May 7, 2007 -- Westover Scientific has expanded its fiber-optic test equipment portfolio with the release of its FFL-100 visual fault locator (VFL).
According to the company, the "ruggedized" handheld tool locates damage such as bends and breaks in fiber-optic cable by shining a laser beam down one end of the fiber. Any section of the cable that exceeds the maximum bend radius or has become broken will glow red, allowing a technician to locate the problem quickly and easily.
The FFL-100 VFL incorporates a 650-nm Class 2 laser with a maximum output power of 1.0 mW for a range of up to 4 km for singlemode cables. The tool comes fully assembled with a 2.5-mm interface for testing common connectors (SC, FC, ST).
Each tool also includes a carrying case, two AA batteries, (which will operate the VFL for over 80 hours of continuous use), and a 1.25-mm adapter to facilitate use with small form factor connectors (LC, MU).