April 23, 2008 -- Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) announced the launch of its smaller diameter Cat 6 cable, dubbed Category 6 ECO. The cable is manufactured without a center filler and has an outside diameter that is similar to that of Cat 5e cable, says HCM.
According to the company, the cable's smaller outside diameter can help reduce installation costs by permitting the owner to install more Cat 6 cables per conduit or tray than could be installed if using typical Cat 6 cables. The new cable's construction, which is UL verified for performance and exceeds the requirements for Category 6, is a result of knowledge gained during the development of HCM's Supra 10Category 6A cable, according to Steven Kenney, marketing manager for HCM.
"Not only does it offer the Category 6 performance that our customers require, but it does so using substantially less material," maintains Kenney. "This also translates into a smaller impact on the environment when the product reaches the end of its life cycle."
Kenney adds, "To reduce the environmental impact even further, we designed packaging that was made with 100% post consumer cardboard. We believe this is the most environmentally friendly Category 6 cable on the market."
The Category 6 ECO is manufactured at HCM's Manchester, NH facility. It is available for purchase through authorized distributors.