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  • Datacom: Feed-through Connectors and Crimp Tools

    Installing cabling for data connectivity means dealing with evolving technologies. In commercial and industrial installations, that normally means running and terminating Cat5e and Cat6 cabling.

    When installing patch panels and working in Datacom rooms, it appears the maze of cabling gets ever more complex.

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  • Datacom: Tools and Meters

    What do rubies, sapphires, and carbide have to do with each other? All are types of scoring blades for fiber optic conductors, that's what. If you've done any fiber work, you know how delicate the cables can be.

    That's why special tools have been developed just for installing fiber optic circuits. Fiber is a highly efficient way of carrying massive amounts of data in both commercial and now residential installations.

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

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  • Atkore Rolls Out Five New Raceway Products

    Atkore International announced five new product offerings in the raceway space earlier this summer.

    The company’s Konkore Fittings division introduced a new Universal Super Connector and Universal 5-Piece Coupling. The Universal Super Connector is used to connect GRC/IMC/EMT pipe to boxes or conduit bodies, while Konkore’s Universal 5-Piece Coupling connects two threaded or unthreaded GRC/IMC/EMT pipes.

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  • Explosion Proof Devices and the Code

    There are stringent codes governing the use of electrical equipment and components in potentially flammable atmospheres. But, let's start with a few definitions.

    Two terms that sometimes get confused are explosion-proof and intrinsically safe. Though similar, they are not identical. While the intent of both is to prevent ignition or explosion of flammable atmospheres, how they go about it is handled differently.

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