AFL announced that it was awarded two new patents over the past quarter for technology and developments in Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) products.
According to a company statement, the first patent is for a “Communications Module Housing.” The commercialized product—the CGM Plus—is a rack mount panel that accepts different size and form factor xWDM modules (CGM and LGX).
This invention includes a unique fiber management guide region that pivots downward to allow full access to the module storage slots, allowing for flexibility in the field to combine various modules for xWDM applications.
The second patent is for “Methods, systems and apparatus for manufacturing a cable assembly with breakout and molded cable assembly.”
This patent recognizes a unique process for creating a cable assembly furcation kit which drives an exceptionally high level of strength and protection of fibers under extreme environmental conditions. It also provides for scaling across a wide range of fibers.
The new system has enabled AFL to improve manufacturing efficiencies via an automated machine which creates a uniform profile of the furcation tubes that (1) eases the insertion of fiber into the right slots, and (2) provides the proper dimension to securely fit into the module. AFL has standardized on this format, calling it the "SST furcation system."
For more information about AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber-optic cable, equipment and accessories, visit www.AFLglobal.com.