A glimpse into Panduit’s new global R&D headquarters and passion for innovation

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The Jack E Caveney Innovation Centre comprises 18,000ft2 of laboratory space and accommodates more than 70 members of Panduit’s research and development team. The centre is named for the founder of Panduit and will carry on his legacy for innovation that began almost 60 years ago. The labs in the complex include a copper transmission lab, a fibre optics lab, an anechoic chamber, a complete data centre thermal lab, and an industrial automation lab, where the company visualises, tests and develops converged solutions designed to benefit IT migration onto the factory floor.     

Panduit has a long term commitment to R&D and solution innovation, spending up to 10 per cent of net data centre revenue on R&D activities. The corporate R&D centre operates 20+ state-of-the-art labs and is responsible for more than 1.1K patents.

The centre works in lock-step with corporate business units and in the manufacture of the final product that is delivered to the customer. The centre focuses on innovation rather than the application of the current product. Much of the work that goes on at the centre in research is at the university level and contributes to the forward movement of technology and to standards established by the likes of TIA, ANSI, RoHS and IEEE.  Recent industry achievements include an outstanding technical paper award for ‘Characterization of Modal Dependence of MMF Chromatic Dispersion for Wideband MMF’ from the 64th IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium.

Panduit gains in-depth knowledge of its customers’ business and data centre challenges to develop solutions that add value and are a catalyst for business growth. The company looks at how its customers are applying products in their applications to understand the implications on performance of today’s technologies to create opportunities for next generation products. These innovations are then brought to market through a network of global manufacturing facilities strategically located close to customers.

Innovations created within the Jack E Caveney Corporate Research and Development Centre are brought to market with precision. Once research is proven in the lab, they are perfected by product engineers armed with the latest 3-D CAD programs and perfected with stereolithography (SLA) additive manufacturing technology. Panduit makes over 15,000 of these printed objects/year.

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