July 15, 2008 -- JDSU has released a new line of all-in-one fiber optic test kits, providing network technicians with a simple way to avoid one of the leading causes of network downtime, i.e. contaminated, or "dirty," fiber.
The company says the new line fiber optic inspection, cleaning, and test kits are designed specifically to meet the needs of today's fiber applications and environments, including FTTX, LAN/WAN, and data centers found in both cable and telecommunications networks. The kits include the JDSU video fiber microscopes, optical cleaning tools, PocketClass or SMART optical light sources and optical power meters, and a visual fault locator (VFL). The kits also include a wide selection of Westover precision tips for the video fiber microscope and a collection of fiber optic patch cords for connecting to the system under test.
Fiber inspection and cleaning are critical components in a comprehensive fiber deployment and operation strategy, notes the company. Proactive inspection prior to network testing and installation reduces downtime, optimizes signal performance, and protects components from costly damage. Based on its recognized best practice to "Inspect Before You Connect," JDSU says it provides all of the tools necessary to inspect, clean and perform power or attenuation measurements on fiber optic connections in the easy-to-use kits to prevent costly network damage during installation, qualification and troubleshooting.
"Working with service providers worldwide, we believe that fiber contamination is the number one source of costly truck rolls and optical network impairment," says Steve Lytle, general manager in the JDSU Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Inspecting with a kit that contains all the necessary tools before you connect enables technicians to conveniently inspect both sides of an optical connection, clean it if necessary, and conduct the required optical testing to ensure the integrity of the network."
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