Wire Technologies wins EuroClass CPR accreditation for AOCs, DACs

Created May 31, 2022
Technologies and Products

Wire Technologies, a UK-based manufacturer of data transmission products and components, says it has achieved EuroClass Construction Products Regulation (CPR) accreditation B2ca, the highest standard possible, for its Active Optical Cables (AOCs). The news comes shortly after the company won EuroClass Cca accreditation for its complete range of Direct Attach Cables (DACs). The achievement means Wire Technologies is the first to market with Fire Safe AOCs and DACs that can be installed waiver-free in a wide range of UK Public Sector buildings, including hotels and hospitals.

EuroClass B2ca and Cca are the highest standards that can be achieved in terms of fire safety. Accreditation is only achieved when cables meet the very highest standards for fire safety, including low smoke production, limited flaming droplets and minimal acidic gas emissions, all of which parameters were surpassed by Wire Technologies’ AOCs and DACs in independent testing. Cables conforming to B2ca can be installed in Public Sector premises where there is likely to be large numbers of people, as well as critical points such as fire exits and areas for disabled people. EuroClass Cca accreditation is required for installation in Public Sector premises judged to have medium density of people.

Fibre-based AOCs are the cables of choice in datacentres where high-speed data transmission over distances of up to 50 metres for connections between ports and/or line cards in switches, routers, servers and data storage devices is required. Copper-based DACs offer a cost-effective alternative to fibre over distances of up to seven metres and have the advantages of low power consumption and good heat dissipation; plus, they are hot-swappable with optical transceivers. Both AOCs and DACs have been popular in Public Sector ITC data centres for some time and are finding traction in other industries such as healthcare, defence, education and transport.

Nathan Barrowclough, managing director, Wire Technologies, commented, “In March 2022, the UK’s national regulatory body specified that all new build public sector building and refurbishments must adhere to BS EN 50399 for fire safety and that all communications cables installed should have EuroClass CPR B2ca or Cca accreditation, depending on the type of premises. We are therefore delighted to be first to market with our extensive range of Fire Safe, CPR accredited Active Optical Cables and Direct Attach Cables that can be installed in any Public Sector infrastructure, no matter how stringent the safety requirements. As we are already a leading supplier to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, healthcare and a number of other Public Sectors, we are now ideally placed to further expand our market reach and continue to grow the company.”

He added, “We work closely with our partners to develop solutions that address their business challenges and meet their evolving needs. Our continued commitment to the success of our customers and partners is what drives us to deliver innovation that solves real-world industry problems.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.