28-AWG Category 6 patch cords improve airflow, cable management

June 14, 2016
Siemon’s SkinnyPatch 6 Modular Patch Cords have an outside diameter of 0.16 inches.

Siemon recently introduced SkinnyPatch 6 Modular Patch Cords that provide Category 6 electrical performance with a reduced diameter to improve pathway fill, airflow, and increased flexibility in high-density patching areas. The cords contain 28-AWG stranded copper conductors, and achieve a cable diameter of just 0.16 inches (4.0 mm).

“SkinnyPatch 6 Modular Patch Cords offer a significantly tighter bend radius for easier cable routing and enhanced cable management to facilitate moves, adds and changes in tight spaces,” Siemon said when it introduced the patch cords. “The overall smaller diameter provides pathway savings in racks and cabinets while maximizing airflow for improved equipment reliability.”

Susan Cocco, product manager for Siemon, explained, “While the use of 28-AWG patch cords requires users to be aware of slightly shorter channel reach, airflow is much more of a concern than length in today’s data centers and telecommunications spaces where high-density patching areas are commonplace. Our new SkinnyPatch 6 Modular Patch Cords provide the same exceptional Category 6 performance that our customers have come to expect from Siemon, while offering them a smaller diameter to improve airflow, accessibility, routing and space savings in these tighter spaces.”

The company added that the SkinnyPatch 6 Modular Patch Cords exceed ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and ISO/IEC 11801:2002 performance standards as confirmed by Intertek. “SkinnyPatch 6 plug technology features Siemon’s patented cross-pair isolator for exceptional NEXT performance and innovative 360-degree crimp for excellent plug-to-cable strain relief,” Siemon concluded.

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