Three companies have recently enhanced their web sites with services designed to aid cabling and installation decision-makers:
• 3M Electronics Solutions Division (www.3M.com/interconnects) offers a “Find-A-Part” software application and graphic-oriented Virtual Cable Assembly Tool (VCAT) so that you can design millions of possible cable assemblies for custom use. You can configure parts, check distributor inventory, and submit a request for product sample orrequest a quote.
• Suttle’s (www.suttle.com) online enclosure layout tool, SOHO Access E.D.I.T. (Enclosure Distribution Interface Tool), lets you virtually drag and drop the company’s SOHO Access structured wiring modules and position them in an enclosure of your choosing. E.D.I.T. also monitors the number of drops available, as well as the type and number of required connectors. It also warns of potential resource conflicts, makes suggestions, and estimates the amount of cable needed. When finished, you can print or e-mail the bill of materials.
• Siemon (www.siemon.com/green) has launched an online resource dedi-cated to sharing strategies on environmentally responsible IT network practices, as well as examples of the company’s award-winning approach to ‘green’ operations. The resourceaddresses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program and its global counterparts, providing cabling strategies for securing ‘green’ building credits. The site also includes information on RoHS compliance.