Trash Talking – Recycling Should Be Reduced…

PCT's AMIGO ZEREO Waste Reel-less Solution


From: Adrian O’Leary, President, PCT International, Inc.

I was visiting an operator’s facility about a year ago and saw numerous recycle bins behind the fence. At first I thought “that’s terrific recycling.” There were empty cable reels overflowing and bails of cardboard stacked high. Well, progress in this area eliminated shipping reels and cardboard with drop coaxial cable and a reel-less system was introduced. Yes there are “reel-exchange” programs but that’s not the “reel” solution.

A good coaxial reel-less solution utilizes coils that drop into an ergonomic carrying bag made with recycled materials. Just one carrying bag with a re-usable reel allows coils to be repeatedly drop into place.

How much recycling is eliminated? For 10 million subscribers (roughly 10% of the USA) about 750,000 reels are eliminated from recycling in a single year. For the USA that is over 7 million reels annually. Put that in perspective, and we could replicate the height of 50 Empire State Buildings.


Avoiding Craft Errors with the Best Tools

We often take for granted the installation practices with respect to tools. How often have we heard “I make sure all of my connections are tight” but a significant amount are left loose, or are proven to become loose over time. The same goes with drop compression tools that are used to secure connectors to the cable. There are the ones from the DIY store, and some connector manufacturers just cut costs / quality to lower the “free” tool cost burden.  But is this serving your customers properly, or costing you more money in service calls?


Full 360 degree compression tool coverage

For decades, the industry standard compression tool used by all connector manufacturers was a 360⁰ tool, meaning that it covers the entire back of the compression sleeve as it evenly and uniformly compresses the connector.  The 360⁰ tools also capture and align the cable and connector into the correct position so the connector cannot be misaligned during compression.  This ensures that the internal components are not jammed or damaged from being compressed at an angle.

Compression tool with only 180 degree coverage
Damaged f-type connectors with improper us of 180 degree compression tools

The 180⁰ compression tools only cover about one half of the compression sleeve.  This allows for misalignment, which can result in distorted outer connector bodies, but can also result in internal damage that may not be visible externally.  The misalignment can be both vertically since the cable isn’t captured in the correct compression position, and horizontally as the rotating end wears and no longer locks in place.


Properly and automatically aligned with error free compression vs. misaligned and ruined connectors

So what’s your choice – a good, industry standard tool, or a cheap, partial coverage tool?