Berk-Tek’s Entire Outside Plant (OSP) LAN Copper Cable Portfolio Third-Party Tested by UL to Meet ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 Test Requirements
New Holland, PA – July 12, 2018 – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces that all OSP copper products manufactured by the company have been third-party tested by UL to meet the stringent ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 water penetration test requirements.
The ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 test can be best described as one meter of cable connected via a valve to the bottom of a one-meter-high vertical PVC tube filled with water. The valve is opened and the cable under test must withstand the water pressure from passing through the cable for one hour. If water emerges from the opposite side of the cable within the hour, then the product fails. If this happens, then a second, one-meter cable sample can be cut from the same reel and the test repeated. If the second sample fails, then the product fails the test requirement.
This test is very important because it illustrates what can happen if water penetrates the cable jacket or enters through one of the cable ends and is wicked up through the cable into the electronic equipment. “This is exactly why Berk-Tek adds a flooding compound inside every OSP cable to prevent the water from wicking through the cable.” states Brian Simmons, Berk-Tek Product Manager. If water does wick through the cable, it can be at worst a potential safety issue, and at best a very expensive lesson if equipment needs to be replaced.
Berk-Tek only provides its customers with OSP copper cables that have flooding compound and have been third-party tested by UL to meet ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 test requirements. “Some competitive designs take a different approach and offer flame rated indoor/outdoor cable with no water blocking compound added and therefore can’t meet ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 test requirements,” notes Simmons.
By eliminating the water blocking compound, the competitive designs have a better chance of meeting indoor smoke and flame requirements, and therefore will not require a transition point. While this does provide cost savings to the installer, the problem with this approach is that it assumes the cable jacket will never fail and that water will never seep through one of the ends. Additionally, these cables are very expensive to produce, which often negates the savings gained by not needing an outdoor-to-indoor transition point.
Berk-Tek provides a complete line of copper OSP cables including Category 5e, Category 6 and Category 6A. All are third-party tested by UL to meet the ANSI/ICEA S-107-704-2012 test requirements.
For more information on Berk-Tek’s full line of OSP copper cables, visit their website at www.berktek.com.
As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, the Nexans Group is committed to facilitating energy transition and supporting the exponential growth of data by empowering its customers in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, smart grids, emobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables drives its active involvement within several leading industry associations, including Europacable, The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com
About Berk-Tek, A Leviton Company
For 60 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.leviton.com/berktek.