Gepco’s optical fibre range provides broadcast professionals with complete turnkey solutions
News Release from:
IEWC UK & Ireland
15 June 2012
The days of searching multiple suppliers for basic and specialised fibre optic products, then waiting weeks for delivery are over… for good. From cable to connectors, repair equipment to termination solutions, the Gepco line of fibre products encompasses everything broadcasters need to take complete advantage of the speed, bandwidth and clarity of fibre.
And with local stocking from IEWC, the products are available ex stock in the UK and Europe.
As the pioneer of interconnect technology for the professional broadcast market and continuing its 30-year tradition of innovation in the broadcast and audio visual markets, Gepco fibre system products bring the reliability required for crisp, clean data transmission in television, video production, staging, outdoor broadcast and professional audio applications. Gepco's complete hybrid fibre line includes cable assemblies, distribution rack systems, bulk cable and connectors, and breakout cable assembly solutions. In addition, Gepco offers a unique cable repair service for the repair and maintenance of existing fibre optic cables.
Of course, all fibre products are designed and built exclusively for the broadcast profession: nothing is ‘adapted’ from other industries. All fibre cables are precision engineered with premium materials that meet or exceed SMPTE standards and are 100% tested and verified.
Broadcast Quality Built In
“Two things that really define Gepco,” explains Graham Lay, European Audio Broadcast Market Specialist for IEWC, “are linked to the company’s very earliest cables. One, all Gepco’s products, including fibre, are designed and built for the specifications and working conditions that broadcasting demands. Gepco never adapts cables originally designed for other industries. Two, they never cut corners. The founder of Gepco was himself a sound engineer who simply had enough of hand-me-down cables that were noisy, unreliable and always seemed to fail at the most critical times. Gary (Geppert) got into designing and manufacturing cables 30 years ago because he understood the need for professionally designed broadcast standard products that did not compromise, which sums it up when it comes to Gepco’s quality and reliability. Whether it’s complex fibre optics or broadcast quality coax, the quality and strength of Gepco products never varies.”
Cable, Assemblies, Boxes and More
The Gepco range of fibre optic cable includes 9.2mm, 12mm and 16mm hybrid, HD camera electrical cable, 3-channel fibre, single-mode and multi-mode, and single- and multi-mode tactical.
Essential cable assembly solutions include hybrid fibre, opticalCON, TAC-4 & TAC-12, and ST/SC/LC. The TAC-4 and TAC-12 hermaphroditic connectors are industry standard, multi-channel formats designed to withstand use and abuse in harsh environments. All of the company’s fibre assemblies are factory terminated by Gepco and feature precision machine-polished contacts which offer UPC quality to achieve –55dB return loss specifications. This process helps to attain excellent optical clarity and alignment, reducing back reflection and minimising insertion loss.
Racks and boxes include HMD modular distribution rack, HMS modular fusion splice rack, HSB fusion splice box, HDR1 high-density distribution rack, SMPTE field and studio boxes, hybrid fibre breakout boxes and HMP8-BXX breakout racks.
Along with modular, blank and feed through panels, Gepco can provide any level of customisation, from merely a blank panel to one loaded with connectors, wired and harnessed, allowing it to simply be hooked up; and each panel can be tailored to the exact requirements of any system.
Gepco also offers the industry’s widest range of connectors, tools and accessories: anything from floor box plates to Lemo connectors, installation tools, parts, test equipment, fusion splicers and more.
The most comprehensive range of fibre optics solutions is useless if the products aren’t readily available. And in the world of audio/broadcast that means this week not next month.
To meet and exceed this expectation, Gepco has partnered exclusively with IEWC, the wire and cable industry’s premier stocking distributor, to carry all professional audio visual and broadcast products at local facilities in the UK and Europe. “At IEWC we know the importance of timely delivery,” says Lay, “which is why we have developed an untarnished reputation for fast turnaround, technical expertise and unmatched customer support; with the majority of orders shipped within 48 hours and most of those within 24. That’s the kind of timeframe broadcasters need.”
The demands of HDTV are pushing copper to its limits as are the growing popularity of sporting and other outside events, not to mention the upcoming Olympic Games. The solution is fibre. There are challenges, of course, and for many there’s a steep learning curve; but with Gepco’s turnkey solutions and one-stop sourcing being provided by IEWC for essential products and technical expertise, UK and European professionals now have the full support they need to confidently move ahead into the next generation of high-speed, high-bandwidth transmission.