AFL expands loose tube fiber cable line for industrial environments

Utilizing the latest in dry water blocking technology, the new gel-free cables now feature fiber counts up to 288 in listed-cable solutions, says the company.

AFL expands loose tube fiber cable line for industrial environments
AFL expands loose tube fiber cable line for industrial environments

AFL has expanded its loose tube cable family to include designs qualified for use in industrial environments. Utilizing the latest in dry water blocking technology, the new gel-free cables now feature fiber counts up to 288 in listed-cable solutions, says the company. The new cables include the company's Gel-Free Extreme Low Temp LSZH Double Jacket I/O Loose Tube Cable; its Listed Gel-Free LSZH Loose Tube Cable; and its XLPO LSZH Gel-Free I/O Loose Tube Cable.

“Network needs in heavy industrial applications require robust optical cable solutions that are designed around the harsh conditions commonly found in these environments,” comments Craig Stratton, business development manager for AFL.

The company says the outer jacket of the new cables consists of a flame retardant, low smoke, zero halogen material that meets the stringent requirements of IEEE 1202 vertical flame propagation test and UL 1685 limited smoke generation test. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations, the cables also feature an aluminum interlock armoring option for installation in exposed areas.

With the new cabling designs, installation can be achieved in cable trays with direct exposure to sunlight, oils and chemicals commonly found in industrial settings like petrochemical processing plants, refineries, wastewater treatment facilities, subway tunnels, mines and factory floor environments. The cables meet the requirements of NFPA 130 and NFPA 502 which are the standards for fixed guideway transit systems, road tunnels and bridges. Additionally, AFL’s product family includes general purpose, riser and plenum cables in accordance with the requirements of the National Electrical Code.

AFL’s Stratton concludes, “Abusive mechanical loads, extreme temperatures and chemical exposure are but a few of the considerations to keep in mind when selecting optical cable for an industrial installation. AFL’s new industrial environment loose tube cables provide the durability needed to support critical communications infrastructure in these types of environments.”

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