At the recent 2013 FTTH Community Toolkit Conference (Kansas City, KS), OFS unveiled its EZ-Bend 3.0 ruggedized fiber-optic drop cable assemblies, billed as the first 3-mm optical drop solution designed to withstand stapling while exhibiting negligible bend loss. OFS says the EZ-Bend 3.0 ruggedized cables' design can conquer sharp corners without the need for bend management or special staples, helping to save time and money on installation.
According to the company, compared to traditional 4.8-mm ruggedized solutions, the EZ-Bend 3.0 ruggedized assembly requires 60% less volume for routing and slack management. OFS contends that use of the product may reduce part numbers and inventory by 50%, by replacing both 4.8-mm ruggedized and conventional 3-mm drop assemblies with a single solution. Target applications include MDUs and in-home wiring scenarios where space is at a premium.
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Leveraging the superior tight bending performance OFS' proprietary ultra-bend insensitive fiber, the EZ-Bend 3.0 ruggedized line is available in black and white; each color cable is both riser-rated and rated for indoor/outdoor use. The cabling is available with factory-tuned termination on one or both ends with SC-APC connectors. The EZ-Bend 3.0 ruggedized drop cable assemblies are part of the OFS FOX Solution for fiber-to-the-X (FTTX) connectivity.