Compiled by Ryan Cliche
Map, test, and troubleshoot tool
Designed for one-person operation, Ideal Industries' PathFinder tester works with remote components, each with an electronic address that lets you map individual circuits and route to cable endpoints. A LED display shows cable and connection status, as well as wiring faults such as reversals, opens, shorts, miswires, and split-pair conditions. Also, a built-in tone generator identifies and traces for individual conductors while a BNC coaxial cable port lets you analyze cable conditions. Another feature is the "learn" mode that determines, verifies, and tests modified wiring configurations, reducing maintenance time.
IDEAL INDUSTRIES INC.
Seismic-rated rack enclosure
In response to a demand for seismically-rated rack enclosures for seismic and non-seismic installations, DataTel's MRK-4436 gangable rack enclosure system is designed to accommodate hardware equipment and related cable management needs. This 36-inch-deep rack maintains a 22-inch width and provides a number of cable lacing points throughout its interior for what Datatel claims is improved cable management. A rail bracket design allows for adjustable as well as fixed rail mounting positions. When necessary, the design lets you gang multiple enclosures without removing equipment.
Optical fiber connector
Leviton Voice & Data Div.'s Fast Cure anaerobic adhesive connectors terminate in less than five minutes, according to company claims. The company also says that the connectors feature an insertion loss of 0.3 dB. Available in singlemode and multimode versions, these epoxy connectors come in ST, SC, FC, and LC Simplex configurations. Two compatible consumables, a hardener and primer kit and replacement needle (bag of 100), along with a crimp tool, are also available.
LEVITON VOICE & DATA DIV.
Multimode optical-fiber cable
Hitachi Cable Manchester's StratusClear 62.5-/125-micron multimode fiber cables are designed to bring extended distance support to IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet applications. According to company claims, these fiber cables are designed to support Gigabit Ethernet systems over distances of up to 500 meters at 850 nm and 1,000 meters at 1,300 nm-exceeding the standard by as much as 125%. The cable is also designed to extend the transmission operation distances for less demanding protocols such as Fast Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Inter face (FDDI), and 155-Mbits/sec FDDI. It is available for indoor, indoor/ outdoor, and outside plant (OSP) use in inter-connect, single-unit and mutli-unit distribution, and central-tube cable designs.
HITACHI CABLE MANCHESTER INC.