AFL is introducing the new NOYES FlexTester PRO Kits that combine a FlexTester multi-function optical tester with the FOCIS Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System and cleaning supplies in a convenient hard-shell carry case. Each kit includes a user-specified, handheld OFL280 or FLX380 FlexTester single-mode optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) with integrated Optical Laser Source (OLS), Optical Power Meter (OPM) and Visual Fault Locator (VFL). FOCIS includes the DFS1 Digital Fiberscope, a fiber optic connector video-inspection probe with USB interface, and the DFD1 handheld touch tablet. Since FOCIS includes its own handheld display, OTDR testing and connector inspection tasks can proceed in parallel.
"With its OTDR and integrated Power Meter, the FlexTester can rapidly detect and locate the source of excess loss or reflections within an installed optical cable," explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL. "The FOCIS probe and display can confirm if contamination or connector damage is the cause."
Connector end-face contamination was reported by both network and cable installers as the leading cause of network failure, according to a recent study by NTT-Advanced Technology. Poor polishing of connector ferrules and connector damage were reported as additional leading causes. Contamination and/or connector damage cause excess loss and reflections in optical networks, leading to degraded network performance.
FlexTester PRO kits additionally include One-Click Cleaners for fast, easy dry-cleaning of connector ends even when mounted inside bulkhead adapters. Cleaning fluid and absorbent cleaning sticks are included in the kit for more stubborn contamination.
Both the FlexTester and FOCIS enable network installers to document network conditions before and after maintenance activities. FlexTesters save OTDR trace and event table results in industry-standard .SOR files. FOCIS supports image capture and save, and provides a unique image-pairing display capability, enabling users to compare connector end-face images before and after cleaning. AFL's TRM Test Results Manager software is included in FlexTester PRO kits and may be used to prepare customized, professional reports from uploaded OTDR, OPM and FOCIS test results.
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