Black Box's 45 deg angled-port patch panels receive Cabling Business award of excellence

The Black Box SpaceGAIN CAT5e and CAT6 patch panels feature connectors that tilt down at a 45-degree angle to make patching easier.

PITTSBURGH -- Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) , a provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, announced that its SpaceGAIN 45-Degree Angled-Port Patch Panels received Cabling Business magazine's Award of Excellence in January 2010.

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Black Box introduced the new SpaceGAIN CAT5e and CAT6 patch panels in November 2009. The panels feature connectors that tilt down at a 45-degree angle to make patching easier. This saves the IT professional valuable time and reduces costs for installation equipment and labor. The angles also provide strain relief and maintain bend radii.

The 45-degree angled-ports also free up significant space in crowded data cabinets. Because cables don't protrude, users can save two or four inches, or more, in front of every panel. This is quite beneficial for cabinets being retrofitted with newer, deeper equipment. Every inch counts, and cabinet doors often don't close or need to be removed to accommodate cabling.

The panels feature RJ-45 connectors on one side and straight Krone/110 dual-IDC connectors on the other. They're made of rolled metal for added strength when punching. The panels are available with 24 or 48 ports. For more information, see

"We're proud that Cabling Business recognized these new panels with an Award of Excellence," said Andrew Schmeltzer, Cabling Product Manager for Black Box. "This innovative design is really quite simple, but it significantly reduces cabling space problems, cable management, and costs in crowded cabinets."

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