Panduit- Compression Grounding Solutions

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Panduit- Compression Grounding Solutions

Grounding is a critical functioning part of the electrical system. Now, the integrity of your grounding system is dependent upon your connectors withstanding the environment where they are installed. To ensure reliability, maximize safety and speeding up installation ensures that a grounding system will provide you with the greatest value, something that we know is important to all of you.

Connection reliability is critical to the integrity of a grounding and bonding system in the long-term. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) developed this standard as a means of qualifying permanently installed grounding connectors. Panduit released a white paper, which you can download HERE, which highlights the importance of implementing a solution approach to optimize the performance of grounding connector systems. This white paper also explores Panduit’s StructuredGround Direct Burial Compression Grounding System and how it combines the installation efficiencies of a compression system with the long-term reliability and safety of connections that meet IEEE Std. 837. In this article, we will take a closer look at their Compression Grounding System, the features and benefits and how it would help you.

The Panduit StructuredGround Direct Burial Compression Grounding System provides the highest performance and most reliable compression connection in the industry! You can ensure a reliable connection with peace of mind and extreme savings. With those accolades, no need to look any further! This system offers the speed and safety of a compression connection while complying with the industry requirements of IEEE Std. 837. Every system is fully inspected and UL 467 Listed and CSA 22.2 Certified to ensure that the installed product operates safely.

Applications for the StructuredGround Direct Burial Compression Grounding System include the bonding of copper conductors, rebar, ground rods and building steel.

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The universal design provides installation flexibility and a minimum number of parts which reduces procurement and inventory costs. Who wouldn’t want that? Their innovative features assure a high quality, complete bond, reduce labor costs and improves crimp quality.

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For long-term reliability, be sure to specify that grounding connectors must be compression wherever possible, and those compression connectors must meet IEEE Std. 837. For more info on ensuring a reliable connection or on the Panduit STructuredGround Direct Burial Compression Grounding System, give your Account Manager a call or CLICK HERE to request more info.


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Product Spotlight: Panduit One-to-One Switch Patching

One of the key problems we see business data centers encounter is the spaghetti mess of cabling when running patch cords from their servers to their patch panels. Not only does this look disorganized and messy, but can also cause a nightmare when trying to identify a specific cord. At French Gerleman, we are currently in the process of updating our own data center with Panduit’s one-to-one switch patching, and wanted to share with you the difference it has made for our company.

Our Datacom Division Manager, Joe Dody, and VP of Information Technology, Jason Stockmann, explain why we decided to move to Panduit’s One-to-One Switch Patching, how the process went and our results to date.

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Jason explains that the biggest problem we’ve struggled with is how to identify things on the network and where things were plugged in. When you’re dealing with more than 200 cords, it can quickly become a mess and can cause a lot of frustration when you are trying to track down the location of a specific issue. That can take quite some time.

According to Jason, “we looked at our system and asked ourselves what can we do better?” The result? We decided to standardize on eight inch patch cables so that we could easily identify if we had a problem on one specific cord. Today, we can go right to that switch, not only more quickly, but without the headache of searching through a tangled mess. Plus, the look of the updated data center is clean, efficient and saves us time when making changes or updates.

It took us time to plan, map out and document every port. The wiring and cables were all different sizes, colors, lengths and were all tangled up, so it took some time to get it organized. After we did that, we were able to come in and make the cords more efficient, clean and easier to manage. We now have a nice looking, better organized data center!

And now for the most exciting part. This is something Panduit can do for our clients, whether you are doing a new build out or retrofitting your existing datacenter or telecommunications room, French Gerleman is here to help. Give us a call at 800-333-3122 and ask to speak with a representative in our Datacom Division to discuss your options.


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Success Depends on the Crimp: Understanding the UL-486F Standard for Bare and Covered Ferrules

If you were not able to attend our Product and Technology Expo, we didn’t want you to miss out on some great information! Panduit hosted a seminar on Understand the UL-486 Standard for Bare and Covered Ferrules. Let’s dive right in!

First of all, what is a ferrule? Ferrules are terminals that only have a barrel. They effectively prevent straying of wire strands.

But what is the difference between a Pin and Ferrule? They both serve a similar purpose, but the pin terminal is larger. The final connection point with a pin terminal is not on the wire itself, but on the separate pin. The ferrule is smaller for the same wire size. With terminal blocks becoming more and more dense, the smaller footprint is an advantage. The final connection point with a ferrule is on the wire itself, and not on a separate pin.

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The evolution of ferrule standards started with DIN. Ferrules have been used in applications for many years in Europe, and is required in most control panel applications. Ferrules standards started with DIN and was adopted by CAS in 2004. UL then allowed for the use of ferrules in accordance with UL-508A. Finally, UL and CSA worked with NEMA to develop the current standards that were released in 2014.

CSA listing were based on DIN. Basically, if a manufacturer had their ferrules listed as DIN, you could obtain CSA. However, as more questions arose over time regarding ferrules, CSA realized the need for a true standard which covered more than the Dimensional Requirements and/or references.

As more customers started using Flex Cable, UL saw the need to address the issue, but had not yet finalized a true listing for ferrules. In the interim, UL-508A allowed for the use of ferrules within a control panel with several restrictions. This approval did not offer customers assistance on how to test or inspect the final crimped ferrules.

Finally, in March of 2014, UL released the harmonized UL and CSA Ferrule Standard UL- 486F and CSA C22.2 No 291. This harmonized CSA Group and UL standards for bare and covered ferrules.

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General Scope:

  • Intended for field and factory wiring
  • Facilitate connection of stranded wire to a device
  • Suitable for use with 1/0 – 20 AWG stranded wire to a device
  • Terminated in wire connection devices rated for solid conductors
  • Not intended for use in IDC
  • Does not apply to pin adapters covered by UL 486A-486B

Construction:

  • Materials- copper and tin plated
  • Flammability- coverings shall have minimum classification of UL94HB
  • Thermal properties- covering shall have minimum relative thermal index of 80 degrees Celsius

Test Requirements

  • Tensile test- shall not visibly move within the ferrule or be pulled out
  • Mold stress relief- no warpage, shrinkage or other distortion
  • Dielectric voltage-withstand- plastic sleeve shall withstand the applied potential without breakdown

Sampling Requirements

  • Three samples of each assembly requirement
  • Four assembly requirements
  • Conducted for each wire class
  • Conducted for each tool being listed

Ferrule Offerings

  • Standard Ferrules
  • Expanded sleeves
  • Short circuit sleeves
  • Twin ferrules
  • Large wire ferrules up to 500 kcmil (with and without sleeves)
  • Ferrules on reel and mini-reels
  • Tools (hand tools, battery powered, automated wire stripped/crimper)

When selection ferrules and wire terminals, from ring forks, disconnect, lugs, etc., you will want to work with a company who can help ensure the product is not only UL listed, but that the product is installed correctly.

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Take a look at this photo. Is there anything you can identify which may be an issue?

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Did you know?

The leading reason for warranty claims on electrical assemblies is due to poor electrical connections, like the ones pictured here.

To see the full presentation, check out the Product and Technology Expo page HERE.

For more information on ferrules or to get a quote on products, please contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or complete an info request form HERE.


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Control Panel Space Optimization

On every manufacturing floor, space is at a premium.  Machine designers and builders are continually challenged to reduce the size and footprint of machines to save space. This, in turn, challenges the controls engineer to design and build control panels with smaller footprints or fit more into existing panels, which is a very difficult task.

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Panduit can help optimize valuable enclosure space while solving noise, environmental and security challenges. You can reduce space as much as 40% with Panduit while including physical barriers to help with noise mitigation and maintaining proper grounding and visual warnings to enhance personnel safety.

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Panduit produced a white paper titled “Space Optimization for Control Panels” that does a great job detailing the importance of control panel space and how to design your control panel to save space and maintain regulatory compliance. This insight can help you to achieve the design flexibility and compliance while taking the weight off your shoulders. You can access the white paper HERE.

Interested in learning more about Panduit or control panel space requirements? Give your French Gerleman Account Manager a call or contact us.


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Control Panel Security Risks

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Cyber-attacks have been big news recently with companies of all sizes suffering breaches and vandalism.  While the importance of data center security is well publicized, have you taken the proper steps to protect your control panels? Enclosure security is important, and necessary, to not only protect your control panel and its valuable information, but to also provide you piece of mind.

Panduit and Hoffman teamed up to release the white paper “Control Panel Security: Identifying and Mitigating Security Risks.” They did a great job breaking down the steps and factors when choosing a control panel security solution in an easy to digest form. Here are their factors to consider:

  1. The value of the information or equipment
  2. The risk level of the control panel environment
  3. The cost to protect the information or equipment
  4. The functionality of components needing EMI protection and/or emitting Wi-Fi signals

To give you a little background, Panduit is a global leader in Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI)-based solutions. Together with Hoffman enclosures, they have created a partnership that combines the quality, service and innovation of these two leading global brands. Hoffman and Panduit optimize five elements common in the control panel development and life cycle: space optimization, noise mitigation, environmental protection, security and control panel safety.

Even the highest of security measures may not prevent all data attacks, but implementing a well-designed physical infrastructure system can limit the impact and severity of any occurrences. At French Gerleman, we help industrial customers mitigate risk across multiple systems and functional departments throughout the enterprise.

To learn more about limiting control panel and other data security risks, contact our Datacom Team HERE.