North East invention wins international praise

SargeantClip in action

North East invention wins international praise

A device invented in the North East is attracting praise from all over the world.

SargeantClip was invented to protect against human error in the IT industry. It is a network and infrastructure cable management system, which can save companies millions of pounds in downtime, by removing the risk of engineers unplugging the wrong cables.

Designed by Wallsend inventor Mark Costigan, SergeantClip has been snapped up by some of the world’s leading organisations including NASA, Google and Amazon, as well as earning rave reviews.

Among the satisfied customers is Crystal Sutton at Kansas University Medical Centre in the USA, who described the device as a ‘life saver’. She said: “Our network technicians are loving the end result of this product, it has been a life saver in the upgrade project we have been engaged in over the last several months.”

Matthew Norwood, an engineer at Tennessee IT solutions provider BEDROC, said: “The SergeantClips performed wonderfully with my wiring closet swap outs. It saved us a tremendous amount of time.

“I am very pleased with the product and will continue to use it going forward as well as recommend it to others.”

SergeantClip has also won fans closer to home. Paul Dougherty, director at Blaydon-based North East Time Recorders said: “After years of patching cables from here, there and everywhere, we eventually got round to installing a new network,” he said. “Our biggest problem was still people messing about with patch leads, but this was resolved with the clips.”

The SergeantClip is designed to slip around cables, making it simple and straightforward to plug them back into the right space, and making it impossible for engineers to accidentally plug them into the wrong port.

Mr Costigan’s long term hope is that the use of SergeantClip – which is manufactured in the UK – will eventually become standard practice for all networking and cabling installations.