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Issue: March 2005
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

We suggest that you consider the theory of relativity based on the information that we learned from the pages of the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine (published by NECA):

E = pc2

The Electrical market (or business) equals the integration and management of traditional Power applications with low energy (voltage) building Communication and Control operating systems.

IBS - Integrated Building Systems are a competitive imperative if you plan on staying in the game over the next couple of decades. Organizations, like BOMA, NECA, CABA, BICSI, NAIOP, AFCOM, and NFPA, are struggling with the rapidly emerging demands for these technological solutions. Building owners and managers across the globe are demanding better systems to improve the building and the productivity of the occupants.

Step one begins with scouring the Internet for the latest information on these smart building developments, most of which are beginning outside of the USA.
Step two includes a careful and regular review of the appropriate trade journals and publications.
Step three means getting out there to see the newest and greatest products and systems. The conferences, conventions, and expositions are at the top of the list for venues to include in your plans for 2005.

Let's not forget EDUCATION. The half-life of a six-year engineering degree is less than 21/2 years. It is easy to understand that the technical staff must be trained on the latest "how to do" methods for the new technologies that are being sold and installed.

Far to often, we forget that middle and upper management must be kept in the knowledge stream in order for the organization to seize the competitive opportunities when they present themselves. Far to many competitive advantages have been lost while the organization waits for the "boss" to get clued in. Education at all levels is imperative. There are a myriad of training opportunities out there. If you get trained and up to speed, but the rest of your organization does not get the word, then you are like the fellow in the back of the boat who thinks the hole in the bow is not his problem.

In the months ahead, we will try to give you a heads up on "where to go, what to see and where to find" the resources to assist your organization in capturing the opportunities and becoming more effective and competitive.

But that's just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" column
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 645-9077

NECA Convention and Exposition 2005
A Real Winner. BE THERE!

Recently, we had the opportunity to attend a planning and implementation meeting at the headquarters of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of this planning summit was to maximize the value of the upcoming annual Convention and Exposition, which will be held in New Orleans, September 18-20, 2005 NECA has opened its doors to all interested parties. This is not only an "insiders" Convention. We expect a major turnout of the electrical contractors as well as many newcomers to this venue.

This year for the first time the NECA Convention will also include two conferences. The Conference on Integrated Building Systems, formerly VDV/IBS Conference and Expo plus the Conference on Lighting Education will be available along with the Exposition.

There are many industry experts that forecast the emergence of "Smart Building Technology" as the most powerful industry trend in building and communications. This technology will spill over into many areas not previously connected. In addition to high voltage, the normal turf of the electrical contractor, we expect to see a myriad of other complimentary technologies that will integrate into the building systems. Low voltage signaling and communications will be mixed with fiber optic technologies and the newly expanding broadband wireless communications. Throw in other systems like security systems, audio, video, CCTV, access control, fire and life safety systems (plus public address and zone paging) and you have the makings of a fine recipe for the future. This Convention and Conference is perhaps the first of many public venues where we will see all of these technologies come together to emerge as a future hybrid industry.

A.H.R. (air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration) are important functional aspects of most structures. These technologies cannot effectively exist without the control systems and power sources brought to the table by NECA. Just like the critical lighting systems, NECA delivers. Facility management without NECA is like driving to work blindfolded.

From the worlds of commercial real estate, building design, electrical, and communications, we will see a power struggle to determine who will lead us into this new vision and technology. We talked to several industry analysts that predict the dominance of NECA in this migration to a powerful and vital integration of technologies.

In the past, many of these technologies were considered complimentary to cost control. They still are. However, when we combine the various control systems, we affect the occupants in the structure in a powerful way, PRODUCTIVITY. Productivity is the "Brass Ring". The dollars associated with increased productivity dwarf all previous numbers accumulated in the cost savings game. Whoever controls this new industry sector may be the "King of the Hill".

The smart money is on NECA to capture this dazzling new opportunity. From what we learned in the NECA planning summit, NECA has already put their sights on this target. The upcoming event is a powerful beginning to the merger of the intelligent buildings in a win/win scenario for buyers and sellers. IBS (Integrated Building Systems) may well be the most powerful technology trend for the next several decades. If you don't participate in this event you may kick yourself later.

Designers want a "Do Over" for the return air plenum spaces

With the breaking news on serious problems in the realm of IAQ and IEQ, many designers are wishing they could have a "do over" when it comes to cabling in the return air plenum spaces.

At a minimum, in the Twenty First Century, PLEC systems (Power, Lighting, Electronic and Communications) are essential in any commercial building. Every building's design team and owner/manager know that a building must have a relatively sophisticated infrastructure that can contribute to the IBS (Integrated Building Systems). These technologically advanced and rapidly changing systems must meet the demands of an increasingly information-driven society. Public and private office buildings, universities, schools, hospitals and lodging facilities must have safe and functional wire management systems that can accommodate accelerated demands.

Fire prevention, in terms of wire management, is fairly simple. We must comply with the writing of all applicable building codes. Interpretation of the intent of these codes is a major challenge. Building codes are, in fact, a "record of mistakes" not to be repeated. However, the codes have missed a big villain, TOXICITY. Amazing as may seem, the NEC (National Electrical Code) does not require TOXICITY testing on the low voltage or fiber optic cable that are rated for use in the return air plenum spaces.

Most codes have two aspects - the rules that are there to save lives and the rules that are there to protect property. Proper selection and placement of the correct wire management/wire distribution systems can achieve both.

The true costs of failing to invest in proper health and life safety measures include, but are not limited to:

Loss of life
Injuries to occupants and firefighters
Replacement costs
Lost revenues, rents and business
Higher cost of insurance
Lost tax revenue
Increase in fire fighting and police costs
Impact on neighborhood property values and quality of life
Loss of jobs
Diminished value of asset

Therefore, when we evaluate and select any system, every aspect that affects people's safety must be considered. It is a prudent investment in the welfare of the community. In addition, safe buildings are more marketable and retain their value better.

Let's begin with the fact that few available systems can be designed properly and can be safe and code compliant. There is no "perfect system" that answers every building's requirements and often, combinations of systems are necessary to address user needs.

The purpose of this analysis is to make architects, engineers, owners, investors and agency heads aware of critical design issues. You should consider each system as it relates to new construction as well as the renovation of existing buildings. You should also be aware of the advantages, limitations and construction realities.

Emphasis should be on prevention or control, first of ignition, then of limiting the transmission of toxic gasses, smoke and fire. The next goal should be to limit problems during construction and tenant changes to reduce hidden costs and maintain code compliance.

Begin with some basic concepts about wire management systems and components.

All components must be tested and approved, and should have a good track record. Testing means that an accepted test method, usually ASTM or NFPA, has been utilized by a licensed laboratory that is acceptable to the state and local code officials where the component will be used. Laboratories that are acceptable everywhere in the U.S.A. are Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL, and NFPA. At this time, there are no formal requirements for plenum-approved cable to be retested over time to insure the test requirements for CMP (NFPA 262) can still be met. Many cable industry experts refer to this loophole in the NEC as "safe today and useless tomorrow".

The purpose of electrical conduit or electric metal raceway is:

To protect the enclosed wires and cables from mechanical injury and corrosion.
To provide a grounded metal enclosure for the wiring in order to avoid a shock hazard.
To provide a system ground path.
To protect surroundings against fire hazard as a result of overheating or arcing of enclosed conductors.
To support conductors, prevent sagging and thinning of ductile copper or aluminum which could increase resistance and cause overheating.
To prevent exposure of wire insulation to fire or elevated temperatures which could cause toxic fumes that can incapacitate or kill the building occupants.

Metal electric raceways, conduits and fittings must be galvanized. Review the National Electrical Code and Underwriters Laboratories Standards for other criteria and restrictions.

All electrical equipment must be properly grounded per National Electrical Code and NFPA 70, Article 250.

Due to human ergonomic requirements for viewing computers, scanners, printers and fax machines, locally controlled task-lighting is a must, resulting in considerable energy savings, but also resulting in higher wiring costs and more room required for power wiring.

Costs vary greatly from one system to another. First costs, long term costs, risks and value engineering as an investment should be considered.

The systems that will be briefly considered and examined are:

Poke-Thru Wiring
Cellular Floor Systems
Wired Partitions and Power Poles
Access Flooring (raised flooring)
Flat Wire (under-carpet) System
Cable Tray Systems (ceiling based)
Surface Raceways (For direct connect or for wired partition feed)

The Systems that will be firefly considered and examined are:

Poke-Thru Wiring (within the Plenum Space)
Cellular Floor Systems (within the floor slab)
Cable Tray Systems (within the Plenum Space)

Poke-Thru outlets are installed through core drilled holes through the floor slab. They are limited to a density of 1 outlet per 65 sq. Ft. of floor area. Core drilling can cause structural damage to the slab especially in concrete frame buildings where re-bars can be cut.

Mot Poke-Thru outlets will allow smoke penetration in a fire event. Large amounts of smoke can quickly penetrate the slab to incapacitate the occupants of the floor above. Ironically Poke-Thrus are fire rated for 1 to 4 hours but prevention of smoke penetration is not a requirement! If you have a Pile-Thru outlet below your desk make sure it is "smoke proofed."

Cellular Floor Systems - is perhaps the most desirable of all the infrastructure distribution systems available for the "office of the future".

These systems differ from other wire management systems in that they are often part of, and integrated into, the structure of the building. The cellular system is normally part of a "composite design," using steel deck, welded studs and electrical cells to form a complete structural/electrical system in one operation.

The cellular floor system design accounts for its low overall cost. The need to have independent cells for power, telephone, data and life-safety wiring (smoke detectors, fire alarm, emergency lighting and emergency generation) is a very important advantage of this system. The electrical systems have their own space - they do not share space with other ducts, pipes, lights, vents or sprinklers; therefore, wiring in cellular floor systems is not subject to abuse by other trades. Wire security, shielding and wire integrity are not compromised.

In the event of a fire in the workplace, it is critical that the designer understand the significant value of the placement and control of the fuel load from materials placed in the cellular floor systems. These systems offer a substantial barrier to fire hazard and the spread of toxic gasses and smoke.

The most popular design of cabling infrastructure during the past 30 years has been the installation of CMP (plenum rated) communication cables in the overhead return air plenum spaces. There are no fuel loads or fill limits on the cabling in the overhead return air plenum space. This scenario has created a huge and unexpected potential danger for the workplace.

New building designs utilizing cellular floor systems are a MUST to prevent a repeat of the safety and health fiasco that developed during the past three decades.


Only companies with complete U.L. system approvals and NEC compliance, as well as a proven track record, should be considered.

Systems with "open top trenches" allow wire lay-in from the floor, a labor saving factor. Also, capacity vs. pull-thru feeders is greatly increased.

All cellular floor systems with preset outlet boxes and trench headers require spray fireproofing on the underside of the slabs. Therefore, lightweight concrete offers no cost advantage. Bar joists are not U.L. approved to support most conventional cellular floor systems.

Shallow cellular systems can be used for rehabbing existing buildings, if the structure can take the additional load. New fill materials, i.e., self-leveling gypsum that cures in one or two days and meets all fire requirements, may soon be available.

Wire capacity of cellular systems is a major consideration in today's electronic age. Three-inch deep cellular systems provide optimum wiring space and spanning capabilities, with activations as close as 2' X 2'.

Since the A.I.S.C. (American Institute of Steel Construction) Code requires a specific spacing for deck weld-down or shear studs (not to exceed 18"), cellular deck systems that exceed this dimension are in violation of requirements for composite members and structural engineers should examine this very carefully. Significant reductions in composite beam strength can occur if this spacing is exceeded, even by only a few inches.

If cells are adjacent and separated only by a vertical web member, possible cross-overs may occur at open butt joints in the deck, creating a serious safety hazard. Cell separation is mandated by U.L. #209 and also by the NEC. Only systems that maintain cell separation with concrete across the joint should be considered. Currently, only 3" deep cellular systems can comply.

All outlet boxes should have proper grommets at the entry holes to avoid accidental stripping of wires and a potential hazard. (See U.L. 209 and NEC.) Inspect samples carefully for wire exposure to raw metal edges.

Cellular floor systems perform best when abandoned wire is removed from the system. Good wire management and good housekeeping are closely related.

The cellular system is a totally grounded system since it is welded to the steel frame. The use of plastic covers on the floor outlets will eliminate static shock on hand contact -- an important consideration for office occupants.

Communication systems often require R.F. shielding and wire security that cellular systems provide.

Cellular floor systems provide the best overall benefits of any wiring distribution system, including low cost, flexibility, capacity and wire management, at a cost that is competitive with Poke-Thru wiring.

Cellular floor and underfloor duct distribution systems must be designed as part of the office building structure. Cellular floor consists of structural steel decking, which is an integral part of composite floor slab in steel frame construction. A metal channel, called a trench header, connects the individual cells and is installed flush with the finished floor slab. The degree of flexibility with cellular floor depends on the module spacing of the presets and cells. Because the preset inserts are easy to activate and de-activate, cellular decking offers some of the lowest relocation costs.

Several major changes are on the horizon. These changes will have a huge impact on building design. Indoor air quality and indoor environmental quality demands are becoming an irresistible force for the building owner. Tenant or occupant safety and health issues can no longer be ignored. The liability associated with these hazards may make a building financially untenable. Toxic gasses, hazmat (heavy metals), asbestos, and accumulated fuel loads all add up to a top priority concern for the architect, engineers, and building owners and managers. We must consider all of the safety and health factors associated with the infrastructure in the office of the future. Remember: Safety is too important to ignore.


(ST. LOUIS, MO)… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has named George Adams, Jr., president & CEO of Florida-based Electric Supply of Tampa, Inc., as the incoming Vice President-Elect for the association's South Central Region. The NAED South Central Region Council appointed him by majority approval.

Adams strongly encourages individuals to become involved in the industry and hopes to see the level of participation continue to rise during his tenure.

"It is a privilege to be chosen to serve as our regional vice president-elect. Throughout my involvement with NAED, I have had the opportunity to interact with many bright and incredibly nice people in our industry. Aside from the wonderful personal and professional friendships that I have gained from industry meetings, volunteering with NAED has also resulted in exposure to new ideas, practices, and trends. I look forward to working with the NAED staff and distributor volunteers to increase member awareness of the value that NAED offers and to encourage greater participation in NAED's various programs," he said.

Adams has dedicated more than 35 years to electrical distribution. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of NAED and industry leadership roles, including a five-year term on the association's Your Emerging Talent (YET) Committee, with one year as chairman. Adams has also served as a NAED Area Chairman and a member of both the NAED South Central Region Council and the IMARK Board. In addition, he has received the following career honors: NAED's 1990 Young Executive of the Year; the Greater Tampa Small Business Leader of the Year; and Florida Family Business of the Year Awards.

As a regional vice president-elect, Adams will be responsible for attending and helping direct the region's conferences and council meetings, as well as participating in NAED's Membership Committee. Adams will become increasingly involved with the region's leadership as he progresses to the role of vice president.

The South Central Region is currently led by Sam McCamy, III, president of Roden Electrical Supply, in Knoxville, Tenn. In May, Mike Ales, vice president of purchasing and operations for Werner Electric Supply, in Neenah, Wis., will become South Central Region Vice President for the 2005-2006 year.

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.

Brady Corporation in compliance with the RoHS legislation

A big issue facing manufacturers, especially those involved in printed circuit boards and electronics assemblies, is the impending RoHS legislation that will go into effect on July 1, 2006. Brady Corporation has taken the initiative to ensure that its OEM manufacturers will be in compliance with any materials supplied by the company. Following is a link to a news release that describes the process for validating that materials are in.

Lead free manufacturing is an important issue as it relates to RoHS. Brady Corporation manufactures lead-free labels for circuit board identification that also stand up to the higher temperatures required in the manufacturing process when using lead free materials. The following release provides information on Brady's lead-free label materials.

Brady is also featuring its Wrapter(tm)Wire ID Printer Applicator that is specially designed for wire and cable marking identification. See the following news release for further information on this product.

If you have any questions relating to RoHS compliance, or would like more information on Brady products and services, please stop by Booth #383.

ACUTA Spring Seminar

ACUTA, The Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, cordially invites you to attend our Spring Seminars to be held at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-6, 2005.

What Topics Will Be Addressed?

Track 1 of this dual-track seminar will focus on Next-Generation Billing for IT and Telecom Services. Presenters from five college and university campuses and six companies will offer case studies about billing solutions for communications technology services and speak from their personal experience. In addition to the traditional challenges involved in reviewing telecom bills and resolving billing problems, the presenters will cover Web-based billing, billing for cell phone or VoIP service, outsourcing billing, and more.

Planning for a Converged Campus will be the topic for Track 2. Migrating to an environment where voice, data, and video technologies are seamlessly converged requires a good deal of non-technical preparation. This seminar will cover the business, organizational, human and strategic aspects of convergence.

Who Will Be There?

We expect to attract 150-200 communications technology professionals from colleges and universities across North America and from the technology companies serving them. The two topics we will address in concurrent sessions will generate some interesting presentations as well as valuable audience participation as participants share what is working (and not working) on their campus. You will have an opportunity to speak with those who write strategies to determine technology directions for large and small, private and public institutions.

Please Mention Our Event in Your Publications
We would also respectfully request that you mention our upcoming event in your publication as the opportunity arises. We feel your readers could benefit from attending this event, and we appreciate your willingness to include us in your calendar or other coverage of educational opportunities for professionals.

Get More Details and Register Online
To view a PDF of the brochure for this event complete with all the details and a registration form, click on this link: If you would like to join us, just complete the registration form and fax it back to us at 859-278-3268. If you prefer, you may register online at

We have a very full agenda for the Spring Seminar, which will offer a wealth of information to members who are migrating to a more converged campus, says ACUTA President Tamara Closs of Georgetown University. Whether their campus has just begun to look at the issues or is already making critical decisions, this seminar is crucial for anyone in the throes of convergence.

Thank you for considering attending our event. We believe you will find it a good investment of your time.

Addressing voice, data, and video communications needs for higher education, ACUTA serves approximately 850 institutions of higher education and more than 2,000 communications technology professionals from across the United States and Canada as well as Australia and New Zealand. ACUTA holds three national seminars, one conference, and numerous audio and Web-based seminars annually to provide educational sessions and promote networking among campus communications technology professionals.

For more information about the agenda or to register, visit the ACUTA website at


Track 1. Next-Generation Billing for IT & Telecom Services Track 2. Planning for a Converged Campus

April 3-6, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
Wyndham Franklin Plaza

For information see

America is Hemorrhaging JOBS

This country is hemorrhaging JOBS. First we had NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement - Jan. 1994) and now we have CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement - proposed). The trade deficit has grown to more than 20 times the level before NAFTA, and now there is a proposal to do more of the same. It seems like lunacy. We should be supporting the companies that manufacture quality domestic products, especially if the prices are market competitive.

In the world of cabling infrastructure, the connectors are the point where the "rubber meets the road". The connectors must be durable, rugged and capable of delivering the performance required over time and usage. The right connector selection is one of the most important decisions that you make in the entire cabling system. We have found that the connectors and other hardware manufactured by Superior Modular Products are top quality and priced to compete. What really puts a smile on our face is the SMP products are made in the USA. We support MADE IN AMERICA.

Over the past year, we have conducted several market studies in the university and college sectors. Numerous educational institutions have told us that they chose the Superior Modular Products line because they found the products were high quality and interoperable with all communications cables. One University official told us they made the Superior Modular Product line their purchase preference because "they just don't fail". They added "you can't ask for a better warranty than a product that won't break down". To find out more about the SMP offerings and the quality and performance story, visit their website:


DuPont Co., one of the nation's leading chemical makers, said Tuesday that it is in talks with Chinese officials to build a titanium dioxide plant in the Shandong province of China.

The company, billing itself as the world's biggest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, said the city of Dongying emerged as the leading candidate site. Any commitment to a particular site is contingent on approval by both DuPont and local entities, the company said.

"Current and forecast demand for titanium dioxide in Asian markets, especially China, is growing faster than any other region of the world," Sam Severance, vice president and general manager of DuPont Titanium Technologies, said in a statement.

DuPont already operates five titanium dioxide plants in the United States, Mexico and Taiwan. Titanium dioxide is a white pigment used in the coatings, plastics and paper industries.

Shares of DuPont rose 91 cents to $54.21 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Click this link to read the full story:


Daikin America, Inc. announces the appointment of Tison Keel as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing, located in Daikin's Orangeburg, NY headquarters. Tison joined Daikin on November 15, 2004 bringing nearly 30 years of industrial experience managing sales and marketing of industrial chemical, polymers and monomers with Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company to Daikin's Orangeburg, NY headquarters Tison's most recent experiences include 4 years management of manufacturing joint ventures in Korea, 2 years in and Malaysia, and 3 years leadership of e-commerce implementation in Midland, MI. Tison holds a BS in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance/International Business from New York University's Stern Business School.

Daikin America, the second largest fluoropolymer supplier in the US, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin began investigating fluorine chemistry in 1933 and is now Japan's leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as Japan's largest producer of fluorochemical products.

NVT Hires Western Region Datacom and Telecom Sales Manager

MENLO PARK, CALIF. - March 2, 2005 - Network Video Technologies (NVT) announced today that George Wojtan has joined its sales force as Western Region Datacom and Telecom Sales Manager. George has held various key posts within the datacom/telecom space including being a partner with Cabling Technology Sales, Inc. (a manufacturer's representative firm), director of the enterprise market for Communication Supply Corporation and vice president major accounts for Ortronics, Inc.

"George Wojtan is a key member of a sales management and vertical market team that is primarily focused towards data communications and telecommunications networking managers and installers," reports Guy Apple, NVT vice president of marketing and sales. "There are a number of suppliers of UTP-based CCTV solutions and this type of video transmission technology is now firmly rooted as a transmission option between coax and fiber. In an effort to supply the end-user with an open system cabling solution, we have recently released what we call the PVD (Power-Video-Data) product range."

NVT's PVD range of products lets low-voltage power, CCTV video, and Pan/Tilt/Zoom telemetry (data) share a 4-pair UTP cable out to the camera while leveraging the positive aspects of a structured cabling network architecture. All models feature RJ-45 connectors.

The products' RJ-45 wiring pin outs are compatible with the datacom and telecom industry standard EIA/TIA-568B, so termination mistakes are minimized. Additionally, with the exception of 24VAC, these signals may share the same wiring backbone as other signals, such as telecom and datacom.

About NVT

Network Video Technologies develops and markets an award-winning line of video transceivers and hub systems for the transport of quality full-motion, color video and audio over ordinary, unshielded telephone wire. As a security industry leader in twisted pair-based video transmission technology, NVT continues to innovate and produce leading edge video transmission equipment featuring unsurpassed performance backed by excellent customer support.

For a high resolution, downloadable photo of George Wojtan, go to and click Photographs, NVT or visit the NVT site at

Tom Ridge to Address BOMA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will be the keynote speaker at the North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, to be held June 25-28, 2005 in Anaheim, California. Ridge's address is scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

"Security has always been a crucial issue to our members, and it has become even more important in a post-9/11 world," said BOMA International Chairman and Chief Elected Officer Steven W. Ford, senior managing director, facilities management, Cushman & Wakefield Inc. "Tom Ridge is uniquely qualified to discuss the threats facing real estate with our attendees. His insights from the highest levels of government will be extremely relevant to commercial real estate professionals."

For more details on the Ridge address and the BOMA Congress, read on...

To register for the BOMA Congress, click here

As the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from combined agencies to strengthen our borders, provide for intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection, improve the use of science and technology to counter weapons of mass destruction, and to create a comprehensive response and recovery division.

He was sworn in as the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security in October 2001, following the tragic events of September 11. His charge was to develop and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen the United States against terrorist threats or attacks. Ridge was also twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001.

BOMA's annual conference will also feature in-depth education programs, with hundreds of hours of educational programming facilitated by industry leaders and experts. The programs will focus on today's hottest issues in investment and finance, asset and portfolio management, property operations, regulatory and code issues, leasing, marketing, tenant retention and relations, international real estate, technology, and much more. BOMA's Office Building Show, the industry's most comprehensive exhibition of its kind providing the latest products, services, and technologies for commercial real estate, will run concurrently with the conference.

BOMA will co-locate its show this year with Realcomm 2005, the world's leading event for technology, business solutions, intelligent buildings, and Internet services for commercial real estate. Realcomm's exposition will be located in space adjoining BOMA's Office Building Show and both shows will be open to BOMA and Realcomm attendees. BOMA and Realcomm will also concurrently offer education seminars and other conference events. The two events are expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees and participants to the Anaheim Convention Center.

For conference details and to register and make hotel reservations for the event, go online to or for more information, contact BOMA's conference hotline at (202) 326-6331. For information on Realcomm, visit

HellermannTyton announces new version of TagPrint™ Pro

February 28, 2005 - HellermannTyton, an industry leader in the development of industrial identification products, announces an upgraded version of TagPrint™ Pro label creation software. TagPrint Pro, version 2.0, provides fast and thorough label creation and printing solutions, quality enhancements, and cost reductions through greater on-site control and ease of use. The 2.0 version includes many enhancements, including new import capabilities, design options and faster printing, while retaining its ease of use - including the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) label design.

New capabilities include:
Complete Serialization
Auto Date and Time Stamp
Auto Font Sizing
Complete bar code database
Design wizard walks user through the label design process
Complete graphic image capabilities including Flip, Inverse and Mirror images
Print to multiple printers at one time
Import capabilities including OBDC and ASCII
Open files directly into TagPrint™ Pro including *.xls and *.dbf files
Label Save options for printing laser labels and label sets
Lock-out data tables and designs
Rotate text and graphics
Customize fonts to stretch, resize and rotate objects
Add user defined label sizes
Multi-language operation and help text.

In addition to TagPrint™ Pro labeling software, HellermannTyton manufactures identification solutions to increase quality and lower costs. Thermal transfer, laser, ink jet and dot matrix labels, thermal transfer printers, the Spirit® 2100 portable printing system, preprinted and hand writable wire markers are a few industrial identification solutions available.

Judge OKs Settlement of DuPont Chemical Lawsuit

A judge on Monday approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging a chemical used in making the nonstick substance Teflon contaminated water supplies near DuPont Co.'s Washington Works plant.

Wood County Circuit Judge George W. Hill called the settlement, in which DuPont agreed to pay at least $107.6 million, "shrewd" and "unprecedented."

The lawsuit was filed in August 2001 on behalf of residents living near the plant, located on the Ohio River about 7 miles southwest of Parkersburg, who said their drinking supply was contaminated by perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C8.

Under the agreement, blood tests will be conducted on current customers of six area water districts, former customers of those suppliers, and residents with private wells.

The agreement also calls for DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., to provide the six drinking water utilities with new treatment equipment to reduce PFOA in water supplies at an estimated cost of $10 million. The company also is to fund a $5 million independent study to determine if PFOA makes people sick and pay $22.6 million in legal fees and expenses for residents who sued.

Ultimately DuPont could be forced to spend another $235 million on a program to monitor the health of residents who were exposed to the chemical.

DuPont has denied any wrongdoing but said in September it decided to enter into the agreement because of the time and expense of litigation.

In trading Monday afternoon, DuPont shares fell 72 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $53.24 on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $39.88 to $54.34.

For Testing Adjusting Balancing of Environmental Systems

Gaithersburg, MD. The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) is pleased to announce the release of the Seventh Edition (2005) Procedural Standards for Testing Adjusting Balancing of Environmental Systems. The 120 page manual has received a complete makeover to provide concise information and procedures to equip every user with the latest technology and techniques involved with the design, operation, servicing, and balancing of today's environmental systems. The entire manual was rewritten to reflect current and emerging technologies. Substantial changes were made to the instrumentation and testing, adjusting, balancing (TAB) report requirements.

Instruments used for TAB work are described in terms of function, as well as ownership requirements for NEBB certification. NEBB now allows instruments with multiple capabilities to be applied to more than one function. In addition to minimum range and accuracy, instruments must now meet certain resolution requirements. Calibration requirements also are covered.

Standards for reports and forms are presented in "shall, should and may" language to clearly define minimum requirements of a NEBB-certified TAB report. A specific list of report data and information is presented for each system component (fan, VAV box, pump, etc.) as well as common report items. A NEBB-certified report contains as a minimum all of the "shall" data.

Other prominent features include:

  • TAB definitions and terminology
  • An overview of the NEBB program including quality control and compliance requirements
  • Design and construction team responsibilities which delineates the role of the engineer, general contractor, mechanical contractor, controls contractor, and NEBB-certified TAB firm
  • Basic TAB procedures - techniques for measurement of temperature, pressure, velocity and quantities in various systems, including electrical measurements
  • Preliminary TAB procedures - planning and pre-TAB considerations
  • Air system TAB - fan testing, plus constant volume, multi-zone, induction unit, VAV, dual duct, underfloor plenum, return air and exhaust systems. Also included are laboratory fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, and industrial exhaust systems, plus stairwell and elevator pressurization testing
  • Hydronic TAB procedures
  • Outdoor air ventilation procedures - direct measurement and mixed air temperature methods
  • Appendices - overview of TAB instrumentation, sample pre-TAB checklist, and sample TAB specification
  • Index
This "how-to" manual was written by NEBB Testing and Balancing Committee members who have extensive experience in balancing work. It is designed to meet the stringent requirements of those directly involved in TAB of environmental systems, plus it serves as an excellent reference text.

$35   NEBB Firms
$70   Others

Two Day Mike Holt CEU Seminar - Florida

Sign up today for this important 2-Day Continuing Education Seminar. Mike will cover in detail, Business Management, Workplace Safety, and Workers' Compensation. Also, those attending this high-energy program will participate in an in-depth examination of the most important changes for the 2005 NEC. Nearly 5,000 changes in the Code were proposed for the NEC, and over 250 of them are critical for your success. You can't afford to be "in the dark" because many of these changes will significantly alter the cost of business! Join Mike and explore the 2005 NEC Code and its effect on you and the electrical industry.

Visit sunny Florida and fulfill your continuing education requirements by attending this seminar, or simply register to better yourself and further your own education. To find out if your state accepts this 2-day seminar for continuing education credit, contact

For those of you licensed in Florida, the State license renewal will be due by August, 2006. However, it is strongly recommended that you complete this requirement ASAP. The state has done many random audits which have caused fines and penalties to many contractors for neglecting to fulfill this requirement. Please don't let it happen to you.

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Florida Senate Bill 762 has been introduced =BAD

Florida Senate Bill 762 has been introduced and will be heard by the Communications/Public Utilities and the Judiciary Committees in the coming days. If approved, that bill would unconstitutionally divest landlords of their private property rights and grant them, without compensation, directly to telecommunications companies.

BOMA Florida is strongly opposed to this legislation. Therefore, we would request that you send a message using our VoterVOICE Legislative Action Center to all members of the Florida Senate Communications and Judiciary Committees. However, we would encourage you to take the time to send this message to all House and Senate members, since it is likely that this issue will be considered by the Florida House as well.

Please use the link below to go directly to the BOMA Florida Legislative Action Center. You will be provided with a pre-written message on this issue. The process will only take a few minutes. Thanks in advance for your help and support!

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Daikin America Inc. announces its new membership with the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, a pioneer in university-industry partnerships that has established a premier technology transfer network to transition research accomplishments to industry.

Daikin joined UD-CCM to investigate the commercial applications of PTFE web. "Through CCM, we gain additional industry contacts and access to projects", stated Todd Brown, Daikin's Sr. Market Development Specialist. "We are impressed with the resources University of Delaware has, which is an essential part of doing business with the composites industry." CCM also brings testing capabilities to the product to allow Daikin to better understand how to manufacture and support this important product of the future and to support the development of new products to meet the needs of the composites industry.

Daikin America, the second largest fluoropolymer supplier in the US, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin began investigating fluorine chemistry in 1933 and is now Japan's leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as Japan's largest producer of fluorochemical products.

For more information, please e-mail

Reach Higher Ed Market - ACUTA Journal

The ACUTA Journal of Communications Technology in Higher Education is looking for advertisers for the Summer 2005 Issue, set to mail in June. This publication is distributed to close to 1700 institutional members at nearly 800 campuses throughout the US and Canada.

ACUTA institutional members are responsible for communications technology budgets on college and university campuses...the very people you need to reach. Advertise in the Journal and be noticed not only as a part of the higher Education telecom market but also as a supporter of your customers' Association.

The focus of the 2005 Summer Issue will be Supporting Classroom Technologies and Remote Campuses. Articles will focus on the challenges of planning, deploying, and supporting the technologies that facilitate the operation of a remote campus or enhance the learning process through the appropriate use of technology.

Insertion orders for the Summer Issue need to be received by April 1. To sign-up, please use the Insertion Order form included in the 2005 Media Kit.


Carlini's Comments, ePrairie's oldest column, runs every Wednesday. Its mission is to offer the common man's view on business and technology issues while questioning the leadership and visions of "pseudo" experts

CHICAGO - An eye-opening meeting last week presented the sad fact that the U.S. has dropped from fifth to No. 13 in less than five years when it comes to broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, writes adjunct Northwestern professor James Carlini. Last week, I attended the quarterly meeting of the Multi-Sector Crisis Management Consortium (MSCMC), which focuses on examining the national vision for global peace and prosperity as well as national security. The conference, which was entitled "Big Broadband for Competitiveness," featured speakers from across the country.

No one from big cities like Chicago or New York talking about infrastructure upgrades was featured. Instead, innovators from such economic hot spots like Utah, Canada and Vermont came to discuss their leap into gigabit infrastructures for global competitiveness.

Paul Morris, the executive director of Utopia from Utah, did point out some big issues like: "Why do we pay $50 for 3 Mbps while Japan pays $25 for 10 Mbps?" Is it because we have an antiquated delivery system? Do we have a Victrola instead of an iPod?

Jason Goldman, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce director of technology policy, pointed out some things that we have been talking about in the Midwest for the past year or two. It's good to see that it has blossomed into an issue in Washington. It seems as they "get it" more than some of the political leaders in Illinois.

In fact, someone criticized state and local government officials at the last conference as being the slowest to understand the business concepts.

Have you gone to Best Buy lately? Have you seen all the appliances made in Korea? I'm not just talking about Samsung TV sets. Look at the LG refrigerators, washers, dryers and other appliances. There is even one big refrigerator with a flat-screen monitor in the door. The salesperson told me they are world class. By the way, Korea is one of the countries that's now ahead of us in broadband deployment.

Have We Competed or Been Defeated Globally?

Maybe our local leaders should read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's study to get a better understanding of what's going on. The telephone company lobbyists have definitely gotten to them first and should be congratulated on their well-oiled swiftness. They should not be congratulated on their accuracy or intent.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is forming the TeleCONSENSUS coalition to educate Congress and the public sector about the benefits of an economically robust telecommunications system. It will be comprised of manufacturers, trade associations, network service providers and consumers.

The chamber's study makes six recommendations that make sense:

  1. Create market incentives to speed the deployment of advanced telecom services.
  2. Encourage wireless services.
  3. Foster broadband deployment.
  4. Spur innovative Internet services by exempting telephone calls made over the Internet from state taxes and regulations.
  5. Equitably fund universal service by raising funds from general tax revenues rather than a complex system.
  6. Enable all Americans to benefit from advanced telecom services by distributing universal service funds directly to customers who would then choose the telecom services that best fit their needs.
I didn't see anywhere where they want to restrict municipalities from getting into infrastructure upgrades or offering alternative capabilities because the incumbent phone company has different priorities. There was also a presentation of what the city of Burlington in Vermont is doing about upgrading into a fiber-optic network. It sounded as if they have the right business model, the right catalysts for their project executives and they are going forward.

The Difference a Metronet Makes

This is from a study of the economic and community benefits of a municipal telecom network in Cedar Falls, Iowa by Doris Kelley.

The bottom line is that Cedar Falls, Iowa profited $970,000 that went back to the community. They credit their new infrastructure for surpassing Waterloo. It's funny how Cedar Falls was never discussed in "think tank" studies. Think tanks are starting to look like stink tanks. There is more credibility in the Weekly World News.

Utah's Project Utopia vs. Our Project SCHMOE

One presentation that I thought was very eye-opening was a 14-city consortium in Utah that looked at getting 170,000 total subscribers on a new fiber-optic infrastructure owned by the community. From Brigham City, Perry, Murray, Centerville and Layton to Midvale, Riverton, Cedar City, Payson and others, the fiber-optic link would provide a new economic development platform.

By the way, Utah has the highest rate of PC ownership per capita out of every state. Maybe that's why some high-level financial jobs in compliance are out there more than they are in Chicago. Though I wouldn't consider Utah as competing with us on the financial job market, it actually is.

As pointed out in the Utopia presentation: "Like an airport, shared infrastructures eliminate monopolies and reduce costs for all, are open to multiple service providers, open competition, drive prices down and are paid for by users."

In contrast, we must have Project SCHMOE (sorry, Chicago has moved off excellence). Note: I should not just pick on Chicago because there are a few pockets of excellence statewide. There are just few catalysts for change.

Politicians and their advisors have to realize that broadband equals jobs and jobs equal votes. Many people are questioning the rationale behind the restrictive policies that lobbyists are trying to foist onto some state legislatures (not just Illinois). The battle cry by lobbyists is "save the buggy whip manufacturers and forget innovation".

Doomed to Repeat History?

Restricting options and closing down innovation in order to protect obsolete infrastructures and business models is as dangerous as demanding rickety bridges to be kept open because of their quaint reflection of the past.

A better comparison (and one that really happened) is the last big infrastructure issue facing Chicago and St. Louis back in the late 1800s after the Civil War.

At that time, Illinois and Chicago were open to innovation and welcomed the railroad growth. St. Louis put legislative obstacles in the way in order to stifle progress and protect the waterway businesses. It was bad government decisions and protectionism at their worst. St. Louis could have easily become the national hub instead of Chicago.

As they say, the rest is history. Chicago became the Midwest powerhouse in economic development fueled by the new railroad infrastructure and grew in population while St. Louis fell into tertiary status because its growth was stagnated by shortsighted politicians.

Aren't we facing the same decisions today? Restrictive government measures may kill future growth and development.

Investments will not come and the platform for future success, which has already been identified in countries that you would have called backward 20 years ago, will show up more in those countries. Chicago has dropped to No. 4 in population. How fast will it become No. 5?

Carlinism: "Protect the Victrolas!" in an era of MP3 players and digital jukeboxes is a lame argument. Put them next to the buggy whips and butter churns.

James Carlini will be the keynote speaker at the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) computer services conference on May 26 at the O'Hare Hyatt Regency. He will also address the Investment Advisor Compliance Forum on May 16 to 17 at the Harvard Club in New York, N.Y.

James Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates. Carlini can be reached at or 773-370-1888.

Click here for Carlini's full biography.
Copyright 2005 Jim Carlini

Greetings US Southeast Region BICSI Members

Mark your calendars for the upcoming BICSI U.S. Southeast Region meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, (Clarion Hotel & Conference Center) on Friday, April 8, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. We are searching for technical presenters and "What's New, What's It Do" session presenters for this meeting. See the following information for more details.

Technical Presenters
I would like to schedule three or four technical presentations for this meeting. Presentations should be no more than 45 minutes in length and address current trends in the Information Transport Systems industry. The meeting is planned to allow all BICSI specialties to receive continuing education credits (CECs), as well as appeal to a larger audience.

If you are interested in presenting, or have a speaker to suggest, please contact me (see below for contact information) or Gretchen Swartzlander, BICSI Meetings & Conference Coordinator (; 800-242-7405) by Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

"What's New, What's It Do" Presenters
I am also soliciting presenters for the "What's New, What's It Do" session. This session is fun, informative, and a great way for our members to learn about the industry's latest products and services. We have used the format at several region meetings and the comments from members, guests, and presenters have been overwhelmingly positive.

Here's how it works. As a "What's New, What's It Do" presenter, you will have the opportunity to talk for five minutes about your latest and greatest products. You will also have a table to display products before and during the meeting. There is a $150.00 fee to participate.

The guidelines for the "What's New, What's It Do" presentations are as follows:

  1. Your product(s) MUST be available and currently in inventory. You may talk about multiple products during your five-minute slot.
  2. There is no moderator. You must introduce yourself.
  3. If you plan to use a slide presentation, your laptop must be booted up and ready to go. The previous presenter will disengage from the video projector and you will connect your laptop. Your slide presentation must automatically begin.
  4. Your presentation will last no more than five minutes. A one-minute warning will be given, and then a final buzzer will sound at the five-minute mark. You must exit the stage quickly to make room for the next presenter.

Nine slots are available and presenters are accepted on a first-come basis. If past experience is any indication, slots will fill up quickly, so please e-mail me with your interest in "What's New, What's It Do" as soon as possible. A waiting list will be kept in case someone is unable to participate.

BICSI Region meetings are designed to provide members both educational and networking opportunities. Thank you in advance to those who will commit their time to ensure that this is a dynamic meeting.

Charles "Chuck" Wilson RCDD/NTS/OSP Specialist
BICSI U.S. Southeast Region DirectorWilson Technology Group, Inc.
Phone: (352) 796-9891
Fax:(352) 796-41980

ACUTA warns, "Abandoned Cable may take a bite out of the budget"

ACUTA e-news ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at 825 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. ACUTA also has Corporate Affiliate members, representing all categories of communications technology vendors who serve the college/university market.

ACUTA warns, "Abandoned Cable may take a bite out of the budget"
In 2002, a new provision to The National Electrical Code required the removal of abandoned cable. This was the first major change to cabling requirements in the NEC in more than 20 years. The majority of jurisdictions in the United States adopt the NEC by reference into local building and fire codes, which are then enforced by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). If your jurisdiction adopted the NEC 2002 or the new NEC 2005, you must be aware of its potential impact on your university or college.

According to estimates, there are over 45 billion feet of plenum cable in place in buildings. The National Electrical Code (NEC) now requires that all abandoned copper and fiber cable be removed. Abandoned cable is defined as "installed communications cable that is not terminated at both ends at a connector or other equipment and not identified ´For Future Use´ with a tag" (Paragraphs 800.2 and 770.2 of NEC 2005).

The accumulation of more than 8.5 million miles of cabling left in the ceilings and walls of facilities has become a major concern for health and life safety over the years. Cables that are abandoned in ceilings, riser systems, and air handling systems are a source for fueling fire, smoke and toxic fumes that can incapacitate. In addition, some leaded PVC cable jackets tend to break down over time. This decomposition process may produce lead dust in the air systems. All of these factors support the growing movement for new safer building designs using cellular floor systems. The IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) should not be tainted by miles if toxic HAZMAT in the air plenums.

As the code is enforced across the country, colleges and universities may face thousands of unbudgeted dollars in cost to remove and dispose of the abandoned cables. Evaluate, tag and manage the remaining cable plant in the riser and communications areas, and insure that schools install cables that meet reasonable requirements for health, fire and safety.

National Facilities Management and Technology Conference

NFM&T (National Facilities Management and Technology) and Maintenance Solutions Expo are national events for facility professionals such as facility managers, maintenance directors, and engineering managers. Both shows will be held together at the Baltimore Convention Center March 15-17 2005. So you can register and attend the conference sessions and visit the exhibit halls of both these shows at no charge. They're both free!

Why You Can't Miss NFM&T and Maintenance Solutions Expo 2005

1) Free Conference Sessions
At NFM&T, more than fifty (50) FREE conference sessions developed by the award-winning editorial staff of Building Operating Management magazine will address the issues that are at the top of the facility executive's agenda.

At Maintenance Solutions Expo, 25 FREE conference sessions developed by the award-winning editorial staff of Maintenance Solutions magazine will focus on the management of the maintenance function and key building maintenance and engineering issues.

Registration opens in October. You can register for conference sessions from both NFM&T and Maintenance Solutions Expo and create a personalized learning experience that's absolutely FREE.

2) "Tomorrow's Facility Executive - Today" Benefit...
Exclusive access to a premier research initiative benefit from a series of round table discussions, in-depth telephone interviews with senior facility executives and candid conversations. Conducted by Building Operating Management magazine.

3) Network With "The Best Of The Best"
Ask questions, discuss challenges and get real-world solutions from other facility professionals at NFM&T and Maintenance Solutions Expo. Meet and interact with more than 4,000 facility managers, property managers, maintenance directors, engineering managers and other executives from public, private, commercial, educational, government and medical facilities.

4) One-Stop Shopping For The Latest Technology
The NFM&T and Maintenance Solutions Expo exhibit halls are side by side. So you can see the latest facility products and services quickly and easily, all under one roof. Talk to top-level suppliers. In three short days, make more contacts.

BICSI is seeking the support of its talented members

BICSI is seeking the support of its talented members in helping to publish the Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM). Due to be released in January 2006, the ESSDRM will be the first of its kind in the continually evolving information transport systems industry.

As a member-driven association, BICSI actively seeks the expert knowledge, skills, and talents of its members in the creation of its many publications. We're looking for volunteer writers, editors, and illustrators for the ESSDRM in the following key areas:

  • Fire detection and alarm
  • Intercom communications
  • Annunciators and visual displays
  • Integration of private network(s) and security system(s)
  • Access control software systems
  • System startup and acceptance testing
  • Security systems training
  • Security systems administration
  • Security systems maintenance

If you believe that you have the knowledge and skills to help in these specific subject areas, please contact ESSDRM Project Manager Jerry Bowman at (614) 404-6557 as soon as possible for an introductory telephone conversation. He also can be reached by e-mail at

Should you sign on and contribute to the ESSDRM, credit to you and your company will be listed at the front of the new manual.

General Cable Expands its Indoor/Outdoor Cable Portfolio
New Plenum-rated Indoor/Outdoor Tight Buffered Distribution Cable

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, February 22, 2005 - General Cable has broadened its NextGen™ Brand fiber optic cable portfolio with the announcement of a new product: UL Type ONFP approved indoor/outdoor plenum-rated distribution cable. This cable further recognizes General Cable as an industry leader, offering the broadest level of fiber optic cable products for indoor/outdoor applications.

The NextGen Brand plenum-rated indoor/outdoor distribution cable is available with any industry standard optical fiber, including G10X and G10Xplus - 50/125 fibers engineered to provide 10Gb/s performance over 300m and 500m at 850nm respectively, and low-water peak single-mode fiber, ideal for CWDM (course wave division multiplexing) applications.

When you combine indoor/outdoor performance with 900um distribution style construction, the savings is two-fold. Because the plenum rating meets the inter-building installation requirements, entry way transition splice points can be eliminated. Also, termination time and expense associated with breakout kits can be eliminated because 900um buffered fibers allow for direct termination of connectors. An indoor/outdoor cable design such as this is ideal for applications where the cable transition point is in a non-traditional space, such as a computer room.

The NextGen Brand indoor/outdoor plenum-rated distribution cable complements General Cable's family of indoor/outdoor cable, which includes loose tube riser, plenum and low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) cables, riser distribution cables and central tube riser and plenum cables.

"As a leading provider of high performance engineered communications cable products, we continue to be strategically positioned to provide the best solutions to our customers," said Trish Dawson, Market Development Manager, NextGen Fiber Optics. "With this additional product offering, we are able to meet the needs of any type of inter-building application. System designers can now choose the cable design that is best suited for their particular installation and operating environment."

General Cable offers a full range of NextGen Brand fiber optic cable solutions for premise applications, including premise and outside plant conventional, rugged and hybrid cables, as well as advanced Blolite™ and MicroBlo™ air blown fiber systems.

General Cable (NYSE: BGC), 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 communications, energy, industrial and specialty markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, service and operating efficiency. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. 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. Visit our website at


Many companies and organizations are wrestling with the new information technology offered on the Internet. Many of the old rules have gone the way of the buggy whip. The Internet, when properly used, can be the great equalizer between small companies and Fortune 500 type players. Getting the word out requires creativity, vision, and thinking outside of the box. Remember: He who faileth to toot his own horn stands the risk of not having it tooteth at all.

The South Florida Buildings & Facilities Maintenance Show

The dates are: APRIL 6th & 7th, 2005 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Florida's largest and most established Industrial Show, bringing in over 1,500 industry professionals.

SFBF allows you to connect with 1,500 industry professionals in the industrial and facilities maintenance sector.

SFBF offers you the best opportunity for face-to-face selling and hands-on demonstrations. This event provides perfect opportunity to debut a new product, demonstrate service capabilities, and interact with qualified buyers in a professional environment.

Who Will Be There?

Building Owners
Chief Engineers
Consulting Engineers
Director of Facilities
Electrical Engineers
Energy Managers
Facility Engineers
Facility Managers
HVAC Engineers
Maintenance Engineers
Maintenance Managers
Operations Managers
Plant Engineers
Plant Managers
Production Managers
Project Managers
Property Managers
Purchasing Managers
QA/QC Managers
Safety/Environmental Managers
Vice Presidents
Warehouse Managers

Why Exhibit?

Generate leads & shorten the sales cycle.
Position or launch NEW products & services.
Gain exposure & build brand awareness. Located where the industry thrives, the show allows you to build brand recognition and create an impression through direct contact with customers and prospects.
Increase Sales! Buyers attending a trade show spend 11 times more than non-attending buyers.
Maintain Loyalty! Regional trade shows help you to retain a competitive edge by cultivating relationships with valued customers.
FREE promotional tools and VIP Passes.

Did You Know?

70% of Expo attendees rely on trade shows to keep up on important trends in their industry.
79% of trade show attendees use trade shows to decide what products and services to buy.
This is why 85% of companies use trade shows to introduce new products.
Trade shows are the leading source of reaching qualified customers.
Statistics from the Center for Exhibition Research demonstrate that trade shows are a growing part of everyday business' marketing medium.

Contact Gene Petre at 800-385-5600
Or e-mail

Choose Your location and Reserve you Booth Today!
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Your tax dollars at work

2001: "Scientists spent five weeks watching helicopters fly over king penguins in the Antarctic to determine whether the birds topple over backward while watching aircraft. They do not."

[Trivia from Harper's Magazine... Just for fun.]

Belden CDT Announces Higher Fourth Quarter 2004 Sales and Earnings

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belden CDT Inc. (NYSE: BDC - News) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2004. For continuing operations, the Company's revenue for the quarter was $330.3 million, net income was $8.6 million and earnings per fully diluted share were $0.17. Excluding merger-related items, severance charges, and a tax valuation allowance, net income was $20.4 million or $0.39 per fully diluted share.

On July 15, 2004, the Company, formerly called Cable Design Technologies Corporation (CDT), merged with Belden Inc. ("Belden") and changed its name to Belden CDT Inc. For accounting purposes, the Company treated the merger as an acquisition by Belden. Results of the legacy CDT operations are included in 2004 results from July 16 onwards. Prior-year results in this release (other than pro forma results) reflect the results of Belden only.

Instructors - Get Personal With Mike Holt

Are you a Top Gun instructor? Do you want to become one? If this topic interests you, then attend Mike's 2005 Instructor Conference and learn cutting-edge techniques of instructional design, delivery, needs analysis, and evaluation. Master the principles of adult learning and performance-based training, learn how to use new teaching tools and products, and most of all, how "Mike does it."

Take your students and your training program to the next level and receive over $500 of Mike Holt products for FREE.

Maybe you've attended a Mike Holt seminar. Were you amazed at how everybody became energized, immersed, and motivated by Mike in just a few moments? Were you astonished that at the end of the class, no one moved? They wanted more! What is his secret?

Maybe you've attended a seminar with a different presenter and the results were strikingly different…people seemed inattentive, fidgety, they watched the time slowly tick by, and everybody was bored. Don't you hate those programs where the instructor and students just don't communicate?

Of course you want your students to enjoy the kind of learning experience Mike Holt's students enjoy. We know you want your students to learn, have fun, and feel energized, excited, and motivated for more.

Are you a Top Gun? Find out by competing against your peers for the bragging rights to the "2005 Presentation Top Gun Award" and the '"2005 National Electrical Code Top Gun award." Plus you receive over $2,000 of Mike Holt products for FREE!

Complete Package. Mike's two-day Instructor Conference precedes his two-day Florida Continuing Education Seminar. Attending all four days will give you the opportunity to get to know Mike at a personal level, see him put his teaching techniques in action, and gain an update on the 2005 NEC. It's the total learning experience!

For additional information, call Ilene at 800.881.2580. Space is limited to the first 100 instructors - so call now!

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Instructor Conference $295, two days of training and $500 of Free products.
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Note: Mike Instructor Conference and Complete Package program is only available to qualified instructors as determined by Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc. If space is available, others will be permitted to attend, but the price and free products do not apply.

Preformed Line Products Announces Financial Results

Preformed Line Products Announces Financial Results for the 2004 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and a Regular Quarterly Dividend

- The Company completed the sale of its Japanese joint ventures. One of these was sold in the third quarter of 2004 and the other was sold in the fourth quarter of 2003
- Earnings per share for the quarter increased 27% from the fourth quarter of 2003
- Excluding a net gain on the sale of the Japanese joint venture in the fourth quarter of 2003, EPS increased 371%
- Sales increased 26% in the fourth quarter of 2004 and 19% for the full year 2004
- Earnings per share for 2004 increased 196% from 2003
- Excluding net gains on the sales of Japanese joint ventures in both years, EPS increased 221% for the full year 2004

CLEVELAND, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Preformed Line Products Company (Nasdaq: PLPC - News) today reported significantly improved financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2004. Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2004 was $3,806,000, or $.66 per diluted share, compared to $2,976,000, or $.52 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2003. Included in the 2003 fourth quarter was a net gain of $2,209,000, or $.38 per share, on the sale of the Company's interest in a Japanese joint venture.

Sales for the quarter of $48,633,000 were 26% higher than sales of $38,679,000 in the fourth quarter of 2003. Currency had a 3% favorable impact on sales in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2004 was $13,037,000, or $2.25 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4,383,000, or $.76 per diluted share, for 2003. Included in the 2004 net income was a net gain on the sale of a Japanese joint venture of $1,659,000, or $.29 per share. In 2003, the net gain on the sale of a different Japanese joint venture was $883,000, or $.15 per share. Excluding the net gains on the sales of the Japanese joint ventures, earnings were $1.96 per share in 2004, which represented an increase of 221% over earnings of $.61 per share in 2003.

Sales increased 19% to $183,112,000 for the full year 2004 compared with $153,333,000 for 2003. Currency had a 4% favorable impact on sales in 2004. Volume accounted for the majority of the sales growth for the year.

Rob Ruhlman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "The fourth quarter was one of our strongest finishes in the Company's history. This completed a year in which sales improved in all markets throughout the world. We continue to be challenged by raw material cost increases for steel and petroleum based products. Although we increased selling prices during the year, the price increases have not covered our material cost increases sufficiently to maintain our traditional material margins. Nevertheless, the strong domestic economy is encouraging with respect to opportunities for continued growth."

The Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 declared a regular quarterly dividend in the amount of $.20 per share on the Company's common shares, payable April 20, 2005 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 1, 2005. Founded in 1947, Preformed Line Products is an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems employed in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for energy, communications and broadband network companies.

Preformed's world headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Company operates three domestic manufacturing centers located in Rogers, Arkansas, Albemarle, North Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina. The Company serves its worldwide market through international operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.

CommScope Fourth-Quarter Loss Narrows As Sales Rise
Company Issues 2005 Guidance

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- CommScope Inc., which makes coaxial, fiber-optic and other high-performance cable products, on Friday said its fourth-quarter loss narrowed on better-than-expected sales.

The quarterly loss narrowed to $7.1 million, or 13 cents a share, from $17.2 million, or 29 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding charges for initiatives at its Omaha, Neb., manufacturing facility, earnings were $2 million, or 4 cents a share, in the latest period. The year-ago loss includes a charge of $20.9 million, or 35 cents a share, for losses in OFS BrightWave LLC.

Sales rose 92 percent to $295.6 million from $153.7 million a year ago.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected earnings of 1 cent a share on sales of $295 million.

"Fourth quarter results were mixed," said Chairman and Chief Executive Frank M. Drendel in a statement. "Our sales were better than expected. However, as previously announced, ongoing cost pressures negatively affected our fourth quarter operating margin."

Cable segment sales for the quarter rose about 6 percent to $162 million and increased in all major product categories. Total international sales rose 21 percent to $110.1 million.

For the year, earnings were $75.6 million, or $1.15 a share, up from a loss of $70.6 million, or $1.19 a share, in 2003. Sales rose to $1.15 billion from $573.3 million. Analysts were looking for earnings of 47 cents a share on sales of $1.15 billion.

Looking ahead, CommScope expects 2005 sales of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion, primarily driven by a modest increase in sales volume as well as price increases. Operating margins are expected to be 5 percent to 5.5 percent -- below previous guidance of 6 percent as a result of higher costs. The company said current analyst consensus estimates for the full year are generally in line with its revised expectations. Analysts currently expect earnings of 63 cents on sales of $1.24 billion.

Composite Technology Announces Sales Initiative With General Cable

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Composite Technology Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CPTC - News), a leading developer of high-performance composite core for electric transmission and distribution cables, through it's subsidiary CTC Cable Corporation (CTC), today announced the deployment of a dedicated sales initiative with General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC - News). General Cable, a recognized leader in the utility cable market in North America, has engaged its sales force to market and distribute TransPowr ACCC/TW bare overhead conductor.

TransPowr ACCC/TW will be sold throughout the United States and Canada by General Cable's Energy organization, which is comprised of a direct sales force and agents with more than a century of combined industry knowledge and experience. With global sales of $2.0 billion, and one of the largest breadth of product lines and brand recognition in North America, General Cable is strategically positioned to significantly accelerate the education and application of the next generation technology of transmission and distribution bare conductor across North America.

"As a leading provider of high performance engineered cable products, we continue to be strategically positioned to provide the most advanced, technological solution to our customers through the TransPowr ACCC/TW offering," said Mike Andrews, General Cable's Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Our relationship with CTC assures the utility industry access to the most innovative, leading-edge transmission and distribution products in the market today."

"CTC has pioneered the development and adoption of composite core conductors that provide the superior solution to the demand for increased capacity with enhanced reliability to an overloaded and aging electrical grid system," said Benton Wilcoxon, Composite Technology Corporation's Chairman and CEO. "With the integration of our ACCC/TW product into General Cable's TransPowr(TM) family of bare overhead conductors, we will see an acceleration of the acceptance and implementation of our technology."

Composite Technology Corporation, through its subsidiary CTC Cable Corporation, and General Cable Industries, Inc., the principal U.S. operating subsidiary of General Cable Corporation, recently announced the introduction of the TransPowr ACCC/TW bare overhead conductor at the 2005 General Cable National Sales Conference.

CommScope Announces a New Agreement With Anixter

International To Supply 50-ohm Wireless Transmission Cables
and Connectors for European/Middle East Distribution

HICKORY, N.C., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV - News), a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance broadband communication cables, announces a new distribution agreement with Anixter International, Inc. to supply coaxial cables for 50-ohm wireless mobile systems and in-building wireless applications. CommScope and Anixter International expect these products to be deployed in wireless telecom networks throughout Europe and the Middle East.

"We believe Anixter is positioned as one of the premiere distributors of wireless cable and connectivity solutions within the wireless telecom market," said Alan Walp, Vice President, Wireless Marketing and Sales, Europe/Middle East/Africa. "Both Anixter and CommScope share a strong reputation for providing high quality, reliable and service-driven solutions to the wireless customer. We are excited to provide our high performance transmission cables to Anixter and expect the supply agreement to be beneficial for us as well as end users."

Anixter believes its distribution channel and strategically located facilities are the strongest in the region. "The addition of CommScope's high quality, high performance wireless cable products enhances our companies' existing strategic partnership by allowing us to offer an even broader array of 'Last Mile' cable choices for our customers," said Johan Slot, Senior Sales and Marketing Vice President for Anixter International, Inc.

CommScope will provide its 50-ohm Cell Reach(R) and Extremeflex(R) wireless coaxial cable and patented connectors to Anixter. CommScope's smooth wall design features innovative, triple-bonded construction with a patented closed micro-cell dielectric. This tested and proven CommScope cable design virtually eliminates water migration, which is the leading cause of cable failure and expensive system downtime. In addition, when compared to traditional corrugated cables, CommScope's smooth wall cables and connectors deliver a lower life cycle cost alternative for wireless operators by providing them with lower maintenance and repair costs.

"Cell Reach and Extremeflex are reliable and easy for certified personnel to install," noted Walp. "European wireless operators appreciate the low maintenance costs and high reliability they receive with Cell Reach and Extremeflex. Since we expect this trend to continue, it is especially important for us to have a strategic partnership with a strong distributor such as Anixter International."

Anixter International will also supply CommScope Wireless Broadband Cable WBC(R) to the operators and network designers who are developing in-building wireless systems. The CommScope WBC cable is one of the premiere 50-ohm braided cables specifically designed for Land Mobile Radio (LMR), Multi- Channel Multi Point (MMDS) and other emerging applications that make wireless access possible within the premise. Anixter will supply the full range of WBC products from WBC-100 to WBC-650.

A technology breakthrough for cable installation - THE BEAST

Who says that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". While reviewing the exhibits and booths at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition, we found a real gem. Get set for one of the most important tool introductions for the Structured Cable Installation industry in over 20 years. The Beast is not just an innovative tool, but also an entire innovative new approach to the time consuming and often frustrating task of getting the cable off the reel and into the building.

Beast Cabling Systems Inc. 6711 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22205
Tel: 800-633-3114

Imagine... pulling 48 cables at one time! ... labeling and organizing them- right off the reel- in one simple step...saving 50% on labor costs on every "Beast Enabled" job you complete. Finally, imagine automatically measuring the length of every cable pull- forever eliminating cable run-outs in the middle of a pull.

It will change the way you install cable. This is one new tool your staff will quickly adapt to and use because it makes their job so much easier . . . And you save up to 50% on labor costs on every "Beast Enabled" job you complete. The Beast is expertly engineered and is crafted of the highest quality materials. Every Beast has a lifetime guarantee on every component. "If it ever fails, for whatever reason, we replace it."

The buildings of today and tomorrow are a complex dynamic structures operated by myriad systems all working independently yet harmoniously to provide occupants with communication, security, comfort, and safety while controlling ecological and environmental aspects-all working together and ultimately saving resources and money. At the heart of this technology platform is the network and cabling infrastructure. This infrastructure must be designed and implemented to allow for maximum flexibility and capability. An entire new installation system was needed to insure an organized, identified, and accurate cabling network was put in place. This new system has recently been introduced as the Beast Cabling System.

1. Facility Asset
Installations using the Beast System result in a highly organized, separated, and accurately labeled cable network. Changes to entire IT systems can now be made easily, without disrupting other operating systems. When new tenants arrive in your building, it is not necessary to remove all the cable used by the previous occupant. The accurate labeling system and ease of tracking or replacing specific cables means that even with a complete restructuring of the floor plan, the data, voice, security, HVAC and other IT cables are easily and accurately reconfigured as well. Your cabling investment has just become a long-term asset in your facility. Soon, you will insist that all cable installations in your buildings are installed exclusively with this new Beast system.

2. Warranty
Most cable manufacturers warrant their product for 10 - 20 years. In many cases however, they have little or no control on the actual installation process. Old cable pulling techniques allow individual cables to stress or kink, substantially reducing their life expectancy. The systematic and consistent installation process the Beast Cabling System produces never allows stress or kinks. Soon, every cable manufacture will insist their product be exclusively installed with this new Beast System.

3. Installation Costs
Because the installation process is now organized and consistent, every 'beast enabled' installation team lays cable using the exact process. The consistent and fast labeling process saves substantial labor hours on every project. Many teams realize almost twice as many pulls per day using the Beast system. The built-in automatic cable measuring ability greatly decreases closet-end over-pulls and waste. Erases coil memory or "reel set" in the newly deployed cable. These savings alone can reduce materials by 15%. Soon, every installation contractor will insist that every crew on every joy be beast enabled.

The Beast System is an on-going process. When your firm invests in and uses this process, you may realize 30-45% savings in labor on every "Beast enabled" job you complete. You can also save approximately 10% in material (cable) costs over the old method of estimating cable needs, The complete system, full training, life-time guarantee and their exclusive "profit guarantee" are all available for under 15,000. That investment will be paid back--in real cash in your pocket-- within 90 days, depending on your work volume of course.

This isn't just a tool. The Beast is a cabling installation system and a real asset to the installation contractor. In the months ahead we will give you more feedback on this amazing discovery. Several major cable installation contractors have already put this system into their competitive arsenal of capabilities. This company isn't just satisfied with one break-though product. They have already completed several other products and the testing shows remarkable results.

Safety Is Too Important to Ignore

It's no secret that most of the time safety is at the bottom of the totem pole for acknowledgements. Today, more than ever, SAFETY has become a subject for the headlines.

Recently, the United States Navy awarded the Shore Safety Awards for Significant contributions to the Navy Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) programs. Both command and individual winners excelled in directly supporting the Secretary of Defense's 50% mishap reduction goal. This award acknowledges the hard work and often overlooked job that those individuals and commands continue to do. They have in no small way promoted a superior level of safety culture within their commands.

The winners for Shore Commands are as follows:

Industrial:                    Naval Facilities Engineering Command -Far East
Non-industrial:              Commander, Fleet Activities - Okinawa (CFAO) Japan
Large Industrial:           Naval Air Depot - Jacksonville, FL
Medium-Industrial:        Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) - Lakehurst, NJ
Small Industrial:           Naval Submarine Support Facility - New London, CT
Large Non-Industrial:    Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division - Newport, RI
Medium Non-Industrial: Naval Air Station Atlanta - Marietta, GA
Small Non-Industrial:    Naval Submarine Base - Kings Bay, GA
Fleet OP/Support Unit:   Assault Craft Unit Two - Norfolk, VA

Individual Awards:

Miguel Delrosal:        Safety Specialist - Naval Air Depot - San Diego, CA
LCDR Paul Durand:    Industrial Hygiene Officer - Surface Warfare Officers School -Newport, RI
Walter Hawkins:        Safety Manager Fleet Activities Japan - Yokosuka, Japan
LT. Timothy Jirus:      Industrial Hygiene Officer - Southeast Regional Maintenance Center - Mayport FL
Haukur Johannesson: Asst. Safety Manager and Navosh Supervisory Safety Specialist: Keflavik ,Iceland
Stephan McCombs:    Safety Manager at Naval Construction Training Center - Port Hueneme, CA
John Starcher:           Environmental Safety and Health Manager at Supervisor Shipbuilding Newport News, VA
James Taylor:           Safety and Occupational Health Specialist - Air Station Meridian, MS
Gregory Werda:        Safety Manager at Naval construction Training Center - Gulfport, MS

These awards will be presented on Tuesday April 5,2005 at the 13th Annual Safety Professional Development Conference(PDC). Our Congratulations goes out to all. Our hats are off to you for keeping your fellow sailors safe. Thank you.


Want to know more about how you can capture the business opportunities associated with integrated building systems? Mark your calendars for several key conferences and exhibitions.

AFCOM: April 17-21 Las Vegas

BICSI SPRING: May 2-5 Las Vegas

BOMA: June 23-28 Anaheim

REALCOMM: June 27-28 Anaheim, CA

CONNECT 2005: June 28 Anaheim ,

ACUTA: July 17 - 21 Gaylord Palms - Kissimmee, FL

NECA: September 18-20, 2005 New Orleans


March 6-11
OFC/NFOEC: Anaheim, CA

March 14-16
CTIA Wireless: New Orlean, LA

March 15-17
BOMA National Facilities Mgmnt & Technology (NFM&T): Baltimore, Md

April 21-22
Broadband Wireless World: Las Vegas NV

May 1-6
Interop: Las Vegas, NV

May 10-11
Expocom: Toronto

May 17-19
VOIP: Beijing China

May 18
ACUTA Midwest Regional Workshop - "Strategic Tradeoffs in Campus Wireless Mobility": Chicago, IL - Hyatt Regency O'Hare

May 22-25
UTC Telecom: Long Beach CA

MAY 30-June 2
Broadband World Forum: Yokahama Japan

June 6-8
IEC: Chicago, IL

June 6-10
NFPA: Las Vegas, NV

June 6-9
Supercomm: Chicago, IL

June 25-28
The North American Commercial Real Estate Congress & The Office Building Show
BOMA: Anaheim, CA
Vicki Cummins 888-777-6956


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