Crimping Tools for Telecommunication and Ethernet Data Cables
The decision to purchase a suitable crimper to join connectors to data cables should be considered carefully. You will need to focus on the requirements of the crimping tool to ensure the tool’s specifications are suitable for the project. It can be a daunting task since there are copious types of crimpers used to terminate connectors, and all manufactured to certain specifications, with varying features and ranging in cost.
Tools utilized with telecommunication cables typically suit Registered Jack (RJ) modular connectors that interconnect with telephones, phone wall sockets and telephone equipment. For instance, modular connectors are manufactured to suit one, two and three lines services with descriptions such as 6P2C, 6P4C and 6P6C respectively. Additionally, the connectors and tools can be labelled to suit types, such as RJ11, RJ12, RJ14 and RJ25.
IDC Connectors are manufactured to strict telecommunication standards to interconnect with sensitive electronic equipment. Hence it’s wise to purchase a good quality crimper to enhance the success rate of termination. Also a premium crimping tool can last for a significant period of time if operated properly.
The overall tool shape can vary for many reasons, such as to allow better access in tight, and awkward areas for crimping, e.g. Right angle crimp tool and vertical shaped models are available. Note wiring connections should be checked with a network wiring tester for quality assurance.
The majority of premium CAT6 network tools have a ratchet mechanism built-in to ensure smooth operation for connection, as well as, to reduce hand fatigue during continual usage. Another benefit from the ratchet design is excellent insulation penetration is achieved. Moreover a quality jaw design will distribute optimum equal pressure to all contacts simultaneously during termination.
Crimping tools can be designed specifically to suit one modular plug type or several varying types, for example a 3-in-1 tool can have three individual die sets for 6Pin, 8Pin and 10Pin crimping. However this mostly depends on the individual installer and specific job scenario. Moreover professional installers may have a dedicated RJ45 crimper tool simply because of reliability and ease of use. In addition, 10Pin or RJ50 connections are less common nowadays hence a tool with only 10P10C capability may be preferred.
Tools can have several optional features integrated into the design, such as an insulation stripper and wire cutter. The latter features are ideal for anyone installing cabling from professional information and communications technology (ICT) cabling installers to weekend computer hobbyists. Although most serious installers will have a dedicated wire insulation stripper to ensure optimum connectivity is achieved.
Krone tools or IDC crimper tools are utilized for termination of Insulation-displacement connectors (IDC) on telecommunication and Ethernet twisted pair cables. The Krone tool design and action for termination is different to the aforementioned crimpers discussed. Moreover the Krone type tools require a punch-down action, very much different to squeezing a ratchet handle for termination of connectors. For example, a mode-3 security IDC plug is terminated with Krone type tooling.
IDC Connectors can include support accessories built into the side. For the purpose of assisting the installer during installation of the IDC jacks. The IDC jacks are completely different to modular plugs design hence the tools aren’t interchangeable with one another.