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“We saw where the PoE standard was heading and we sought third-party validation at that time to ensure our jacks would meet the new standard,” said Frank Straka, product line manager for copper and fiber connectivity at Panduit.

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Panduit, a global leader in innovative electrical and network infrastructure solutions, meets the recently updated IEEE standards for the highest Power over Ethernet currents. In fact, while the standard itself is recently updated, Panduit’s certification to the higher loads has been in place since August 2016.

“We saw where the PoE standard was heading and we sought third-party validation at that time to ensure our jacks would meet the new standard,” said Frank Straka, product line manager for copper and fiber connectivity at Panduit. “We collaborated with the testing house to validate our jacks under the old standard, but at an elevated current load that corresponded to the new standard. Because we were already certified to those higher levels, our existing third-party certification was simply updated by the testing house when the standard was updated. So, we had this certification two and a half years before the standard was ratified.”

The certification covers arcing under Power over Ethernet loads, and provides assurance to users that carbon buildup will not degrade connector performance. Arcing occurs inside a jack, when a plug is disengaged from a jack that is carrying PoE and can cause carbon scoring at the point of disengagement. Because current levels are higher under the newest PoE standards, it can lead to more severe carbon scoring. Panduit jacks are engineered so that abrasion occurs as a plug is inserted, effectively cleaning the contacts from the carbon buildup.

Panduit has been a leader in developing the industry’s leading products to support Power over Ethernet, including copper cabling with advanced thermal properties to handle heat rise and jacks that are certified to the highest levels of PoE.

About Panduit: Since 1955, Panduit’s culture of curiosity and passion for problem solving have enabled more meaningful connections between companies’ business goals and their marketplace success. Panduit creates leading-edge physical, electrical, network infrastructure and AV solutions for enterprise-wide environments, from the data center to the telecom room, from the desktop to the plant floor. Headquartered in Tinley Park, Ill., USA and operating in 112 global locations, Panduit’s proven reputation for quality and technology leadership, coupled with a robust partner ecosystem, help support, sustain, and empower business growth in a connected world.

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