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 3M NPC No Polish Connector receives famous Dutch ETOP Innovation Award

During the "World of Wonders Electrical Dinner" in the Netherlands Jan Kamminga, president of the association FME-CWM, distributed the ETOP Innovation Jury Award to 3M Netherlands for their 3M no polish connector NPC. Two awards were distributed:

  • ETOP Innovation Jury Award
  • ETOP Innovation Audience Award.

"World of Wonders Electrical Dinner"

The ETOP Innovation Awards ceremony was part of a festive programme. An after-show party offered the opportunity to develop relationships old and new. "Innovation & Relationship" was the theme of this year's "World of Wonders Electrical Dinner", part of a big networking-event taking place in the evening of the first day of the "Elektrotechniek" fair. About 260 guests enjoyed a good meal and entertainment.

The "Elektrotechniek" fair took place from Sept. 28th to Oct. 2nd, 2009 in Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.

ETOP Innovation Jury Award

34 products – more than ever before – were sent to the ETOP Jury to evaluate their innovative potential. The expert jury, under the guidance of Jan Kamminga, assessed these products on the basis of six criteria: technical functionality; economic output; ergonomics and design; sustainability; originality and the way the entry was presented. 26 of the entered products fulfilled the criteria of the jury and were named "Innovators". 11 of these were nominated for the ETOP Innovation Jury Award 2009.

The jury was convinced that 3M NPCs will influence the communications market. The good design and easy handling make NPCs invaluable for applications such as "Fibre to the Home" (FTTH) and "Fibre to the Desk" (FTTD). The Jury believed that 3M NPCs will help to overcome the inhibition to use fibre connections for both new installations and additions to existing communication networks. This innovation will have a big impact on the whole communication sector.. "For the jury, 3M NPCs set new standards in time, cost and environmental savings", said Jan Kamminga.

The new 3M SC / LC NPCs provides fast, easy on-site installation of 250 μm and 900 μm singlemode or multimode fibre in under 2 minutes. The NPC can be fitted with a minimum of tools without the need to polish the fibre. A one piece, pre-assembled design avoids the potential loss of small parts. The connector consists of a factory-polished ferrule assembly and a mechanical splice that is installed with a simple field tool. The 3M NPC is qualified for premise wiring and FTTx applications for indoor and outdoor locations.

ETOP Innovation Audience Award

The winner of the audience award 2009 was Philips MASTER LED light with the MASTER LED Retrofit lamps portfolio.

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