October 24, 2008 -- For restoration or permanent splice applications, the 3M Communication Markets Division recently introduced two new Fibrlok products in its Angle Fiber Splice AS Series. The new products enable fast, on-site installation of 250 micron and 900 micron fiber for analog video applications.
Specifically designed for cable television or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, the Fibrlok II Angle Fiber Splice 2529-AS can splice any combination of 250 micron and 900 micron fibers. The Fibrlok 250um Angle Fiber Splice 2540-AS can splice 250 micron fiber with a smaller form factor. Both products deliver very low optical reflections across temperature extremes for excellent analog video transmission performance, claims the company.
The angle fiber splices have metallic splice elements that have been optimized to lock keyed, angle cleave fibers in permanent alignment. The resulting angle cleave splice directs reflections out the fiber side. Each angle fiber splice has a green end cap to identify it as the angle splice version after installation. The Fibrlok angle splice is tested for premise and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) applications for indoor and outdoor locations. The splices are RoHS compliant.
Used in conjunction with the company's Fibrlok Angle Splice Assembly Tool 2501-AS, and the Fiber Optic Angle Cleaver 2535, the Fibrlok II Angle Fiber Splice 2529-AS or Fibrlok 2540-AS can fabricate an angle mechanical splice. The Angle Cleave Kit 2565 contains all of the tools necessary to terminate angle splices.
The company contends that millions of Fibrlok splices have proven their value in fiber-to-the-home installations in Asia where on-site splicing allows configuration of the fiber drop cable to meet the specific needs at the building.
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