Holidays and goodbye (and good riddance) to 2003. The year
ahead offers real business improvement. The headlines report
" Productivity Surges at Fastest Rate Since 1983".
productivity of America's workers soared by the largest
amount in 20 years last quarter. The economic recovery may
be taking hold and businesses may soon be stepping up hiring
and production. When you consider how many cabling projects
have been held in abeyance and for how long they have been
postponed, we could have a real surge in the cabling business
during 2004. Wouldn't that be nice?
ahead. Get the resources to stay up to date and maximize
your competitive edge. There are some outstanding publications
available to fill your library, keep you current, and educate
Electrical Distributor www.tedmag.com
Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com
Cabling (formerly Structured Cabling) www.cablemag.com
& M (Electrical Design, Construction & Maintenance)
make sure you visit www.mikeholt.com
for all the news on the National Electric Code. Sign up
for his newsletter, it's free.
if you want to understand your customers better, add these
to your subscription list:
Operating Management http://www.facilitiesnet.com/
the economy struggles from neutral into forward gear, we
suggest you consider membership in the following organizations:
- this is a MUST www.bicsi.org
- National Assoc of Electrical Contractors www.necanet.org
- Assoc of Communications Technology Professionals in Higher
Building Owners & Managers Association International
National Assoc of Industrial and Office Properties www.naiop.org
These commercial real estate organizations control more
than 15 billion square feet of office space in the U.S.A.
The tenant turnover offers continual business opportunities
for the contractor.
you have filled your Christmas stocking with the above listed
values, you will be better prepared to capture the opportunities
that will develop in 2004.
Go forth and
be profitable. Once again, Happy Holidays from your friends
Earns "Best Service Company" Honor From Selling
Magazine Ranks Graybar Among 50 Best Companies To Sell For
a national supply chain powerhouse and North America's leading
distributor of electrical, telecommunications, and networking
products and services, has been honored by Selling Power
as one of the magazine's "50 Best Companies To Sell
also has been recognized in the magazine's November/December
2003 issue as one of the "Best Service" companies
to sell for among the largest sales forces in the United
States, focusing on three key categories: Compensation,
training and career mobility.
honors salute our steadfast commitment to hiring and retaining
the best employees in our industry," said Graybar Chairman,
President, and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Reynolds
Jr. "We work to our customers' advantage day-in and
day-out, and provide efficient, cost-effective solutions
that go far beyond just delivering products at competitive
prices." Furthering its customer commitment, the company
recently unveiled a new brand strategy that reflects an
increased focus companywide on offering supply chain logistics
and service solutions for its customers across the United
new brand strategy better reflects our business today,"
Reynolds said. "Despite the tough economy over the
past two years, we've grown into a supply chain powerhouse
offering a wide range of electrical, telecom, and networking
products and services that are designed to lower costs,
enhance efficiencies, and allow customers to focus on their
The new brand strategy is the latest example of how Graybar
continues to evolve to better compete and serve its customers.
The company has enhanced its technology leadership, using
leading-edge information technology and logistics capabilities
to raise the bar on performance and value for its customers
Graybar has invested $90 million in information technology
infrastructure to improve services to its customers and
suppliers. The company-wide IT project began in early 2002,
and the first Graybar district went "live" on
the new IT system in early 2003. In addition, the company
has completed a zone warehouse strategy that improves its
ability to provide back-up inventory and hard-to-find items
to customers within 24 hours.
Louis-based Graybar specializes in project and supply chain
management services and is the leading distributor for thousands
of manufacturers of components and equipment for the electrical,
telecommunications, networking, manufacturing, commercial
and utilities industries.
is the third consecutive year Graybar has received Selling
Power's "Best Service Company" honors, and is
among several awards Graybar has recently received, including:
100, outstanding technology leadership for Graybar's recently
deployed enterprise resource planning system (November 2003)
the 2nd consecutive year, Graybar was ranked among "America's
Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine (February
on the Fortune 500 ranking of America's largest companies
#35 on Forbes' list of top U.S. private companies (2003)
#1 on Electrical Wholesaling magazine's "Top 200"
list of electrical distributors (2003)
#3 on Business Week's 2002 ranking of private info-tech
companies in the U.S.
a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned
companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution
of high quality electrical, telecommunications and networking
products, and an expert provider of related supply chain
management and logistics services. Through its network of
250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and
sells products from thousands of manufacturers, serving
as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers.
For more information, visit www.graybar.com.
Chapter Fights Unsafe Wiring Practices
of a 37-story building in Fort Worth must use standard commercial
wiring practices, a city board ruled on November 13. After
listening to testimony of the National Electrical Contractors
Association's (NECA) North Texas chapter and other organizations
the Construction and Fire Prevention Board denied an exception
to city building codes to allow Type NM cable for interior
wiring of high-rise apartments and condominiums.
Worth codes prohibit the use of NM cable in buildings over
four stories. Taller structures must use more fire-proof
wiring methods such as conductors installed in conduit.
The Tower's developers requested a variance on the grounds
that using NM cable within residential units would save
about $150,000, a small portion of the luxury project's
overall electrical cost. The appeals board rejected the
and fire safety groups opposed expanding the use of NM cable
to taller buildings. In addition to NECA's North Texas chapter,
the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers (IBEW)
and the Fort Worth Fire Fighters Association testified against
you or I were buying one of those high-rise apartments,
we would want it wired in the safest way," said T.A.
Huston of Lone Star Electric, a NECA-member company. www.necanet.org
that really work: at the recent NECA annual conference
and exposition, we saw many new products. The Work-n-Wagon
is a great tool for onsite cabling project management. This
wagon (cart/drafting table/cable box or reel caddy) is fantastic!
I don't know how many times we could have used a product
like this on cable installation projects. We checked the
width to ensure we could use it to clear all standard doorways.
It fits. Every contractor (electrical or datacom) should
add this to their tool chest.
Designs, Inc. of Arapaho, OK has added a new addition to
its popular line of wagons for transporting wire and materials
for electrical contractors.
and Chief Designer, Doyle Elder, who has 25 year of electrical
experience, is especially proud of this new offering, the
Work-n-Wagon, since it combines several useful functions.
can be a mobile print table with shelves for material storage,
and a bottom rack for conduit storage. It can also be used
as a portable workbench to pre-fab parts, assemble fixtures
and other project components.
free to contact Doyle to learn more about the Work-n-Wagon
or other Elder Design products, or to provide input into
new products you’d like to see. www.wirewagon.com.
SEMINAR - The Big Disconnect: Who's Responsible for Abandoned
Cabling in Your Building?
Code Update: Abandoned Cabling
changes to the National Electric Code now prohibit abandoned
cables and wires in risers and plenums. What do you do about
abandoned cables? Who pays for their removal? Failure to
remove prohibited wires can render buildings out of compliance
and jeopardize insurance policies.
program will address these issues:
Learn which wires must be removed and which ones can be
tagged to remain
Who pays for the removal of abandoned cabling
Implications for existing tenant leases
Structuring new leases to assure tenant responsibility for
wiring in their suitesincluding paying for removal
Licensing agreements with telecommunications providers
Bisbee, President, Communication Planning Corporation, Jacksonville,
Migdal, Esq., Holland & Knight Law Firm, Washington,
Sue Beecham - Senior Property Manager AVR Realty Co. (San
Chair of BOMA International Codes & Standards Committee
December 11, 2003
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM Eastern
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Central
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM Pacific
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Alaska
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Hawaii
phone: Call 1-800-775-7654
· All registrations must be prepaid in US dollars.
· Deadline for registrations is three (3) business
days prior to seminar date.
· Credit card statements will show KRM Telephone
Seminars as payee.
· No refunds for cancellations made within three
(3) business days of seminar date.
BOMA's Education Hotline at (202) 326-6331 or email
Fiber Optics LAN Section Launches New Web Site
Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS) of TIA (www.tiaonline.org )
recently launched a new Web site at www.fols.org. The site
is designed to serve as a resource to network planners and
others seeking information about the benefits of using optical
fiber in LANs and applications such as storage area networks,
data centers, industrial applications, central offices,
building security systems and fiber in the home. The FOLS
Web site features information about optical fiber technology,
a host of application profiles, information on fiber-related
standards, answers to frequently asked questions about the
use of fiber in customer-owned networks and the group's
exclusive interactive cost models. http://www.fols.org.
New Wireless Remote Control Components For Decora Home Controls
expands the performance of its DHC offering with the introduction
of 3 new wireless remote control options. Generally for
indoor use, Leviton’s new HCCUR Universal Remote
Control provides ON/OFF and DIM/BRIGHT control (including
ALL ON/ALL OFF) of DHC Receivers via RF (radio-frequency)
signals sent to a DHC Transceiver, even through walls and
ceilings, so users can control almost any light or appliance
in their home. The versatile HCCUR will also work as a controller
for audio and video equipment, including TV’s, VCR’s,
cable boxes, satellite receivers, DVD and CD players, and
more. Set up of this convenient all-in-one unit is quick
and easy. It has an effective transmission range of 100
expands DHC control capability even further with its sleek
new HCCKR Key Chain Remote Controller. This handy compact
remote control transmitter is conveniently designed to fit
on a key chain and is to be used outdoors. The HCCKR can
turn lights or appliances ON and OFF via RF (radio-frequency)
signals, through walls and ceilings, when pointed in the
direction of the transceiver. It can control two DHC-controlled
loads with an effective transmission range of 75 feet. A
typical application for this unit is the control of home
lights from a vehicle when entering one’s driveway.
Leviton’s third new offering, the HCPRF Plug-In Transceiver,
functions as a receiver that accepts ON/OFF, DIM/BRIGHT
and ALL ON/ALL OFF RF (radio frequency ) commands from the
DHC Universal Remote Control and ON/OFF signals from the
Key Chain Remote Controller, as well. The HCPRF works with
all DHC Receivers by retransmitting those signals throughout
a home’s existing electrical wiring. The Transceiver
also incorporates a built-in outlet suitable for ON/OFF
switching of incandescent lamps rated up to 300W. The lamp
can be controlled remotely or locally via the programming
button on its face, which is also used to change the HCPRF’s
address if desired. The unit also features Leviton’s
that compensates for noise on home AC power lines to ensure
optimum system performance and reliability. Built-in 2-Way
signaling capability permits local status of an attached
lamp to show on all 2-Way capable Controllers.
Use the HCCUR Universal Remote Control to manage an entire
audio/video and lighting system for the ultimate home theater
experience. Turn ON/OFF the TV, VCR, DVD, stereo: control
dimming of lights, as well.
The HCCUR Universal Remote Control is also designed to operate
appliances such as the coffee maker and turn ON/OFF those
"forgotten" lights in the basement all via RF
(radio frequency) by sending the signal right through the
walls and floors, so you don’t have to go downstairs.
The universal design of the HCCUR Universal Remote Control
is optimum for those with limited mobility/dexterity and
is perfect for the elderly and physically challenged.
The HCCKR Key Chain Remote Controller is an ideal device
because of its compact size and easy portability. Turn ON/OFF
your home’s entry/exterior, garage and driveway lighting
as you approach. This gives you the added security of never
having to enter a dark house again. http://www.leviton.com/
IBEW, OSHA, Major Contractors Hold Discussions On Improving
Line Construction Safety
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), (Bethesda,
MD), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW),
and the electric utility industry are working with the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to
reduce fatalities and serious injuries in high-voltage line
construction. NECA-member line contractors and senior staff
met with OSHA representatives in Washington, DC on November
13 to discuss formation of an industry-wide partnership
aimed at improving safety.
contractor safety records have generally been improving
for the last decade, as measured by incidents per thousand
man-hours worked. However, recent increases in construction
and repair work due to hurricanes and the East Coast blackout
have nudged accident rates for line workers upward.
the Causes of Accidents:
construction is inherently hazardous, involving work around
conductors and equipment operating at high voltages. But
there was also general agreement at the meeting that a pervasive
culture of risk-taking is partially to blame.
worker skills and safety knowledge through selective retraining,
possibly with testing and certification, were among the
potential approaches discussed at the November 13 industry
forum. Participants also considered the need to increase
safety training of supervisory and management personnel.
need to successfully communicate the message that it isn't
macho to take risks," a senior company official said.
OSHA Transmission & Distribution Partnership will be
modeled after three existing NECA-OSHA-IBEW regional partnership.
In these cooperative alliances, employers pledge to improve
compliance with major OSHA safety regulations on their work
sites, in exchange for a reduced emphasis by the agency
on minor violations of a technical nature. The partnership
approach has proven successful at improving worker safety,
both in electrical construction and other industries. It
minimizes workplace disruption and delays, while allowing
OSHA to use its limited inspection resources in the most
effective way ¾ such as responding to complaints
of serious safety violations.
major task at the November 13 meeting was drafting a strategic
partnership agreement that will define how the T&D partnership
operates. The following organizations were represented,
along with major line construction companies:
National Electrical Contractors Association
Edison Electric Institute
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
was the second open industry meeting to discuss formation
of a T&D industry partnership to improve construction
safety. The next meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2003
at OSHA headquarters in Washington, DC.
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 119 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 www.necanet.org
Subscribe today to the Cabling Standards UPDATE publication.
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Standards UPDATE- New Format 12-1-2003
Cabling Standards UPDATE! November 30, 2003
Fiber Testing Made Easier with TSB 140
The Report on TIA’s TR 42.8 Committee who write the
performance standards for Optical Fiber Cabling
What’s going on in the NFPA regarding fiber
difference between NFPA 70 (the NEC®, National Electrical
Code®) and NFPA 90A (the Standard for the Installation
of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems)
changes to the TSB (140) on Optical Fiber Field Test Certification
happened to the TSB 136 on Fiber Connector Array Polarity.
when the updated fiber performance standard in the TIA-568
C series was planned for completion.
2. New Standards Coming Out As We Speak!
Update reports standards being set for the data center,
for wireless communications and for optical fiber bandwidth.
What a “Webified” Data Center is and why it
may be the design you want…
News that You Can Purchase the POE (Power over Ethernet)
separate reports on IEEE 802, 802.3, the 10GBASE-T Study
Group, IEEE 802.3ak (for 10 Gbps over coax cable), IEEE
802.3ah (for Ethernet in the First Mile), and IEEE 802.3af
(for DTE Power via MDI or Power Over Ethernet).
“What it Means”
brand new Glossary of terms and acronyms for you to check
“Latest News On the Web”
regular up-to-the-minute industry hot links as of this week,
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Wire and Cable - New Halogen-Free Flame Retardant (HFFR)
jacketing compounds provides excellent performance at competitive
polyolefin processes and catalyst technologies from Dow
Wire & Cable Compounds serve as the basis for new HFFR
compounds. These compounds provide significant benefits
when compared to traditional FR compounds for your FTTX
applications as well as for general-purpose FR jacketing
or insulation requirements, including your FTTX fiber optics
and telecommunications needs. New materials and formulations
technologies from Dow Wire & Cable Compounds are creating
a toolbox that enables successful development of cost-effective
solutions for a wide range of FR wire and cable application
targets. First among the new generation of advanced polyolefin-based
compounds are DFDA-1643 NT EXP2 and DFDA-1643 BK EXP2, both
of which possess a unique balance of properties, including
high tear strength, excellent tensile properties, advantaged
rheological characteristics, and unmatched value. Applications
purpose FR jacketing & insulation
properties are achieved while maintaining a high level of
flame retardance and flexibility, good low temperature properties,
and dielectric properties that are better than those observed
in conventional materials based on ethylene vinyl acetate
(EVA), with significant cost advantages for you
Multi-Layered Broadband Network free poster
Communications, Inc. a provider of telecommunications test
and management solutions has developed a full-color poster
that can help service providers visualize the virtual service
layer of the evolving broadband network. The poster serves
as a handy reference guide to areas that need to be evaluated
in order to locate and troubleshoot problems that impact
service levels. The attractive poster features a simplified
depiction of the broadband network architecture, from the
public Internet to the customer premise. It highlights service
layers, including applications, transport, network datalink
and physical, while indicating how Tollgrade’s new
Digitest ® EDGE ™ Broadband Test Head helps service
providers evaluate performance levels within these layers.
mulit-layered Broadband Network poser is free and can be
ordered use this link
Network Design Reference Manual (NDRM) now available
5th edition of the BICSI LAN design manual the Network Design
Reference Manual (NDRM) is now available. This latest release
of the NDRM continues the BICSI tradition of providing comprehensive,
standards-based, and vendor neutral descriptions, methods,
and practice for the design of local area networks. First
published in 1995, the manual is updated every two years
to provide the most current information in this rapidly
evolving field. The NDRM is the basis for BICSI’s
Registered Communications Distribution Designer/Local Area
Network Specialist (RCDD/LAN Specialist) designation. You
can call BICSI 800-242-7405 www.bicsi.org
You can pickup a copy at the BICSI Winter Conference in
Orlando, Florida (January 12-15 2004). BICSI wishes you
a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.
Ultimate ID™ System Standardizes Network Labeling
Corp. introduces the new Ultimate ID Network Labeling System,
a full line of TIA/EIA-606-A standard compliant products.
The Ultimate ID System includes faceplates, surface mount
boxes, patch panels, marker ties, labels for desktop printers
and the PANDUIT PanAcea™ LS7 Hand-Held Thermal Transfer
to assist in compliance with the labeling requirements of
the new TIA/EIA-606-A administration standard, the system
components hold universally sized printed labels and are
supplied with flush label covers. In addition, all of the
labels have the same compact height to enhance the appearance
of the installation. Labels are positioned adjacent to,
centered and parallel to the module they are identifying.
of the PanAcea LS7 Hand-Held Printer and one Ultimate ID
cassette, which contains both the ribbon and the label stock,
will produce every label required for components of the
Ultimate ID Network Labeling System. www.panduit.com
Level Data Center Puts Contractor to the Test
By Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD
Level 9 designation is used to describe the most comprehensive
list of mechanical requirements found in an above ground
data center in the US. A Level 10 may be the highest, but
it meets the same stringent mechanical requirements and
is actually built underground. Recently a Level 9 private
network located in the U.S. was completed. This “higher
than standard” center is contained in 33,000 square
feet of 30-inch raised floor with a power distribution box
located every 25 feet. For mechanical protection there are
total redundant fail-over electrical switches, dual air
handlers and chiller systems. For back up, there are diesel
generators, which automatically power these critical units.
In addition, there are over 1,000 batteries on site.
a national provider of Internet and telecom solutions (www.acunacomm.com),
faced the cabling challenge to assure 100% networking uptime
for this Level 9 data center, as well as planning for future
growth. In doing so, they provided the most comprehensive
structured cabling system and continue to provide on-going
support with comprehensive cable certification testing and
were looking for a multi-year fiber optic backbone strategy
and we wanted to put in the most capacity that was available
for current and future requirements per customer requirements,”
states Marc Howell, Director of Operations at AcunaComm.
All data is connected through a total redundant OC48 line
on separate incoming and outgoing rings. The facility contains
100 miles of fiber optic backbone infrastructure, which
consists of multiple 24-strands of the new 10 Gb/s, 50-micron
multimode fiber optic cable. Both fiber and copper is used
to connect the main distribution frames to the intermediate
distribution racks to the devices. Most of the connections
from the distribution frame connect a switch to a device
configuration for distributed service, but it can also be
a device to device connection (mainframe to mainframe) or
switch to switch or switch to device.
Parameters More Stringent than Standards
high-speed fiber and copper cabling, testing during installation
and for on-going maintenance is key. During the initial
installation, the team used DSP-4300 cable analyzers to
certify every Category 6 cable and test every port. In addition
to standard bi-directional copper tests, which include delay
skew, attenuation, return loss, and near end crosstalk,
they also tested for power sum crosstalk, both near and
far end from both ends of the Category 6 cables and patch
cords. By comparing all the pairs against each other, there
were an additional 16 individual tests.
fiber certification, they used the FTA420S Multimode Fiber
Test Adapter with the DSP-4300, which uses an LED light
source at 850 nm for the 50 micron fiber to measure loss
and length up to 300 meters in loop back mode.
the 10 Gb/s fiber optic cable was specified for the data
center, there were no specific industry standards. After
the team started installing the fiber, TIA-492AAAAC, which
is a detailed specification for a graded-index 50/125µm
multimode fiber for enhanced performance at 850 nm was approved.
This new addendum to TIA/EIA 568-B.3-1 supports the transmission
of 10 gigabits per second data rates up to 300 meters.
the team found that it did not address the difference between
the link and channel so the customer established its own
testing parameters. “The end-to-end link loss budget
is 2.6 dB, but when taking into consideration the patch
cord loss, we put an additional link loss limit of .8 dB.
If the link is more than .8 dB loss, then it is not accepted,”
explains Howell. “We could run a test on a link and
even if it came through with a 1.7 dB, it will pass according
to the industry parameters that are established, but we
would not accept this at our customer site. Overall, we
were 1.8 dB lower than the allowable standard of 2.6 loss
each test, the team documents the results and loads them
into their own unique naming convention. “Blueprint
first, documentation second, and then we pull a cable,”
notes Howell. “No cable gets placed or moved until
it is first documented and assigned a specific address.
Every cable, every port, ever panel, every rack and every
floor tile and zone has a unique line item address that
is all documented on a computerized spreadsheet.”
beauty of this surgical-type procedure is inherent quality
assurance,” adds Howell. “Someone years from
now can pinpoint a specific panel and port through this
precise procedure, allowing us to manage our ports very
effectively now and in the future. All records that are
stored in the spreadsheet are also pre-loaded into the testers,”
he notes. “This process is not only faster, but it
eliminates the human error that occurs when manually inputting
cable records. Working at a Level 9 data center with 8,000
ports, the team has to be exceptionally detailed and accurate.”
does not end with the installation, but is on going in the
data center. “Due to the rigorous test demands of
10 Gigabit applications and the critical nature of this
facility, we frequently turn to the OptiFiber™[Certifying
OTDR] to perform a trace and identify anomalies before they
become problems,” said Howell. “We like OptiFiber
because it compliments the capabilities of our client’s
existing line of cable testers, is just as simple to use,
and shares a common test records database,” states
provide a visual indication that the installation was done
according to specifications and in a quality fashion. By
analyzing the graphical ‘trace’ or by using
an event table generated by OptiFiber, technicians can spot
reflective events like a fiber break as well as non-reflected
events like a tight bend.
are passionate about nothing less than the best operational
practices and procedures in this facility to maintain its
world class standards,” said Howell. “To insure
the cable plant is the best that it could be, we depend
on consistent monitoring and detailed documentation. Because
of the methodical steps we have taken and our pro-active
procedures, we are assured that this data center is the
most reliable today and the most prepared for growth tomorrow.”
Everett Oliver, RCDD, principle of Everett Communications,
is a freelance writer for the cabling industry and can be
reached at email@example.com
Group Conducts NEIS Training
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
(Bethesda, MD) conducted its first training classes based
on the National electrical Contractors Association's (NECA)
National Electrical Installation Standards in Overland Park,
Kansas on October 16-17, 2003. Instructor Phil Simmons put
on five days of seminars for the Johnson County Contractor
Licensing Board, covering 2002 National Electrical Code
(NEC) changes and the following four NEIS standards:
NECA 1, Good Workmanship
· NECA 101, Steel Conduits
· NECA 200, Temporary Power for Construction Sites
· NECA 305, Fire Alarms
Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) are the first quality
and performance standards for electrical construction. They
extend and supplement, the minimum, safety-based requirements
of the NEC. NEIS training is a new direction for the inspectors'
organization, which already conducts Code classes around
education director Mike Johnston is excited about this expansion
of the organization's historic role, and hopes to expand
IAEI training offerings to include more NEIS courses for
IAEI Sections, Divisions, and Chapters, as well as other
always a challenge to provide authoritative programs that
help people apply NEC requirements uniformly and consistently,
clarifying those 'gray areas' in many of the rules,"
Johnson explained. "IAEI training works to help unify
the understanding of what the Code really means by 'neat
and workmanlike' installations. The NEIS publications have
been welcomed by many, and are a great help in promoting
J. Philip Simmons is a well-known authority on both the
NEC and NEIS. Formerly chief building official of Washington
state, he served as IAEI executive director from 1990 to
1995. Simmons has written and edited a number of technical
books, is a member of N.E. Code-Making Panel 5 (grounding),
and is author of an NEIS on installation practices for AC
and MC cables.
the NEC emphasizes safety aspects of electrical installations,
the NEIS standards help fill in the gaps to establish what
must be done to comply with those NEC rules," observes
Simmons. "The seminar participants discovered what
a challenge it is to define the terms 'neat and workmanlike,'
and how important it is to have a series of publications
that help set minimum standards. Electrical inspectors play
a key role in interpreting this NEC requirement. The NEIS
standards can assist with uniform interpretation and application
of the Code."
excited to be partnering with IAEI in the area of NEIS training,"
says Brooke Stauffer, NECA's executive director for standards
and safety. "They're the most respected Code trainers
anywhere. NECA and IAEI share many common concerns, and
having them put on NEIS training classes for inspectors,
engineers, and other users is really going to help spread
the message about NECA's quality standards for electrical
regards NEIS training as a way to help clarify and draw
a more definitive picture of what is meant by Code compliance,
and its direct relationship to workmanship, from the perspective
of electrical inspectors," observed Michael Johnston.
Launches New Brand Strategy to Reflect Success Transition
from America’s “MIDDLEMAN” To Vital
Link in Today’s Supply Chain
(St. Louis, MO) North America’s leading electrical,
telecommunications and networking distributor, today unveiled
a new brand strategy that reflects an increased focus companywide
on offering supply chain logistics and service solutions
for its customers across the United States.
announcement also included the unveiling of a new Graybar
brand mark -- its first major revision in 78 years -- to
reflect its successful transition from a ‘pick, pack
and ship’ company to one of America’s largest
providers of managed distribution and supply chain services.
new brand strategy better reflects our business today,”
said Graybar Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Robert A. Reynolds Jr. “We have evolved into a supply
chain powerhouse offering a wide range of services that
lower costs and allow customers to focus on their core businesses.”
new brand initiative emphasizes Graybar’s unique
ability to work to its customers’ advantage by providing
efficient, cost-effective service and solutions that go
beyond just delivering products, Reynolds said, adding that
Graybar is one of the nation’s largest employee-owned
new brand mark includes two small interlocking links as
part of the design, clearly reflecting our vital role in
the supply chain and our unique ability to build relationships
that work for our customers, our suppliers, and our employees,”
said Richard Offenbacher, senior vice president, Comm/Data
Business. “We have retained the strong font and the
‘Graybar blue’ to reflect our heritage. The
new brand mark now provides a visual identity that better
explains our complete value proposition.”
has dramatically expanded its capabilities in the past decade
to better compete and to serve its customers. The company
has enhanced its technology leadership, using leading-edge
information technology and logistics capabilities to raise
the bar on performance and value for its customers and suppliers.
In addition, the company has completed a zone warehouse
strategy that improves its ability to provide back-up inventory
and hard-to-find items to customers within 24 hours. Reynolds
explained that Graybar “has been bucking the trend”
by using the economic downturn as a time to invest in its
information technology infrastructure.
improvements include deployment of Graybar’s $90
million enterprise resource planning (ERP) program with
IBM, SAP and Deloitte Consulting to help customers, suppliers,
manage inventory, orders and collections, while reducing
costs throughout the supply chain. The new ERP system will
link Graybar’s more than 250 branch, zone, and district
facilities in the United States.
Graybar -- ranked among America’s Most Admired Companies
by Fortune magazine and America’s Top Private Companies
by Forbes has - Expanded its product portfolio in the areas
of security and industrial automation; Developed the industry’s
leading third-party verification program, called VIP (Verified
Independently for Performance); Implemented a frequent buyers
program called “epoint” to reward electrical
and comm./data customers’ loyalty; and, Increased
its nearly $500 million in inventory nationwide by 10%.
announced the new branding initiative and the new brand
mark to the company’s 7,500 employees in an email
before they met with company executives in their local facilities
for a thorough briefing. Company executives also notified
major customers and suppliers before announcing the change
to the media at large.
was founded in 1869 by Elisha Gray, a professor at Oberlin
College and a competitor to Alexander Graham Bell in the
development of the telephone, and telegraph operator Enos
M. Barton. They teamed up and bought an electrical shop
in Cleveland to manufacture and sell electrical bells, batteries,
telegraph keys, and other devices.
company, known then as Gray & Barton, became the Western
Electric Co. in 1872. Four years later, after Bell invented
and began commercializing the telephone, phones were added
to the company’s product line, and Western Electric
became the manufacturing department of the Bell Telephone
electricity was gaining broad acceptance and use in homes,
offices and factories across America, Western Electric also
operated a thriving electrical distribution business, furnishing
its customers with cable, conduit, lighting, and non-telephone
products made by other manufacturers.
after 56 years in business, “the growing complexity
of these dual responsibilities on one hand, to the
Bell Telephone System, (and) on the other, to the general
user of electrical supplies now makes it advisable
to separate the two functions,” stated a 1925 company
bulletin. “Hence, the (Western Electric) Supply Department
… becomes a distinct corporate organization. It takes
the name of Graybar, derived from Gray and Barton; a new
name, but (one) carrying with it a reputation 56 years old.”
1929, at the height of the Great Depression, Graybar was
purchased by its own employees, and today, is among the
largest employee-owned companies in North America. http://www.graybar.com/
the November 2003 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine
there is a great article on page 40 which discusses partnering
with your distributor. This is a clear explanation of the
important relationship between the contractor and the distributor.
Contractors who fail to capture the value of these distributor
relationships, are missing out on a significant competitive
We recommend a subscription to this magazine.
Cable Systems introduces FREEDM One Cable for LAN applications
Cable Systems has introduced a new member of the LANscape
Solutions portfolio, the FREEDM One Cable, an indoor/outdoor
cable designed for all Local Area Network applications and
FREEDM One Plenum-Rated Cable features a tight-buffered
cable design suitable for all building and campus network
cabling--outdoors in aerial and duct environments and indoors
in plenum, riser, and general-purpose environments. The
fully waterblocked dry-core cable with standard 900-micron
buffered fiber lends itself to quick and easy direct termination
with standard field-installable connectors, say company
representatives. It also avoids the need for building entrance
transition splices or rigid metallic conduit for routing
through plenum-rated spaces.
eliminating the cable transition splice point from outdoor
to indoor, installers are able to use one FREEDM One Cable
for the entire cable run. Also, the 900-micron buffered
fibers eliminate the need for fan-out kits and related hardware
when directly terminating the cable ends. These features
decrease labor time during installation and remove the cost
of purchasing fan-out kits, thus reducing total installation
to the company, the FREEDM One Plenum Cable is rugged, robust,
and able to withstand the rigors of the outdoor environment,
while also flexible and friendly to typical indoor cabling
requirements. The cable is designed and qualified to the
industry standard ICEA S-104-696, Optical Fiber Indoor/Outdoor
Cable Specification, which includes stringent tensile, crush,
impact, and operating temperature range requirements for
outside plant cables. It is OFNP/FT-6 plenum-listed, UV-resistant
and fully waterblocked.
One Plenum Cable is available with all multimode and singlemode
fiber types, including 10 Gigabit-capable, laser-optimized,
50-micron fiber in counts of six, 12, and 24. The new 50-micron
fiber is part of Corning Cable Systems LANscape Xcelerate
Plus Solutions. http://www.corningcablesystems.com/
cable allows for 10 Gigabit Ethernet over UTP
has demonstrated the first augmented Category 6 cable with
the necessary characteristics to enable 10Gigabit/s Ethernet
to be implemented over unshielded twisted pair to the full
100 meters required for structured cabling systems.
announcement was made at the recent IEEE 10Gigabit/s Ethernet
standard working group meeting.
test results on KRONE's new cable were corroborated by one
of the leading Ethernet electronics vendors involved in
the development of 10Gigabit/s technology and the 10GBASE-T
presentation to the IEEE today shows that KRONE has demonstrated
its ability to produce a UTP cable that exceeds the requirements
outline to run 10Gigabit/s Ethernet over a 100-meter, unshielded
twisted-pair copper channel," said Bernie Hammond,
senior project manager for KRONE as he presented the results.
"Most industry experts had concluded that it would
not be possible to overcome the technical combination of
insertion loss and alien crosstalk, or interference from
adjacent cables, with UTP cable - the most prolific type
of enterprise networking cable in the world.
new augmented Cat 6 UTP copper cable was designed and developed
at KRONE's U.S. copper cable-manufacturing facility in Sidney,
NE. The cable demonstrated 21Gigabit/s due to the improved
alien crosstalk immunity and the reduced insertion loss
- which is more than adequate for the 10Gigabit/s Ethernet
implementations being considered by the IEEE standard working
group…. And this cable is LEAD-FREE.
which has offices in Centennial, CO, manufactures cable
and connectivity solutions. For more information visit www.krone.com.
recent interviews with Senior Management at KRONE, we were
impressed by KRONE's commitment to produce high quality,
safe products at affordable prices. We cannot discuss the
specifics of the processes, but you may rest assured this
company is focused on QUALITY, PERFORMANCE and SAFETY.
"Toolbox Talks" Now Available On CD
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) (Bethesda,
MD) has released a collection of 100 toolbox talks developed
especially for the electrical contracting industry, in CD-ROM
format. 100 Safety Training Talks for Electrical Construction
Work covers workplace electrical hazards and other common
construction safety risks. Subjects covered include:
Arc Fault Hazards
· Confined Spaces
· Fiber Optic Safety
· Lockout/Tagout Procedures
· Temporary Power
· Common OSHA Violations to Avoid
construction firms use so-called "toolbox talks"
for on-the-job safety briefings. Typically, a foreman or
supervisor gathers electricians together at the beginning
of each day (or each shift) to deliver a short, focused,
lecture about some aspect of jobsite safety. This regular
"continuing education" helps keep safety awareness
fresh in workers' minds, thus reducing accidents and injury
of the 100 safety talks on NECA's new CD provides the following:
Outline of discussion leader's duties.
· Easy-to-deliver and easy-to-understand safety information.
· Review and discussion questions at the end of the
· Attendance form to record date of talk and names
of those present.
INFORMATION: 100 Safety Training Talks for Electrical Construction
Work is priced at $149, with NECA-member and quantity discounts
available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504
tel, (301) 215-4500 fax, or firstname.lastname@example.org and request
Index No. 5059. Provide your name, company, mailing address
and NECA member number (where applicable). All orders must
be prepaid by check or credit card.
Safety Training Talks for Electrical Construction Work can
also be purchased online. Visit www.necanet.org/store
and click on "Safety."
offers tester trade up program
the high-tech realm of datacom cable testing, you need the
latest technology to stay on your game. IDEAL wants to do
everything possible to help you do that. That’s why
you can trade in your old CAT5/5e/6 tester and receive $500
cash back on the purchase of a new LANTEK 6 or $1000 cash
back on the purchase of a new LANTEK 7.. Keeping up with
the latest technology has never been so affordable.
recognizes safety issues and posts an important notification
on their website.
This is another example of the contractor benefits of partnering
with the distributor.
Health and Safety Code Section 25249.5 *
Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, California
Health and Safety Code Section 25249.5 (also known as "California
Proposition 65") requires suppliers of certain products
sold directly to retail consumers in the state of California
to provide a warning notice regarding potentially hazardous
has recently been notified by several suppliers that a small
number of our wire and cable products might be subject to
this notification requirement due to lead content in excess
of 300 ppm (parts per million) in the "surface contact
layer" of the product. The notification requirement
only applies to products that will be "frequently handled"
by California retail consumers. Frequently handled products
are defined as items that are handled on a daily basis such
as appliance power cords, microphone cables, etc.
California law, products sold to California retail consumers
that incorporate these items might require a warning notice.
An example of a suitable notice is shown below (the words
in brackets are optional):
certain plastic coated cords, cables, or accessories sold
by us will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State
of California to cause [cancer, and] birth defects or other
hands after handling
is a list of items that Anixter carries affected by this
legislation. Additional information on Proposition 65 is
available on the state of California's website at http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html.
If you require additional information on these products
or on possible lead-free alternatives, please contact your
Anixter salesperson. www.anixter.com
there are high performance quality LEAD-FREE cables available
from Anixter. We have confirmed that both Mohawk/CDT and
KRONE manufacture LEAD-FREE cable products in CAT 5e and
The best way to get the LEAD out is not to put it in!
SOAP - ARE YOUR WORKERS GETTING TOO MUCH METAL IN THEIR
hands free of heavy metal residue becomes even more important
when you consider what workers' hands come in contact with
- cigarettes, food, drinks, cosmetics... Simply washing
with plain soap and water will not significantly reduce
the spread of contamination or the danger of ingestion.
Clean-All® is also an effective way to keep surfaces
and laundry safe. Remove heavy metal residue and reduce
the risk of toxic contamination with Clean-All Heavy Metals®
Hand & Body Soap.
YOU KNOW? That lead is in 2nd place on the government's
hazardous substance list? That lead is the worst and most
widespread pollutant? That lead accumulates in the body
and its effects can be catastrophic? That lead gets into
the body when dust or fumes are inhaled or when ingested
from contaminated hands, food, water, cigarettes & clothing?
order & receive more information please contact:
407 Lincoln Road, Suite 4A
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel: 800/757-8141 • Fax: 305/695-8991
Announces the Release of VersaLite(TM) Indoor/Outdoor Plenum
Fiber Optic Cable
(Leominster, MA)is proud to announce the release of a unique
fiber optic cable for campus applications. VersaLite(TM)
fiber optic cable is a fully water blocked cable to meet
the demands of the outside plant while also having a plenum
rating (OFNP) which meets the most stringent flame test
requirement of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
fiber optic cable installations use a non-rated loose tube
cable for the outside plant portion of a campus network.
The NEC requires this cable to be terminated within fifty
feet of the building entrance. It is then typically connected
to a tight-buffered cable with the appropriate flame rating.
Since the VersaLite cable is fully water blocked and UV-resistant,
it can be installed in the outside plant portion of the
network. This allows for an unspliced length of cable to
go from the closet of one building to a closet in another
building, eliminating the transition points in both buildings.
While VersaLite cable costs more than traditional loose
tube cable, the elimination of the transition points more
than makes up the difference. The transition between the
outside plant cable and the premises cable can be expensive
not just in labor and materials, but also in terms of optical
the current growth of gigabit and 10 gigabit backbones,
the acceptable cable insertion loss continues to go down,"
states Mike Connaughton, RCDD, Fiber Optic Sales Manager,
Mohawk/CDT. "By using the VersaLite cable, the loss
contribution of the transition point is eliminated. This
can result in a cable run with 1.5 dB of improved attenuation,
which is 20% of the power budget of Gigabit Ethernet!"
addition to the improved attenuation, VersaLite provides
a cable that is completely "dry"-water blocked.
Where traditional cables use gels to prevent water ingress,
VersaLite uses a super absorbent polymer that is held in
place throughout the length of the tubes. This is an important
feature to maintain the water protection after the cable
is handled during shipping and installation. It also is
not a tight-buffered design, which gives the VersaLite product
mechanical and environmental advantages
Connaughton; "The VersaLite product is part of our
Mini-Distribution product line which was originally developed
to provide data center-type installations with a compact,
flame retardant cable. This is a very versatile cable."
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