Spartanburg, S.C. and Belmont, N.H.—The NOYES Test and Inspection Division of AFL has introduced a new series of Bend-insensitive fiber rings. A "must have" for fiber optic cable installers, fiber rings are combined with an OTDR to enable connector-to-connector testing of fibers and the identification of breaks, splices, macrobends and other events anywhere along the length of a fiber. The new models include FR1-BIF-150 (150 m ring), FR1-BIF-500 (500 m ring) and FR1-BIF-1000 (1 km ring). Each is available with any combination of connectors including UPC and APC SC, ST, FC and LC.
"With bend-insensitive fiber becoming more affordable, it is being deployed more widely than ever," explains Kevin Haddock, product manager at the NOYES Test and Inspection Division. "Now, instead of only finding it in drop cables or multi-dwelling units, we run across bend-insensitive fiber in the core network as well. Our new bend-insensitive Fiber Rings allow network personnel to use launch and receive cables that match the fiber in the network under test."
OTDRs require launch and receive cables in order to accurately measure the insertion loss and reflectance of the near-end and/or far-end connections of a fiber optic link. Depending on the application and the length of fiber being tested, these cables can range from 150 to 1000 meters. NOYES Fiber Rings are a better alternative than a 150 meter patch cable or a 1000 meter box of fiber. AFL now offers Fiber Rings in a wider variety of types to meet industry requirements including G.652 compliant single-mode, multimode 62.5 micron, multimode 50 micron (OM2, OM3 & OM4) and, with this announcement, G.657A2 compliant bend-insensitive fiber. Standard lengths are 150, 500 and 1000 meters and all common connector styles are available. Custom fiber types, lengths and connector styles are available upon request.
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