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Issue: September 2004
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

Are We Doomed to Wireless

What is a safe cabling solution or are we doomed to wireless?

There are and will be many different solutions to solve the University's needs. However, at this time I suggest the cable manufacturers are struggling with an identity crisis and may hesitate to provide the difficult answers.

As an example, the term I have heard DuPont marketers use for the cable manufacturers is "converters". DuPont saw them only as a tool to change the Teflon® FEP from one physical form to another shape. The cable manufacturers saw this as an easy way to add revenues and became reliant on DuPont to do their thinking for them (in the materials selection & Code making process). Now, we have Codes that ignore dangerous toxic gases and the potentially lethal consequences. We also have miles of plenum cables that can generate toxic gases when heated. Some of these gases are considered "chemical warfare weapons".

Therefore, the challenge to find the answers is more difficult for the consumer, because the manufacturers are trying to wrestle with the materials selections and a NEC that is partially the result of manipulation by the chemical industry. Those problems won't go away overnight. However, your responsibility to the safety of the staff and students of the university is a current challenge. You can't wait until the manufacturers publicly acknowledge the safety solutions. From a liability standpoint, several attorneys that we have spoken with doubt that the cable manufacturers will ever "come clean" about the full safety story.

Before DuPont helped the building owners to fill their return-air plenum spaces with miles of potentially lethal materials, we used metal conduits, raceways and cellular floor systems. Back then we did not use cable materials that outgases the level of toxicity that we have today in CMP or LCC.

I know how much value you place on your children and their future. As they prepare to embark on a college education, you should be asking if the communication manager at their school has studied the safety questions carefully and looked beyond the commercial hype at the full scope of issue.

It may not be politically correct to bring up these safety challenges, but that is the tough decision that the communications department must face. Wireless is certainly a partial answer and a safer option.

But that´s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee


(ST. LOUIS, MO.)… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces a $100,000 contribution by Western Extralite Co. in Kansas City, Mo. to the NAED Education & Research Foundation.

"Western Extralite is proud to make our contribution to the NAED Education & Research Foundation in honor of Ernest and Vera Isenberg, whose vision, values and efforts continue to inspire us to excel. Our Executive team recognizes that only by investing in people can our company and the industry continue to prosper. The goals and objectives of the Foundation align with ours. This investment in the future is one we heartily endorse," said Thomas E. Isenberg, president of Western Extralite Co.

Established by Ludwig and Anne Isenberg in 1938, Western Extralite Co. has grown to 13 locations in Missouri and Kansas. Dedicated to quality service by quality people, it is a family-owned, full-line electrical distributor with more than 13,000 stocked items.

"We are honored by Western Extralite's commitment. They are a respected part of the industry, and we appreciate this demonstration of their support to the NAED Foundation. With their gift, we are able to dedicate consistent resources to creating cutting-edge education and research for the industry," said Bill Elliott, chairman of the Channel Advantage Partnership and president of Elliott Electric Supply in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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

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

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

Intelligent infrastructure management provides network security at the physical layer to protect against internal threats

According to global structured cabling manufacturer Molex Premise Networks, many companies are tending to place emphasis on the wrong areas of their IT security and are missing a key 'layer' in their security strategies; monitoring and documentation of the physical network infrastructure. There is often little correlation between security spending and actual security. For only a small proportion of an organization's overall security budget, modern intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) systems, such as the Molex Real Time Patching SystemÔ, enable the physical network infrastructure to detect deliberate or inadvertent potential threats to the network, from the inside, before they occur.

Almost all network security devices installed by organizations are aimed at defeating external threats, but many serious security breaches are caused by internal parties who already have systems authorization and can void intrusion detection systems. Of 530 US security practitioners polled by the Computer Security Institute in the 2003 Computer Crime and Security Survey*, 80% reported unauthorized access to systems by insiders. Controlling activity and access of people already inside an organization is a big problem. Costly thefts of confidential information such as personnel records, financial details, and research and development information are easier to achieve by people on the inside, with knowledge of the environment and the technical means to navigate the network, than by external hackers.

Ninety-three percent of UK firms experienced unplanned downtime in the past year according to a Dynamic Markets survey** of 850 IT managers in the UK. Minor security breaches, either deliberate or accidental, account for much of this downtime. The cause of many minor breaches e.g. a patch cord 'falling out' of a patch panel may never be traced or recorded.

With the Real Time Patching System, devices connected to the network are automatically detected and electronically logged, as are any changes in network connections. Network connections can be correlated with physical location of network access point so the disconnection of a key patch cord can be fixed in minutes - potentially saving thousands of pounds in downtime costs. Security devices such as cameras, access switches and motion detectors can be set-up and correlated with network event and access logs. In a disaster recovery situation modern intelligent infrastructure management systems provide a 'snapshot' of the full connectivity requirement of the affected organization.

With accompanying software modules, the Real Time Patching System can be used by the network manager to identify where and when a device is being used to download sensitive information and pinpoint the exact location of the device down to the jack/wall plate to which it is connected. Network connectivity can further be checked against business rules - authorization, event schedules and work orders. Particularly in remote sites where the network manager is not always present, the ability to monitor and track sites centrally with instant notification of remote connectivity changes and their route cause is a key security advantage.

"The addition of intelligence infrastructure management to the cabling system turns it from a flexible network to a powerful controlled infrastructure. The Molex Real Time Patching System can make a significant contribution to the security, business continuity and downtime of an organization," explains Anne Watmore, Global Marketing Manager, Molex Premise Networks. "With ever-growing security threats, a preventative, layered approach to security by organizations is key. Modern intelligent patching systems enable your physical network infrastructure to be built and trained to detect intrusion from the potential threat of internal espionage before it occurs rather than after."

For more information on the Real Time Patching System and its network security capability please visit


(ST. LOUIS, MO)…The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently appointed Anita Bauer as senior director of marketing and member services for the association. Bauer, who served as a NAED regional manager from 1998-2000, brings 17 years of management experience and a proven record of successful leadership to her new position.

"I am very pleased that Anita will once again be an integral part of the NAED staff. I have every confidence that she will positively impact the progress and work of our association," said Tom Naber, NAED president and publisher of TED Magazine.

Before returning to NAED, Bauer worked as the director of member services for the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), headquartered in St. Louis. She significantly improved membership involvement for the organization by revamping existing initiatives and launching new ones including the Golden Light Award Program, which brought wide-spread recognition to OGR members.

Bauer's experience also includes: serving as executive vice president for the International Resort Managers Association; owner of the Basket of Bows, Inc. (whose clients included both Neiman-Marcus and Nordstrom); and vice president of The Midland Group. Bauer has also been active in several professional and community organizations, such as the American Society of Association Executives, Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) West Area Council, and the Creve Coeur (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce.

As part of her new role at NAED, Bauer's main responsibilities will be to oversee the endeavors of the member services, marketing and public relations departments. She looks forward to once again working for and building on the success of the association.

"I am excited to rejoin the NAED staff and hope to be of great service to our members and affiliates," Bauer said. "NAED has a long-standing tradition of excellence that I hope to continue."


(ST. LOUIS, MO.)...The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces that the endowment fund for the NAED Foundation has surpassed the two million dollar mark, with committed funds totaling $2.2 million dollars at this time. NAED applauds the support and activism of the following electrical distributor members who have pledged $100,000 each:

· Border States Electric Supply, Fargo, N.D.
· Butler Supply, Inc., Fenton, Mo., in memory of Charles E. and Jacyln Butler
· Crescent Electric Supply Co., East Dubuque, Ill., in commemoration of the company's 85th anniversary
· Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. (CED), Westlake Village, Calif.
· Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, N.D.
· Elliott Electric Supply, Nacogdoches, Texas, in memory of Nelda "Micky" Elliott
· GE Supply, Shelton, Conn.
· Graybar Electric Company, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.
· The Hite Company, Altoona, Pa., in memory of Robert L. Hite
· Hughes Supply, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
· Kendall Electric, Inc., Battle Creek, Mich.
· L & R Anixter Foundation, Chicago, Ill., in memory of Lester & Rosalie Anixter
· Maurice Electrical Supply Co., Inc., Washington, D.C.
· McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., Madison Heights, Mich.
· Rexel, Inc., Addison, Texas
· Springfield Electric Supply Co., Springfield, Ill.
· Stuart C. Irby Co., Jackson, Miss.
· United Electric Supply Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del.
· WESCO Distribution, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.
· Western Extralite Co., Kansas City, Mo., in honor of Ernest and Vera Isenberg
· And two anonymous donations

Each donation becomes part of the Channel Advantage Partnership endowment fund for the NAED Education & Research Foundation. The principal of the endowment remains untouched, while the interest is used to commission future projects and studies. As donors of $100,000 or more, the companies attain a permanent position on the Channel Advantage Partnership Council, which helps select future educational programs and research projects.

"We appreciate the investments these distributors have made in the future of electrical distribution. Coming together from all over the nation, each of these companies is ensuring that the channel continues to provide timely, highly trained service to thousands of customers every day," said Bill Elliott, chairman of the Channel Advantage Partnership Endowment Campaign and president of Elliott Electric Supply in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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


Web Seminar on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 from 1:30-3:00 pm EDT on Storage Area Networks-Making the Case to Implementation. The presenter, Matthew Fuoco, Director of Network Services at The University of Kansas Medical Center, will explore the use of this emerging technology, highlight the steps taken to implement on his campus, weigh the benefits of a SAN vs directly attached storage, and provide statistics to justify the cost for implementation.

To register for this seminar, call ACUTA at 859-278-3338.

Call for Papers Announced for TecHome Builder Conference and Expo Inaugural Event Seeks Presenters for Homebuilder Technology Conference

Framingham, MA - August 24, 2004 - EH Events & Education has announced the Call for Papers for the inaugural TecHome Builder Conference and Expo (TBX), which will debut May 18-20, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. The three-day conference program will focus on technology for the homebuilder.

TBX will provide comprehensive education for builders looking to implement technology solutions into their businesses and into their building projects. Following are the subjects that will be covered.

-- TecHomes and Communities: This seminar track will provide instruction on incorporating technology in new homes and communities to increase sales and profits. Sample titles: Dedicated Home Theater Rooms; Structured Wiring Standards; The Appeal of Multi-Room Audio; Benefits of Fiber To The Home Community - Wide Infrastructure; Community Intranets

-- Tech Sales and Marketing Solutions: This seminar track will teach builders how to use information technology to sell and market new homes effectively. Sample titles: Best Selling Builder Websites; Computer Aided Site Selection; Online Sales and Marketing Tools; Automated Options Selection; Virtual Reality for Community & Home Tours

-- Tech Management Solutions: This seminar track will cover how using information technology can increase field and back-office productivity. Sample titles: Advanced Building Accounting Automation; Handheld Project Management Solutions; Automated Master Scheduling and Tracking

Experienced instructors with knowledge on information technology solutions for builders and incorporating electronics and other technology products in homes and communities are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration. The TBX conference program will consist of sixty and ninety-minute seminars, as well as full-day workshops.

Interested candidates should contact Nancy Franco, or visit for more information and to complete the application. Abstracts for TBX are due October 12, 2004.

About TBX
Sponsored by market leading TecHome Builder magazine, the TecHome Builder Conference & Exposition (TBX) will bring the brightest minds, best implementers and strongest solution suppliers together to identify paths to progress for all. TBX will feature the most comprehensive education program on technology for builders in the nation. The event will attract a projected 1,500 attendees and approximately 100 exhibitors. TBX - May 18 - 20, 2005, Phoenix, AZ

About EH Events & Education
EH Events & Education develops and produces world-class trade shows, conferences and events for technology industries. The group is staffed by talented, seasoned exposition professionals with expertise in operations, marketing, conference management, customer service, account management, strategic planning and the technology markets. EH Event's & Education's Electronic House Expo (EHX) was named the fastest growing show in America by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2003, and both EHX Spring & Fall were named among the fastest 50 growing tradeshow by Tradeshow Week magazine in 2004.


* CEDIA Expo
   September 8-12, 2004, Indianapolis, IN
* Electronic House Expo Fall 2004
   November 15-18, 2004, Long Beach, CA
* 2005 International CES
   January 6-9, 2005, Las Vegas, NV
* 2005 Int'l Builder's Show/TECHOMEXPO
   January 13-16, 2005, Orlando, FL
* Electronic House Expo Spring 2005
   February 22-26, 2005, Orlando, FL
* TecHome Builder Conference & Expo
   May 18-20, 2005, Phoenix, AZ
* Electronic House Expo Fall 2005
   November 7-11, 2004, Long Beach, CA

Continental Automated Buildings Association IMPORTANT BULLETIN

CABA's role is to ensure that the integrated systems and home/building industry continues to grow. There are three important action items that may interest your organization and they are:

1. FCC and POWERLINE CARRIER (PLC) - A CABA member has brought an important issue to CABA's attention in that the FCC is in the process of approving a new definition for Access Broadband PowerLine, which will have a significant impact on products that provide low power, low-speed carrier current services, such as remote electric meter reading. See the attached document announcing a special Aug. 31, 2004 meeting of the CABA Standards Committee and contact Kirk McElwain, CABA's Technical Director at 519.846.1916 or Learn how you can participate in a special FCC meeting Sept. 2, 2004 in Washington, DC.
The CABA By-Laws were recently amended allowing the addition of two new positions to the CABA Board. The Board member's names, photos and background can be viewed at: Please let Ron Zimmer, CABA's President & CEO, know by August 31, 2004, if your organization wants to influence the industry and serve on the CABA Board of Directors. To receive more information, please send an email to or call 888.798.CABA (2222).
3. CABA Marketing & eBusiness Committee CABA is pleased to announce the appointment of CABA Board Member Ken Moriyama, VP, Strategic Technology Development, Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. as the new chairman of CABA's Marketing & eBusiness Committee. To view the media release giving more details on the appointment visit:
If you want your organization to participate in the Sept. 2, 2004, Committee meeting, please contact David Dern, CABA's Marketing Director, at 613.993.6760 or We hope you are having a great summer.
Ronald J. Zimmer


Companies join international network of 475 companies, 4100 locations

(ST. LOUIS, MO)...The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is pleased to announce that 18 companies have been approved for membership in the association.

"We joined NAED because of the educational resources and support structure that it presents to its members. Furthermore, several contractors recommended that we join," said James Steffner Jr., president of Electric Motor Sales & Supply Co., Inc. in Chattanooga, Tenn.

"For a long time, I had been looking for an industry group to share ideas and compare financial performance. I started with NAED as a non-member with the Profit Power CD. It was great for our employees to hear the profit story from an independent source instead of me. I am looking forward to using the PAR reports and the employee compensation surveys in the future," said Mark Barton, president of Commercial Lighting Supply, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The new members are:

Ace Wire & Cable Co., Inc. - Operating out of Woodside, N.Y., Ace Wire & Cable has been in business for 52 years. The company is under the direction of President Jerry Firestone and has established one branch in addition to its headquarters. (

American Copper & Brass Electrical Division - The Company has increased sales every year since it was organized in 1986 in Hillsdale, Mich. The electrical division, led by General Manager Kevin Dobbin, was established in early 2002. (

Batavia Electric Supply Co., Inc. - Located in Batavia, Ohio, the company has been in business since 1967. Directed by President Mark Handra, Batavia is a member of the Equity/Electrical Distributors Network (EDN).

Cain Electrical Supply Corporation - With 37 years experience, Cain Electrical supplies commercial, residential, oilfield and industrial electrical applications. Headquartered in Big Spring, Texas, the company's nine branches cover west Texas and southeast New Mexico. A member of Affiliated Distributors (A-D), the company is owned and led by President & CEO Tom Ross. (

Commercial Lighting Supply, Inc. - This specialized, lighting-only distributor has been in business since 1983. President Mark Barton heads the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company. (

Electric Motor Sales & Supply Co. - Operating out of Chattanooga, Tenn., EMS has been in business since 1948. A single source supplier for system requirements and safety products, the company is directed by President James Steffner, Jr. (

Evergreen Oak Electric Supply & Sales Co. - Founded 40 years ago, the company is led by President Barton Kramer. Evergreen Oak Electric, headquartered in Crestwood, Ill., has four branches and is a member of IMARK. (

FDL Automation & Supply Co. - Headquartered in Sidney, Ohio, FDL was founded in 2003 and serves as the Allen-Bradley distributor for Central Ohio. The company is under the leadership of Vice Presidents Gary Heitmeyer and Rick Brooks. (

Granite Electrical Supply, Inc. - The Sacramento, Calif.-based company is directed by President Jim Flynn and is a member of the IMARK Group. (

Inline Electric Supply Co. - Based in Huntsville, Ala., Inline Electric Supply covers the northern and central parts of the state. The main location and two branches are under the direction of President Bruce Summerville. A member of the IMARK Group, the company has been in business since 1988. (

King Lighting Supply, Inc. - In business since 1983, King Lighting is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. A member of Equity/EDN, the company is under the leadership of President Kirk Goodless. (

Main Electric Supply Co. - Operating out of Los Angeles, Calif., the distributor is headed by President Paul Vowels. Main Electric was established in 1946 and is a member of A-D. (

Miami Electric Supply Associates - Founded in 1985, Miami Electric is under the direction of owner Ramon Mesa and President Manuel Mesa, The distributor, located in Miami, Fla., is a member of Equity/EDN.

N & S Electric Supply - Located in Huntington Station, N.Y., the company has been in business since 1955 and is overseen by Operations Manager Ed Day. N & S is also a member of the IMARK Group.(

Rahway Electric Supply Co., Inc. - Operating out of Rahway, N.J., the company has been in business since 1979. A member of Equity/EDN, The company is under the direction of President Timothy Zaccaro and has established one branch in addition to its headquarters. (

Ready Wholesale Electric Supply, Inc. - In business since 1991, Ready Wholesale Electric Supply, Inc. is led by President & Owner Hamid Banafsheha. The company is located in Reseda Calif. and is a member of Equity/EDN. (

Richmond Electric Supply Co., Inc. - Based in Richmond, Va., the firm was founded in 1983 by current President Darryl Harman, Sr. A member of Equity/EDN, and Richmond Electric Supply has opened a branch office in addition to its headquarters.

Toole & Rose Supply - Located in Carrollton, KY, the company has been in business since 1987. A member of Equity/EDN, General Manager Bryan Rose is the company delegate. (

All electrical distributors are invited to apply for NAED membership. Besides receiving the latest in industry-specific training and education, NAED members also benefit from increased networking opportunities, group business discounts, financial analysis services, and leadership development.

For additional information, go to the "Join NAED" section of or contact a regional manager at (888) 791-2512. All current members and affiliates are accessible through a searchable directory on the NAED Web site.

Employers Shouldn't Provide "Tools of the Trade" NECA Tells OSHA

Bethesda, MD --- In comments sent last week to OSHA, the National Electrical Contractors Association agreed that employers should in general pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) used by their employees. However, NECA recommended that exceptions be made for certain items of PPE that are generally regarded as "tools of the trade."

Inside electrical construction for electrical wiring in buildings and similar structures, this generally includes protective clothing and equipment classified as Hazard/Risk Category 2 in NFPA 70E-2004, Standard for Electrical safety in the Workplace.
Line construction for high-voltage utility construction, this generally includes pole-climbing equipment, work gloves, work shoes and boots, and safety glasses.

Such items are considered "tools of the trade" for the following reasons:

They are often purchased by individuals for reasons of fit, personal preference, or custom. For the same reasons, passing these types of PPE from one worker to another is not practical.

In other cases, responsibility for purchasing these items of PPE is typically determined by collective bargaining between labor and employers.

Employees take better care of PPE owned by them selves than that owned by their employers. This improves safety.

The line construction industry has a very transient workforce. A lineman may work for three or four different line construction companies in a year.

Docket S-042 was originally issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1999. As a result of earlier comments filed by NECA and others, the agency now appears to leaning toward accepting the position that employer-provided PPE should not cover so-called tools of the trade. Those items traditionally considered to be tools of the trade vary from one industry to the next.

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

FOA Proposes Standard Fiber Optic Connector

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc., the professional society of fiber optics, has proposed a new fiber optic connector concept as an industry standard. The proposed design is revealed in the August issue of the FOA Newsletter on the FOA website at

Over the history of fiber optics, one consistent complaint from network equipment manufacturers and end users has been the lack of connector standardization. An estimated 100 connector designs have been manufactured since fiber optics began in the late 1970s. That lack of standardization has been blamed by many as one of the major reasons fiber optics has been unable to penetrate the LAN desktop market where copper cable and connectors benefit from one standard design.

Previous attempts to standardize on a single design have failed because technology was changing too rapidly, applications were too varied and the process required agreement from manufacturers, each of whom were supporting their own products. By offering a proposed design and offering to coordinate the process, the FOA hopes to gain involvement of end users, network equipment manufacturers, fiber optic component manufacturers and industry standards organizations so it will be possible to finally develop a standard connector that will be widely accepted in the industry.

"The FOA is not making such a proposal in a vacuum," said FOA President Jim Hayes.
"The Board of the FOA includes a lot of wisdom in fiber optic component design, manufacture and testing, with most of our members having over 20 years of fiber optic experience. Several of us have been active participants in industry standards activities since the first standards were written. What we propose is not new technology, but a practical application of current technology, packaged in a way that offers many advantages to everyone involved. Since we have no vested interest in the industry, we can look at the needs of all users without prejudice."

The FOA will make presentations about the proposed connector design at appropriate standards meetings to gage response to the idea.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education and standards. Over 125 FOA-approved schools have certified over 13,000 FOA CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians). The FOA offers free online introductory fiber optic programs for schools and training for instructors. The FOA is also a participant in industry standards activities. For more information on the FOA, see the organization's website

New Editor of Electrical Contractor is John Fulmer

He has also worked for the magazine as an associate editor and freelancer. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans and a master's degree in English from University of Southern Mississippi where he served as an adjunct faculty member. He also taught at Villa Julie College in Baltimore. He's worked as an editor, copy editor and reporter for several newspapers and was the editor and publisher of a nationally distributed literary magazine, The Georgetown Review. His fiction has been published in The Hudson Review, The Connecticut Review and other magazines. He's also a former welder and member of the Boilermaker's Union.


Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic garbage bag will open from the end you first try?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Is it true that the only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup is how close to the road the stuff is placed?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

If at first you don't succeed, shouldn't you try doing it like your wife told you to do it?

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends, if they're okay, then it's you.

Mark Your Calendar, the Power Quality Exhibition & Conference is coming to Chicago 11/16-18!

If you've never been to a Power Quality Exhibition & Conference, this is the year to come! Give yourself and your company an edge by learning about the newest products, meeting with manufacturers, learning from top authorities, and networking with peers and industry notables! This year's Show includes more free sessions, conference courses on a wide variety of power quality, power reliability, and distributed generation issues, and of course, our renowned Exhibit Hall! As always, admittance to the Exhibit Hall is free if you pre-register ($30 at the door).

Here's What's Happening at the 2004 Power Quality Exhibition & Conference!
Kurt Yeager, President and CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will deliver a free Keynote Address titled, Power Quality and Reliability in the 21st Century.
Unprecedented and free to all attendees - A Mungenast Award-Winning panel will discuss the future of power quality in our General Session!
Preview Changes to the 2005 NEC®, with a focus on Power Quality and Reliability Environments. Check out PAC 28 for details.
Free round table discussions! Discuss your power quality and reliability challenges and get advice from leading authorities in this special session.
NEW! The Distributed Generation Pavilion. See some of the top companies and emerging technologies in distributed generation.
Professional Advancement Courses November 14-15.
Free Poster Sessions in the Exhibit Hall.
Enter to Win $25,000! See our website in September for details.
Registration for Power systems World Power Quality Exhibition & Conference 2004 is now open.

Molex Premise Networks is Relocating Divisional Headquarters

pleased to announce that we will be relocating our divisional headquarters from Hudson, New Hampshire to the Molex Corporate Headquarters in Lisle, Illinois effective September 1, 2004.
Molex is a global organization with over $2 Billion in annual sales, 55 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries, and 17,000 dedicated employees. By utilizing the Molex Corporate advanced systems and support mechanisms, Molex Premise Networks will be able to provide enhanced service levels and support to our valued customers.
Molex Premise Networks main phone / fax numbers will remain the same. Individual Molex employee extensions will change. An automated name directory will allow you to locate and select an employee's individual extension.
Molex Premise Networks

Molex Premise Networks New Address:

     Molex Premise Networks
     2222 Wellington Court
     Lisle, IL 60532

In closing, we believe this move will prove to be an extremely positive transition for our customers as well as Molex. We appreciate your patience throughout this transition and anticipate minimal interruptions to everyday business. Thank you for your business, and we look forward to enhancing our partnership with you!

New FCC rules may cause problems for in-house power line systems

The FCC is currently planning regulations for high speed internet access through the power grid; Access Broadband Power Line (Access BPL). These systems need to adapt their operations to avoid interference. They will also need to provide information (locations, frequencies etc.) to the FCC about their installations.

The definition for the Access BPL within the proposed FCC regulations may include in-house power line systems - this would mean that many existing power line systems may not be allowed.

New test procedures are proposed for both in-house and Access BPL, including testing at various points along a service line - this could be overly burdensome.

Since these new rules could have huge ramifications for a number of CABA members, we will be calling an "emergency" conference call of the CABA Standards Committee. The call will be specifically dedicated to understanding the issues and determining if there is a course of action that the CABA Standards Committee should initiate.


Course tackles advanced concepts beyond traditional "customer service"

(ST. LOUIS, MO)... The Education & Research Foundation of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently released Advanced Inside Sales, a comprehensive training CD-ROM course for inside sales personnel within electrical distribution. Designed to improve selling effectiveness in this ever-changing role, Advanced Inside Sales provides training on how to grow accounts, partner effectively with outside sales, understand the impact pricing has on margins and continuously improve relationships with customers.

"The Advanced Inside Sales Course is an excellent resource that offers specific training for our inside sales staff. This product provides a convenient, self-paced format on topics that are important to our business and enhance the student's ability to service their customers," said Gayle Davis, Vice President Human Resources, United Electric Supply Co., Inc. in Wilmington, Del.

The Advanced Inside Sales CD-ROM course contains three modules:

Pricing-This module covers common distribution pricing models, the function of pricing management, and ways to communicate value-added services to the customer.
The Complex Sale-In this segment, course participants will learn how to successfully deal with sales situations with multiple purchasing influences, ultimately increasing the individual's ability to recognize and respond to both opportunities and problems.

Quantifiable Value-Added (QVA) Selling-The goal of this module is to provide salespeople with the knowledge and methodology to convert the company's value-added services into a universally understood medium: money.

A multimedia experience, this flexible training course is appropriate for veteran sales professionals as well as those just beginning in their new role as part of a sales team. Each module uses a variety of methods (audio, graphics, questions to check comprehension, practical exercises and self-tests) to lock in the lessons the student has just learned and to measure progress. After each module, students can print a course summary and a certificate of completion.

Members and affiliates can purchase Advanced Inside Sales for $149. For more information or to order, contact NAED's Foundation at

Snap up some fun with Fluke!

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The Fiber Optic Association Offers Free Online Instructor "Train the Trainer" Program

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (FOA), the professional society of fiber optics, has created a free online instructor "Train The Trainer" program. The program covers how to start and run a fiber optic course appropriate for technical schools, high schools, colleges or adult education that offers FOA CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) certification. The program is offered to current fiber optic instructors or instructors interested in starting a fiber optic program. The online program is the basis of the FOA's new instructor certification program.

The FOA has held Train the Trainer seminars for the last three years but has been unable to accommodate all the instructors at the 120+ FOA-approved schools, not to mention the instructors wishing to start new fiber optic programs. By putting the program online, it becomes available to any instructor. Completing the online course qualifies an instructor to apply for the FOA Certified Fiber Optic Instructor exam.

In announcing this new program, FOA President Jim Hayes noted "Creating this program and offering it to everyone at no cost is another example of how the FOA works to promote fiber optics. Like our free online 'Understanding Fiber Optics' introductory program for high schools and colleges, the 'Train The Trainer' program has been created and placed in the public domain to encourage more people to become familiar with fiber optics. This program will educate instructors in how to start and run a fiber optic program, either alone or as part of a computer or telecom program, and integrate it with widely used certification programs like A+, Cisco and MCSE. With fiber optic applications, especially fiber to the premises and security systems, growing at accelerating rates, training more technicians is now a priority."

The Fiber Optic Association is a nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Since 1995, over 13,000 fiber optic technicians have been CFOT certified by more than 120 schools and training organizations around the world. For more information, see the FOA website at

Architectural Column Supports Wireless Access Point

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 25, 2004) - The Vista™ architectural column from The Wiremold Company now offers an option that enables it to support a wireless access point. The Vista AP architectural column is designed to incorporate wireless components in a secure yet accessible unit that is aesthetically pleasing and provides maximum flexibility to meet changing space requirements.

The Vista AP architectural column runs from floor to ceiling and routes wires and cables from overhead. The wireless compartment, which has a smoked glass door on one side and a fixed smoked glass panel on the other, is located well above the floor for maximum signal coverage. The enclosure has a nonmetallic mounting surface that accommodates a wide variety of access point designs and antennas. Space is also available to mount other networking accessories, such as media converters and small switches. There is an integral power receptacle and a bezel for a data jack. A lock provides security for all electronic components, while the glass panels allow visual monitoring of devices.

Vista architectural columns can be placed anywhere in an open space, providing communications flexibility and adding a unique design element. Columns are available in a nearly unlimited selection of materials and finishes. The modular column is easily relocated to accommodate changing space requirements.

The Wiremold® Vista Configurator, located at, enables designers to preview how the various design elements work together, get a bill of material, and request a quote.

Headquartered in West Hartford, Conn., The Wiremold Company is part of Legrand North America. Legrand is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks in residential housing, commercial buildings, and industry. The Legrand group employs 27,000 people globally and has some 60 units worldwide selling in more than 160 countries. For more information visit or contact The Wiremold Company, 1-800-621-0049.


(Vista_AP3) The Vista™ AP architectural column from The Wiremold Company supports a wireless access point in a secure yet accessible unit that is aesthetically pleasing and provides maximum flexibility. The wireless compartment is located well above the floor for maximum signal coverage.

(Vista_AP2) The wireless compartment features a lockable smoked glass door on one side and a fixed smoked glass panel on the other. The enclosure has a nonmetallic mounting surface and ample space for most wireless antennas.

Fall 2004 Edition of iHomes & Buildings Magazine Now Available

'Many congratulations to the CABA team for the "extreme make over" of the QUARTERLY into iHomes & Buildings Magazine.' -- Tom Bowling, Tom Bowling and Associates.

iHomes & Buildings is the new official magazine of the Continental Automated Buildings Association.

The Fall 2004 edition of iHomes & Buildings focused on infotainment, middleware for commercial buildings and the state of intelligent building automation. There is also a feature interview with CABA Chairman Martin Cullum.

The magazine also looked at new developments in the residential systems industry and at building automation standards.
You can view or download the magazine complimentary at:

BICSI 2004 Canada Conference

Now is the time to register for BICSI's 2004 Canada Conference, October 31-November 3, 2004, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The BICSI 2004 Canada Conference is designed to bring you up-to-date information for immediate use within the Information Transport Systems industry. This particular event features a full and varied presentation schedule, with a mixture of the traditional general assembly sessions, along with an array of two and three hour workshops from which to choose.
An extensive exhibit floor and pre-conference educational seminars will also be offered.
Bring the family and treat them to special Canada tours available through the conference (additional registration and fees are required). Or visit the renowned Museum of Civilization, where the opening session takes place.

Take advantage of early registration savings by October 1
Register to attend the BICSI Canada Conference by October 1, 2004 and save US$50 (CAD$65).
Nonmembers who join BICSI will receive the discounted member rate for their conference registration, saving an additional US$50 (CAD$65)!
Registered conference attendees also save approximately 50 percent on educational seminars offered the Saturday prior to the conference (additional registration fee applies).

Hotel and Travel Discounts
Conference attendees will receive a special BICSI rate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ottawa, where most of the conference activities are being held. Room rates, based on single/double occupancy, start at CAD$119 plus tax for a standard room. The deadline to reserve your room and receive the special BICSI Canada Conference rate is October 1, 2004.
You may also take advantage of special airline and car rental discounts .
Conference exhibits
Experience a cross-section of cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. Admittance is included in your conference registration fee.
Exhibit space is still available, and offers the ideal forum to reach this targeted audience.
Courses and exams
Two design courses and one installation course, as well as BICSI registration exams, will be offered prior to the conference. Courses and exams require separate registration and are not included in the conference registration fee. BICSI members may attend design courses at a discounted rate. View complete course descriptions online.
Quick and easy registration
Attend the BICSI 2004 Canada Conference and discover its educational and networking benefits, while earning BICSI continuing education credits (CECs) and enjoying the pleasantries of Ottawa. View the conference information on the BICSI Web site for additional details.

OSHA Quick Takes

In This Issue
OSHA Administrator Announces New Initiative at VPPPA Conference
Safety Information Available for Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery Workers
Partnership Unites OSHA, Electrical Contractors, Labor, Industry Associations
Fact Sheet on Medical Catheters Provides Valuable Information
New Alliances Focus on Sheet Metal/Air Conditioning Contractors, Construction Workers
OSHA Strategic Partnership Program News
Voluntary Protection Programs Activity

OSHA Administrator Announces New Initiative at VPPPA Conference
VPP for Construction (VPPC), the last of three new Voluntary Protection Programs initiatives raised by OSHA two years ago, was announced by OSHA Administrator John Henshaw, Aug. 30 in Las Vegas during his keynote address at the 20th meeting of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) conference. VPPC joins VPP Corporate Pilot and OSHA Challenge Pilot as the newest member of OSHA's premier cooperative program. The agency is seeking public comment on the proposal, published in the Aug. 31 Federal Register. VPPC creates two categories of participation; one for long-term, site-based construction projects, and the other for companies, divisions, and other business units that employ mobile workforces.

Safety Information Available for Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery Workers
More than 30 safety and health experts from OSHA are on the ground in Florida providing technical assistance to thousands of workers involved in cleanup and recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Charley. OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said OSHA's presence is making a difference by providing important information on a myriad of safety issues, including electrical work, fall protection, and the safe operation of chain saws. Henshaw recorded public service announcements on specific hazards workers are routinely exposed to. Hurricane season is in full swing (at press time, "Frances" was headed toward the east coast of the United States). The agency has developed a special page on its website to provide information and resources to ensure workers safety during these operations.

Partnership Unites OSHA, Electrical Contractors, Labor, Industry Associations "Mutual respect and trust" is how OSHA Administrator John Henshaw described the foundation upon which a major strategic partnership was formed Aug. 20 when representatives of five electrical contractors, two trade associations, and a labor union joined him in signing an agreement that will benefit thousands of workers in the electrical transmission and distribution industry. The partnership defines five goals to help reduce fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the industry: identifying target areas; implementing best practices; training development; outreach and communication; and evaluation.

New Alliances Focus on Sheet Metal/Air Conditioning Contractors, Construction Workers
OSHA signed a national Alliance Aug. 16 with the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) to focus on fall protection, motor vehicle safety, and personal protective equipment issues within the industry. OSHA's El Paso, TX Area Office formed an Alliance Aug. 13 with El Paso-based 21st Century Resources, Inc. to promote construction safety. The organization is an employee leasing company representing more than 130 area construction companies that primarily employ Hispanic workers.

OSHA Strategic Partnership Program News
OSHA's New York Region recently signed a site-safety and health construction partnership to promote worker safety at a 24-story residential high-rise building at Battery Park City in Manhattan. Joining the region was Turner Construction Company, the Building and Construction Trades Council, the Building Trades Employer Association and the New York State On-Site Consultation Program. Johnston Contractors, Inc., and the Illinois Department of Commercial and Economic Opportunity are partnering with OSHA's Peoria, IL Area Office during construction of a 160,000 square foot multi-use community center in Bloomington, IL. OSHA's Baton Rouge, LA Area Office signed a partnership Aug. 26 with James Construction Group LLC and the Louisiana Department of Labor to protect construction workers during the two-year I-10/Picardy Interchange Project. Ensuring the safety of workers erecting a new 1,400-foot telecommunications tower in Omaha, NE, is the driving force of an agreement signed Aug. 24 between OSHA's Omaha Area Office and KETV (Hearst-Argyle Properties, Inc.), Richland Tower Services, LLC, and Radian Communications Services Corporation. Finally, OSHA's Denver Area Office is joining with the M.A. Mortenson Company and Civil Technology to promote job safety and health in the construction of the Denver Stapleton Redevelopment site. The project, expecte! d to take up to 15 years to complete, consists of about 4,700 acres being developed into a network of urban villages, employment centers and open space. OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program enables OSHA and its partners to work cooperatively to address critical safety and health issues.

NFPA Training and Professional Development

October 4 - 8
Attend the Las Vegas, NV Professional Development Week and get the information you need to stay current in your profession! Learn about the latest developments in fire, electrical, and life safety in an interactive format that helps you apply the Codes with confidence! All seminars are taught by distinguished experts, many of whom participate in the code-making process. You'll also earn valuable CEUs and have the chance to network with your peers.

Teflon Trial Will Be Public

As early as tomorrow, the EPA's Administrative Law Court could select a judge to preside over the Agency's litigation against Teflon maker DuPont. In July, the Agency filed a complaint that the Teflon maker illegally hid for some 20 years data about drinking water near its Teflon plant in Parkersburg, WV and that women who worked there passed the Teflon chemical through their blood to their babies. One of those two babies, born with birth defects resembling those in laboratory rats, was featured on ABC's "20/20" last November. Just last Friday, August 27, by failing to respond to EPA, DuPont passed up its chance to settle this case confidentially. Now, the Teflon maker could face a public trial and a fine of up to $313 million.
EPA's complaint against DuPont came after EWG petitioned the Agency in April, 2003. Teflon chemicals are used to make a wide variety of popular consumer products, including Teflon and other non-stick cookware, clothing, food packaging, cleaning products, furniture and carpet coatings, outdoor gear and more. They cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals and they do not break down. Studies are finding them in animal and people's blood on several continents. Researchers estimate that over 95% of Americans have these Teflon chemicals in their blood.

12 AUGUST 2004
DuPont Files Redundant Response to Coverup Charges
DuPont is continuing to make the same excuses to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their violations of federal law. An analysis by EWG of DuPont's 2003 response to EPA's original inquiry still applies, since their defense has not changed, even after EPA announced it will formally take action against DuPont for violating section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Several days ago, EWG asked enforcement chief Skinner to levy the maximum possible fine -- $313 million -- after EPA found DuPont hid Teflon pollution data for decades. The Teflon chemical never breaks down, causes cancer in lab animals, and was recently discovered in human blood on four continents.
EPA Complaint (PDF) | DuPont's Response (PDF)

26 JULY 2004
Teflon Troubles Expand to Asia
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) July 8 announcement that it would soon fine DuPont for illegally hiding information about a birth defect study and drinking water contamination prompted Chinese officials to make some announcements of their own. News stories reported that Chinese officials plan to test Teflon cookware for safety, and stores in China began removing pots and pans from their shelves. Just days later, the Korean Times reported that Korean men and women have higher levels of the Teflon chemical in their blood than do men and women in other parts of the world.
On or before August 8, EWG researchers expect DuPont to formally reject EPA's charge. EWG wrote to EPA Administrator Leavitt requesting that the fine match the crime, and that DuPont be forced to pay at least one year's worth of Teflon profits for its illegal suppression of health and safety data for this chemical which does not break down, causes cancer and other illnesses in laboratory animals and has contaminated human blood as well as air and water worldwide.

Fast Food Companies Asked to Disclose Use of Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging
In the growing controversy over the toxicity and pervasiveness of a group of chemicals, the Environmental Working Group asked the CEOs of nine major fast food corporations - Burger King, KFC, Krispy Kreme, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Subway and Wendy's - to disclose the use of these chemicals in their packaging.

The chemicals - fluorinated telomers - can break down into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is used to make Teflon. PFOA is toxic at low levels and is found in more than 90% of Americans.

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NEMA, NECA at Work on Second Joint National Electrical Installation Standard (tm)

Bethesda, MD - NECA/NEMA 605, Nonmetallic Underground Utility Duct, will be the second standard jointly developed by two leading electrical industry organizations. Currently out to ANSI letter ballot, it is expected to be published in the spring of 2005. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) publishes technical standards that define the ratings and performance characteristics of electrical construction products ranging from conduits to motors to metal-enclosed switchgear; there are over 250 NEMA standards publications in print. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) publishes a smaller series of construction "best practices" known as the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS).
This is the second time that NECA and NEMA have teamed up together to develop a joint NEIS. The first was NECA/NEMA 105-2002, Recommended Practice for Installing Metal Cable Tray Systems. Many of the National Electrical Installation Standards published to date have been developed in collaboration with other industry expert groups. "It's our preferred way to work," explains Brooke Stauffer, executive director for standards and safety at NECA. "Creating electrical construction practices with groups like NEMA not only lets us piggyback on their technical expertise; it means the resulting publications are seen as true industry standards."
"We are pleased that NECA has chosen one of NEMA's standards to include in their NEIS series," says Rae Hamilton, vice president of communications at NEMA. "The series is of great value to electricians and helps disseminate important technical information to the field. Ultimately, it serves an important public safety goal." NECA develops joint National Electrical Installation Standards with a total of eight other expert groups. They are:

The Aluminum Association
BICSI (telecommunications installers)
Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA)
Fiber Optic Association (FOA)
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Armored Cable Manufacturers Association
(NACMA) Steel Tube Institute (STI)

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

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

CommScope to Participate in Smith Barney Citigroup 2004 Technology Conference Thursday September 2, 1:00 pm ET

HICKORY, N.C., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV - News), a world leader in cable and connectivity solutions, announced today that it plans to participate in the Smith Barney Citigroup 2004 Technology Conference. The conference is being held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. Investors are invited to listen to a live audio webcast of CommScope Chairman and CEO Frank Drendel at 8:40 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 8, available at or through a link on the Investor Relations Presentations Page of CommScope's website at . The link to our presentation will be live just prior to the start of the presentation and will be available for on- demand use within 24 hours after our presentation is over. The webcast will be available from our website for a limited period of time following the conference.
CommScope is a world leader in the design and manufacture of 'last mile' cable and connectivity solutions for communication networks. Through our SYSTIMAX® Solutions and Uniprise(TM) brands we are the global leader in structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications. We are also the world's largest manufacturer of coaxial cable for Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with high-performance wired or wireless cabling solutions.

General Cable and striking workers agree to deal

Sept 3, 2004 - General Cable Corp. said on Friday it had reached a one-year agreement with striking workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The workers at the telecommunications cable maker, who had not reported to work since their vote to strike on Aug. 29, will return to work on Sept. 7, the company said in a press release.

General Cable Corporation announced that it has reached a one year agreement with Local Union No. 2155, of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The Local Union, which represents 187 production and maintenance workers at the Company's Bonham, Texas plant, voted to ratify the agreement earlier today. The union members, who have not reported to work since their vote to strike on August 29th, will return to work on Tuesday, September 7th.

"We are pleased that an agreement could be reached quickly," said Jim Barney, Senior Vice President and General Manager of General Cable's Communications business. "We are eager to get our Bonham associates back to work early next week so that we can continue to service our customers with excellence."

SBC Communications (Southwestern Bell) is on the move

SBC Communications (Southwestern Bell) is on the move with upgrades in several data centers.
We heard that they are switching out some CISCO routers for the Foundry switches. The SBC people are following the recommended protocol and specifications by using the SMP ( Superior Modular Products) 25 pair telco solution. HATS OFF to SBC for going for the top quality and it's MADE IN THE USA.

The RJ21X Cross Connect and Data Center solutions available from Superior Modular Products are being adopted by several SBC Data Center locations countrywide. SMP's Cross Connect solution is being used in conjunction with the 10/100 RJ21X switch modules in Big Iron Chassis from Foundry Networks and is providing best of class cable management in network segments where densities are at their highest. SBC is also adopting SMP's cabling solution for structured cabling in the Data Center. The solution allows Gigabit over Copper transmission between Data Center Zones using factory terminated and tested Cable Assemblies and Patch Panels. Ease of termination, reduced installation time, and guaranteed throughput performance identify this solution as a preferred structured cabling specification in Data Centers today.

Patch Panels and Cable Assemblies used in this solution are proudly "Made in the USA" at the SMP manufacturing facility located in Swannanoa, NC.

Superior Modular Products,, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Preformed Line Products in Cleveland, OH.


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

BICSI Training — Technician
Sept 13 - 17, 2004
ComNet Communications Training Center
Dallas, Texas

Exhibits: September 22 - 24th, 2004
The Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

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

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

Data Center World
October 3 - 6, 2004
Marriott Marquis Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

October 4 - 7, 2004
Las Vegas, NV

NECA 2004 Convention & Trade Show
October 16 - 19th, 2004
Los Angeles, CA

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


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