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Issue: November 2004
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

The holiday season is almost here. This is an ideal time to reflect on our blessings. We have much to be thankful for.

For the Floridians, the hurricane season is over. One local Jacksonville forecaster has already predicted a return engagement by Mother Nature in 2005. If that forecast is anywhere near accurate, it is time to start planning for disaster recovery. That means facility records must be updated and the cables must be labeled. If the server or the PBX gets drowned, a change out can be accomplished fairly quickly if the distribution system is in order.

For the cable manufacturers, some smiles are in order. Business has improved remarkably during 2004. We are still not up to the boom times that ended abruptly about 4 years ago, but the orders are increasing and many major users are stepping up to CAT 6 cabling networks.

For the manufacturers of cable support hardware, more smiles are evident as the contractors and users realize that the high performance cable distributions systems absolutely require a more intensive support structure. The performance of CAT 5e and CAT 6 copper cables are affected by the " lay" of the cables. Additionally, today's networks have become very craft-intensive.

For the industry educators, panic is in order. Our industry is grossly unprepared to deliver a trained workforce to meet the demands for maintaining, updating, and building new network facilities. The October 2004 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine focused on this growing potential problem and some of the solutions available.

For the architects and building owners, concern is the order of the day. The National Electrical Code NEC 2002 and NEC 2005 called for the removal of abandoned cable not marked for future use. Most of the approximately 8.5 million miles of abandoned cable in USA is located in rental space. It is nearly impossible to place responsibility for the cable on the current or former tenants. Once this serious problem and huge potential cost has surfaced, the building owners are not likely to get stuck with the bill again.

Thankfully there are some innovative solutions available for the architects and building owners. We recently saw an office area with cellular floor systems that allowed the tenant turnover to take place and the modular furniture installation accomplished without a major re-cabling requirement. The cable was passed from tenant to tenant without the requirement of removal. The cost for facility updates and tenant movement was substantially reduced by this design. We look for more cellular floor solutions in the workplace.

But that´s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee

Upcoming Meetings of the National Fire Protection Association

Upcoming Meetings of the National Fire Protection Association:
In the interest of public safety, we would like to advise you and your contacts of the following meetings of the National Fire Protection Association:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Technical Committee on Air Conditioning (NFPA 90A/B) will meet at the NFPA Headquarters, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA to consider comments presented by the public on the proposed revision of NFPA 90A and NFPA 90B. (December 8, 2004 1PM through December 11, 2004 Noon). This meeting is open to the public and discussions on plenum cable safety are expected. Don't leave your future in the hands of some chemical companies and their shills. Make your voice heard. Get involved.

June 5, 2005 through June 9, 2005
NFPA World Conference and Exposition at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas.
This event is a paid event; registration information is available at the NFPA web site. Voting on proposed revisions of NFPA codes and standards is open to members of NFPA who registered prior to December 1, 2004 and who are in attendance at the meeting.

We urge all readers who have an active interest in the issues related to the use of CMP cable and cable safety in general to join NFPA and plan on attending these two important meetings.

We believe that "Limited Combustible" cable made with Teflon® FEP is about as safe as sticking a fork in the toaster. But, don't take our word for it. Do a little research on your own. Try GOOGLE - advanced search for TOXIC TEFLON.

AFCOM conference was a big success in Atlanta

AFCOM conference was a big success in Atlanta. We discovered why AFCOM is the leading association for data center professionals. One attendee told us about the sessions and the exhibits. The entire AFCOM conference was "high quality and the side bar presentations were top notch especially a presentation by Superior Modular Products on connector technology". www.smpdata.com

Mark your calendars for their next major conferences:
Las Vegas April 19-20, 2005
Chicago October 10-11, 2005
http://www.afcom.com/afcomnew/index.asp

FLUKE NETWORKS has hit a home run with the DTX

FLUKE NETWORKS has hit a home run with the DTX. We conducted an informal survey of leading edge communications and cabling contractors to see which tester was the "weapon of choice". One contractor said it best. "This is perhaps the best tester value that we have ever seen in the market."
The tester is the fastest and most versatile test unit available and it is priced right.
www.flukenetworks.com

ENSOURCE Technologies tackles wireless

Ensource, where customers come first. Cabling move over, the big boys are going wireless in a big way.

Ensource Technologies is a recognized leader in the design and support of large telecommunications networks. They are a single source for complete needs analysis, systems design, and ongoing management, engineering and preventive maintenance. They are experienced professionals who understand your business; it's needs and the most cost-efficient means of meeting them.

Ensource is a resource for maximizing our partner's existing assets, helping utilize equipment to its fullest potential throughout its life cycle, and is one of the nation's largest providers of both new and remanufactured equipment from Intecom, Inter-Tel, Nortel, Avaya, Siemens Rolm, Rockwell, Octel, VMX, Ascom, Spectralink and other suppliers.

The trusted partner of major corporations, government agencies, large hospitals, universities and telecommunications companies, Ensource is the full-service resource that can help you achieve greater operating efficiency while lowering your costs.

- A support and service organization with a huge customer base, which includes hospitals, government, and education, is expanding their offerings and service to include networks...WIRELESS.

www.ensource.net

NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) - there is a new gun in town, BETH MARGULIES

We welcome Beth to the NECA team. Getting the word out is no small task.
Remember: Those who faileth to tooteth their own horn stand the risk of not having it tooteth at all. AND, NECA has lots to share.

Beth Y. Margulies
Director of Public Relations
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814
beth.margulies@necanet.org
www.necanet.org

Kennesaw State University makes the honor roll

We have been contacting various Universities and Colleges to gauge their IT IQ when it comes to the information and telecommunications infrastructure facilities management. Several schools flunked our inquires but some of them were on the ball and even a few were exceptional. Next month, we will explain our reviews and profile some of the winners, like Kennesaw.

Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia with over 17,000 students.
www.kennesaw.edu

George Thorning moves from Yale to University of New Mexico

George Thorning is now the Technical Operations Manager of the University of New Mexico. He hit the ground running as they have several major communications and IT projects that are under way.

Mr. Thorning is active in BICSI (www.bicsi.org) and ACUTA (www.acuta.org) associations and has been published often. The world of higher education is alive and well as they tackle the challenge of delivering the goods on cabling infrastructure and networking.
www.unm.edu

BICSI - 2004 was a strong year for the organization and the conferences

BICSI - 2004 was a strong year for the organization and the conferences. January '04 was a biggie at the Gaylord-DisneyWorld, BICSI's Spring another great conference with good attendance in Baltimore.

BICSI's Fall was bigger than Spring and the Seattle drew a powerful attendance too...

The BICSI Canada just over was better than last year and promises to be a sustainable conference with lots of value.. Graybar Canada was a big player at this venue. The market for infrastructure in Canada is growing strong. Watch CNS (Cabling Networking Systems) Magazine for news on this market.
www.cnsmagazine.com

What is ahead for BICSI in 2005? We don't know, but they have made a move the limit the media from access to the attendees in January 2005. More on that next month.

www.bicsi.org

MEDIA WATCH

Electrical Contractor Magazine -October 2004 issue is packed with great information. Be sure a read the article on education and the NJATC's C-STAR. Also catch the safety article by Joe O'Conner & SuperBAS (Building Automated Systems) article by Joe Salimando. Marilyn Michelson also shares some valuable information on the CAT6 cabling challenges. It looks like fiber is moving into the lead role as a barrier of obsolescence in cable system designs.
www.ecmag.com

CNS - VoIP and the next issue is a look ahead… the editorial calendar for 2005 looks strong. Watch CNS (Cabling Networking Systems) Magazine for news on this market.
www.cnsmagazine.com

TED Magazine - The Electrical Distributor Magazine is really getting the scoop on products and trend for datacom. Check them out at www.tedmag.com or www.naed.org

Cabling Business Magazine has a new look and the pages are filled with good information to help you maximize the cabling solutions. Hats off to the Paulov family team and Margaret Patterson, Managing Editor. Margaret gave us a great report on the comings and goings at the BICSI events this year.
www.cablingbusiness.com

There are a few other MEDIA outlets that deserve positive mention and we will cover them next month.

Anixter to Take Charge on Branding Plan

Anixter to Take $2.6 Million Pre-Tax Charge in Third Quarter on Branding Plan
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) Wednesday October 6,2004 -- Anixter International Inc., a global distributor of wiring systems, networking products and fasteners, said Wednesday that it will take a $2.6 million pre-tax charge in the quarter to launch a new branding strategy for the company's recently acquired fastener and small parts supply businesses.

Following the September 2002 acquisition of Pentacon, Anixter acquired Walters Hexagon Group Ltd. as well as the assets and operations of Distribution Dynamics Inc. All three businesses supply C-class inventory components to original equipment manufacturers and collectively have annual sales of more than $375 million. The companies employ over 1,000 people in 44 locations throughout the United States and Britain with single locations in France and Italy.
To integrate these companies' products, Anixter has launched a new brand name -- Anixter Fasteners -- and plans to record a $1.8 million charge in the third quarter to write-off the value assigned to the Pentacon name when that business was purchased by Anixter. The company also will record about $800,000 in acquisition-related costs related to Distribution Dynamics. In total, Anixter will record an after-tax charge of $1.5 million, or 4 cents per share, in the third quarter.
www.anixter.com

Anixter 3Q Profit Rises 52 Percent

Anixter 3Q Profit Rises 52 Percent As Sales Grew Based on Acquisitions
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Anixter International Inc. on Tuesday reported a 52 percent increase in third-quarter earnings as sales grew based on acquisitions and improvements in the economy.
The company, which markets communication products and electronic wire and cable, said quarterly profit rose to $17.2 million, or 41 cents per share, from $11.3 million, or 31 cents last year. Sales increased 30 percent to $849.6 million from $653.4 million, including $46.8 million from acquired operations.
Anixter said its results for the latest quarter included 8 cents per share in reductions from charges and the inclusion of shares related to convertible senior notes.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected the company to earn 41 cents per share on sales of $817.7 million.
"While our acquisitions of Distribution Dynamics Inc. and Walters Hexagon added $46.8 million to sales and the continued weak US dollar added an additional $13 million, we still reported 21 percent organic sales growth as compared to the third quarter of 2003," said president and chief executive Robert Grubbs in a statement.
"Organic growth in sales reflects an improved economic environment, increased levels of capital spending, product and market expansion and the effects of higher commodity prices on industrial wire and cable and data cabling products," he said.
Anixter said it expects its fourth quarter, which is typically slower, to include about $2 million in costs from the planned relocation of its largest distribution facility in Alsip, Ill. The facility contains about 8 percent of its nearly $600 million worldwide inventory investment, the company said.

"While this expense is significant, the new facility will provide us a more efficient layout that is designed to improve customer service levels and lower our ongoing operating costs," Grubbs said. Analysts expect the company to earn 41 cents per share on $815.9 million in sales for the fourth quarter.

ATOFINA Petrochemicals has changed its name to

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS USA, INC.


Things change… but the important things stay the same. New name. Same great products and service.

Berk-Tek Announces Enhanced Link Loss Budget Performance of GIGAlite™

Berk-Tek Announces Enhanced Link Loss Budget Performance of GIGAlite™ Optical Fiber Product Line for Data Center Applications

Berk-Tek, New Holland, PA - October 6, 2004 - Fiber optic and copper cabling technology and solutions leader Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company, today announced the launch of their enhanced link loss budget performance guarantees for their family of GIGAliteTM enhanced bandwidth 50µm laser optimized multimode fiber (LOMMF) product line. The performance guarantees, which are length dependant and vary according to the grade of 50µm GIGAlite fiber used, allow the data center cabling infrastructure to consume more of the total system loss budget than the current Ethernet and Fibre Channel standards specify.

"To date, the primary advantage associated with enhanced bandwidth 50µm fiber has been its ability to extend the transmission distance capabilities of economical 850nm [Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser] VCSEL based transceivers in a typical LAN or campus installation," said Todd Harpel, Director of Marketing at Berk-Tek. "Berk-Tek is the first company to present this superior performance guarantee which presents a breakthrough in short-run fiber optic cabling systems, like those in data centers or a Storage Area Networks (SAN)."

This can be especially important when designing a data center cabling infrastructure that will be expected to support network migration from 1 Gbps Ethernet or 2 Gbps Fibre Channel to 10 Gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel. Cabling System loss budgets - the amount of cable and connector loss allowed between active equipment in a network - shrink by as much as 50% when migrating from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps Ethernet over 50µm MMF using 850nm transceivers. The enhanced Differential Mode delay (DMD) performance of Berk-Tek's GIGAlite optical fiber allows an increase in the loss budget beyond the IEEE specifications while guaranteeing successful Ethernet and Fibre Channel transmission.

For example, IEEE 802.3ae specifies the maximum distance for a standard 50µm (500/500 MHz.km) MMF link running 10Gb/s Ethernet at 850nm (10GBASE-SR) at 82-meters with a cable and connectivity link loss budget of 1.80 dB. Berk-Tek's GIGAlite-10XB optical fiber extends the same link's loss budget to 4.70 dB.

The link loss performance enhancement of all three GIGAlite 50µm multimode solutions allows network designers to utilize a more flexible cabling system architecture. The use of multiple connection points such as intermediate cross-connects, or ribbonized Adventum™ cables terminated with MPO style connectors and cassettes that would normally introduce connection losses that would exceed the IEEE specifications for standard 50µm multimode fiber. Berk-Tek's GIGAlite optical fiber enables the use of these products for added network flexibility and peace of mind.

Berk-Tek's GIGAlite Enhanced Bandwidth 50µm multimode fiber product line includes GIGAlite, GIGAlite-10 and GIGAlite-10XB in a variety of cable constructions as well as pre-terminated cable solutions.

www.berktek.com

BROCHURE FEATURES NEW PORTABLE HANDHELD LABELER

Brady IDXPERT™ Handheld Labeler Designed for Professional User

MILWAUKEE - (October 22, 2004) - Brady Corporation has introduced product literature featuring its new IDXPERT™ Handheld Labeler. The literature covers the key features of the IDXPERT™, providing an overview of the printer's capabilities, and the wide selection of indoor and outdoor grade printable materials that it uses.

The literature also specifies the type of printable material required for various applications handled by the IDXPERT™, including:

· Continuous and die cut supplies
· Markers for wire and cable
· Patch panel markers
· Outlet and faceplate markers
· Automation and electrical component markers
· Terminal block markers
· Identification for racks, bays, frames, public networks and data centers

The IDXPERT™ is designed to meet the specific identification needs of maintenance, safety, electrical and voice/data experts. The popular on-demand printer comes in two convenient keyboard layouts and offers the professional user more than 100 labeling options.

The IDXPERT™ is just one part of Brady's comprehensive line of industrial printers and label makers. To obtain a copy of the brochure or information on Brady's other safety, facility and equipment identification products, contact Brady at 1-888-272-3946. You can also visit www.bradyid.com for more information.

www.bradycorp.com

Construction spending hit the $1 trillion/year

Construction spending hit the $1 trillion/year "seasonally adjusted annual rate" in August.

As near as we can remember or find, it's the first time the government's "construction put-in-place" numbers hit $1 trillion/year, even if it's for just one month.

See these sites:

Rexel Industry News -- http://www.rexelarchive.com/drupal-4.4.2/node/view/64

PDF from Census -- http://www.census.gov/const/C30/release.pdf

Factually:

-- the "actual" total of construction in August was $95.5 billion. Without the "seasonal adjustment," 12 months of that would be $1.15 billion of construction spending.

-- the 8-month "actual" total through 8/31 was $647 billion. That's 8 months at an average of better than $85 billion each month -- or better than $1 trillion for the year.

CopperPro buyers to get $1,100 rebate from Fluke Networks

CopperPro buyers to get $1,100 rebate from Fluke Networks
Customers will save 22% on purchase of 990DSLWT CopperPro model

EVERETT, Washington, October 1, 2004 - Fluke Networks announced a cash-back rebate program for its popular CopperPro copper loop troubleshooting and analysis test set.

Customers who purchase a qualifying CopperPro model between October 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004, will receive a check for $1,100 directly from Fluke Networks.

The rebate offer is valid only for customers within the U.S. and Canada on the purchase of a new 990DSLWT model from Fluke Networks or authorized distributor. A claim form is available from Fluke Networks web site (www.flukenetworks.com/copperpro) or a local representative.

CopperPro integrates more than 16 troubleshooting, qualification and fault location testing functions in a single, easy-to-use handheld tool. The device is widely used to support the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of local loop circuits carrying voice and data services. A recently introduced automatic test feature provides the first complete solution for qualifying HDSL2 and HDSL4 circuits according to manufacturer recommendations in 75 seconds, reducing the failure rate and frequency of these high-speed data circuits.

Each 990DSLWT CopperPro (Loop Tester with Wideband and TDR) includes a NiMH battery pack, AC and 12V vehicle chargers, strapping cord, wine gauge, protective case with padded arm strap and strand hook, and user guide. Test lead set purchased separately.

Pricing and delivery = The 990DSLWT CopperPro copper loop tester has a suggested U.S. list price of $4,995 and is available from Fluke Networks for immediate delivery.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fiber and copper forming the foundation for those networks. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision solutions(tm) provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company has approximately 500 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks´ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

NAED is continuing to tackle some of the hottest topics in the industry

DISTRIBUTOR REGISTRATIONS INCREASE 18 PERCENT FOR UPCOMING EASTERN REGION CONFERENCE, NOV. 17-20
Electrical distributors seek solutions to controversial industry issues

(ST. LOUIS, MO)... Distributor registrations at the 2004 Eastern Region Conference (Nov. 17 - 20, Orlando, Fla.) have increased more than 18% over the previous year's attendance, despite more than five weeks of registration still remaining. Contributing factors include an improved economy and a conference program packed with controversial topics.

NAED is continuing to tackle some of the hottest topics in the industry, which include:

* Opening General Session Issues Panel (Thurs., Nov. 18, 8:00 a.m.)-This year's session will feature an interactive panel discussion on hot topics like special pricing agreements (SPAs), point of sale (POS), lighting practices and industry data synchronization. The audience will be able to vote and be able to see instant statistics. In addition, the keynote speaker will be Jim Craig, former goalie for the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team, whose inspiring Olympic victory was the subject of the film, Miracle.

* Lighting Practices Town Hall Meeting (Thurs., Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.) -This hour-long open forum will confront the highly controversial practices and ethics that are so often questioned in the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to publicly discuss their observations and frustrations.

* Task Force Report on Distributor & Manufacturer SPA Process Efficiencies (Thurs., Nov. 18, 1:15 p.m.) -SPAs have become prevalent in the electrical industry, causing a myriad of complications, including razor-thin margins, skyrocketing administrative costs and price instability. To look toward solutions, NAED held a town hall meeting last year and created a task force of both distributors and manufacturers. This session will summarize the task forces' progress on developing a glossary of terms and creating a best practice method to process claims.

For more information or to register for the 2004 Eastern Region Conference, go to www.naed.org or contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512.

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.

Draka Comteq launched today a new North American web site

BOSTON, MAŠOctober 1, 2004Š Draka Comteq launched today a new North American web site, www.drakacomteq.us. This site provides detailed information on the recently combined companies of Draka Comteq USA (Franklin, MA) and the fiber and cable operations of Alcatel (Claremont, NC). The new Draka Comteq combines optical fiber and cables with the high-quality coaxial, twisted pair and fiber optic communication cable capabilities of Chromatic Technologies and Helix/HiTemp Cables, previously under the Draka USA umbrella. By combining unique technological innovations in singlemode, multimode and copper cable engineering, the new Draka Comteq becomes the single source for communications cabling - outside plant as well as indoor premises solutions.

"Our focus is making this web site easy-to-navigate to make sure that customers are not more than three clicks away from getting specific product information," states Rob Gilberti, Jr., RCDD, director of marketing, Draka Comteq USA. "In addition, we plan to keep the information current and fresh by highlighting the latest technologies and news right on the home page or by registration for an e-mail newsletter," he adds.

The Products section is divided into two sections: copper and fiber. Copper cables include Category/Network cables, coax, Industrial Ethernet, central office, residential, electronic and entertainment. Fiber optic cables include outdoor-rated, indoor/outdoor, interlocked armored cables, indoor LAN, JetNet® air blown, specialty cables and fiber connectivity. Some of the solutions currently highlighted include video over coax and FTTH (fiber to the home) optical networks.

Other features of the interactive web site include on-line price quote and ordering capabilities, as well as a resource library with detailed white papers and technical information.

For more information, contact Rob Gilberti, rgilberti@drakacomtequsa.com, or by visiting the web site: www.drakacomteq.us

Environmental Building News New offer of their Archives features 99 issues

Environmental Building News- New offer of their Archives features 99 issues.
The EBN Archives features 99 issues of Environmental Building News, from the very first, in 1992, though the end of 2003. This information-packed CD is a great time saver, giving you instant access to more than 1,600 pages filled with accurate, reliable green building reporting. Find what you need using the fast and comprehensive text search feature, browse a menu of articles organized by LEED® credit, or view contents by issue.

This virtual green building library brings you every article, photo, and illustration published in the EBN in the past twelve years exactly as they appeared in print. You get a wealth of knowledge, including in-depth feature articles on a wide range of topics-from energy efficiency and recycled-content materials to land-use planning and indoor air quality.

There's also lots of practical, "how-to" information, including checklists with tips and suggestions, case studies that show how designers and builders are successfully incorporating green building ideas into their work, and reviews of green building products-often with comments from users on how they perform in the field.

The EBN Archives (version 8.0) costs $199 for new users. Owners of prior versions may upgrade for only $79. Call BuildingGreen at 800-861-0954 to order or for more information, or visit www.BuildingGreen.com

FLUKE NETWORKS WINS BEST OF SHOW

Fluke Networks' new EtherScope Network Assistant wins "Best of Show" award at TECHXNY
Handheld device combines a break through feature set that assists network professionals in both reactive and proactive LAN problem solving

NEW YORK, NY - October 6, 2004 - At a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 6, Fluke Networks' new EtherScope(tm) Network Assistant was honored with a Best of Show award in the Networking Solutions category from CMP Media's New York's Technology Week. TECHXNY, the largest and most successful IT business event serving the technology industry on the East Coast.
"The Best of Show awards recognize the most innovative personal technology and corporate IT products, solutions and programs at this year's event," said Christina Condos, show director, TECHXNY. "We received a more than 100 entries, which means those chosen as winners are truly the best of the best.
Congratulations to Fluke Networks for their outstanding technology." "It is an honor to have EtherScope recognized at the premier IT show in New York," said Chris Odell, Fluke Networks President. "We thank the judges for recognizing that IT professionals now have a very fast, very powerful problem solving tool for their day-to-day network issues. EtherScope is a handheld analyzer designed to aid the rapid installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of 10/100/gigabit enterprise networks. It discovers networks and VLANs, identifies network devices, determines switch connectivity and allows switch configuration. EtherScope also provides network utilization statistics by protocol and device. Errors are identified, with EtherScope offering remediation suggestions.
New York's Technology Week took place October 5-7, 2004 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Best of Show Awards Program recognizes the most innovative personal technology and corporate IT products, solutions and programs at the event.
Judges for the Best of Show program included editors and leading journalists from leading information technology and business outlets, including: Rieva Lesonsky, Editor, Entrepreneur; Fred Paul, Editor in Chief, TechWeb; Mitch Wagner, Editor, Security Pipeline; Lucas Mearian, Computer Storage Reporter, Computerworld; Todd Spangler, Senior Editor, Baseline; Jeff O'Heir, Editor, Digital Connect Magazine; Grant Clauser, Editorial Director, Consumer Technology Publishing Group; Scot Finnie, Editor, TechWeb Network; Harry McCracken, Editor In Chief, PC World; Brian Bennett, Computer Hardware Staff Editor, Computer Shopper; Steve Fox, Editor In Chief, InfoWorld; Ron Anderson, Lab Director, Network Computing; Rusty Weston, Editor, Managing Offshore; Mike Vizard, Editor in Chief, CRN; and Bob DeMarzo, Editorial Director, VARBusiness.
About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fiber and copper forming the foundation for those networks. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision solutions(tm) provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company has approximately 500 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks´ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

GENERAL CABLE'S GENSPEED™ 6000 CATEGORY 6 CABLE NOW KICKED UP A NOTCH

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, September 21, 2004 - General Cable Corporation's (NYSE: BGC) commitment to engineering and manufacturing excellence is behind the new characterized parameters designed into its GenSPEED 6000 Category 6 cable. The innovative design, which utilizes a tape separator, provides optimum electrical performance that exceeds TIA/EIA Category 6 standard. The improved GenSpeed 6000 cable provides increased protection against unwanted external noise sources otherwise known as crosstalk.

"GenSPEED 6000 is yet another example of General Cable's continued pursuit to engineer above and beyond the industry standards," said Asef Baddar, Applications Engineer for General Cable. "With Near-End Crosstalk (NEXT) and Equal Level Far-End Crosstalk (ELFEXT) values guaranteed at 1dB over industry standard, our customers are afforded greater assurance of outstanding overall cable balance. This is an exceptional value for more robust and complex applications at gigabit speed and full duplex transmissions."

At Positive Power-Sum ACR (PSACR) of up to 300 MHz, GenSPEED 6000 cable provides an allowance for future bandwidth and high-speed data requirements. All of this optimum performance continues to be designed within a smaller overall diameter for ease of installation. GenSPEED 6000 cable features product-specific packaging, the new Pull-Pac® II with wide-mouth payout and the existing Spool-Pac® Cartons with internal spools, for easy installation and identification. This product also features our Tru-Mark™ print legend with footage marking from 1000' to 0' to maximize the usage of all available material on site.

All GenSPEED cables are UL verified and meet or exceed TIA/EIA-568-B.2 standards. Independent third party testing further confirms the quality and performance of all GenSPEED enhanced cables.

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 energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency.

Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications.

www.GeneralCable.com

General Cable Corporation Lowers Borrowing Rate by Amending Credit Facility

General Cable Corporation Lowers Borrowing Rate by Amending Credit Facility
Monday October 25, 11:30 am ET
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2004--General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC - News) announced today that it has successfully completed an amendment to its asset based senior secured credit agreement. The original credit agreement was entered into November 24, 2003, by General Cable, its principal U.S. operating subsidiary, General Cable Industries, Inc., and certain lenders. The amendment, effective October 22, 2004, lowers the borrowing rate on its $240 million senior secured credit facility by 50 basis points, increases the annual maximum amount permitted under the facility for capital expenditures from $35 million to $50 million and provides the Company the ability to swap up to $100 million of its existing fixed rate debt to a floating interest rate.
"Our improving financial results over the last three quarters provided us the ability to favorably amend our revolving credit facility," said Christopher Virgulak, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of General Gable. "Our lenders unanimously approved the amendment which will lower our borrowing cost over the remaining four years of the facility and provide us additional flexibility to invest in the profitable growth of our business."
General Cable (NYSE:BGC - News), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.

General Cable Corporation Realigns Board of Directors

General Cable Corporation Realigns Board of Directors
Wednesday November 3, 10:37 am ET
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2004--General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC - News) announced today that Mr. Jeffrey Noddle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SUPERVALU Inc., has submitted his resignation from General Cable's Board of Directors, effective as of the close of business on December 2, 2004. Mr. Noddle's resignation completes a transition of the Company's Board of Directors that commenced when Mr. Craig P. Omtvedt, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands, Inc. joined the Company's Board in August of 2004.
"Jeff has been an integral member of the Board of Directors since joining us in early 1998, just after our IPO. Jeff's expertise and counsel in customer integration and logistics have been critical to General Cable's customer retention and growth during a very difficult business climate for the wire and cable industry," commented Jack Welsh, Non-Executive Chairman of General Cable Corporation. "Given the ever increasing demands and responsibilities for CEOs in today's business environment, Jeff has elected to focus his energy on the business of SUPERVALU and on an increasing role in the grocery industry, where SUPERVALU is a clear leader in the United States. Jeff leaves a strong and healthy General Cable, which is well positioned to benefit from the recovery now underway in the industry. On behalf of our shareholders and the other Directors, I would like to thank Jeff for his service to the Company," concluded Welsh.
General Cable (NYSE:BGC - News), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.

Mohawk Announces VersaLite Indoor/Outdoor Plenum Cable

Leominster, MA, November 1, 2004Š Mohawk, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic and copper cable products, announces VersaLite, a versatile indoor and outdoor plenum cable, as a cost-effective solution for campus environments. As part of Mohawk's Mini-Distribution product line, VersaLite was originally developed to provide data center-type installations with a compact, flame retardant cable that meets stringent OFNP (plenum) rated requirements. By combining its unique cable properties with rugged jacketing materials, VersaLite also becomes ideal for outdoor installations.

"Traditionally, non-rated loose tube, gel-filled cables have been specified for outside plant, which are spliced to a termination point within fifty feet inside the building to meet NEC requirements. From there tight buffered cables have been installed for runs within the facility," explains Mike Connaughton, RCDD, Fiber Optic Sales Manager, Mohawk. "VersaLite employs an exceptional 'dry' water blocking system that includes an absorbent polymer filling throughout the length of the inner tubes, to halt any moisture migration. Its added UV-resistant jacketing prevents additional sunlight degradation needed for diverse outdoor environments. Because of its plenum flame rating, this cable can also be installed indoors, eliminating transition points between buildings and closets, which dramatically saves on installation time and money," notes Connaughton. "In addition, dry blocking, loose tube cables are easier and cleaner to handle during installation versus previous gel-filled cables."

Fiber optic cable splicing drastically affects link attenuation, which contributes to overall optical power loss. With the increasing demands of high-speed, high-bandwidth 10 Gigabit backbones, it becomes even more vital to minimize insertion loss. "By installing VersaLite cable, splice point insertion loss is eliminated and can result in 1.5 dB of improved attenuation per cable run, which is 20% of the total power budget for Gigabit Ethernet applications," adds Connaughton.

NAED Eastern Region Conference

NAED Eastern Region Conference NOV 17 to 20 2004
Eastern Region Conference at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla

The NAED Eastern Region Conference is the first of three regional gatherings, bringing together the executive management electrical distribution and manufacturing for networking, education and best practices. With seven weeks left for registration, NAED has received 66% more registrations for this year's Eastern Region Conference than it did at this time last year.

Events of Interest:
NAED is continuing to tackle some of the most controversial topics in the industry. Opportunities for the reporting include:

· Opening General Session Issues Panel (Thurs., Nov. 18, 8:00 a.m.)-This year's session will feature an interactive panel discussion on hot topics like special pricing agreements (SPAs), point of sale (POS), synchronizing industry data and lighting practices. The audience will be able to vote instantly and the statistics gathered can be made available for interested publications. In addition, the keynote will be Jim Craig, former goalie for the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team, whose inspiring Olympic victory was the subject of the film, Miracle.
· Lighting Practices Town Hall Meeting (Thurs., Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.) -This hour-long open forum will confront the highly controversial practices and ethics that are so often questioned. Attendees will have the opportunity to publicly discuss observations and frustrations.
· Task Force Report on Distributor & Manufacturer SPA Process Efficiencies (Thurs., Nov. 18, 1:15 p.m.) -SPAs have become prevalent in the electrical industry, causing a myriad of complications, including razor-thin margins, skyrocketing administrative costs and price instability. To look toward solutions, NAED held a town hall meeting last year and created a task force of both distributors and manufacturers. This session will summarize the task forces' progress on developing a glossary of terms and creating a best practice method to process claims. (Interviews can be arranged with task force members on an individual basis.)
· Other Happenings:
     - Women in Industry Networking Luncheon (Wed., Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.)
     - Booth Sessions (Thurs., Nov. 18, 3:40 p.m. & Fri., Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m.)
     - Education sessions (Wed. - Fri., various times) Topics include: NAED Foundation research, profit improvement, legal issues relevant to SPAs and Government Affairs open forum
     - Closing Casino Event (Fri. Nov. 19, 6:00 p.m.)

With your complimentary press badge, you'll receive complete attendee privileges, including access to above-mentioned conference activities. In addition, registered media will receive a dedicated badge ribbon and can request a complete attendee list prior to the meeting. Please note that NAED is unable to issue press badges to a publication's advertising, marketing, public relations, or sales representatives or publishers with no editorial function.

If you would like to attend the NAED Eastern Region Conference, please take a few moments to complete and submit the attached Media Registration Form. To be printed in the meeting guide registration list, forms must be received by the hotel cutoff of October 8, 2004.

For complete details on the NAED Eastern Region Conference, please visit: http://www.naedmembers.org/conf/eastern/index.htm.

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NAED Sales Expectation Survey Indicates Continued Confidence

NAED SALES EXPECTATION SURVEY INDICATES CONTINUED CONFIDENCE
More than 86% of Distributor Respondents Anticipate Increases in Second, Third Quarter 2004

(ST. LOUIS, MO)…Electrical distributors' sales are continuing to grow, according to the National Association of Electrical Distributors' (NAED) most recent Quarterly Sales Change Expectation (QSCE) survey results. Nearly 90 percent (88.6%) of the survey's 449 respondents reported increased sales for the second quarter (April - June) 2004. The favorable outlook continues with expectations for the third quarter (July - Sept.), with 86% percent of respondents expecting positive sales change.

A More Pleasant Reality
More than half of the respondents (53.7%) expected double-digit sales increases in the second quarter. This shows a continued bolstering of confidence in the economy, compared with the last QSCE survey, where 42.8% of distributor respondents estimated their sales would grow 10% or more. Other categories with the largest response were sales growth by 8 to 9.9% (7.1%), 5 to 5.9% (6.2%) and 6 to 7.9% (4.9%).

Although negative sales change continues to shrink, 3.1% of respondents reported flat sales and 2.9% expected negative sales of -10% or more.

The survey was distributed in early July via fax and email to approximately 3,700 distributor locations. The questionnaire focused on sales expectations for the previous and upcoming quarter and features statistical breakouts by geographic region and number of employees. Participation increased nearly 30% for this edition of the survey.

A Favorable Forecast for the Third Quarter
Distributors' expectations for the third quarter are strong in sales volume, but a little more guarded. The largest segment of respondents, 34.5%, expect continued growth of 10% or more for the upcoming quarter. This is a slight increase from the 10% or more growth category on the last QSCE survey (33.5%). Other top categories were 5 to 5.9% (13.1%), 6 to 7.9% (7.8%), 8 to 9.9% (7.3%) and 0% (6.2%).

West Continues Dominance
The Western region, which led the nation in positive sales expectations on the last survey (85.9% for Q1), experienced even better sales in the second quarter with 93.3 percent of distributors estimating positive sales. The Northeast, South and Midwest all estimated comparable increased sales with 88.2%, 87.9% and 86.1%, respectively. For the third quarter, all four regions remain optimistic in their sales expectations, with the West as the most positive (91.4%) followed by the Northeast (85.3%), South (84.8%) and Midwest (84.7%).

Small Companies Outperform Expectations
During the last QSCE report, the smallest businesses, those with 1 to 4 employees, had the worst outlook, with only 60% anticipating increased sales in Q2. But according to the latest survey, 90.6% of these small companies experienced increased sales and more than 28% experienced an increase of 10% or more. For Q3, 84.4% of the smallest businesses expect the trend to continue.

The largest companies, those with 50 or more employees, had the highest percentage reporting positive sales at 97.6% for the past quarter, followed by companies with 30 to 49 employees (93.5%). In the middle were mid-size businesses, those with 10 to 19 employees (87.6%) and 20 to 29 employees (84.5%) and smaller businesses with 5 to 9 employees (81.4%).

Expectations are high among businesses of all sizes for the third quarter of 2004. Businesses with 30 to 49 employees (95.7%) were the most optimistic followed by businesses with 20 to 29 employees (88.7%), 50 or more employees (87.1%), and 10 to 19 employees (86%). Smaller businesses were slightly more conservative with their expectations with 84.4% of those with 1 to 4 employees and 80.2% of those with 5 to 9 employees expecting increased sales.

Participation Matters
QSCE is a management tool provided by NAED to its members and affiliates at no additional cost. It supplies detailed information to help NAED members run their businesses more effectively.

Member participation is crucial to the success of this survey. To participate in the next survey, go to http://forms.ncsi.net or watch for notification by fax or email in early October. Past reports are available under the "research" section of www.naed.org. For more information, contact Branton White, NAED senior director of technology and associate editor of research for TED Magazine, at (888) 791-2512 or bwhite@naed.org.

Brady makes lockout of hazardous energy sources faster, more efficient

NEW CABLE LOCKOUT DEVICE SUITABLE FOR WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS
Features Ergonomic Design and Choice of Two Cable Types, Including Nonconductive Nylon

MILWAUKEE - (October 25, 2004) - Brady makes lockout of hazardous energy sources faster, more efficient and effective with the introduction of the All Purpose Cable Lockout. It is the most versatile, easy-to-use cable lockout available, and the only device of its kind to feature a choice of two different cable types. In addition, its unique design helps ensure that switches and valves are locked down tight.

Locking out control points before equipment is serviced is an important part of a workplace safety program. Unlike other lockout devices, the All Purpose Cable Lockout makes it possible to select the right cable for the job. It lets users choose from two types of flexible cable. The cable is offered in 1/18" non-conductive nylon, and in 3/16" rust-resistant sheathed metal.

The interchangeable cable feature makes it possible to use the nonconductive nylon cable to lock out disconnect switches and other electrical control points, and the sheathed cable to lock out large valves and other mechanical energy controls.

The ergonomic design makes it easier to properly tighten the cable. This provides more secure restraint, preventing accidental activation of the switch or valve when the lockout is in place.

The lockout is designed for use in tough industrial environments, with a durable nylon body that withstands impacts, corrosion and chemicals. Easier to handle than heavy, rust-prone metal chains, the lightweight and portable cable lockout accommodates up to four locks, facilitating group lockout without a hasp. A built-in loop keeps the cable neatly coiled for easy transport and storage, and prevents the loose end of the coil from dangling and causing a hazard when the lockout is in use.

The All Purpose Cable Lockout from Brady is just one component in a complete energy control program. Call 1-888-272-3946 for information on Brady's safety, facility and equipment identification products, or visit www.bradyid.com.

New version of Fluke Networks' OptiFiber = 1st OTDR with Port Quality Check

New version of Fluke Networks' OptiFiber is the first OTDR with Port Quality Check.
New fiber test feature saves time by checking the connection quality before running the test

EVERETT, Washington - Fluke Networks' announced today the latest version of its OptiFiber(r) Certifying OTDR (www.flukenetworks.com/optifiber). The new OptiFiber saves users significant time and money with advanced functionality including OTDR port quality check, trace overlay and easy 250X/400X magnification setup.
OTDR port quality check
OptiFiber, the first Certifying OTDR, is now the first OTDR to incorporate an automated port quality check that warns the user when the OTDR port is dirty or contaminated. This feature saves users time while delivering a higher level of confidence in the OTDR test results. Dirty port connections are a problem with most OTDRs. Users may be spending hours trying to find a problem in the link, when the problem is really in the OTDR port. OptiFiber eliminates this problem.

OptiFiber's built-in OTDR port quality test automatically displays and evaluates the quality of the optical connection at the OTDR port with a Poor, Fair or Good rating. If the connection quality is poor or fair, a warning message appears so the problem can be fixed before testing begins.

Easy 250X/400X magnification setup
Fiber endface inspection is made easy with the new 250X/400X toggle feature, allowing the user to quickly change the OptiFiber setup to match the setting of the dual-magnification video probe. This allows the user to rapidly see the detail of a fiber core at 400X and then, with nothing more than the roll of a thumbwheel, quickly change to 250X to see more of the endface.

Trace Overlay
The new Trace Overlay feature allows the user to see multiple OTDR traces at the same time. Traces between multiple fibers in bundle can be compared against each other for obvious anomalies. Individual fibers can be compared to a reference trace stored at an earlier time. Trace overlay can be performed while using OptiFiber or during trace analysis in Fluke Networks´ LinkWare Cable Test Management software (http://www.flukenetworks.com/us/Cabling/Copper+Cabling/LinkWare/Overview.htm).

Extended Range for OTDR traces
OptiFiber is the OTDR of choice for premises fiber networks due to its precise accuracy and short event deadzones. While still maintaining superior short distance performance, the testing range of OptiFiber has been increased to meet customer needs. The maximum range for multimode is extended to 7,000 meters at 1300 nm and to 3000 meters at 850 nm. The maximum range for singlemode is increased to 20,000 meters at both 1310 nm and 1550 nm. Although the range is increased, OptiFiber still maintains its ability to accurately pinpoint multiple events with its short event dead zone of 1 meter at 850 nm on multimode fiber and 3.5 meters at 1310 nm on singlemode.

Price and Delivery
OptiFiber is available for immediate delivery from authorized Fluke Networks´ sales channels worldwide. It has a suggested U.S. list price starting at $13,995. For current OptiFiber owners, an upgrade to 1.8 is available free of charge on the Fluke Networks website (www.flukenetworks.com/optifiberv1.8).

Preformed Line Products Announces Significantly Improved Financial Results

Preformed Line Products Announces Significantly Improved Financial Results for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2004
Thursday October 28, 8:12 am ET
CLEVELAND, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Preformed Line Products Company (Nasdaq: PLPC - News) today reported financial results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2004.
Consolidated earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2004 were $5,496,000, or $.96 per share, compared to a net loss for the comparable period in 2003 of $510,000, or negative $.09 per share. Earnings in the third quarter of 2004 included a net gain of $1,659,000 or $.29 per share on the sale of the Company's 49% interest in a Japanese joint venture. The loss in the third quarter of 2003 included a non-recurring charge of $1,651,000 or $.29 per share for tax expense related to the undistributed earnings of the Company's Japanese joint ventures. Excluding the non-recurring items for the Japanese joint ventures, earnings were $.67 per share for the third quarter of 2004 compared to $.20 per share in 2003, a 235% increase. Earnings for the third quarter of 2004 increased as a result of higher shipment volume, the positive currency effects of a weak U.S. dollar and favorable price/mix, partially offset by higher costs and expenses.
Consolidated sales for the quarter of $49,065,000 were 24% higher than sales of $39,473,000 in the third quarter of 2003.
For the first nine months of 2004, consolidated earnings were $9,231,000, or $1.61 per share, compared to earnings of $1,407,000, or $.24 per share, for the first nine months of 2003. Excluding the non-recurring items related to the Japanese joint ventures, earnings were $1.32 per share in 2004, which represented an increase of 149% over earnings of $.53 per share in 2003.
Consolidated sales were $134,479,000 for the first nine months of 2004 compared with $114,654,000 for the first nine months of 2003. This 17% increase in sales was a result of higher shipment volume, the positive currency effects of the weak U.S. dollar and favorable price/mix.
Rob Ruhlman, Chief Executive Officer said, "I am thrilled with the outstanding earnings increase and encouraged by improving business conditions. This was the fifth consecutive quarter of earnings growth. These earnings are being driven by double-digit sales growth over the previous year, particularly in the domestic market. Our expense structure has been critically assessed during the past several years resulting in relatively stable levels of expenditures after considering the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency. Consequently, we were able to leverage our higher sales volume into substantially higher earnings. I continue to be concerned about the rising cost of raw material -- specifically, steel and petroleum based materials. Our margins are under pressure and our success going forward depends upon the level to which we can recover these significant raw material cost increases through price increases and continued improvements in efficiency."
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.
Earnings and earnings per share adjusted for non-recurring items for the Japanese joint ventures are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that both net income and net income per share as adjusted for exclusion of the Japanese joint ventures assist the investor in understanding the results of operations of Preformed Line Products Company.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding the Company, including those statements regarding the Company's and management's beliefs and expectations concerning the Company's future performance or anticipated financial results, among others. Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in those statements.

PREFORMED LINE PRODUCTS CO

1-Nov-2004
Quarterly Report

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Company benefited from the domestic telecommunications companies' initiatives in expanding fiber to the home and an increase in spending in the domestic energy markets for new construction and maintenance projects. The Company believes that the continued stability and strengthening of the U.S. economy will allow this trend to continue into 2005. In addition, the Company estimates that customer repairs of damage caused by four hurricanes in the Southeast United States contributed approximately $1.9 million to domestic net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2004.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2004 the Company's net sales increased 24% and gross profit increased 41% compared to the same period in 2003. Net sales increased primarily from volume increases in the Company's domestic and Latin American markets and the favorable impact of the conversion of local currencies to U.S. dollars as a result of the continued weakness of the U.S. dollar compared to most foreign currencies. The increase in gross profit is primarily due to increased sales volume and relatively flat manufacturing costs. The increase in gross profit partially offset by higher costs and expenses resulted in an increase in operating income of 224% when compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2003. In September 2003, the Company recorded a $1.7 million incremental tax charge relating to the Company's share of its Japanese joint ventures' historical earnings net of dividends resulting in a reduction in net income of $.29 per share. On September 28, 2004, the Company completed the sale of its 49% interest in Japan PLP Co. Ltd. resulting in an after-tax gain of $1.7 million, or $.29 per share. Although these are non-GAAP financial measures, by disclosing the effects on net income and net income per share of the non-recurring transactions related to the Company's Japanese joint ventures, the Company believes the investor will be assisted in understanding the results of operations. As result of the increase in operating profit coupled with the impact of these two transactions, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2004 increased $1.05 per share compared to the same period in 2003.
The Company's net sales increased 17% and gross profit increased 26% for the nine months ended September 30, 2004 compared to the same period in 2003. Net sales increased primarily from volume increases in the Company's domestic, Latin American and European markets coupled with the favorable impact of the conversion of local currencies to U.S. dollars as a result of the continued weakness of the U.S. dollar compared to most foreign currencies. The increase in gross profit combined with a 7% increase in costs and expenses resulted in an increase in operating income of 165%. As result of the increase in operating profit coupled with the impact of the two transactions related to the Company's Japanese joint ventures mentioned above, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2004.

RiT Technologies Inc. Names New President

RiT Technologies Inc. Names New President - Avi Yarkoni to replace Motti Kleinmann as President RiT Technologies Inc., U.S.A.
Tel Aviv, Israel (October 11th, 2004) - RiT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT), announced the appointment of Avi Yarkoni as President to its United States office. Yarkoni replaces Motti Kleinmann who has served as RiT Technologies Inc.'s President for the past seven years.
Yarkoni has more than 15 years of extensive experience in networking and data communications and has recently held the position of Director of Customer Support and Director OEM activities at RiT Technologies, Israel. Prior to joining the Company in 1999, Yarkoni held senior engineering and managerial positions of both Israeli and American companies.
"I am very proud to have been appointed President of RiT Technologies Inc. Motti set a high standard here at RiT, and I aim to continue the services and retain the strong reputation which has come to be expected from RiT," said Avi Yarkoni.

CommScope tops Big Board decliners

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

CommScope tops Big Board decliners
Company sees Q3, Q4 sales below Wall Street consensus

By Michael Baron, CBS.MarketWatch.com Last Update: 11:13 AM ET Oct. 12, 2004

NEW YORK (CBS.MW) - Shares of CommScope dropped Tuesday after the Hickory, N.C., maker of communications cable products said fourth-quarter results would be hurt by higher raw-material costs and increased selling, general and administrative expenses.
The company also tightened its outlook for the third quarter and said it plans to spend between $10 million and $15 million on a reorganization of a facility in Omaha, Neb.
The stock (CTV: news, chart, profile) fell almost 20 percent to $17.66 in late morning trading, making it the top percentage decliner on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume of 3.6 million was good for No. 10 on the Big Board's most-active list.
After Monday's closing bell, CommScope said it expects sales to decline between 10 and 15 percent on a sequential basis from its tightened range of $307 million to $311 million for the third quarter.
The company's prior outlook for the third quarter was for revenue of $300 million to $320 million.
The average estimates of analysts polled by Thomson First Call are revenue of $315.3 million in the third quarter and $312.3 million in the fourth quarter.
CommScope explained that operating expenses will be increased in the fourth quarter by the rising costs of regulatory compliance and marketing. The company is raising the prices for "essentially all major product groups" to offset the impact of higher raw-material costs, particularly from plastics, polymers and metals.
The company didn't provide an earnings forecast for either period. Wall Street's consensus estimates are for earnings of 18 cents a share in the September quarter and 17 cents a share in the December quarter.
CommScope expects to have the changes at the Omaha facility in place by mid-2005. The facility is part of Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, an indirect manufacturing unit of CommScope that was acquired from Avaya.
The company expects to realize annual savings of between $20 million and $25 million from the restructuring, once the initiatives are in place.

Composite Technology Announces Agreement With General Cable

Monday October 4, 8:07 am ET
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Composite Technology Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CPTC - News), a leading developer of high-performance composite core for electric transmission and distribution cables, today announced the execution of Manufacturing and Distribution Agreements between CTC Cable Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary, (CTC) and General Cable Industries, Inc., principal US operating subsidiary of General Cable Corporation (General Cable) (NYSE: BGC - News), a recognized leader in the utility cable market. Under the Manufacturing Agreement, General Cable has the right to exclusively manufacture finished ACCC(TM) cable utilizing the CTC proprietary composite core through 2007 for applications in the United States and Canada. Under the Distribution Agreement, General Cable has been granted a non-exclusive right to distribute and sell CTC's ACCC through 2007 for applications in the United States and Canada.
As a large player in the utility cable industry for over a century, General Cable's "Lean" manufacturing practices and engineering expertise complements the CTC leading-edge composite technology to provide a cost-effective cabling solution that significantly increases the capacity and reliability of cables used in the power grid. General Cable's dedication to the utility market is evident in the capital investment made into their manufacturing facilities and in its on-going investment into R&D and a world class product test facility. The agreements, which combine the unique strengths of both companies, will provide both utilities and their customers with the benefit of optimum transmission energy output.
Utilizing the utility cable industry standard specifications and manufacturing processes, General Cable will apply aluminum strand around CTC's composite core providing a finished ACCC conductor cable. General Cable, one of the world's largest cable manufacturers, is well positioned to meet anticipated customer demand generated by the acceptance of this next generation solution.
Under terms of the Distribution Agreement, General Cable is a non-exclusive distributor for CTC's ACCC cable for the U.S. and Canadian markets. General Cable has built an extensive sales and marketing infrastructure dedicated to the support of the utility market. In its century long experience supporting the utility market, General Cable has also developed the relationships with utility companies that will facilitate the commercialization of ACCC cable.
"General Cable prides itself on offering the best quality, technologically advanced products available to the utility industry. CTC offers the first truly innovative core technology that provides solutions to increase the power grid's capacity and reliability in a cost-effective way," said J. Michael Andrews, Senior Vice President and General Manager of General Cable. "The ACCC product offers our utility customers a viable option for reconductoring existing lines with little or no changes to towers or constructing new lines with less environmental impact."
"Last year's blackout in the Northeast brought the need to update the North American power grid to the forefront of public awareness," stated John Turcich, Vice President of Utility Sales for General Cable. "Our relationship with CTC allows us to offer its superior ACCC cable at a time when the market is on the verge of explosive growth."
"By establishing a joint marketing and distribution initiative with General Cable, a recognized leader in the utility cable market in North America and internationally, CTC expects to capitalize on General Cable's extensive relationships with leading utility customers to generate accelerated revenue growth and market penetration for our ACCC cable," said Benton Wilcoxon, Composite Technology Corporation Chairman and CEO.
About General Cable
General Cable, headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.
For further information please contact: Paul Montgomery, VP, Finance and Investor Relations, +1-860-572-8684, or Karen Ouellette, +1-860-465-8777, both of General Cable
About CTC
Composite Technology Corporation, through its subsidiary CTC Cable Corporation, located in Irvine, California, produces high performance advanced composite core conductor cables for electric transmission and distribution lines. The proprietary new ACCC cable can transmit two times more power than comparably sized conventional cables in use today. ACCC can solve high-temperature line sag problems, can effect energy savings through less line losses, has reduced corona and electromagnetic fields, and can easily be retrofitted on existing towers to upgrade energy throughput in a grid system. ACCC cables allow transmission owners, utility companies, and power producers to easily replace transmission lines without modification to the towers using standard installation techniques and equipment, thereby avoiding the deployment of new towers and establishment of new rights-of-way that are costly, time consuming, controversial and may impact the environment. CTC has established strategic relationships with existing cable manufacturers to expand production and facilitate deployment to end users worldwide. See: www.compositetechcorp.com.
For further information please contact: James Carswell, Dir., Investor Relations of Composite Technology Corp., +1-760-416-8628; or James McCusker or Carl Hymans, both of G.S. Schwartz & Co., +1-212-725-4500, for Composite Technology Corp.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, as defined in the Securities Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). The safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided to companies by the Reform Act does not apply to Composite Technology Corporation (Company). However, actual events or results may differ from the Company's expectations on a negative or positive basis and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, competition with larger companies, development of and demand for a new technology, risks associated with a startup company, risks associated with international transactions, general economic conditions, availability of funds for capital expenditure by customers, availability of timely financing, cash flow, timely delivery by suppliers, or the Company's ability to manage growth. Other risk factors attributable to the Company's business segment may affect the actual results achieved by the Company and are included in the Company's Annual Report filed with the Commissioner on Form 10KSB for fiscal year ended September 30, 2003.
ACCC is a trademark of Composite Technology Corporation. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

The 2005 National Electrical Code Changes Workshop

UL has designed this course to provide participants with detailed coverage of the NEC's 2005 changes, along with the identification of specific Code sections relevant to the minimum installation requirements for Listed and approved electrically energized wire/equipment, operating at or less than 600 volts-to-ground.

UL has a long history of participating on the NEC's Code Making Panels and UL staff members participated on each of the nineteen 2005 Code Making Panels. Please join us at this very informative workshop.

Training Objectives: Completing this course, you are able to:
· Effectively and efficiently use the NEC Index to access installation safety guidelines for energized wire/equipment inclusive of the 2005 NEC changes
· Cite specific sections of the Code that cover your installation concerns with respect to the 2005 changes of NFPA-70
· Accurately articulate the significant changes in the 2005 NEC as differentiated from the 2002 edition of NFPA-70
· Identify and cite 2005 changes that apply to pending wire/equipment design or installation requirements
· Employ the use of the Standard International Units of Measurement (SI) when working with the 2005 edition of NFPA-70

Who should attend: Recommended for product safety staff, AHJs, compliance engineers, product designers, technical marketing professionals, architects, insurance adjusters, and all electrical license holders.

Locations:
December 7-8, 2004     Research Triangle Park, NC
February 23-24, 2005     Research Triangle Park, NC
April 13-14, 2005     Melville, NY
Registration Fee: $250.00 per person

Course Materials: Each participant attending the workshop will receive a copy of the presentation and a copy of Analysis of Changes, 2005 NEC developed by IAEI and NFPA. All participants attending the workshop should obtain a copy of the 2005 National Electric Code and bring to the workshop.

To register online go to www.uluniversity.com or call 888-503-5536
*Please note: UL will customize this course for a private, on-site session.
For more information contact Tony Robertson at 919-549-1302 or by email at Tony.Robertson@us.ul.com.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMEMBER TO RECYCLE, REDUCE AND REUSE

   
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