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Get the skinny on Plenum-Rated 28AWG Patch Cables

Plenum-rated cable meets a higher safety standard than both CM and riser-rated cable (CMR). It is fire-resistant and produces less smoke than other cable jackets. Plenum cable (CMP) is typically used within buildings’ plenum spaces, which often provide HVAC services. In the past, solid 23AWG cables were utilized in these spaces because they were inexpensive and carry signals over long distances. These solid cables are not flexible and can fracture under constraint as well as compromise connections when bent, causing plugs to pull out of jacks.

Shaxon stranded plenum patch cable meets the loss-prevention requirements of insurance companies, as well as the demands of Power over Ethernet (PoE) connections short-space cables, where inflexible solutions do not work. With insurance rates on the rise, building owners are increasingly choosing plenum-rated cable as the best long-term decision.

They are ideal for use in patching applications where a CMP rating is mandated, or where fire protection, limited smoke emissions and streamlined CM and CMR cable requirements are desired.

Given their smaller and flexible design, cable density is improved and increased air flow for rack ventilation is maximized. Applications include plenum spaces, top-of-rack, patching solutions, high-density installations, temperature-sensitive spaces, secure networks and PoE. Ratings include NEC (ETL)-type CMP and CEC C(ETL)-type CMP.

Approved by the TIA’s TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Systems Subcommittee in 2018, TIA-568.2-D is a revision to the 568 cabling standard that recognizes 28 AWG patch cords. Previously the TIA had recommended only 22 AWG to 26 AWG for balanced twisted-pair cables. The addition of 28 AWG guidance is important for high-density applications where congestion, airflow and sharp bend radii are major considerations. Their smaller diameter allows 28 AWG patch cords to be used in places where 22 AWG to 26 AWG may be difficult or impossible to deploy.

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Shaxon Cabling Bundles

We all know there’s only so much time in a day.  Whether it’s a project that’s behind schedule or a data center with limited access, Shaxon can help you and your customers save time and money with pre-terminated cable bundles. 

Shaxon Cable Bundles can be ordered as discrete keystone jacks, RJ-45 plugs, or other media in any logical combination. Bundles can be wrapped, sleeved, or shrink wrapped to include 4 pair data cables, coax, fiber, audio-video and more.

Bundles are often sequentially labeled for ease of install on the job site. Shaxon can manufacture PVC bundles for rack to rack applications or solid plenum bundles for use in plenum air space or to reach wireless access points or automated lighting systems.

Maybe you’re wiring the same retail space in a 100 different locations and need to get from one site to the next as quickly as possible. Whatever your bundle need, we will work together to get you the solution you need.

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Covid-19 updates, 3/19/20

Just a quick update to note there are no major changes today, but I would like to provide a link explaining that the panic on 3/18 regarding a lockout on Orange County Business was not the intent of the public health release –

In Orange County, we are continuing to produce and ship product. We have done our due diligence to continue to work as safely as we can by distributing employees and working from home where possible.

It’s an important time to keep in mind that Shaxon Industries is much more than an importer and may be able to help you in ways other companies cannot. We are industry veterans with an impressive swiss army knife of capabilities. Let us know how we can help.

Best Regards,

The Shaxon Team

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COVID-19 Updates

Dear Valued Customer,

We would like to take a moment to assure you Shaxon has taken measures to review the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our business. We will continue to offer you the best manufacturing, sales and support possible.

As a domestic manufacturer, we have options available for manufacturing and on-shore delivery times that may not be possible from strictly overseas sources currently. As of 3/18 we are still staffed in all departments although we have made the following changes-

  1. We have shifted as many employees as possible to working from home. This should be transparent to the customer.
  2. We are taking measures to follow the 6ft separation guideline in all other departments as well as eliminate any areas of common gathering.

We currently will experience some slow-down in production, shipping and receiving as we separate their work areas and change existing processes as necessary. Please keep in mind that we cannot assure that greater restrictions will not be put in place that may affect our ability to produce and ship. The situation is fluid and we will do our best to work through whatever challenges we may face.

Our service and communication will remain top notch, reach out to us for any need. We are here to help.

Let us know how we can help.

Best Regards,
The Shaxon Team

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Classic Cable Products

You hate it when you have to send your customers out shopping for items you can no longer easily source, why not work with a manufacturer that supports legacy cabling products as well as the “latest and greatest”? We continue to offer legacy items for one good reason- your customers still need the products. They may not sell in the quantities that Slim Jacket Patch Cords and OM4 fiber does, but older connectivity options ( SCSI, SVGA, BNC, RS232 cables, RJ21 panels and cables, flat satin, screw terminal jacks, modular adapters, etc ) are still viable business.


There’s nothing more satisfying to us when we can help one our trusted distribution partners fulfill their customer needs.  Not only does this type of service build the Shaxon/distributor relationship but it often allows the distributor to garner more business from the end user by being a reliable partner.  And if we don’t have the length of cable you need we may be able to build it for you.  Let Shaxon help you be that Distribution Hero to your customer.

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TAA-Compliant ≠ Made in the USA

Shaxon is your source for TAA-Compliant cables and Made in the USA assemblies.  It should be noted TAA-Compliant is defined as “U.S.-made or designated country end products.”  Designated countries can be in Europe, Asia, South America or even across the US border in Canada or Mexico.  Some companies are TAA-Compliant but products are manufactured in one of the many countries, outside the USA, included in the definition of designated country end products.

Shaxon is different.  We manufacture products in the USA to meet TAA-Compliant Standards so you are receiving a product that meets the definition and spirit of TAA-Compliant.  By purchasing TAA-Compliant cables from Shaxon you are receiving a high quality product with shorter lead-times than overseas manufacturing, your purchase helps drive the US economy, and your purchase supports a locally owned business of over 40 years.

Shaxon can provide a wide offering of TAA-Compliant assemblies from Cat 5e/6/6A, fiber optics, A/V, computer cable and peripheral assemblies, coax, and more.  You can send us your specification or we can build a specification based on your needs.  Be sure to reach out to your Shaxon Sales Contact or you can reach Shaxon at 1-800-345-8295.

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Fully staffed and here for you

Customer Service

Issues can arise during your projects and likely will be at a the most inconvenient time. Our staff understands the need to expedite production to meet milestone deadlines.

We always analyze projects and share that knowledge with our teams. Collaboration of this collective knowledge allows us to provide stellar customer service.


Your account manager and their associates are trained to understand your needs and how to effectively execute those needs in an efficient process.

Having a reliable client with a team you depend on can change your day to day experience. Shaxon provides the best experience because our account managers are held to higher standards.

Teamwork makes the best ideas.

Production and Sourcing

Our domestic production department in Anaheim is fully staffed with a dedicated team that has decades of experience.

Shaxon has been manufacturing, importing, and exporting products for over 40 years. These long-lasting partnerships have permitted us to position our supply chain to meet the value demands of our customers.

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Slim Jacket CAT 6A

Shaxon slim jacket patch cables are ideal for high density patch fields. A boot design that is flush to the plug features side to side stack-ability even in the densest jack field.

  • 0.15in cable OD
  • CM rated jacket
  • Flexible, stranded 28 AWG UTP
  • Flush boot design
  • Protected RJ45 clip
  • Superior bend radius
  • Backwards compatible with CAT 5e or CAT 6 systems
  • Slim CAT 6A 28 AWG cable conforms to all performance standards and passes channel testing
We can assist with adherence to your space constraints.

Popular lengths and colors are supported with stock from our California and Florida warehouses. Shaxon offers CAT 6A Slim Jacket cables in custom lengths and bundles for your installation needs.

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Event: Data Center World Expo, March 19th to 22nd

Come visit Shaxon Industries in booth 326 at Data Center World Expo.

“Unique to the industry, Data Center World conference draws upon the knowledge and experience of the more than 3,500 AFCOM members, the association for advancing data center and IT infrastructure professionals, to create an end-user driven agenda that focuses on real solutions for today’s key challenges.”

“Data Center World is the leading educational conference and expo for data center and facilities IT management professionals.”