Third party verification is an independent ‘tick in the box’, verifying either a product or a set of products’ compliance with a particular standard. Excel has invested in such test and verification programmes for over 20 years, working closely with different laboratories.
For each Excel product that carries third party certification, you can either view and download the certificates from the links above, or you can download a certificate direct from the Excel website. When you visit a product page on our website, you will see a copy of the certificate in the “Datasheets & Docs” tab.
Excel Category 6 and Category 6A systems are amongst a handful in the industry with both channel and component verification.
Excel products are provided to the laboratory for testing to ISO, EN & TIA cabling standards. Within these standards documents are performance requirements for both a channel, as found in most cabling installations, and for the components, which make up these channels.
A manufacturer can provide the lab with a number of individual components – cable, keystone, patch panel, patch cord – and request that these be tested in isolation against the requirements of the standard. This is component level certification.
Alternatively, a manufacturer may provide a set of these components terminated in their factory to a 4 connector channel model as typically found in the field. A review of the market will show that a reasonable number of cabling system manufacturers can provide channel compliance certificates. Channel compliance is an easier certificate to gain, as manufacturers can ‘tweak’ the performance of certain components to compensate for poorer performance elsewhere in the channel. For example, a cable could be designed to perform well above the standard to compensate for a keystone jack that does not meet, or marginally meets the required specification.
With component certification there is no hiding place. Each product is tested to meet the standard and this really is the ultimate performance test for a manufacturer looking to promote third party verification as a key feature of its systems’ performance and quality standards.
Further information about Excel’s Third Party Verification can be found online in the Excel Encyclopaedia. The Excel Encyclopaedia is a comprehensive document that aims to educate installers, designers and consultants about structured cabling as well as providing details about the complete Excel range. It also includes useful documents such as tender responses, white papers and much more.