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We are attending Oil & Gas Uzbekistan 2018 Exhibiton in Tashkent, Uzbekistan! You can visit us at Boot C71!

We are attending Oil & Gas Uzbekistan 2018 Exhibiton in Tashkent, Uzbekistan! You can visit us at Boot C71!

Join us at ANGA COM in Germany, 12-14 June!

Visit AFL at ANGA COM, at Fujikura stand G70 in Hall 7, in Cologne, Germany 12-14 of June to see the latest in Fibre Optic Test including our award-winning FlexScan® OTDR, ROGUE® Modular Platform and aeRos® cloud-based Workflow Management Solution. Participate in live demonstrations aimed to educate users on best practices for testing Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH).

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What to Look for in Oil and Gas Cables

What to Look for in Oil and Gas Cables

The oil and gas industry has very specific fiber optic cabling requirements to ensure safety, productivity and durability in harsh environments. The most effective cables provide high bandwidth in a compact cable with reduced size and weight as well as a faster installation time.

Make sure your cables are RUGGED, COMPACT and VERSATILE enough to easily transmit a wide range of data about environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure, strain, and acoustics.

AQ6360 Optical Spectrum Analyzer

Yokogawa - Release of New AQ6360 Optical Spectrum Analyser

The AQ6360 is the fastest optical spectrum analyzer for optical device manufacturing offered by Yokogawa. It is a cost-effective optical spectrum analyzer ideal for industrial manufacturing of telecom devices such as lasers, optical transceivers and optical amplifiers.

The AQ6360 features a wavelength range of 1200 to 1650 nm for ideal manufacturing test performance. Its free space optical input structure design allows for guaranteed high coupling efficiency and measurement repeatability. Additional features and functions of the AQ6360 include built-in analysis functions and Ethernet and GPIB remote interfaces.

Join us at BICSI Winter 2018 in Orlando

Join us at BICSI Winter 2018 in Orlando

Stop by our booth to see demonstrations of our latest products!

AFL provides industry leading products and services to the Enterprise market. Visit our booth to see live demonstrations.

Join us at SPIE Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco

Join us at SPIE Photonics West 2018 in San Francisco

AFL provides industry leading products and services for glass processing, sensing, and optical connectivity applications. Visit our booth to see live demonstrations, or attend any of our special presentations, listed below.

Final Reminder: Get Free Equipment When You Buy Connectors From AFL

Final Reminder: Get Free Equipment When You Buy Connectors From AFL

Purchase 500+ FASTConnect® and/or FUSEConnect® connectors by January 31 and receive a Fujikura fusion splicer, test equipment or a tool kit!

FTTH CONFERENCE 2019 12 - 14 MARCH - AMSTERDAM, The NETHERLANDS

FTTH CONFERENCE 2019 12 - 14 MARCH - AMSTERDAM, The NETHERLANDS

Join us at the FTTH Conference in Spain, Feb 13-15

Join us at the FTTH Conference in Spain, Feb 13-15

Visit AFL at the FTTH Conference, Fujikura Stand #G06, in Valencia, Spain 13-15 of February to see the latest in Fibre Optic Test including our award-winning FlexScan® OTDR, ROGUE® Modular Platform and aeRos® cloud-based Workflow Management Solution. Participate in live demonstrations aimed to educate users on best practices for testing Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH).

More goes into our splicers than electrodes and lenses.

More goes into our splicers than electrodes and lenses.

Fujikura has been making the most reliable and hardest working splicers in the industry since the beginning of splicing. Even with the most dependable and safest splicers in the market, we realize they still need to be serviced. Your splicer isn’t much help if it goes down in the field. AFL has the fastest turnaround time of any other manufacturer and you’ll be back in the field before the other guys even look at your splicer. Our team’s passion and experience is the difference.

Medical Fiber Optics Guide

Medical Fiber Optics Guide

As minimal-invasive surgery expands, so does the need for advanced fiber optic sensors. As a leader in the fiber optic industry, AFL is positioned to meet these growing needs. AFL brings years of experience in developing solutions for medical device manufacturers, fostering a creative culture to drive and deploy innovative technologies that will improve communications and sensing for years to come.

No Stress: Military Tactical Cable Selection Guide

No Stress: Military Tactical Cable Selection Guide

How do you make a cable reliable AND efficient? You create one that is small, lightweight and strong. Designed to survive the many challenges of military applications, our military grade tactical cables set the standard in size, weight and strength. Easily find the cable to best fit your unique military application by choosing what’s important to you. Download our tactical cable selection guide below.

Meet MSHA Requirements

Meet MSHA Requirements

From environmental monitoring to safety call systems, mine site safety is a continuous priority for operations. Meet the requirements of the MSHA's Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act by increasing the capacity and capability of your fiber optic measuring and monitoring systems.

• Measure and monitor air exchange and communicate in real-time using fiber optic cable.
• Select a cable designed to withstand the severe environmental challenges of underground and topside mining.
• Ensure every cable, connector, enclosure and splice are engineered to provide greater bandwidth for real-time voice, data and video.

Military Field Communications

Military Field Communications

At the center of any good operation is the command center, where critical information is received, analyzed and released back into the field. These systems require communication infrastructures that provide:

• Optimal signal transmission
• Dependable real-time transmissions
• Overall support of high-bandwidth applications

Designed specifically to deliver reliable data communications and support high-bandwidth signal transmission AFL Military Solutions provides a full fiber backbone cabling and connectivity network.

Evolution of Fiber Optic Inspection Probes

New Shuttered Poli-MOD

Ideal for increased dust protection, AFL’s Shuttered LC Poli-MOD offers additional protection from unintended elements to keep networks running smoothly. Poli-MOD modules provide a unique method of securing cable and leverage a snap-in splice sleeve cradle to securely manage single and ribbon fiber arrangements. These adapters provide exceptional dust protection and increased safety, complementing the versatility and ease-of-use of these products.

Read the Article

Evolution of Fiber Optic Inspection Probes

The Process of Fiber Connector Inspection is Evolving

Connector inspection is becoming increasingly important for fiber network installers and administrators. Read the article by AFL's Maury Wood for Cabling Installation and Maintenance about how the advancing technology of modern fiber optic connector inspection probes has improved the process.

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Taking PON Architecture Beyond the Cabinet

Taking PON Architecture Beyond the Cabinet

A reliable network can rely on either a splice in splitter or a connectorized splitter module, which differ in installation and troubleshooting, as well as economic implications. Both are viable options, however, there are advantages to considering a product that can adapt to the dynamic structure of the Passive Optical Network. Specifying products with the versatility to function within multiple build types, as opposed to designing an inferior network layout around the limited compatibility of the individual components expands the benefits of the PON architecture to all areas of the fiber network.

Military Tough Cables

Military Tough Cables

Fiber optic communication systems on the battle field are pushed to the limit. Out there, maintaining signal integrity is of utmost importance. A reliable signal requires cables that are designed to withstand difficult cable pulls, crush occurrences, and abrasion.

Make sure your communication system is optimized for easy distribution and highly resistant to impact, bends and harsh conditions. AFL’s tactical fiber optic cables provide low signal loss reliability and consistent high-bandwidth performance.

Blog Series: 5 Best Practices for Certifying Next Generation Networks

Blog Series: 5 Best Practices for Certifying Next Generation Networks

As bandwidth demands continue to grow, cleaning and inspection practices are becoming even more critical. Contamination of connector ends is the leading cause of network failures, but can be easily prevented by proper cleaning and inspection.

AFL's blog series explores just how important proper cleaning and inspection is, and how you can ultimately save your network. Read the full blog posts below.

Not Your Grandfather's Mine

You're Not Mining with a Pickaxe and Shovel Anymore

Advances in mining have long since moved past rudimentary tools.Today, sophisticated equipment relies on real-time communications to get the job done.

Look for durable communication systems that can withstand severe conditions while delivering guaranteed signal strength. Whether implementing environmental monitoring or streamlining your equipment control, demand superior performance and reliable signal transmission.

Fotonik 2017

Bu toplantı, ulusal boyutta optik, elektro-optik ve fotonik konularına yönelik yıllık tek bilimsel toplantı serisi olan Ulusal Optik, Elektro-Optik ve Fotonik Çalıştaylarının 19.'sunu oluşturmaktadır. Optik, elektro-optik ve fotonik alanlarının yüksek teknoloji dahilinde ekonomik katkısı büyük, savunma ve sağlık gibi stratejik sanayilerde uygulamaları geniştir. Bu nedenlerden dolayı, bu konularda ulusal düzeyde gelişmemizle birlikte bulunduğumuz düzeyin bilinmesi ve ilerletilmesi önemlidir.

Bu toplantıda, ülke çapında optik, elektro-optik ve fotonik konularında akademide ve endüstride araştırma ve geliştirme çalışması yapan gruplar (bilim insanları, yöneticiler, mühendisler, lisansüstü öğrencileri vs.) bir araya gelecek ve çalışmalarını birbirlerine sunup, tanışma, görüşme ve tartışma olanağı bulacaklardır. Bu, gruplar arası ortak çalışmaların başlatılmasına, karşılıklı destek ve fikir alışverişinde bulunulmasına ve ortak proje başvuruları (örneğin, Avrupa Birliği Çerçeve Programları) için çalışmalar yapılmasına ön ayak olacaktır.

Bu şekilde, bu toplantının optik, elektro-optik ve fotonik konularında ülkemizin bilim ve teknoloji çalışmalarına yarar ve katkı sağlaması beklenmektedir.

Join us at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, UAE

Visit AFL at Gitex in Dubai, UAE 8 – 12th of October at stand Z-M32 to learn about the latest in Fiber Optic Test, Training and Optical Connectivity. Products on display will include our award-winning FlexScan OTDR and modular ROGUE® Test Platform. Take the opportunity to participate in live demonstrations and test drive our cloud-based Workflow Management Solution, aeRos®.

Thinking of joining? Maybe we can tempt you with a free 1 day complimentary pass. Contact Nicholas.Cole@AFLglobal.com to secure a ticket. Limited availability.

GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK
Dubai, UAE | October 8-12
Stand Z-M32

Why Inspect Connectors?

Fiber Connector Inspection Why It Matters and How It Works

As bandwidth demands rise and loss budgets get tighter, network failure is the last thing you need. As light transmits through an 8-micron fiber core, specks of dust, dirt, oils and anything else on a connector end face can wreak havoc on network performance. Simple inspection and cleaning can prevent these costly network failures.

Mining: What to Look for in a Good Fiber Cable

As mining facilities are expanding their fiber optic footprint, they require cables that can withstand the stress of harsh environments while also delivering reliable signal and bandwidth.

• Ruggedized fiber optic cables are manufactured with a UV and fungus resistant outer jacket and are optimized to withstand the rigors of difficult cable pulls, high tensile loading and sever crush occurences.

• MSHA rated cables have been approved for use by the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration.

These cables are designed to repeatedly endure the abuse associated with the extreme demands in surface and sub-surface mining.

With AFL ruggedized fiber optic cables for mining applications, operators can be assured they are getting the most dependable fiber optic infrastructure designed for optimal signal clarity and dependable real-time transmissions. Find out more about these products by clicking on the links below.

Join us at ECOC in Gothenburg, Sweden

Visit AFL at ECOC, Stand #439, in Gothenburg, Sweden, 18 – 20 of September to see the latest in Fibre Optic Test Equipment including our award-winning FlexScan™ OTDR, new ROGUE® OTDR and iB1 intelligent base. Participate in live demonstrations and test drive the aeRos® cloud-based Workflow Management Solution to see how the future of testing is developing.

Register for your free ticket and join us this September!

Visit Ripley at ECOC exhibition September 18-20, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweeden

TMM & Ripley Company with the deepest respect invites you to familiarize yourself with our latest products at the annual ECOC exhibition, which will be held on September 18-20, 2017. ECOC takes place at the Svenska Massan - the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre located in Gothenburg city center. We will be glad to see you at our booth No. 171.

MEET AFL & TMM TELEKOM - Join us at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, UAE

Visit AFL at Gitex in Dubai, UAE 8 – 12th of October at stand Z-M32 to learn about the latest in Fiber Optic Test, Training and Optical Connectivity. Products on display will include our award-winning FlexScan OTDR and modular ROGUE® Test Platform. Take the opportunity to participate in live demonstrations and test drive our cloud-based Workflow Management Solution, aeRos®.

Thinking of joining? Maybe we can tempt you with a free 1 day complimentary pass. Contact Nicholas.Cole@AFLglobal.com to secure a ticket. Limited availability.

GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK
Dubai, UAE | October 8-12
Stand Z-M32

Not Cleaning Your Connectors? You Should Be.

Clean and Inspect the Right Way

The connectors entrusted to carry the critical information that passes through your network deserve far more than a wipe on a t-shirt. As data center bandwidth continues to increase, adherence to best practice fiber endface cleaning and inspection methods must improve. AFL’s industry-leading cleaning and inspection solutions enable optimal data center performance levels and minimal service disruptions.

Cleaning Kits
AFL offers a complete selection of compact fiber optic cleaning kits for field cleaning of connector end-faces and splicer v-grooves. We offer pre-stocked kits with a variety of cleaning tools and can also build you custom kits to meet your specific application needs.

Push-type Cleaners
Push-type cleaners feature an easy one push action which quickly and effectively clean the end-face of connectors on jumpers or through adapters. Push-type cleaners are a low cost per clean option that are a fast, easy and effective way to clean your connectors and maximize your network performance.

Reel-types Cleaners
Reel-type cleaner quickly and effectively clean a variety of connectors. Reel-type cleaners are a safe cleaning option without the need for alcohol, which can be toxic and flammable. They have refillable cleaning tapes making them ideal for lab, assembly lines and field use.

Fiber Optic Cleaning Fluids
Easily and safely clean contaminants from fiber connector end-faces and optical fiber before field terminating or fusion splicing. The AFL FCC2 Enhanced Formula Fiber Optic Cleaning and Preparation Fluid is a non-flammable, environmentally safe, residue free solvent engineered to easily remove contaminants from fiber optic end-faces and bare fiber.

Wipes and Cleaning Cards
AFL offers a wide variety of optical grade wipes and cleaning cards for both field and manufacturing applications. Cleaning wipes and cards are designed to be used dry or with cleaning fluid for effectively removing common contaminants from optical jumpers and patch cords

Cleaning Sticks, Tips and Swabs
AFL offers a wide variety of cleaning sticks and tips specifically designed for cleaning fiber optic connector end-faces. AFL swabs are designed for thorough cleaning of fusions splicer’s optical elements and alignment V-grooves which is critical in ensuring successful trouble-free splicing operations.

Don't Scrub Your Data

Clean and Inspect the Right Way

The critical information that passes through your network is worth a lot. Don't risk losing it by cleaning and inspecting incorrectly. AFL offers a variety of dry and wet cleaning products, inspection systems, and pre-stocked kits to fit your application needs. Looking for specific tools? We can even help you build a custom kit.

Clean your 100G fibers for less than 13¢ per fiber–your business success depends on it.

The Achilles Heel of Fiber Optic Networks

By Don Allard, AFL, Test and Inspection Commercial Manager

Society is increasingly reliant on fiber optic networks which serve as the backbone of the modern world. They connect data centers, cell towers and more carrying critical business information, phone calls, text messages, Internet traffic and all-consuming social media. Technological innovations continually improve the quality of fiber optic networks while easing building and testing. Yet one nemesis remains to trouble technicians.

What troublesome nemesis has technology not eliminated? Dirt, oils and other contaminants. How can this be? Simple, single-mode fiber transmits signals over an optical glass fiber with a nominal core diameter of nine microns. For a perspective, human hairs typically range from 75 to 100 microns in diameter. A micron is one-millionth of a meter. If you were able to lay nine micron single-mode fiber cores side by side, it would take 111,111 cores to span a meter.

Dust and dirt particles are, in comparison, quite large. There is also an abundant supply of dust and dirt in this world. This is why contamination continues to plague fiber optic technicians. Network connection points use specialized connectors. When connected, they are closed and sealed. No problem.

The problem arises at initial build time. No matter how clean an environment fiber optic connectors were manufactured in, installation occurs in the field, which can be up a utility pole, down in a manhole, in a basement or a variety of other common (unclean) places. The technician must remove protective packaging and expose the pristine connector end-face to open air in order to connect it to the adjoining connector. This can be enough to attract dirt particles which will block the optical signal (light) from passing through the connector junction, the same as a dirty windshield blocks visibility from the driver’s seat.

Network maintenance also provides an opportunity for contamination of connectors. Any time connectors are disconnected and then reconnected, dust and dirt can migrate to the core area of the connector end-face. This simple action of disconnecting and reconnecting a fiber can “break” a network by introducing enough attenuation to drop the signal level at the far end below the receiver’s acceptable level.

Handheld Optical Power Meters and Light Sources

Release of AQ2170/80 and AQ4280x models

This is the sales release of the AQ2170/80 series handheld optical power meters and AQ4280 series light sources which finally got the CE certification and are now available for sale also in Europe.

Join us at ECOC in Gothenburg, Sweden

Visit AFL at ECOC, Stand #439, in Gothenburg, Sweden, 18 – 20 of September to see the latest in Fibre Optic Test Equipment including our award-winning FlexScan™ OTDR, new ROGUE® OTDR and iB1 intelligent base. Participate in live demonstrations and test drive the aeRos® cloud-based Workflow Management Solution to see how the future of testing is developing.

Register for your free ticket and join us this September!

FibreFab Europe Chooses Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Chosen by FibreFab volunteers, the £1,320 grant will help provide lifesaving medical care across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Milton Keynes, UK and Spartanburg, SC – FibreFab, a division of AFL and supplier of fibre optic components for large scale data centres, presented a £1,320 grant to Thames Valley Air Ambulance, an organisation that provides life-saving medical care across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The grant is part of the Volunteers Choose program in which volunteers vote for the organization of their choice to receive the grant.

“Volunteering in our community gives us the opportunity to learn about new organisations and what they offer,” explained Angela Bowyer, community outreach coordinator for FibreFab. “With Thames Valley Air Ambulance being so instrumental in our community, we felt drawn to supporting them and their efforts to save lives.”

Thames Valley Air Ambulance receives no government funding and are not supported by the national lottery. The organisation relies on the generosity of the public and corporate partners. The service averages three missions each day at an average cost of £2,500 per flight.

Taking PON Architecture Beyond the Cabinet

Taking PON Architecture Beyond the Cabinet

In today’s market service providers have the option to deploy either a splice in splitter or a connectorized splitter module within their network. While both technologies are suited to build a reliable network, there are fundamental differences in the installation, troubleshooting, and economic implications for each which should be considered.

By utilizing a module footprint with the versatility to function within multiple build types the service provider gains the ability to design beyond the traditional ‘splitter in cabinet’ engineering design, ultimately expanding the benefits of the PON architecture to all areas of the fiber network.

SMART TECHNOLOGY

Delivering Exceptional Cleave Quality

For small and large fiber diameters from 80 μm to 1,250 μm, Fujikura’s new CT-105/106 cleavers provide accuracy and dependability for both flat and angled cleaves. The cleavers support an automatic clamping system with programmable force and a color LCD monitor which displays the cleaving progress. The LDF cleavers include a standard fiber backstop and extensive programming features for optimal results.

AFL Introduces Pocket-sized, In-service PON Troubleshooting OTDR

AFL Introduces Pocket-sized, In-service PON Troubleshooting OTDR

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – AFL announces the release of the FS200-60 Live PON Troubleshooting OTDR, the newest member in its popular family of FlexScan™ pocket-sized OTDRs. Designed for technicians activating and maintaining FTTH PON subscriber connections, the FS200-60 includes a 1650 nm filtered OTDR, Visual Fault Locator (VFL), optional power meter and optional Bluetooth®/WiFi connectivity.

“The FS200-60 is an ideal solution for network operators who either subcontract network installation or have separate workforces responsible for network installation and subscriber activation,” explained Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager for AFL’s Test & Inspection Division. “This OTDR allows technicians to verify downstream power level at the subscriber’s ONT, and also to troubleshoot upstream using a Live PON OTDR and VFL without disrupting service to other subscribers.”

AFL chose 1650 nm as its in-service PON troubleshooting wavelength since next-generation PON technologies (XGS-PON, NG-PON2) utilize downstream wavelengths encroaching on the 1625 nm wavelength previously used for live PON testing.

13¢ Can Save Your Network

13¢ Can Save Your Network

You know the value of your network. Isn't it also nice knowing that to maintain the value can cost as little as 13 cents?

It's true. 85% of network failures can be eliminated for as little as 13¢ per fiber with the One-Click® Cleaner!

One-Click® Cleaners

Features:
Ergonomic, comfortable design with single action cleaning
Precise mechanical action delivers consistent cleaning results
Automatically advance ensures each clean is performed with fresh cleaning tape
Available with an enlarged cleaning area up to 2mm

Applications:
Cleans connectors on jumpers and in adapters
Effective on a variety of connector styles
Duplex LC version available
MPO version available

Game Changer Cable Recognized by Lightwave

Revolutionary Wrapping Tube Cable Scores High.

AFL's Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC) with SpiderWeb® Ribbon (SWR) technology was awarded a score of 4 out of 5 possible points by Lightwave Innovation Reviews. The Innovation Reviews are judged based on originality, innovation, positive impact on the customer, how well it addresses a new or existing requirement, novelty of approach, and cost-effectiveness. Using AFL's SpiderWeb Ribbon technology, WTC provides the smallest cable diameter and lowest weight, high-fiber ribbon count cable in the industry.

White Paper: Benefits of Aerial Splicing

When considering distribution of information on fiber optic cable in a splice closure, three types of splicing should be considered: aerial, at grade, or below grade. Each of these splicing types has benefits as well as cost and risk associated with deployment. The deployment of aerial splicing is proven to be a reliable strategy for outside plant fiber placement with benefits in terms of:

• Materials
• Labor
• Maintenance Cost

85% of All Network Failures are Due to Dirty Connectors

85% of Network Failures are Due to Dirty Connectors.

The connectors entrusted to carry the critical information that passes through your networks deserve far more than a wipe on a t-shirt. AFL’s industry-leading cleaning and inspection solutions enable peak optical network performance levels while reducing service disruptions to a minimum.

Don't Scrub Your Data.

Don’t risk losing the critical information that passes through your network every day by inspecting and cleaning fiber incorrectly. A one micron diameter speck of dust obscures 1% of a 10 micron fiber core, resulting in about 0.06 dB of additional optical return loss. While this degradation of link budget might have been acceptable across NRZ-based 25 Gbps links, it is unacceptable on reduced immunity PAM-4 based 100+ Gbps links. Clean your 100G links for less than 13 cents per fiber–your business success depends on it!

Cut Costs with a High-Density, Low-Profile Cable

As network bandwidth demands continue to grow, AFL strives to assist each and every customer in achieving scalable growth and effectively managing network costs through innovative solutions. Included herein is a study which identifies a number of key elements where new cable technology notably impacts fiber optic network installation and maintenance costs.

In 2014, the New York City Administration issued a competitive RFP to re-purpose payphone infrastructure with free WiFi, phone calls and advertising. A large consortium group submitted a proposal for a WiFi project and was chosen for its innovative and community-first approach. They were awarded the 12-year franchise contract to provide the new infrastructure for the communication services. This large consortium group is an organization of experts in technology, media, user experience and connectivity that includes Intersection, Qualcomm and CIVIQ “Smartscapes.”


• Rights-of-Way (pathway and facilities)/ Lease cost reductions
• Longer cable lengths to reduce reel end splice points
• Reduced scrap via larger master reels and less residual lengths
• Decreased time for access splicing and cable preparation
• Faster installation speed and improved handling

LightBUZZ - Optical Test & Measurement news from Yokogawa!

From Yokogawa !

As we anticipated in the first BUZZ Light newsletter, during this major international exhibition we showed our brand new OTDR, the AQ1000, Yokogawa’s first entry-level OTDR.

The AQ1000, although positioned and priced as an entry-level model, doesn’t make any compromises on Yokogawa’s established standards of quality, accuracy and reliability. Its characteristics were appreciated by all the visitors who had chance to handle it.

Thanks to its perfect balance of price and performance, and its intuitive high-quality capacitive touchscreen, the AQ1000 not only attracted the interest of technicians deploying the last mile of optical networks in the field, but also scientists working in optical labs who often need an accurate tool for trouble shooting fibre insertion loss problems.

The exhibition area dedicated to optical sensors grew significantly compared to the previous editions of the show, indicating that laser-based sensors for gas detection, distance and strain measurements are getting more and more important and are used as standard technology for accurate measurements. Yokogawa´s AQ6374 and AQ6376 Optical Spectrum Analysers, covering in total the wavelength range from 350 to 3400 nm, are the perfect instruments to test the optical active and passive devices used in those new photonic technology applications. Both instruments attracted visitors due to their high accuracy which was proved on the booth using an Mercury Argon lamp in live measurements. Even under a huge temperature difference of more than 10 degrees between morning and evening hours, the wavelength measurements kept stable at +/-10pm.

In the Laser World of Photonics show, visitors and Yokogawa specialists shared their visions of the and laid the foundations for future cooperation.

If you missed the show in Munich or had no chance to meet us, we hope to meet you at ECOC, 18-20 September, Gothenburg (Sweden). We are already working on more impressive things from Yokogawa to show you.

Choose AFL as your one-source provider for optical FTTx solutions

Increasing demand for high-speed broadband internet access, Over-the-Top (OTT) video or TV and telephone/wireless services is driving service providers to invest in or expand upon state-of-the-art fiber optic or “FTTx” networks. FTTx brings signal and bandwidth from service providers to subscribers, whether it is a single-family residence or home (FTTH), a multi-dwelling commercial or residential unit (MDU), warehouse or other building (FTTB), node (FTTN) or desk (FTTD).

Across a neighborhood, campus or city, AFL makes FTTx easy. We are the only provider whose portfolio includes end-to-end passive infrastructure.

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New Ultra-Density Fiber Cable Technology for FTTx and Access Markets Using New Spider Web Ribbon

The new ultra-density fiber optic cable technology, called Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC), utilizes a new optical fiber ribbon arrangement technology called Spider Web Ribbon™ (SWR™). SWR™ allows for a significant reduction in cable diameter, due to the ribbon being bunched and bundled allowing it to be packed tightly into a high density cable.

This new ultra-density fiber optic cable can be applied to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) and other optical fiber access technology (FTTx) applications

Learn more by clicking below.

MDU & FTTX

As a world leader in fiber optic cabling, connectivity, testing and splicing, AFL has the expertise to provide complete end-to-end solutions for MDU FTTx applications. Each facet of the AFL MDU Solution is designed to speed deployment time and reduce cost with cutting edge technology. With vertically-integrated operations, AFL and its qualified, capable engineers and technicians can supply every piece of the puzzle, deliver control over quality, reliability and performance.

SMALL MDUs

Smaller MDUs or “garden-style” MDU complexes can be serviced by FTTx deployments by either splitting in the unit(s) or servicing the unit(s) from an outdoor splitter cabinet. For outdoor splitting, the IDEAA® EDC provides distribution for up to 864 fibers through the use of the IDEAA splitter module. The input and output stubs of the EDC can then be spliced to a LightGuard® (LG) splice closure with the distribution cable servicing into the MDU. The OSP distribution cable can then be transition spliced into an Poli-MOD® Patch and Splice Module inside an MDU Entrance Enclosure (MEE). Individual indoor MDU drop cables are then run from the MEE to each Individual Living Unit (ILU).

SMALL-TO-MEDIUM MDUs

Smaller MDU units may utilize splitters inside the MDU, homerunning drop cables from the splitter cabinet to the ILUs where multiple telco closets do not exist. In these cases, the AFL Mini IDC provides a compact housing for one to two splitters and integrated strain relief for up to 64 indoor drop cables. Entrance feeder cables can be spliced to the inputs of the Mini IDC with its integrated splicing capability.

MEDIUM-TO-LARGE MDUs

AFL has cost-effective connectivity solutions for medium-to-large MDUs spanning multiple floors with telco closets every one-to-two floors. The IDEAA® Interior Distribution Cabinet (IDC) provides centralized splitting and distribution for up to 432 fibers with a convenient MPO-enabled distribution field for pre-terminated riser cables. Connectivity for each floor is provided by the AFL Fiber Distribution Terminal (FDT) which serves as a cross connect point between the riser distribution cabling and indoor drop cables. MPO terminated MicroCore® cables are pulled down from the integrated storage reel of each FDT into the MPO-enabled IDC. Alternatively, unterminated cable tails can be pulled through congested pathways or blown through microducts using AFL’s eABF® cable system into the AFL IDC for splicing or MPO termination with the MPO FUSEConnect®.

Which Connector is Best for Your Project?

Field-installable connectors provide a convenient method for terminating fiber optic cable at remote job site locations. Traditional epoxy/polish connectors essentially took the entire factory installation process and brought it outside. Today, modern connector technology eliminates the need for hand polishing, providing a low-cost and error-proof method of installation

Generally speaking, there are three types of field-installable connectors on the market today:

  • Epoxy/polish—Assembled and tested at the installation site using factory termination process
  • Mechanical—Factory polished, pre-assembled connector with a mechanical grip internal to connector housing
  • Splice-on—Factory polished, pre-assembled connector with a fiber stub external to the connector housing
Get the paper below for an in-depth analysis.

No Stress Tactical Cables

Deploying cable in outdoor broadcast environments doesn’t have to raise your blood pressure. Neither does selecting the right tactical cable for the job. AFL's comprehensive line of tactical cables includes a design that is right for the job. Start the journey by deciding what's important to you.

More Fibers, Smaller Diameter.The All New Wrapping Tube Cable

Doing More with Less

The term "Game Changer" is widely overused and often misused in our industry. Not when describing the revolutionary smaller, lighter, more dense Wrapping Tube Cable.

Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC), with SpiderWeb® Ribbon (SWR), is an ultra-high density outside plant cable designed specifically for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or access markets. It is compliant with the latest issue of the outside plant cable standard, Telcordia GR-20. With an ultra-high density and a new ribbon technology called SpiderWeb Ribbon, WTC provides the smallest cable diameter and lowest weight, high-fiber count ribbon cable in the industry. With fiber counts from 144 fibers to 1,728 fibers, the cable is available in dielectric or double jacket single armor.

NEW! Cablematic™ AT Series Compression Tools

ATX, ATU, ATC

Ripley Tools newest line of Cablematic™ tools used to compress 59/6 Universal (21mm), 59/6 EX(18mm) and RG7/RG11 "F" type connectors to coaxial cable designed with a narrow tool body and head to allow ease of use where space and cable length are limited. No need for numerous tools, you can choose the tool designed for the connectors you use most

ATX ATU ATC Tools

Choose One Tool For Multiple Connectors

Unique pivoting block accommodates proper compression of various connector types. Cablematic™ ATX for 59/6 EX and RG7/RG11 connectors, Cablematic™ ATU for 59/6 Universal and RG7/RG11 connectors or Cablematic™ ATC for all three 59/6 Universal, 59/6 EX and RG7/RG11 connectors.

ATX ATU ATC Tools

Ergonomic

Minimal force required for compression with comfortable polymer grip handles.

ATX ATU ATC Tools

Quick, Easy, Accurate

Tool compression lengths are factory fixed and non-adjustable preventing improper adjustments in the field.

ATX ATU ATC Tools

Reliable

Center conductor gauge on tool body designed to ensure proper preparation lengths.

ATX ATU ATC Tools

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The term "Game Changer" is widely overused and often misused in our industry. Not when describing the revolutionary smaller, lighter, more dense Wrapping Tube Cable.

Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC), with SpiderWeb® Ribbon (SWR), is an ultra-high density outside plant cable designed specifically for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or access markets. It is compliant with the latest issue of the outside plant cable standard, Telcordia GR-20. With an ultra-high density and a new ribbon technology called SpiderWeb Ribbon, WTC provides the smallest cable diameter and lowest weight, high-fiber count ribbon cable in the industry. With fiber counts from 144 fibers to 1,728 fibers, the cable is available in dielectric or double jacket single armor.

Non-Ribbon Ribbon

The technology packed into our patented rollable Spider Web Ribbon gives easy access to every fiber and allows for quick ribbon splicing.

Smaller Diameter

Reduce your storage and shipping cost while maintaining the high fiber count necessary for the install. The revolutionary Wrapping Tube Cable is up to 44% smaller and 73% lighter than today’s ribbon cables.

High Density

Pack up to 51% more fibers into the diameter of Wrapping Tube Cable than today’s ribbon cable.

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Yokogawa launches higher-performance successor to market-leading AQ6315A wideband optical spectrum analyser

- New AQ6374 offers faster measurements and purging feature for general-purpose optical testing over 350-1750 nm range -

The new AQ6374 is the successor to the Yokogawa and ANDO-branded market-leading AQ6315A wideband optical spectrum analyser. Featuring diffraction grating based monochromator technology delivering high-precision measurement performance and accuracy, an enhanced user interface and an air purging feature, the new instrument offers engineers a powerful benchtop tool for general-purpose optical spectrum measurements over the wavelength range from 350 to 1750 nm

"The capability of measuring over such a broad wavelength range made the original AQ6315A a very valuable test instrument for those R&D centres who carry out research on light spectra from the visible region to the L-band region", says Terry Marrinan, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, for Yokogawa Test & Measurement Europe & South East Asia: "The new AQ6374 achieves superior operability and measurement times up to 40 times faster than its predecessor, and also offers a number of new features including the air purging system."

By inheriting and enhancing the control technologies originally developed for the AQ6370 series, the AQ6374 model achieves superior operability and measurement speeds up to 40 times that achieved by the AQ6315A. The ability to sample 100001 points of data (100 times as much as the AQ6315A) enables measurement over a broad wavelength range with high resolution, while data-transfer rates during remote control via Ethernet are up to 100 times faster than for the AQ6315A.

The measurement performance achieved by the monochromator technology include a wavelength resolution setting from 0.05 to 10 nm, a wavelength accuracy of ±0.05 nm (at 633 and 1523 nm) or ±0.2 nm (from 350 to 1700 nm), a level accuracy of ±1.0 dB, level sensitivity of -80 dBm (from 900 to 1600 nm), a measurable power range from -80 to +20 dBm, a close‐in dynamic range of 60 dB (peak ± 1.0 nm, resolution 0.05 nm), and a sweep time less than 0.5 sec.

Internal data storage of 512 Mbyte is included, and external data storage is supported via a USB interface. Ethernet RJ-45 and GP‐IB interfaces are also incorporated. A built‐in calibration source is provided for a full-automatic optical alignment and wavelength calibration, which takes just a few minutes.

The new purging feature is designed to minimise the influence of water-vapour absorption on spectral measurements by continuously supplying a pure purge gas such as nitrogen (or just some dry air) to the monochromator through dedicated connectors on the back panel.

The AQ6374 features an ergonomically designed graphical user interface for maximum user friendliness, incorporating elements such as a full text menu, aggregation of measurement conditions, display of a "hard key" menu the same as the panel layout, and a trace setting menu.

Thanks to its capability of measuring over a broad wavelength range, the AQ6374 is the ideal Optical Spectrum Analyser for those R&D teams who are testing light sources, optical filters and sensors operating in the visible range as well as in the telecom range of the spectrum.

First Delivery of Single-mode Optical/Electrical High-voltage Flat Cabtire Cable

Fujikura has delivered its single-mode optical/electrical high-voltage flat cabtire cables to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for the first time.

Cabtire cables are mainly used as the moving parts wiring of industrial machines such as cranes. Since the lengths of the cables mostly used are short, multi-mode optical fibers suitable for short-distance transmission have been incorporated in most cases when optical communications are required.

However, with increasing size and moving range of industrial machines, the length of cabtire cables used in them are also increasing. Consequently, there have been growing demands for cables that composite electrical cables and single-mode optical fibers, which are suitable for long-distance transmission.

The delivered cables allow stable transmission characteristics even in a harsh usage environment due to the structure consisting of single-mode optical fibers with excellent flexibility and resistance to cold and heat and electric cables.

Fujikura's cabtire cables are widely used as the moving parts wiring of cargo-handling facilities at harbors inside and outside Japan, achieving stable moving characteristics such as high flexibility. In the age of globalization, shipping including container shipping accounts for about 80% of international distribution, and cargo-handling facilities are increasing in size and performance. To meet the demands for products in step with these trends, Fujikura will further develop technologies to connect the moving parts and fixed parts.

Single-mode Optical/Electrical High Voltage Flat Cabtire Cable

Specification

Voltage 6600V
Product FG-3PNCT
Structure
Composite of power lines and
nine-core optical fibers
Application
Parallel take-up reel

Optical Fiber Coupler for C+L-band and L-band

A technology, which uses L-band as well as C-band, the conventional communication wavelength band, draws attention as a practical method to deal with a rapid increase of communication volume in recent years. To introduce this technology, optical fiber components that can be used in C+L-band and L-band are growing in demand.

Fujikura has a track record of supplying high-reliability optical fiber couplers for undersea repeaters for more than 20 years. By using the basic design, we have developed an optical fiber coupler for C+L-band and L-band and added it to our product lineup.

Main features of product

  • 1.C+L-band and L-band
    ・Excellent optical properties (shown in Figure) in each wavelength band
  • 2.High quality, high reliability
    ・Same basic design and manufacturing method as those of optical fiber coupler of undersea repeater for C-band
  • 3.Customized to meet the needs of clients
    ・Possible to specify details, such as branching ratio, fiber length, and fiber identification marking

Appearance of product

Fig. Optical properties of Tap coupler for C+L-band and L-band

Product lineup

○ : Existing model
● : New model

Coupler C-band
(1526~1568nm)
C+L-band
(1526~1610nm)
L-band
(1568~1610nm)
Tap*1
WDM*2

*1 Tap coupler: Coupler branching incident light a certain power ratio
*2 WDM coupler: Coupler multiplexing or demultiplexing light of different wavelengths

Sales Start of Optical Fiber Tape Core Stripper

Fujikura has developed optical fiber tape core strippers, RS02 and RS03, for removing the sheath of optical fiber tape core for communication and will start marketing them in May.

Optical fiber tape cores consist of 2 to 12 single-core optical fibers aligned in parallel and stuck with a tape and are used in the US, India, China, as well as Japan.

These products have improved workability due to its design focusing on operability and a reduction in the force needed to remove the sheath. In addition, they have new different features such as a high-capacity battery, which allows 600 stripping times, which is six times those of our existing model. In addition, they also enables wireless communication with smartphones to facilitate the setting of operation conditions.

In addition, the products are also suitable to strip our latest optical fiber tape core, Spider Web RibbonTM, in which multiple single-core fibers (sheath dia. 250 μm or 200 μm) are stuck intermittently.

The products due out soon are RS03, which has a battery and no power code, and RS02, which has no battery and needs to be connected to a fusion splicer or outer power source to operate.

Specifications of RS03

Clad diameter
(Thickness of sheath)
125μm (200μm~500μm)
Optical fiber core number Single to 12 cores
Standard heating time 3 sec. (eco mode: 5 sec.)
Outer dimensions 155.5 (W) ×48.7(D) ×36.8(H) mm
Weight Approx. 265g (battery included)
Battery operation period / sheath removal time Approx. 3.5 h/approx.
600 times: eco mode

Appearance of product

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