Vol. 9 - Jan-Feb 2018 Edition

Leviton Expands Capabilities as a Global Solutions Provider

Brand-Rex name will change to Leviton brand as part of transition

By Ross Goldman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Leviton Network Solutions

Two years ago, Leviton acquired Brand-Rex, merging two leaders in network connectivity and cable. Leviton is a 110-year-old US-based company that operates in more than 85 countries, while Brand-Rex has delivered world-class network infrastructure from the UK for more than 40 years. Together, we are one of only two global end-to-end infrastructure system providers that actually manufacture their own cable and connectivity. And by combining our expertise and resources, we form a single, global provider committed to delivering innovative products with the utmost quality and customer service.

That commitment to you is stronger than ever. We just opened a new Data Centre Factory at our European headquarters in Glenrothes, Scotland that makes bespoke pre-terminated cabling. These solutions combine the best US-made connectivity with the best European-rated cables, giving data centre managers throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia outstanding reliability, more options, and fast delivery.

Leviton also continues to expand its offering of copper and fibre cabling in Euroclass levels Eca, Dca, Cca and B2ca. This provides European customers more options to meet the needs of their unique cabling environment and comply with CPR requirements specific to each EU member state.

As we strive to serve you better and simplify ordering, we have removed the Brand-Rex name, and you will begin to see product carrying the Leviton brand. Existing Brand-Rex products are not going away, but you will begin to see the Leviton name on all products and materials. As a unified brand we can provide you with more consistent communication about our products and create an even smoother customer experience.

In recognition of the strong market reputation for cables used in aviation, defence, marine, mass transit, automotive and other high end industrial markets, we have decided to retain the Brand-Rex name as a product brand for our speciality cables used in these areas. These will be referred to as Leviton Brand-Rex High-Performance Cables.

Whether you’re a past customer of Brand-Rex or Leviton, you can expect a greater selection of products, quality, and service. And we’re excited to share with you some innovative new solutions and developments in the near future.

If you have questions about this brand change, please contact your local sales representative for more information.

CPR Compliant Cables Can Save Lives

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is a European Legislation in place to evaluate and label construction products for use in the European Union (EU). Legislation is the most direct form of law in the EU, it is therefore a legal obligation to ensure that any product installed inside a building is CPR compliant. CPR mandates a streamlined set of criteria to assess the performance of all construction related products, providing industry professionals, public authorities, and consumers with crucial information related to a product’s specifications. Products that meet the criteria for CPR are CE marked (Conformité Européenne, meaning European Conformity).

Selecting CPR Compliant Data Cables

High volume cabling creates a potential path for fire to spread. In order to achieve a CPR rating and enable CE marking, a third party agency
tests cables on how they perform in a single and a multiple cable vertical-flame test. Based on the results of the testing, cables are grouped
for different construction uses. The testing indicates how likely a cable exposed to fire is to:

•    Spread flames and release heat

•    Emit smoke

•    Release acid gas

•    Melt into flaming droplets

CPR rated cable offers a range of fire safety levels, from basic fire protection for general installations to very high, self-extinguishing fire protection. The ratings range from E (rated lowest for safety for communication cables) to B2 (representing the highest level of fire safety). Higher rated cables will introduce fewer hazardous substances in a fire. Some cable is so heavily insulated it will actually self-extinguish
when exposed to fire.      

Leviton Copper Coding Makes it Easy to Select the Right Cable

To make CPR implementation as easy as possible for our customers and installers, Leviton colour codes our copper cables based on how they perform in case of fire.

  For fibre cables, Leviton also offers a range of CPR ratings, including B2ca for premise distribution cable. This rating provides the highest level of protection for horizontal routes in buildings, and creates seamless transitions from vertical cable routes.

We Can Help You Understand the Standards

Leviton leads the industry for CPR compliant cables. Our company gained third-party certification to become the first cable manufacturer to get CE-marked products to market in August 2016. We were also one of the 21 cable manufacturing companies to help develop CPR standards,
so we're confident that we can assist you to understand the ways CPR may impact your organisation.

We've created a wide range of tools that will help you learn more about current CPR and fire safety standards for cables. To get answers to your CPR questions and learn about our CPR products, visit Brand-Rex.com/technology/cpr.

New Leviton Data Centre Factory

Gives Network Managers More Options, Faster Deployment

In November 2017, Leviton opened a new Data Centre Factory at its Glenrothes, Scotland, facility. The Data Centre Factory provides customers across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia with bespoke network infrastructure products, including pre-terminated cabling and cassettes, with rapid delivery.

These pre-terminated solutions give data centre managers the exact solution they need, while simplifying cabling projects and allowing for faster deployment.

“Field terminations can be the most time consuming, labour intensive process of cable installation in a data centre network,’ said Ian Wilkie, Managing Director of Leviton Network Solutions UK. ‘As data centre systems grow more complex, using pre-terminated infrastructure reduces downtime, labour costs, jobsite waste, and maintenance. When data centre managers can specify the exact length, cable type, breakout length, and fibre count for their network, they can cut installation time by as much as 80%.’

The pre-terminated solutions combine Leviton US-made connectivity with European-specific cables for a complete solution. These solutions include HDX, e2XHD, and HI-DEX® cassettes, as well as fibre array cords, and fibre trunks with CPR-rated cables.

The new factory incorporates the latest equipment and processes modelled on Leviton’s successful US-based factories, and it runs on world-class IT systems that allow for rapid delivery of make-to-order (MTO) products. Customers can configure the exact solutions they need through easy-to-use online MTO configurators.

To learn more about Leviton’s pre-terminated fibre systems, visit Brand-Rex.com/products/configurator.

New 2018 Network Solutions Digital Catalogue Now Available!

Leviton has released a new 2018 product catalogue in English that include the latest copper and fibre cabling systems for data centre and enterprise networks. The catalogue features Category 8 jacks and patch cords, new SDX Wall-Mount Enclosures, and expanded line CPR cabling options. Also coming soon: catalogue versions in French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

For more catalogue information, please visit Brand-Rex.com/catalogs.


Keeping you up to date on important developments from IEEE, IEC, TIA, and BICSI.


IEEE 802.3bs Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Operation was approved in December 2017. The standard includes specifications for 200 and 400 Gb/s over 25 Gb/s per lane.

IEEE 802.3cd Media Access Control Parameters for 50 Gb/s and Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 50 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 200 Gb/s Operation is targeting a September 2018 publication.

IEEE 802 LMSC Executive Committee granted approval to four calls for interests and the formation of a Study Group within IEEE 802.3 to develop:

  • PAR and CSD modification to IEEE P802.3cg to add 10 Mb/s Backplane Ethernet to that project.
  • PAR and CSD responses for beyond 10 km Optical PHYs for 50 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, 200 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet within IEEE 802.3.
  • PAR and CSD responses for 100 Gb/s per Lane for Electrical Interfaces and Electrical PHYs within IEEE 802.3.
  • PAR and CSD responses for next-generation 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s PHYs over fewer multimode fibre pairs than in existing Ethernet projects and standards.


Recently Published Standards

TIA-942-B Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centres. The updated standard addresses new Category 8 and OM5 media types.

TIA-1179-A Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard. The revised standard sets Category 6A as the minimum for twisted-pair backbone and horizontal cabling. It also recommends OM4 as the minimum for multimode fibre cabling.

ANSI/TIA-568.1-D-1 Commercial Building Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard Addendum 1: Updated References, Accommodation of New Media Types. The changes recognise Category 8 copper and OM5 fibre.

TIA-606-C Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure.

ANSI/TIA-5048 Automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems requirements, data exchange and applications.

TIA-TSB-5046 Standard Process for Sustainable Information Communications Technology Manufacturers. The TSB provides recommendations for a process to establish, implement and document sustainable practices for manufacturers of ICT equipment and infrastructure.

Standards Approved for Publication

ANSI/TIA-862-B-1 Intelligent Building Systems Cabling Standard Addendum 1: Accommodation of New Media Types will recognise Category 8 copper and OM5 fibre.

ANSI/TIA-4966-1 Education Facilities Cabling Standard Addendum 1: Accommodation of New Media Types will recognise Category 8 copper and OM5 fibre.

News You Can Use


The Ethernet Switch – Data Centre market revenue jumped to a record high in the third quarter of 2017, growing 12 percent year-over-year, according to a Dell’Oro Group quarterly report. The report also found that 40 GbE revenue dropped to about half of the 100 GbE revenue in the third quarter.

IEEE created a study group to address the use of visible light to support wireless LAN applications. The 802.11 Light Communications Study Group will look into the use of solid state lighting such as LED lighting to transmit high bandwidth data wirelessly.


In October 2017, Leviton’s UK facilities received certification under the new ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System standard. ISO 9001:2015 is internationally recognised as the world’s leading quality management standard. The certification supports Leviton’s philosophy of providing excellence in customer service and superior manufacturing quality for the highest return on infrastructure investment.


Leviton’s Cat 6A Universal Tool-Free Plug offers easy field termination without special tools and terminates from 26- to 22-gauge solid or stranded conductors.


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Terminating Fibre in the Field

There are three basic approaches to terminating fibre connections in the field: adhesive connection and field polishing, mechanical connectors with no polishing, or fusion splicing using pigtail assemblies. Let’s take a brief look at each.

Field Polish / Adhesive Terminations

Adhesive connectors are a very common option. With these terminations, a 1- or 2-part system adhesive is injected into the connector, and the fibre is inserted. An accelerator or “primer” can be used to cure the adhesive more rapidly.

Adhesive terminations are the least expensive option. However, they are very craft sensitive, so labour costs are a consideration. Also, a word of caution: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has tightened its requirements for single-mode return loss (reflectance) at 0.35 dB. Meeting those requirements becomes much more challenging with field polish connections. With enterprise networks moving to higher speeds, return loss is now more of a concern than ever. Minimising return loss requires improving your polishing procedures, or choosing a factory polished connector such as those used in mechanical terminations.

How to Terminate Fast-Cure Connectors to 900 μm Fibre

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/a1xIrn8Qqgs

Factory Polish / Mehanical Connections

Traditionally, mechanical connectors were considered a temporary
“quick-fix” solution. However, the technology in mechanical connectors has advanced over the years, and the advantages have made them a higher quality long-term solution. With mechanical connectors, the end-faces are factory-polished and highly controlled, leading to better insertion loss and return loss. However, this connector will cost more than field polished connectors and will require a precision cleaver.

Leviton FastCAM connectors are pre-polished, field-installable connectors that eliminate the need for hand polishing, bonding, or epoxy in the field. See our past tips for installing FastCAM.

FastCAM: 900 μm Fibre

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/HdN8HX1ohEY

Fusion Splicing

Fusion splicing is another option that uses factory polished connectors and will provide excellent insertion and return loss. However, it too is more expensive than field polishing, requiring a greater capital investment as it requires both a precision cleaver and a fusion splicer. The good news is the cost of fusion splicers has come down in price significantly in recent years.

Leviton offers pigtails and splice modules to protect and organise heat shrink fusion spliced fibres inside an enclosure. The modular design enables faster field splicing and simple management of pigtails within the housing. Splice modules eliminate the need for individual splice trays within a fibre enclosure. The video on the right shows how to terminate Leviton Opt-X SDX Splice Modules.

How to Terminate the Leviton Opt-X Splice Module

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/-7VDwB5H6IU