Molex debuts flame-retardant Polymicro FR optical fibers

Sept. 18, 2017
The Molex Polymicro Flame-Retardant (FR) Optical Fibers meet the UL 94 V-0 flammability standard for component materials used in telecommunications and industrial applications.

Molex has released a flame retardant version of its Polymicro optical fiber. The Molex Polymicro Flame-Retardant (FR) Optical Fibers meet the UL 94 V-0 flammability standard for component materials used in telecommunications and industrial applications where a low flammability rating is essential. “Having a fiber with a low flammability buffer coating offers a distinct advantage in applications where enhanced flammability protection is of paramount importance,” notes Jim Clarkin, Polymicro general manager, Molex. “Strong, durable Molex Polymicro FR Fibers meet industry requirements for flammability protection.”

Per the company, the "Polymicro FR Optical Fibers are available in telecommunications grade singlemode or 50µm and 62.5µm graded index construction with a 125µm glass OD/250µm buffer OD. Designed for superior dimensional control and tight tolerances, Polymicro FR Optical Fibers have an operational temperature range of -40 to +100°C. The UL 94 V-0 flammability rating indicates characteristics recommended in applications requiring increased protection from flame propagation and combustion. The buffer utilized in Polymicro FR Optical Fiber is mechanically strippable similar to an acrylate buffer and imparts exceptional fiber strength. Molex can provide multiple size fibers and buffers, including multimode step index constructions. Available as single fiber in a variety of jacketing materials, Polymicro FR Optical Fibers range from less than 50 microns to over 600 microns in core diameter."

Molex notes that its vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities enable production of a complete range of optical fibers designed for deep-UV, NIR and broad-spectrum applications. Polymicro Optical Fiber assembly design configurations are highly customizable, incorporating optomechanical and electromechanical components with custom configured fused silica, in addition to advanced optical features including micro-machined end tips, metal terminations or precision couplings. Fiber type, termination style and jacketing can be specified for optimal application alignment and system performance.

“Molex customer design requirements vary widely in complexity—from a single, finished optical fiber to a complex branching assembly," adds Clarkin. "Our expanding range of Molex Polymicro Optical Fiber profiles and custom assemblies give customers the design flexibility they need for demanding applications, environmental conditions and optical wavelengths.”

For more information, visit www.molex.com/polymicro/opticalfibers.html.

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