Here at Inside the Box, we’re always trying to find stellar content and industry news. One of the hottest topics in the cabling industry today is the prevalence of counterfeit cable. In a nutshell, counterfeit cable is imported cable marked and advertised as compliant to North American fire codes and industry standards, but it’s not—even though the cable may carry UL® and ETL marks. The subject is extremely serious because of public safety and liability issues about fire and network performance. In addition, there are also legal and cost issues related to contractor liability.
Today, we want to share the presentation given at the September 2011 BICSI conference by the CCCA (Communications Cable & Connectivity Association). The presentation, titled Non-Compliant Cabling Products: How Big Is the Problem and What Can be Done?, focuses on codes and standards in the cabling industry, as well as what your risks are when installing non-compliant cable.
Founded in 2007, the CCCA is a non-profit association committed to ensuring all cabling products in North America comply with existing codes and standards. The association is growing, and members include many of the industry’s top cabling manufacturers.
The CCCA has also done other studies on counterfeit and substandard cables. The results point to the importance of purchasing cable from known sources (such as us!). You can also check verified cable directories on the UL® and ETL websites. Look for authentic marks and labels on the cable, too. For example, in October 2010, UL® started requiring the use of holographic labels on cable.
For more studies and presentations by the CCCA, check out their blog.