[February 22, 2017] Imagine for a second how much data is travelling across your fiber optic network. Every second, people around the world are streaming video, engaging their followers and fans with live video, uploading images, talking over IP, tweeting and more, so much more.
Your fiber optic network was likely designed to accommodate today's network needs. Now you have to be planning for expansion, preparing your step into the 5G internet realm.
As more fiber is added in your switch room, you need to design a retrofit solution that alleviates cabling buildup and protects against attenuation.
The optimal fiber optic cabling layout accounts for:
And when you're designing your cable management system, you have to consider cost, quality and reliability of the equipment you're installing.
Many cable raceway designers and installers are familiar with the old-fashioned way to add a new run: wrapping the fiber in butcher paper and tying it to the frame above. It gives the installer room to cut into the trough with a saw, connect an intersection or off-ramp and connect a new trough.
No matter how carefully you handle the fiber, you're still putting it at risk.
Enter the WaveTrax™ Express Off-Ramp.
The raceway component offers a modular exit that snaps onto the side of an existing two- or four-inch trough. It ratchets into place, eliminating the need for nuts and bolts.
"Without a doubt, it makes a retrofit easier, especially with intricate fiber patching," says Mike Antonucci, a Project Manager with LCN Communications in Abington, PA.
LCN solves fiber optic network planning and design challenges for businesses and large data centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the surrounding tri-state area.
Antonucci estimates the Express™ line, which includes the off-ramp and interchange transitions, saves his contractors about 50 percent of their installation time on retrofits.
And time means money.
Installers charge an average of $100 an hour and that fee can start to add up when they're tasked with tying up cable, sawing into troughs and bolting parts together.
"Everything about WaveTrax is easier to work with than the competitors' products," Antonucci says. "After we used a couple of piece on a retrofit, a big national account paid us to rip out the competitor's product and replace it all with WaveTrax."
The raceway components are made to snap together, he adds, creating an ease of use. When building a new system, the WaveTrax end-to-end solution has saved Antonucci's contractors 30 percent of installation time.
He also compliments the system's esthetics.
"A lot of customers say it just looks better," he says. "After we've installed a (competitive) system, the customer often stands back and says it looks better. All the silver with the nuts and bolts on the brackets it's just unattractive.
"It isn't as neat and clean as the WaveTrax system."
The Telect engineering team is available to custom configure a WaveTrax cable management solution. Contact the Inside Sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509)926-6000 to get started.