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Beta LaserMike’s Latest Cable Testing Systems Enable Manufacturers to Test Category Cables Faster, More Accurately, and More Cost Effectively

Jay Luis
Marketing Manager
Beta LaserMike Inc.
8001 Technology Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45424

Dayton, Ohio –May 8, 2014 – Beta LaserMike, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, sees a growing trend among European cable producers to automate the quality testing of Category cables. The company’s latest LAN/Data cable testing systems, the new DCM SCS-700 and next-generation DCM ES-2G, effectively meet this demand. These high-performance, bench-top systems enable cable producers to completely automate the testing process, increase productivity, and realize bottom-line benefits.

“Cable producers, cable assemblers, and cable testing organizations alike can’t afford to spend more time than necessary testing cable,” says Richard Snaith, Beta LaserMike’s Sales Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. “In addition, these organizations want to avoid producing cable that does not meet critical quality and performance specifications -- which in turn results in costly scrap and rework. Reducing costs and making a profit mean testing more finished quality product in less time. Reducing testing times while achieving optimum accuracy requires optimum efficiency from the equipment and people performing the tests. Our new DCM SCS-700 and ES-2G cable testing systems for LAN/Data cable bring a higher level of precision, performance, and quality assurance to cable making and testing organizations. And, this translates into significant time and production savings.”

The new DCM SCS-700 from Beta LaserMike enables cable makers to efficiently test both the high- and low-frequency characteristics of Cat 5e/6/6a cables. The high-frequency (HF) testing range is to 700 MHz. The low-frequency option includes an integrated LCR meter that enables users to test resistance, mutual capacitance, and capacitance unbalance at frequencies down to 100 Hz. The low-frequency (LF) testing capability also enables cable makers to test longer cable lengths up to 10 Km and avoid the cutting and scrapping of product to perform required tests. Dual-frequency testing can be performed with a single connection to significantly reduce set-up and testing time. The automated 4-pair switching platform enables HF and LF cable tests to be performed in less than 3 minutes. As with all DCM cable testing systems, the SCS-700 is equipped with easy-to-use test software for comprehensive test data management and reporting.

The latest DCM ES-2G testing platform extends the high-frequency measurement range to test Cat 5e/6/6a/7/7a cables now up to 2.2 GHz. This bench-top system is also optimized to test next-generation 40 Gb/s Cat 8 cables. The base unit includes automatic 4-pair switching and the baluns needed to interface the cable under test to an external vector network analyzer for fast cable testing. Testing can be performed in less than 3 minutes. The heart of the system is the software engine that includes a simple, easy-to-use test program with automatic comparison to the test specification, full test reporting, and data management.

When asked about sales and support for its DCM line of testing systems, Mr. Snaith adds “Beta LaserMike offers complete sales and support services worldwide. Cable manufacturers and testing organizations greatly appreciate our local presence. We take customer service seriously. For example in the EMEAI region, we have fully staffed sales and service offices in the UK, Germany, and India, and responsive field support to promptly meet the immediate needs of our customers. Plus, we have an extensive partner network that extends our solutions delivery. This level of service and support is a win-win situation for us and our valued customers.”