3M introduced the Easy Cleaver at the recent Fiber to the Home Council Conference, held June 23-24. This newest addition to the company’s fiber-connectivity portfolio requires “significantly less upfront capital expense and no specialized training,” 3M said when introducing the cleaver. “The tool helps enable service providers and contractors to meet the increasing subscriber demand for fiber even faster.”
Each Easy Cleaver provides approximately 120 precise flat cleaves, the company said, “with an innovative fiber-clamping design and a diamond-wire cleaving mechanism instead of a blade … Easy Cleaver requires no maintenance or blade rotation.” It is included with select packages of 3M’s No Polish Connectors, Crimplok+ Connectors and Fibrlok II Splices. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor fiber installation, the company added, also noting that it is compatible with buffered, jacketed, and drop cables. It includes strip and cleave length markings that are appropriate for the manufacturer’s connectors and splices. After 120 cleaves, users can dispose of the tool per their own company practice.
Cheryl Liu, product marketing manager with 3M’s communication markets division, commented, “We believe the Easy Cleaver will revolutionize installation of fiber to the home. With the ever-increasing demand for rapid fiber deployment, we saw the need for an easy-to-use, inexpensive fiber cleaver that could be deployed quickly. This new tool allows telecommunications service providers to put more cleavers in the hands of installers with no specialized training required, thereby increasing overall installation speed and breadth.”