Lapp News – Epic® Solar Comes Out On Top

The Epic® Solar ‘Field Mountable’ connector designed and developed by Lapp with the installers of photovoltaic systems in mind has just been recognised by PHOTON magazine as the best of its kind.

PHOTON, the international trade magazine for solar energy, published the results of its comparative test of solar energy connectors in the September 2007 edition.

A total of 21 different solar energy connectors from 18 international manufacturers were tested by the PHOTON test laboratory, who are independent, unbiased and held in high regard worldwide by the users of solar energy products for their comparative tests.

It was stated that not only did the Epic Solar connector excel when it came to safety but also performed well in the other tests. In the force measurement test which focuses on the relationship between connector release and cable withdrawal force, the Epic Solar connector came out on top.

While in the insulation resistant test, the Epic Solar connector remained in the Gigaohm range even after 3 weeks submersion in water, which indicates it meets the IP68 requirements stated.

The results of these tests (see some of the criteria listed below), proved that the Epic® Solar connector is one of the best and most reliable connectors available on the market.

Corning News – Corning Cable Systems Introduces UniCam® Pretium™-Performance Connectors

Today we feature a press release from our Multi Media Partner, Corning Cable Systems, who have introduced UniCam Pretium Performance Connectors, for full press article please read on: 

Corning Cable Systems Introduces UniCam® Pretium™-Performance Connectors

Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, introduces a new generation of its field-installable UniCam® Connectors. Corning’s Pretium™-Performance UniCam Connectors are guaranteed to achieve the highest standards in optical performance, with a typical attenuation loss as low as 0.1 dB (when installed using the proper tools and procedures).


Corning UniCam Connectors are no-epoxy, no-polish connectors that install quickly and easily in the field with a single no-consumables tool kit. The new UniCam Pretium-Performance Multimode Ceramic Connectors feature a 0.1 dB typical and 0.5 dB maximum insertion loss, as well as a wider operating temperature range of -40° to +75°C (for insertion loss only), which allows the connectors to be used inside enclosed environmentally protected hardware. UniCam Pretium-Performance Singlemode Connectors offer a 0.2 dB typical and 0.5 dB maximum insertion loss, as well as the wider operating temperature range of -40° to +75°C (for insertion loss only). The connectors are available with a ceramic ferrule in LC, SC and ST® compatible connector styles.


Corning is also introducing the UniCam Pretium Tool Kit, which contains a new handheld installation tool and a high-performance cleaver that virtually eliminate human variability from installation. With the new tool kit, UniCam Pretium-Performance Connectors can be installed in about 45 seconds. Until September 28, 2007, Corning will be offering the Pretium Tool Kit at a special introductory price (same as the current UniCam Single-Fibre CTS Tool Kit).


With multimode UniCam Pretium-Performance Connectors, the improved optical performance can be achieved when installing with either the new Pretium Tool Kit or the “classic” UniCam Tool Kit. Due to the precise requirements of singlemode fibre, UniCam® Pretium™-Performance Singlemode Connectors must be terminated using the new Pretium Tool Kit in order to achieve the enhanced attenuation and operating temperature specifications.


Standard UniCam Multimode Connectors are offered with a composite ferrule in SC and ST® compatible connector styles and have a 0.3 dB typical and 0.75 dB maximum insertion loss. UniCam Connectors also continue to be offered in FC and MT-RJ connector styles. The connectors are ideal for deployments in local area networks (LANs), campuses and data centres, and the quick installation reduces the total installed cost of connectorization, making it cost effective for all fibre applications, from the main cross-connect to the workstation.


Since its introduction in 1993, Corning Cable Systems has sold more than 40 million UniCam Connectors worldwide. Reaching this milestone highlights the quality, reliability and customer satisfaction associated with the UniCam Connector and demonstrates Corning’s unparalleled leadership position in the no-epoxy, no-polish field-installable connector market


For additional information on Corning Cable Systems products and services, contact a customer service representative at 00 800 2676 (toll free in Europe), email us at, or visit the Web site at .


About Corning Incorporated


Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fibre, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defence, astronomy and metrology.

VDC Trading News – VDC supplies Van Damme Cable and Connectors to the British Library Sound Archive

Today we feature a very interesting article about the leading on-line supplier of Audio cables and accessories in the UK.   Today’s article is about supplying products to the Britsh LIbrary for installation in their sound studios.  For more information please read on:  

VDC supplies Van Damme Cable and Connectors to the British Library Sound Archive

UK cabling solutions specialist VDC Trading has supplied a large quantity of Van Damme cable to the British Library for installation into its new sound studios. Over the last two years, the British Library Sound Archive’s technical team have been specifying and purchasing equipment for the new facilities, which are based in the Centre for Conservation at the main library site at St. Pancras, London. This project has been a major expansion of the library’s facilities and has resulted in 10 transfer channels and a recording studio, equipped to the highest standard to enable the best possible quality transfer of archive analogue recordings to digital format.


VDC’s technical team custom-made 20 8-way Van Damme looms for the Sound Archive, each with a DB25 connector at one end and XLR connectors at the other. The order was placed via pro audio dealer KMR Audio.


Andrew Pearson, Repair and Maintenance Engineer for the Sound Archive, says: “All the equipment and cabling in our studios has to be very high spec as we are often making a once-and-for-all transfer from a very fragile archive medium. VDC Trading has a good reputation for quality cables and this is why we asked them to supply sets of analogue and digital break-out cables for the converters we are using in five of our ten studios.”

PDM Neptec News – PDM provides a solution to connector delamination issues with PEEK Connectors

Today we also feature a press release from PDM Neptec who specialize in the Subsea Market.  This story is about how they have introduced a new connector which will provide a solution to delamination issues.    More information about the company can be found at the bottom of the press release, for the full article please read on: PDM provides a solution to connector delamination issues with PEEK Connectors

Harness assembly with PEEK connectors

Under certain extreme conditions bond delamination can occur at the interface between a polyurethane moulding and metallic connectors. This has long been a major issue within our industry with potentially significant system reliability implications. It has proven to be a very difficult factor for connector and harness suppliers like PDM who have no influence over the service conditions of assemblies such as the proximity to system protective anodes.


A solution to this issue adopted by the US military has been the use of ceramic non conductive coatings applied to the connectors but this is a very expensive solution available from a limited number of suppliers and which still relies on a metallic bond interface.


PDM have addressed this issue by adapting the very popular and versatile MHD range of Impulse connectors and can now offer them with a non-metallic PEEK (polyetheretherketone) body hence eliminating any metallic bond interface and effectively preventing any delamination failure. The connector retains its robust metal engaging nut. The MHD connector series is available in 5 shell sizes with up to 78 contacts with conventional and inverted options.


If this solution is relevant to your application and you would like more details, please contact PDM on 01420 85848 or at


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