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What is Structured Cabling Field Testing?

To understand structured cabling field testing, you need to understand about structured cabling is. According to the Fiber Optic Association, structured cabling is “the standardized architecture and components for communications cabling specified by the EIA/TIA TR42 committee and used as a voluntary standard by manufacturers to ensure interoperability.”

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Defining Structured Cabling

In plainer language, it is the communications cabling infrastructure for a home or business. Most modern companies and businesses require a lot of connectivity, whether these are computer networks, phone systems, or other communication systems supporting the company’s business operations. In addition, the performance of these systems must be

  • Consistent and predictable—the performance of the operation must meet the expectations of everyone, including workers, managers, and customers
  • Flexible – to make changes, additions, removals, and transferal of connectivity
  • Redundant – so problems in one area won’t bring operations to a screeching halt

Structured Cabling Field Testing

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) develops and publishes the voice and data communications infrastructure standards. These standards include performance specifications for twisted-pair cable, connecting hardware, and how well this equipment is installed within the location. The TIA telecommunications systems bulletin TSB-67, defines the guidelines for field testing the two models for the installed link: channel and basic link. It also defines

  • The parameters that need to be measured and verified
  • The frequency range over which the evaluation needs to be executed
  • The performance or pass/fail limits for this evaluation.
  • The framework for performance analysis

Field-testing a structured cabling system ensures that a completed installation meets the desired transmission performance outlined by TSB-67. The test verifies that the installed link transmits signals with a high degree of integrity to ensure reliable communications. By reviewing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the transmission link over the frequency range required by the application, the tester determines the strength of the signal to be received from the sender–relative to external disturbances such as noise on the transmission link. If your signal is strong compared to the effect of unwanted disturbances, the signal has a low bit-error-rate.

Running a series of structured cabling field tests helps identify issues within the hardware, configuration, and the installation of the structured cabling and supporting hardware. This is an essential component of keeping your communication network running smoothly and identifying potential issues before they can slow down (or even stop) production.

Want to Know More About How Structured Cabling Field Testing Can Benefit You?

Give Tri-State Electrical Contractors a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com  Our industrial and commercial electricians understand the TSB-67 and how to translate these guidelines into solid performance on your communication networks.

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Why is NABCEP Important for a Commercial Electrical Company?

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners® AKA -NABCEP®, is an organization dedicated to the certification of renewable energy professionals. It provides credentials and certifications for industrial and commercial electricians as well as other professionals, specialists, and novices working with photovoltaics (such as solar storage systems), solar heating, and small wind technologies.  

NABCEP was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation. Its mission is “to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.”

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Why NABCEP Is Important

NABCEP works with hundreds of renewable energy industry subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop NABCEP’s Board Certifications and Associate credentials. NABCEP heavily relies on these volunteer SMEs working in the industry to create Board Certifications that focus on practical, real-world experience. With their help, the NABCEP has developed and provided eight board certification programs and three associate credentials. 

NABCEP holds all NABCEP Board Certified Professionals and Associate credential holders to high standards of professional and ethical practice. NABCEP’s Code of Ethics & Standard of Conduct safeguards the integrity of the industry. NABCEP is also the only certification organization in the industry with an enforceable code of ethics, The organization gives renewable energy customers a way to hold unethical installers accountable for their actions. Renewable energy customers who hire a NABCEP Board Certified Professional ensure that any reported violation will be investigated and if wrongdoing occurred, take disciplinary action.

NABCEP Board Certification Credentials

The NABCEP board certification credentials are earned by demonstrating knowledge, experience, training, and passing a challenging exam. There are the certification programs NABCEP provides:

  • PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification
  • PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification
  • PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification
  • PV Commissioning & Maintenance (PVCMS) Certification
  • PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification
  • PV System Inspector (PVSI)[6] Certification
  • Solar Heating Installer (SHI) Certification
  • Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI) Certification, and
  • NABCEP Company Accreditation

NABCEP Associate Credentials

The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating, or Small Wind energy systems.

An individual earns a NABCEP Associate Credential (NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™, NABCEP Solar Heating Associate™, or NABCEP Small Wind Associate™ by passing an exam based on the NABCEP Associate Job Task Analysis (JTA) or Learning Objectives.

  • The benefits of earning these credentials beyond the proven professional competence in these areas include:
  • Qualifies that individual to design, sell, install, or maintain systems in a supervised capacity.
  • Lists them in the online Associate Directory so that potential customers can find qualified individuals working with that technology as well as their credential type, number, and expiration date.
  • Allows the company to use the applicable NABCEP Trademark on their website and promotional materials.
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Tri-State Electrical Contractors Is a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate

Tri-State Electrical has earned the NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate credentials in order to better serve our commercial and industrial solar storage solution customers. For more information, or to get a quote for a solar storage installation give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.