Field-installable connector simplifies FTTX deployments

June 14, 2007 -- Corning Cable Systems has introduced its OptiSnap connector, billed as a field-installable, no-epoxy, no-polish connector that enables quick and cost-effective termination of fiber-optic cables.

June 14, 2007 -- Corning Cable Systems has introduced its OptiSnap connector, billed as a field-installable, no-epoxy, no-polish connector that enables quick and cost-effective termination of fiber-optic cables.

The connector is designed to install in less than one minute through the use of Corning Cable Systems' patented, high-precision mechanical splice technology. It is aimed at singlemode FTTX applications, as well as maintenance and restoration of building cable and MDU applications where installation set-up and teardown time is critical.

The installation system features an on-tool, patented go/no-go feedback signal to confirm installation is performed correctly every time. When the fiber is inserted and the cam activated, a pass/fail light on the installation tool signals that the installation was successful.

The OptiSnap connector is available in singlemode SC, ST and LC connector styles and features a typical insertion loss of 0.2 dB for UPC versions and 0.4 dB for APC versions. The connector's factory-polished ceramic ferrule provides superior end-face geometry, says the company, ensuring consistently low insertion loss and high-performance return loss.

Additionally, the OptiSnap Connector Installation Tool Kit contains everything needed for installation of the different connector styles.

According to the company, the tool kit requires virtually no set-up or tear down time, allowing installers to get in and out of installation sites quickly. No epoxy, polishing film or other consumables are required, and there is no need for electrical power for ovens or lights.

The kit is available with either a high-precision flat or angled cleaver to provide the connector reflectance performance for a variety of applications.

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