April 2, 2008 -- CommScope has expanded its line of universal connectors to include Andrew-brand models that fit both corrugated and smoothwall cables for wireless networks. The company has also introduced a line of hand-prep tools to ease installation of these connectors.
Andrew Wireless Solutions is the recently acquired CommScope division that is a global supplier of communications systems and products; CommScope says the Andrew products allow it to support cable connector requirements for smoothwall, corrugated, copper or aluminum applications via one family of products.
The company's newly launched Andrew EZfit Series of universal connectors provide secure, water-tight connections to 50 ohm transmission line cables, and are currently being shipped for use on FXL-540 1/2-inch, 7/8-inch and 1-5/8-inch smoothwall cables. Connectors for use on SFX-500 1/2-inch and 1-1/4-inch smoothwall transmission line cables will be available by mid-year, says the company. Additionally, the company says its full line of EZfit Series connectors and tools for corrugated transmission line systems, including the HELIAX coaxial cables, will be available to customers by mid-year.
"Now that our two companies are combined, Andrew Wireless Solutions sales teams can offer their customers this next generation of technologically advanced connectors and tools," comments Stan Catey, group vice president, cable products and towers, at Andrew Wireless Solutions. "The expanded availability of EZfit Series connectors will benefit customers around the world through its full compatibility with both aluminum and copper transmission line systems and better overall connector performance. As the first connector series for both corrugated and smoothwall cable, EZfit will assist operators and distributors in consolidating inventory and simplifying network installations and maintenance."
CommScope says its Andrew EZfit Series now also includes hand-prep tools that provide an easy-to-operate option for contractors and installers when fitting EZfit Series connectors to cables. The durable hand tools eliminate the need for power tools and work on both corrugated and smoothwall cables. A single tool accommodates each cable size.