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Issue: November 2012
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee’s Buzz

EDUCATION is the catalyst for implementing a stronger change for a better economy and a stronger nation.

In 2013, we may see a very favorable business environment that strongly favors education to enhance the workforce, especially in the high tech applications area.

REWIRING AMERICA cannot happen without a trained workforce that will be able to implement the fiber optic cabling from the backbone to the home and workplace (FTTH & FTTD). This will require a substantial investment by our commercial and government supported job training entities. These types of professional JOBS are currently “shovel ready”.

We will need to push an educational and informational effort to capture these resources as our country begins a real effort to create jobs and save jobs for the under-trained network installers and maintenance workforce. The growing reality of a new breed of integrated systems contractors is a fertile ground for this opportunity. From the foundations of the electrical contractors and the telecommunication/datacom contractors, there is ample evidence that the automated building and expanded services (including wireless devices) have developed an appetite for more speed, bandwidth, performance and distance than the already retarded copper cabling “monopoly” can deliver.

Building a new high performance functional network is a huge economic engine, on many different fronts. The myriad of financial facets to the SMART NETWORK are part of the engine to rebuild our economy and restore or global leadership position in the 21st century.


These sectors are just some of the critical engines of our world that will be substantially enhanced just by applying the capabilities that we already have in our possession. As we move forward with the implementation of our converged SMART NETWORKS, we will unquestionably uncover new improved technology and methodology to increase the efficiency of our numerous systems.  ERGO… more economic growth and a stronger employment opportunity. Some jobs will be lost to obsolescence, but many more will be created (BY EDUCATION).

EDUCATION is the catalyst for implementing a stronger change for a better economy and a stronger nation.

But that just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

Safety is too important to ignore & NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE.


Wireless Demand For More Fiber Backhaul – Solution: The New Megladon Rack Mount Ultra Dense CWDM Modules (When Space Is Limited)

Austin, Texas,– Megladon Manufacturing Group announced June 11, 2012  an addition to their WDM product family serving fiber optic cell backhaul and CATV markets. The Ultra Dense CWDM modules preserve valuable rack space in head ends while promoting extensive channel capability in a modular design for expansion.

The Ultra Dense CWDM modules are used to transmit multiple wavelengths down a single fiber eliminating the need for multiple long haul trunk cables. The module houses dual, bidirectional 1×8 CWDMs built on an LC connector foundation. This is accomplished in a 2RU frame that can hold up to 19 modules. This provides a density of 38 1×8 CWDMs in 2RU of rack space.

From 108 SC Ports To 342 Ports In ½ The Size

Earlier CWDM modules utilized SC or SCAPC connectors which limited density because of connector size. In these cases, a 4RU distribution panel would hold a maximum of 12 1×8 CWDMs or a total of 108 SC ports. By incorporating the LC connector, the port count is increased to 342 in one-half the size.

“We were presented with an obstacle faced by one of our long time customers. They needed maximum channel count in a minimum amount of space.” stated John M Culbert, President & Partner of Megladon. “We were able to design a solid product that met their current needs, reduced cost and provided the ability to grow long term”.

The HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) patch cable by Megladon is recommended for use in these products. CWDMs are sensitive to optical return loss and the HLC products are designed to provide minimum insertion loss and return loss enabling the network to function in a reliable manner.

Perhaps the biggest key to achieving your design/performance objectives is to reduce risk by eliminating as much interaction with fiber jumpers and the fiber tail as possible. Fiber management equipment that integrates fiber distribution and slack storage within a small footprint enables the service provider to quickly and conveniently deploy the fiber as well as access it at a later time if necessary.

Megladon’s WDM product family includes WDM, CWDM and DWDM products that are built to customer specifications. A variety of wavelengths, connector types and package designs are available.

Networks and Data Center Market

Megladon® Product of LGX Fiber Distribution Panels are rapidly becoming an industry design standard. Megladon also issued a new product release of standard LGX Fiber Distribution Panels to compliment its HLC® SCRATCHGUARD™ patch cords and trunk cables. Also in the new product line is a full suite of cable management products including fanning panels, storage and combination shelves.

By incorporating HLC SCRATCHGUARD patch cords and trunk cables into the distribution product line, Megladon is able to deliver the most robust turnkey solutions of any company in the marketplace. These solutions can be shipped pre-tested and pre-populated for installation time-savings and increased network performance. Megladon has experience in making complex fiber networks simple, and the versatile LGX Fiber Distribution System products create value within our customer’s networks.

“The addition of fiber distribution products is exciting and allows Megladon to diversify our product portfolio. Being able to offer turnkey solutions with our HLC cables assemblies increases our value to the marketplace”, stated Daniel Hogberg, Product Group Manager at Megladon. He continued, “A mated pair of matched HLC connectors at the distribution panel provides the highest level of performance in a fiber optic network.”

·         Modern connectors typically use a "physical contact" polish on the fiber and ferrule end. This is a slightly curved surface, so that when fibers are mated only the fiber cores touch, not the surrounding ferrules. Some manufacturers have several grades of polish quality, for example a regular FC connector may be designated "FC/PC" (for physical contact), while "FC/SPC" and "FC/UPC" may denote "super" and "ultra" polish qualities, respectively. Higher grades of polish give less insertion loss and lower back reflection.

·         Many connectors are available with the fiber end face polished at an angle to prevent light that reflects from the interface from traveling back up the fiber. Because of the angle, the reflected light does not stay in the fiber core but instead leaks out into the cladding. Angle-polished connectors should only be mated to other angle-polished connectors. Mating to a non-angle polished connector causes very high insertion loss. Generally angle-polished connectors have higher insertion loss than good quality straight physical contact ones. "Ultra" quality connectors may achieve comparable back reflection to an angled connector when connected, but an angled connection maintains low back reflection even when the output end of the fiber is disconnected. There is not an insertion loss penalty when using the HLC technology on angle polished connector. Megladon maintains a maximum -0.2dB insertion loss on all connector types.

Why is the ScratchGuard™ technology a big value in this new product? This patented new technology really delivers Durability and Dependability. For example we found out that the ScratchGuard technology has already made a big impact on portable fiber optic testing performance. Incredible but true: Test results showed that over 1000 insertions of the Megladon Scratch Guard™ Fiber Optic test cables used on the Fluke Networks amazing DTX CableAnalyzer™ showed virtually no degradation or scratching.

Every data center environment is unique with several aspects to be considered. Determining answers to the following questions will help data center managers as they explore the pros and cons of each optical fiber termination method. Kevin Moy, Cable Projects Installation Manager for Communication Planning Corporation (a communications contractor based in Jacksonville, FL), told us that this new product has added a significant boost to the value of CPC’s solutions package. “We really save time and deliver a better installation with the Megladon LGX Fiber Distribution System products. Any reconfiguration is easier for field technicians.” The Megladon product line supports the technician with terminations, connections, splices and convenient access within fiber optic networks.

Features of good connector design:

1)       Low insertion loss

2)       High return loss (low amounts of reflection at the interface)

3)       Ease of installation

4)       Low cost

5)       Reliability

6)       Low environmental sensitivity

7)       Ease of use

The HLC is needed to get the best of all worlds. Low cost must include on-going maintenance cost.

Megladon Manufacturing Group Ltd., a subsidiary of TyRex Group Ltd.®, is recognized as a leader in the fiber optic marketplace. Founded in 1997, Megladon made it their mission to provide customers with fiber optic products that far exceed industry standards. As technology innovators, Megladon created the HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level. For additional information on Megladon and their patented processes please visit the company’s website at or respond by email to

The performance, installation, and management, are cost considerations surrounding today’s primary optical fiber termination methods.


As bandwidth and storage requirements evolve, optical fiber links are more vital than ever for transmitting data to and from a large number of sources. As enterprises implement more optical fiber cabling to support the bandwidth and storage requirements in the data center and backbone infrastructures, termination methods are under intense scrutiny.

With so many types of optical fiber, connectors, and deployment strategies available, data center professionals have become increasingly concerned with making the best termination choice for their environment to ensure performance, rapid deployment, manageability, and reduced total cost of ownership, as well as scalability for future growth. Making an informed choice requires understanding the key performance, installation, management, and cost considerations surrounding the three primary optical fiber termination methods:

  • Pre-terminated Solutions
  • Factory-terminated pigtails with splicing
  • Field termination

Today’s business environment leaves little margin for error. In most instances, the cost savings and performance enhancement associated with using factory-terminated pigtails and splicing makes it the best choice in optical fiber termination methods. HLC solutions are also an attractive option for those customers requiring extremely high densities and fast deployment in the data center.

Optical fiber termination in the data center has much to do with a customer’s overall preference and with the method the customer has traditionally been comfortable with. However, increased optical fiber links in the data center and backbone infrastructures may justify re-evaluation of optical fiber termination methods. Not only do factory-terminated cables eliminate the labor costs associated with installing connectors in the field, they also eliminate the need to spend money on redoing work that has failed, potentially losing thousands of dollars associated with network downtime. It can truly be a situation of pay now or pay much more later. Anyone who believes that a hand polished connector can equal the HLC factory polished connector (loss and geometry factors considered) is kidding themselves.

For additional information regarding Megladon’s variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at


ESFI Honors NECA CEO John Grau with 2012 Outstanding Service Award

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named NECA CEO John M. Grau as the 2012 recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in Honor of Harold Leviton, an electrical industry pioneer. The award was presented to Grau during the ESFI Board of Directors Dinner in Miami, Florida, on November 8.

The Outstanding Service Award was formally established in 2008 as a tribute to Harold Leviton’s enduring legacy and dedication to improving electrical safety. The award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in expanding the Foundation’s interests through steadfast involvement and effective leadership.

During his tenure on ESFI’s Board of Directors from 1996 through 2010, Grau held multiple positions including treasurer, chair of the development committee, and vice chair of ESFI’s endowment campaign.

“While serving as both development chair and treasurer during ESFI’s infancy, Mr. Grau was integral in establishing the solid framework that has allowed the Foundation to grow steadily in reach and influence,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Mr. Grau’s leadership and expertise have had a lasting impact and continue to shape ESFI after his decade and a half of service on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.”

John Grau serves as the chief executive officer for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the major trade association for the U.S. electrical construction industry. He began his career at NECA in 1975, as a field representative associate. Before assuming his current role, he also served as the executive vice president of NECA's Milwaukee Chapter and most recently, NECA’s chief staff officer.

In addition to his work at NECA, Grau is treasurer of ELECTRI International-The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry. He is co-chair of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust for the Electrical Industry, a program that dedicates over $110 million annually for worker training. Grau is a corporate member of Underwriters Laboratories, Chicago, and serves of the board of directors for the Small Business Legislative Council.

Grau is also a member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100 and the American Society of Association Executives, where he has served on several committees. In 1986, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Electrical Contracting. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.

“We appreciate NECA’s continued support of ESFI and the Association’s tireless efforts to raise safety awareness among electrical contractors,” noted Brenner. “NECA’s contractors are widely recognized for having the strongest safety programs in the industry, which is a testament to John’s leadership and dedication to electrical safety.”

About ESFI:
ESFI is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. To learn more about ESFI and electrical safety visit


Is Superstorm SANDY a taste of things to come?

Some experts say the changing weather patterns may favor an increase in this type of weather events.

Superstorm Sandy, which New York Mayor Bloomberg called "a storm of unprecedented proportions," will likely not set records for most costly or most deadly. Still, the mayor tweeted Tuesday that Sandy is "maybe the worst #NYC has ever experienced."

SANDY - the hurricane-turned-cyclone can claim several historical titles.

Sandy's strength, as indicated by barometric pressure just before landfall, set a record. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.

When hurricane hunter aircraft measured its central pressure at 940 millibars -- 27.76 inches -- Monday afternoon, it was the lowest barometric reading ever recorded for an Atlantic storm to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The previous record holder was the 1938 "Long Island Express" Hurricane, which dropped as low as 946 millibars.

Sandy's strength and angle of approach combined to produce a record storm surge of water into New York City. The surge level at Battery Park topped 13.88 feet at 9:24 p.m. Monday, surpassing the 10.02 feet record water level set by Hurricane Donna in 1960.

Sandy's impact: State by state

New York Harbor's surf also reached a record level when a buoy measured a 32.5-foot wave Monday. That wave was 6.5 feet taller than a 25-foot wave churned up by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

As Sandy approached the Northeast, forecasters were fond of pointing out that if the hurricane were a country, the area it covered would make it the 20th largest in the world -- roughly twice the size of Texas.

But with tropical-force winds reaching out 580 miles, Sandy still was just the second-largest Atlantic storm on record. Hurricane Olga, another late-in-the-year storm, set the record in 2001, with tropical-force winds extending 600 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Transit systems struggling to restart

Sandy's power cut electricity service to a record number of people in the Northeastern United States, according to utility company numbers.

There were 7.5 million businesses and households without electric power in 15 states and the District of Columbia by late Tuesday morning, according to numbers compiled by CNN from local power providers.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said 2.4 million households in his state were in the dark Tuesday, twice the number left powerless in Hurricane Irene's wake last year.

"This is the largest storm-related outage in our history," John Miksad, Con Edison senior vice president for electric operations, said in a company Twitter message Tuesday.

Sandy changes lives forever

It will take time before we know how expensive Sandy will prove, but early estimates would not make it the costliest on record.

Eqecat, which provides loss estimates to the insurance industry, calculated Tuesday that the total cost of property damage and lost business could run between $10 billion to $20 billion.

Another estimate, by Kinetic Analysis Corp. research director Chuck Watson, put the Sandy's overall economic impact at $20 billion to $25 billion. Flood damage to New York's subway tunnels and potential electrical system damage is a major wild card, Watson said. Sandy is not expected to come near the $108 billion in damages the National Hurricane Center estimated was done to the Gulf Coast states by Katrina in 2005. The cost of being powerless is hard to measure.

Nature is Unpredictable – Your power shouldn’t be.

by Frank Bisbee
From the Gulf Coast to the Eastern Seaboard coastline, experts remind us of the annual threats from the hurricanes. The headlines scream, “Prepare for the storm.” We scrutinized numerous checklists on important steps to protect your home, family, and business in the event of a natural disaster.

Mother Nature can really throw some challenges at us. Too much of any weather condition is enough to test the power grid wherever you are. Too much heat, too much cold, too much rain, too much wind are just some of the problems that nature has thrown at the power grids that serve our communities. What are you going to do when the power goes off and stays off for days? That is when we activate whatever we have setup for backup power.

We uncovered an area of preparation that is often neglected or mishandled: backup power. The major box stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot sell thousands of portable generators to the panic-driven public. Home power units and power units for small businesses are a really good idea, if properly sized and installed. Call your local licensed electrical contractor today. Ask your electrical contractor for an estimate to design and install your backup power system.

For many consumers, bringing home a portable power generator may be as risky as letting your children play with loaded firearms. Fuel, exhaust gases, and connections top the list of danger areas. Often, the buyer is uninformed about their real power requirements and the capabilities of their backup power system.

An average home (or small business office) may use more than a hundred electrical appliances and devices to provide convenience, comfort and security. Therefore, it is essential that we install a backup home generator to prepare for power outages. A residential generator has major advantages over a portable generator, with features like set-automatic start, permanent fixture, more power, cleaner fuel (natural gas or propane), low running costs and all-weather operation. Standby power systems start automatically within seconds after a home’s electricity goes out and ensure a continuous electrical supply. A transfer switch immediately senses when power is interrupted and transfers power generation to a generator. It also senses when power is restored and transfers the load back to the utility source and signals the generator to shut down. The power generator is installed outdoors and linked directly to the home’s permanent fuel supply.

Jim Irvin, president of Riverside Electric, in South Florida, relayed some of the specifics that are part of a typical installation for standby power systems. Irvin also explained how the system could work and what happens when the power goes out. Clearly, the electrical contractor is a valuable resource as you plan for predictable power in an unpredictable world.

Typical installation
A residential standby generating system typically has three basic elements: a generator, a transfer switch and a service-entrance breaker.

1. Generator—Produces electricity for essential or selected systems like cooling, heating, refrigeration, security and lighting. Your backup needs, simple or more extensive, determine the size and output of the unit.
2. Transfer switch—Immediately senses when power is interrupted and transfers power generation responsibility to the generator. Senses when power is restored and transfers the load back to the utility source and signals the generator to cool off and shut down.
3. Service entrance breaker—Provides protection to your transfer switch, internal breakers and circuits and generator due to electrical strikes and power surges.

Note: Electrical connections must be made and fuel systems installed by qualified and licensed personnel. Improper installations present hazards, which can result in personal injury or property damage.

How the system works
1. Transfer switch monitors voltage coming from utility
2. Transfer switch senses when utility power fails or drops below an acceptable level (brown out), and sends a signal to start the generator
3. Transfer switch automatically disconnects the utility power from the electrical circuits in your home, and reconnects them to the generator
4. Generator continues to supply electrical power to your home until utility power is restored
5. Transfer switch senses when the utility power is restored, automatically disconnects the generator from your home circuits, and reconnects the utility power
6. The standby generating system automatically re-sets itself for the next power outage

What happens when the power goes out
Power outage occurs
When utility power voltage falls to less than 85 percent of nominal or fails entirely, the standby power system will automatically go through a start sequence and connect to a home. The transfer panel control constantly monitors the power quality from both the utility source and the generator set. When the transfer panel control senses unacceptable utility power, the control waits for 3 seconds and then sends a signal to start the generator set engine. If the utility power returns before 3 seconds has passed, the generator set engine will not be signaled to start. When the start signal is received, the engine starts and reaches the proper operating speed, and alternating current (AC) power is available at the generator set. The transfer panel control senses this, waits for 3 seconds and will then transfer generator set power to the home through the transfer panel contractors. This sequence of operations will usually occur in less than 10 seconds from the time the power outage occurred to the time when generator set power is connected.

Utility power returns
When utility power comes back on and returns to your home, the transfer panel control senses this and will watch for acceptable voltage. After checking for acceptable utility voltage for five minutes, the transfer panel control will signal the transfer panel contractors to re-transfer the load back to the utility source and disconnect the generator set source. At this point, the generator set is "off-line" and will be operated automatically another five minutes to properly cool down. After the cool down cycle, the generator set will be turned automatically off and reset to standby mode

Routine operation and maintenance
A common concern for homeowners is how to maintain their standby generator once it is installed. Not to worry. Maintaining a generator is similar to maintaining an automobile, and maintenance is essential for top performance and long life. Just like a car, you will have an owner’s manual for your generator unit with very specific directions and maintenance intervals in grid form. It will tell you how to maintain your generator and allow you to record things like running hours and maintenance performed. You will find that changing the oil, checking the battery/connections, changing an air or oil filter, and visually inspecting your unit’s components are typical maintenance requirements. Warranty work, however, must be performed by an authorized dealer or certified technician.

Small business applications
Recent news stories about the horrific heat wave have given the public ample notice of just how vulnerable the power grids have become. Outages, rolling blackouts, or brownouts can have a devastating impact on your operations. Many small businesses are essential to operation of a community. Power is a must for them to continue operations when nature strikes. Check with your local electrical contractor to develop your own “what if” plan when the power goes off. Think of the plan as a life preserver.

The cost of being powerless is hard to measure. Each business must make that evaluation individually. Building owners may also consider these systems for multi-tenant sites. We could not find a table to measure the cost to your business if the unthinkable happens. A stitch in time saves nine. (online distributor) appeals for donations to Red Cross in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and Winterstorm Athena

Disaster Strikes a Double Blow To Northeast

Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeast coast, crippling most of New Jersey, Manhattan and Staten Island, NY, with thousands of homes wrecked and thousands of people still without power over a week later. Many were forced to evacuate and others who did not lose their homes have no heat, no lights, and no way to cook food. Power failures compounded the damage and delayed the emergency response. The sum of the damage from these two storms  Many homes were damaged or destroyed. Many of the local businesses are still closed.


A damage forecasting firm had previously estimated that Sandy might have caused $30 billion to $50 billion in economic losses from the Carolinas to Maine, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses.


A damage estimate of even $50 billion total would make Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, right behind Hurricane Katrina. Sandy inundated parts of New York City and New Jersey with a storm surge as high as 14 feet, killed more than 100 people and left more than 8.5 million people without power at its peak.

Sandy left more people in the dark than any previous storm, the Department of Energy has said, and it left drivers desperate for gas when it complicated fuel deliveries.


Then Winterstorm Athena brought frigid temperatures, wind and snow to the already hard hit area, causing more hardship and impeding the cleanup. A nor'easter's wind, rain and snow knocked out power overnight to many Northeast residents who'd only recently gotten it back after Superstorm Sandy.  Additional power failures added to the anguish. Cold, wet, hungry, and homeless – our neighbors are really hurting. Many survivors are saying “We are thankful. At least we still have each other.”


Based in Beachwood, NJ, we at feel very fortunate to be spared the devastation that our neighbors have experienced and have offered assistance directly to some families in our town whose houses were destroyed. The television coverage does not adequately show the damage or reveal the crushing heartbreaks that these hurricane victims are trying to cope with. Any donation, no matter how small, will help someone in their time of need. “We now are appealing to you join us and support the American Red Cross relief effort.”


To help victims of Sandy, donations to the American Red Cross can be made by visiting Red Cross disaster relief, or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Thank you for any help you can give,

Tony Casazza and the Staff


Hurricane Sandy Uncovers Lack of Back-Up – Article by James Carlini

When the winds blow and the waters break over the pier, how many companies will lose their gear?

Based on different reports of companies in New York still caught "off-guard" with their computer systems, it is hard to believe that corporate computer systems are down for some major companies - especially financial ones - and there are no redundant systems up-and-running.

(read more)

Just came back from speaking at the International Cabling & Connectivity Symposium in ProvidenceRhode Island last week.  Concepts from my white paper, Intelligent Infrastructure and its Impact on Regional Sustainability  were presented.

Have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving.

CARLINI-ISM : “Smartphones are here to stay, better learn how to use them to their maximum capacity and capabilities.”

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Reprinted with permission of the author - Copyright 2012 – James Carlini


McCormick Users Gain With New Viewpoint Alliance

McCormick Systems has added Viewpoint Construction Software as a new partner, it said Oct. 24 – and is now included in the Viewpoint Development Partner Program. The alliance offers benefits to electrical, plumbing & mechanical, T&D, and building systems contractors.

Beyond estimating and project management, which McCormick has offered to contractors for decades, users of McCormick’s products will now be able to take advantage of software helping them to manage construction operations, accounting, human resources, and more. 

“In today’s fast-paced business environment,” said President Todd McCormick, “our customers have told us they need more tools that are specifically created for those in construction. It’s simple: In these competitive days, every step of a project must work as efficiently as possible.

“We looked at what they have to offer and realized it would help. They’ve been in the construction software business for more than 30 years, just as we have. McCormick Software’s customers, and others looking to make a change in their construction software, will now be able to take advantage of software elements that complement what they already have in our software.”

From Rob Humphreys, VP of product management for Viewpoint: “We thoughtfully select partner products, like those that McCormick Systems provide, that complement our V6 Software and can dramatically improve their operations.

About McCormick Systems

Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation’s leader in software used by specialty contractors for construction estimating and project management. The company’s products enable customers to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical, plumbing & mechanical, automated building systems, high-voltage construction, service work – and more.

More information: or 800-444-4890.

About Viewpoint Construction Software
Viewpoint Construction Software’s V6 software is an ERP suite of integrated applications, including mobile applications for time, job and equipment communications in the field, and for accounting, human resources, project management and construction operations. Available as cloud and on-premise solutions, Viewpoint’s configurable and scalable products address the unique needs of leading firms throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia

For more information, visit


CABA announces collaboration with the EnOcean Alliance

  October 18, 2012 - The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to have recently become a participant member of the EnOcean Alliance. With this step, the two organizations have also signed a memorandum of understanding. The objective of the agreement is to share information and work in a collaborative manner on intelligent building and connected home technologies issues to further the development of the market throughout the world.

The EnOcean Alliance is dedicated to energy harvesting wireless automation solutions for sustainable buildings. Its more than 300 members integrate the innovative EnOcean technology in their products and systems to make buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost.

CABA is an international trade organization dedicated to advancing technology and integrated systems in home and buildings, along with creating opportunities for its members' business activities and serving as a preferred global source of information, knowledge and networking for key industry stakeholders.

As part of the agreement, CABA will establish collaborative activities with the Alliance to engage a broad array of stakeholders including the utility industry, regulatory agencies, energy, building automation, telecommunications, controls and information technology vendors, technology companies, consumer groups, government and non-governmental organizations.

"CABA is very pleased to be partnering with EnOcean Alliance. This forward-thinking memorandum of understanding will set in motion a chain reaction that will accelerate the application of intelligent building and connected home technologies," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO.

"I am very excited that CABA is now a member of the EnOcean Alliance and that we have entered into this agreement of collaboration," said Graham Martin, Chairman of EnOcean Alliance. " It will allow acceleration of our joint pursuit to enhance the development and deployment of innovative building automation technology worldwide."

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More information is available at

About EnOcean Alliance
Leading companies worldwide from the building sector collected to form the EnOcean Alliance and establish innovative automation solutions for sustainable building projects - and so to make buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and lower in cost. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-10, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. More than 300 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California. More information is available at


D-Tools System Integrator™ SIX Receives Admirable Reviews from Users

Concord, CA - November 14, 2012 - D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the latest version of its' award-winning System Integrator software, SIX is now shipping and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. 

This major release has been re-imagined and re-architected to increase efficiency and productivity for integrators of low voltage systems, providing companies a foundation for growth. SIX leverages D-Tools' expanded cloud infrastructure to deliver high quality equipment data, provide partners with direct marketing services, and establishes the foundation for future mobile and web-based applications. D-Tools System Integrator is currently used by over 4,400 integration companies to streamline the design, estimation, and documentation processes associated with the installation and integration of audio/video, energy/lighting, and security systems.

Next Generation of award-winning software earns acclaim from users for making it easier than ever to sell, design, and deliver integration of low voltage systems.

SIX User Quotes:

"From the complete redesign of the GUI and software layout, SIX shows that D-Tools is looking to really streamline their software and make it even more user intuitive and designer oriented.  With SIX you can have multiple proposals open next to each other or on multiple monitors and run comparisons between them,  drag and drop from one proposal to the next, and update 20 items at once. After working with SIX, it has cut down my proposal generation time by about 25%-30% giving me more time to concentrate on other parts of my business.  I have found some of the hidden secrets SIX has to offer and sure there are many more to come.  If you have sat and asked yourself on whether or not it is a worthwhile investment to make the switch to SIX, I can truly tell you the answer is yes."

-Pat Molettieri, Xtreme Audio & Video

 "I imported some SI5.5 projects of different complexity levels and can see for sure that SIX will shave off up to 50% of my design time due to the ability to open multiple projects at the same time and save complete projects as templates. One of the key elements that I really love is the enhanced reporting abilities that makes detail filtering a thing of the past."
-Christian Broendbo, Atea AS

 "SIX was easier than ever to implement and transition over to from 5.5. Navigating around to create a project is simpler than ever and seems much more fluid." 

- Jay Mullen, Sound and Vision Design Center

 "I've been a D-Tools user and advocate for over 13 years - since version 1.5d. D-Tools SI6 has expanded on an already solid design platform to include tremendous time saving data management features such as mass updating based on query searches and adding accessories to many items simultaneously. I also love the Drop Zone! Drag-and-drop to move or duplicate items room to room, and even more impressive, from project to project! I also appreciate the ability to check several projects in/out simultaneously. This is a huge time saver as well!"

-Patrick Sargent, Magnolia Audio Video Design Center/ BestBuy

D-Tools SIX is already improving our team's day-to-day operations.  From the simple designing of proposals to viewing of project status, ordering, scheduling, and managing our client database, SIX has far surpassed our expectations.

-John McDermott, Tailor-Made Audio + Video

 "SIX has provided us functionality and extraordinary flexibility. Some of the key new features for us is the search engine and templates for system creation. These features have allowed us to reduce a considerable amount of time in proposal generation and design for our clients, translating into increased productivity and revenue."

- Miguel Soto, Diamond Technology

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company's -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association's Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer's Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards - Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor's Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro's High Impact Award for Design Software.

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at, follow us on Twitter:, like us on Facebook at visit D-Tools online at


Give to the NAED Education & Research Foundation’s Annual Contribution Campaign - Invest in the future of the electrical distribution industr

ST. LOUIS … The NAED Education & Research Foundation’s 2012-2013 Annual Contribution Campaign is now underway. The funds collected from this campaign are used to develop the industry-specific training programs and education that the NAED offers its members. 

Foundation Chair Chris Hartmann, executive vice president and CEO of Rexel Holdings USA in Dallas, Texas, leads this year’s campaign efforts. “The 2012-2013 Annual Contribution Campaign is taking place during such an exciting time in the electrical distribution industry,” said Hartmann. “The NAED Education & Research Foundation provides us with the key research, education and development that we all need to keep advancing the future of our industry.” 

Past contributions from members have enabled the NAED Foundation to:

  • Officially launch the Branch Management University at
  • Develop enhancements for the NAED Learning Center
  • Expand the EPEC program with a lighting specific module and new bootcamp sessions
  • Design and implement Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) program preparatory courses

“We rely on the support of our generous sponsors,” explained Michelle McNamara, senior vice president of NAED and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “Every contribution counts towards enhancing the channel’s greatest competitive advantage – our educated workforce.” 

For more than 40 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with the educational tools they need to grow and succeed. Continuing support enhances the programs that cultivate a more knowledgeable and effective workforce in all areas of business. 

“It’s been a great way to bring new hires up to speed and gives our other associates a way to prepare for the future with this company,” said Dan Nitowsky, vice president, Mars Electric Co. “We have seen results throughout our organization as a whole, not just with the engagement level of our employees, but with the satisfaction our customers receive.” 

All donations to the NAED Education & Research Foundation are tax-deductible and go to program development. Contributors to the 2012-2013 Annual Campaign will receive a recognition letter, a listing in tED magazine, and acknowledgement at all NAED regional conferences and the National Meeting. 

Visit to download a gift form that can be mailed to the Foundation. For more information, please contact the NAED Education & Research Foundation 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 operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.


Belden reported a net loss of $39 million in third quarter 2012

Belden, Inc. reported a net loss of $38.8 million in its fiscal third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to a profit of $31.2 million in the same quarter a year ago, due to recent debt refinancing costs, impairment and restructuring charges, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions and amortization of intangibles.

Belden’s net loss was impacted by a loss of $30 million in asset impairment charges and a loss of $50.6 million in debt extinguishment. The cable maker said its fiscal third-quarter revenue decreased 6 percent to $490.4 million compared with third quarter of last year.

“Clearly, the weak demand environment presents challenges and the uncertainty affects our visibility,” President and CEO John Stroup said in a statement. “We believe this climate is likely to continue, therefore we’ll focus on driving improvements to the business through the implementation of our strategic plan.”

Last month, the company made an agreement to sell its consumer electronics assets in China to Shenzhen Woer Heat-Shrinkable Material Co. Ltd. for $43 million. The sale will reduce 2013 revenue by $100 million to $120 million with no significant impact to operating profit, Stroup said.

St. Louis-based cable maker Belden (NYSE: BDC) has about 7,400 employees with manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company reported 2011 revenue of $1.98 billion.


ShoreTel Hosts Innovation Center at Annual Reseller Conference

Growing ecosystem of worldwide technology partners and resellers meet to explore new business opportunities

Sunnyvale, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 -- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, today welcomes leading business communications experts, including resellers, technology partners and industry analysts, to connect and collaborate at the annual ShoreTel Champion Partner Conference (Twitter: #ShoreTel12), held this week in Orlando, Fla.

The ShoreTel Champion Partner Conference is the premier event for ShoreTel's global reseller and distributor network, as well as for key technology partners from the ShoreTel Innovation Network. This year's onsite Innovation Center will showcase more than 40 UC technology partners, giving resellers easy access to new solutions that will help them expand their offerings and grow their businesses.

"ShoreTel's Champion Partner Conference is the premier opportunity for our technology partners to collectively showcase hardware, software and service solutions that extend and enhance the capabilities of ShoreTel's brilliantly simple unified communications solution," said Joe Vitalone, vice president channel management, ShoreTel. "Our sponsors enjoy increased exposure to ShoreTel's distribution channel, our executive leadership, as well as our sales and marketing teams. All of us are looking forward to learning from each other and identifying new ways to advance our UC-based businesses."

Platinum Sponsors

OAISYS is a leading developer of call recording and contact center management solutions for a wide range of organizations, from small- to medium-sized businesses to multi-site large enterprises. OAISYS Talkument voice documentation and Tracer interaction management solutions help companies within a variety of industries—including healthcare, automotive dealerships, financial services and the public sector—attract and retain customers by digitally capturing phone-based interactions for simple retrieval, playback and management. ShoreTel customers rely on OAISYS solutions to address regulatory compliance, quality assurance, risk management, customer retention, dispute resolution and other critical business concerns.

"As a longtime provider of call recording and contact center management solutions to the ShoreTel channel and active member of the ShoreTel Innovation Network, OAISYS shares ShoreTel's vision for bridging cloud and on-premise solutions to provide the best of both worlds. We're looking forward to discussing our vision on the many ways our solutions complement one another at this year's Champion Partner Conference.
- Bill Johnson, OAISYS Director of Marketing

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment.

"Both Polycom and ShoreTel are committed to offering our customers the best unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions and experiences to meet their needs. We are excited to showcase our joint offerings, demonstrating how customers can continue to benefit from open standards-based solutions that bring people face-to-face for improved productivity."
- Ron Myers, senior vice president of Global Channels at Polycom.

ScanSource Communications
ScanSource Communications understands the channel like no other distributor. And understanding the channel means understanding what your business needs. They deliver industry-leading telephony and video conferencing products and high-quality communications products and services resellers rely on. They provide the value-added services resellers need to strengthen and grow their business, including unified communications education, state-of-the-art logistics, financial services, technical support, professional services, as well as quoting and configuration tools specific to the ShoreTel product line.

"With ShoreTel's unified communications, mobility solutions and IP phone systems, coupled with the value-added services and support ScanSource Communications is known for, we are armed and ready to help our reseller partners deploy solutions that can help them grow their communications business. We are happy to be at the 2012 ShoreTel Champion Partner Conference, expanding ecosystems and increasing value, as well as representing other industry-leading solutions, such as AudioCodes, Plantronics and Polycom."
- Buck Baker, President, ScanSource Communications.

Gold Sponsors

HP Networking has changed the balance of power in the networking industry with the FlexNetwork architecture, a converged network, server, storage and security fabric based on open standards that delivers up to twice the industry leading performance and reduces total cost of ownership by up to 60 percent.

Ruckus Wireless
Ruckus Wireless is a supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile networking market. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises.

Silver Sponsors


Acme Packet

Adtech Global





CommSoft RMS

Contingent Network Services


Edgewater Networks, Inc.

Enghouse Interactive

Enterasys Networks

Esna Technologies


GFI Software

Ingate Systems Inc.

Ingram Micro


MarkeTel Systems


Multi-Tech Systems, Inc


Palitto Consulting Services



Red Box Recorders

Resource Software International Ltd.

Sennheiser Electronic Corporation

ShoreTel Financial Solutions (TAMCO)

SJS Solutions Ltd

Technology Sales Resource Interactive (TSRI)


TriVium Systems



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About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit or


AFL Announces the First Commercially Available Laser Splicer and Glass Processor

LAZERMaster™ utilizes CO2 laser heat source for highly repeatable processes

Spartanburg, SC – November 7, 2012 - Developed and manufactured by AFL in conjunction with Fujikura Japan, AFL's LZM‑100 LAZERMaster™ is the first commercially available glass processing and splicing system that uses a CO2 laser heat source to perform splicing, adiabatic tapering and other glass-shaping operations. The LZM possesses large diameter capabilities up to 2.3 mm and long tapering capabilities up to 150 mm.

The LZM-100 utilizes proprietary (patent-pending) closed-loop power stabilization techniques, resulting in power stability within 0.5 percent, enabling highly repeatable processes and very smooth taper profiles. In addition, by using the carbon dioxide heat source, repeatable performance is ensured and electrode/filament maintenance and instability is eliminated. The clean, deposit-free fiber surface and consistent results is essential in high power fiber lasers and power delivery systems, making the LZM-100 ideal for technically-advanced markets such as medical, military/defense, industrial and more.

In addition to a CO2 laser, the LZM-100 high precision glass processing is enabled by onboard firmware. Operations may be performed automatically, manually or by PC control. Proprietary software is supplied with the LZM-100 and provides additional features, greater flexibility and finer control.

The LZM-100 LAZERMaster provides four fundamental benefits to the market:

  • CO2 laser heat source for splicing and glass shaping
  • Tremendous capability for R&D and production applications
  • Customizable to specific requirements
  • Simple and easy operation

AFL is the first to market a laser splicer, the LAZERMaster, with unique features such as the CO2 laser heat source, and advanced feedback control and stabilization techniques. Ancillary market segments such as bio-medical, military and defense, and industrial applications will benefit from the ball lensing, tapering, and large diameter fiber capabilities and functionality. With a significant trend in the industry toward the increased use of fiber lasers and high power delivery systems, the LZM-100 provides an innovation that solves a specific problem to support this industry growth.

To learn more about AFL, its products and services, visit

AFL Expands MicroCore® Data Center Product Line - New cable addresses vertical installation requirements

Spartanburg, SC – November 5, 2012 AFL has expanded its Sub-unitized MicroCore Data Center Cable portfolio through the addition of trunk cabling suitable for true vertically-oriented installation needs. Suitable for pre-terminated MTP-MTP trunk schemes, AFL's riser-rated cabling provides a solution that meets the demands of challenging fiber routing scenarios often encountered in multistory installations.

"With floor space management an ever-increasing challenge for central office and data center operators in high-density population centers, applications are now extending beyond single-story constructions," stated Doug Baker, commercial manager for AFL's premise and enterprise cable division. "In many cases, networks necessitate the use of multiple floors within a building to accommodate all of the data storage and management requirements."

AFL sub-unitized MicroCore data center cable is qualified to the vertical trunk cabling standards of Telcordia GR-409-CORE Issue II. Available up to 144 fibers, the cable supports easy application of multiple termination schemes through the application of sub-cable technologies that are also suitable for routing through well-defined fiber management systems. When combined with the latest technologies available in both single-mode and multimode laser-optimized optical fiber, AFL's cable solutions enhance network performance.

With a small diameter and superior bend performance, the MicroCore cable family is engineered to provide a high level of performance in a small package whatever the installation condition. AFL offers a full line of data center cabling compliant with stringent industry standards. The addition of UL 1666 Riser qualified cables to this family provides the ultimate flexibility when designing network architectures. NFPA 262 Plenum as well as IEC Low-Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) performance levels are also available.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit


The Effects of Air Quality in the Data Center

Data Center Indoor Air Quality

If you asked most people to classify a Data Center’s Air Quality, they would probably associate it with a Clean Room.  They are mostly contained, have fine particulate filtration, have excellent temperature control and have a reasonable degree of humidity control.  If you asked those same people to quantify their response, they would be unaware of related standards and also be unaware of the impact of air on the equipment being operated in the room.  This is a case where the unknowns can be a real problem.

Gas phase contaminants, too small to be caught by traditional HEPA filters, are present in every environment.  In high enough concentrations, those contaminants have an impact on electronic equipment and human response.

What is the impact of Indoor Air Quality in my Data Center?

Electronic equipment (both active and passive) is susceptible to corrosion from Sulfur Oxides (often referred to as SOx), Nitrogen Oxides (often referred to as NOx) and other gases found in urban environments.  Most of these gases are byproducts of the combustion of fossil fuels. Board level corrosion shows itself in various forms including contaminated solder joints, corrosive shorting across conductive pathways and whiskering, which can lead to both particulate matter and shorts across contact points.  All of these examples represent life shortening events for equipment.

In addition to the corrosive gases, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are also present in almost all indoor environments. ( ) These compounds cause a human response in the respiratory system and eyes.  Long-term exposure to these compounds is a subject of ongoing research and standards development in both private and government research.

Other destructive gases include fluorine, which is a primary component found in power and communications cables present in the Data Center.  (

Standards and recommendations exist for acceptable levels of these gas phase contaminants.  Both are constantly under review as new techniques are developed to make the building process more efficient, improvements in operation efficiencies are identified, new manufacturing processes are implemented and biological research is conducted.  More information is available through the Environmental Protection Agency ( or through your regional Air Quality department. 

Equipment manufacturers, who are very knowledgeable about the impact of IAQ on their products’ performance, often specify IAQ as part of their Site Preparation documents for product commissioning along with Temperature, Humidity and Power requirements.  It is safe to say that they are establishing a communication, thereby providing warranty notification, of the issues and placing IAQ responsibility on the equipment operator.

Additional consideration should be paid to the resultant damages covered neither by warranty nor by insurance.  Not only does the owner stand to lose their equipment, but also the information lost as a result.  These damages are traditionally not covered without incurring additional premium costs.

So, how do you quantify your assumption that your Data Center has an acceptable Air Quality level?

ANSI/ISA S71.04 establishes specifications for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as it specifically relates to its impact on the life expectancy of electronic equipment.  Four levels are defined as G1, G2, G3 and GX, with G1 being the best or least contaminated.  A short description of each follows.

·         G1

o        Severity Level Mild

o        An environment sufficiently well-controlled such that corrosion is not a factor in determining equipment reliability

·         G2

o        Severity Level Moderate

o        An environment in which the effects of corrosion are measurable and corrosion may be a factor in determining equipment reliability

·         G3

o        Severity Level Harsh

o        An environment in which there is a high probability that corrosive attack will occur.  These harsh levels should prompt further evaluation resulting in environmental controls or specially designed and packaged equipment

·         GX

o        Severity Level Severe

o        An environment in which only specially designed and package equipment would be expected to survive.  Specifications for equipment in this class are a matter of negotiation between user and supplier.

The IAQ level is determined by a “Corrosivity Coupon Analysis”, provided by manufactures such as Pure Air Filtration (  A coupon analysis evaluates the effect of the air on exposed copper and silver over a 30 day period.  After the 30 day period, the coupon is sent to a laboratory to measure the depth of contamination that has occurred.  The depth of contamination determines the IAQ level. 


How do you condition your Data Center Air Quality?

Once the IAQ level is determined, a chemical analysis is performed to identify the gas contaminants present.  With the contaminants identified, a filtration strategy can be established to extend the life expectancy of electronics and make a safer work environment for Data Center staff.

Kevin Jameson , President of Pure Air Filtration, states “Removal of contaminant gases from the air requires introducing a ‘gas absorbent media’ into the environment.  The gases bond to the absorbent media, which is replaced periodically, rather than bonding to your most valuable resources…your equipment and staff.”

Filtration systems currently on the market consist of rack mounted and portable units that offer deployment options based on space availability in the Data Center.  Both systems provide an air intake with particulate filtration, followed by absorbent media cassettes (customized to target identified contaminants) and an exhaust system that reintroduces the filtered air back into the Data Center.


How do you maintain the desired IAQ level?

Air quality monitoring devices are also commercially available.  These products provide a perpetual electronic evaluation of air quality as it changes.  Users often notice patterns in air quality readings due to maintenance, parcel delivery schedules and other site activities.  Overall air quality readings will shift over time as scheduled chemical media replacement nears.

Buildup of contaminant gases on the chemical media is a good thing as it didn’t build up on your equipment.  In order to assure ongoing compliance with ISA standards and not allow your IAQ to degrade, the chemical media must be replaced about every six months as part of scheduled maintenance.  Should a chemical media replacement not return the Data Center to the required level, a coupon analysis is recommended to determine if the initial chemical analysis has remained constant.


What if I am using outdoor air to cool my Data Center?

HVAC system design varies within the Data Center industry.  Many Data Centers justifiably introduce very little outside air since the occupant rate is low is very low compared to commercial buildings.  Other Data Centers follow commercial standards to introduce “fresh” air from outside.   Recent trends in data center cooling bring large amounts of outside air into the data center.  But, what if the outside air is the source of air quality problems?  The air in urban environments is often filled with automobile and industrial pollutants.  Even “fresh” ocean air contains contaminants that can quickly corrode electronics.  IAQ analysis may define that contaminants from the outside must be removed prior to introducing the air into the data center.  Air filtration systems scaled up to meet the building’s indoor air requirement are placed at the outside air intake.

In summary, there are numerous contaminant gases present both indoors and outdoors that can affect your electronic equipment and Data Center staff.  There are standards to identify acceptable levels and those levels are specified in ways that affect your warranties and liabilities.  Technology and products proven in other markets have been customized for implementation into the Data Center.  These products protect your most valuable resources and provide compliance with the standards and supplier warranties.

About the author: Brad Everette is Data Center IAQ Consultant for KBL Corporation having been active in the Data Center market since 1996.  In addition to IAQ Consulting, Brad actively contributes in the Communications Cabling, Physical Support Structures and BIM implementation aspects of Data Centers.  Brad has been used as an expert resource in subject matter articles and has four active patents.


Baloney About Corporations are Sitting on $1.7 Trillion in Cash’ Commentary by Joe Salimando

By Joe Salimando -; see Joe’s blog at

Special to HOTS - Heard On The Street monthly column

October 25, 2012 by jsalimando · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Numbers You Need To Know

This is something you hear a lot of the time — American corporations are sitting on a big heap of money, ready to put it to work. Alternatively, the number is cited in a question — WHY aren’t these companies putting this cash stash to work?

Business Week recently cited the number as $1.73 trillion.

For today’s exercise, let’s see if we can FIND this money:

1. The BW graphic itself credited Apple alone with $117 billion of the stash.

2. According to Yahoo! Finance, Microsoft has $66 billion.

3. . . . Cisco has $48.7 billion — and Google has $45.7 billion

4. Yahoo!, Facebook, Intel & IBM combined have more than $40 billion.

5. Berkshire Hathaway (yes, Warren Buffet’s firm) has $40.7 billion.

6. Exxon Mobil has $10.7 billion

Add up just what we’ve researched here — only 10 companies, most in the “tech” sector — and we’ve “found” $369 billion, or more than 21% of the cash sitting on corporate balance sheets.

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THREE important notes –

(a) we omitted Financial companies. They are SUPPOSED to have cash sitting on their balance sheets. The BW graphic page that cited $1.73 trillion did not note if the number included financials.

(b) the fact that the bulk of the cash in our small sample above is in the “technology” sector . . . well, I don’t think Cisco is about to try to buy Hubbell, or that IBM will buy Encore Wire. Do you?

(c) Cash isn’t just “cash” — if there’s also debt on the combined national corporate balance sheet. The representation of the “big corporate cash horde” is not NET cash, but just . . . cash. If one doesn’t take DEBT into account — well, you’re just spitting into the ocean, aren’t you?

(d) Finally, there are OBLIGATIONS. See this June 2012 article, which claims that the companies in the S&P 500 — just 500 companies — have a combined DEFICIT of $355 billion in defined benefit pension plans.

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So add it all up:

A. $1.73 trillion in gross cash, not NET cash.

B. $369 billion in just 10 companies.

C. $355 billion in serious liabilities in JUST defined-benefit pension plans.

. . . so to net out just what’s in this item, subtract 10 companies and the defined-benefit disaster, and the GROSS cash on corporate balance sheets comes out to less than $1 trillion. That’s already a lot less than $1.7 trillion, without figuring in the financials — and all of the long-term liabilities on these same corporate balance sheets.

IN OTHER WORDS: It’s total BS. By definition, when you see someone on a financial news channel say something about this gigantic cash horde, or you read about someone writing or talking about such a thing, it’s an indicator.

You now know one sure thing about the person saying this: He or she is completely and totally wrong. You can discount anything else he/she says, recommends, or criticizes.

Since 1979, Salimando has worked – as a writer, editor, and publisher in and around the electrical industry. Contact him at; see his blog at


CABA study finds consumer awareness about smart grids lacking

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has completed a collaborative research study that examined the impact of smart grids on connected homes.

According to CABA, the study found that the concept of a connected home is desirable for consumers due to the perceived benefits of controllability, energy savings and security that homeowners derive from it.

However, it also found lack of awareness, confusion regarding what products and services are best suited for consumers, and quantification of the cost benefit analysis are the key issues that have kept the industry from moving forward.

Overall, the study found that only 39% of consumers had some level of understanding of the smart grid. Only 34% of consumers, who have general smart grid awareness, attribute this awareness to their local utility company, and marketing campaigns concerning smart and green home technologies.

The study found that energy efficiency would continue to dominate the discussions around adopting smart technologies by homeowners into the near future. The ability to quantify energy savings and reduce operation expenses will increase demand for connected home products and services.

The report also found that while pure-play entrants, such as manufacturers and solution providers would participate in the market, more sole solutions from utilities teaming with telecom firms could be expected in the long run.

"CABA was pleased that a number of world-class companies and organizations came together to support this project," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. “The result was actionable research which determined the clear potentials of connected home technologies along with various strategies that companies can adopt to capitalize on a new wave of services in the age of the emerging smart grid in North America,” said Ron Zimmer, CABA’s president and CEO.

Sponsors of the study included CableLabs, ClimateTalk Alliance, Comcast Communications, Consolidated Edison of New York, Energent Incorporated, fifthplay nv, Hydro One Networks Inc., Hydro Quebec, IBM, IEEE, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pella, Philips Lighting, Qualcomm, Samsung Telecommunications America LLC, Southern California Edison, Sykes Assistance Services, Telus, Tridel, TRLabs and the Z-Wave Alliance.



In the initial presentations at the 4G WORLD Conference in Chicago’s McCormick Place this week, several executive insights from Verizon, Nokia, Telstra, IBM, and others focus on the need to expand speeds and network capacities.  One talked about the need to expand networks in order to handle 1000X the current traffic

The 4G WORLD Conference is one of the best conferences to go to if you are concerned with the future of wireless because there are many corporate perspectives represented there.  Besides hearing some of the strategic directions industry leaders are taking, you can also see a lot of the latest technology offerings in the exposition hall.

Everyone was talking about the need to move more data through the wireless networks.  4G Networks can really facilitate addressing that need.

At this point, data is being described in gigabytes of storage.  One executive from Nokia said that the average data per person used is one gigabyte a day.  That might be low, but it was a good talking point.

He gave a good example of gigabyte comparisons:


1 Gigabyte of storage =

2 hours of Streaming video

1 Gigabyte of storage =

200 Songs

1 Gigabyte of storage =

1,000 Digital Books

1 Gigabyte of storage =

4,000 Facebook pictures

1 Gigabyte of storage =

50,000 EMails


Another executive at the opening sessions of the conference said that the wireless network needs to be upgraded to handle more calls that are sending and receiving video-based applications.  Hmmm… tell us something we don’t know. 

Video traffic has been burying some of the network carriers and is also a large concern at venues with large concentration of users, like stadiums and sport arenas. 

In order to support that surge in traffic, more infrastructure is required.  More “traffic demand” equals more “infrastructure demand” which equals more “capital expenditures”.

The new executive buzzword seemed to be “liquid”.  We need “liquid network architecture”.  We need adaptability and “liquid” radio.

It seemed like we were hearing more buzzwords and euphemisms to disguise the real issue:  The network needs to be thoroughly overhauled in order to support the explosive growth of traffic generated by Smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices that engineers did not account for in early designs.

For years, network engineers for the incumbent carriers have been very shortsighted in their designs to accommodate a geometric growth in traffic generated by Smartphones and other next-generation devices, like tablets.  Now, there is a rush to try to remedy that.

Several years ago, I wrote about having 1 Gigabit per second (1Gbps) speeds to the end-user both on landlines as well as handheld wireless devices.  Some thought that was overkill, now they wish they started engineering the network for that type of speed because that’s what needed today.


Since the Bell System Divestiture of 1984, we have gotten away from strict standards on the network – and it shows.  What consumers want out of phones and tablets is consistency.  Consistency comes from adhering to strict standards on network design and delivery of services.

When I started at Bell Telephone Laboratories in the late 1970s, there was a strong focus on quality and the adherence of network-wide standards as to network design, implementation and operations.  After the Divestiture, some of the carriers started to go in their own directions and a strict focus on uniform standards was lost.

We are paying for that loss now as we have fallen behind and now need to catch up.  What good are new applications if they cannot work properly across all carriers?

Now, there is talk of getting back to standards in order to facilitate rapid deployment of new applications and services. 

Verizon offers an Innovation Program which provides access to Verizon expertise in order to collaborate to develop and deploy new services and applications.  Rather than leave a developer design a new application but not have them test it out on the network, Verizon will partner with a developer and take them through additional steps in order to get a new application out to incubation, rapid prototyping, product optimization and turn-key solution enablement.

It sounds more promising than the old approach of keeping everything “proprietary”. 

A large industry initiative, like the retail industry’s recent MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) announcement is the perfect candidate for this type of collaboration with the carrier.


Here is a simplification of what was discussed by the Nokia executive when it came to explaining how we are to get to 1000 times the capacity.

10 X


10 X


(Use of small sites)

10 X


(Manage intercell interference)

As you can see, a lot was discussed in the first day of the conference.  Real cloud infrastructure needs to be made up of robust, standardized components that must provide consistency to allow maximum usability and not just represent the billowing exhaust of sales executives trying to impress the crowd with smoky euphemisms.

CARLINI-ISM :  “Gigabit speed to Smartphones and tablets is not a future goal, it should be a strict design spec for any network being built out today.”

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James Carlini, MBA, is a certified Infrastructure Consultant and is President of CARLINI & ASSOCIATES, INC. His white paper: Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development was published by the International Engineering Consortium in their Annual Review of Communications in 2008. He pioneered the concept of “Measuring a Building’s IQ”, which was published in several trade journals in 1985 and 1986 as well as published as a chapter in Johnson Controls Intelligent Building Sourcebook (Prentice-Hall 1988). He has also been used as an expert witness in civil and federal court on network infrastructure and various mission critical networks. He has been a keynote speaker at various national and international conferences and has also served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University for two decades in both the undergraduate and Executive Masters programs. He has advised on major projects including the Chicago 911 Center (Consultant to the Mayor’s Office), network infrastructures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (trading floor technologies), GLOBEX (international network), and the DuPage National Technology Park (800 Acres). For questions, please contact Mr. Carlini at or (773)-370- 1888. For more information about Mr. Carlini, please view

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The first white paper was written and submitted to the US Department of Homeland Security and then presented at Columbia University in New  York.

Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability (see page 7)

The second white paper was written based onCarlini’s work on the planning of the DuPage National Technology Park as well as research into similar parks being developed in Asia (Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong).  Published by the International Engineering Consortium:

Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development

The third focuses on infrastructure and regional projects (working with developing an objective approach to prioritizing projects for money out of the federal Stimulus Program and Illinois capital expenditures program).  Published by the George Mason University's School of Law in their CIP Report:

Redefining Regional Risk for the 21st Century  (2012) (see page 5)

Here are some other articles Carlini has written about Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, "digital wallets", and the application of Smartphones in multi-venue real estate environments which I have coined as IREC complexes (Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment and Convention Center Complexes) : 

This "convergence" of real estate, technology and intelligent infrastructure is a critical topic and Carlini is at the forefront of it.  Next, Carlini will be speaking at an International conference in Providence, Rhode Island on it (the International Cabling & Connectivity Symposium) as well as in Tampa, Florida in January at the Winter Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI) Conference.


Cerro Wire Offers Footage Guarantee

Effective for all SLiPWire™ wire in sizes of one AWG and larger

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, has announced an update to its reel completeness guarantee. The improved guarantee is effective for all SLiPWire™ wire in sizes of one AWG and larger produced after January 1, 2011. 

Footages on Cerro Wire’s standard reels of SLiPWire, which were previously guaranteed to be within +/- .75 percent, are now guaranteed to be within +/- .50 percent of the tagged footage.  If the footage falls below that range, Cerro Wire will either give the customer credit for the omitted product or replace the missing wire. In addition, Cerro Wire will also reimburse the customer for reasonable, direct, out-of-pocket labor costs incurred as a result of the shortage.

The guarantee does not include responsibility for any consequential, incidental, or indirect damages, costs or expenses, including lost profits or revenue.

“The customer should not see more than one in twenty reels not actually marked zero-to-finish length,” said Rick Bennett, Director of Quality for Cerrowire Electrical Distribution. “The others will be within guaranteed tolerance. No other competitor offers this performance or cost savings.”


General Cable Corporation Completes The Acquisition Of Prestolite Wire

Highland Heights, Kentucky, November 5, 2012 – General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), the “Company,” announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Prestolite Wire LLC (Prestolite).  A well-established, privately-owned manufacturer, Prestolite, through its two manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico, offers a broad range of wire and cable products and harnesses serving predominately transportation Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Tier One Suppliers, and OEM distribution customers.  Prestolite's products offer a wide variety of flexibility, abrasion resistance and environmental friendly performance, as well as set the industry standard with regard to high temperature insulation applications.  In 2011, Prestolite reported revenues of $170 million and is expected to be accretive in the first full year of operation.

"Prestolite has built a strong brand and a broad base of long-standing customers through its reputation as a manufacturer of superior quality products and innovation, with a sharp focus on high temperature and abrasion- and corrosion-resistant applications,” said Roger Roundhouse, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Transportation Wire & Assemblies, General Cable.This acquisition is highly complementary to our existing transportation related businesses as approximately 90% of Prestolite’s revenues are generated from products that are incremental to the Company’s existing product portfolio.  We are excited about the growth opportunities that will be afforded to us as a result of this acquisition through new products as well as through greater access to the growing and evolving automotive segment of the wire and cable industry.”

“In addition to growth trends forecasted for new vehicles over the next couple of years, vehicle designs are rapidly evolving due to demands for greater fuel efficiency and enhanced communication capabilities,” added Craig Horton, Product Manager, Automotive, General Cable.  “OEMs are implementing alternative materials, resulting in higher operating temperatures, electric or hybrid propulsion technologies, enhanced communication systems and interconnectivity of vehicle management systems.  As a result, the complexity and volume of wire and cable products consumed in vehicle designs is expected to continue to increase.”

“Speaking for the associates at Prestolite Wire, I can say we are very happy to join the General Cable team,” said Greg Ulewicz, President of Prestolite Wire, who will remain with General Cable and continue to run the Prestolite Wire business. “The combination of General Cable’s broader capabilities and geographic reach coupled with Prestolite’s product offering and access to markets in the transportation related industry makes synergistic sense and presents significant future opportunities for our combined business. The Prestolite Team is pleased that we have been acquired by a strategic buyer, but for that company to be General Cable—a company that really knows our business—gives me the confidence to tell all Prestolite associates that our future looks very bright.”

“We welcome all Prestolite Wire associates to General Cable and we look forward to sharing best practices in safety, manufacturing, technology, sourcing and logistics.  In the areas of marketing and sales, together we will strengthen our market strategies for both new and existing specialty industrial OEM and distribution customers and gain access to new markets for growth opportunities with new customers,” concluded Roundhouse. 

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty, construction and communications markets.  For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at


General Cable Adds To Its 17 Free™ Line with Carol® Brand Carolprene® Types SOOW AND SJOOW

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, NOVEMBER 1, 201 General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce that it has added another halogen-free line of cables to its 17 FREE offering.  The new Carol® Brand Carolprene® Types SOOW and SJOOW will feature substantiated green properties. 

Going Green with General Cable

General Cable has accelerated its environmental commitment, addressing its Green Alternative Approach by identifying greener opportunities and promoting green cabling solutions wherever feasible.  This includes promoting our existing green products; partnering with key customers in their green endeavors; identifying and providing resources for green product gaps; and participating as members in the U.S. Green Building Council and collaborative ventures such as the Green Suppliers Network (GSN).

“Carolprene’s 17 FREE line of Types SOOW and SJOOW rubber portable cord, which are more environmentally-friendly, feature an increased temperature rating of 105°C and include our popular TRU-Mark® Sequential Footage Marking system to help with cable-management efficiency for both the distribution and end-user base,” said Jon Schemmel, Product Manager, General Cable Carol Brand Cord & Cordset Products.  “This portable cord line is an innovative way to enhance the sustainability message with any application that requires Carol Cord.”

With the removal of halogens, General Cable’s revolutionary 17 FREE line does not contain any chlorine, fluorine, bromine or iodine, reducing the overall toxicity of the cable and truly resulting in a more environmentally-friendly “green” product.

“As part of our Green commitment, we continue to find innovative ways to exceed the requirements of our customers,” said John Weiler, Vice President and General Manager, General Cable Industrial & Cord Products.  “Our 17 FREE product line is a great example of turning end-user feedback into reality and we have worked to develop other sustainable 17 FREE cable options, including GenSPEED® Type CMR Premise cables, Carol® Type RG 59/U Standard and Siamese Coaxial cables and NextGen® Type OFNR Tight Buffer Distribution Fiber cables.” 

Based on potential LEED credits established by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
and earlier requests for green products, General Cable, who is a member of the USGBC and the Green Suppliers Network, had its Wire Wizardssm closely examine the jacket of its Cord products, which has led to the successful engineering of these 17 FREE versions free of halogens.

Please click on the below links to see our Types SOOW and SJOOW Cord Products with 17 FREE:

·         Carol Brand Carolprene Type SOOW with 17 FREE

·         Carol Brand Carolprene Type SJOOW with 17 FREE

Always Demand Better and Expect More with General Cable Carol Brand Cord. Preferred by contractors, we manufacture a complete line of Carol Portable Cord products, including premium-grade Super Vu-Tron, most of which include TRU-Mark® Sequential Footage Marking and ship

direct from stock.  We have the technical staff and design expertise to meet any custom cable requirement. All Cord products are Made in the U.S.A., UL Listed, CSA Certified, RoHS Compliant and approved for indoor and outdoor use.

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global 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.  With annual revenues approaching $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  It operates 55 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs more than 13,000 associates.  Visit our Web site at


HAI by Leviton Unveils Hi-Fi 2 Four Zone, Four Source Distributed Audio System

Compact yet powerful audio system offers remote control for any size installation

Melville, New York, September 6, 2012 – HAI by Leviton announced today the Hi-Fi 2 Four Zone, Four Source (4x4) Distributed Audio System. The new version is a more compact and inexpensive extension of the company’s revolutionary Hi-Fi 2 system, ideal for controlling, sharing and listening to audio systems in buildings with multiple units, such as townhomes, luxury hotel suites, condominiums and small office buildings. The system can be controlled via the included remote control or directly by the free Android or iPhone application.

The new Hi-Fi 2 4x4 provides an affordable distributed audio option with 20 watts per channel that fits directly into a Leviton Structured Media Center wiring enclosure at half-width. As with the entire Hi-Fi 2 line, the new 4x4 model allows users to listen to and share music sources with any room that has speakers connected to the device. Both local and remote source inputs are standard features, with optional wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The Remote Input Module (RIM) features a routed IR emitter jack for remotely controlling existing source equipment from any room that has a volume source control.

“HAI by Leviton’s Hi-Fi 2 is already the most compact yet powerful system on the market, so the addition of a four zone, four source version ensures that this product can be even more affordable for any size installation,” said Jay McLellan, president of HAI by Leviton. “This development is yet another example of HAI by Leviton providing contractors and installers with solutions that are best suited for their specific needs.”

The Hi-Fi 2 4x4 unit uses the same volume source control, RIM and optional Bluetooth RIM as the larger Hi-Fi 2 8x8. The new version comes complete with the Hi-Fi 2 4x4 amplifier, four volume source controls, two remote input modules, a remote control and a power supply, all packaged in an environmentally friendly carton made of 100 percent recycled materials. Color change kits are also available separately for the wall-mounted volume source control and remote input modules.

HAI will be teaching two free courses at CEDIA, “Introduction to Home Automation” and “HAI Application Programming.” For more information, email:

The HAI by Leviton Hi-Fi 2 4x4 will be available in all markets during Q4 2012. The product is available with a variety of international power plugs, including HAI by Leviton part numbers 95A00-3 (US), 95A00-4 (UK), 95A00-5 (EU) and 95A00-6 (AU). A high resolution photo of the Hi-Fi 2 4x4 can be downloaded here:

About HAI by Leviton

HAI by Leviton creates integrated automation and security solutions for residential and commercial use. As a leader in home automation, HAI by Leviton offers a complete line of award-winning automation products, connecting all devices – from programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches and distributed audio systems to video surveillance equipment and access control products – through touchscreen interfaces with VoIP and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet or a smart phone. Learn more at,, or

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit,, or


IDEAL Testers Identify and Troubleshoot Network Problems to Prevent Downtime in Mission-Critical Applications

SAN DIEGO, CA, November 19, 2012 -- The deployment of new networks and the need to upgrade existing communication infrastructure to emerging 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet technologies are set to drive growth in the network tester marketplace. By identifying and troubleshooting transmission problems, these testers play a critical role in helping networks support data-intensive traffic such as IP video applications, cloud computing and mega-data centers. 


IDEAL Industries Networks, the networking technology division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., has stepped up as a major player in this marketplace with innovative designs and value-added features, as well as by forging strategic relationships with cable and communications equipment manufacturers that ensure its testing devices are inline with future industry standards. Lending traction to the company's success is a string of new product introductions that have quickly earned it industry acclaim.    

SignalTEK® II Cable and Network Qualifier  

The IDEAL SignalTEK II multifunctional handheld cable qualifier is a cost-effective alternative to traditional cable certifiers. Perfect for small- to medium-sized LANs, it will validate that copper or fiber cabling is capable of supporting bandwidth-heavy VDV and IP-based video surveillance applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet. A bi-directional "pass/fail" test of a network's links based on IEEE 802.3ab determines within seconds whether the installed cable can support higher bandwidth applications. Additional active network troubleshooting capabilities of PoE and PoE+ maximize return on investment. 

NaviTEK II Verification Tool 

The NaviTEK® II is the fastest, most cost-effective Ethernet Service and Cable Tester available to frontline technicians who must validate, troubleshoot and resolve challenges that cause slow network performance and downtime. In addition to validating that circuits can accurately pass data or IP traffic, the NaviTEK II will check the availability and capability of PoE and higher power PoE+ sources in real time, including telling the technician the source voltage, current and supported PoE/PoE+ standards. It supports IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) and VLANs commonly deployed to address scalability, security, and network management. It has a full suite of capabilities, from advanced pin-by-pin wiremap and distance to fault measuring to built-in toning and a Smart Remote for more accurate results, all to assure confident identification, troubleshooting and resolution of virtually any cable-related problem.

LanXPLORER™ PRO In-Line Active and Passive Network Tester 

Aimed at installers, IT administrators, network technicians, system integrators and cable installers, the LanXPLORER PRO cost-effectively meets the testing needs of professionals installing or maintaining IT systems in an enterprise, campus or industrial Ethernet environment. In addition to testing active LAN connections over copper and fiber, the LanXPLORER PRO can wirelessly connect to LANs via Wi-Fi (802.11 b, g and n), meaning the user doesn't need to make physical contact with the network. An advanced, best-in-class wire mapping function provides cable length and distance-to-fault information, and can test by pin and pair, displaying wiring faults such as opens, shorts and split pairs.

In addition, IDEAL offers a complete line of data communications products for installation, termination, testing and troubleshooting fiber and copper networks.

For more information, visit


Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Its mission is to deliver testing solutions that meet the key needs of the IT professional including accelerating the testing process, improving accuracy of overall results, and ultimately to save businesses time, money and manpower over other methods of testing. For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks products, visit 

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries. Visit for more information.


Hendrix Aerial Offers Solutions For Substations With Limited Space

Milford, N.H. - Hendrix Wire & Cable, a premier provider of high quality overhead and underground power distribution products announces the availability of Hendrix Spacer Cable Systems, a space-saving solution for substations. The spacer cable reduces right-of-way requirements at substation exits, allows more efficient use of limited space in substations, and provides increased reliability on the critical feeder circuits at substation exits. 

Using bare wire at substations can cause significant issues with electrical clearance and reliability.  Spacer cables allow for multiple circuits to be on each pole, reducing right-of-way requirements at substation exits and along the distribution line where multiple circuits are required. Furthermore, over- or under-building spacer cable systems in substation exits can greatly reduce the cost of adding capacity.  

In addition to saving space, the cable covering and the superior mechanical strength of spacer cable systems provides increased reliability on the critical feeder circuits at substation exits.

A spacer cable system consists of a messenger cable that supports the structure, polyethylene spacers to hold the cable across spans, and covered conductor cable. The messenger cable is the support member for the structure, serving as both system neutral and lightning shield. After being installed and attached to the messenger, the spacers support, separate and clamp the phase conductors.

The spacers have excellent weather washing characteristics. Their long leakage distance resists flashovers, their close phase spacing minimizes voltage drop, and their unique design provides high short circuit strength. They are highly resistant to shock, impact, or rifle fire, and can be installed with hot line tools. The individual cables used in the spacer cable system contain a 3-layer covering, which can withstand temporary contact with tree branches and other vegetation, thus reducing outages and improving power quality. 

For more information about using Hendrix Spacer Cable at a substation, please visit

About Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems

Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems is a provider of high-quality overhead and underground power distribution products located in Milford, NH.  The division's benchmark product, Spacer Cable, formed the foundation of the company in 1951, solving local utilities' reliability problems, reducing weather-related outages, and providing options for areas difficult to engineer with standard bare wire systems.   Today, Hendrix Spacer Cable is available at 15kV through 69 kV.  

ISO 9001-certified member company of The Marmon Group, an international association of more than 125 business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. Member companies have collective revenues of $7 billion. The Marmon Group is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. More information about the company is available at

More information about the company is available at


IDEAL Master Series Network Service Kit Helps Datacom Pros Cut, Strip, Terminate and Test Twisted Pair Cable

SYCAMORE, IL, October 31, 2012 -- IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., one of the world's largest manufacturers of tools and supplies for electricians and data communications technicians, today introduced its Master Series Network Service Kit, an affordable and comprehensive tool collection for installing, troubleshooting and repairing voice and data networks.

Contained in a durable multi-ply IDEAL Large Mouth bag, the Master Series kit includes test equipment for wiremap and tracing, as well as an assortment of hand tools used to professionally cut, strip, and terminate twisted pair cable. Every tool and tester is designed to provide best-in-class end user benefits.  

This all-in-one kit simplifies the task of collecting tools for a wide range of voice and data jobs, plus saves the contractor money when compared to purchasing each tool separately. The kit's contents are the IDEAL-brand: Ratchet Telemaster™ for RJ45 and RJ11 modular plugs; PunchMaster™ II punch down tool; Probe Pick & Spudger;  Coaxial Stripper with adjustable blades; cable splicing kit; LinkMaster™ tester for wiring configurations on UTP and STP; 7-in-1 Twist-a-Nut™ screwdriver/nutdriver; Tone Generator and Amplifier Probe Kit; Smart6™ Modular Tester; Kinetic™ T-Stripper/Tel Crimp Tool; and a package of 50 RJ-45 connectors.  

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

For more information, please visit or call 800.435.0705.


Leviton Releases Overhead Infrastructure Platform

Unique floor-mounted support provides cable management above data center racks and cabinets

November 6, 2012, Bothell, Washington − Leviton announced the release of the Overhead Infrastructure Platform (OIP), a floor-mounted frame that provides support for cabling pathways, power, lighting and other data center infrastructure. It is designed to increase the amount of available rack space by adding patching above cabinets or racks, which also allows for quick cabinet rack-n-roll deployment.  

The OIP solves several major infrastructure challenges in data centers:

·         Time and labor: The OIP reduces installation time by 40 percent when compared to installing overhead-suspended ladder trays and threading cable from high ceilings.

·         Overhead space and access: Suspending ladder trays and cable pathways from the ceiling is not always possible due to blockage by utility ducting and pipes, or because the roof structure may not allow the added weight. The floor-mounted OIP supports heavy loads and eliminates the need to work around overhead obstructions.

·         Swap-out and staging: With the OIP, racks and cabinets are not attached to the overhead infrastructure like wire baskets and raceway. This allows users to quickly decommission and replace an entire cabinet by disconnecting cabling and power from the cabinet without removing hardware, thus minimizing downtime and the potential for human error.

“The Overhead Infrastructure Platform is truly a breakthrough in pathway support and cable routing,” said Riley Lehecka, product manager for Leviton Network Solutions. “It not only provides complete support for overhead cabling, ladder trays and raceway, it allows for patching above the cabinet, freeing up valuable rack space.”

The Overhead Infrastructure Platform can be purchased through Leviton's extensive distribution network. For more information, visit or call 800.722.2082.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe.  Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry.  Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at or

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit,, or


NAED - National Association Of Electrical Distributors Releases New Study

Friend or foe? Energy service companies and the electrical distribution industry

ST. LOUIS The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) released today a new study describing the energy service company (ESCOs) industry and identifying potential benefits of electrical distributors developing partnerships with ESCOs. 

It is estimated that the growing ESCO industry’s market revenues exceeded $5.1 billion in 2011 with projected revenues of $16 billion by 2020. The study identifies opportunities for NAED members to secure more energy efficiency retrofit work through either partnerships with ESCOs or by working independently.

The report’s Executive Summary is available at the NAED’s website, NAED members can download the report, free of charge, from the NAED Learning Center.

This project was funded by the NAED Education and Research Foundation's Channel Advantage Partnership, a consortium of 49 NAED member companies contributing to the Foundation’s permanent, board-directed investment fund, valued today at $9 million. 

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 operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.


NAED Announces the New Publisher of tED Magazine

Award-Winning Publication Announces Strategic New Hire

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces Scott Costa as the new publisher of tED magazine. 

Costa has an extensive background with more than 20 years in broadcast news. Prior to joining the NAED team he served as assistant news director and manager of special projects for KMOV-TV, the St. Louis CBS affiliate. Before that time, he worked as an executive producer for the St. Louis FOX affiliate, KTVI.

“This is an exciting time for the NAED,” said Costa. “I am looking forward to leading an outstanding team that is responsible for producing the electrical distribution market’s premier publication as well as developing ways to bring the key elements of video, web and print together.”

“By hiring Scott, we are taking a giant step forward in terms of keeping tED magazine at the forefront of technology,” said NAED President and CEO Tom Naber. “The NAED continues to focus on moving forward in the arenas of web and digital media as we reinforce our commitment to embracing new technologies. The industry can expect to see several exciting new changes from both the NAED and tED magazine in the future as we lead the way for our membership


Costa’s appointment comes after the previous tED publisher, Craig Riley, announced his retirement earlier this year.

Circulated to more than 25,000 readers throughout the electrical distribution industry, tED magazine serves as the official publication of the

NAED. It continues to grow with fresh editorial, increased advertising revenue and an online presence that includes e-newsletters, and multiple social media channels. 

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 operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.


NAED Names Scott R. O’Day as Incoming Eastern Region Vice President-Elect

Industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in the electrical distribution channel

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has named Scott O’Day, vice president, sales and marketing, Controller Service & Sales Co., Inc., as the incoming vice president-elect of the Eastern Region. O’Day was elected by the Eastern Region Council, which represents NAED member companies in the Northeastern U.S.

“I am looking forward to serving the NAED and the Eastern Region as the incoming vice president-elect,” said O’Day. “Through my many years volunteering with the NAED, I’ve been able to work on projects that move the industry forward. And, I’ve had the opportunity to network with my peers from across the county gaining valuable insight into industry trends and common issues.”

O’Day has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has served on NAED’s Eastern Region Council since 2010. He has participated in numerous task force initiatives for the NAED’s Eastern Region Council including the recent “The Future of Leadership Study.” O’Day also served on the NAED’s Product Launch Task Force from 2007-2009. 

Based in Avon, Mass., with two branches and 45 employees, Controller Service & Sales Co., Inc. has provided New England with control products, solutions and services for more than 85 years.

O’Day offers this advice to those wanting to be successful in the industry, “I believe you must be willing to get involved. No matter the size of your company, no matter what market that company might operate within, there is a place for you at the NAED. There is also a great opportunity for personal growth through their education and training programs. One final piece of advice - network, network, network.”

As a NAED regional vice president-elect, O’Day will serve on the NAED Board of Directors, help lead the region’s conferences, council meetings, and other events. He will also participate in NAED’s Membership and Strategic Focus Committees.

Marc Malvizzi, electrical distribution manager, Eastern Penn Supply Company, Wiles-Barre, Pa., currently directs the Eastern Region Council.

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 operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.


NECA 2012 Las Vegas Breaks Records for Electrical Industry Event – Plan to attend in 2013 at Wash. DC

Over 5,000 Participate in Convention, Trade Show

BETHESDA, MD – The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) wrapped up its 2012 Convention and Trade Show last week with several exciting days of education and exploration at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Over 5,000 attendees enjoyed inspiring presentations from Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and optimistic futurist Peter Diamandis, plus more than 300 exhibitors from across the electrical construction industry at the largest NECA Show in recent memory.

The 2012 event marked NECA’s return to Las Vegas in 13 years, as well as a return to pre-recession attendance numbers. “It really speaks to the strength of the electrical industry that so many new contractors and exhibitors were able to join us this year. We had the largest number of management and technical workshops we’ve ever offered, and I think that really help us grow,” said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director, Convention/Expo. “The industry has changed rapidly, and people know that NECA is going to have innovation front and center at our convention and trade show.”

Some new features Ellis hopes will return for NECA 2013 Washington, DC (Oct. 12-15) will be education tracks, which allowed attendees to base their education schedule on a single topic, and the NECA 2012 app for smart phones and tablets. “The app was a huge success, with over 1,000 downloads.” Ellis said. “Once people realized they could have the entire schedule, trade show map and session handouts on their phone for free, getting around and collecting information was easier.” The NECA 2012 app will remain active for the next year.

Another popular speaker was negotiator-extraordinaire Stuart Diamond, who brought his “people first” philosophy to the convention’s Labor Relations General Session. “Negotiations aren’t between opposing sides or forces. They’re between people,” Diamond said at the event. “When we start by recognizing everyone’s basic humanity, we start getting more.”

“Stuart Diamond was great,” said Gina Addeo, ADCO Electric Corp., Staten Island, NY. “Listening to what our customers expect is essential to getting the job done right. I like how he said, ‘you are the least important part of a negotiation.’ It’s a reminder to get out our own way.”

The Lifestyle Session at NECA 2012 featured chef Jeff Henderson, best known for turning his life around after his arrest for dealing drugs into a career as an executive chef and Food Network personality. “I didn’t get arrested – I got rescued from the streets,” Henderson told the hundreds who gathered to hear his inspiring message. His infectious enthusiasm and easy smile kept the attendees’ optimistic spirit buoyed as he signed autographs, shared his books and hugged fans at the event.

NECA 2012 Las Vegas kicked off with a beach party at Mandalay Bay, and Le Reve aquatic theater at The Wynn closed the event.

NECA’s 2013 Convention and Trade Show will be held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, Oct. 12-15, 2013. Preliminary meeting information can be found on and highlights, pictures and daily video broadcasts from NECA 2012 Las Vegas can be found on

About NECA: NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office and local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit

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Times Microwave Systems adds the Unique LP-18-400-N Series of Times-Protect® Lightning Protection Products for RF Communication Networks

Times Microwave Systems introduces the new and unique Times-Protect® LP-18-400-N series of DC pass RF lightning and surge protection products with a frequency operating band from DC to 6000MHz.

This new bidirectional design with either a type N male or type N female connector on one end can be directly attached to LMR-400 cable via the same standard EZ non-solder interface used on other EZ-400 non-solder style connectors and utilizes the same CST-400 prep tool and either the    CT-400/300 crimp tool or combination of the HX-4 crimp handle and Y1719 (0.429” hex) crimp dies for installation.  The protector which handles up to 150 watts of RF power and allows for up 72 volts of DC voltage to be supplied on the center pin of the coaxial cable eliminates the two connectors normally needed thereby reducing insertion loss, return loss and lowering cost.

The LP-18-400-N series is the perfect RF equipment protection solution for any application requiring RF only or RF plus DC voltage and current to power tower top mounted electronics. The LP-18-400-N body is IP67 rated making it suitable for outdoor as well as indoor installations and its white bronze plated housing ensures durability and long life.

LP-18-400-N Series:                                           Description                                                                  

• LP-18-400-NF (180Vdc/150W)            DC-6.0 GHz GT N type F bi-directional, 180V, non-solder/crimp $42.00 list price

• LP-18-400-NMH-X (180Vdc/150W)   DC-6.0 GHz GT N type M bi-directional, 180V, non-solder/crimp      

$42.00 list price

About Times Microwave Systems

Times Microwave Systems has over 60 years experience in designing innovative, high-reliability, coaxial cables and assemblies for demanding interconnection problems. An engineering oriented organization, the company specializes in the design and manufacture of high performance flexible and semi-rigid coaxial cable, connectors, and cable assemblies for RF transmission from HF through microwave frequencies as well as surge arrestors for the protection of RF equipment.

For further information contact:

Carolyn Turner: Marketing Coordinator, Times Microwave Systems

Tel.: +1 203 949 8429, Email:

Bogdan Klobassa: Director-Protection Technologies, Times Microwave Systems

Tel.: +1 775 772 4667, Email:


Friend or Foe? ESCO Partnerships & the Electrical Distribution Industry

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Are Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) truly a friend or a foe? If you're unsure, than you're not alone! The increasing popularity of energy-efficient upgrades in existing buildings has more electrical distributors coming in contact with ESCOs. At first glance, it seems that working with ESCOs poses an ideal solution for distributors to enhance their visibility in this market, however business leaders should ask themselves, is it truly best for my company? If so, how do we make it happen?

To help navigate these partnerships, the NAED Education & Research Foundation published a new study that examines three key areas: 

The status and trajectory of the ESCO industry

NAED members' experiences working with ESCOs

Recommendations for future partnerships

Conducted by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), this study provides an in-depth look at the ESCO market and key findings. The report also includes candid observations and comments directly from distributors, manufacturers, and ESCOs, such as: 

"I'm much more interested in developing a relationship with an electrical distributor where there is clearly going to be a need for an on-going service contract for them. They'll work harder for the business and give me better pricing."
> Regional Independent ESCO

"We've worked with a local ESCO for years. Their success became our own; when they expanded their work nationally, they decided to still use us as the distributor, even when they do jobs in other parts of the country." 
> Regional Electrical Distributor in the Upper Midwest

To learn more, download the executive summary, or access the full report and archived webinar on the NAED Learning Center. You can also visit tED Magazine to access past articles related to the topic. 

This research study is generously sponsored by the NAED Foundation's Channel Advantage Partnership and is available at no charge to NAED members. For more information, please contact Erika TenEyck.


Minuteman Debuts Four New Remote Power Management Solutions

Remotely monitor, control and reboot up to 16 connected devices from anywhere in the world

Dallas, TX – October 22, 2012Para Systems, Inc. has announced the latest addition to its line of Remote Power Management products. The Minuteman RPM Series 8 & 16-Port Remote Power Managers allow users to remotely manage power for connected devices such as servers, switches, routers, modems, security devices, and telephone systems. Locked-up devices can be re-set from a desktop pc, laptop, smart phone or tablet.

Minuteman’s RPM products are the ideal solutions for network administrators who manage one or more remote locations. From an easy-to-use web-based interface, the user can easily control power to attached devices from virtually anywhere using any standard web browser and a password, reducing downtime and providing fast resolution to equipment lock-ups. With a simple click, users can perform a power up, power down, or reboot for devices connected to the RPM. Users can also receive notification of locked devices and even set up automatic reboots using automatic ping actions.

“As we all know, locked-up systems are a fact of life and whenever a device fails, the only method for restoring the device is to cycle power or reboot,” stated Bill Allen, director of marketing for Para Systems. “With the cost of an average trip to fix a failed device in a remote facility currently estimated at $350 an hour, the RPM can quickly pay for itself when attached devices need to be rebooted and you don’t have to send a technician to a remote location to merely cycle power off and then on.”

Minuteman's newest additions to the RPM family of products offer a host of helpful features, including scheduled tasks, individual or grouped outlet control, horizontal or vertical rack mounting, and are available for both 120 and 208-volt applications.

The 8-port RPMs are 1U horizontal or 0U vertical mount that include an LCD display featuring a true RMS meter that displays current device load and are available in both 120V (RPM1581HVN) and 208V (RPM2082HVI) versions.  The 16-port 0U vertical mount models also feature an LCD true RMS load meter, and are available in  120V (RPM20161VN) and 208V (RPM20162VI) versions.  Minuteman’s RPM product line also features the RPM1521, a 120V 2-port version.

“The Minuteman RPM is the most efficient, effective and convenient product available to manage power for critical systems. By utilizing Minuteman's remote power management products, technicians and administrators are able to save time, increase productivity and cut costs,” stated Mr. Allen.

All models are currently available for shipment and can be used in conjunction with Minuteman’s line of uninterruptible power supplies which provide complete protection from all power problems. All Minuteman RPMs and UPSs are covered under a comprehensive three-year warranty.  Minuteman products are sold through distributors, VARs, and on-line resellers.

For more information, read the Minuteman White Paper on Remote Power Management and watch an informative video on how the RPM can help you save time, money, energy and downtime at

About Para Systems, Inc.

Para Systems, Inc., based in Carrollton, TX, is a leading provider of power technologies.  The company’s Minuteman brand of comprehensive power protection solutions include small to large-scale uninterruptible power supply (UPS) products, a full line of unique surge suppressors, power distribution units, and remote power management systems.  Minuteman products protect telephone/VOIP systems, personal computers, network servers and infrastructure peripherals, security systems, and industrial applications. The Minuteman brand of products is sold through a large network of distributors and resellers.  Para Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Components Corporation of America, headquartered in Dallas, TX, whose roots date back to 1916. For more information, visit


RAD to Unveil Unique Ethernet Demarcation SFP at Ethernet Expo Americas

Targets small cell and mobile backhaul applications, upgrades switches and routers with Carrier Ethernet service control and adds end-to-end monitoring for wholesalers

NEW YORK, October 25, 2012 – RAD Data Communications will launch a fully functional, innovative SFP form-factor Ethernet Network Interface Device (NID) at Ethernet Expo Americas, to be held November 6-8 in New York.

RAD’s Micro Network Interface Device (MiNID) plugs into the SFP cage of any manufacturer’s hosting device, transforming it into a Carrier Ethernet demarcation and SLA verification device for remote service monitoring and fault isolation. This unique capability allows service providers, wholesale carriers and mobile operators to receive real time network and performance reports with per-CoS (per-Class of Service) SLA definition.

“Carrier Ethernet should be profitable, not painful. In tandem with RAD’s full performance monitoring suite of solutions, deployment of the MiNID turns Carrier Ethernet into a more profitable service, eliminating many of the operational pain points that service providers currently experience,” states Amir Karo, Vice President of Marketing at RAD Data Communications.

“The ability to seamlessly integrate RAD’s MiNID SFP into a hosting device offers huge savings for carriers and operators who would otherwise have to rely on multi-box deployments,” notes Yacov Cazes, RAD Director of Business Development. “This new product is suitable for base stations, especially small cells where size and power are issues, as well as switches or routers that are not equipped for Carrier Ethernet in order to furnish them with Carrier Ethernet capabilities. The MiNID can also be inserted into a wholesale provider device to add end-to-end service monitoring and control.”

“Today, service providers and enterprises demand strict adherence to performance guarantees for Ethernet services,” said Ron Kline, Principal Analyst for Network Infrastructure at Ovum. “Plug and play performance monitoring and service management capabilities without ripping and replacing equipment will certainly get network operators’ attention.”

The MiNID can handle up to 1Gbps of Ethernet traffic and features per-port and per-flow monitoring capabilities, including Ethernet OAM and loopbacks. It can be remotely managed with low-touch configuration independently from its hosting device or, alternatively, it can be integrated with its hosting device to allow them to act together and appear as a single box.

“We anticipate a high degree of interest among service providers in a solution such as the MiNID,” commented Michael Howard, Principal Analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “There is a strong business case to be made for this approach, particularly in applications such as small cells, virtual private networks, and the combination of service provider and wholesale provider network termination units.”

The MiNID differs from standalone NIDs because it does not require any external power source, yielding a significant reduction in operating expenses (OpEx). Because it is incorporated into the SFP itself, the MiNID does not take up any rack space and there is no installation. This simplifies inventory control and reduces operational complexity.

Cazes predicts that carriers and service providers will deploy the MiNID in applications that, until now, have required bulky and costly multi-box solutions. “The MiNID makes it easy to upgrade networks to Carrier Ethernet capability, to add visibility and control over the Ethernet transport layer for IP VPNs and to extend Ethernet services over third-party or wholesale networks – similar to the Metro Ethernet Forum’s vNID/Hybrid NID concept,” he explains. “The MiNID opens up a whole range of opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

“Obviously, there are different types and ranges of SFPs, and this can be a problem when working with SFP-based NIDs,” Cazes concludes. “The MiNID’s patent pending design, however, addresses this issue by allowing it to operate seamlessly with any standard SFP, which is a significant benefit from an operational perspective.”

The MiNID has been shortlisted for a Leading Light Award in the “Best New Product (Telecom)” category.

About RAD

RAD Data Communications’ access and backhaul solutions lower the total cost of ownership for carriers, service providers, and mobile operators, as well as for utilities, transportation and enterprise network communications operations. RAD’s technology focuses on Carrier Ethernet, service assurance, timing and synchronization over packet, and pseudowire solutions for cross generation migration to Next Generation networks. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including Bharti Airtel, British Telecom, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SingTel, SoftBank, Sprint, Telefónica, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile, Verizon International, and Vodafone. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site:     Twitter:


Rexel acquires Munro Distributing Company

Rexel announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Munro Distributing Company, an electrical products and services distributor specializing in energy efficiency solutions in the Eastern United States and California.

"Munro Distributing Company significantly reinforces Rexel's position in the U.S. as a premier provider of energy efficiency solutions. The combination of Rexel's robust energy platform within its Gexpro and Rexel Inc. banners and Munro Distributing Company will create an energy efficiency solutions offering of unrivaled scope in the U.S. market."


FTTH Council Applauds AT&T $14 Billion Investment in Fiber Upgrades

(WASHINGTON) - The President of the Fiber to the Home Council Americas, Heather Burnett Gold, made the following statement today in reaction to news from AT&T that it will invest $14 billion over the next three years to upgrade its broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access.  The company said that the investment will include $6 billion to upgrade wireline infrastructure, including fiber deployments to 1 million additional business customer locations:

We welcome AT&T's announcement to deploy more fiber in its networks as part of its effort to satisfy the ever-accelerating need for speed among both consumer and business broadband customers.  By running fiber directly to more commercial properties and cell towers, and setting the pace for other providers to follow, this initiative will go a long way toward ensuring that U.S. wireline and wireless networks lead the world in broadband capacity and performance - because fiber makes all the difference.  We applaud the company's leadership role in 'fibering up' America and hope that the company will soon augment its strategy with an initiative to connect individual homes directly into fiber networks, which we believe is an essential step for igniting the innovation economy of the future.

About the FTTH Council Americas

Now in its 12th year, the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at


CABA Completes Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes Study

November 8, 2012 - The Continental Automated Buildings Association has completed a collaborative research study that examined the impact of smart grids on connected homes.

The study found that the concept of a connected home is desirable for consumers due to the perceived benefits of controllability, energy savings and security that homeowners derive from it.  The study however found lack of awareness, confusion regarding what products and services are best suited for consumers, and quantification of the cost benefit analysis are the key issues that have kept the industry from moving forward.

Overall, the study found that only 39 percent of consumers had some level of understanding of the smart grid.  However, only 34 percent of consumers, who have general smart grid awareness, attribute this awareness to their local utility company, and marketing campaigns concerning smart and green home technologies.

The main opportunities that the report identified over the next five year period includes energy efficiency, device and system integration, along with a move towards a universal home platform within home. 

The study found that energy efficiency would continue to dominate the discussions around adopting smart technologies by homeowners into the near future. The ability to quantify energy savings and reduce operation expenses will increase demand for connected home products and services.  The report also found that while pure-play entrants, such as manufacturers and solution providers would participate in the market, more sole solutions from utilities teaming with telecom firms could be expected in the long run.

"CABA was pleased that a number of world-class companies and organizations came together to support this project," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO.  "The result was actionable research which determined the clear potentials of connected home technologies along with various strategies that companies can adopt to capitalize on a new wave of services in the age of the emerging smart grid in North America."

Sponsors of this CABA study included: CableLabs®, ClimateTalk Alliance, Comcast Communications, Consolidated Edison of New York, Energent Incorporated, fifthplay nv, Hydro One Networks Inc., Hydro Quebec, IBM, IEEE, Intel Corporation, Landis+Gyr, Microsoft Corporation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pella Corporation, Philips Lighting, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung Telecommunications America LLC, Southern California Edison, Sykes Assistance Services, TELUS, Tridel Corporation, TRLabs and the Z-Wave Alliance.  

CABA's report has been released to its funding partners and will be made available for purchase to the rest of the industry after an embargo period, which ends March 2013. Companies enquiring for details and pricing can contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at or 613.686.1814 x226.

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More information is available at


CABA Signs Agreement with China Smart Home Industry Alliance

  November 1, 2012 - The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the China Smart Home Industry Alliance.  CABA was able to negotiate the terms of the agreement through face-to-face meetings with the China Smart Home Industry Alliance during Messe Frankfurt's Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology 2012 event in September.

The agreement will allow stronger co-operation between both associations on items of mutual interest: notably the promotion of automation as an important instrument to improve the livability of homes and to promote a stronger marketplace for connected home products and services throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Steven Zhou, Secretary General of the China Smart Home Industry Alliance said: "China is the world's fastest growing economic marketplace and we expect an increase in the production and domestic consumption of connected home products and services in the near to mid-term.  This agreement with the Continental Automated Buildings Association will ensure greater cooperation in an effort to expand research, development and exports concerning smart home technologies."

The Alliance represents Chinese companies active in the home automation arena and aims at promoting the greater export and domestic market uptake of connected home technologies. The Continental Automated Buildings Association, known colloquially as CABA, is an international industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. With the promotion of home systems being central to both associations' mandates, the memorandum of understanding comes as a natural step.

With this memorandum both associations agreed to identify activities where they could partner, such as events, cross-participation in working groups, exchanges of information, research and data, and engagement in any other relevant activity related to connected home technology, especially in respect to expanding markets and developing greater export opportunities.

"With CABA increasingly representing an international marketplace, this agreement with the China Smart Home Industry Alliance is another avenue to enhance international cooperation and information transfer within the industry," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "In order to rigorously promote the connected home industry, CABA maintains strong relations with government institutions and numerous associations globally. Consequently, we are extremely pleased to be able to sign an agreement with an organization representing the world's fastest growing consumer marketplace."

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More information is available at


CABA Signs Agreement with the Association of Energy Engineers

November 8, 2012 - The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Energy Engineers. 

CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and building technologies. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is an organization dedicated to the dynamic fields of energy engineering and energy management, renewable and alternative energy, power generation, energy services, and sustainability.

Under the agreement, CABA and AEE will establish forums for a timely and open exchange of information and establish vehicles for engaging a broad array of stakeholders including the utility industry, regulatory organizations, energy service providers, building automation vendors, telecommunication firms, information technology vendors, consumer groups and government organizations.

"The objective of the Association of Energy Engineers is to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development," said Al Thumann, Executive Director at the Association of Energy Engineers.  "We are pleased to be working with CABA to expand the research of our industry and our membership in the home and building automation space."

As a growing professional association, AEE's overall strength is augmented by its strong membership base of over 16,000 professionals in 89 countries and its widely recognized energy certification programs. Its network of 82 local chapters located throughout the U.S. and abroad meet regularly to discuss issues of regional importance.

"CABA is extremely excited to sign an cooperation agreement with the Association of Energy Engineers," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO.  "One of the most important functions of CABA is to educate industry stakeholders and consumers about the advantages of intelligent buildings which incorporate green, energy-efficient technology. We believe our agreement with AEE will lead to a stronger educated workforce." 

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More information is available at


Registration is Open for the 2013 NAED Western Region Conference

Generational visionary Peter Sheahan to offer insights into innovation and change

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces that registration is open for the 2013 Western Region Conference. The conference will take place Jan. 14-16, 2013, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif. 

Western Region Vice President David Crum, vice president of sales and marketing, Crum Electric Supply Company, Inc., will lead this year’s event with the theme of “Empower Change.” 

Peter Sheahan, CEO of ChangeLabs, author of international bestsellers, Fl!p and Generation Y, and world-renowned speaker will keynote the event’s general session offering creative strategies for turning challenge into opportunity. Sheahan has worked with an impressive client list that includes Apple and IBM to deliver large-scale behavioral change projects in the areas of innovation and change. His presentation will shift leaders out of the world as it used to exist and into the world as it exists today. 

This year, the NAED Western Region Conference will start off with a full day of education, giving attendees flexibility to participate in all the industry-focused learning this event offers before launching into two days of B2B booth sessions, peer-networking groups and other relationship-building opportunities. 

NAED’s scheduled session will include:

  • “Getting it Done: Achieving Great Results in a Complex Life,” by Bill Sanford, leadership coach, Bell Leadership Institute
  • “10 Apps to Transform Your Business,” by Jeff Greene, principal, Technology Curve
  • “Hiring & Retaining the People who Keep You in Business,” by Janine Smith, JS Performance Strategies
  • “10 Cool Motor Control Applications & Why Your Customers will Love Them,” by Frank Hurtte, founding partner, River Heights Consulting
  • “The Fitness 5 Factor: Learning to be FIT in the 5 Core Areas of LIFE,” by Terry Hawkins, author, entrepreneur and founder of People in Progress Global
  • “The New Health Care Reality: Some Answers & More Questions,” by Ed Orlet, vice president of government affairs, NAED
  • “Managing a Transitioning Workforce: How to Work with People Much Older or Younger than You,” by Kelly McDonald, author of “How to Market to People Not Like You”
  • “How to Select & Buy LED Products,” by Stan Walercyk, principal, Lighting Wizards

Visit to register. The early bird registration deadline is Dec. 12. For more information, contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512.


McCormick Cited for 14th Time For Top Product at NECA Show

For the 14th time (since its first-ever selection in 1981), a new McCormick Systems’ product or software item – aimed at speeding project estimating and management for electrical contractors – has been chosen one of the top products introduced at The NECA Show.

NECA 2012 was held in Las Vegas, with more than 300 exhibiting entities covering more than 70,000 square feet. The event, which includes NECA’s Convention, is now the largest annual trade show in the electrical construction business.

NECA’s Electrical Contractor magazine named 20 “ShowStoppers” from the show – including Version 11 of McCormick’s basic software.

“Version 11 is our latest base software product, with the latest upgrades and enhancements built-in,” said President Todd McCormick. “It applies to all of our products – for electrical yes, and for the software supplied to contractors doing automated building systems work, plumbing & mechanical contractors, and those in the transmission & distribution business.”

While there are numerous improvements in V11 over the previous version, perhaps the easiest-to-identify (for even the newest estimator/user) will be the use of Microsoft’s “ribbons” concept. Todd McCormick explained: “We decided to go with Microsoft’s ribbon toolbar user interface. This is much cleaner than what we had before – and it’s something with which everyone is now familiar with.”

“For those who have used our system previously, it means they won’t ever again need to hunt for hidden features buried under menu options. That’s why we added it.”

With this “ribbon” user interface, any contractor or estimator – even veterans – will be able to quickly find the commands needed to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups that are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as Takeoff or Bidsummary.

Note: A complete run-down of all honors won by McCormick Systems since its founding in 1979 is available in the company’s August newsletter, found at: 

About McCormick Systems

Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation’s leader in software used by specialty contractors for construction estimating and project management. The company’s products enable customers to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical, plumbing & mechanical, automated building systems, high-voltage construction, service work – and more.

            More information: or 800-444-4890.


Electrical Industry ‘Confidence’ Reading — The Eleblog Questions Its Value (does it predict anything???)

By Joe Salimando (


NEMA’s Electroindustry Confidence Index, released monthly, has been down below the “50″ level for 3 months in a row now – for the “current” index. The “6-months-from-now” index reads better.


Here’s the lead on the NEMA emission:


NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions again moved upward, climbing to 45.5 in October from 42.1 in September and 35.7 in August. Its recent rebound has left the index just short of the 50 point breakeven level last surpassed in June.


. . . actually, it pains the EleBlog to point out that 45.5 is not “just short” of 50. It’s 4.5 points — or roughly a 10% move! — short of 50.


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Also of note: the “future” (6-months-ahead) number:


The EBCI for future North American conditions edged upward to its highest level in five months in October at 65.9. The index had registered 63.2 in September.


So the EBCI is telling us that things will be better in 6 months (65.9 Oct., 63.2 Sept.) vs. current (45.5 Oct, 42.1 Sept.).




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But wait: EleBlog went back. October is roughly 6 months from Feb-Mar-Apr (well, it’s 6 months from April, but let’s give the EBCI a little leeway).


What did the “future” EBCI read in those months, we wondered?


February — 75

March — 86 (“highest reading of the year”)

April — 81.8 (“remained at the high end of its historic range”)


NET: The Feb-Mar-April “6-months-ahead’ readings were OUTSTANDING. BUT the “current” readings of the past three months (Aug-Sept-0Oct) SUCK.


IES Lets It All Hang Out! Commentary by Salimando

By Joe Salimando (

Now posted to the website of Integrated Electrical Services:


(a) a corporate review (slide show) – 14p PDF


(b) the 2/28/12 presentation from the chairman/CEO – 6p PDF. This might have been on the site earlier; an 8-K SEC filing called the EleBlog’s attention to (a).


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From the first paragraph of the speech by James M. Lindstrom, the boss (bolding by EleBlog):


Our multiple years of financial losses forced us to reexamine our strategy of building a nationwide electrical contractor. While a nationwide strategy has worked well within our profitable Communications division for over a decade, the majority of profitable projects in our Residential, Commercial and Industrial divisions were derived from regionally-based relationships or from a specific branch’s area of expertise. Past expansions outside of our core focus or in pursuit of a nationwide strategy repeatedly resulted in unacceptable losses


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Here’s one of the slides. The map shows locations of the various operations; it says the company is “nationwide” — but is it, really?


EleBlog’s take: When did Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin choose to leave the United States of America?


To our eyes (which, admittedly, are not geographically attuned) . . . the map above makes it look as if ALL of the states adjacent to the Mississippi River — 100% of them — do not contain an IES operation.


Or to say it another way: Add all of those states up, and IES has ZERO presence. You remember the Mississippi, right? Pretty important American river, ain’t it?

Does missing all of the Mississippi’s states sound “nationwide” to you?


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Additional words from chairman/CEO Lindstrom (bolding by EleBlog) –


We look forward to consolidated profitability as it will only be enhanced by our federal net operating loss carryforward of $435 million. The Company’s NOL is an asset that will be of increasing strategic attention over the next few years. The real value of the NOL will only be realized with improved profitability of the existing business and additional investments in profitable businesses.


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EleBlog take: Assuming any company buying Integrated Electrical Services can take advantage of the $435M in NOL, the company — with stock valued (according to Yahoo! Finance) at under $77M — is a bargain.


Let’s say that AGAIN to get it straight:


- You can buy all of the stock of IESC for some premium of $77 million. Let’s say it’s a 20% premium. That puts the price of buying IESC at maybe $93 million.


- For that, you get a net federal tax loss of $435 million. An acquiring company that’s profitable could use that to avoid federal taxes to that extent. What’s such a benefit worth? Depends on what you pay in taxes. Assuming that one is paying a 25% federal tax rate (which is low, but let’s use it anyway) — you get $126 million in ADDITIONAL NET PROFIT . . . and a quasi-nationwide electrical contracting company thrown in for free.


If you look at that on the surface, you see 2 potential problems:


(a) DEBT. Turns out IESC has only $11 million of that on its balance sheet, along with $18.7 million in cash. NO PROBLEM.


(b) OWNERSHIP. Last time I looked, a company called Tontine owned a majority of IESC shares. If that’s still the case, the price being paid right now for IESC shares is VERY non-relevant.


Instead, the question is (or could become): will Tontine sell off $126 million (or more) in potential bottom-line improvement to a profitable corporation for less than $100 million? The answer is not knowable (not unless and until someone makes an offer and makes it public).


KEEP IN MIND: All of this financial figuring omits the ongoing value, if there is any, to the IES operations. Really: You buy the company for $93 million, you net $126 million in tax benefits . . . and you get IES for free.

The company hasn’t been profitable lately — but, as of the “trailing 12 months,” according to Yahoo! Finance, it has grossed almost $472 million.

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ADDENDUM FOR HOTS – according to the fiscal Q3 report form IES, emitted in August $84.7 million out of $347.4 million in company sales came via the Communications division. One year earlier (for the 9 months ended 6/30/11), the figures were Communications $59.2M, total $350.9M.

Does this mean that IES is a “communications” company? Not exactly. But from these two year-apart samples, IES has grown in the category from having 16.9% of its sales last year in communications to 24.4% in the current fiscal year.

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Salimando’s EleBlog (, updated frequently, contains content about the electrical & datacom industries, contracting companies, green how economic developments could affect business owners, and more. The site had more than 150 posts in October 2012.


Three things to look for when purchasing wire

Simple ways to ensure wire you buy has been manufactured with quality in mind

Just as two cars may be of vastly different quality even though both have one steering wheel and four tires, not all wire is exactly the same, even though it appears to be on the outside. Those purchasing building wire should be aware that wire manufactured “on the cheap” may come in the same sizes as high quality wire, and may nominally meet the same UL standards, but that does not mean it will perform as well as better quality wire. To ensure that wire you buy can be easily installed and get the job done, look for three key factors that signal high quality wire: the wire is produced using length control techniques to make sure you get what you paid for; insulation is applied using co-extrusion; and wire is inspected with quality control equipment that measures dimensional control, detects defects, and tests for PVC insulation integrity.

Length control

The first factor to look for begins with asking this question – Are you getting exactly what you are paying for in your building wire? If wire you purchase is manufactured using length control, this is a question you can actually answer. When wire contains an accurate footage mark, it allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This better controls end-of-reel scrap, prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control.

For example, Cerrowire’s True Sequential Footage™ uses a footage mark to document remaining wire, beginning with zero at the bottom of the reel and ending with the finished length at the top. The accurate footage mark allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This better controls end-of-reel scrap.

Cerrowire is the only wire manufacturer with a footage guarantee; footages on Cerrowire’s standard reels are guaranteed to be within +/-0.5 percent of the tagged footage. If the footage falls below that range, Cerrowire credits the customer for the amount of the product that is short or replaces the length of wire that is short. In addition, Cerrowire also reimburses the customer for reasonable, direct, out-of-pocket labor costs incurred as a result of the shortage,

Tandem extrusion versus co-extrusion

One of the key features of quality wire is insulation/jacketing that is smooth and consistent. There are two main methods for applying multiple layers of insulation/jacketing to wire: tandem extrusion and co-extrusion. With tandem extrusion, insulation/jacketing layers (for example, PVC/ nylon) are put on one at a time and the finished product is placed in a cooling bath. With co-extrusion, the two layers are applied simultaneously. This gives an advantage in diameter control. The PVC and nylon layers adhere to each other much better and when the product is cooled and finished, as it bends, the two layers bend together better.

With tandem extrusion, the PVC and nylon layers tend to separate from each other, especially in colder weather. The nylon can crack and fall off, so the wire might lose the resistance to gasoline and oil added by nylon. The product is said to “horse-collar,” a term that refers to the ripples that form along the inside of the tight circle when wire is bent. When wire horse-collars, the ripples may rip right off as the wire goes around a corner if it is tight in a conduit, exposing copper. In the process of installation, you lose the physical protection of the nylon layer and the insulation function of the PVC layer.

Use of co-extrusion rather than tandem extrusion to apply the PVC insulation and nylon jacket ensures a tight, yet flexible, nylon jacket that will not horse-collar or wrinkle and hang up or tear during installation. Even as the wire is cornering, the cable remains smooth and the two layers stay together. The method results in more consistent properties and a more durable product, far less susceptible to brittleness at low temperatures and stress cracking, which is prevalent with tandem extrusion. Although the end product may look similar, the co-extruded insulation will have better abrasion resistance, and the nylon jacket will be more likely to remain intact. The co-extruded jacket will be tighter, and the nylon will adhere better to the PVC.

Issues associated with faulty installation can lead to aborted installation if severe. The wire may have to be pulled out, causing loss of time and delay to construction schedules. If installed, it might be rejected by the owner on a job. If really acute, it could lead to damage to the PVC layer, failure of dielectric and a wire shorting out. In most cases, installers spot torn away nylon at the leading end, where the wire comes out of the conduit during installation, and the job is stopped while the wire is pulled out.

The need to eliminate horse-collaring, wrinkling, and its attendant installation problems, along with elimination of low temperature brittleness, were of sufficient gravity that Cerrowire began converting line by line to co-extrusion a few years ago. While a significant expense, the process has resulted in a better product, as well as eliminated a leading cause of customer service call and returns. This in turn has reduced labor costs and the need to reimburse customers when installation is affected. Issues with torn nylon have dwindled tremendously, and low-temperature cracking is virtually non-existent.

Equipment and testing – watch out for dimensional control, spot defect detection, and high voltage testing for PVC insulation integrity

The third tip centers on ensuring that wire you buy makes use of quality control and inspection technology. First up is ensuring dimensional control of PVC and nylon wall thickness. If the wire does not have adequate wall thickness, it may be subject to the chance of insulation penetration, which could cause a failure. Also, the wire’s dialectic strength is automatically reduced by reducing the thickness; there is more protection with adequate wall thickness.

To ensure dimensional control, the wire should be manufactured using a laser micrometer to monitor the wall thickness of the PVC insulation and nylon jacket as it is being extruded onto the wire and microprocessors control the process to insure that every foot of wire has the correct thickness of PVC and nylon. Laser micrometers are extremely effective in maintaining a consistent wall thickness.

A variation of the laser micrometer can also be used to include spot defect detection. The same sensors, processing the information differently, can spot defects and eliminate them before they could become a problem during installation.The sensors are like multiple curtains of light, crisscrossing the wire from different angles, taking thousands of samples per second over many feet of wire. Measuring the average wall thickness by how much light is blocked out, the computer microprocessor processes this data to calculate and compare with pre-set wall thicknesses. It also uses information from the same sensors to locate any instantaneous change in wall thickness, using other software to spot defects like high or low spots, or bumps.

The wire machine can be programmed to reject the spot. (In fact, the defect may or may not cause a failure, but installers pulling wire who see a deformity have to assume the wire would result in a probable failure, stop the installation, pull out all the wire and reinstall, leading to a great deal of lost installation time.)

When the laser results in a lot of rejections, operators can stop and take action to prevent further defects and correct the problem. The laser micrometer therefore prevents bad wire from going out, helps diagnose and correct problems, and results in an extremely high quality level.

Another manufacturing step that improves wire quality is conducting a high voltage test to ensure there are no defects in the insulation.Copper conductor being insulated is grounded at the beginning of the process coming off a reel or coil. After the insulation is applied, it goes through a “bead chain”curtain, which is energized to test a voltage, from 7.5 kilovolts for smaller sizes to 15000 volts for larger sizes. If there is a hole or weak spot in the insulation, as that section goes through the bead chain, the potential on the bead chain will arc out to the grounded wire inside. When this occurs, it sets off a visible and audible alarm and also ejects the package to one side as having a defect. In some cases the operator manually rejects the section and sends it off to be reworked (the defect area is cut out) or scrapped.

Quality manufacturing techniques will lead to quality wire

In short, within the general category of wire that complies with UL specifications, there is wire that barely meets the specification and wire that is well above it. And this definitely relates back to the performance of the cable in field.

The key is to have excellent control of manufacturing processes so there is not a great deal of variation. When selecting wire for your next building project, look for some of the extra product benefits and quality measures taken during the manufacturing process. Asking questions on the three key factors that establish that wire was manufactured correctly will prevent problems from happening during installation and end up saving you money.


U.S. Green Building Council Announces Grant from Google to Catalyze Transformation of Building Materials Industry and Indoor Health

Focus is on healthy building materials to promote indoor environmental quality and human health

San Francisco, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today, on the main stage at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a $3 million grant from Google that will catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry and accelerate the creation of healthier indoor environments.

"Healthy, non-toxic building materials are a critical component in green building," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Fostering awareness of the materials we put into our buildings is of paramount importance, since many materials can link to a host of environmental and health issues. Working with Google enables us to broaden our efforts in the materials industry as we prepare for the next version of the LEED green building program, LEED v4. This updated rating system will paint a more complete picture of materials and products, enabling project teams to make more informed decisions."

"The idea for this project emerged from our own work at Google, where we're committed to creating the healthiest work environments possible that help employees perform at their best," said Anthony Ravitz, Google's Green Team Lead. "USGBC has a deep background in spearheading research, developing a rating system spanning the globe and engaging with the many stakeholders in the building industry, making them the perfect partner to help spur real change on the healthy materials front."

The grant will focus on three areas that will spur the creation of healthier indoor environments and encourage market transformation in the building materials industry: supporting research on building materials and health, developing new transparency tools and engaging stakeholders from across the industry.

"Improving the indoor environment, increasing materials transparency and advancing the understanding of materials' impact on health are critical targets for the LEED program as it continues to evolve," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC. "Ultimately, we are looking to create overall benefit for the environment and for human health."

The new initiatives will be developed over the next two years.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @USGBC , and Facebook at

As the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED is transforming buildings, homes and communities in all 50 states and 135 countries. LEED guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of nearly 50,000 projects worldwide, comprising 9.3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional construction space, and nearly 117,000 additional residential units. By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at

About Greenbuild
The U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry's largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the four-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2012 show will be held on Nov. 14-16, in San Francisco, Calif. Last year's conference in Toronto, Ontario, drew more than 23,000 attendees and featured a sold out exhibit hall floor with more than 1,700 exhibit booths. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Greenbuild, and Facebook at


New Alternative Compliance Paths Now Available for International LEED Projects

Refined and expanded paths provide added flexibility, options for international projects pursuing LEED green building certification

Washington, DC - (Oct. 23, 2012) - A new set of Global Alternative Compliance Paths, or Global ACPs, are now available for all commercial projects pursuing LEED green building certification using the 2009 versions of the rating systems. Global ACPs offer a flexible method for projects around the world to demonstrate compliance with the LEED credits that are traditionally more challenging for projects outside of the U.S.

"Global consistency and a regional approach mean providing flexibility in referenced standards while ensuring that LEED certification signifies the same level of excellence worldwide," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC. "By focusing on global standards and solutions, these Alternative Compliance Paths make LEED increasingly flexible and ensure a common language for all green buildings."

The use of LEED outside the U.S. continues to grow rapidly. In 2012, projects outside the U.S. pursuing LEED certification make up over 50 percent of all floor area of all registrations. As the most widely recognized and used green building program, LEED is certifying 186,000 square meters of commercial building space each day, comprising more than 49,100 LEED-certified and registered projects in 135 countries.

With a growing stock of existing buildings throughout Europe, members of the LEED International Roundtable including Finland, France, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, led by Green Building Council Italia, are working to address the growing needs of this sector in their area by developing LEED credit options that address geographic and regional issues. These specific Regional Alternative Compliance Paths are being developed for projects in Europe pursuing the 2009 version of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. This global approach to technical development of the rating system is just a beginning.

Additionally, new Regional Priority Credits have been released for projects using the 2009 versions of LEED for New Construction and are for use in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Turkey. Regional Priority Credits are not new LEED credits, but instead are existing credits that are designated as being particularly important for various regional issues. If project teams achieve a Regional Priority Credit, they receive a bonus point in addition to their project's total points. The additional LEED points available encourage projects to pursue credits that address unique regional environmental priorities. Regional Priority Credits will be expanded to additional countries and rating systems in the future.

The LEED International Roundtable is an advisory group of green building councils and non-profits representing 21 countries (soon to be 28 countries) working to strengthen LEED's international focus to make the rating system more effective globally.

To learn more about the Global and Regional ACPs, visit or email

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @USGBC , Facebook at and LinkedIn.

LEED Green Building Program
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 49,100 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.2 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 135 countries. In addition, more than 24,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 89,000 more residential units registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at


USGBC Announces LEED Fellow Class of 2012

LEED Fellows represent the green building industry's most accomplished professionals

Washington, DC - (Oct. 18, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today revealed the 2012 class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program is the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

Forty-three of the world's most distinguished green building professionals were selected to be LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. Among other requirements, LEED Fellows must have at least 10 years of green building experience and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential.

"We are thrilled to present these highly accomplished individuals with the LEED Fellow designation," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. "The Fellows are leading innovators and forerunners of the green building movement. Their commitment to LEED is advancing the field of green building and transforming the sustainable built environment."

The 2012 LEED Fellows are:

  • John Albrecht, Sieben Energy Associates
  • Elaine Aye, Green Building Services, Inc.
  • Stephen Benz, OLIN
  • Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, L.L.C.
  • Penny Bonda, Ecoimpact Consulting
  • Clark Brockman, SERA Architects Inc.
  • Jean Bullock-Jones, Ecoworks Studio, LLC
  • Dan Burgoyne, California Department of General Services
  • Nancy Clanton, Clanton & Associates Inc.
  • Teresa Coady, B+H BuntingCoady
  • Ralph DiNola, Green Building Services, Inc.
  • Brian Dunbar, Colorado State University
  • Bryna Dunn, Moseley Architects
  • Rand Ekman, OWP&P Architects, Inc.
  • Harry Jay Enck, CxGBS
  • Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute
  • Stephanie Graham, Burns & McDonnell
  • Jean Hansen, HDR, Inc.
  • Robert Harris, Lake Flato Architects
  • Holley Henderson, H2 Ecodesign, LLC
  • Donald Horn, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Kimberly Hosken, Johnson Controls
  • Gunnar Hubbard, Fore Solutions
  • Kevin Hydes, Integral
  • Scott Kelly, Re:Vision Architecture
  • Nico Kienzl, Atelier Ten
  • Jason Kliwinski, Spiezle Architectural Group
  • Theresa Lehman, Miron Construction Co., Inc.
  • Nancy Malone, Siegel & Strain Architects
  • Brenda Martens, ÆDIFY
  • Lisa Matthiessen, Integral
  • Jason McLennan, Cascadia Green Building Council
  • Thomas Nelson, MITHUN
  • Jim Nicolow, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
  • Brendan Owens, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Lynn Simon, Simon & Associates, Inc.
  • Pauline Souza, WRNS Studio
  • Tanmay Tathagat, Environmental Design Solutions [EDS]
  • Cesar Trevino, Green Building & Alternative Energy
  • Paula Vaughan, Perkins+Will
  • Keith Winn, Catalyst Partners
  • Lauren Yarmuth, YRG sustainability
  • John Zinner, Zinner Consultants

The LEED Fellows will be recognized in San Francisco at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from November 14-16, 2012. The nomination period for the 2013 LEED Fellow class will open January 2013. For more information on the LEED Fellow program, please visit

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @USGBC, LinkedIn and Facebook at


USGBC's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo Kicks off in San Francisco

7,000 members of the green building industry convene for opening plenary headlined by "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough

San Francisco, Calif. - (Nov. 14, 2012) - U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the world's largest conference dedicated to green building kicked off today at San Francisco's LEED Gold Moscone Center with 7,000 attendees. This morning's opening plenary, headlined by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough marked the official launch of the 2012 show.

Now in its 11th year, Greenbuild convenes 35,000 members of the green building industry for three days of education sessions, renowned speakers, networking events, and a vast exhibition floor with thousands of booths. This year's location in San Francisco is ideal: With more than 700 LEED-certified projects and nearly 1,300 LEED-registered projects in the Bay Area, the location encapsulates the 2012 conference theme of bringing technology and sustainability together in the global green movement.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee took the stage first, celebrating recent San Francisco accomplishments in the sphere of green building and sustainability. "There are eight existing, historic San Francisco buildings in the civic center district that are LEED-registered, including city hall, the symphony and the library." He added, "I want to thank Greenbuild for contributing to our success."

USGBC's President, CEO and Founding Chair, Rick Fedrizzi, took the stage to ring in Greenbuild, speaking to the power of the green building movement, the importance of the forthcoming LEED v4 rating system, and the reality of climate change, brought to light recently by Hurricane Sandy.

"In LEED v4 we're turning on the light, because as leaders, we will always fight for more information, more transparency, and more accountability," said Fedrizzi. "If you claim to be the best, if you claim to be healthier, prove it. Do you have a great product? Prove it. Just like leadership, green building is about transparency and accountability."

A recent analysis performed by USGBC found that LEED buildings are in the top 11th percentile for energy performance in the nation.

"Our world has put real data on building performance at our fingertips so we can understand and compare green building projects," Fedrizzi continued. "It's given us new tools to help us tweak that performance on the micro level so we can deliver on the energy savings and water savings that are the currency of our future."

Plenary programming featured Brzezinski and Scarborough as co-hosts with panelists Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey; George Pataki, Former Governor of New York and Founder and Chairman of Pataki-Cahill Group; Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California; David Kohler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kohler Co.; Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur and author; and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter.

Brzenzinksi and Scarborough first hosted a panel discussion with Mayor Booker and Pataki, discussing election outcomes and the future of sustainability politics.

"The American dream must be a green dream now," said Mayor Booker. "We need to stop putting sustainability into left-right terms, which is the broken record of our politics."

Pataki spoke on the state of the Republican Party as well as green economics and climate change. "Through green buildings, we can dramatically reduce energy and have an economic benefit with new jobs," said Pataki.

In the second panel, Brzezinski and Scarborough engaged Stone and Newsom in a discussion on technology and innovation.

Newsom pointed out that the there is significant room to grow our use of technology in governance, stating, "We use technology to get elected, but we don't use technology effectively to govern."

"The future of marketing is philanthropy," said Stone. "Consumers are attracted to meaning. Employees are attracted to meaning."

The plenary closed out with a final panel consisting of Kohler, Hawken and Carter.

"We may be preaching to the choir, but that choir is getting a lot bigger," said Hawken. "This is a new age of enlightenment. These voices want to rise up. Falsehoods always fall away."

"The environmental movement has been talking to itself a lot," said Carter. "It's time to move outward."

"One myth is that we have to sacrifice for sustainability," said Kohler. "It doesn't have to be about compromise."

The opening plenary featured video segments highlighting a number of USGBC initiatives, including the Students@Greenbuild bus tour, during which 25 college students from across the United States joined USGBC's Center for Green Schools on a cross-country bus tour to Greenbuild; the launch of the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG), a new global innovation platform designed to explore and compare the green dimensions of the built environment; and USGBC's Project Haiti , an initiative to build a LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Additionally, Rachel Gutter, Director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, highlighted green schools efforts, stating, "We need your help to convince every parent, every policymaker, and every voter that where we learn matters." Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC, also announced that Google has awarded USGBC a $3 million grant to transform building materials and materials-related health.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @USGBC , and Facebook at

About Greenbuild
The U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry's largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the four-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2012 show will be held on Nov. 14-16, in San Francisco, Calif. Last year's conference in Toronto, Ontario, drew more than 23,000 attendees and featured a sold out exhibit hall floor with more than 1,700 exhibit booths. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Greenbuild, and Facebook at


Who you gonna call?  CSC - Communications Supply Corporation = Recognizing Quality

Our people, passion and expertise

“At CSC, we focus on one thing: servicing our customers.  Our people, passion and expertise allow us to understand your organization’s needs and deliver best-in-class products and services.  It’s this guiding principle that has led us to become the fastest growing data communications distributor in the world today.”

- David Bemoras, President,
Communications Supply Corporation

Who is CSC and what exactly does your company do?

Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation (CSC), a subsidiary of WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC) distributes a full range of IP infrastructure products and solutions. Together, CSC and WESCO form the largest electrical and data communications network in North America, with 400 full service branches, a full-suite of global distribution capabilities and 2010 annual sales of approximately $5.1 billion.

With vast resources at their fingertips, the CSC sales team does more than just provide product. Our tenured sales force has a passionate commitment to understanding your unique business needs and will strive every day to get you the best products, most robust technical expertise and cost-effective logistics solutions available in the data communications distribution business.

“At CSC, we focus on one thing: servicing our customers.  Our people, passion and expertise allow us to understand your organization’s needs and deliver best-in-class products and services.  It’s this guiding principle that has led us to become the fastest growing data communications distributor in the world today.”

- David Bemoras, President,
Communications Supply Corporation


Just ask one of our customers who they work with at CSC and you'll quickly see a smile come to their face as names rattle off their tongue. Then they'll tell you how much they enjoy working with CSC and how our team members make them successful on the job every day. Our customers react this way because of how we go about our business - more specifically, how we empower our people.

"I can't tell you how many times Ronni at CSC Ft. Lauderdale has saved me. I've been working with her for 12 years and she always delivers."

- Steve Romanowsky, Owner,
Dataphone Wire and Cable


When you bring passion to what you do it transforms how you service customers. How you go about solving problems. How you add value to your customer's business. At CSC, our passion for helping you achieve your goals drives the way we conduct business every day.

"When my back's against the wall, I call Shane at CSC. They are people I can count on. And in my line of work, that's huge"

- Loren Obrey, IT Manager, Cable Design and Implementation
Apollo Group, Inc./ University of Phoenix


Right now, I. T. infrastructures are experiencing a major transition. From IP convergence, power consumption, bandwidth, carbon footprints, security, storage...the list goes on and on. With all of this change, you need a distribution partner that gets it. A distribution partner with the subject matter expertise to help you deal with changes that are going to fundamentally impact the way business is done in a digitally converged world.

"Building on a seven year relationship, CSC continues to be a strategic partner to Loyola University Chicago; providing competitive pricing, quality products and expeditious delivery of professional services and technology solutions."

- David E. Wieczorek, Network Manager,
Loyola University Chicago

Built by Entrepreneurs.  Run by Entrepreneurs.

CSC was founded in 1972 by entrepreneur Nick Ohnell as an independent distributor in New England, servicing the telecommunications industry. With great vision, Ohnell invested in start-up operations throughout the U.S., growing the company to 7 distribution centers by 1996. With continued success over the years - through both organic growth and acquisitions - CSC has grown to have over 900 employees, 50 warehouses and $100 million in inventory in the U.S. To better serve customers, CSC opened its first Regional Distribution Center in 2010 with plans for 3 additional in 2011. In addition, CSC plans to reach new markets with approximately 10 more local U.S. warehouses in this year alone. CSC is headquartered in Carol Stream, Illinois.

In November 2006, WESCO Distribution, Inc. acquired CSC, creating one of the most powerful electrical and data communication distribution businesses in North America. CSC and WESCO share a commitment to unparalleled customer service and a business culture that is focused on continuous improvement.

How did CSC get where it is today?

  • 1972: CSC founded in New England to service telecommunications industry
  • 1972 – 1996: Organic growth to 7 regional independently run offices/warehouses
  • 1997: Southwest Wire & Cable acquisition - Low Voltage specialty system cables such as fire alarm, closed circuit TV, sound, building automation and security
  • 1997: GNWC acquisition – expanded geographic coverage and addition of the Lucent (Avaya/CommScope Systimax Solutions) product lines 
  • 1998: Diversified Wire & Cable acquisition – additional midwest geographical coverage and industrial markets 
  • 1998: Fibertron Corp. - Geographic coverage and fiber optic connectivity and services
  • 1999: CSC opens new 180,000 square foot Headquarters in Carol Stream, IL
  • 1999: Computel - Well established distributor in the New York/New Jersey area  
  • 2000: Premium Technologies, Inc. - Seattle and Virginia areas and Federal Government program 
  • 2000: CPU - Premier distributor in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and D.C. 
  • 2006: CALVERT Wire & Cable and it's Famous Telephone Supply operation  
  • 2006: Liberty Wire & Cable
  • November 6, 2006: WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical MRO products, construction materials, and advanced integrated supply procurement outsourcing services, announced the completion of the acquisition of Communications Supply Corporation (CSC) 
  • December 2010: WESCO acquires TVC Communications, L.L.C. – a leading distributor of broadband communication network infrastructure products serving the cable, telecommunications and satellite industries

CSC’s Key Players:

David Bemoras


Matt Zimmerman 

Vice President, CFO

Mason Rotelli 

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, CIO

Frank LaPlante 

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Bob Bessler

Vice President, Operations

Dave Harney

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Security Solutions

Lee Osterman

Vice President, Government Sales

Jim Reichert

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

John Dace

President, Liberty Wire & Cable

Mark Myrick

President, Calvert Wire & Cable

Below is a webinar link and brief description of our BICSI accredited course scheduled for November 1st, 11 AM to Noon CST). If you’re able to get it into October HOTS, that would be great. Please let me know.

BICSI Accredited Webinar (1 CEC): The New TIA-1179 Standard for Healthcare Facilities

November 1st (11 AM to Noon CST)

Healthcare facilities face many unique challenges when designing and migrating their network cabling infrastructure. From unique workstations, to electromagnetic interference and infection control requirements, healthcare facilities need contractors, suppliers and designers who understand what they need. Fortunately, the new ANSI/TIA-1179 standard provides guidance for meeting these requirements. It also addresses the increased bandwidth demand brought on by government regulations and emerging healthcare technologies like telemedicine.

Attend this webinar for key takeaways on the new TIA-1179 Standard. BICSI Credit (1 CEC)


Thank you

Steve Bailey

Supplier Marketing Manager

Communications Supply Corporation

200 E. Lies Road

Carol Stream, IL 60188

630.221.6444 (o)

630.209.5468 (c)


Cool Tools: Portable Labeling Tools – Article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

by Jeff Griffin
Published: October 2012

No electrical or datacom project is finished until everything has been accurately labeled. Labeling identifies gauges, electrical panels, terminal blocks, safety hazards and more. Voice/data/video (VDV) labeling marks cables—fiber optic, coaxial, patch—and identifies punchdown blocks, patch panels, face plates, racks, shelving and bays.

“A well-labeled infrastructure saves uncountable hours of labor and money by not wasting time to locate the infrastructure causing a problem,” said Frank Bisbee, editor of electronic magazine, Heard on the Street, “Consider labeling [as] the way technicians sign their work.”

Technicians have labeled switch boxes and panels for years.

“But labeling datacom/low-voltage cabling is a more recent development,” Bisbee said. “And while the electrical industry has had labeling standards for high voltage, TIA/EIA standards for labeling datacom infrastructure were underdeveloped until recently. Now datacom cabling can be accurately identified by labels.”

Whether using desktop printers in the office or handheld models in the field, today’s labeling tools can accommodate almost every labeling need. The latest models offer multiple functions and product labels on a variety of materials in a wide range of sizes. One of the most significant advances is the software they use.

“Labeling software is no longer confined to desktop applications,” said Annie Ropella, senior product specialist, Brady Printing Systems, “With the development of free mobile applications, users can design labels even when they are away from a computer or printer and then print the labels when they are back in range.

“In addition to the migration of certain desktop functions to mobile printers, desktop software is now reaching out to adjacent areas to pull in upstream information to reduce the design time required to print labels. For example, our datacom wizard offers premade label templates based on Siemon, Hubbell and other common network hardware manufacturer’s specifications for patch panels, routers and other equipment.”

Selecting the optimal label for any application depends on a variety of factors.

“It is important to consider where the label is going (inside or outside), surfaces (smooth or textured) the label will be applied to, and if there are any customer specifications or regulatory requirements to consider,” Ropella said. “Typically, with electrical wire identification, customers select heat shrink wire markers to identify preterminated cables and self-laminating labels for terminated cables. Self-laminating labels are also popular with identifying cables in VDV applications, since they come in sizes ideal for patchcords and other common cables. With the continued growth of fiber optic cabling, we have also seen increased demand for flag style labels that can be applied to small diameter fiber optic cables but still contain all of the information that is required for identification.”

For additional panel identification, Ropella said vinyl labels, in a variety of sizes and colors, are popular. For patch panels, labels are often made of polyester but, most important, are sized specifically for patch panels. Faceplate labels also can be purchased in precut sizes that fit perfectly on the faceplate.

Improved portability, versatility and ease of use of today’s handheld printers sets them apart from earlier products.

“Full-color screens let users see exactly what their labels will look like before printing, reducing label waste and making menu navigation easier,” she said. “Bluetooth capability allows users to design labels on a smartphone with one of our free mobile apps and print to the label maker via a Bluetooth connection. Since more and more users keep a smartphone with them at all times, we want to integrate the technology they are already using into the label-design process.”

Even when labels are printed at a central office, Ropella believes it is best to have installers carry portable label printers in case any labels were damaged or became unusable while traveling to a job site. Installers may also discover at the job site some labels were printed incorrectly, and they may need to print labels on the spot. In addition, customers have been known to change identification schemes at the last minute.

Brady Corp. provides multiple options of thermal-transfer label printers with models to meet varied customer needs, ranging from entry level, low-volume printing to high-volume, sophisticated labels. Brady provides many different label options, enabling customers to purchase the labels that meet preferences and specifications.

Brother Sales and Business Development Manager Craig Robinson said that handheld labelers have become an indispensable productivity tool.

“Most handheld labelers today can create a variety of different labels including barcode labels, cable labels, patch panel labels, bin and shelf labels, pipe markers and much more. Today’s labeling tools have combined a multitude of features that make the user experience much easier, which facilitates a more productive work force. Portability and versatility are commonplace in the handheld labeling market. With continuous tape systems that are available from most manufacturers, the user no longer has to carry multiple label cassettes to create and print different types of labels for different applications,” he said.

Applications call for both office and handheld label printers.

Typically, Robinson said, labeling for smaller projects is handled on-site with technicians using handheld labelers to create identification labels for various applications, where larger projects may require hundreds or even thousands of labels to be created and printed within the office and delivered to the project site.

For labeling software, Robinson said that manufacturers have migrated toward a “template” approach with software programs; they provide templates of commonly used products within their software, making the user experience much more efficient and productive.

Brother offers desktop and handheld labeling/printing products and laminated tape cassettes that use a tape technology that enables the same label to be used inside or outside in harsh environments. The labels are water-, chemical- and abrasion-resistant; withstand extreme heat and cold temperatures; and will not fade or yellow with direct ultraviolet light exposure.

Panduit ( Product Line Manager Shawn Whittaker said that electricians need labeling tools designed for professionals.

“Many handheld printers on the market today are designed for home and small office use and are very limited in the type and durability of their label materials,” he said. “However, industrial handheld printers are available that offer a wide variety of industrial labeling options, such as self-laminating labels, heat-shrink labels, marker plates, terminal block labels, die-cut labels, network component labels and much more.”

Handheld label printers are designed for mobile work forces, he said, and they are ideal for creating labels on-site for moves, adds and changes as well as other applications in remote or isolated locations where labels are required.

Whittaker cited such improvements on today’s models as QWERTY-style keyboards that allow two-handed thumb typing similar to smartphones for more intuitive and faster data entry. He also cited intelligent label cassettes that the printer automatically recognizes and uses to adjust format and settings, keep track of the number of labels remaining in the cassette, and store the last used label file.

“In addition, advanced printer functions recommend the best label for a specific application, automatically adjust formatting to improve productivity and minimize waste, and generate labels that are compliant with industry standards,” Whittaker said. “Computer connectivity allows printer firmware upgrades and two-way communication and file transfer of label data, symbols and custom graphics. [It also allows] the ability to automatically extract and import data from other programs, such as CAD packages, spreadsheets and databases. This not only saves significant time but also reduces errors associated with manual entry of identifiers into the labeling software.”

Advanced printer functions recommend the best label for a specific application, automatically adjust formatting to improve productivity and minimize waste and generate labels that are compliant with industry standards.

Labeling software on a USB flash drive provides portability for a mobile work force and eliminates the need to install a dedicated copy of labeling software on each computer, Whittaker said. Market-specific labeling wizards can help select the optimum label for a particular application, and simplify and expedite label creation and help generate label legends that are compliant with industry standards such as UL, ANSI, TIA/EIA-606-B and others.

“Industrial-strength label materials,” Whittaker said, “are designed to withstand temperature extremes. There are self-laminating labels and heat-shrink labels for identifying discrete wires/cables; marker plates, attached with cable ties, for identifying bundles and very large wires/cables; component labels with aggressive adhesive capable of sticking to rough, textured and powder--coated surfaces; [and] continuous tapes for pipes, conduit, pathways and other facility identification.”

Panduit provides a full line of industrial identification solutions including handheld printers, desktop printers, labeling software and a wide variety of labels for electrical and network applications.

JEFF GRIFFIN, a construction and tools writer from Oklahoma City, can be reached at 

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine - Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Electrical Contractor magazine reaches 85,300+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Contact: (301) 657-3110 /


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