FIS to use 3M parts in optical patch cords

Aug. 1, 2005 - VF-45 connectorsand GGP fiber-optic cable will make up FIS's newest patch-cord offering.

3M ( and Fiber Instrument Sales ( have reached an agreement under which FIS will create hybrid cables using 3M VF-45 patch cords. FIS will make assemblies with VF-45 connectors on one end and on the other, an FC, SC, ST, MT-RJ or LC connector using singlemode or multimode fiber cable. 3M also will supply GGP (glass/glass/polymer) fiber cable for use in making additional high-strength patch cords using any of the listed connectors.

3M GGP fiber-optic cable has the ability to bend tightly and take abuse, 3M says. GGP fiber has a 20% lower bending stress than conventional optical fiber. Cables have operated with a less-than 0.4-inch bend radius for more than five years without failure. A permanent, protective polymer coating around the glass helps protect it from the environment and from nicks and scratches. The protective layer is designed to increase reliability and provide a long life. According to 3M, GGP fiber-optic cable assemblies are ideal for panel-to-panel jumpers, equipment backplanes, test-equipment interconnection, and other applications that require reliability and mechanical strength.

Fiber Instrument Sales is a manufacturer and full-line distributor of communication fiber-optic test equipment, connectors, cable and cable assemblies, tools and toolkits, fiber-optic consumable products, active network equipment, and fiber-optic security systems and components.

3M telecommunications products, technologies, and services allow service providers to offer high-bandwidth connectivity from the central office to the customer premises with complete network solutions.

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