Energy management: General Cable has announced that its GenSPEED® Brand Data Communications cables are the first in the industry to achieve Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) LP listing for efficient operation in high-power Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications.
Over the past decade, PoE has become a viable powering option for a wide range of applications. Anticipating future standards, device manufacturers are pushing the envelope and designing more sophisticated equipment that demands increased power. The new LP listing, which stands for Limited Power, provides a simple way to ensure installations are future-proofed against the ever-increasing PoE standards, not susceptible to performance issues caused by heat generation. It accounts for large bundle sizes, high ambient temperatures and other issues related to environmental effects such as enclosed spaces or conduits.
The new LP listing is denoted as a suffix and is followed by the ampacity rating of the particular cable. Following are the industry’s first cables to be certified LP along with their respective rating and the wattage they support when using 50 volts over four pairs:
• GenSPEED® 6 Category 6 (Plenum) – UL Listed CMP-LP (0.5A) supporting up to 100 watts
• GenSPEED Brand’s EfficienC™ Max Category 6 (Plenum) – UL Listed CMP-LP (0.6A) supporting up to 120 watts
• GenSPEED 10 MTP™ Thin-Profile Category 6A featuring EfficienC Max technology (Plenum) – UL Listed CMP-LP (0.7A) supporting up to 140 watts
“With PoE technology becoming more established, General Cable has led the industry in providing cables that support the advancements,” said Scott Brown, Director of Technical Services, Communications Products, General Cable. “When the new listing became available, it only made sense to work with UL Wire & Cable to have the first UL CMP-LP listing, which will make choosing cables to ensure the future performance of a system easier.”
General Cable manufactures a wide range of high performance GenSPEED® Brand copper data communications cables and NextGen® Brand fiber optic cables.
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications markets. General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world, serving customers through a network of manufacturing facilities in core markets with worldwide sales representation and distribution.