PRESS RELEASE: Comtran Honored by Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards Program

Attleboro, MA – Comtran Cable, a leading cim-silver-logomanufacturer of high performance data and specialty communications cable, is pleased to announce their DEFENSE-LINK™ Category 5e cable was recognized by the judges of the annual Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators, and managers with vast professional experience.

Left to right: Chief Editor of Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Patrick McLaughlin, Comtran Director of Business Development, Bruce Sinnott, and Group Publisher of Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Alan Bergstein.


Comtran was honored with a Silver-level award. Using various resources from Comtran’s sister companies including RSCC Wire and Cable, Marmon Aerospace & Defense, Marmon Information & Technology Center, Gendon Polymers, and two NRTL Labs, Comtran developed DEFENSE-LINK™ Category 5e cable designed for use on US Navy vessels. Launched in late 2015, DEFENSE-LINK™ cable is designed to handle the rigors associated with combat conditions on the high seas and supports instrumentation, video, surveillance, and communications throughout the ship. The development process included countless trials and collaborative product development efforts from all of the organizations involved, but ultimately resulted in a successful cable compliant to MIL-DTL-24643.

According to Bruce Sinnott, Director of Business Development, “Without the coordination of all organizations that provided valuable support during the design, manufacturing, and testing, this project would not have been a success. Since DEFENSE-LINK™ Cat 5e cable has been successfully released, Comtran is now pursuing the next generation of Military Data Cables.”

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Cabling Installation & Maintenance ( said “This prestigious program allows Cabling Installation & Maintenance to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the structured cabling industry. Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative
  • Value to the User
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting a Defined Need
  • Collaboration
  • Impact

The 2016 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards Honorees are featured on the October Issue of Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine as well as on

About Cabling Installation & Maintenance

Published since 1993, Cabling Installation & Maintenance has provided practical information to professionals responsible for the specification, design, installation and management of structured cabling systems in enterprises, data centers and campuses. Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s magazine, website (, email newsletters and webcasts help cabling professionals improve day-to-day operations and enable strategic planning for their networks’ optimum long-term performance

About The Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards program

The Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognizes the most-innovative applications of cabling and communications technology products and systems within the structured cabling industry. Platinum, Gold and Silver Honorees were announced at BICSI’s 2016 Fall Conference in San Antonio on Monday, September 12, 2016. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: innovation, value, sustainability, collaboration, and impact.

 About Comtran Cable

Comtran Cable is a leading manufacturer of standard and ruggedized specialty data and signal transmission cables including category cables for structured cabling as well as telecom, fire safety, circuit integrity and other high performance applications. Comtran is a member of Marmon Engineered Wire & Cable, part of Marmon Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

About the Authors

Bruce Sinnott, Director of Business Development: Sinnott is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and received a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Buffalo. He has over 20 years of experience in wire and cable quality, manufacturing, design engineering, and sales and marketing, in addition to over 8 years of experience in remote power generation systems and two years in electrochemical battery manufacturing. Sinnott has been the Chairman of the NEMA 7HW shipboard cable committee for the past seven years and is a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and Network Transmission Specialist (NTS). In 2013, he joined Comtran Cable as the Director of Business Development. He is responsible for development of specialty markets and cable products, such as data communications cable for underground transportation infrastructure and the United States Navy. Sinnott’s wire and cable experience encompasses such diverse markets as aerospace, appliances, automotive, data communication, industrial, military, power generation, and transportation.

Rama Nippani, Director of Engineering: Nippani received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from JNTU, India, then a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and is currently working on an MBA from Clark University, graduating in Fall 2016. He has over 18 years of experience in cable and assemblies design and process engineering. He is credited for a patent for a 40GHz cable design. In 2014, he joined Comtran as the Director of Engineering. He is responsible for the management of both Engineering and Quality Departments for data communications, transit, security, fire alarm, and telecommunications. He is the chief liaison between Sales, Manufacturing, and Product Development. Nippani’s wire and cable experience encompasses markets including data communication, video, and balanced and unbalanced microwave.



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