A ribbon with ties to many applications

Aug. 31, 2021
Ribbon fiber is not just for data centers, as attendees learned.

Ribbon fiber is more versatile than many might think, according to a presentation delivered by AFL’s Lucas Mays. The presentation, titled “If You Thought Ribbon Was for Data Centers Only – Think Again!” explained that with the rise in popularity of collapsible ribbon cables, higher density, lighter weight, and more fibers per square inch are all possible. “This ribbon technology, combined with today’s cable management, patch panel solutions, and fiber equipment developments, make mass fusion the most efficient splicing method required in this area of networks,” Mays explained when describing his presentation. “When you can design around a ribbon architecture, installations and repairs are finished much more quickly and therefore far less costly.”

AFL’s SpiderWeb Ribbon is shown above.        

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