilize the output and input ports for insertion loss certification while the VFL helps in fiber tracing and troubleshooting. OptiFiber test results are easily saved, managed and reported using LinkWare™ Cable Test Management Software.

Price and delivery
All three new fiber products are available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks sales partners worldwide. The VisiFault Visual Fault Locator has a suggested U.S. list price of $275. The FiberInspector Pro Dual-Power Video Microscope has a suggested U.S. list price of $3,495. The new OptiFiber Smart Remote has a suggested U.S. list price of $4,995, and includes one Smart Remote unit and one multimode adapter module. Both single mode and multimode modules are available separately with a suggested U.S. list price starting at $1,995.

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 500 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks' Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

Cable, DSL face threats
By Jim Hu
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
July 29, 2004, 4:00AM PDT

ROSEVILLE, Calif.--For 88 years, the Roseville Telephone Company watched the telecommunications world transform the 83 square miles it served surrounding this former railroad town outside Sacramento.

Then in 2002, the small company decided to join the fray and bought the assets of a fiber-optic network in bankruptcy--a move that catapulted it into the hyper speed of the digital age. Roseville Telephone changed its name to SureWest Communications and began offering video, phone and high-speed Internet services, taking on industry giants SBC Communications and Comcast.
"We're competing with companies that are exponentially bigger than us," said Bill DeMuth, the chief technology officer at SureWest. "The competitive advantage we have over SBC and Comcast is the fiber." SureWest is one of a handful of broadband companies that are trying to leapfrog local incumbents, using as leverage new technologies that promise a different breed of Internet access. These challengers hope to disrupt what has long been a two-horse race between cable and DSL (digital subscriber line) in most U.S. cities, yielding faster service at lower prices and encouraging the development of new businesses along the way.
The alternative broadband companies, which range from family businesses to multinational conglomerates such as AT&T, are attacking the market on many fronts. Some are building networks in rural areas that have been largely neglected, while smaller outfits are concentrating on personal customer service. Others are working to bypass the industry leaders that own the broadband pipes using next-generation technologies such as satellites, wireless networks and electrical lines.
As tempting as the potential may be, these strategies face monumental obstacles. For one, they're competing against well-established telecommunications and cable players with widespread brand recognition and seemingly endless resources. The communications landscape is littered with defunct start-ups that raised billions of investment dollars during the technology boom of the late 1990s, only to crash along with the stock market a few years later.
Satellite signals the way
An Ariane 5G+ rocket launched from French Guiana on July 17 carried a satellite payload for broadband provider WildBlue Communications.
Rural Action Plan
Through this plan, the FCC hopes to bring advanced broadband services to places beyond the reach of cable and DSL. Measures include:
Wireless spectrum licensing: Flexible licensing of spectrum to small service providers in rural markets.
Wireless Internet service providers: Free up more unlicensed spectrum and introducing technologies for small companies to market.
Satellite: Spur satellite companies to offer more services to rural America
Outreach: Spark more interest in installing rural broadband access
Source: Speech by FCC Chairman Michael Powell, February 2004
Building a beachhead
Alternative broadband providers trying to break in to duopoly markets should look to the rise of satellite TV for a dose of optimism. In the 1990s, satellite companies got established in rural areas where cable had not reached, before expanding into urban markets.
This strategy worked. After a few years, satellite technology improved, equipment got cheaper, and the industry upgraded to digital networks, with hundreds of channels. This forced the cable TV industry to spend around $80 billion playing catch-up in going digital.
TV space race
The swift growth of digital satellite TV service in the United States took rivals by surprise, but cable companies caught up quickly.

Source: In-Stat/MDR
Yet some of their ideas have found new life as the economy has recovered, especially at companies like SureWest that have picked up expensive technologies at fire-sale prices. Even in areas dominated today by cable-DSL duopolies, the prospects for growth are as vast as the Wild West--and that has rekindled the gold-rush spirit among some broadband entrepreneurs.
"There's probably more money for these things now," said Jim Penhune, an analyst at Strategy Analytics. "The flipside is that broadband is farther along than it was in 1999, and they're going up against some strong incumbent providers, who are gaining momentum themselves."

To date, most consumers have basically had two broadband choices: high-speed Net access from cable operators or DSL service from Baby Bell phone companies. By the end of 2003, either cable modem or DSL connections were used in almost all of the 22 million U.S. households with broadband access, according to research firm The Yankee Group.
Cable and phone companies build, maintain and upgrade elaborate broadband networks in most cities. Although each municipality has different regulations, most have provisions that allow one cable and one landline phone company to offer service to their residents.
The battle between cable and DSL has intensified over the past year. The Bells have introduced price cuts and have largely kept pace with cable in adding new customers. Cable companies, for their part, have boosted their download speeds to about 3 megabits per second in hopes of counteracting the lure of cheap DSL offers.
That has left little room for other technologies to break into metropolitan markets, let alone establish a foothold. As a result, many alternative broadband companies are concentrating on rural and less-populated markets--following a path set by satellite TV operators more than a decade ago.
The competitive advantage we have over SBC and Comcast is the fiber. --Bill DeMuth chief technology officer, SureWest.
In the mid-1990s, satellite TV companies launched services that targeted people in rural areas that were not served by cable. Once they were established in these regions, companies such as DirecTV and EchoStar's Dish Network took the competition an important step further by offering hundreds of television channels via digital broadcast.
"That's what made cable go out and do its $80 billion upgrade," said Rob Sanderson, an analyst at American Technology Research, who sees similar market forces at play in today's broadband business. "They want to hit the guy who's dying for broadband out in the sticks."
Broadband is in the air
Given satellite companies' initial success against cable in television, it's fitting that the industry is in the forefront of challenging the land-based incumbents in broadband.

iFRAME Network Hardware Management System

Hubbell Premise Wiring introduces the iFRAME Network Hardware Management System, a comprehensive foundation for switches, servers, patch panels and cable. The iFRAME System saves valuable data center floor space, increases rack space by more than 10%, looks clean and organized, and has one-fifth the parts of a traditional system, which simplifies installation and maintenance.
The cornerstone of the system is the iFRAME Column, a super-strong I-beam that gets bolted vertically to the floor every two feet. The space between two columns forms an EIA-310-D compliant rack, so there is no rack to order or assemble. Network equipment is mounted between the columns while cable is run within the column.
Eleven racks fit in the space of ten, without sacrificing cable capacity. The top rack position is not lost to J-Bolts when fastening ladder to the top, so an extra rack "U" is gained. These features result in an increase of more than 10% rack space in the same floor space.
The exceptional strength of the columns supports a full complement of network gear from top to bottom. No longer is there any need to tie the top of each rack to the wall for rigidity or leave the top of a rack unused as with traditional cable management systems. The 2' mounting pitch for the columns allows the iFRAME Columns to align with the dropped ceiling and raised floor grid, greatly simplifying installation.

The system is fundamentally only two primary components, the iFRAME Column and the iFRAME Top. There are no extra brackets, splices, or pieces to clutter the installation. The clean look results from the small number of components, the elimination of the 'garbage collector' at the bottom of each rack, and effective and versatile cable management. Fewer parts mean less assembly time, less chance of losing or misplacing hardware, and fewer tools to carry from site to site. Only one tool (9/16" socket/wrench) is required for assembly and installation.

For more information, call Hubbell Premise Wiring at 1-800-626-0005 or visit www.hubbell-premise.com.

Hubbell Premise Wiring, a division of Hubbell, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of structured cabling systems/enclosures and accessories. Hubbell's broad offering includes high-performance jacks, patch panels, patch cords, racks and cabinets, cable management accessories, and fiber optic products.

General Cable Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results and Declares Dividend on Preferred Stock

Tuesday July 20, 4:06 pm ET HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2004--General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC - News) reported net income after preferred stock dividends for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004 of $3.7 million, which was $0.09 on a diluted per share basis. These results were up from net income of $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2003. Included in the results for the 2004 second quarter were pre-tax charges of $1.6 million associated with the previously announced rationalization of certain of the Company's manufacturing facilities and a $0.4 million pre-tax foreign currency transaction loss. These costs reduced reported earnings per share by $0.04 in the second quarter.
In accordance with the terms of the Company's 5.75% Series A Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock, the Board of Directors has declared a preferred stock dividend of approximately $0.72 per share for the three-month period ending August 24, 2004. The dividend is payable on August 24, 2004 to preferred stockholders of record as of July 31, 2004.
Highlights
Net sales of $517.5 million were up 14% versus metal-adjusted sales in the second quarter 2003, the second quarter in a row of double-digit year-over-year sales growth.
Broad based unit growth of 17% year-over-year with North America up 15% and the international operations up 20%.
Metal prices, which increased significantly in the first quarter, leveled during the second quarter and were mostly recovered through increased selling prices midway through the quarter.
Rapidly rising energy and steel prices have caused strong inflationary pressure on non-metal raw materials used in cable manufacturing. Additional price increases are being implemented.
Earnings forecast for the third quarter at or slightly above the second quarter 2004 results and significantly better than prior year.
General Cable will discuss second quarter results on a conference call and Webcast at 8:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow, July 21. Call information is available at www.generalcable.com.

"Both net sales and earnings per share exceeded our earlier guidance, as all business units reported positive year-over-year revenue growth," commented Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable. "While we continue to face inflationary pressures on many of our raw material costs, our ongoing actions in the market place to recover metals and other non-controllable cost inputs, as well as our continued focus on cost productivity, allowed us to report a significant improvement in earnings compared to the first quarter of this year. These results and a strong order pattern as we enter the third quarter continue to reinforce my belief that we are experiencing a firming, if not a recovery, in the wire & cable industry."
Second Quarter Results
Net sales for the second quarter of 2004 were $517.5 million, an increase of 14% versus metal-adjusted net sales in the 2003 second quarter. The average price per pound of copper and aluminum increased $0.48 and $0.15, respectively, from the second quarter 2003 to the second quarter 2004. The 2003 net sales have been increased in this comparison to put them on a consistent metal-adjusted basis with 2004 net sales. Overall net sales for the quarter were positively affected by about 2% as a result of favorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates for the Company's international operations.
Net sales in the Energy segment increased 12% in the second quarter of 2004 versus metal-adjusted net sales in the second quarter of 2003. North American sales were up 13%, driven largely by strong demand from power utilities for primary and secondary distribution cables. International sales were up 9%, driven largely by favorable foreign currency exchange rates.
Net sales in the Industrial & Specialty segment were up 24% versus metal-adjusted net sales in the second quarter of 2003. This increase was driven by a 13% increase in North America, where net sales of ignition wire sets sold to the automotive aftermarket grew 8% and industrial cables utilized in maintenance, repair and plant operations (MRO) grew 9% compared to the second quarter of 2003. Net sales of cables utilized primarily in industrial construction increased 20% versus the second quarter of 2003, driven by strong institutional spending. International sales were up 37% versus 2003 due in part to increased sales of higher value flexible zero-halogen cables in Europe and the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates.
Net sales in the Communications segment increased 6% in the second quarter of 2004 versus metal-adjusted net sales in the same quarter of 2003. This increase was driven by a 6% increase in North America, where net sales were up year-over-year in all business units in this segment.
Significantly, the Company experienced an increase in sales of electronic cables, which grew 12% versus the second quarter of 2003 behind sustained penetration into targeted niche markets. Net sales of LAN cables also increased year-over-year for the second straight quarter, up 9% compared to the second quarter of 2003. Sales of telephone cables improved marginally over the prior year as capacity was removed from the industry late in the second quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $38.1 million in the second quarter of 2004, up from $30.7 million in the second quarter of 2003. The increase in SG&A was due in part to increased variable selling expenses from higher sales volumes, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, and a change in the reporting of the results of the Company's fiber optics joint venture. Beginning in the first quarter of this year, the Company consolidated the results of its NextGen joint venture, which had previously been accounted for on an equity basis. This change in reporting increased SG&A by $1.0 million but had no impact on overall operating results. Including this accounting change, SG&A was 7.4% of net sales in the second quarter of 2004, up from 6.8% of metal-adjusted net sales in the second quarter of 2003.
The second quarter 2004 operating income of $17.1 million was up from $15.9 million in the second quarter of 2003. The results in 2004 include $1.6 million of pre-tax charges related to the rationalization of certain manufacturing facilities. The 2003 results included a $1.1 million charge for severance related to the Company's cost cutting efforts in Europe. Operating income for the second quarter of 2004 benefited from the increased sales volume and lower manufacturing costs as a result of the Company's Lean initiatives, as well as changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The significant metal cost increases experienced in the first quarter of 2004 were mostly offset by increased selling prices midway through the second quarter.
During the second quarter of 2004 the Company realized a $0.4 million pre-tax loss resulting from an unfavorable foreign currency transaction. This loss reduced reported earnings per share by about $0.01 in the quarter.
Net interest expense was $9.0 million for the second quarter of 2004, down $2.2 million from the same period in 2003 as a result of the Company's refinancing in the fourth quarter of 2003. During the quarter, the Company also accrued approximately $1.5 million in dividends on its preferred stock.
The Company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2004 was approximately 32.5%.
Six Month Results
Net income for the first half of 2004 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. These results include $4.3 million of pre-tax charges relating to the rationalization of certain manufacturing facilities and $0.9 million of pre-tax losses resulting from unfavorable foreign currency transactions. These costs reduced reported earnings per share by $0.09 for the first half of the year.
Net sales for the first half of 2004 were $996.1 million, up 17% versus metal-adjusted net sales for the same period in 2003. Contributing to this increase was an 11% increase in Energy cables, where North American sales increased 11% due to demand from power utilities for distribution cable and international sales, which were up as well, driven largely by foreign currency exchange rate changes. Industrial & Specialty cables were up 28%, with North America up 18% due to strength in all business units and international activity, where sales were up 41% driven by strength in zero-halogen cable sales in Europe and favorable foreign currency exchange rate changes. Communications cables revenue increased 9% year-over-year due to strength in North America, where sales grew 10%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $76.8 million in the first half of 2004, up from $61.7 million for the same period in 2003. The increase in SG&A was due in part to increased variable selling expenses related to higher sales volumes, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, and a change in the reporting of the results of the Company's fiber optics joint venture. Including this accounting change, SG&A was 7.7% of net sales in the first half of 2004, up from 7.2% of metal-adjusted net sales in the first half of 2003.
Management Comments
"Rapidly increasing metal prices put pressure on our results in the first quarter and at the beginning of the second quarter. While the cost of copper remains volatile, it leveled in the $1.25 per pound range during the second quarter, which has allowed us to capture most of the increased metal costs through increased selling prices," commented Kenny. "Unfortunately, we are now experiencing significant inflation in many of the rest of the raw materials used in cable manufacturing, such as insulation compounds and steel. We have recently announced additional price increases in most of our markets which we believe will largely offset these cost increases over time."
"We believe the favorable revenue trends we experienced in the first half of the year will continue into the second half, though tempered slightly by the seasonality of our business, where revenue historically peaks in the second quarter and eases slightly in the third and fourth quarters," said Kenny. "We are estimating that sales unit volume, as measured in metal pounds sold, should be up about 10% compared to the third quarter of 2003 and down seasonally approximately 10% on a sequential basis. Diluted earnings per share, excluding charges related to the rationalization of certain of our manufacturing facilities, should be at or slightly above the second quarter 2004 results as we continue to benefit from a broad based recovery in our end markets. This estimate assumes that metal costs remain at roughly the level experienced in the second quarter."
General Cable (NYSE:BGC - News), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency.
Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.generalcable.com

RiT INTRODUCES PAIRVIEW PRO™ TO FACILITATE CARRIERS EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY AND MAP DIGITAL LINES

First Local Loop Mass-Verification System Maximizes Network Utilization of Digital Lines
Increases Scanning Speed By 30%

Tel Aviv, Israel - May 24, 2004 - RiT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT), the pioneer of intelligent physical layer solutions, today launched PairView Pro the first Local Loop Mass Verification system that can identify and map the digital services (e.g., xDSL, ISDN) carried on a telephone line.

Based on the industry-leading PairView™ system, the new solution, like its predecessor, gathers information about the line's telephone number, type, connectivity status, electrical characteristics, and routing, unobtrusively from active and inactive pairs. This produces a reliable database, which serves as a platform for more accurate billing, efficient maintenance, and effective network management.

PairView™ Pro improves on its predecessor by providing a 30% increase in the scanning speed and an improved Graphical User Interface to provide carriers with higher technician efficiency and an even faster return on their investment.
"PairView Pro was designed to address today's focus on digital services and the need for an even faster ROI," said Liam Galin, President and CEO of RiT Technologies. "It is the first local loop mass-verification system that can fully map and qualify lines carrying ISDN, xDSL, and other digital offerings - lines that now account for more than 30% of a typical operator's services. In addition, by ramping the system's scanning speed, we have made it an even more cost-effective tool for reducing maintenance and provisioning expenses."

Mr. Galin continued, "Indeed, one of our customers is already taking advantage of this exciting new feature to monitor the lines they have leased to other operators, assuring that all their contract agreements are being upheld."

PairView Pro is a proven, total solution for mass verification of the local loop records and cleansing of the Outside Plant Database. First introduced in 1996, hundreds of PairView™ systems are now in use worldwide, delivering a rapid return on investment based on "recovered" copper pairs, streamlined provisioning and maintenance processes, and improved long-term planning. Designed for large-scale record verification, PairView Pro simultaneously scans Main Distribution Frames (MDFs) and Street Cabinets, un-intrusively identifying and analyzing all active and inactive pairs. The system then automatically compares the results with existing information, and reports all discrepancies.

About RiT Technologies
RiT Technologies pioneered the development of intelligent physical layer management solutions, designed to provide superior control, utilization and maintenance of networks. RiT's innovative solutions help customers capitalize on network investments and reduce cost of ownership.

RiT's Enterprise Solutions include PatchView™ for full web-based management, planning and troubleshooting of network physical layer connectivity, and SMART Cabling™ System components for single-source, end-to-end structured cabling solutions. PairView™ and PairQ™ Carrier Solutions help telcos capitalize on outside plant investments by giving them reliable, mass-verified and qualified infrastructure and connectivity databases.

With a global sales network spanning 60 countries, RiT's key customers include major financial institutions, corporations and global telecommunications companies such as: Deutsche Telekom, Alcatel, TELMEX, TELENOR, The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), ING Barings, INVESCO, DIAGEO, Daewoo, and Reuters.

RiT is a member of the RAD group, a world leader in communications solutions. For more information, please visit our website: www.rittech.com.

CNS blockbuster on Cabling Safety issues in July/August issue

Toronto-based Cabling Networking Systems Magazine (CNS), formerly Cabling Systems, did a bang-up job examining the ongoing debate about fiber versus copper in its May/June issue. The good news for fiber proponents is that installation, testing and support are no longer stumbling blocks and the price gap between the two is rapidly shrinking. Now in the July/August edition is a revealing probe on health, safety and abandoned cable.

The article "Houston, We Still Have A Problem." By Perry Greenbaum is an in-depth analysis of the safety issues that the communications and real estate sectors face as they begin to grapple with abandoned cable.

Further information about Canada's premier structured cabling publication is available at www.cnsmagazine.com.

China to test DuPont Teflon after U.S. health risk report

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - Reuters
China to test Teflon after U.S. health risk report
Monday July 12, 9:52 pm ET
BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) - China will conduct tests on DuPont Co.'s (NYSE:DD - News) non-stick cookware, Teflon, following a report in the United States it may pose a health hazard, the China Daily said on Tuesday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday the U.S. No 2 chemicals maker failed for more than 20 years to report potential health risks caused by a key ingredient in the manufacture of Teflon.
The Wilmington, Delaware, company violated the Toxic Substances Control Act from June 1981 to March 2001 by not reporting dangers associated with perfluorooctanoic acid or C-8, the EPA said.
"We will start tests soon because China is a huge market for the multinational," a press officer with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine told the China Daily.
C-8 is crucial in the process of making the well-known coating used in a wide range of consumer products, including non-stick cookware and stain-resistant carpets.
Tests by 3M, the original manufacturer of C-8, have shown that high levels of exposure may cause liver damage and reproductive problems in rats.
DuPont dismissed the EPA's allegations as baseless and said it would file a formal denial with the agency within 30 days.
DuPont's China office was not immediately available for comment.

VDV Works Advanced Fiber training on Fiber Testing

Advanced Training Course Covering Fiber Optic Testing Announced by VDV Works

A new VDV Academy training program that covers fiber optic testing at an advanced level is now available from VDV Works LLC. The program covers fiber optic testing in much greater depth than other training courses and was created to train fiber optic technicians and instructors wishing to enhance their knowledge of testing. The course is also ideal for preparing for the Fiber Optic Association CFOS Advanced Testing Certification.

The program includes visual inspection, power measurement, loss testing and OTDR testing. Each section covers instrumentation requirements, test procedures, standards and measurement errors in great detail. Two versions of the program are available: an instructor version includes everything an instructor needs to teach a hands-on advanced fiber optic testing course and a self-study version allows an experienced fiber optic technician to add to their knowledge on testing.
The program was created by Jim Hayes of VDV Works LLC who co-founded Fotec, the fiber optic test equipment company, and ran it for 20 years before it was acquired by Fluke Networks. Jim is also the author of many industry standards on testing and a noted fiber optic trainer. In 2001, Jim was honored as one of fiber optics' "luminaries" by Fiberoptic Product News magazine for his contributions to the industry through the "Fiber U" training and websites he developed. Jim is author of two cabling textbooks, Data Voice and Video Cabling and The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual, and writes monthly cabling columns for several magazines.

VDV Academy does not offer training classes itself, but provides complete turn-key programs for instructors to teach its courses or students to teach themselves. VDV Academy offers programs covering Basic Fiber Optics, OTDRs, Advanced Testing, Structured Cabling and preparation for the FOA CFOT certification exam. VDV Academy also offers free online tutorials like "Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics," the most popular fiber optic website of all times, at http://www.lennielightwave.com.

For more information on the programs, contact VDV Works at 760-451-3655, info@vdvworks.com

Online Group Limited

Online Group Limited are the UK Distributor for PatchView for the Enterprise (PV4E), the worlds leading Intelligent Physical Layer Management Solution (IPLMS). RiT Technologies are the manufacturer of PV4E and Online Group are their leading global technical and commercial partner. RiT accounts for over 80% of the global IPLMS market, having in excess of 4 million managed ports worldwide. Online Group's customers are responsible for over 25% of this global installed base.

Intelligent infrastructure system keeps Canary Wharf lawyers on the case

Global law firm Clifford Chance has entrusted the physical network at its new Canary Wharf London office and a City satellite office to an advanced monitoring and control system which resolves many network issues in seconds, enhances security, and allows previously complex moves and changes to be made in double-quick time.

And according to Online Group, which implemented the Patchview for the Enterprise (PV4E) intelligent physical layer management solution, the twin-site system is one of the largest implementations of the technology in the world. At the 33-floor Upper Bank Street tower just outside Canary Wharf tube station, PV4E takes care of almost 110,000 managed ports and 2,500 staff, while a variable number of staff at the satellite Coleman Street office - many of them hot-desking - are served by 8,500 managed ports.

PV4E links intelligent versions of the standard patch panels which lie at the heart of all modern cabled networks with a live database which continuously monitors every single voice and data connection in the physical network. The seamless communication between patch panels and software allows faults to be flagged on a desktop screen in seconds.

Physical network changes can also be designed on the desktop and then fed to the patch panels where LEDs indicate the changes which need to be made. Thanks to PV4E's remote capabilities, Clifford Chance can now design changes at Canary Wharf and feed them to Coleman Street without expert technical teams even having to visit. Instant updating of the physical network documentation ensures that all changes are easily reversible.

Already Clifford Chance telecommunications manager Neil Munro is seeing benefits. Every year, 5,000 network moves and changes are needed as lawyers move into new teams. Before PV4E, Munro's experience was similar to any other manager coping with the corporate word's annual migration of staff and network resources. "It was a nightmare," he says, "but this year, my team said that the moves went better than they have ever done. Patching connections were all right first time and as a result the number of helpdesk calls was much lower."

PV4E is also allowing Munro's team to activate and deactivate ports at extremely short notice - vital in an environment where high capacity feeds may need to be activated for events such as AV presentations but which need to be closed down as soon as they are no longer needed in order to maintain tight security. Now all ports can be activated and closed down from an authorised desktop.

The facility is also proving its worth at the Coleman Street offices where many lawyers choose to hot desk before and after meetings. A quick phone call is all that is needed for the Canary Wharf team to remotely activate the required resources.

Munro is currently supported by three full time staff and three outside contractors. Without the move to PV4E, Munro reckons he would have needed five extra staff - two full time and three additional outside contractors - to cope with a main office which is twice the size of the one it replaces and the satellite Coleman Street city office.

The final word on the move from a passively managed network infrastructure to intelligent physical layer management goes to Neil Munro: "We wouldn't want to go back - none of us would."

www.onlinegroup.co.uk
www.rittech.com

MAURICE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY CO., INC. DONATES $100,000 TO
NAED EDUCATION & RESEARCH FOUNDATION


(ST. LOUIS, MO.)... The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces a $100,000 contribution by Maurice Electrical Supply Co., Inc. in Washington, D.C. to the NAED Education & Research Foundation.

"At Maurice we have always invested in people. Training is a major focus for our company, and we look to NAED and the Education & Research Foundation to develop the industry specific training resources and programs we need. Focused on the growth and well-being of our industry, it can only provide greater opportunity for our channel and our employees. We are proud to carry on the long association with NAED that Bernie Green and Marvin Kogod had by sponsoring and participating in the Foundation," said Bruce Kogod, CEO/Owner of Maurice Electrical Supply Co., Inc.

Founded in 1922 by Gustave Solomon and Maurice Abraham, Maurice Electric Supply Co. is a full-line electrical distributor with locations in Washington, D.C. and Rockville, Md. With over 15,000 items in stock, the company is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations with honest and dependable service.

"We are grateful for Maurice's donation to the Foundation. They have always been solid supporters of NAED, both monetarily and through volunteer efforts. We look forward to working even more closely with them in the future," said Bill Elliott, chairman of the Channel Advantage Partnership and president of Elliott Electric Supply in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The company's donation will become part of an endowment fund for the NAED Education & Research Foundation. The principal amount of the endowment will remain untouched, while the interest will be used to commission future projects and studies. As a $100,000 donor, Maurice Electrical Supply will have a permanent position on the Channel Advantage Partnership Council, which will help select future educational programs and research projects.

For more information about contributing to the NAED Education & Research Foundation endowment, contact Bill Elliott, Channel Advantage Partnership chairman, at (936) 569-1184 or billelliott@elliottelectric.com.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED's membership represents approximately 4,100 locations internationally.

2004 Electro E-Biz Forum

(Rosslyn, Va.)-Leveraging technology to decrease supply chain costs will be the focus of the 2004 Electro E-Biz Forum, held on September 21-23, 2004, in Memphis, Tenn. The Forum provides broad-based and issue-specific education on "Driving Xtreme Profits with Data Solutions." The conference is jointly sponsored by five electrical industry associations: the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED); the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA); the Electro Federation Canada (EFC); the National Association of Electrical Manufacturers (NEMA); and the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA).

"The Electro E-Biz Forum is a great way to spend concentrated time hammering away at technology solutions for the industry and our individual companies. We can network with other industry information technology professionals and share best practices. I recommend that all distributors who want to surge forward attend this meeting," said Dave Brammer, programmer/analyst at Dakota Supply Group in Fargo, N.D.

Keynote presentations include:
"A Fool with a Tool Is Still a Fool" (John Stelzer, director of industry development, Sterling Commerce) In a session brimming with energy and humor, Stelzer will take a serious-and jargonless-look at how to maximize the returns businesses get from investments in electronic commerce.
"Data Synchronization-A Distributor's Perspective" (Ron Schlader, VP of operations and quality, Crescent Electric Supply) Schlader will provide insights on the most important data areas distributors, vendors, and customers need to get in sync to improve efficiency and drive up profit margins.
"Getting Everyone on the Same Page"(Robert Nadeau, principal, Industrial Performance Group) Nadeau will help distributors and manufacturers understand each other's perspectives and decision-making styles so the industry can increase sales and profitability.
"E-Biz at FedEx: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" (David Zanca, VP of information technology, Federal Express) Zanca will share the inside scoop on technology achievements, challenges, and future goals of shipping giant Federal Express. Combined with a tour of the Federal Express package sort facility later in the evening, attendees will get a real-life case study of a world-class e-biz organization at work.

In addition, four educational seminar tracks will be offered:
E-Business Basics-EDI, XML, VMI, UPC & Barcode, AS-1/2, and Sales Technology
IN SYNC with Wholesale Distribution-Data Content Management, Net Pricing, POS, Product Codes, Best Practices, E-Catalogs, Manufacturer Rep Panel, and E-Biz in Canada
Global Marketplace- UCC and EAN "Big Picture," Global Data Synchronization, Data Pools, GTIN, GLN, RFID, CPFR, Case Study, and What's Next
IDEA Overview-IDW2, Implementing the IDW Software ERP Panel, DAC and IDW Data, IDX2, and IRD

The Electro E-Biz Forum will also feature a technology fair and expo, a tour of the Federal Express package sort facility, a golf outing, and evening networking and social events.

View the complete agenda and register to attend the Electro E-Biz Forum at www.idea-inc.org or contact Gloria Franklin-Austin, (703) 841-3247 or gfranklin-austin@industrydataexchange.com.

Information on Sponsoring Organizations:
NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED's membership represents approximately 4,100 locations internationally. For more information, go to www.naed.org.

A cooperative effort between distributors and manufacturers, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) is an electrical industry e-commerce service provider. IDEA manages the following services: the IDW, a centralized database with manufacturer product and pricing data; and the Industry Data eXchange 2 (IDX2), an affordable and secure, Internet-based network for electronic transactions.

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association representing over 250 member companies in the electrical, electronics, and telecommunications industries in Canada. Together, EFC member companies contribute over $50 billion to the Canadian economy while employing more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities in Canada. EFC member companies manufacture and distribute a diverse array of products including household appliances, lighting, consumer electronics, diagnostic imaging, communications and electronic equipment, cabling, industrial equipment, and many others. For more information, go to www.electrofed.com.

NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion. For more information, go to www.nema.org.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) is a North American trade association dedicated to promoting the use of independent manufacturers representatives as the most effective way to market products in the electrical industry. It offers professional development programs, continuing educational opportunities, guidelines for the development of relationships between manufacturers and representatives, plus a variety of other services designed to enhance their business. For more information, go to www.nemra.org.

General Cable Corp. Elects Craig P. Omtvedt as Director

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2004--General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC - News) announced today the election of Craig P. Omtvedt to its Board of Directors to fill an existing vacancy. Omtvedt joined General Cable's board effective with the board meeting held today. Omtvedt, who has no prior relationship with General Cable, was also appointed to the board's Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance committees.
Craig Omtvedt is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands, Inc., the $6 billion consumer products company behind leading brands such as Moen, Titleist, Jim Beam, Master Lock and Day-Timer. In addition to his responsibilities for accounting and finance, he oversees the company's internal audit, insurance, tax, real estate, corporate communications and investor relations functions. Omtvedt joined Fortune Brands in 1989 and served in positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, before assuming his current position in January 2000. "We are extremely pleased to have Craig join the General Cable Board of Directors," said Jack Welsh, Non-Executive Chairman of General Cable. "Craig brings a wealth of business and financial experience to the board. His 34 years of experience in the finance and accounting field will be a strong complement to our board."
"Craig is a key part of the team that has consistently made Fortune Brands the most admired company in its sector," said Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable. "Over the last 5 years, earnings per share at Fortune Brands have grown at a compounded rate of 18% per year with a substantial improvement in returns. With a market capitalization of over $10 billion, they have created a significant amount of value for their shareholders. Craig brings to General Cable a strong understanding of economics and finance. At the same time, he strikes me as a "hands on" financial leader who is closely linked with operations. I am confident Craig will contribute substantially to value creation and strong governance at General Cable."
Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO - News) is a $6 billion leading consumer brands company. Its operating companies have premier brands and leading market positions in home and hardware products, spirits and wine, golf equipment and office products. Fortune Brands is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, employs 32,000 people, and is included in the S&P 500 Index.
General Cable (NYSE: BGC - News), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency.
Energy cables include low, medium and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.generalcable.com.

MADE IN THE USA

Have you ever tried to write an interesting article about communication cabling connectors? Well, it ain't easy.

I thought, no problem.… I'll just go visit a cable connector manufacturer site and get the inside scoop. Big surprise! For most of those manufacturers, it would involve overseas flights, passports, and translators. However, we got lucky and found one of the world's leading connector manufacturers, Superior Modular Products. SMP, a USA based manufacturer, is a wholly owned subsidiary of PLP®, Preformed Line Products Company. We made the trip to the SMP production facilities in Swannanoa, North Carolina. The visit to this impressive site was a worthwhile and educational experience. There's an amazing level of "tech" behind the scenes.
http://www.smpdata.com/smp/

Belden CDT Merger Is Completed

St. Louis, MO - A wholly owned subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies Corporation (NYSE:CDT) has merged with and into Belden Inc. (NYSE:BWC).

The merger became effective at 4:02 p.m.Eastern Daylight Saving Time today pursuant to the certificate of merger filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware. Immediately prior to the merger, the change of CDT's name to Belden CDT Inc. and the one-for-two reverse stock split of CDT's stock were effected.
In an all-stock merger of equals, the exchange ratio of CDT shares for Belden shares was one for one after giving effect to the one-for-two reverse split of CDT. The combined company will have approximately 46 million shares outstanding. The merger was approved in shareholder meetings of both companies earlier today.
The merged company, Belden CDT Inc., expects to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on July 16 under the new ticker symbol BDC. The CUSIP number for the Company's common stock is 077454106. UBS Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Belden Inc., and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as Belden's legal counsel. Credit Suisse First Boston acted as financial advisor to CDT and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as CDT's legal counsel.
Belden CDT Inc. is one of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of high-speed electronic cables and focuses on products for the specialty electronics and data networking markets, including connectivity.

PACE DuPont Union Council Issues European Delegation Report

Aug. 3, 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In April 2004, the DuPont Union Council, part of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE) invited a delegation of European union officials to come to the U.S. for a tour of PACE-represented DuPont (NYSE: DD - News) sites. The tour was also sponsored by the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM). It was designed to allow the delegates the opportunity to visit facilities, attend negotiations and see firsthand what union members are experiencing.
The DuPont Union Council report is adapted from independent testimony from each of the delegates based on their impressions and contact with U.S. DuPont workers. In the midst of the trip, DuPont enacted its December 2003 announcement of "moving the center of gravity of this company" to lower cost regions of the world when it announced 3,500 job cuts.
The DuPont Union Council has made countless efforts to engage the company in constructive dialogue, but has always been denied. DuPont claims to have progressive employee values, and cites its inclusion in the United Nation's Global Compact as proof of how it treats its work force. However, DuPont has not incorporated all of the Global Compact principles in its mission statement and business conduct guide. Notably absent is Principle 3: that business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
DuPont's disregard for the U.N.'s principles was illustrated when only one out of six plants granted a facility tour to the delegates. One delegate was an official with the ICEM; the other delegate was a DuPont employee. When the tour visited the Deepwater, N.J., facility, the European employee stated, "We were not allowed to pay a visit inside the plant. The furthest we managed to go was a guard room by the entrance. I was very surprised by not being allowed to enter the plant. I never expected this situation and wonder if we will even get in a DuPont plant on the whole trip!"
"Frankly, I am embarrassed for our local plant management," said Gary Guralny, president of the DuPont Union Council and Local 1-6992 in Buffalo, N.Y. "They had an opportunity to show the delegates that, even though we may have some differences, deep down both the union and company are mainly concerned with safety and doing the job right. Instead of witnessing workers and management cooperate, we were stopped at the gate and forced to stay in the parking lot."
After attending negotiations in Louisville, K.Y., a delegate commented, "When DuPont has made up their mind, they will not budge during negotiations. As a result, there have been several court cases. PACE has tried absolutely everything." The other delegate observed, "It's obvious that management's aim is not to sign a contract as long as possible. It's a violation of the principle of the Global Compact."
"The delegation's testimony is a true indication of how DuPont treats its workers in the United States, and it should be shared with all union members at all DuPont facilities worldwide," said DuPont Union Council Chairman and PACE Region Three Director and Vice President Ken Test. "The delegates felt the respect of workers in the U.S. was much worse than what they are accustomed to in Europe."
The DuPont Union Council wishes to extend this study of worker rights at DuPont and examine how the company treats its workers worldwide. It is crucial to these efforts to further engage workers in other areas of the world where labor rights may be endangered.
The report will be distributed worldwide to international labor unions involved in the chemical industry and members of the European DuPont Works Council. Copies of the delegation's report can be accessed at http://www.dupontcouncil.org. There are also French and German translations available.
PACE International Union represents approximately 2,000 workers at DuPont and over 270,000 workers in the paper, oil, chemical, atomic energy, auto parts, grain milling, cement, and industrial minerals industries.
Source: PACE International Union

DuPont Sticks To Denials In Teflon Pollution Probe

EWG Calls for Swift Imposition of Maximum Fine


WASHINGTON - Repeating arguments it advanced last year and which have since been rejected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DuPont today denied that it had illegally suppressed birth defect and water pollution studies for 17 years as its Teflon-related chemical contaminated the bloodstream of virtually every American.
DuPont was responding to an EPA petition charging the company with violating the Toxic Substances Control Act and another federal law by suppressing the studies. The Agency can now fine DuPont up to $313 million, request a hearing before a judge, or wait for an undetermined period of time - even past this November's presidential election.
"If it truly is DuPont's corporate philosophy not to disclose information they collect about chemical contamination of their worker's fetuses or the tap water of the communities they operate in, it makes you wonder what else the company knows but isn't telling the public about their products and facilities," said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group (EWG). "That is the reputation DuPont is building for itself in this Teflon scandal. And the corollary is, the public will never really know what DuPont knows about contamination or pollution, or when they knew it, until someone sues them," Cook added.
"DuPont's response today shows that it is an unrepentant global polluter which needs to face the maximum fine EPA can levy; the company must learn that it cannot suppress studies of Teflon's toxicity that carry global public health implications," said EWG Senior Scientist Dr. Timothy Kropp.
The fine for three of the violations runs $25,000 or $27,500 daily for periods spanning 10 and 20 years. EWG has calculated the maximum fine could be $313 million. DuPont's annual profits from the sale of Teflon are $200 million.
The EPA's complaint against DuPont resulted from an April 2003 EWG petition to the Agency that brought the undisclosed studies to light after they were discovered in ongoing litigation in West Virginia.
The Teflon chemical, known as PFOA, and its variants belong to a family of fluorine-containing substances that are unusually persistent-they have yet to be shown to break down in the environment-and have been found to cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. A recent study found PFOA and related chemicals in human blood around the world. The combination of toxicity, persistence and pervasiveness in humans and wildlife has triggered growing concern from regulatory scientists in the U.S., Canada, and Europe reminiscent of the scrutiny that led to bans on DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other notorious pollutants which were banned in the 1970s.
Teflon chemicals are used to make dozens of widely used products, such as Teflon and other coated cookware, fast food containers such as French fry and pizza boxes, clothing, outdoor gear, furniture, carpet treatments such as Stainmaster, cleaning products and even cosmetics. DuPont's own website brags that "it's everywhere," with a graphic animation showing products that contain Teflon in every room of the house.
The EPA placed PFOA, also known as C8, on its priority investigation list in September 2002 after Agency officials negotiated the phaseout in 2000 of a related chemical known as PFOS that was used in Scotchgard. The EPA's concerns about the Scotchgard chemical - health effects and worldwide pollution -- were nearly the same as those that have emerged about the Teflon substance.
RELATED LINKS
EWG analysis of DuPont's arguments
The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Four years' worth of EWG research on Teflon chemicals and related substances is available at http://www.ewg.org/issues/PFCs/index.html.

Keep an eye on the hurricane bulletins & watch out for the gators

Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - Keep an eye on the hurricane bulletins & watch out for the gators.
When hurricanes approach wildlife tends to act aggressive, so be careful and follow these rules:
The Florida State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, fishers, and golfers to take extra precautions and to keep alert for alligators while visiting Brevard, Broward, Dade, Marborough, Pinellas, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Palm Beach and Sarasota Counties.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not startle the alligators unexpectedly.

They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator.

It is also a good idea to watch for recent signs of alligator activity. People should learn to recognize the difference between small young alligator and large adult alligator droppings.

Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers.

Adult alligator droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.

Teflon questions
By: Staff writer -Boston Globe - August 16, 2004
There is no reason to throw out your Teflon pans, but the US Environmental Protection Agency last month opened a new chapter in society's love-hate relationship with miracle chemicals when it accused the Du Pont Co. of withholding evidence of the company's own concerns about a chemical used to make Teflon. In a response last week, Du Pont said it had met its reporting obligations and should not have to pay fines, which could reach $300 million.
The EPA has charged DuPont with suppressing evidence that the chemical can move from a pregnant woman to her fetus and that it was found in the drinking water supply of a community near a Teflon manufacturing site in West Virginia. While the agency is right to pursue these charges against the company, it should give urgency to more investigations into the chemical's health risk to humans and into the mystery of how it has become so omnipresent in the environment.
At issue is an extremely persistent fluorine-based chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Not only does it resist breakdown, but the usefulness of Teflon in making a wide range of products -- from pans to clothing to eyeglasses and electric wires -- means that there is a lot of PFOA around. It or other compounds from the family of perfluorated chemicals, or PFCs, have been detected in the blood of more than 90 percent of Americans and in Arctic Circle polar bears. Recently PFCs were detected in the Great Lakes, the source of drinking water for 33 million Americans and Canadians.
PFOA has been shown to cause cancer in animals, but even though it has been around for 50 years, neither the EPA nor industry has done sufficient research into its effect on humans. In the 1980s Du Pont found that a female worker exposed to the chemical gave birth to a baby with a facial defect. It concluded that this was an isolated incident and said that all its toxicological studies indicated that PFOA causes neither cancer nor birth defects in humans. It is currently doing a major epidemiological study of workers using PFOA.
PFOA does not occur naturally, so researchers suspect that it is being spread either in the manufacturing process or in the gradual release of the chemical from products as they age and wear out. In 2003, EPA cited health concerns about it in a preliminary risk assessment but did not advise the public to stop using Teflon products.
Whatever is decided about PFOA has implications for a wide range of non-Teflon products also made with PFCs, such as Gore-Tex and Stainmaster.

For DuPont, the C-8 controversy is going to stick around

By: Al Mascitti - The News Journal - August 17, 2004

The DuPont Co. should issue its executives boots lined with Kevlar, the fabric used in bulletproof vests. Every time the subject of C-8 comes up, they shoot themselves in the foot.
They did it again last week by challenging Environmental Protection Agency allegations that DuPont failed to tell regulators about health and environmental dangers posed by perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA and C-8.
The EPA contends DuPont should have reported concerns that arose as long ago as 1981 about the chemical, which the company uses in the manufacture of Teflon. DuPont responded as it has for several years - that it did nothing wrong, and that it will fight the EPA's claims.
DuPont's position rests on a legal technicality. According to a statement by General Counsel Stacey J. Mobley, the level of contamination the company detected wasn't considered a human health risk, and so, "in the absence of substantial risk of harm, the information is simply not required to be reported."
That argument might prevail before an administrative law judge. But in the court of public opinion it bumps up against internal documents made public in a West Virginia class-action lawsuit by people whose drinking water is tainted with C-8.
In August 2000, DuPont lawyer Bernard Reilly sent an e-mail to six DuPont lawyers and scientists in which he wrote: "Our best story is that there have been no impacts on human health even at high levels, yet we have not done a first-rate peer-reviewed study in recent history on our workers and retirees."
Two months later, DuPont assured customers whose drinking water contained C-8 that the company "is confident these levels are safe."
DuPont's only public response to Reilly's e-mails has been a statement that the documents "express [Reilly's] personal opinions and ... do not represent an informed position on C-8."
(These and other documents can be read on the Web site of the Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org).
In November 2000, another company lawyer, John Bowman, summed up his view of the company's liability in an internal memo to Reilly and others:
"My gut tells me the biopersistence issue will kill us because of an overwhelming public attitude that anything biopersistent is harmful. We are going to spend millions to defend these lawsuits and have the additional threat of punitive damages hanging over our head. Getting out in front and acting responsibly can undercut and reduce the potential for punitives."
Bowman also wrote that the company should "keep [the] issue out of the press as much as possible" - good advice his bosses ignored in filing this challenge to the EPA. Because even if DuPont wins in court, it's going to lose.
Every step of the fight will generate news stories, and every story will contain the words "Teflon," a brand DuPont has spent 40 years and untold billions of dollars building, and "toxic." Each repetition of those two words in tandem creates a link in the public's mind. No study has ever proven Teflon dangerous, but already stores in China have pulled nonstick pans from their shelves because consumers won't buy them anymore.
A couple of years of this and Teflon could go the way of Benlate.
Kevlar boots, anyone?

Cabling Standards UPDATE

In the August 15th, 2004 Issue of the Cabling Standards UPDATE!
Here are some highlights of what's inside for you:

  1. LAN Cabling Standards
    TIA TR 42.6 (Cabling Administration/Labeling) Report
    TIA TR 42.8 (Fiber Cabling) Report

  2. IEEE 1394c
    Technology Update:
    Compatibility Between 1394 and Ethernet

  3. For the Designer/Installer+
    Cabling Q&A
    BICSI RCDD & Specialty Requirements (Chart)

  4. Keeping Informed
    Latest News on the Web - our recurring up-to-the-minute industry hot links, as of this issue, provided by Joe Salimando (see page 9)
    Latest Trade Show Reports

You should subscribe to the UPDATE
Marilyn Michelson
Business Communication Services
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Associate Publisher, Joe Salimando
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Dupont's Numbers
E.I. DuPont de Nemours Financials

Tue, Aug 17 - EDGAR Online Financials
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=dd

COMMSCOPE INC Files SEC form 10-Q, Quarterly Report
Mon, Aug 9 - EDGAR Online
http://biz.yahoo.com/e/040809/ctv10-q.html

Anixter's Numbers
ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC Files SEC form 10-Q, Quarterly Report

Wed, Aug 11 - EDGAR Online
http://biz.yahoo.com/e/040811/axe10-q.html

PREFORMED LINE PRODUCTS CO Files SEC form 10-Q, Quarterly Report
Fri, Aug 13 - EDGAR Online
http://biz.yahoo.com/e/040813/plpc10-q.html

GRAYBAR in CANADA

The customers are finding solutions for their communications and data requirements at Graybar of Canada. The datacom sales have been steadily increasing at a rate that is greater than the overall market growth. We talked to several Graybar Canadian customers. They said they were pleased with the support that this distributor gave to the datacom requirements.

CATZ

CATZ - Communications A to Z is a new column that will have it's premiere in September 2004 on www.cablingconnections.com

By Art Padgett (catz@cablingconnections.com), a veteran communications industry analyst with more than thirty-five years of experience in network design and implementation of VDV - voice data and video. Padgett offers a unique perspective on the latest and greatest technology and trends that are shaping our future in the Information Age.

ALL THE NEWZ U CAN USE WWW.CABLINGCONNECTIONS.COM

ACUTA's 33rd Annual Conference

ACUTA's 33rd Annual Conference = Big success
For five days at the beginning of August, nearly 800 people came to Chicago for ACUTA's 33rd Annual Conference. Some came to give presentations based on their experience on their own campus, some to exhibit, some to learn...and all came to network with other professionals from communications technology in higher education.

The keynote and general session speakers were very interesting. Futurist Daniel Burrus showed us how to strategically position our departments to thrive in today's shifting technological and economic climate. Many attendees commented that the presentation had great value for their organizations.

Dan Drath presented facts and figures that profiled the techno-savvy teens, who make up a large percentage of today's students. (We heard one person in the audience called it "fabulous and scary at the same time.") Also, ACUTA attorney, Jeff Linder gave his usual thorough debriefing from legislative and regulatory front in Washington. ACUTA plays an important role in this arena.

More than 50 breakout sessions dealt with important topics, such as VoIP, generating revenue, wireless, E-911, IP video, security, speech recognition, and many others. (Yes, you may purchase the book or CD of all the handouts from ACUTA. Visit our website for details or you may contact Lori Dodson at ldodson@acuta.org.)

User groups met, committees gathered, and continuous informal networking happened as old friends caught up and new colleagues were introduced. ACUTA attendees enjoyed a meal at the beautiful and exciting Navy Pier Monday night, and many of the attendees got all dressed up for a jazzy evening at the annual banquet on Wednesday.

ACUTA also honored those individuals and institutions that have demonstrated excellence over the past months. Maureen Trimm of Stanford University was named the recipient of the Bill D. Morris Award, one of the two prestigious individual awards that ACUTA presents. Dr. James S. Cross of Michigan Technological University was honored with the ACUTA Ruth A Michalecki Leadership Award.

Institutional Excellence Awards were presented to SUNY Upstate Medical University and Sinclair Community College. Eastern New Mexico University received an honorable mention. The Website recognition task force congratulated the winners for each quarter of 2003-04 for their outstanding websites.

ACUTA recognized members who have participated in ACUTA for 5-10-15-20-15-30 years, presenting them each with a jeweled pin to mark their special anniversary.The ACUTA members listened to each other, shared problems and solutions, and enjoyed a few days away from the office in a beautiful hotel in a bustling city. (Chicago taxis are as exciting as any ride at an amusement park, by the way.) It was a welcome break from the day-to-day routine, and everyone went home with some new ideas to implement on their campus.

The new Board of Directors officially took office at the close of the conference. If you missed the conference and would like to see who was there, or if you were there and want to relive a moment, a pictorial review is included in the September eNews beginning on page 10.

ACUTA hopes to see you in St. Louis October 24-27 for the ACUTA Fall Seminars where ACUTA will be considering the topics "Campus Wireless Networks" and "Cost Savings and Revenue Generation." www.acuta.org

BOMA International Elects New Slate of Officers:

Steven W. Ford Named Chairman and Chief Elected Officer
http://www.boma.org/BOMAInternationalElectsNewSlateofOfficers.htm
The North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show, held June 26-29 in Toronto, Ontario. This conference was a major BOMA success for the attendees and exhibitors.
http://www.bomacanada.org/Events/BOMA+Canada+and+BOMA+Toronto+Extend+a+Welcome+in+June+2004.htm

Category 6 for Outside Plant and Harsh Environments

Franklin, MA, July 10, 2004 ... Draka Comteq USA announces the development of an All-Weather Category 6 cable, SuperCAT1000. Draka Comteq's SuperCAT1000, 4-pair UTP, supports next generation applications utilizing up to 250 MHz bandwidth. Now available, this product features a fully waterproof construction with a durable jacketing system for outdoor installations. This cable can be used to connect small campuses or is suitable for installations in harsh industrial plants.

The new All-Weather SuperCAT1000 can be directly buried, installed inside a duct or aerially lashed to a support member. The cable is fully flooded with a tough UV and abrasion resistant black polyethylene jacket, making it rugged to withstand temperatures from -70°C to + 70°C. If additional protection is needed for extreme environments, a steel or aluminum armor is offered as an option.

"To stay ahead of the competition in the datacom market, we've responded with the investment in high-end manufacturing equipment, which allows us to produce the highest quality of enhanced Category cables today, guarantee their performance and address advanced technologies, such as Category 5e, 6 and Category 7," states Harry van der Meer, RCDD, Director of Technology.

"Draka Comteq USA, Inc. offers the most innovative and high-performance fiber and copper cable products. This addition, which rounds out our datacom copper cable offering for unique and harsh environments, exceeds the latest TIA standards, as well as military specifications for water penetration", notes Rob Gilberti, RCDD, Director of Marketing.

Draka Comteq USA
20 Forge Park
Franklin, MA 02038
Toll Free: 888 541 7100 o Tel: 508 541 7100 o Fax: 508 541 8122
www.drakausa.com or www.drakacomteq.com

UNHAPPY ANNIVERSARY

UNHAPPY ANNIVERSARY -- one year ago -- 8/14/03 -- a massive power outage in the Northeast and Canada left 50 million people without electricity. Engineering News-Record took a year-later look at the power grid and reliability. According to Clark Gellings, a vp for the Electric Power Research Institute -- quoted by ENR -- even if the 46 recommendations of the U.S-Canadian task force on the problem are successfully implemented, the problem might not go away. Why not? There has been a woeful underinvestment in the grid, Gellings said -- with today's level of investment "the lowest level since the Great Depression."

Belden CDT Announces Plans to Close Plant in Essex Junction, Vermont

Wednesday August 11, 7:30 am ET
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belden CDT Inc. (NYSE: BDC - News) today announced that it will close its plant in Essex Junction, Vermont. The plant makes electronic cable for high-temperature environments. Equipment will be transferred to other Belden CDT manufacturing locations beginning in October, and the Company expects the plant to be closed in early 2005. Approximately 150 people are employed at the plant.
Belden CDT Inc. was recently formed through the merger of Belden Inc. and Cable Design Technologies Corporation. The Essex Junction plant is one of the Belden facilities. Belden CDT will take a charge against earnings in the current quarter reflecting the severance pay and other costs of this action. The Company also announced today that the Manchester, Connecticut, distribution center of one of its subsidiary companies, Manhattan Wire, will be consolidated with other Company facilities as a result of the merger. The move creates savings in overhead costs and results in the loss of a few jobs, the Company said. C. Baker Cunningham, President and CEO of Belden CDT Inc., said, "The merger of Belden and CDT gives us an opportunity to create additional value for shareholders in a number of ways, including facilities optimization. Closing the Essex Junction plant and consolidating the Manhattan distribution facility are part of the plan that was announced earlier to achieve $25 million in annual net savings."

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

ACUTA 2004 Annual Conference & Exhibition
August 1 - 5
Chicago, IL
www.acuta.org

NIGP 59th Annual Forum and Products Exposition – "Set Sail For Success"
August 7 - 11
Biloxi, Mississippi
www.nigp.org ProductsExpo

Energy 2004
August 8 - 11
Rochester, NY
www.energy2004.ee.doe.gov

American Nuclear Society
2004 Utility Working Conference
August 8 - 11
Amelia Island, FL
www.ans.org

BICSI Training — Installer 1
Aug 9 - 13, 2004
ComNet Communications Training Center
Dallas, Texas
www.comnetcomm.com

BICSI 2004 Fall Conference
August 30 - September 2
Seattle, WA
www.bicsi.org

NFOEC (National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference)
September 12 - 18th, 2004
The Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
www.nfoec.com

BICSI Training — Technician
Sept 13 - 17, 2004
ComNet Communications Training Center
Dallas, Texas
www.comnetcomm.com

CABLING SYSTEMS CONFERENCE & EXPO
Exhibits: September 22 - 24th, 2004
The Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
cim.pennnet.com/Events/cim/cse2003/cim_cse03_general.cfm?Section=Events&Subsection=

Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) 2004 Annual Conference
September 26 - 28th, 2004
The Fairmount Hotel, Chicago IL
www.upmg.com

2004 Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo
September 29th - October 2nd, 2004
Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis MN
www.ieci.org

Data Center World
October 3 - 6, 2004
Marriott Marquis Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.afcom.com/afcomnew/index.asp

NECA
October 4 - 7, 2004
Las Vegas, NV
www.necashow.org

NECA 2004 Convention & Trade Show
October 16 - 19th, 2004
Los Angeles, CA
www.necanet.org

BICSI Training — Installer 2
Oct 18 - 22, 2004
ComNet Communications Training Center
Dallas, Texas
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