Do Not Miss These Tutorials on Cable and IP

Sometimes a seemingly lost art is forgotten in the race to bring new technology and equipment on line. Yet even with all the new ideas, occasionally a piece of a forgotten solution is resurrected to help with the migration to newer systems. Younger engineers say, “Wow, I didn’t know about that.” Mature (not old) engineers may scratch their head and murmur, “I remember that technique, but will it still work?”

So goes the idea of lacing cables. No amount of tie wraps or hook and loop ties can equal the clean look of cables when secured by a skilled cable installer that knows how to properly lace cables.

Yet, is this older technology still appropriate for today’s multi-gigabit signals? The Broadcast Bridge offers two articles for consideration. Offer your comment at the end of the articles.

Cable lacing is definitely old school but it's been the method of choice for major broadcast facilities, stage rigging, CATV installers, NASA engineers, ships and aircrafts for many years. The reason is not just for esthetic, but professional installers know cable lacing lasts longer than cable ties.

The ability to manage any size cable bundle, from a couple of 22AWG wires to a fistful of heavy power cables, is often considered a lost art. The basic concept of lacing is to use a flat cord to tie the cable bundle together. It is easy to learn and users will be lacing projects in no time.

This old cable management technique, taught to generations of linemen, is still used in some modern applications since it does not create obstructions along the length of the cable. Avoided are the handling problems of cables groomed by plastic or hook-and-loop cable ties.

Does this useful, rapid and inexpensive technique still apply in today’s era of high-speed signals? Read the article, “The Lost Art of Lacing Cable,” then decide. Offer your comments, as others have, at the end of the article.

With a sharp focus on IP-based operations and the impact they have on a variety of broadcast operations and workflows, broadcasters are operating in one of the most dramatic periods of technological change that the international broadcast industry has ever experienced.

Equipment suppliers have stepped up to help move the industry forward, into the new realm of IP.  To do this, however, many vendors find they needed to step up internal R&D efforts and reshape their manufacturing processes to better serve customers.

Few broadcasters will simply throw away their existing baseband equipment simply because there may be an equivalent IP solution. Learn how one manufacturer restructured its R&D process to better meet the changing needs of this industry. One result is that the company suggests broadcast engineers can take an evolutionary approach and migrate slowly while still maintaining their existing baseband SDI infrastructures. Sound good to you?

Learn more about the benefits of a go-slower migration in your facility in the article, Out of Necessity, Broadcasters Choose Phased Approach to IP.

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