Panduit heralds launch of Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center, R&D complex houses copper, optics, data center, industrial automation labs

Aug. 18, 2016
Panduit's new R&D complex includes a copper transmissions lab; an optics lab; an anechoic chamber; a data center thermal lab; and an industrial automation lab.

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TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Panduit Corp., a major global provider of electrical and network infrastructure products and technology solutions, recently announced the opening of its 18,000 sq. ft. Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center in Tinley Park, IL -- a facility that now accommodates more than 70 members of Panduit’s Research and Development (R&D) team.

Named for one of the most prolific inventors in the electrical and nascent telecommunications-oriented industries -- and the founder of Panduit -- the company's R&D center "will carry on his legacy that began almost 60 years ago," stated a company news release. "Throughout this period Panduit has introduced thousands of problem-solving new products, achieved over 780 U.S. patents and remains demonstrably committed to advancing state-of-the-art solutions," the release added

“Our new environment is sleek, attractive and high-tech - perfect for attracting new talent and fostering creative thinking,” commented Andy Stroede, senior vice president, R&D, at Panduit. He continued, "Panduit has also invested in constructing almost 20,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space; that includes a world-class thermal laboratory with a 640kW capacity on-site for R&D, partner-inclusive testing, and validation of real-world scenarios. This lab has been designed to push the limits of power and cooling infrastructure that we understand will be required in customers’ future data centers.”

See also:Panduit unveils HD Flex 2.0 system (July 12, 2016)

The labs in Panduit's new R&D complex include: a copper transmissions lab; an optics lab; an anechoic chamber; a data center thermal lab; and an industrial automation lab.

Of the industrial automation lab, Stroede said, "That is probably the most hands-on space where we visualize, test and architect converged solutions designed to benefit IT migration onto the factory floor. Hosting contractors and system integrators, along with our partners like Cisco and Rockwell helps us solve real-world challenges encountered in a variety of industrial environments.”

Stroede concluded, “Collaborating with our partners, academia, industry consortiums, and standards bodies allows Panduit to be an advocate for the industry and to continue to challenge the status quo in data center, enterprise, and industrial automation environments. This new high-tech facility provides a superior environment to nurture these efforts.”

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