Thermal adhesive coated fiber system streamlines indoor cabling installations

TE Connectivity launches its Thermal Adhesive Coated (TAC) Fiber System.

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At the upcoming OFC 2014 in San Francisco (March 9-13), TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) will debut a new fiber installation system designed to enable fast, flexible and discrete deployment of fiber-optic cable in indoor environments.

TE's new Thermal Adhesive Coated (TAC) Fiber System uses a unique handheld tool and 900 micron fiber cable with integrated adhesive to enable a fast, consistent method for installing fiber throughout a building with minimal visibility. The company notes that portable fiber system can be used for any indoor installation, minimizing the installer’s equipment costs and speeding time on the premises.

“Indoor fiber installers are faced with many challenges as property owners and tenants grow less tolerant of unsightly broadband cable and equipment in their living space,” says Jaxon Lang, vice president of TE Broadband Networks. “The TAC fiber system provides installers with a fast and easy technique for deploying fiber seamlessly around baseboard, windows and trim work -- holding firmly in place and nearly invisible to the casual observer.”

The TAC fiber system utilizes a cordless, handheld fiber dispenser tool. When turned on, the device triggers the heat-activated microcable, enabling the fiber to bond continuously to the surface area as it is being applied. According to the company, unlike traditional indoor fiber solutions, no messy caulking, staples or brackets are required with the TAC fiber system, and the same equipment can be leveraged for any indoor fiber application.

The system also employs reduced bend radius fiber technology that is less susceptible to attenuation loss resulting from tight bends and handling. The system’s cable also works with field installable connectors or can be fusion spliced for connecting to a wall plate or optical network terminal (ONT). For more information on TE Connectivity’s thermal adhesive coated (TAC) fiber system, visit the company's booth #1521 at OFC 2014.

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