It’s Official: CPR Rules are Now in Effect!


It’s July 1 – do you know what that means? (Other than the fact that we’re officially halfway through 2017?!) All aspects of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) are now in full effect – the grace period is over! Beginning today, all construction products used in European buildings or civil engineering works must comply with these rules.

Implemented by the European Commission (EC), CPR defines rules that all parties in the construction industry must follow when it comes to describing products, in order that there is a common understanding across the EU. If construction products (including cabling for fixed installations) are not tested and certified following the CPR rules, they cannot be installed in European buildings or civil engineering works.

CPR rules were implemented to help:

  • Eliminate technical barriers among European Union member states when referencing products in buildings and civil works
  • Standardize test methods being used within individual European countries
  • Provide a classification system to reflect product performance in real-life environments
  • Ensure the use of similar language when describing product performance, specifying product requirements or selecting a product
  • Improve safety by understanding how the cable product you select will react in a fire

All products regulated by the CPR rules require three things:

  • Euroclass rating, which indicates a cable’s performance during a fire
  • CE marking to indicate legitimacy
  • Declaration of Performance, which provides detailed information about product performance

To prepare for this major change, Belden has been working behind the scenes for years to make sure its cabling products are ready for use. Belden has an extensive range of cables that have been tested and then certified by a third-party notified body in order to comply with the new CPR standards.

To review CPR status for the Belden products you need, or to generate your Declaration of Performance certificate, visit our online generator.

Remember, if cabling will be installed into a European fixed installation or building, it now needs to be CPR rated. If you have any questions about the CPR requirements, or want to know how to find CPR-rated cabling products, contact Belden at cprinfo@belden.com or visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

July 1 is Getting Closer – Are You Getting Ready for CPR Rules?

 

Are you ready? There are less than three months left before European buildings and civil engineering works must follow the newly implemented CPR rules. Created by the European Commission, these rules call for construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – to be tested and certified.

Although the rules took effect for cables nearly a year ago (on June 10, 2016), there has been a grace period for compliance. Consultants, integrators, end-users, distributors, manufacturers, specifiers, builders, designers and building owners are all getting ready for the end of the grace period on July 1, 2017.

Adoption by Each Member State

Even though the new CPR rules will have to be applied without differences of interpretation by each member state, any decision on which Euroclass to adopt for a particular application is a National matter and could vary between different Member States. As a result of this, CPR will be implemented differently in terms of Euroclass expectations from member state to member state. To allow everyone to obtain specific country level information, in each member state, a CPR contact point was established to track and provide this information.

To understand how each member state plans to handle these new guidelines, Belden reached out to each contact point and asked for a response. Although each of the member states follows current IEC regulations, similar patterns may not be seen with the implementation of CPR rules across member states. Sweden, for instance, currently adheres to very high IEC fire standard requirements. When it comes to CPR rules, however, Sweden is less stringent in its implementation of Euroclass standards that are part of the CPR rules.

Differences in CPR Implementation

As country feedback continues to be reported, we are noticing many differences across member states. For example, Belgium began work on the standard well before many other countries and is expected to be able to transition smoothly. Germany is another member state that has worked hard to apply stringent CPR rules. However, some other countries still need to provide feedback on how they plan to implement the CPR guidelines.

If you’re interested in learning more about CPR implementation for each member state, the plans can be requested by contacting the relevant National Country Body responsible for the implementation here.

How Belden is Preparing

Beyond building test apparatus and testing our cable, Belden has spent months investing in and preparing for the CPR rules and compliance audits by:

  • Putting measures into place to guarantee product-quality consistency
  • Implementing traceability to pinpoint where a product comes from and who produced it
  • Training staff members to execute product tests
  • Ensuring compliance with the appropriate standard

No matter what your role in construction products, Belden has put together resources and information to help you successfully comply with the new CPR requirements on July 1.

To learn more about the upcoming CPR rules, the quickly approaching end of the grace period or Belden’s preparations for CPR, visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

Belden Gets Ready for Data Center Dynamics Middle East

Data Center DynamicsDCD-Middle-East_300x600 Middle East, is just around the corner, being held May 9 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. It is one of the region’s most important forum for business, operations and technology executives from data center-scale organisations to discuss cloud and data center infrastructure build-outs in the Middle East.

From open-source, artificial intelligence, software-defined infrastructure, edge networks to multi-cloud architectures and hybrid IT environments, this year’s event will focus on the global technology and business trends for data center and cloud infrastructures and how these can be applied in a regional context, helping you accelerate your journey toward a fully transformed digital businesses in 2017 and beyond.

With a full day of pre-conference activities followed by a full day conference and exhibition the event will include expert panels, keynote presentations, interactive workshops and roundtables.

 

Belden is hosting a Thought Leadership Seminar on DCIM/AIM Intelligent Physical Layer Management.

Attendees will find out about:

  • Real-time network security and transparency
  • Benefits of monitoring, reporting and analytics
  • DCIM/AIM physical layer management software that maintains system accuracy and makes deployment easier
  • Ways to facilitate audits, troubleshooting and changes

The Belden Stand, #31, will be showcasing ways we help enterprise data centers transition to hyper-scale data centers that offer flexibility, agility, cost efficiency and intelligence. Get a close-up look at our extensive product portfolio, which provides energy efficiency, security, uninterrupted availability and high-quality performance. We’ll be highlighting our:

  • PatchPro® Intelligent Layer Management AIM Solution, a pre-terminated fiber MPO and 10GX intelligence-ready connectivity solution
  • Open Bridge Rack, a futureproof data center rack solution that can be converted in a flash to meet Open Compute requirements
  • Pre-terminated fiber and copper cabling solutions, such as FiberExpress MPO and 10GX systems, and the new REVConnect connectivity solution that lets you switch between jacks and plugs without re-terminating cable

Visit Belden at Stand #31 at DataCenterDynamics to learn how to make your data center more flexible, agile, cost efficient and intelligent. You may be entitled to Sign up to receive a complimentary ticket if you qualify as an End User:

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For more information about Belden’s extensive product portfolio, or the solutions we’ll be talking about at Data Center Dynamics, visit www.beldensolutions.com or email enterprisesales.emea@belden.com

 

 

CPR Rules On the Horizon: Learn How Belden is Preparing

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In late 2015, we first announced that new rules were being implemented by the European Commission (EC). These rules call for construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – to be tested and certified according to Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules. If construction products haven’t gone through this testing and certification, they can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works.

Although the CPR rules came into effect on June 10, 2016, the industry was given a grace period to comply – but that grace period is about to come to an end on July 1, 2017. There are just a few months left before all European buildings and civil engineering works must follow CPR rules.

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As stated by the EC, the reasons behind the CPR rules include:

  • Eliminating technical barriers (many different national
    standards that reference different test methods being
    used within individual European countries) between
    European Union member states for products used in
    buildings and civil works
  • Providing a classification system that reflects performance
    in a real-life environment

For wiring and cabling, the CPR rules apply to fixed installation cabling and currently measure reaction to fire only. The results of product testing and certification indicate how much a cable contributes to a fire and its harmful consequences, as well as how long a cable can continue to function adequately in a fire.

Analyzed in a simulated environment, each product is tested for flame spread, heat release, flaming droplets, smoke emission and corrosiveness of combustion gases. Product performance determines which Euroclass system it belongs to. The seven Euroclasses reflect real-life environments for building products based on reaction-to-fire performance.

Belden Prepares for CPR Rules

To make sure all Belden cabling products comply with necessary CPR rules, Belden has been working diligently.

By making investments in state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated resources, we’ve set up an in-house testing site in Venlo, The Netherlands, to measure Belden cabling product reaction to fire tests per EN 50399 standards, including:

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  • Flame spread
  • Smoke production
  • Flaming droplets

Following a demanding test schedule, Belden cables will be tested by the end of March. By the end of May, these Belden products will be tested and certified to comply with CPR rules. Many cables are currently already being supplied to our customers in line with all CPR requirements.

We’ve also made back-office preparations to get ready to properly serve customers with all of their CPR responsibilities and requests. We’re adjusting:

  • Databases and online generators
  • Labeling, CE markings and cable printing
  • Part numbers and pricing

By conducting training, providing clear guidance/information on CPR and post product sales support to our partners, we are also making sure they’re prepared as well.

From end-users and consultants to systems integrators and distributors, Belden has the resources and knowledge to help you successfully comply with the new CPR requirements once the grace period has lapsed on July 1. To learn more, visit http://info.belden.com/cpr.

 

Data Centre World: Learn About Open Bridge Racks and Open Compute

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There’s just one week left until thousands of data centre professionals meet at ExCeL London for Data Centre World. Belden is excited to be a Gold sponsor at this event, exhibiting at Stand H42 to show you how to make your data centre more flexible, agile, cost efficient and intelligent.

This event is known as the world’s largest, most influential gathering of data centre experts. If you have questions about data centre design and buildout, power and energy efficiency, physical security, automation, fire and security, or routing and switching, you’ll find the answers you need at Data Centre World (free tickets available here).

In addition to sponsoring, Belden will also lead two Data Centre World seminars: one focused on DCIM/AIM intelligent physical layer management (March 15) and one focused on the Open Compute Project and Belden’s Open Bridge Rack (March 16).

Because Open Compute is such a hot data centre topic, we wanted to provide some background information on the subject, and give you a sneak peek into the much-anticipated seminar.

OCP-community-logoWhat is the Open Compute Project?

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is an organization that facilitates the sharing of data centre product designs among different companies. It is made up of several working groups that focus on different areas: data centres, storage, hardware management, servers, etc.

Through information sharing, the hope is to give data centre professionals more choices, more customization options and significant cost savings through better efficiency, flexibility and scalability. It started with Facebook sharing its data centre designs with the public in 2011; now the OCP community is rapidly growing and continuing to share more ideas and specifications.

Some of the OCP design principles include:

  • Locating installation and service operations in the cold aisle for better technician comfort
  • Locating data cables on the front of the rack for easier maintenance
  • Identifiable component faults from the front of the rack for faster troubleshooting
  • Routine service procedures that don’t require tools to save time
  • Non-recyclable components when possible to protect the environment
  • Vanity-free designs to emphasize function instead of aesthetics
  • Integrating racks directly into air-containment solutions for improved space efficiency

During our Data Centre World presentation on March 16, Belden Product Marketing Manager Christos Birbilis will provide real-world examples of OCP benefits as compared to more traditional methods:

  • Improved power solutions that simplify maintenance and management, and reduce total loss through different electrical schemes
  • Improved thermal designs that use server waste heat for office space heating and eliminate the need for HVAC ductwork and centralized chiller plants

What is the Open Bridge Rack?

Although it’s just one data centre component, OCP hardware adoption starts with the rack. Open Racks are available, but they can pose challenges to data centres that want to slowly phase into OCP. With Open Racks, it’s all or nothing – they fit OCP equipment only.

Belden’s Open Bridge Rack, however, accommodates two standards: EIA and OCP. It looks like a standard rack from the outside, but is designed on the inside to switch back and forth between these two configurations while on the data centre floor – even if racks are ganged together. It also complies with security regulations through cabinet-level access control and locking doors/side panels.

During Belden’s OCP session, we’ll explain how you can convert a 19” Open Bridge Rack from an EIA configuration to OCP so you can understand how it works and how easy it is to make the conversion.

The session will also cover:

  • The impact of OCP on IT gear and mounting racks
  • How the Open Bridge Rack allows transition from EIA to OCP rails
  • OCP vs. EIA equipment-mounting standards
  • Migration paths from EIA to OCP
  • Containment options for high-density computing, cold- vs. hot-aisle containment and chimney containment

Visit Belden at Data Centre World, Stand H42, to learn how to make your data centre more flexible, agile, cost efficient and intelligent. Sign up to receive a complimentary Data Centre World ticket here.

For more information about Belden’s extensive product portfolio, OCP or the solutions we’ll discuss at Data Centre World, visit www.beldensolutions.com or email enterprisesales.emea@belden.com

 

Belden Gets Ready for Data Centre World

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Data Centre World in London is just around the corner, being held March 15-16 at ExCeL London. More than 600 industry professionals will gather with thousands of attendees at this worldwide event to discuss and provide insight on the data centres of tomorrow.

Organizations like GE Critical Power, Groupon, Institute of Thermofluids, Intel, Spotify, Symphony and Wisetek will share their insights and data centre success stories, explaining how they solved tough challenges and positioned themselves for continued growth.

The Live Green Data Centre is also returning this year, bringing a fully functioning, interactive data centre to the heart of Data Centre World. You can walk through the data centre and learn about the systems in place – from flooring and generators to racks and perimeter fencing – that make it truly sustainable and successful.

Belden is a Gold sponsor at this free event, showcasing ways we help enterprise data centres transition to hyperscale data centres that offer flexibility, agility, cost efficiency and intelligence. Get an up-close look at our extensive product portfolio, which provides energy efficiency, security, uninterrupted availability and high-quality performance. We’ll be highlighting our:

  • PatchPro® Intelligent Layer Management AIM Solution, a pre-terminated fiber MPO and 10GX intelligence-ready connectivity solution
  • Pre-terminated fiber and copper cabling solutions, such as FiberExpress MPO and 10GX systems, and the new REVConnect connectivity solution that lets you switch between jacks and plugs without re-terminating cable
  • Open Bridge Rack, a futureproof data center rack solution that can be converted in a flash to meet Open Compute requirements

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Belden will also host two free seminar sessions at Data Centre World:


Wednesday, March 15

DCIM/AIM Intelligent Physical Layer Management

Presented by: Christos Birbilis, Belden Product Marketing Manager

Location: Data Centre Design and Build & Physical Security Theatre

Attendees will learn about:

  • Real-time network security and transparency
  • Benefits of monitoring, reporting and analytics
  • DCIM/AIM physical layer management software that maintains system accuracy and makes deployment easier
  • Ways to facilitate audits, troubleshooting and changes

Thursday, March 16

Open Rack Design for Open Compute (OCP)

Presented by: Christos Birbilis, Belden Product Marketing Manager

Location: Facilities and Critical Equipment Theatre

Attendees will learn about:

  • The impact of OCP on IT gear and mounting racks
  • How the Open Bridge Rack allows transition from TIA/EIA to OCP rails
  • OCP vs. TIA/EIA equipment-mounting standards
  • Migration paths from TIA/EIA to OCP
  • Containment options for high-density computing, cold- vs. hot-aisle containment and chimney containment

Visit Belden at Stand H42 at Data Centre World to learn how to make your data centre more flexible, agile, cost efficient and intelligent. Sign up to receive a complimentary Data Centre World ticket.


 

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Blog # 4: Construction Products Regulation: What Does it Mean for You? – Part I

KV_Logo European CommWith new rules being implemented by the European Commission (EC), construction products – including cabling for fixed installations – can no longer be used in European buildings or civil engineering works if they are not tested and certified according to the new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rules.

Although this may seem like something that mainly affects cable manufacturers, it’s equally as important for specifiers, designers, builders and building owners, distributors and importers, as they all have new responsibilities once CPR becomes effective.

Blog #4 in our CPR blog series focuses on the CPR obligations of specifiers, designers, builders and building owners.

Since CPR does not only apply to cable manufacturers, it is important that the parties at the receiving end of the supply chain (end-users) also fully understand their roles in ensuring CPR compliance.

According to the new CPR rules, specifiers, designers, builders and building owners should refer to the harmonized technical specifications (specifically to the requirements of individual characteristics) when working with the project team to draw up specifications.

When choosing products for construction projects, end-users should review the Declaration of Conformity/Performance (DoP) from the manufacturer. They must also check national annexes or standard recommendations, which offer guidance about appropriate minimum product performance levels. Furthermore, compliance with any additional local building regulations should also be followed by end-users.

As an industry-leading cable manufacturer, Belden sees it as our responsibility to educate and support the complete value chain on specific CPR tasks. As CPR awareness increases in the European market, and understanding of the additional responsibilities that come with CPR are still limited, we are committed to working with everyone in the value chain, from end-users and consultants to systems integrators and distributors, to provide education and information about CPR requirements.

Please visit info.belden.com/cpr for more information.

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