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Get Labels for your Cables

Introduction to the TIA/EIA 606-A Standard

Olive Wu
Singapore
2007-12-5
Why you or your customers need ID?
Why label your telecom Network?

 What if labels would fall off?


 “It would be an absolute nightmare if labels would fall off. It would be
very time consuming to reapply the labels” – End user
 “If manual records are not maintained: Many, many man hours
spending time on things you didn't need and don’t want to do.” – End
user
 “Hard to express in monetary value but labour cost and monetary
value would be quite devastating. It easily takes 2 weeks work for 2
teams of 2 man per site” Distributor
Seminar Objectives

 Gain an understanding of the 606-A standard


and the benefits of compliance

 Learn more about 606-A compliant


identification solutions

 Review a set of integrated products that can


automate labeling, documentation and testing
Overview of 606-A Administration Standard
New ANSI/TIA/EIA 606-A Administration Standard

 Developed by the industry, approved and already


being used

 A uniform administration for generic


telecommunications systems that will support multi-
product, multi-vendor environments

 A user-friendly guideline for owners, end users,


manufacturers, consultants, contractors, designers
and installers
Purpose and Goals of TIA/EIA 606-A Standard

 To provide an administrative system that is:


 Useful enough to gain wide acceptance in the
industry
 Simple enough to be administered
 Equally accommodating to all infrastructure sizes
 Scalable
 Intuitive to installers and technicians
Such a System Will

 Reduce the labor cost of maintaining the


system
 Improve the reliability of the cabling and
extend its useful life
 Increase the value of the infrastructure to the
owner and users
Overview of the TIA/EIA 606-A Standard

 Specifies administration classes based upon size and


complexity of an infrastructure system (# of buildings,
elements)

 Provides a uniform approach to support multi-


product/multi-vendor cabling systems

 Delivers specific guidelines for documentation and


labeling
Changes From the Previous Standard

 Classes of Administration
 Defines the different needs for small, medium and large
cabling infrastructures
 Modular and Scalable
 Allows for expansion to higher classes without requiring
changes to existing identifiers or labels
 Common Identifier Formats
 Allows exchange of information between design drawings,
testers, cable management software and labeling tools.
(Identifiers link the elements of the infrastructure with their
records.)
 Specifies Label Formats
Classes of Administration

 Single Building
 Class 1: fewer than 100 users, single telecommunications
space (TS)
 Class 2: hundreds of users, multiple TSs
 Multiple Buildings
 Class 3: over 1000 users in a campus, multiple buildings at a
single site
 Class 4: thousands of users in a wide-area infrastructure
with multiple buildings/sites
Elements within Classes of Administration

 Horizontal and Backbone Pathways and Cabling

 Telecommunications Spaces – Entrance facility (EF),


Telecommunications room (TR), Equipment room
(ER)

 Firestopping and Grounding


606-A Specifications for Each Class

 Required identifiers for each element within a class


such as telecommunications spaces, horizontal links,
firestops, etc. (Serve as the key to find the recorded
information within the system)
 Required records for each of the four classes of
administration. Can be managed by:
 Paper-based system
 General purpose spreadsheet software
 Special purpose cable management software
606-A Identifiers by Class
Specific Function of the TIA/EIA 606-A Standard

 Assigns identifiers to infrastructure elements

 Specifies naming requirements for each identifier or


label

 Specifies the type of information to be included in


each record associated with an identifier

 Specifies relationships between records


Example of a Required Record

 Telecommunications Space (TS)


 TS identifier name
 Type of TS
 Building room number
 Key or access card identification
 Contact person
 Hours of access
Example of a Required Record

 Horizontal Link
 Horizontal Link identifier name
 Cable type (ie: 4 pair, UTP, Cat 5e)
 Location of outlet/connector (office)
 Outlet connector type
 Cable length
 Location of TS
 Cross-connect hardware type
 Service record of link
Color Coding

 Color coding of termination fields


 Can simplify infrastructure administration and maintenance
 Makes structure of cabling more intuitive

 Color coding of horizontal cabling


 Identifies services connected by patch cords
 Identifies work area connectivity
606-A Color Codes

Termination Type Color Typical Application


Demarcation Point Orange Central office connection

Network Connection Green User side of central office connection

Common Equipment Purple Connections to PBX, mainframe computer, LAN, multiplexer

Key System Red Connections to key telephone systems


Terminations of intrabuilding backbone cable connecting MC to
First Level Backbone White
IC’s
Termination of intrabuilding backbone cable connecting IC’s to
Second Level Backbone Gray
HC’s

Interbuilding Backbone Brown Termination of backbone cable between buildings

Horizontal Blue Terminations of horizontal cable in TSs

Other Yellow Alarms, security, or energy management


606-A Label Requirements

 Labels/Labeling should:
 Be of a size, color and contrast to be readily visible
 Be resistant to the environment conditions at the point of installation
(moisture/heat/UV/Scratch)
 Have a useful life equal to or greater than component being labeled
 Be printed by a mechanical device and shall not be written by hand

•Acrylic-based
•Rubber-based
•Silicone-based

Label construction
Material specifications

Aluminum

120
Adhesion Strength (oz/in)

100
White TZS
80
Clear TZS
B-423
60
B-430
B-499
40
B-439
20

0
20 minutes 24 hours
Dwell Time
Key Identification Applications
Backbone Cabling
-Inter- and intra-building cabling

Horizontal Links
-Termination hardware in Grounding and Fire-stopping
telecommunications spaces and -Telecom main grounding bus bar
workstation outlets/faceplates
-Fire stopping locations
-Horizontal cabling
Horizontal Link Identification

 Identifier labels on patch panels and/or wiring blocks


in the TS

 Identifier labels at each end of the horizontal cabling


(within 12” from the end)

 Identifier labels on individual connectors


(faceplates/outlets) in work stations
Example of Horizontal Link

 For Terminations and Cabling


 1A-A001
 1A = telecommunications room A, located on the
first floor of building
 A = Specific patch panel in telecommunications
room
 001 = Specific port on patch panel
Backbone Cabling Identification

 Cables that run between telecommunications spaces


(TSs) in a single building or cables that connect TSs
between buildings

 Cable identifiers should be marked on each end of


the backbone cable within 12” of the end of the cable
jacket
Backbone Identifiers

 Intrabuilding Backbone Cable Identifier - 2A/3A-1


 2A = 2nd Floor, Telecommunications Space A
 3A = 3rd Floor, Telecommunications Space A
 -1 = Backbone cable 1
 Interbuilding Backbone Cable Identifier –
(ADM-3A)/(ENG-2A)-4
 3A = Administration Bldg, Telecom Space 3A
 2A = English Bldg, Telecom Space 2A
 - 4 = Backbone cable 4
Grounding Identification

 Telecommunications main grounding busbar is tied


directly to the grounding source and is used to
ground all telecommunications equipment

 The busbar should be labeled TMGB


 TMGB = Telecommunications Main Grounding Busbar
Firestopping Location Identification

 A firestopping location identifier shall identify each


installation of firestopping material

 All firestopping identifiers in a single infra- structure


should have the same format where possible

 Label where firestopping is installed, on each side of


the penetrated barrier, within 12” of the firestopping
material
Firestopping Identifier

 Example of a firestopping identifier name:


3-FSL02(3)
 3 = 3rd Floor
 FSL = Firestopping Location Identifier
 02 = Firestopping location 2
 (3) = Hour rating of the firestopping system
606-A Compliant
Identification Solutions
606-A Compliant ID Solution Components

 Requirement: Labels must be printed by a


mechanical device/not be written by hand
 Solution:
 Printing systems (printers/software) for automated labeling
 Requirement: Readable, durable, environment
resistant labels
 Solution:
 High performance labels, offered in a variety of sizes and
materials, to fit multi-vendor equipment offerings and meet
installation conditions
Printing Systems

 Portable Printers
 Popular option due to flexibility, ease-of-use, cost
Effective for lower volume use
 Field on demand label printing
 Desktop and Bench-top Printers
 Effective for larger installations due to print speed/ higher
volume output
 Suitable for creating and printing labels in advance
 Offer computer connectivity for label creation and storage
 Automated integrated solution=printer + applicator
 Printer + applicator
 Large volume application
 Productivity + Quality + Simplification
Example-Brady ID Pal Labeling Tool

 Field on demand printing


 Perfect field labeling tool
 Handy, rugged, easy to use
 Entry-level value priced
labeling tool
 Prints continuous tape, with
a choice of six 606-A
compliant tape colors
 Prints Brady quality
materials, for labels that
stick
Example-TLS2200/TLS PC Link Thermal Labeling
Systems

 Most versatile and powerful


portable labeling system
available
 Hand held and desktop
versions
 Prints self-laminating and die
cut labels, continuous tape
 PC compatible
 Ability to print bar codes
 Recommended for medium
volume label printing
Example-Brady Bench/Desktop Printers

 High resolution, high output


thermal transfer printing
 Versatile to accommodate all
kinds of consumables
 Suitable for centralized print
requirements
 PC connectivity for use with
any Windows based programs
Example-Wraptor: Printer + Applicator

 Improves Productivity
 Enhance Product Quality
 Simplify Operation
Label Design Software

 Labeling Software Features


 Ability to format any style of data communications
labels including those for cable, faceplate, and
closet hardware applications
 Easy editing functions/graphical imports
 Ability to download information from spreadsheets
and cable management software
 Easy template creation for frequently used label
formats and lists
LabelMark Software

 Prints directly to any Brady


printer, as well as inkjet, dot
matrix and laser printers
 Allows import of labels from
spreadsheets and cable
management software
 Easy-to-use single screen editing
 Easy template creation for label
lists/formats/serialization
 Print graphic images/bar codes
High Performance Labels

 Label Specifications
 Should meet the legibility, defacement, exposure
and adhesion requirements of UL 969
 Adhesive labels should feature aggressive
adhesives that stick to curved and highly-textured
surfaces
 Should be available in a large variety of die-cut
and continuous sizes to fit various applications
and vendors’ equipment (die cut labels can save
installation time)
Why label your telecom Network?

 What if labels would fall off?


 “It would be an absolute nightmare if labels would fall off. It would be
very time consuming to reapply the labels” – End user
 “If manual records are not maintained: Many, many man hours
spending time on things you didn't need and don’t want to do.” – End
user
 “Hard to express in monetary value but labour cost and monetary
value would be quite devastating. It easily takes 2 weeks work for 2
teams of 2 man per site” Distributor
Identification challenges
 Super slim cable with rich ID text- fibre optic
 Low surface energy jacket-easy to fall off-Brady proprietary
adhesive never looses grip
 Tough environmental conditions: UV, dirt, oil, Chemicals
 To identify equipments from different vendors
 Hundreds of consumable SKUs to accommodate all the popular
hardware suppliers-Cross reference guide
PTL-42-
P&T shaped labels 422/439/430
-Mono mode fibre
optic

PTL-45-422

Back bone
Brady Labels for
Data Communications
 Wide range of sizes (including
wider labels) that fit many
applications and need for more
identifier information on labels
 Proprietary adhesives that stick
to curved and highly textured
surfaces
 A variety of die cut labels
(rounded corners for better
adhesion) and continuous tapes
in white, clear and 606-A
compliant colors
 Label formats available for highly
specialized applications
Cross Reference Guide
Automated Best Practices-Labeling,
Documentation and Testing
The Value of Automated Solutions

 New documentation, labeling and


testing requirements in 606-A will
drive the need for automated
solutions that can:
 Simplify installation/maintenance
 Eliminate proprietary and conflicting
information
 Save TIME and MONEY
 Automated solution options
 Integration of cable management
software with testing and labeling
software
 Direct connectivity between printers
and testers
Integrated Cable Management example

 LabelMark V2.0.5 label design software/TLS 2200 or


TLS PC Link printer
 FlukeNetwork’s DTX Cable Analyzer
and LinkWare software
Field Testing and Labeling Solution Example

 For testing and labeling


in the field

 Interface: OMNIScanner2
and TLS PC Link printer

 Features:
 Imports Cable IDs into TLS
PC Link for printing in the
telecommunications space
and at workstations
Integrated Cable Management example

Agilent
WireScope tester
Benefits of 606-A
Compliant Solution

 Simplifies installation/maintenance
 Eliminates proprietary and conflicting information
 Reduces errors and eliminates time to re-enter
information when changes/adds occur
 Saves TIME and MONEY
 Provides an impression of quality workmanship
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question:

What are the three areas of administration


covered under the new 606-A Administration
Standard?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:

 Labeling
 Documentation
 Testing
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question:

What are the major changes from the old 606


Standard?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:

 Defines classes of administration


 System is modular and scalable
 Common identifier formats are specified
 Label formats are specified
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question

What are the labeling requirements called out


in the new 606-A standard?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:
Labels/Labeling should:
 Be of a size, color and contrast to be readily visible
 Be resistant to the environmental conditions at the point on
installation
 Have a useful life equal to or greater than the component
being labeled
 Be printed by a mechanical devise and should not be written
by hand
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question:

What are the key identification applications


called out in the new 606-A Standard?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:

 Horizontal Links (telecommunications space,


cabling, termination hardware)
 Backbone Cabling
 Grounding and Firestopping
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question:

What is the 606-A labeling specification for


horizontal links cabling?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:

 Cable identifiers,(example:1A-A001), should be


marked on each end of the horizontal cabling
within 12” from each end of the cable
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Question:

What are the benefits of a 606-A compliant


identification solutions?
606-A Standard Quick Quiz

 Answer:

 Simplifies installation and maintenance


 Eliminates proprietary and conflicting information
 Reduces errors and eliminates time to re-enter
information when changes/adds occur
 Saves TIME and MONEY
 Provides an impression of quality worksmanship