AFL intros 'peel & seal' grommet system

August 1, 2006 -- The company says the sealing system has passed stringent qualification tests and is now ready for the OSP telecommunications market.

Aug 1st, 2006

August 1, 2006 -- AFL Telecommunications has introduced its Peel & Seal grommet system. The company says the sealing system has passed stringent qualification tests and is now ready for the OSP telecommunications market.

The Peal & Seal system comes equipped with the company's LG-150, 250, and 350 sealed closures. Upgrade kits are available for AFL's LG-100, 200, and 300 sealed closures. Installation of all the remaining parts in the kits is unchanged, according to the company.

According to AFL, each grommet in the system is designed to accommodate several cable diameters. A number of separated thin layers of material work toward the core of the grommet. An installer simply determines how many layers of material to "peel" away from the core in order give the cable diameter its best fit for a "seal." This measurement is determined through use of a diameter-tape measuring tool.

The company explains that by wrapping the tape around the cable, installers can view markings that will direct them to peel away the proper number of layers from the grommet. The grommet is then placed around the cable and installed in its seat. Once the bolts are tightened via pillow blocks, the cable is pressure-proof sealed. Those using a common fiber cable size do not have to re-measure these cables each time the system is used, but can instead simply remember how many layers of the grommet to peel away.

Key features of the system, according to the company, include: support for loose tube, core tube, dielectric, and armored cable designs; installation and re-entry using common hand tools; support for a wide range of cable diameters; fast, easy installation; compatibility with existing AFL sealed closures; availability of full conversion kits and dual cable entry port kits; and conformance to Telcordia GR-771 and RUS 515 closure requirements

The Peel & Seal system is available for single entry cables. Dual cable and quad cable applications are forthcoming, according to the company.

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