AFL upgrades fiber-optic connector test system

AFL has introduced its Noyes Focis Pro line of automatic fiber inspection tools.

Feb 25th, 2013
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AFL has introduced its Noyes Focis Pro line of automatic fiber inspection tools, designed to provide network personnel with an automated platform for analysis and documentation of fiber connector cleanliness and integrity -- "thus completely eliminating the subjective aspect of fiber inspection," according to the company.

The Focis Pro system consists of AFL's DFD1 Touchscreen Tablet, the DFS1 Digital FiberScope and the company's new SimpleView PRO software. Capable of centering a fiber image and identifying critical core, cladding, adhesive and contact zones while detecting and tallying the types of defects found, the software analyzes a typical fiber in under five seconds. Its Zoom/Pan feature combined with a large, clear display enables users to identify the smallest particles, scratches and imperfections.

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Designed for field inspection tasks, the Focis Pro system is billed as an easy-to-use alternative to existing test solutions; because the tool's optical resolution and detection specification exceed current international standards, and its software-based applications are upgradeable, the Focis Pro line is also eminently future-proof, adds AFL.

“As network vendors pursue higher data rates associated with the substantial growth in data traffic, the demand for exceptional performance of network systems is becoming more and more crucial,” explains Bill Thompson, marketing director for AFL’s test equipment division. “Simply stated, it is imperative that fibers are clean and free from defects. AFL’s Focis Pro system delivers a solution that supports these demanding requirements.”

Unique to Focis and Focis Pro products is the system's patent-pending paired image feature, which allows users to make immediate fiber cleanliness comparisons. With the Focis Pro system, users can capture and save up to 1,000 fiber images, review images on-site and share images via USB memory sticks or SD flash cards. All Focis units can now be upgraded to the functionality of the Focis Pro line, notes AFL.

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