Leading the Way with Innovation

Innovation was on display at last week’s Cabling Innovators Awards, sponsored by Cabling Installation & Maintenance. Panduit was honored to accept three of the awards, recognizing our customers and us for bringing innovation to network design and installation.1504CIMawardBlu

Cisco Canada was honored with a platinum award for its new Canadian Headquarters facility. “The new  Cisco Canada Headquarters is a living example of how we can harness the power of the Internet of Everything to create a smart building that’s truly sustainable and a leader in energy efficiency,” said Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation, Cisco. The LEED-certified building is considered to be the smartest building in North America and operates on a single, converged IP network, with electricity delivered primarily via Power over Ethernet (PoE). The building features 1,400 PoE LED lighting fixtures and 1,800 PoE controllers for the HVAC system, delivered via Panduit patch cabling. “We are proud to be working with Panduit to support initiatives like this and honored to be sharing this award with them,” Huijbregts added.

Panduit Innovator AwardsWe also accepted a Silver award on behalf of Royal Caribbean for the Quantum of the Seas. Quantum of the Seas was the first of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships, with a wealth of technology onboard: superfast wireless speeds; RFID luggage tracking; virtual balconies in interior cabins; and even robotic bartenders. The network infrastructure that supports all of this technology is delivered via Panduit QuickNet Copper and Fiber Pre-terminated Cabling Solutions. The pre-terminated solution was selected to speed remote installation and limit installation expenses.

The third award we received recognizes our Turn-Tell Labeling. A network service provider in Japan selected these innovative labels for an application that required labeling on each end of thousands of connections in a high-density network. The labels can be turned after they’ve been applied, without twisting the cabling.

“I would like to congratulate Panduit on their Silver–level honoree status,” said Cabling Installation & Maintenance Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative projects in the structured cabling industry. We are pleased to celebrate Panduit‘s Silver status and recognize their contribution to the structured cabling industry.”

The awards were determined by a panel of judges comprised of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast professional experience.

For 60 years, our customers and partners have trusted Panduit to deliver electrical and networking products that make their business better. From the first panel conduit to the latest in fiber connectivity, Panduit delivers innovation.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive When It Comes To Your Maintenance Repair Operations

Every year, the rail industry spends billions of dollars to improve the national infrastructure. For example, American freight railroads spent $28 billion in 2014, and a projected $29 billion in 2015 on infrastructure and equipment. Although new projects draw the most attention, the majority of spend is on routine maintenance repair operations to ensure continuous safety and efficiency of the railroad system. There is a definite correlation between the increase in rail network investments and enhanced safety performance.

After a recent US passenger train accident last month, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory for passenger railroads. The railroads are recommended to use an existing technology called Automatic Train Control (ATC) to alert trains appearing to be travelling at an excessive speed, in hopes they reduce their speed as they approach a curve or bridge. (On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak passenger train carrying 243 passengers and crew members derailed killing eight and injuring more than 200. The train was travelling well above the allowable speed limit for that area).

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Cabling Infrastructure for Wireless Access Points

Wireless Access Points (WAPs) have become a common installation in the Enterprise space. How do you know what cabling infrastructure is right to get optimum performance from your WAP? The answer is simple: new permanent installations call for Category 6A.

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Category 6A in the Enterprise

The rollout of new AC wireless access points in the enterprise represents the first multi-gigabit application to be deployed in the enterprise. This is a perfect time to review the media choices being made to ensure your physical infrastructure is capable of supporting the application for the life of the enterprise. If we compare the relative cost per Gigabit for category 6A and single gig infrastructures, we find that category 6A (10GBASE-T) is more cost-effective per gigabit:

Cost per GB

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Connecting in Industrial Automation

Ethernet network cabling in the enterprise is almost exclusively based on structured cabling. Greatly simplifying , structured cabling is based on connecting equipment, e.g. network switch to a personal computer, using solid conductor horizontal cable terminated at both ends with a jack mounted in a patch panel, wall faceplate or similar, and then making the connections from the jacks to active equipment using flexible, stranded patch cords. One benefit of doing this is that the horizontal cable with jacks forms the basis of a testable permanent link.

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Segmenting Networks for Security

Historically, there has been little convergence between manufacturing and enterprise in the plant network. Instead, there are multiple, separate Network Locksnetworks – one network may run fieldbus protocol at the device level, another network may run ControlNet protocol for machine-to-machine
communications, while a third protocol, such as Ethernet, or a proprietary network, links the machines to data acquisition and storage units for reporting or archiving. Meanwhile, a separate network, often an extension of the office Ethernet network, is on the plant floor, enabling workstation access to work orders and task instructions.

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Stainless Steel Cable Ties in Harsh Environments

Keeping your communications and power cables properly and safely installed in harsher environments such as Shipbuilding, Oil & Gas, and Chemical processing plants, as well as other similar applications, can be a challenge. However, it needs to be taken very seriously, otherwise the facility and personnel are being placed at elevated risk of injury or other adverse effects.

In order to ensure that proper cable fastening solutions are being implemented in these harsh environments, many times stainless steel cable ties will be specified for use.  However, not all stainless cable ties are created equal, and it is critical to thoroughly evaluate available options in order to choose the one that is safest and most reliable.

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Why Is My Cable Pathway Upside Down?

Upside Down Design Can Keep Your Installation Costs Right Side Up


One of the most common questions asked about the Wyr-Grid Overhead Cable Pathway System is “why is it upside down?”


The Wyr-Grid tray is “upside down” because the design is based on a strong wire mesh platform reinforced with 1-1/2” high wire mesh walls that are oriented downward giving the appearance of an up-side down wire mesh tray. While appearing unconventional, this design combines the best attributes of cable runway with the flexibility and utility of wire mesh pathways.

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New NFPA 70E Labeling Requirements

The NFPA 70E Standard provides guidelines for electrical safety in the workplace. Recently this standard has been updated to provide consistency of terms with other standards that address hazards and risk.

Some of these changes introduced new terms such as arc flash risk assessment to replace arc flash analysis and shock risk assessment to replace shock hazard analysis.

Determining the Arc Flash Risk Assessment and Shock Risk Assessment for electrical devices provides important information to warn of the specific risks associated with an energized piece of equipment. This information is communicated to workers through the use of equipment labels.

In Section 130.5(D) of the 2015 NFPA 70E Standard new requirements for Arc Flash Warning Labels are explained.

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The Problem with High Density Fiber Enclosures – and the Solution

Last week I posted a blog about what is driving the adoption of high density fiber enclosures. High density fiber enclosures can help reduce the high cost of real estate. Possibly, one might find themselves with a data center where space is constrained so a high density fiber enclosure can help ease those space constraints.   I also said that high density fiber enclosures are used in data centers that are revenue generators because they make it possible to include more revenue-generating active equipment.

So a high density fiber enclosure helps add more equipment to a finite amount of space, but, as they say, there is no free lunch.

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