Installers overestimate cable certifier usage

05/12/2017

Installers overestimate cable certifier usage

“Despite the challenge that investing in certifiers can potentially pose to cash flow, installers frequently stated that having more certifiers would make their lives easier,” says Tim Widdershoven, Global Marketing Manager for IDEAL Networks. “However, this is seemingly based on a misconception that cable certifiers are needed for the majority of customers’ installation needs.”

A cable certifier is only an essential test tool on jobs where the job has specifically specified that a certifier or a cable manufacturer warranty is required. IDEAL Networks’ analysis of the work typically carried out by data cable installers showed that manufacturer warranties were, typically required in 25 per cent of jobs. Therefore, cable installers may not actually need to invest in more certifiers to improve productivity.

“It seems that many cable installers are using certifiers to test and document jobs for their own peace of mind, and to be able to prove performance to customers if the quality of their work is questioned,” says Tim. “Although a certifier is a great tool, if a contractor is only testing for certain activities on Layer 1 of a network, a transmission tester will provide the data required.”

75 per cent of the time, where a warranty is not needed or the job specification does not require a certifier, a cable and network transmission tester, such as IDEAL Networks SignalTEK® CT or SignalTEK NT, can be used to create comprehensive proof of performance reports to industry recognised standards. This type of tester is easy to use, allowing installers to gather data that is sufficient for their own records, and that can be shared as professional reports with clients.

Importantly, these testers are far more affordable and, in most organisations, it is feasible for all installers to have their own. So rather than investing in more certifiers, businesses can instead meet their customers’ testing requirements with a mixed fleet. By combining a greater amount of transmission testers, alongside a smaller number of certifiers, such as IDEAL Networks LanTEK® III, businesses could reduce capital expenditure on testers by up to 57 per cent.

To help businesses select the right mix of test equipment for their particular needs, IDEAL Networks has launched Test4Less, a suite of solutions, care plans and payment options. Following 18 months of research with data cable installation businesses, Test4Less is designed to help reduce capital expenditure, increase productivity and improve cashflow.

Where a certifier is necessary for a business but may post a challenge to cash flow, Test4Less includes a ‘Pay As You Test’ option, to transform a certifier fleet from a capital investment into an operational expense.
With ’Pay As You Test’, test credits for the IDEAL Networks LanTEK III cable certifier can be purchased in batches and topped up as and when needed. Businesses can opt for either a free on loan certifier agreement, or to purchase the certifier with an additional initial up-front payment. For example, it could cost just £2,750 up-front for a new cable certifier with the ‘Pay As You Test’ option*.

For details or to book a free demo, visit www.test4less.net/uk .
For more findings from IDEAL Networks’ research, download the White Paper ‘Five frustrations and challenges for data cable installers in 2017’, by visiting https://www.idealnetworks.net/_global-assets/education/application-notes/test4less_uk.pdf .

*Requires three or more certifiers

Recent articles

  • Updated SignalTEK CT Cable Transmission Tester for Speed and Accuracy 26/04/2018

    SignalTEK CT is an affordable and innovative solution for user-friendly cable transmission testing. With features such as Gigabit performance testing to the required Ethernet standards and advanced wiremapping with TDR fault location, SignalTEK CT offers fast and flexible testing. 

    Read more
  • New Software Updates for the SignalTEK NT Network Transmission Tester 19/04/2018

    IDEAL Networks is always looking for new ways to simplify network transmission testing. Our new software update for the popular SignalTEK NT network transmission tester is designed to give you more flexibility and efficiency than ever before.

    Read more
  • NaviTEK NT Improves Network Troubleshooting Even More 12/04/2018

    The IDEAL Networks NaviTEK NT Plus and Pro network troubleshooters are set to make troubleshooting copper and fibre networks easier than ever before following a free software update. 

    Read more
  • VoIP troubleshooting – LanXPLORER PRO reviewed 05/04/2018

    When issues arise on VoIP systems it can disrupt conversations and impact voice quality.  Luckily, our test equipment can be used to measure key factors that impact network performance and VoIP quality, ensuring effective troubleshooting.

    Read more
  • How performance testing applies to security, alarm, and control systems, as well as voice and data systems 03/04/2018

    When it comes to performance testing, voice/data and security alarm or access control systems are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from each other. Data performance testers can now be used to test the data handling capabilities or cabling, no matter what the application. This is due to the current process of moving these systems over to Ethernet/IP.

    Read more