HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CommScope is introducing its GroundSmart grounding products into its
CommScope BiMetals family of wire and cable solutions. These products
help reduce the costs of managing and maintaining electricity
transmission and distribution networks by deterring theft and vandalism.
CommScope’s use of copper-clad
steel in its GroundSmart™ products provides a safe, highly reliable
alternative to the use of solid and stranded copper for grounding
applications. These products are specifically designed to disperse fault
currents and lightning strikes at a lower total cost of ownership
compared to pure copper. GroundSmart products offer proven performance
for optimizing grounding design in substation, distribution and
transmission systems, as well as in wind and solar farms.
“A survey published last year estimated that theft of copper wiring from
electrical utility sites creates more than 7,500 hours of downtime and
costs the industry more than $60 million annually,” said Paul Bedder,
vice president, CommScope BiMetals®.
“Copper-clad steel wire and cable products provide the same reliability,
performance and durability as solid copper but are unattractive to
would-be thieves and vandals.
“These facts alone make copper-clad steel the smart alternative to solid
copper in most grounding applications. The advantages of this solution
increase when combined with CommScope’s reputation for service and
reliability. GroundSmart users realize long-term benefits when repairing
their current systems damaged by theft and vandalism or when bringing
online new systems such as wind and solar farms.”
CommScope’s copper-clad steel wire and cable products meet the relevant
National Electric Code (NEC) and ASTM wire and cable standards and are
approved by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). They are engineered and
manufactured at CommScope’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered facility
in Statesville, NC.
The GroundSmart product family will be featured at CommScope’s exhibit
April 19-22 at IEEE
PES Transmission and Distribution conference in New Orleans and May
23-25 at the WindPower
CommScope BiMetals and GroundSmart are trademarks of CommScope, Inc.
Inc. (NYSE: CTV) (www.commscope.com)
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew
Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem
solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is
the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband
cable television networks and one of the leading North American
providers of environmentally secure cabinets
for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and
development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary
technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers
with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications
networks in more than 100 countries around the world.
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information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
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obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.