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Are Modular Plug Terminations Damaging Your Patch Panels?

A modular plug that has been improperly terminated can cause significant damage to a patch panel port.  Plugs should always be installed onto a cable using a crimp tool with a crimp die made specifically for that plug.  The specified crimp die will seat the gold pins in the modular plug in accordance with ANSI/TIA-1096-A requirements.  The plug pins should be seated deeply enough that no damage will occur during insertion or removal but also not too deep so as to interfere with continuous contact.

If a plug is not crimped deeply enough, it could potentially cause port damage on your patch panel.  Even worse, the damage may not be evident until the plug is removed and high gold contacts snag the connector pins in the port distorting their alignment.  There is also the possibility of aesthetic damage to the plastic frame of a patch panel when un-seated pins gouge it.

The most proven way to avoid damage to patch panels and their ports is to make certain factory-made patch cords are the only terminated cables inserted into ports on your patch panels.  DCO Distribution stocks a wide array of categories, lengths and colors of these pre-terminated assemblies.  Call us today for a quote!

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