Amsterdam, January 10, 2011 – Draka Communications, a global leader in the cabling and optical fiber industry today announces that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has recognized Dr. Christian Pfeiler, Manager Product Development at Draka Communications with its prestigious IEC 1906 award for his exceptional work in the area of coaxial cable standards. IEC is the world’s leading standards and regulatory body for all fields of electronics, electrical and related technologies. The IEC 1906 award, commemorating the year the IEC was founded, honors technical experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the organization’s objectives.
Dr. Christian Pfeiler, 45 years, was distinguished by the IEC for his contribution in updating specifications for International Electrotechnical Commission 61196-1, a comprehensive standard for coaxial cables. Individual measurement procedures of the generic specification were prioritized, revised and upgraded to the current state of the art for coaxial cable technology. In addition, sectional specifications for CATV cables and semi-flexible high frequency cables further enhanced this critical coaxial cable standard.
Since 1995, Dr. Pfeiler has worked in research and development in Draka’s Nuremberg facility, where he also oversees the development of multimedia cables. “Draka is fully committed towards standards, on both International and European levels.“ says Dr. Pfeiler, “Globally acknowledged standards are essential for our portfolio of copper data communication cables, as well as for our range of fiber optic cables. This is why recognition by the International Electrotechnical Commission is a great honor for our entire enterprise.“
Draka conducts extensive activity in the measurement and computation of electrical characteristics to design and define new cables, while improving cables in its current portfolio. This requires constantly upgrading measuring procedures and techniques for the collection of cable shielding characteristics. Last year, Draka announced the results of the world’s first independent study assessing UTP and STP cabling EMC radiation interference within 10 Gigabit Ethernet environments.
In its fiber business group, Draka specialists are actively engaged in helping raise the levels of ITU telecommunications standards, working with ITU-T commissions to incorporate the latest industry technology advances. An example is the revision of the ITU-T cornerstone G.657 recommendation for bend-insensitive single-mode optical fibers and cables for telecoms access networks. The updated ITU-T G.657 specification now recognizes that improved fiber bending performance further reduces costs for operators rolling out fiber to the home (FTTH), while addressing current regulatory concerns for end-to-end fiber consistency.
Photo: Draka expert receives IEC 1906 Award :Dr. Christian Pfeiler (left), Manager of Product Development at the Draka Communications facility in Nuremberg, Germany is congratulated by Dr. Bernhard Thies (right), Management Spokesman for Germany’s DKE standards commission.
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9400 employees in countries worldwide and 2009 revenues of over € 2 billion. Draka has a presence in 31 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Draka’s activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Speciality and Communications. Draka Communications with its four business units, Telecom Solutions, Multimedia Specials, Optical Fiber and Cable Solutions is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. More information at www.draka.com/communications.
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