Panduit has introduced the Break-Away Adapter, an innovative solution that releases under force to eliminate tripping hazards, protect expensive equipment, and prevent damage to infrastructure.
The Break-Away Adapter attaches to a standard copper patch cord, and then plugs into either a piece of equipment or an RJ45 outlet. When pulling force is applied – such as when a medical cart is rolled away from the wall in a hospital room – the adapter releases. This prevents equipment being pulled off carts or tables, or jacks being pulled out of the wall, and avoids costly damage.
The adapter meets TIA standards for Category 6A performance, and is backward compatible to also work with Category 6 and 5e channels. It is rated for 750 release cycles, meaning the cord can be reconnected many times and maintain its performance.
Panduit designed the adapter for the medical community, where equipment is often wheeled between patient rooms. However, the Break-Away Adapter can be used in any environment where portable equipment is connected to an Ethernet port, such as conference rooms and classrooms. In hospitals alone, the cost associated with falls adds up. One recent study found that 30-50 percent of falls in hospitals resulted in injuries, which adds 6.3 days to the average hospital stay, and costs $14,000 per fall. Adding the Break-Away Adapter to equipment on medical carts eliminates one of the tripping hazards that can lead to these falls.
“Even as wireless use is growing, many customers are looking for a solution to a very real wired issue,” said Dennis Renaud, vice president of Panduit Enterprise Business. “The Break-Away Adapter is a simple solution that can prevent expensive accidents. This is a great example of Panduit innovation at work, solving real problems in the workplace.”
For more information on the Break-Away Adapter, visit www.panduit.com/break-away.