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BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

I had a previous post about the use of BIX test clips. All replies were helpful. Here I am here again with another BIX subject.
Very large install which currently has a frame in the middle of the MDF. All blocks are BIX. Some of the old cabling is in the process of being removed. Cables and blocks but not the actual mounting hardware.
From looking at the photos the rack/frame looks to be 23". Not sure if these frames were or are made just for bix or can 110 blocks be mounted to the frames. If not then it may be easier to use existing hardware and mount new BIX blocks. This being the case, does anyone know if there is a BIX tool that could punch 4 or 5 pair at a time? Trying to picture it and to me the tool itself if exists would be fairly chunky having to have essentially 4 or 5 scissors on it. We have 115 x 25 pair cables to terminate. Over 3000 pairs before cross connects.
Advice always welcome.
Thanks in advance

RE: BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

One has nothing to do with the other, they do not interchange.

BIX does not use a 5 pair punch tool because it has a unique design where it slices the cable from one side to the other, yes like a scissor or a tree pruner design.

It takes a pro about 30 seconds to punch 25 pairs so its not really worth having one.


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RE: BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

Curlycord - thanks for the reply. Exactly my way of thinking but thought I would ask, just put it out there in case someone had handy advice. I have worked with 110 blocks and as you say, punch many 110 blocks without the 5 pair punch tool and does not that long at all. I mainly use the 5 pair punch tool to set the 4 or 5 pair clip into place securely in one punch. As for BIX , worked with them "after" the full install but never a large full install. I am aware of the single punch tool for both and that you need different tools otherwise damage WILL occur. Thanks

RE: BIX distribution frame - punchdown tool

Completely Agree with both of you. The design of Bix is very similar to Krone with ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) Both types of blocks do not work well with impact cutters. The cut on insertion design prevents damage to the block, conductors and contacts. Well Played...

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