TIA Cabling Standards Update Spring 2017

April 27, 2017 1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT

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Webcast Description:

The Telecommunications Industry Association’s TR-42 Engineering Committee continues to develop and revise standard specifications pertaining to cabling components and systems. With many North American cabling projects specified to comply with TIA standards, these documents are among the most relevant to all parties involved in cabling-system design, installation, certification or management. This webcast seminar, hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, provides an update on some of the new-development and revision projects taking place within TR-42.

Presentation 1: Preparing Pathways and Space for Remote Powering Infrastructure
The ability to power network devices via twisted-pair communications cabling has far-reaching effects on layer-one infrastructure, including the pathways and spaces through which that infrastructure traverses a facility and the practices by which cabling is placed within those pathways and spaces. Addendum 2 to the TIA-569-D Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces standard will provide some specifications addressing the use of these spaces for cabling that carries power to network devices. The addendum is still a work-in-progress; this presentation explains the rationale behind the development of TIA-569-D Addendum 2, including the effort’s primary objectives and progress that has been made on those objectives to this point.

Presentation 2: Smaller-Gauge Patch Cords and Standard Compliance

Current TIA standards allow the twisted conductor pairs within a patch cord to be between 22 (maximum) and 26 (minimum) AWG. As such, 28-AWG cords that have gained popularity in recent years are not standard compliant. The TIA TR-42.7 Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems Committee recently formed a task group to study 28-AWG patch cords, with one possible outcome being the recognition of 28-AWG cords in the TIA-568 standard series. With this possible standards effort still in its infancy, this presentation discusses 28-AWG patch cords from the standpoint of their practical application. Describing scenarios in which these cords increasingly are being deployed, the presentation also discusses the maximum reach of channels that incorporate 28-AWG patch cords.

Presentation 3: Standardized Jacket Colors for Fiber-Optic Cables
The TIA-598-D standard specifies color coding for the optical fibers within a single cable, as well as the color coding of an optical-fiber cable’s exterior jacket. The next addendum to this standard will define lime green as the jacket color for OM5 fiber cabling. This presentation will describe the specifications of TIA-598-D and its addenda, providing practical information about how cable colors can and should be applied in the field. At the presenter’s discretion, the presentation also may provide detail on the latest multimode fiber performance level, OM5, including its performance levels, backward-compatibility with previous-generation multimode fiber, and its anticipated applications.


Bob Crain, P.E.
Director of Marketing/Product Development

Bob Crain, P.E. is a registered electrical engineer in the state of Illinois with 25 years of experience working for several leading US cable tray manufacturers. Bob is a leading expert on industry standards for the cable tray market. For the past 15 years he has been a member of the NEMA Technical Committee (5CT) and is currently a representative for the North American IEC, focusing on Standard 61537 for cable tray. Over his career, he has lent his expertise to numerous NEC code changes, written articles for industry trade magazines and published many white papers.
For the past 10 years, Bob has worked for Legrand/Cablofil in Mascoutah, IL, and currently holds the position of Director of Marketing/Product Development.

Tony Irujo
Sales Engineer

Tony Irujo is sales engineer for optical fiber at OFS, the former Optical Fiber Solutions division of Lucent Technologies.  Based out of OFS’ multimode manufacturing center in Sturbridge, MA (the former SpecTran fiber manufacturing facility), Tony provides technical sales and marketing support for multimode and single-mode optical fiber.

Tony has 25 years’ experience in optical fiber manufacturing, testing, and applications.  Tony started with SpecTran in 1993 as a quality and process engineer, and transitioned to more customer-focused roles with Lucent and OFS.  He represents OFS in the Fiber Optic LAN Section (FOLS) of the TIA, has authored several papers on fiber technology and applications, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Tony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England College in Springfield, MA.

Sri Senthamaraikannan
Product Manager

Sri Senthamaraikannan is a Product Manager supporting copper patch cords at Panduit. Sri received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Karunya University, India and Master of Business Administration with Honors from Loyola University, Chicago. Sri is an active member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international Business Honors Society.

Sri joined Panduit in 2014, prior to this has experience working in Information Technology industry.

Moderator: Patrick McLaughlin
Chief Editor
Cabling Installation & Maintenance

*The granting of 1 Continuing Education Credit for this webcast by BICSI does not imply or suggest that BICSI approves or endorses this event.

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