AFL awarded 7 new patents for cable, connectivity, test and inspection

Jan. 28, 2019
The AFL Test and Inspection division received a patent for an OTDR merging technique for traces captured by using different settings. 

AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories, has recognized several associates who received patents for developing new products and technologies within the company's cable and connectivity division, accessories, and test and inspection division. Seventeen associates were recognized over the past two quarters.

The company's Cable and Connectivity division received four patents for the following:

  1. A method to apply an aluminum coating layer to the core of copper wire;
  2. A composite micro-cable optimized to be jetted into the existing coax cable sheaths after the core had been extracted;
  3. An optical fiber furcation transition assembly that accepts a variety of flat drop fiber optic cables;
  4. PoliMOD, a field-installable optical module with configurable cable attachment.

For its part, the AFL Accessories division was the recipient of two patents:

  1. A Swage high voltage cable terminal which eliminates the deviation-prone additive method and expands upon a tried-and-true process from the transmission product line with the resultant profile and product finish being naturally Corona-free at high voltages;
  2. Flat Drop Cable Tangent accessory that provides a means of suspending flat drop cables used in Fiber-to-the-Home applications.

Finally, the AFL Test and Inspection division received a patent for an OTDR merging technique for traces captured by using different settings. This technique features a shorter laser pulse that can produce traces of more accurate location information, and a longer pulse that produces traces with less noise for a more reliable result.

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