Superior Essex Inc., a wire and cable manufacturer, introduced its Dri-Lite all-dry, gel-free loose tube optical fiber cable product line. The new outside plant (OSP) fiber cable design expands on the company’s existing Dri-Lite ribbon fiber cable product line.
These completely dry cables use space-saving 2.5-millimeter buffer tubes containing specially engineered, absorbent yarn that swell on contact with water and block water ingress. All-dry fiber cable designs are preferred by some customers because they are lower in weight than gel-filled cables and eliminate the need for gel removal in the installation process.
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The Dri-Lite product line has been tested to and complies with Telcordia GR-20 and Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) specification 1753F-601 (PE-90) for fiber-optic cables. Superior Essex Dri-Lite products have been formally accepted by RDUP.
The Dri-Lite loose tube product line is available in fiber counts ranging from 12 to 288 in armored and all-dielectric cable configurations.