They’ll be needing a little less Extra Strength Tylenol in the engineering department at WISC, the Morgan Murphy Media-owned CBS affiliate in Madison, Wis., thanks to a new patching system for SMPTE hybrid cables.
Kevin Ruppert, engineering maintenance supervisor for the station, has one less reason to have a technical headache since installing the Joseph Electronics patch panel.
“Before we had this system, I had nightmares of getting a call 10 minutes before a newscast that one of the cameras was down — something that would have required two engineers and hours of downtime to fix. But now that we have the patch panel, we’re in a much better maintenance situation,” he says.
If there is a problem, fixing it is a matter of removing the faulty cable and patching the new one into the new patch panel and the camera head, he adds.
The new patch bay on the studio wall at WISC makes it possible for the station to replace a bad cable from a camera head without having to replace the run between the patch panel and the CCU in the production control room or the entire fiber run from the camera head to the control room, which would have been required under the prior setup.
More information is available on the Joseph Electronics website.