About Us

Welcome to Patch Panel Tools

In 1989 I had been working as a cable installer for a number of years - in that period of time I learned that I didn’t like dressing cable. So I began my efforts to come up with a better way to dress cable. The challenge was to design a tool that could be used to dress cable at the MDF (Main Distribution Frame), a raiser closet and also be capable of adding cables to an existing bundle. I spent a number of years working with various prototypes before deciding on the Cable Dresser design.  

The Cable Dresser was put through its paces in Silicon Valley with MDF’s that were nothing more than a closet to places like IBM, Apple, and HP that had MDF’s as large as a small house. The larger the MDF, the longer the cable run to be dressed; if you try and align all the cables in a bundle the difficulty in dressing the bundle would go up proportionally with the length of the cable bundle. This is not the case when aligning the cables on the outside of the bundle - cables on the outside of the bundle can easily be separated from those cables in the middle of the bundle. 

There are three excellent reasons for aligning only the cables on the outside of a bundle. First, it’s easier to separate and align the cables on the outside of the bundles from the cables on the inside of the bundle. Second, if you align all the cables in the bundle you dramatically increase the potential for Alien Cross Talk between cables. The third reason is being able to dress a larger bundle sizes decreases the potential for Alien Cross Talk, and also provides better rack utilization and fewer bundles to dress. 

The CD24

The Cable Dresser CD 24 was the first to reach market in May of 2004 and has seen worldwide acceptance with tools in Europe, Asia, Canada and South America.  In the US, we're in almost all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.  BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Services Inc), a worldwide cabling certification company based in Florida, uses the Cable Dresser in its training classes. Patch Panel Tools is continuing to look for ways to improve on the products we make available to the cabling industry. 

The CD48

The CD 48, brought to market in 2008, is a multifunction tool which was designed to dress a 24 or 48 cable bundle for Cat 6 or Cat6 Enhanced, add cables to an existing bundle for those last minute changes, and even dress a Riser Closet. If you look at Acom tools and their Cable Comb you will not be able to dress Cat 6 Enhanced. Neither Panduit nor Acom Tools provide a way to adding cables to an existing bundle. Neither one of these companies provide a means of adding cables to an existing bundle.