Installer kit bundles OTDR, fiber connector inspection, cleaning system

AFL's Noyes FlexTester Pro kits combine the company's FlexTester multi-function optical tester with its FOCIS fiber-optic connector inspection system and cleaning supplies, all contained in a hard-shell carry case.

AFL's Noyes FlexTester Pro kits combine the company's FlexTester multi-function optical tester with its FOCIS fiber-optic connector inspection system and cleaning supplies, all contained in a hard-shell carry case.

Each kit includes a user-specified, handheld OFL280 or FLX380 FlexTester singlemode OTDR with integrated optical laser source, optical power meter, and visual fault locator. The FOCIS system includes the company's DFS1 Digital Fiberscope, a fiber-optic connector video-inspection probe with USB interface, and its DFD1 handheld touch tablet. Since the FOCIS product includes its own handheld display, OTDR testing and connector inspection tasks can proceed in parallel, says AFL.

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"With its OTDR and integrated power meter, the FlexTester can rapidly detect and locate the source of excess loss or reflections within an installed optical cable," notes Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL. "The FOCIS probe and display can confirm if contamination or connector damage is the cause."

Both the FlexTester and FOCIS enable network installers to document network conditions before and after maintenance activities. FlexTesters save OTDR trace and event table results in industry-standard .SOR files. FOCIS supports image capture and save, and provides an image-pairing display capability that enables users to compare connector end-face images before and after cleaning.

The FlexTester Pro kits additionally include AFL's One-Click Cleaners for fast, easy dry-cleaning of connector ends even when mounted inside bulkhead adapters. Cleaning fluid and absorbent cleaning sticks are included in the kit for more stubborn contamination. AFL's TRM Test Results Manager software also is included in FlexTester Pro kits and may be used to prepare customized, professional reports from uploaded OTDR, OPM, and FOCIS test results.

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