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Wirewerks launches NextSTEP Technology™

Industry-first design saves space, time and money

Montreal, QC – April 26, 2017. – Wirewerks, a leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announced today the launch of their innovative new NextSTEP Technology™ product line. NextSTEP Technology is Wirewerks’ high-density fiber management solution and includes a complete range of patch panels, slide-in modules and cable management accessories suitable for installation in virtually any passive optical fiber application.

In its maximum density configuration, the NextSTEP system manages up to 3,000 ports (6,000 fibers) in a standard 19” server rack, freeing up valuable floor space for other equipment and applications. NextSTEP solves the accessibility issues found in typical high-density systems by offering complete front and rear panel access along with industry-exclusive NextSTEP features including ‘stepped’ positioning for the modules within a panel and a unique magnetic cable management system.

Six NextSTEP modules are currently available, including a customizable patch module, an MPO adapter strip module, a distribution module, a splice tray module, a C/D-WDM module and a blank adapter module. Modules may be mixed in any combination in the panel and installed in as little as ten seconds without the need for specialized tools or training. All modules have integrated cable management features, allowing technicians to work on a group of 12 fibers without disturbing other live fibers co-resident in the panel. All of these features combine to reduce installation time and improve mean-time-to-repair (MTTR), while simultaneously increasing up-time and reducing costs.

Jais Cohen, President of Wirewerks commented, “Wirewerks is proud to announce our NextSTEP Technology, an adaptable and versatile high-density fiber management system designed by our engineering team. We believe very strongly that NextSTEP will gain industry acceptance because of its versatility allowing for front and rear access to the panel and for its unique magnetic CableTree cable management.”

Tim Emoff, VP Business Development at TVC Canada, a division of WESCO Canada added, “NextSTEP Technology reflects real innovation from the Wirewerks R&D group and they have made sure that quality, functionality and performance are built into every component of the system. We foresee broad appeal in the marketplace and real success for this product line!”

A trio of enabling technologies

NextSTEP functionality is based on three unique enabling technologies with several new patents currently pending.

The ‘stepped’ shelf design provides greatly improved accessibility even with the system’s industry-leading density factor. Greater accessibility along with super high-density means reduced floor space requirements along with faster installs, MACs and repairs; all contributing to reduced costs.

The common form-factor modules allow for mixed deployment in the same panel. NextSTEP 1U and 4U patch panels accept up to 12 or 48 modules respectively, in any combination. Each patch or distribution module manages up to 12 fibers, or as many as 96 fibers in MPO adapter modules. The optical fiber splice tray module supports single or ribbon fiber splicing, with a capacity of up to 24 fibers and 2 bare fiber splitters per module. The C/D-WDM module is available in 4, 8 and 10 channel configurations and features all-independent, complete front panel access for easy installation and maintenance. The blank adapter module reduces heat exchange between hot and cold aisles through the patch panel in data center applications and provides convenient storage space for small parts and accessories. NextSTEP solutions deliver the density and the flexibility customers need for scalability and versatility in today’s optical networks.

CableTree™ cable management components are reusable accessories that employ a unique magnetic mount to allow positioning or repositioning as often as required in NextSTEP patch panels. In addition to flexible positioning, CableTree mounts are specifically engineered to release if cable-tension exceeds threshold, protecting the fibers from strain-related damage during installation or maintenance routines.

Ideal for Data Centers, Enterprise LANs and Broadband Networks

NextSTEP Technology’s inherent scalability, ease-of-use and wide variety of slide-in modules makes it a suitable solution for virtually any passive optical network application. NextSTEP is particularly well suited and beneficial in data centers, enterprise LANs and broadband networks.

Availability, sourcing and additional information

Initial inventories of NextSTEP Technology products are currently in place at Wirewerks Authorized Distributors across North America. Additionally, Wirewerks has implemented a special ‘next day’ shipping program to immediately solve any ‘out of stock’ conditions at Wirewerks Authorized Distributors during the NextSTEP launch period.

A searchable ‘distributor locator’ and an extensive library of NextSTEP Technology publications are available at www.wirewerks.com or by calling Sofia at the Wirewerks Customer Support Center at 1-888-993-4237×248.

About Wirewerks: Founded in 1991, Wirewerks is an industry-leading manufacturer of optical fibre and copper structured cabling systems. Built on core values of Quality, Innovation, and Integrity, Wirewerks is relentlessly customer-focused. From pre-sale project planning, to documentation and technical support, to custom product development, Wirewerks works closely with customers to deliver the best networking solutions and the best value in the industry today.

Jess Dadoun, Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wirewerks Baie-D’Urfé, Québec, Canada H9X 3P1

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