3M™ : Our support, your peace of mind.
3M is one of the world’s leading providers of cabling solutions, with experience spanning over 40 years of network design and product innovation. 3M’s global market expertise is underpinned by local teams in over 80 countries, dedicated to supporting partners and customers every step of the way, from pre-sales to on-site support and beyond.
3M customers have mission-critical needs and expect the very best, not just great product design, but an ability to provide a holistic service and meet demanding deadlines. Landmark buildings including the Lloyds building in the City of London and National Stadium in Beijing (often referred to as the ‘Bird’s Nest’) have 3M structured cabling at the heart of their networks.
Local expertise, global support
In the UK, the 3M team provides a blend of extensive industry technical and market expertise with the necessary resources to meet challenging requirements, including locally-held stock and rapid-response customer service teams. Via a nationwide team, all cabling solutions are backed by a flexible range of consultancy and project support services, including network design, on-site assistance, certified installer training and advice on systems upgrades. The company works closely with its channel partners to ensure that its customers’ needs are fulfilled.
Comprehensive Product Range
3M has a comprehensive range of structured cabling solutions manufactured locally in Europe which cover all main fibre and copper standards. Close involvement at senior level with international standards bodies and industry organisations ensures that 3M are playing an active role in shaping the future of structured cabling in the UK.
3M Copper Range
3M offers a full range of copper data cabling solutions across Category 5e, Category 6 and Category 6A with options for UTP, F/UTP and S/FTP. The recently enhanced product range is designed to provide installers, consultants and their customers alike with an end to end single branded solution that can support a wide variety of installation requirements.
The 3M solutions have been designed for simple, quick installation that will deliver high performance for years to come. The tool-less RJ45 jacks are re-usable, so there is no waste even when errors may occur. Many products are designed for installation in confined spaces, while shielded solutions address the challenges of alien cross talk (AXT).
3M Fibre Range
3M offers a full range of fibre data cabling solutions in a wide range of different connectivity styles for fibre-to-the-desk, backbones, data centres, storage area networks and military cabling.
A full range of standard ferruled connectors is available in LC, SC, ST or FC formats, in both single-mode and multi-mode format and in a number of easy to use assembly processes, including Hot Melt, Crimplok and NPC (No Polish Connector). These connectors are complemented by a range of patchcords and pigtails in a variety of lengths. A more recent addition to the range is Multi-Fibre Push-On (MPO) solution. Features include `Exceptional Fibre Density` – up to 96 connections on a single 1U rack unit – and a broad range of options, including OM3, OM4 and OS2 fibre standards.
3M provides a wide range of cable systems, accessories and complementary products, including the 3M Intelligent Management System. This is designed to help network and data centre managers control their structured cabling systems more efficiently, identify problems, optimise capacity and reduce unnecessary power consumption. The 3M solution replaces the need for manual records and intervention by providing ‘real-time’ information about the configuration of cable connections. The risk of manual error and time involved is reduced, while helping to ensure that the network’s capacity is being properly utilised.
The 3M 25 year System Warranty
3M has a robust 25 year System Warranty which is available to 3M Certified Installers who have attained the correct level of training certification. This warranty is designed to give the installer, the consultant and the end customer peace of mind that the installation has passed the rigorous 3M testing and approval process.
For installers to offer a warranty there is a straightforward process:
1. The warranty applies to passive network components specified and approved by 3M and installed in accordance with recognised industry and 3M standards.
2. 3M Certified Warranties are issued within 60 days of customer acceptance, subject to provision and approval of specified requirements;Name and certification number of installer, name and certification number of test person, invoice for materials, detailed drawing of installation, positive test report, and letter of acceptance from the network owner.
3. Once this information has been sent to 3M Technical Service for evaluation, the installer can expect to hear back from 3M within 14 days.