Set your project up to avoid disaster and remain compliant with short circuit protection

When the decision is made to launch infrastructure projects, the engineers responsible for their design undoubtedly look forward to seeing their vision come to fruition. They want to create a lasting impact, and they want to help those needing their work, but there are several ways for projects to go wrong before they can benefit those they’re being worked on for.

It is imperative that engineers know how to protect their designs, and at the forefront of avoiding significant setbacks is the prevention of short circuit events. By preventing these occurrences downtime can be reduced, damage to equipment can be avoided, and the workforce can be protected from significant injuries or death. However, when it comes to short circuit event protection, the U.S. is far behind Europe and Asia.

When it comes to U.S. electrical code, like NEC, cable cleats are not mandatory like they are elsewhere in the world. While they are designed and tested to ensure the retention and support of cables, the U.S. has lagged in the benefits. The approach to cable cleats in North America historically has involved just throwing cables into a tray with no coding, meaning if a short circuit event occurs, the cables and cable trays will fly out and immediately cause catastrophic damage. This is especially common when it comes to thermal expansion, which Panduit has created solutions to be properly ready for.

However, internationally the IEC 61914 standard has been adequately used, especially in Europe and Asia, to calculate the forces between two conductors in the event of a significant fault in order to specify the correct type of cable cleats being used in those regional projects. This European standard, not officially used on U.S. soil, especially helps with cable routing in harsh industrial environments.

Fortunately for the U.S. this disparity won’t always be the case. As American projects continue to experience setbacks because of their struggle to anticipate thermal changes and expansion, the future holds the likelihood of standards migration and harmonization. By anticipating this change, EPCs can future proof their projects to remain compliant while avoiding the disasters that come from short circuit events.

Panduit recommends the use of its cable cleat offerings – stainless steel locking tie cleats, stainless steel strap cleats, and clamp-style cable cleats – for many reasons, but one particular way Panduit benefits EPCs, is through their ability to allow for future proofing.

Stainless steel locking tie cleats feature a polyurethane cushion to prevent damage to cables and mounting brackets to secure the tie to various styles of ladder rack. These cleats are suited for lower to medium peak short circuit current requirements and can be installed using a manual or battery-operated installation tool, which helps reduce installation time.

Stainless steel strap cleats also feature a polyurethane cushion sleeve to prevent damage to cable and mounting brackets to secure the strap to various styles of ladder rack. These cleats are suited for a broad range of peak short circuit current requirements, including some of the higher peak kA requirements. A manually-operated installation tool provides quick installation.

Clamp-style cable cleats are a widely used cleat solution also suited for a broad range of peak short circuit current requirements and are the most durable for high peak kA requirements.

Not only do these offerings allow the EPCs who use them to rest assured that their projects will be successfully completed without short circuit events, but they will also be given the peace of mind that comes from knowing their project will be compliant and need no re-work when international standards are harmonized and migrated here to the U.S.

This means that, not only will the engineers creating infrastructure project designs be assured their vision won’t be altered by the potential for a short circuit event, but they’ll also know and be assured that their vision will stay intact for the duration of its lifecycle because of its adherence to any impending standards harmonization and migration.

What to Know Before You Go to BICSI Winter in Orlando

5 Reasons to Visit Panduit and General Cable at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

BICSI Winter, taking place January 20 – 24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is the show for people who design, install, and run networks or network-connected devices and systems. So it makes perfect sense that our best-in-class infrastructure products should take center stage.

Here are the top five attractions that Panduit and General Cable – or PanGen – has planned for Booth #709 at BICSI Winter:

1. POE Extenders

Our PoE Extenders are ideal for remote applications such as security cameras or entry ways that are outside of the 100m reach of the channel. In fact, they can deliver power and data up to 2,000 feet. As buildings become smarter and more automated they present more opportunities for our partners, and these innovative cable and connectors meet all critical requirements for PoE delivery.

2. Vertical Cable Management

Rising real estate costs combined with limited space in telecom rooms has created the dual challenge of fitting in as much equipment as possible yet still offering sufficient cable capacity.

Part of a high-density cabling solution that manages high performance network cabling and equipment in less area than required by conventional cable management systems, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager can be installed by one person and routes 17% more cables on average.

In head-to-head testing, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager took 7 minutes less to install than competitive offerings. You won’t see that kind of dueling excitement at Harry Potter World – and they have wands.

3. Fiber Connectivity

Optical fiber is the only transmission medium capable of supporting the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices and applications.

Panduit’s new Splice-On Connector, paired with the Sumitomo Quantum™ Fusion Splicer, helps to future-proof networks with high bandwidth and high-speed transmission, and makes quick work of connecting LC or SC connectors – whether for running fiber to the desktop or connecting telecommunications rooms to the main data center.

4. Next Generation Category 6A Cable

At 0.25” diameter, this latest offering from General Cable and Panduit delivers 10G data transmission for data-hungry applications, in a tiny package, that is easy to install and improves pathway capacity. This small but mighty cable is the industry’s best at managing Power over Ethernet and offers the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

5. Intelligent Power Distribution Units

SmartZone G5 PDUs offer maximized outlet density, and give customers the ability to monitor power consumption, environmental factors and security at the server cabinet level. There are more than 70 different configurations to meet the needs of any installation.

See the complete PanGen cabling and connectivity solutions at PanGen Booth #709

Power of Panduit and General Cable Partnership in Action at BICSI

See the Power of the PanGen Partnership in Action at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Since 2004, contractors and end-users have counted on Panduit and General Cable for a PanGen end-to-end network infrastructure cabling and connectivity solution to meet the needs of their most demanding projects. With BICSI Winter happening January 20-24 in Orlando – and 2019 marking the fifteenth year of the PanGen partnership – the time was right to chat with both Kayla Bedford, who is Strategic Alliance Manager at Panduit and Dale Langhans, her counterpart at General Cable, to hear what PanGen has planned at BICSI Winter 2019.

Fifteen years is quite some time. Tell us, how has the partnership evolved over time and what’s new that readers should know about?

It’s hard to believe that Panduit and General Cable have been bringing PanGen solutions to market for 15 years. We are the longest partnership in the industry, and are only getting stronger!

We have a shared vision and belief that a properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is fundamental for every business and institution – especially in this era of new high-bandwidth applications.

We’re all about giving our customers the network performance and reliability that they need, and we do that with high-performance infrastructure solutions. We take a lot of pride in knowing that we’re helping people confidently spec, quote, install and certify their network infrastructure. Our structured cabling solutions make it easy to deliver new services, lower network maintenance costs and increase efficiency.

And the great news for our customers is that today we are stronger than ever. The recent Prysmian acquisition of General Cable brings additional strengths as a result of Prysmian’s global footprint and increased fiber offerings. Prysmian is the largest producer of wire and cable products, globally!

That’s great. So Panduit and General Cable will be at BISCI. What can visitors look forward to seeing and learning about?

We will be featuring the industry’s smallest Cat 6A copper cable! The award-winning solution delivers the smallest cable diameter (0.250”) for improved pathway capacity and easier installation. Two versions of the cable are available: One has a solid barrier tape and the other has a barrier tape that is cut into segments of varying length for the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

That cable is recognized in the industry as the best for delivering Power over Ethernet to things like security cameras, access points and desktop phones, which are already on the network, so it’s logical that they’re powered via the same Ethernet cable. We’ll be showing visitors how the cable manages the temperature rise that is typical with PoE.

And, speaking of PoE, Panduit will also be demonstrating a product that was recently introduced that extends PoE reach for remote applications. Think a security camera on top of a building or in a parking lot, or access control at an entry gate or door. With this new solution, we can extend data and power to those applications.

Also, being featured will be our full data center, digital building, and telco room solutions – cabinets and racks, patching, jacks, plugs, AV, fiber optics, pathways, power supply – pretty much our end-to-end solution! And, we will also highlight our industrial connectivity for those connecting equipment on the plant floor. As we mentioned, there will be a lot going on!

Another solution we will be featuring is the infrastructure that is the foundation for the PoE LED lighting solution at the Waldinger Corporation. This PanGen project was recognized during BICSI Fall with a Platinum Award (the highest possible award) in the annual Cabling Innovators Awards. This solution delivers power and data over twisted pair cable to LED lighting. The application significantly improved lighting performance, as well as control and intelligence.

It sounds like BICSI is a pretty big deal for PanGen, yes?

It really is. It is a great opportunity to connect with our core audience, to hear first-hand about their opportunities and obstacles. Of course, it’s a great for showcasing our products, but we also love hearing first-hand about what people are struggling with, the successes they’ve had, and the innovative ways they’re using our products. This opens up great conversation right on the show floor where we can immediately share product application solutions that covert our customer’s obstacles into real-time answers.

What would you suggest readers headed to BICSI check out? What are the must-see happenings on and off the show floor?

Three things come to mind: First, if you’ll be in town on Sunday January 20 for the pre-conference seminars, we suggest attending the talk “The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy” from 1:00- 4:30 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, where BICSI takes place. A panel of experts including David Asta, Data Center Applications Engineer at Panduit, will be discussing industry best practices and standards for fiber design and installation.

We also recommend Shelly Palmer’s keynote address on Tuesday morning at 8:45am. Shelly is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory firm, that focused on machine learning and data driven decision-making. It should be interesting to hear.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to stop by our booth! We will look forward to seeing you there!

Visit PanGen Booth #709
Stop in to see our solutions at work – and enter for a chance to win a YETI TUNDRA cooler

“The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy”
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Sunday January 20, 1:00- 4:30

Utilizing Large Contract Buyers Helps Wire Harness Manufacturers Navigate Nylon 6/6 Shortages

The practical applications for Nylon 6/6 are incredibly vast today, more-so than when it first rose to prominence during 1940s wartime. While this has been great for the advancement of innovation, it has resulted in its demand to increase and its supply to correspondingly decrease.

What Is Causing The Shortage?

Manufactured in four high-volume plants – three in the U.S. and one in France – Nylon 6/6 is primarily used when high mechanical strength, great rigidity, and good stability under heat is required. While markets for Nylon 6/6 include industrial applications, power tools, and cable ties, most of it goes into auto applications. This can include air intake manifolds, ball bearing cages, bushings, gears, electrical components, oil pans, and other various machined parts and under hood components. But perhaps most prominently, Nylon 6/6 is the material that makes up most airbags.

This is notable because safety regulations and standards are becoming increasingly more stringent and widespread. With no signs of that trend slowing down, the need for Nylon 6/6 will increasingly become that much greater. And because the global economy has been recession-free for nearly a decade, car production is booming. Demand for Nylon 6/6 has never been greater.

Unfortunately, production of it is struggling to keep up. Demand for it is growing at the same time the world supply is decreasing, and OEM customers who are standardized on it may experience spot shortages. As a result, wire harness manufacturers need to prepare and act to protect their core business. The best way to do this is to partner with large contract buyers.

Large Contract Buying Vs. Spot Purchasing

Large contract buying is one of two traditional methods for obtaining Nylon 6/6. It’s where companies – like Panduit – contract with companies to guarantee them a percentage of their business and in return they get a guaranteed contract price and continuity of supply. So if a disaster or accident decreases the supply further, large contract buyers go to the front of the line for the remaining supply when there is an allocation.

At the back of the line and potentially without supply? Those using the other method of obtaining Nylon 6/6 – spot purchasing. This method is used by those requiring smaller amounts of the material.

With spot purchasing, cable tie manufacturers are reaching out to their suppliers to conduct one-off purchases. This allows for manufacturers to shop for the best price at any given time and keep that supply stored. This can be advantageous in a long market because the plants have capacity that needs to go somewhere, so they attempt to get what they can for it. However, in a short market, spot purchasers are at an extremely high disadvantage and may be unable to get Nylon 6/6 if the supply runs out.

Breaking down both strategies is a risk mitigation exercise. When supply is low, companies and large contract buyers like Panduit will get their Nylon 6/6. Spot purchasers? Potentially not. Not to mention, the market doesn’t dictate the price of large contract buyer supplies like it does for spot purchasers. While their price is not completely fixed, large contract buyers are more reliably low than spot buyers.

What Can You Do To Ensure You Don’t Experience An Interruption?

It’s no secret that the supply chain of Nylon 6/6 is under extreme pressure. But this bleak forecast doesn’t need to be a cause for concern for wire harness manufacturers who partner with wire management solutions providers that use a dependable long-term logistics model. Utilizing the services of large contract buyers like Panduit, wire harness manufacturers can ensure the supply of Nylon 6/6 won’t affect the productivity of their business and that prices won’t wildly fluctuate on the products they need.

5 Mega Trends Driving the Future Direction of Data Centers

2018 was a spectacular year for change around the data centre environment. While researching my new paper – ‘Light into Money – The Future of Fibre Optics in Data Centre  Networks’, There have been various bubbling under technologies that have broken through and are providing the impetus to some radical cloud environments.

  1. Edge Computingless edgy more mainstream – We are seeing leading businesses and organisations heavily invest in technology that will demand ‘both’ growth of centralised cloud data centre services and driving the requirement for a whole new breed of Edge data centres placing compute capability where it’s needed. Placing analysis and response processing close to the source allows data users to optimise response times. The Edge is driving efficient bandwidth utilisation and minimising connections and physical reach (distance) that introduce latency into the infrastructure. Together with other data growth areas, Edge Computing applications will generate petabytes of data, daily, by 2020. Systems that intelligently process data to create business advantage will be essential to our customers’ future prosperity.
  2. Hyperscale – data centre investment – Efficiency gained on the coat tails of giants – Industry titans, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Asian public cloud players Alibaba and Ten Cent are investing heavily, not only in new facilities, but the technology platforms that are enabling ever faster data transport and processing. The global hyperscale data centre market size is expected to grow from $25.08 billion in 2017 to $80.65 billion by 2022. Established businesses competing with the web scale firms cannot afford to be constricted by legacy technologies, to remain competitive you must build new platforms and invest in the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure.
  3. Solid State StorageNo Flash in the pan – Flash storage is replacing disk drives across the industry for high performance compute environments. Flash technology is on trend with the demand for higher bandwidth and low latency requirements of big data workloads. As our customers’ data volumes increase, new access and storage techniques such as Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) delivers to eliminate data bottlenecks in the data centre and Edge environments. Flash offers a more efficient cabinet and rack footprint and far greater power efficiency over disk drives. As the requirement for storage space multiples this is a significant advantage.
  4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) – disruption driving growth – AI together with Machine Learning (ML) require machine to machine communications at network speeds and the data volumes that have serious implications for network topologies and connectivity. An example of this is seen in the Ethernet switch market, which has seen incredible growth of 25 and 100Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports shipments. These and new higher speed Ethernet ports will be essential to the growth of AI and Machine Learning applications, as the volume of data required are in the petabyte scale. We are working with partners on high speed and high-quality infrastructure and the next generation topologies to support this data volume growth. Read more on this subject in the report – Light into Money.
  5. Converged technologysimplify to clarify – To build more efficient data centres it is agreed that simplified designs on flexible infrastructure platforms are required to achieve more agile organisations. We are witnessing increased automation, more integrated solutions and software defined capabilities that are reducing the reliance on silo-systems. This allows users to taking advantage of highly flexible infrastructure to drive more capacity, monitoring and analysis and increase efficiency within the data centre. Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure are taking advantage of the many of the topics discussed above to build the future cloud.

Understanding how leaders in the market are moving forward provides stepping stones for all of us to develop our platforms and data centres to take advantage of new developments. However, we must not follow blindly, it is essential that our designs and solutions create the most effective and efficient solution for our needs, and we can only do this when we step out of the silo and view the wider opportunities.

Bandwidth Bottleneck – How to De-stress the Data Center Infrastructure

The IT industry does an excellent job in advance positioning the next great innovation. We have been just a step away from the internet of things (IoT) for over 20-years, AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been around for as long as I can remember, and solid-state memory is set to take over from disk drives and tape, speeding access, saving space, energy and resources. Maturity of technology can be mapped using a ‘hype cycle’ concept model, in simple terms… as time moves forward the ‘hype’ becomes reality and ‘quantum leaps’ are ever closer.
Explosive data growth and need for ubiquitous storage and processing is undisputed, which leaves the question – is it time to believe the hype?

Preparing for tomorrow’s future is crucial for business survival

In data center network communications, multiple technologies are converging to deliver growth of emerging, data intensive applications from e-health and media and content delivery, to sensor connected devices and automotive vehicles.

With volumes of data set to grow exponentially, the method of gathering, storing, processing and transmitting across the data center will be seriously hindered without infrastructure that meets latency and bandwidth performance requirements now, and for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, when technologies such as AI and Machine Learning (ML) become mainstream, individual data sets will run to 100s of terabytes. Meanwhile M2M data is expected to outstrip enterprise and personal data within the next five years. This increase in data traffic is already creating bottlenecks within legacy data centers, with every gateway and connection reducing the overall performance potential of the system.

My latest research white paper, ‘Light into Money – The Future of Fibre Optics in the Data Centre Networks’ investigates the drivers for the current and next generation infrastructure needed to support the data center industry and facilitate the high bandwidth, low latency platforms required in the multi-petabyte traffic era.

With an understanding of the opportunities available and the technologies influencing change we can plan better and prepare our structures to operate at the most appropriate levels. We can learn from the hyperscale designers who are designing systems with equipment manufacturers to optimize requirements for use, to attract these fast-growing applications into the cloud.

Each of these technology advances reflects the rapid growth of the global digital economy which is creating demand for greater network speed and performance from the internet backbone right into the core of the data center.

Key challenges for the infrastructure network are the ever-growing demand for faster speed – 10GE, 25GE, 40GE, 50GE and 100GE today, with 200GE – 400GE with predicted rollout as early as 2019. Together with new network architectures designed to maximise performance, the physical infrastructure must be designed to enable rapid and seamless deployment of new switching technologies.

Data bottlenecks will continue to be a growing problem if infrastructure and data center businesses focus on short term fixes. Network infrastructure is as vital as data center power and cooling, without appropriate investment it could significantly reduce both the life cycle and ROI.

My white paper – Light into Money – The Future of Fibre Optics in the Data Centre Networks is free to download @ Light into Money – The Future of Fibre Optics in the Data Centre Networks’

Case Study: Meeting the Latest Emissions Standards and Increasing Overall Productivity

Panduit Helps Improve Truck Sustainability and Assembly Line Efficiency for Iveco/CNH Industrial Group

As the winner of multiple Sustainable Truck of the Year awards, Iveco/CNH Industrial Group has proven itself to be a leader in environmental thinking. The company is the only vehicle manufacturer to offer ecological diesel and natural gas engines on its entire range of vehicles, and the first full-line commercial vehicle manufacturer to develop engines optimized for use with compressed natural gas (CNG).

While Iveco/CNH Industrial Group knows its stuff when it comes to vehicle manufacturing, the company needed to quickly modify current truck designs to comply with the Euro 6 standard, which defines the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions. The company also needed to speed up productivity by improving its assembly line efficiency.

Challenge

To remove more pollutants, the new standard required more heat for its exhaust temperatures. This meant Iveco/CNH Industrial Group had to reevaluate the truck’s support system beyond the engine and exhaust and properly anchor two cables alongside the engine muffler. The cable-anchoring solution needed to withstand temperatures up to 392°F (200°C), be weather-resistant, and pass select chemical resistance tests.

Solution

Iveco/CNH Industrial Group chose Panduit’s high-temp, corrosion-resistant fasteners to secure the wiring underneath the trucks. Each product was specifically selected to address a wide variety of application circumstances involving temperature, weathering, and other environmental impacts.

While addressing the emissions issue, we observed that the assembly was taking too long, so we introduced the PAT 4.0 cable tie system. This system is 6X quicker in installing harnesses.

Result

Not only did our solution allow Iveco/CNH Industrial Group to showcase its new trucks with confidence, we helped it get work done quicker while saving money. With improved assembly line efficiency, the company now has improved productivity, enhanced performance, and lower installed cost. To top it off, the workers are more efficient because the PAT 4.0 is 50% lighter and reduces shock by more than 40%.

Now Iveco/CNH Industrial Group can breathe easier as it maintains its position at the head of the
environmental pack.

See How Panduit Did It

Learn how Panduit taught Iveco/CNH Industrial Group to breathe easier: Read the full case study or watch the video.

 

Panduit Event Series: Panduit and Rockwell Automation Partnership

Panduit and Rockwell Automation: A Sum That’s Bigger Than the Parts

Rockwell Automation Fair logoWith Rockwell Automation Fair 2018 right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to talk with Jeff Beller, who is Panduit’s business development manager for industrial automation infrastructure, as well as the point person for Panduit’s alliance with Rockwell Automation.

Here are some highlights from our interview, including Jeff’s take on what not to miss at Automation Fair on November 14 -15 in Philadelphia.

Jeff, thanks for making time to talk with us today. With Automation Fair just a week away, I’m sure you have lots to do before you leave for Philly.

Our list is longer than the Rocky Steps, but it’s all good. Automation Fair is my passion and our team’s moment of glory.

Passion and glory? Was that an intentional nod to the Rocky theme song Eye of the Tiger, or did you just get lucky?

That was luck.

I thought that might be the case. Speaking of luck, Panduit is lucky enough to have a ton of opportunities to connect with customers at Automation Fair. Can you tell us a little bit about what you have going on?

Sure, so we’ll be showcasing solutions at several locations throughout the show floor. There’s the Panduit booth of course, Booth #349, where we have tons of exciting stuff happening. We’re showing how we ‘turn standards into solutions’ with a new industrial connectivity demonstration board and the launch of our NEMA-12 rated Micro Data Center solution.

We’re also in several of the Rockwell Automation booths: Connected Services, Connected Enterprise, Intelligent Packaged Power and Smart Devices. And we are also pleased to partner with another Rockwell Encompass partner, Eplan, where they will demonstrate integration of Panduit solutions into their control panel design platform.

That is a big presence, no wonder you are so excited. I’m assuming not every company gets to be in six booths?

You are right, most companies don’t get this opportunity, and we’re very grateful. It is reflective of our long-standing relationship with Rockwell, our commitment and support of the partner ecosystem and our increasing relevance in the industrial and manufacturing space. We’ve been a Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner since 1999 and a Strategic Alliance partner since 2012. It’s a collaboration we very much value, and one that helps us – and by us I mean both Panduit and Rockwell – to really help our customers. We’re working together on business strategy, product innovation and partner enablement programs.

Rockwell is all about industrial automation and information – I mean it says so right in their name.

And for customers to fully benefit from automation they need a physical infrastructure – networking, connectivity, intelligence – from the enterprise to the edge. That’s where Panduit shines strong. We understand customer needs on the plant floor as well as what’s happening with the enterprise network piece that needs to work with it. So it’s really about closing that physical infrastructure gap in OT the way it has long been done in IT.

So it sounds like Panduit’s relationship with Rockwell extends far beyond the Automation Fair show floor?

Absolutely. For example, we align our respective areas of complementary domain expertise to develop solutions, as well as offer joint product promotions and network project services to our customers. We also collaborate in developing and delivering training and services enablement for our partners.

Sounds like a power house team to me. Tell us, what types of Panduit-Rockwell solutions should attendees keep an eye out for?

There is so much to see at Automation Fair, here are some of the highlights:

  • In the Rockwell Smart Devices booth, check out the Panduit VeriSafe™ Absence of Voltage Tester, which determines the absence of voltage with a push of a button, integrated with Rockwell’s MCC solution. Also, try out the new Rockwell push-in terminal block using Panduit ferrules and crimping tools.
  • In the Rockwell Intelligent Packaged Power booth, check out the IntelliCENTER Integration Unit. It’s engineered by Rockwell and built by Panduit, and provides data integration of electrical power and distribution into the control system architecture.
  • The Rockwell Industrial Data Center (IDC) solution, which is powered by Panduit data center and connectivity infrastructure, will be in the Connected Services, Connected Enterprise and Intelligent Packaged Power booths.
  • Also in the Connected Services booth, learn how Panduit physical infrastructure design services are combined and leveraged to provide a standards-based holistic network solution for customers.
  • And don’t even think about leaving the show without visiting Rockwell’s Innovation booth for a glimpse into where the industry is headed.

Earlier you mentioned something about turning ‘standards into solutions’ inside the Panduit booth. What is that all about?

Oh right, yes, in the Panduit booth we’ll be showing attendees how we ‘turn standards into solutions’ with our complete portfolio of industrial connectivity, network building blocks and control panel build solutions. We bring to life the concept and standard of MICE analysis with a connectivity demonstration that also includes a couple of new Rockwell products being introduced.

Also in our booth will be the new NEMA-12 rated Micro Data Center (MDC), which enables secure reliable deployment of FactoryTalk/PlantPAx applications out on the plant floor where a controlled room environment space is not available.

Q: Jeff, thanks so much. Our readers will surely appreciate these tips. We know you have to go, but one last question: Where can we find you at Automation Fair in case we have other questions?

I’ll be at Panduit Booth 349 much of the time and assisting with our Technical Session titled Panduit: The Control Cabinet on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 AM.

Where to find Jeff and the Panduit team at Automation Fair in Philadelphia:

Visit Panduit Booth #349
Stop in to see our industrial networking solutions at work – and enter for a chance to win an Apple Watch.

Panduit: The Control Cabinet
Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00AM
Room 108B

PANDUIT PRESENTS OPTICAL CONNECTIVITY PAPERS AT IWCS

Panduit participated at the 67th International Cable & Connectivity Symposium (IWCS) at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, October 14-17, 2018. During the technical conference, Panduit contributed two presentations that summarized recent advancements made in the field of data center communications.

Asher Novick presents at Advances in Optical Connectivity session

Asher Novick, Optical Research Engineer

At the technical conference, Asher Novick, optical research engineer, on behalf of our Fiber Optics Research Group, presented two papers at the Advances in Optical Connectivity session and the Multimode Fiber session. Novick‘s first presentation, titled “Performance Improvement of Single Mode Signal Transmission in Multimode Fiber using Ultra Low Loss Connector,” described a collaborative work with Cailabs (http://www.cailabs.com/) to enable single mode transmission over multimode fiber. Our research shows that utilizing novel optical phase masks technology and Panduit’s Ultra Low Loss connector can enable transmission of single mode lasers over links longer than 300 meters with multiple connectors at data rates of 100 Gbps. This investigation enables the use of installed multimode infrastructure with single mode transceivers. This is important to cope with needs of higher data rates in data centers without replacing fiber infrastructure.

His second presentation, titled “Correlation OTDR for Accurate Measurements of Optical Length of Fiber Optic Cables under Diverse Environmental Temperatures,” presents a novel technique to characterize optical length of cables, which is critical to equalize latency in emerging Financial Technology applications such as algorithmic trading. This paper has already been invited to be presented in the 2018 / 2019 IWCS Webinar Series program.

“Enabled by our world-class fiber optics laboratory, these contributions summarize our most recent research on the current factors limiting the reaches of multimode fiber communication systems,” said Panduit’s Chief Technology Officer Brett Lane. “They demonstrate our longstanding commitment to connecting original research to meeting our customers most demanding challenges of tomorrow.”

Panduit Event Series: Over 40 Technical Sessions at Automation Fair 2018

Episode 2: The Connected Control Cabinet is a Must See Session

Rockwell Automation Fair 2018 attendees take note: Panduit’s Jeff Beller is leading a technical session titled The Connected Control Cabinet on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9AM in Room 108B.

With more than 40 technical sessions to choose from at this year’s Automation Fair, deciding which one to attend can be harder than choosing than where to enjoy your first Philly cheese steak sandwich. So without further ado, here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss The Connected Control Cabinet.

1. More and more new control devices are ethernet-enabled.

Simply said, control panel design strategies must support industrial Ethernet-managed switches and networked devices.

In this session, Jeff will explain how an Ethernet-enabled connected panel can help organizations to measure performance in real-time, and how with that insight they can increase productivity and reduce costs.

2. There are six critical connected control cabinet considerations to keep in mind (say that six times fast) ⎯and this session covers all of them.

There is a real transformation going on inside control cabinets, which creates opportunities for the business but also creates some design obstacles to overcome.

Jeff will discuss:

  1. Space Optimization: How to add capacity for network components and enabling design flexibility
  2. Noise Mitigation: Grounding and bonding strategies to help reduce Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  3. Organization: Planning for network devices, placement and segregation from power devices
  4. Safety: The need to educate personnel not trained for hazardous voltage
  5. Network and Device Cabling: The impact of more connected devices on control panels
  6. Security: Network and cabinet access control practices

3. Learn about selecting cabling and connectivity solutions to environmental M.I.C.E severity levels across different areas of a plant floor.

The top of an industrial network can look very much like an enterprise network, but the deeper one goes into the manufacturing process, the more severe environmental conditions become.

M.I.C.E is short for Mechanical, Ingress, Climatic Chemical, Electromagnetic, and TIA-1005-A is the guiding premise standard that references environmental and architectural considerations. There are different M.I.C.E rankings for different parts of the environment, which can make it difficult to know how to design the infrastructure and what products to use where to ensure safety and performance without overspending.

Panduit is the only Tier 1 Supplier that aligns solutions to these guidelines, so Jeff is in a good position to share some tips on this topic.

4. Find out why structured cabling in the plant floor is a best practice.

TIA standards follow a practice called structured cabling, which is about building of cabling systems for compliance, consistency, predictability and upgradability. This methodology is universal in commercial buildings, data centers, healthcare facilities, and often in higher levels of the industrial network.

The increased use of managed industrial network switches is making structured cabling a best practice in the cabinet as well, which will be covered in this session.

5. Hear how Panduit solutions complement Rockwell Automation’s physical layer defense in depth security strategies.

In-depth physical layer security strategies are often overlooked, but very much required in order to reduce physical access to ports & reduce risks, prevent network access by unauthorized personnel and devices, and prevent inadvertent changes.

Panduit: The Connected Control Cabinet
Wednesday, November 14. 9:00AM, Room 108B
Thursday, November 15 9:00AM, Room 108B

Visit Panduit Booth #349
Be sure to stop by Panduit Booth #349 to see our industrial networking solutions at work – and enter to win an Apple Watch.