Berk-Tek’s Converged Application Score (CA Score) Process has been UL Verified (ID B638581)
New Holland, PA – March 25, 2019 – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces that the company’s innovative Converged Application Score (CA Score) Process has been third-party verified by UL.
UL Verification is an objective, science-based assessment that confirms marketing claims by a company. The claim or claims that are UL Verified are subjected to an extremely rigorous audit process. UL representative David Wuestmann, Marketing Claim Verification Program Manager for UL states, “During our audit of the CA Score Process, we verified Berk-Tek’s procedural documents, training records, equipment calibration, and system functionality. When we give a process the UL Verified Mark, we are separating fact from fiction.”
The CA Score is based on the results of a 100-meter, four-connector channel test designed to measure network infrastructure performance under the stress of real-world applications. The CA score testing involves simultaneous transmission of Voice, Data, Video, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) through a cabling channel. During the test, real-world conditions such as heat and nearby voltage spikes are simulated to stress the cabling as they would be in the installation environment.
The results of several tests are recorded: Mean Opinion Score (MOS) for VoIP performance, Media Loss Rate (MLR) for Video performance, Bit Error Rate (BER) for Data performance, and Heat Rise for PoE performance. These results are then entered into a proprietary algorithm that calculates the results into a CA Score between 1 and 10. A score of 8.6 or higher is considered excellent and would equate to a near flawless user experience even while under stressed conditions. A score of 10 is theoretically impossible because this would require a room temperature cable to have zero DC resistance and therefore no heat generated when transmitting 100W of PoE.
The TEK Center at Berk-Tek developed the CA Score in 2016 in response to the new demands being placed on network infrastructure. “Reporting a cable’s performance in dBs for various parameters has been a standard practice in our industry for many years. However, those values do not easily correlate to the performance of today’s advanced networking applications. The CA Score addresses that issue,” says Mike Good, Manager of Applications and Systems Labs for Berk-Tek. Today’s network infrastructure is connecting and powering lights, cameras, AV systems, and many other building automation systems, some consuming a lot of power and bandwidth.
Berk-Tek believes that the UL verification is an important step in changing the way network infrastructure is tested and evaluated. “We are very excited that UL has independently verified our CA Score process,” states Jim Frey, Director of Marketing for Berk-Tek. “Berk-Tek recognized years ago that decibel-based testing alone wasn’t the best indicator of how a cable will perform under the stress of converged applications. That’s why we developed the CA Score. Having our process Verified by UL adds a new level of credibility testing that was developed and pioneered by Berk-Tek’s leading engineering team.”
For more information on Berk-Tek’s CA Score, visit www.berktek.us/CAscore.
About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company
For more than 50 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.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