Arlyn S. Powell, Jr.
In the four issues published in 1993, Cabling Installation & Maintenance was already highlighting some of the key issues that have had--and continue to have--great impact on the cabling industry. Two articles, for instance, discussed the pros and cons of the SC fiber-optic connector, and several more dealt with Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair (utp) cabling. One of the latter, "Category 5--Let the buyer beware," by Frank Mara of CommTran Consulting (Sandwich, MA), inaugurated a debate about the assets and liabilities of Category 5 cabling that is literally still going on.
Early issues of the magazine also covered fiber-optic and copper-wire test equipment, as well as cable-management and other kinds of software useful to cabling contractors and cabling-plant managers. One of the first installation case histories dealt with cabling done by the Tocco Corp. (Billerica, MA) for computer-peripheral manufacturer gcc Technologies (Bedford, MA). Another 1993 feature took an in-depth look at the disaster-recovery planning done by the telecommunications and data-communications departments of Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
Paul Kmit of adc Telecommunications (Minneapolis, MN) works on a fiber-optic cable-trough system manufactured by his company. This photo appeared on the cover of the August/September 1993 issue.
A time capsule from 1993
(quotations from articles published the year indicated that seem especially relevant today)
"Complete documentation of system performance is central to an effective installation and maintenance effort."--Tony Beam, then of Siecor Corp., now of amp Inc.
"Through direct involvement in the early phases of project design, installers can essentially become project team members."--Michael W. Kerwin, Corporate Connectivity Resources
"The downside of a centralized backbone approach is the vulnerability that results from everything being in one room."--Pete Bronder, Carnegie-Mellon University
Candidates for the CI&M Hall of Fame
(articles published the year indicated that were both groundbreaking and timeless)
"Installing high-performance utp cable" -- Lisa Bechtold, Berk-Tek Inc.
(articles or quotations from the year indicated that remind us how much things have changed)
"The SC will be the connector of choice for upgrades and new applications."--George Lawrence, amp Inc.
The SC connector has never achieved wide acceptance in the cabling industry.--Ed.