CBM of America's Research and Development laboratory designs, prototypes, manufactures and supports products to serve the needs of telecommunications providers. Combining the disciplines of electrical, mechanical, and software engineering, this team has developed terminal servers, patch panels, protocol converters, adapters, cables, mounting hardware, cooling solutions and more, with the flexibility to take on projects ranging from one-off prototypes to productions runs in the tens of thousands. With decades of experience facing the unique challenges of regulatory compliance (NEBS, FCC electromagnetic compatibility, UL safety, etc.) in the telecommunications industry, CBM R&D delivers products with a proven record of success operating in the central office and data center environments.
The following case study explores the R&D process step-by-step for a typical product.
CBM's ADP-CIS-AI-MRV-DB25 is an adapter designed to carry serial RS-232 traffic from DB-25 to RJ-45 ports, with one of three switchable pinouts as needed to support Cisco, AI, and MRV equipment.
As with many of the products designed by our R&D team, development of this adapter was motivated by the needs of one of our clients, who came to us with a special request. We start by asking questions and collecting information; this might require site visits, for instance to central offices or data centers, to take measurements or test prototypes.
And of course, before anything leaves CBM's R&D labs, its proud creators have to take photographs—in this case a series of overall and detail views using our in-house macro-photography capability.