White Paper discusses J-Hook Innovations

We have issued a new white paper written by Steve Cardone, most recently the Editor of ICT Today, a technical Journal published by BICSI

Here’s the intro…

The exploding market demand for bandwidth and transmission speed requires unprecedented levels of performance from the structured cabling that moves data through the enterprise. This trend has been amplified by the increasing popularity of power over Ethernet (PoE) as a method of providing electrical power to networked devices. Cable manufacturers are responding with new product designs that optimize key factors like heat dissipation and bend radius while minimizing signal loss.

But beyond cable design, these trends have also required new and better methods of cable management, including advances in J-hook technology. This paper discusses how taking advantage of enhanced product design and installation methods for J-hooks can enable the user to maximize cable performance and simplify installation and maintenance, all while reducing the cost of cable management materials and labor.

There’s a lot more to this white paper that’s definitely worth the read.

Click here to read more >

Tunnel Vision

Every week we’re approached by electrical contractors and engineers with a need for unique installations, custom configurations or product customization.

Each time we receive one of these requests our answer is always the same: “Why not?”. And our customers typically respond with: “You can do that?”. Seems many companies are simply not used to hearing “yes” from wire management manufacturers and their distributors.

Two such examples of MonoSystems saying “Why Not?” are recent projects for the MTA’s South Ferry Subway Line and Seattle’s I-90 Tunnel Lighting Project.

MTA South Ferry Subway Line Post-Hurricane Sandy
Power Renovation

BACKGROUND: On October 29, 2012 the surge level from Hurricane Sandy at Battery Park in New York tops 13.88 feet at 9:24 pm surpassing the old record of 10.02 feet, set by Hurricane Donna in 1960. New York Harbor’s surf reaches a record level when a buoy measures a 32.5-foot wave. That wave is 6.5 feet taller than a 25-foot wave churned up by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the South Ferry Subway line. The electrical contractor sought out solutions for bringing power back to the lines from several manufacturers. The curved subway tunnel posed unique fabrication and installation challenges. But the electrical contractor in charge was unhappy with the initial solution provided by a competing manufacturer. When presented with this challenging opportunity, MonoSystems provided a unique solution that had to work within the confines of curved walls, limited space, and limited access points. By working closely with the contractor, the system was installed in 1/3 the budgeted time. This was a well planned, well designed, and well executed solution.

One important side note: When this installation was completed, there were only 19 inches of leftover ladder tray. Just 19 inches!

To see our video on Youtube, go to this link: https://youtu.be/y4JPGc4AQEE

WSDOT / Seattle I-90 Tunnel Lighting Upgrade Project

The company in charge of installing the new I-90 Tunnel Lighting System, Transcon Company, reached out to several leading wire management manufacturers for a solution which was to be a custom configuration meant to hold roadway tunnel lighting fixtures.

“Due to the difficult of the design, we were turned away from nearly all the leading manufacturers” , said Blas Bustamante, TRANSCON Company. “MonoSystems accepted the design challenges as is and through the submittal process made a few small changes which were easily approved by the owner WSDOT.”  He continued, “Once approved MonoSystems delivered the cable tray along with all the related hardware in less than 4 weeks.”

A few key technical points:
> This was a seismic job where the cable tray was designed to the engineer’s specific standards
> Laser cut weep slots were designed in to prevent build of moisture/water which is common in tunnels
> The tray was designed so that it was an integral support structure to their lighting installation needs.

In the end, Blas Bustamante stated that, “Monosystems was the only cable tray manufacturer that could help us in the United States. We were extremely pleased with Monosystems overall effort and the fast production schedule.”

To see our video on Youtube, go to this link: https://youtu.be/ijg9go7ZNFE

Both case studies are good examples of our commitment to respond to difficult wire management installations and challenges with 2 words: “Why not?”

KUKA Honors MonoSystems

KUKA North America presented the 2016 Most Improved Supplier Award to MonoSystems in an award ceremony on March 17.  MonoSystems worked hard to innovate new products and solutions on behalf of KUKA.  It’s true… hard work pays off.

“We at MonoSystems are truly grateful to win this award from KUKA. It confirms that our corporate philosophy of working with our customers as partners, and listening to their needs in the process of innovating, is recognized and appreciated.”

 — Michael Daniell, National Sales Manager

We strive to achieve great partnerships with all of our customers. We don’t hang our hat on winning awards. But it is nice to be recognized for hard work from an esteemed company like KUKA North America. We are humbled and proud.
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Welcome to Connect Direct!

As Director of Marketing for MonoSystems, I’d like to welcome Electrical Contractors, Electrical Engineers, Architects, General Contractors, Consumers, and pretty much anyone who might be interested in a variety of topics related to wire & cable management (see below).

So why did we start Connect Direct?

Because we manufacture and sell directly to our customers, we enjoy closer relationships with our customers and partners. Due to this unique go-to-market strategy, we’ve gained insights others may not acquire. And we’ve learned that despite the variety of projects we work on, the industries we work in, and partners we work for – there’s a common thread through it all. Everyone wants to find new ways to support them in their daily roles, their industry, or next project. So we decided to share.

We’ve lined-up quality content for everyone…
buying direct, take-offs, estimating, choosing the right solution, getting more out of your quotes, custom solutions, national wire management trends, BICSI trends, keeping up-to-date with your specifications, Consumer Wire Management trends, when to choose pre-fab solutions, and many more topics!

Sure, there are many resources for wire management content. We certainly don’t expect you to cancel any publication subscriptions, un-join any LinkedIn groups, or stop going to trade shows. We only hope our efforts to share insightful information directly, will provide a fresh perspective and successful future.

Please check back often for the latest Connect Direct updates and feel free to email me directly for any input or topic requests you may have. Thanks!

Mark Ross / Director of Marketing / mross@monosystems.com