Category: Connectors

FOTC panelists answer fiber-related questions

When we caught up with four members of the TIA’s Fiber Optic Technology Consortium after their panel discussion at the BICSI Winter Conference, we asked them questions they didn’t have the opportunity to address on-stage. Among the topics: the installed base of singlemode, multimode’s future, keeping MPOs clean, and high-speed connectivity.

Fiber Optics Move into Military Backplanes

Fiber optic technology is continuing its push into high-end military systems as engineers increasingly choose it to meet accelerating speed demands. This marks a change from its traditional role as a technology for long-distance communications. Board and system suppliers are responding to this demand with a variety of optical products for backplanes and short-distance applications.

Cleaning Expanded Beam Connectors

Expanded beam connectors have a high tolerance for dirt and debris, but EB fiber optic systems are not immune to contamination. They should be cleaned routinely but standard fiber optic cleaning tools simply will not work. The CleanStixx™ EB swab can clean 1.2mm and larger EB connectors. The porous, thermally-sintered, variable-density polymer tip fits over the lens of the EB connector and removes dust, liquids and finger prints delivering a fast, reliable fiber optic network

Webinar: Data Center Network and Optics Strategies

This webcast begins with a look at the evolving state of data center optics. It examines such questions as what’s unique about data center requirements, why systems vendors are entering the transceiver space as traditional suppliers are leaving it, what role coherent may play and where, and whether data center optics development has become too expensive to encourage potentially innovative newcomers? Panelists will then address how data center networking is affecting optical connectivity requirements and will review the mass adoption of LC and MPO connectors,  new technology for 400 Gigabit Ethernet requirements as well as what the future might hold for such applications as connecting fiber to Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) and coupling for co-packaged optics as well as other emerging applications.

Quick-disconnect M8 sensor cables and M12 field wireable connectors

New 5-pole M8 (Pico) quick-disconnect cables from AutomationDirect.com are available with axial or right-angle female connectors and pigtail wiring in 1.5, 5 and 10 meter cable lengths. The quick-disconnect cables have a 3, 4 or 5-socket M8 female connector on one end and 3, 4 or 5 open leads on the other end to provide fast and easy connection between field devices and terminal connections. A “lock in place” nickel plated brass or zinc coupling nut resists high levels of shock and vibration.

Industrial Ethernet Connector Round-Up

IIoT brings together a range of industrial devices that all communicate over a common Ethernet protocol, enabling the sharing of information across multiple industrial systems.  Industrial Ethernet connectors need to stand up to harsher mechanical factors (vibration, force and impact), the potential for ingress (dust and liquids), climate and chemicals (temperature, radiation and pollutants) and electromagnetic interference – these factors determine standards-based M.I.C.E. parameters for classifying components in an industrial network.This article looks at the types of connectors available for emerging industrial Ethernet applications.