Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), a specialist in fiber management products for communication service providers, has announced the addition of its new small form factor FLATdrop cable to its portfolio of FieldShield fiber pathway solutions, aimed at fiber-to-the-x (FTTX) applications.
The company says its small form factor FLATdrop cable option "is purpose-built to provide a flexible, compact, cost-effective method to connect the fiber access point in either buried or aerial fiber deployment scenarios."
The company further contends that the "reduced sheath jacket dimensions of the small form factor FLATdrop [cable] allows a one-third space savings in coil diameter—important for aesthetics at the installation site."
Further, according to the company:
Clearfield’s FieldShield Small Form Factor FLATdrop peelable cable contains a 900-micron subunit that can be terminated with either a hardened fiber optic connector (HFOC) assembly or a pre-connectorized SC pushable connector.
Unlike other FLATdrops in the market, this product can be placed in any-and-all environments including direct bury, in conduit, aerial lashed, and even aerial self-supporting—which can reduce expensive real estate challenges such as pole usage.
This peelable cable allows for tool-less, precise stripping of the outer jacket to remove excess material, easing storage of the 900-micron terminated ends onto FieldShield slack reels.
“Clearfield’s success stems from our focus on listening to customers and developing products that enable them to overcome the common challenges associated with fiber deployment,” explains Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer at Clearfield. “We recognized the need to develop a smaller, more flexible yet self-supporting FLATdrop solution that reduces the environmental impact of fiber deployment, can be deployed in any environment, and enables more efficient inventory storage—saving contractors and installers time and space.”
Clearfield’s small form factor FLATdrop will be available for shipment starting in October 2021. Learn more at www.SeeClearfield.com.