Understanding Moisture Damage

Moisture-DamageWe all know that water in an electrical system is bad news. And we do our best to keep it out by specifying waterproof cable and connectors, and following industry best practices for installation and maintenance.

So, what if water does get into a coaxial radio frequency (RF) network? Unfortunately, its presence is not always obvious and its impact can be elusive and difficult to manage. Here are some tips to help you trouble-shoot a persistent moisture problem:

Know your risks

Water doesn’t often enter your cable or connector in the ways you may expect. Read more »

DCS Award Nomination for FX Brilliance Connectors

PrintThe Data Centre Solution Awards were established to honor the achievements of end users, manufacturers and suppliers in the Data Center sector. Now in their fourth year, they are seen as a recognition of excellence.

I am pleased to see that one of our products, the Belden FiberExpress Brilliance Universal Connector, has been selected as a finalist in the Data Center Cabling Product of the Year category.  And it is easy to see why: brilliant in design and universal in implementation, FiberExpress Brilliance Universal no-epoxy, no-polish, no-crimp field-installable connectors make fiber field termination faster, easier and better.  Thanks to its industry-leading design, it only takes three simple steps to terminate a connector.

Naturally, we are proud to be nominated – and would be delighted to receive your support – and your vote.  Simply go here to cast your vote. You can cast your vote until 1 May – so there is still plenty of time.

And click here if you want to learn more about Belden FiberExpress Brilliance Universal Connectors.

FX Universal Connectors

Belden at IBC

When we exhibited for first time at IBC – 15 years ago now – many broadcast engineers preferred proprietary hardware, because it was built specially for the broadcast industry and therefore perceived to be more reliable. Content was produced for one single channel and there was a format that was working well. At today’s IBC, we see instead a lot of IT-based solutions, and there are two main drivers behind this. First, the way the audience views TV content changed. Viewers nowadays are able to watch linear TV on four types of screen: 1) TV; 2) Computer/Laptop/Tablet; 3) Mobile phone; 4) Giant screens/ Public viewing. That means broadcasters are competing in a multiscreen and multiplatform environment. Second, IT infrastructure provides an open framework for managing media, processes and multiple workflows, with the potential for greater productivity, increased efficiency and more agile and profitable operation. Read more »

Wiring Up An XLR

Professional video connectors are crimped. But there’s one professional connector that is still soldered, the venerable XLR. It has become the universal standard for audio wiring. It is made by many manufacturers including Neutrik, Switchcraft, Amphenol and many others. You can even find some made by ITT Canon, who invented the connector in the early 1950s. And now Belden is working on a video to show you how to solder a mic cable (or a line-level cable) into this connector and will post it as soon as it’s available.

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However, I wanted to add some comments which are not addressed in the video. Foremost is the tendency of some plastics to melt when heat is applied. And the problem is, the higher the performance of the cable, the more likely that plastic is to melt. The converse is equally true. The lower the quality (not the price, mind you, but the performance of the cable), the less likely it is to melt. If you have rubber insulated singles, such as Belden 8412 or our new super-strong 1776, you could hold a soldering iron on these wires for a long time. You might eventually burn through them, but it would take a while. Rubber, after all, is not a thermoplastic, it is a “thermoset” material.  Read more »

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