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GRAYBAR INTRODUCES VIP FIBER

ST. LOUIS -- Graybar has announced the expansion of its VIP program with the introduction of VIP Fiber, a comprehen...


February 3, 2002  


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ST. LOUIS — Graybar has announced the expansion of its VIP program with the introduction of VIP Fiber, a comprehensive testing program for multi-mode fiber optic cabling systems.

The VIP Fiber program independently tests and certifies systems using 62.5/125 and 50/125 micron multi-mode fiber to assure they exceed the TIA/EIA and IEEE standards. The intent of the program is to assure customers they are installing fiber optic cabling systems that will work properly in the 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit networking environments.

Graybar uses ITS ETL SEMKO Testing Laboratories to test and monitor its VIP programs.

“Fiber still has some mystery to it,” says Rob Bezjak, VP of market development for Graybar. “This program removes the guesswork. The VIP Fiber program addresses the basic questions: What is the application speed? What is the length of the channel? How many connections, and what type of connectors are used?”

Graybar introduced its VIP (Verified Independently for Performance) program several years ago with its VIP 1000 and VIP 2000 programs for copper channels.

“The VIP Fiber testing procedure is identical to our other VIP programs,” says Bezjak. “The cable and connectors tested come directly out of Graybar’s inventory. The same material the customer would buy is the same material tested. To ensure consistency, once a cabling system is approved for our VIP program, ITS ETL SEMKO randomly selects material from our inventory for testing each quarter.

Cable and connectors are tested in various combinations, and those that pass become part of the program.


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