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Graybar, ETL Semko team up with launch of VIP Fiber program

A new quality assurance initiative by North America's largest distributor of comm/data and electrical equipment and...


January 29, 2003  


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A new quality assurance initiative by North America’s largest distributor of comm/data and electrical equipment and components, is being hailed by the company as a “vital step” for customers who purchase and deploy multi-mode fiber networks.

Graybar’s VIP Fiber program, introduced earlier this month, was created to test components for their performance and interoperability in advance of installation and deployment.

The company is teaming up with ETL Semko Testing Laboratories of Boxborough, Mass. to deliver the program.

The fiber market, said Alpa Shah, research director at Frost & Sullivan, is being driven by a variety of factors. They include future bandwidth demand for more video-type applications, more standards supporting fiber architectures and lower price-differential between fiber and copper-based systems.

“What VIP stands for is verification that the connectivity and the cable will work in conjunction with one another and meet and in our case, exceed industry standards,” said Alan Eddings, Graybar’s vice-president of comm/data products.

“The goal is to make sure that the products and materials in our warehouses meet the VIP standards. We test them randomly every quarter. If someone has a connector or cable that doesn’t perform, according to the quarterly test, then we pull that inventory out and send it back to the manufacturer.”