UL issues first Limited Power (LP) Certification to General Cable’s GenSPEED® Cables

ulUL Wire & Cable, a division of the global safety science organization UL (Underwriters Laboratories), has issued the world’s first Limited Power (LP) Certification to a number of General Cable’s GenSPEED® Brand data communications cables.

Over the past decade, Power-over-LAN cable technologies such as Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) have become a viable powering option for a wide range of applications. Anticipating future standards, device manufacturers are pushing the envelope and designing more sophisticated equipment that demands increased power. UL’s new LP certification provides a simple way to help ensure installations are future-proofed against the ever-increasing power levels and remain protected against issues caused by heat generation. The certification takes into account large bundle sizes, high ambient temperatures and other issues related to environmental effects such as enclosed spaces or conduits.

“We are pleased to see this trend towards LP certification in the wire and cable industry,” said Steven Galan, director of UL’s wire & cable business. “UL’s trusted third-party certification gives manufacturers like General Cable a way to substantiate the very real benefit claims they make about their cables while also simplifying choice for customers.”

“With PoE technology becoming more established, General Cable has led the industry in providing cables that support the advancements,” said Scott Brown, Director of Technology, Communications Products, General Cable. “When the new listing became available, it only made sense to work with UL Wire & Cable to have the first UL CMP-LP certification, which will make choosing cables for high-power PoE systems easier.”

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