Clearfield's latest in-box fiber reel boosts FTTx installation simplicity, flexibility
Clearfield says its new FLEXdrop Deploy Reel and YOURx TAP products are notable for their ease-of-use and flexibility, which can increase the number of fiber installations per day for cabling contractors.
Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), a specialist in fiber management for communication service providers, has announced general availability of its new FieldShield FLEXdrop Deploy Reel, the latest addition to the company's portfolio of fiber and drop assemblies. Designed for deployment at the demarcation point, Clearfield says the FLEXdrop Deploy Reel provides technicians ease-of-use and flexibility to simplify and increase the number of FTTx installations per day.
The company notes that its FieldShield FLEXdrop is UV/UL listed and built with bend-insensitive singlemode G.657 A2 fiber and an indoor/outdoor plenum rated flexible sheath. The FieldShield FLEXdrop fiber can be stapled with standard T18 or other rounded staples, pass through conduits, or be placed in riser and plenum spaces. Additionally, there is no need to know exact fiber lengths, because excess FieldShield FLEXdrop remains stored on the deploy reel.
“Clearfield’s FieldShield FLEXdrop Deploy Reel is already providing early-adopter customers better options for FTTx installations while decreasing the amount of time technicians have to spend on-site for service wiring and turn-up,” says Kevin Morgan, Clearfield’s chief marketing officer. “As the latest edition to Clearfield’s FieldShield fiber and drop cable solutions, the FLEXdrop Deploy Reel provides another tool for service providers to quickly install to the home, MDU or business, as an adaptable-length drop cable for rapid turn-up with minimized on-site time.”
Now shipping, the FLEXdrop Deploy Reel is optimized for installation in the Clearfield YOURx-TAP and in the company's FieldSmart SCD Wall Box. Within the YOURx-TAP, the deploy reel holds up to 100 feet of FieldShield FLEXdrop fiber. The FieldSmart SCD Wall Box holds up to 200 feet of FieldShield FLEXdrop on the deploy reel or can alternatively store up to 100 feet of flat drop slack (after having been stripped to its 3mm or smaller inner jacket).
“Expanding our FTTx deployments is a key priority for us as we look to deliver the bandwidth and services our members want. Anything that helps lower the cost and expedites service activation time is an asset that cannot be undervalued,” asserts Eric Kehler, plant operations manager for DirectLink, which serves the Canby and Mt. Angel, Oregon Areas. “Clearfield continues to deliver the products and services we need to maximize return on investment and shorten time to revenue for new fiber-based services. The FieldShield FLEXdrop Deploy Reel is another valuable addition to the toolkit our system integrators will leverage to reduce inventory carrying costs, cut down design time, and limit the overall costs associated with fiber deployments.”