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Installation practices for extreme high density fiber cabling

With hyperscale data centers driving the need for extreme high density fiber cabling, the market has responded with new products that pack up to 3,456 fibers into a single cable. Such density affects the installation of these cables. This article overviews some of the high-density fiber-optic cables available today and their suppliers’ comments and recommendations regarding installation practices.

AFL intros FlexScan FS300-325 Quad OTDR

AFL’s FlexScan FS300-325 Quad OTDR helps contract installers and network operators deploy and maintain single-mode and multimode networks, including Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Passive Optical Networks (PONs), Passive Optical LANs (POLANs) and point-to-point networks. The new OTDR includes many of the same capabilities found in AFL’s FlexScan FS200 family of single-mode OTDRs.

Splice Loss Estimation with the Fujikura 41S Fusion Splicer

Splice Loss Estimation is the process used within the splicer to gauge the amount of optical power lost at the splice joint due to core misalignment. This is accomplished by analyzing the profile image of the fused fiber and is typically common knowledge for fiber optic technicians in today’s industry. However, there is often a lack of clarity regarding the differing splice loss estimation methods. Not all splicers use the same estimation technique, nor do they possess the same level of accuracy or precision. This blog focuses on the Fujikura 41S fusion splicer and its loss estimation advantage compared to other cladding alignment splicers.

Bluetooth -enabled fiber cleavers

AFL has added two new fiber-optic cleavers to its portfolio. Featuring Bluetooth technology, the CT52 Fiber Cleaver and CT58 Fiber Cleaver are both designed for use with Fujikura fusion splicing systems. Both models use a Bluetooth connection and smartphone app that helps manage cleaver blade life. With a motorized push-button blade rotation and a thumbwheel for blade height adjustments, blade life is extended. The 16-position blade yields 60,000 cleaves.