Fiber to the Desktop

AFL’s “Fiber-In-A-Box” solution offers contractors lightweight, easy to use cable packaging with “out of the box” disbursement of fiber cable. No reel supports or pay-off’s are required. Simply set the box down in a convenient place, unlock the built-in braking mechanism and begin pulling. Adjust the braking mechanism to apply the amount of pulling tension required. Stack and configure boxes together to disburse cable from several reels at the same time. this unique cable package solution will save contractors valuable time and cost.

Simplex fiber optic cables provide the strength and flexibility required for today’s fiber interconnect applications. AFL offers the broadest selection of simplex cordage including Plenum, Riser and LSZH, available in all diameters. Our simplex cable is tested to meet Telcordia GR-326 when used in connectorized assemblies. AFL provides customized performance with regard to jacket stiffness and flexibility, diameter, print legend, jacket color and tight buffer strippability. The easy strip option allows removal of up to one meter of 900 μm material without stripping the fiber’s 250 μm coating. Compliant with Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS).

Okay, let’s take a look at this fiber optic cable from our YouTube Channel.

Let’s go over the features that maybe were not mentioned in the video.

  • Easy count printing – descending marks (feet or meters) indicating amount of cable remaining on reel
  • Light weight and easy to transport with grips on both sides of the box for easy handling
  • Eliminates the need for reel supports and cable spooling equipment
  • Unique braking mechanism allows reel to be locked in place within carton during transport and provides control of tension during cable pulls
  • Boxes can be stacked and configured to support easy pay-off of multiple cable runs
  • Wording under feed-through slot reminds installers of proper pulling methods for optical cable
  • Factory packaging ensures cable is not “over-stressed” in non-factory cable cutting operations where personnel may not be sensitive to proper handling of fiber optic cable
  • Available in lengths of 1000, 2000 and 3000 feet, depending on cable diameter
  • Easy access to reel from top allows installers to repackage excess cable removed from box
  • Easy way to organize, store and manage short lengths of excess cable

If your looking to get a connection for that one piece of equipment and you do it often due to adds, moves and changes this might be a perfect fit for your application. Order online at Discount Low Voltage.com

 

How to Clean Fusion Splicer V-Groove

Today’s splicing equipment is fast, efficient, and requires minimal maintenance due to advances in splicing technology. However, contamination in the v-groove of the splicer is still a primary source of trouble for the splicing technician. This is especially problematic when splicing with a fixed v-groove fusion splicer. Environmental contamination, such as dust, dirt, and fiber coating debris, as well as, the silica deposits generated during the fusion process eventually find their way to the surface of the v-groove. This contamination will offset the fibers and degrade performance. To help control this problem, a disciplined cleaning regimen and specific tooling is required to ensure the splice is right the first time. To solve cleaning needs, AFL offers the Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit. This product integrates eight components into an affordable and effective inspection and cleaning solution for any fusion splicer. Small and lightweight, it fits easily into the Fujikura splicer transit case or it can be carried separately in its own carrying case.

Here’s a great look at how to clean your V-Groove for your Fusion Splicer.

Kit Includes

  • Scrubber Brush with stiff tapered nylon bristles
  • Sweeper Brush with soft nylon bristles
  • Eye Loupe with 3X to 12X magnification
  • LED Pen Light with momentary or constant on switching
  • Cleaning Fluid that is nonflammable and environmentally safe
  • Lint-free Cotton Swabs
  • Instruction Sheet with illustrations
  • Canvas Carrying Case

Order this kit online at Discount-Low-Voltage.com

 

 

Fiber Optic Closure for Splicing

Designed with versatility in mind, the LightGuard (LG) 55 sealed closure from AFL offers a variety of solutions including repair, distribution splicing, grounding for Fiber-in-the-Loop applications, and for use as an isolation gap with armored cables.

Here’s a great look from our YouTube channel.

This closure accepts stranded loose tube, Uniflex or ribbon fiber cables in either armored or dielectric configurations and can be utilized in a butt or in-line configuration. The LG-55 closure incorporates a unique cable clamp design sealing the cable, allowing both of the cover halves to be removed without disturbing the contents. In addition, AFL’s Peel & Seal Grommet System is incorporated to ensure a tight fit on various cable diameters, fully sealing the closure and protecting the fiber while eliminating cumbersome tape and washers – making installation fast and easy.

Easiest way to field install fiber optic connectors

If you’re a contractor and looking to expand your business by offering fiber optic networking, it’s definitely an easier process than what it once was. Gone are the days of syringing, baking, polishing and pulling your hair out. AFL has taken care of that part of the fiber connectorization process and left us with the easy part. Let’s hear a word from the manufacture about their FAST connectors.

FASTConnect field-installable connectors are factory pre-polished connectors that completely eliminate the need for hand polishing in the field. Proven mechanical splice technology ensuring precision fiber alignment, a factory pre-cleaved fiber stub and a proprietary index-matching gel combine to offer an immediate low loss termination to either single-mode or multimode optical fibers.

FASTConnect connectors are compatible with 250µm and 900µm optical fibers, as well as 900µm, 2mm and 3mm cordage. All primary fiber types are supported, and each connector is color coded per industry-standard requirements to aide in identification during and after installation. A factory-installed wedge clip (included with each connector) is removed and discarded upon completion of the termination. Incorporated into this device is an innovative, translucent wedge enabling the use of a common VFI to provide a “pass/fail” signal once physical contact is achieved.

The AFL FAST Connector sounds great, let’s take a look at how to install these connectors on the cable.

Whoa! That is easy. If your current need is to connectorize a few strands and you don’t need to install fiber again for who knows how long, you might want to consider a pre-terminated cable for a pull, plug and play solution.

If you have any questions or need an estimate contact Mercy Salinas at EX232 888-797-3697.

AFL CT-30 Fiber Optic Cleaver Overview

One of our most popular fiber optic kits is the AFL Fast kit that allows you to terminate connectors in the field quickly and accurately. The most costly part of a fiber kit seems to be the cleaver so we cracked it open to get a better look.

The CT-30 is equally at home in a splicing van or in a bucket truck and is ideal for FTTx applications. Don’t forget the 16-position blade yields 48,000 single-fiber cleaves, or 4,000 12-fiber ribbon cleaves before requiring replacement, and the built-in scrap collector conveniently stores fiber shards until they can be safely discarded.

The CT-30 Cleaver is packaged with three scrap collection options that allow the user to tailor it to their cleaving preferences. The CT30 is delivered with the SC-01 Side Cover installed for users that prefer not to use an automated scrap collection system. For those that prefer an automated scrap collection system, the FC-02 Fiber Collector and two scrap box options are included. The FDB-02 Scrap Box is a smaller bin for users seeking a compact profile. The FDB-03 Scrap Box is a larger bin with sweeping brush and static resistant surfaces for those users seeking to maximize scrap capacity. All scrap options are easily configured by the user.

Its also kinda sweet that the blade is replaceable and it’s fairly inexpensive. I also like how it’s compatible with the AFL Fujikura fusion splicer.

Considering this cleaver is also commonly used in industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Alternative Energy, Broadcast, Electric Utility, Fiber Optic Component and Equipment Manufacturing, Industrial Environments, Installers and Contractors, Medical, Mining, Oil and Gas, Security, Transportation and more helps to make this cleaver one of the most popular and reliable tools on the market.

For further questions you may contact: Mercy Salinas at 888-797-3697 ex 232