Furukawa launches field fiber termination system

February 22, 2007 -- Furukawa America Inc. has introduced its FITEL splice-on connector system, designed to increase speed and limit insertion loss during field fiber repair and customized FTTH/FTTP installations.

February 22, 2007 -- Furukawa America Inc. has introduced its FITEL splice-on connector system, designed to increase speed and limit insertion loss during field fiber repair and customized FTTH/FTTP installations.

The connector termination system consists of factory-polished ferrules with pre-cleaved fiber stubs along with high-strength, snap-on connector assemblies. Furukawa says these critical improvements speed installation time and ensure consistently higher quality terminations. Total insertion loss using the system's fusion splice termination method measures .30 dB or less for singlemode fiber; the system is available in SC and FC connector types.

The system features high quality, GR-326 tested and approved Seikoh Giken connectors. The company notes that fiber management is also made easier with the FITEL splice-on connectors. The connector termination feature on the FITEL S122A clad alignment splicer and FITEL S177A core alignment splicer eliminates the need for splice trays, resulting in easier fiber management, reduced storage requirements and faster installation times.

The system's factory-polished ferrules with pre-cleaved fiber stubs are spliced onto the field fiber utilizing a proprietary ferrule holder and fusion splicer. Either an SC/APC, SC/UPC, FC/APC, or FC/UPC connector is then easily assembled using a process requiring minimal skill or training due to the precision and simplicity of the rugged connector components.

The company says the system also enables quick, made-to-length drop cable installations, a field customization that traditionally requires excess and pre-terminated jumpers and splice trays. The system is suitable for factory terminations as well.

"Every fiber installer faces pressure for error-free work and speed," comments Jason Greene, Furukawa America's fusion splicer division manager. "Fiber-to-the-home installations and densely populated fiber hubs also present significant space constraints. Our FITEL connector termination system successfully addresses these issues and enables simple, fast and consistent field terminations."

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