Modern network infrastructures are reliant on optimum performance and maximum flexibility with their cabling. And now, a new product from Rittal has been designed to achieve this flexibility. The Network Cable Organizer is said to revolutionise patching work on the enclosure, with eight times faster assembly, creating space and order in the rack and offering time savings.
The NCO, which is a 19in cable storage system will mean simple, fast and secure patching while surplus cable lengths, whether CAT 6 or fibre-optic, are simply withdrawn with a spring balancer, the company said. It takes up 1 U in the network enclosure and contains 24 tested CAT 6, Class E patch cables or fibre-optic cables, each with a length of 1.6 m (sufficient for 23 U).
The product has a modular structure and is made up of individual cassettes. The pulley system integrated into the cassettes allows surplus cable lengths to be drawn-in automatically.. This ensures that every cable is available in the perfect length, eliminating the need to order and stock a variety of different cable lengths.
Another advantage offered by the NCO is its more efficient energy management. Avoiding airflow blockages that can arise as a result of surplus lengths of the individual cables inside the enclosure facilitates more efficient cooling. And because it only requires 1 U per switch, the NCO also saves on space. Cable management panels are not required, which in turn saves additional space. Added to which, the flat cables used in the NCO only use one-third of the space of a round cable. The flat cables still offer the same level of reliability, are 100% tested, and the fibre-optic cables additionally have a measurement record on the cassette.
Each of the 24 slots in the organiser can either be fitted with a cassette with a category 6 patch cable or a fibre-optic patch cable, giving users an unprecedented logic which all but eliminates the need for documentation. All switch ports are physically assigned to a cassette, enabling engineers to replace a switch within three minutes without documentation.
Unused patch cables are no longer stored in boxes where the clips can break off. Instead, the cables are at hand immediately inside the enclosure, just waiting to be pulled out and connected. If a patch cable is no longer required, it is disconnected from the patch panel, and stored by withdrawing automatically into the cassette, where it will remain until it is next used.