Founded in 1955, Panduit develops and provides advanced solutions that help customers optimize the physical infrastructure and mitigate risk through simplification, increased agility, and operational efficiency.
The company operates in 120 countries and makes its headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois. Areas of focus include data centres, connected buildings, and industrial automation.
With a commitment to environmental sustainability, Panduit develops and implements solutions that protect, replenish, and restore the world in which we live. This commitment is demonstrated by Panduit’s LEED Gold certified world headquarters, leveraging the Unified Physical Infrastructure℠ approach to enable convergence of critical building systems to drive energy efficiency and ongoing operational improvement.
Panduit’s best-in-class partner ecosystem offers a comprehensive portfolio of services that span the project lifecycle, from planning and design to delivery, deployment, maintenance, and operation. Panduit business partners — distributors, and certified architects, consultants, engineers, designers, system integrators, and contractors — are qualified to help you achieve your objectives and realize predictable and measurable results.
Panduit draws upon a deep expertise in providing world-class data centre solutions and designs based on industry best practices, offering you a combination of services, software, and products that result in optimized physical infrastructures allowing you to focus on being more responsive, improve operational efficiency, and increase your organization’s strategic relevance to the business.
Panduit draws from proven methodologies and global best practices to develop innovative, highly reliable and scalable physical infrastructure solution elements. For example, Panduit’s Energy Efficient Cabinets utilize modular components that address power, cooling, space, and cable management challenges, enabling a 25% reduction in energy consumption, speed to deploy, and optimize space utilization.
Supporting switches, servers, and storage equipment from industry leading partners, Panduit cabinets are the first choice for applications that require maximum thermal management capability, and the capacity to manage the high cable densities that result from consolidation and server virtualization.
Panduit is an industry leader in developing innovative technology solutions that meet the rapidly evolving needs of customers around the world.
The Enterprise – Buildings are Changing
Today’s enterprise spaces rely on a wide variety of IP-enabled systems that improve operational efficiencies and employee productivity, while reducing facility operating costs.
Security, safety, lighting, environmental controls, audio/video, and other systems are now common in the enterprise space, and a robust network that provides reliable, long-lasting performance is the foundation for these systems.
Panduit’s comprehensive enterprise solution delivers best-in-class network performance with superior quality, operational efficiency and easy installation. For 60 years, Panduit has been the partner that businesses trust to provide the reliability and performance that enterprise systems demand.
Long recognized as the leader in network infrastructure, Panduit can help your organization optimize your network infrastructure to best support the technologies that effectively manage your enterprise space. Panduit simplifies the design, installation, and operation of the enterprise network, with a comprehensive portfolio of products that provide a best-in-class networking solution.
- Copper Cabling Systems
- Fibre Cabling Systems
- Pre-Terminated Copper and Fibre Solutions
- Cabinets, Racks, and Cable Management
- Zone Enclosure Systems
- Cable Routing Systems
- Power and Grounding Systems
- DCIM Software and Hardware
- Surface Raceway Systems
- Labelling and Identification
- Faceplates and Modular Furniture Outlets
- Wire Management Systems
- Physical Security Systems
Building an Enterprise Network
Today’s buildings are being designed with business objectives in mind. Collaborative work environments, enterprise wide connectivity and energy saving technologies are improving employee productivity and decreasing operational costs. Panduit offers Enterprise solutions for Large Corporate Accounts (LCAs) as well as Small to Medium Size Business (SMB).
Together with our partners, Panduit will work with you to create an end-to-end physical enterprise infrastructure solution that improves enterprise management and control—from the data centre to telecommunications room to office environments including work areas and conference rooms.
Power over Ethernet with Panduit Copper Cabling
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a common way to reduce installation costs and time by allowing power and data onto a single twisted-pair cable. As the ubiquitous nature of Ethernet has grown, an increasing number of items are being networked together.
These new items, such as digital signage, next generation wireless access points, nurse call stations, and thin clients, have power needs beyond the existing PoE+ standards. The industry has recognized this need, and has begun to develop PoE++ equipment that will supply 51 to 71 watts. It is expected that the equipment will be available by 2016.
RWL can assist partners and end clients with information and guidance on installing Panduit cabling and connectivity with both the existing PoE+ and the new higher power PoE++ standards.
Cable Standards and Power over Ethernet
It is important to understand that the cables and connectors, by themselves, can handle the 960 mA current and the 71 W of power. The concerns with running PoE in cables has to do with heat and temperature rise that occurs when the cables are bundled, and the concern with connectors is arcing that occurs when a plug is removed from a connector with live PoE. Concerns with these factors are:
Some temperature rise will increase cable insertion loss and may create bit errors for your application.
Extreme temperature increase past the recommended cable operating range can damage the cable.
Arcing can damage plug and jack contacts, and make transmission through them impossible.
Arcing Test Method Standards; IEC 60512-9-3 and IEC 60512-99-001
An electrical arc (spark) naturally occurs most times when removing a plug from a jack with PoE running. The arc poses no danger to the user, and it is often difficult to notice.
However, it can damage the points on the jack and plug contacts where it occurs. Connectors must designed so the location damaged by the arc is not where the plug and jack mate. The IEC developed test methods IEC 60512-9-3 and IEC 60512-99-001 to address this particular issue.
Maximum PoE Power Unlikely to Increase beyond 100W
It is unlikely that future PoE standards will be developed to exceed the 71 W proposed by the new PoE++ standard for many years. Next generation PoE standards have traditionally come to market within 6 to 8 year timeframes with double the power of the previous standard (see table 1).
These standards are created in response to market needs. For a new standard to be developed, it will require a pervasive market need for about 200 W, as well as have a large installed base of cabling to run it. For PoE beyond 100 W, this installed base does not exist because much of today’s cabling will not support 200 W.
200 W will require next generation cabling with a higher operating temperature and improved thermal performance beyond typical Category 5e and 6. Therefore, PoE beyond 100 W is at least 10 to 15 years away.
Electrical arcs with Panduit Connectivity
All Panduit plugs and jacks are designed to pass the test methods of IEC 60512-9-3 and IEC 60512-99-001 to ensure that when arcing occurs, it will not damage the critical plug and jack mating point.
The below image highlights arcing on a Panduit connector showing how it occurs at a location (red) that does not affect the plug and jack mating location (green). It also shows the damage to the contacts on Panduit products is minimal.
Figure 1: Minor arcing (red) does not occur in Panduit jack mating region (green). Non-Panduit jacks may see such damage in the critical mating area.
PoE Temperature Rise Testing Results
Panduit has done extensive testing across our entire cable line in order to provide guidance with TSB-184-A. These tests studied our diverse selection of cables and measured the temperature rise in varying bundle sizes having a variety of currents applied.
An example of the testing done with 48 and 100 cable bundles is shown in Figure 3. Similar testing was done with bundle sizes of 61 and 24 cable bundles. 100 cables was chosen as the maximum bundles size as that was the maximum recommendation given in TSB-184-A.
The recommended bundle sizes refer to how many cables can be directly bundled together within groups. In other words, if 96 cables are needed to run between floors, it is possible to have a large bundle of 96 Category 6A cables for PoE++, or 4 smaller adjacent bundles of 24 Cat 6A 28 AWG as shown in Figure 3.
Both are acceptable methods to run PoE and limit the temperature rise to only 15 degrees. These adjacent bundles can be placed as close as needed to each other.
The Importance of Cable Operating Temperature Rating
There is a simple equation to understand when deciding on a bundle size and cable type:
Cable Temperature Rating > Ambient Temperature + Bundle Cable Temperature Rise
Therefore, one must be aware of the ambient temperature of where the cable is being installed, what the expected cable temperature rise is for whatever cable type or bundle size is being used, and what the maximum cable operating temperature is.
It should be noted that many Panduit cables allow for a cable operating temperature of 75oC, which is higher than the typical industry average of 60oC (all Panduit Category 6A MaTriX cables are rated up to 75oC). This gives more flexibility to the ambient temperature environment where they can be deployed.
Deploying for PoE
Panduit recommends having a diversity of power delivery to have both redundant power sources, and to ensure there is room for future data and future power needs. This means:
Running two Category 6A cables to each powered device.
Each run of Category
6A cable comes from a different zone distribution area.
For example, wireless access point technology moves much faster than cabling technology. It is expected that by 2017 wireless access point technology will double their speeds to be at 7 Gbps. If these trends continue, wireless access points will need over 10 Gbps by 2020.
By running two Category 6A cables that can each support 10GBASE-T and 71 W of power, it can be assured that the cabling infrastructure will be future proofed to support any future wireless technology data or power requirements for the foreseeable future.
Panduit recommends all new installations use Category 6A due to the fact it supports the highest data rate of 10GBASE-T, and has no bundle size limitations with any current or future Power over Ethernet application.
If different cable types are used for PoE other than Category 6A, follow the guidelines in this document to reduce bundle size to allow the use of smaller gauge cables. These bundles can be grouped together so the total number of cables being routed remains the same.
For each PoE device deployed, Panduit recommends running two cables to that device.
Further information regarding Panduit’s leading edge products can be obtained from your RWL Sales Contact or via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Copper Cabling Systems
The Data Center
IT and facilities organizations must create a dynamic physical infrastructure to support the growing interdependency between IT systems and business applications. This infrastructure must be flexible enough to support new network design and management strategies and be robust enough to support more demanding service level requirements.
These organisations are also challenged to integrate traditionally disparate and proprietary systems across multiple environments – data centre, enterprise and manufacturing – in order to realise productivity gains and create a competitive advantage.
Improving data centre efficiency, reducing deployment times, and gaining real time visibility to space, power, and cooling capacity enables you to reduce operational expenditures (OpEx) spent on day to day operations and more on strategic innovation, optimizing capital expenditure (CapEx).
Working with RWL and Panduit enables you to respond to strategic business drivers, such as virtualization, data centre consolidation plans or migration to cloud based computing quicker and at a lower total cost.
Improving Performance - does your data centre keep you up at night?
Managing a below par physical infrastructure can risk the operation of your entire network, especially if the physical layer was designed and deployed in an ad hoc manner.
Data centres are mission-critical facilities and the nerve centre of successful business operations. As more businesses are adopting consolidation, virtualization, and automation of networking assets, a silo-based approach to designing, deploying, and managing the physical infrastructure is becoming increasingly inadequate.
With data centres evolving to meet the challenges of complex architectures, new technologies, and increasing performance requirements, a robust physical infrastructure is needed to provide operational benefits to drive business results.
RWL can help you to improve your network performance by understanding the mission critical requirements of your data centre operations to generate a physical infrastructure design that will optimise performance.
Reducing Operating Costs - do you have trouble convincing leadership of the benefits of data centre investments?
Most data centres spend approximately 70% of the operating budget on maintaining existing infrastructure - while only 30% is for innovations aligned to business goals. The challenge is to reverse that allocation and transform your data centre into a strategic business asset.
Together with Panduit we can help you to re-allocated and better utilise your budget by:-
Increasing Flexibility and Responsiveness - do you find yourself cutting back on ambitious plans due to limited IT budget?
- Maximising Efficiencies by assess your power & cooling systems, data centre layout and physical infrastructure arrangement practices.
- Making recommendation on space consolidation & utilisation.
We understand that with competing resource demands, limited budget and ever changing technologies, you need to make each IT investment count – to support not only the business of today, but also the unknown ones in the future.
Whether it is moving to new platform such as cloud computing, undertaking deployment of virtualisation, or integrating automation controls into you data centre, we can arm you with the intelligence to guide your business leadership in the successful completion of new initiatives that will produce favourable results.
Improving Sustainability - Are you looking for ways to improve energy efficiency?
Business is being asked by clients, partners, regulatory agencies and employees what measures are being taken to lessen their impact on the environment. The assumption that recycling outdated hardware is about as environmentally friendly as an IT department can no longer hold true.
We can help you to achieve your corporate social responsibility goals by identifying ways to reduce space, decrease energy consumption and minimize reactive maintenance.
Panduit – Intelligent Power Monitoring
Monitor - Power Monitoring from building point of entry to individual Server for both Legacy and new build data centres.
Understand - Management information & Reporting now provides a truly holistic and consolidated view of the entire facility.
Manage - Historical and dynamic reporting enabled informed decision making, allowing the regain of control, optimisation of efficiencies and reduction in costs of entire facility.
RWL can help you to plan and deliver your critical Data Centre infrastructure, call our experts on +44 (0)207 084 6219.
At RWL, we understand the challenges our customers face deploying physical infrastructure solutions.
RWL Advanced Solutions are specialist distributors in the Data and Security industry and have stocking and sales locations in Central London, Dublin and Cork. In addition to Ireland, we invest significant resource to our International Sales, where we have achieved success in multiple locations across the EMEA region, including regions such as Casablanca, Helsinki, London, Milan, Stockholm, Glasgow & Frankfurt.
Our product portfolio includes specification Structured Cabling Systems, Enclosures, Cooling Systems, Environmental/Power Monitoring, Intruder, CCTV, Access Control, Fire and all associated accessories.
With fully qualified BICSI RCDD’s and other qualified technical staff trained in such attributes such as Certified Data Centre Design, RWL work closely with Design & Estimation teams on specification, full documentation, and project preparation, all implemented to stringent timelines and guidelines.
Through our experienced personnel, significant stock holding and established partners, RWL Advanced Solutions stock broadest range of leading brands in both the Data and Security Markets available today.
We add value to our clients by ensuring that our involvement includes assistance at all project stages, from design, planning, and project estimations through to stock commitments, consignment stock options and on site delivery liaison.
As an official Panduit Distributor for the EMEA region we have access to the worlds best in class product portfolio.
Panduit has developed the industry’s most comprehensive and holistic approach to a Unified Physical Infrastructure and can help enterprises align, converge, and optimize critical systems – communication, computing, control, power, and security – to build a smarter, unified business foundation.
Mitigate Risk – Efficient physical infrastructure management enables seamless integration to reduce risks which can occur throughout core systems.
Lower Cost – Panduit physical infrastructure solutions drive financial advantages to reduce energy and occupancy costs, and help secure competitive advantage.
Increase Agility – A high level of integration within the physical infrastructure enables flexibility and improved business agility.
Enhance Sustainability – UPI-based solution, offerings enable organizations to meet sustainability goals by driving resource and energy efficiencies across the physical infrastructure.
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Are industrial networks ready for IoT?
Industrial automation systems are undergoing dramatic transformations that require businesses to adopt new strategies for industrial Ethernet.
With the transition to Ethernet connected controllers, computers, high speed motion control, cameras and power electronics, new approaches are required because past industrial network practices may no longer apply.
Every day, 160,000 new industrial Ethernet nodes are connected (I.H.S. Global/IMS Research). The design, specification, installation and testing of Ethernet cabling systems need closer examination for appropriate network cabling implementation.
When assessing your cabling network topology to determine whether you should use structured cabling or point to point cabling, the primary considerations are your design specs, network longevity, maintainability and installation. These considerations will help you choose the best cabling option for your Ethernet industrial automation application.
RWL can provide technical assistance in offer to offer the best in class products available from Panduit including:-
- Panel to Machine Copper Cabling products including enterprise-grade horizontal cabling, industrial-grade Category 6 and 5e cabling including 600 V-rated cabling, industrial-grade 600 V-rated patch cords, M12 D-Code Field Terminable Plug, RJ45 Field Terminable Plug, M12 D-Code to RJ45 Adapter, IP67-Rated Variant 1 RJ45 connectors, IP67-Rated Variant 1 RJ45 patch cords and patch panels for use in harsh environment industrial automation applications
- High performance, harsh environment Category 6A and Category 7 cabling solutions offer ultimate 10 G/bps performance for the most demanding Shipboard (with DNV, ABS certification), Offshore, Refinery, Factory, and Transit applications.
- Integrated Network Zone Enclosure Systems – single part number enclosure system that contains physical network infrastructure, power and network switching. Factory assembled, tested and validated optimal performance ensures rapid and reliable deployment
- Data Access Port – provides a safe and secure means to access the control panel network connection without physical access inside the panel, thereby increasing uptime and reducing operator risk from high voltage circuits.
We can offer a full overview of the technology and products used to deploy industrial Ethernet from our Panduit demonstration suite based in the City of London – call our experts to arrange a meeting and discussion on +44 (0) 207 084 6219.