Category: Cabling

Is Your Fiber End Face Up to Scratch?

Contamination remains the number one cause of fiber link failures. Defects on a fiber end-face come in all types, shapes and sizes. They include scratches, cracks, and pits and contaminants like dirt, dust, oil and even salt. If you properly clean a fiber end-face with lint-free wipes and a specialized solvent designed specifically for fiber cleaning, it’s possible to remove contaminants from the fiber end-face. But what about permanent surface defects like scratches, cracks and pits that can’t be removed via cleaning?

5G Is Coming, and It’s Fortified With Fiber

5G will happen in the airy realm of radio waves. To get there, big telecoms have to harness underused parts of the spectrum. But there’s another crucial part underlying this system: lowly cable. Huge numbers of new transmitters will be needed to relay all that data to your phone, and many of those transmitters will still connect to the internet through fiber-optic cable—glass as thin as strands of hair carrying pulses of light. To make it all work, companies, including OFS Optics, a fiber-optics and cable company, are now being commissioned to produce millions of miles of new cable holding twice as many fiber pairs—two strands, one for the uplink and one for the downlink—as the old stuff.

Products to withstand harsh environments

OFS defines “specialty” as any application not related to the transmission of voice or data over long distances, in campus settings, or within data centers. To help our customers with specialty applications such as the delivery of laser power, industrial networking, sensing, avionics systems, and short-haul communication networks.  OFS Specialty Products are ideal for applications that require products to withstand harsh environment conditions. Whether your industry is medical, industrial, aerospace, defense, or energy.

Understanding insertion loss and loss budgets

Understanding loss means you can design networks properly, identify the good and bad in the network design, and then solve problems more easily. We are starting to see loss budgets get tighter and reflectance standards actually being enforced because speeds are going higher. Understanding how loss and reflectance work and how to work with a loss budget helps you to look and identify the good and bad in the networks design.

AZ Zeno Hospital -A Place of Recovery and Harmony

The AZ Zeno hospital in Knokke, Belgium combines high-tech medicine, combined with pioneering patient care. <<We were very aware of the challenges we were facing with high-grade medical images quickly having to be transmitted across the network». This is why Ingenium recommended equipping the operating rooms with fiber optics. The plan also included a redundant server room being connected with a redundant data center using fiber optics. Ingenium opted for multimode OM4 or singlemode cabling to correspond with the transmission distance in each case.

Webinar: Development of High Density Loose Tube Cables Incorporating Rollable Ribbon Units

This on-demand webinar looks at how optical ribbon is used to minimize deployment costs by supporting mass fusion splicing. Design constraints on traditional flat ribbon cable structures have limited the maximum cable capacity to 864 fibers in a 25 mm cable. Rollable ribbons were developed in Japan to address the design constraints imposed by traditional ribbon structures. The linear array of fibers is intermittently connected by matrix. The intermittent connection breaks the preferential bending of the ribbon structure and allows the use of design rules for a loose fiber or fiber bundle cable while supporting standard mass fusion splicing.

Webinar: Reuse or Replace Fiber

Is your fiber cabling plant able to handle your next tech refresh? How about multiple generations of upgrades? Depending on the makeup of your existing network and your future needs, the difference between a complete rip-and-replace and being able to reuse your fiber cabling infrastructure will have a big impact on the amount of downtime, expense and headaches you will endure.This webinar can help answer these questions, and show you ways to minimize disruptive changes during future upgrades.