AFL speeds FOCIS Flex fiber-optic connector inspection times via Varioptic's 'liquid lens' technology

Nov. 30, 2016
According to Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL, “Varioptic’s liquid lens technology is an important differentiator in AFL’s FOCIS Flex solution."

AFL, a manufacturer of fiber-optic cable and accessories, and Varioptic, a business unit of Parrot Drones SAS, announced that AFL’s award-winning FOCIS Flex connector inspection system now utilizes Varioptic’s liquid lens technology. Introduced in 2014, the FOCIS Flex auto-focus fiber-optic connector inspection system now integrates the Varioptic Arctic Variable Focus Liquid Lens, designed for applications requiring fast response time and high optical power.

According to Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL, “Varioptic’s liquid lens technology is an important differentiator in AFL’s FOCIS Flex solution. Since FOCIS Flex is battery powered and typically used in field operations, [the technology's] robustness, low power and compact size provide key benefits compared to motor-driven lenses.”

Recently awarded Platinum Innovator honors by Cabling Installation & Maintenance's Cabling Innovators Awards program, the compact, handheld FOCIS Flex provides pass/fail results in seconds, supports independent, untethered operation, transfers results via Bluetooth to paired OTDRs or Android smart devices, and saves results internally or externally. Uploaded images and pass/fail results may be included in reports prepared using AFL’s Windows-compatible TRM 2.0 Test Results Manager software, shipped with each FOCIS Flex. The solution is mainly used in the telecommunications, broadband and enterprise industries.

“We are pleased to partner with AFL, a long-term established player in the field of fiber optic instruments,” commented Frederic Laune, director of sales and marketing for Varioptic. “The FOCIS Flex is the first autofocus optical fiber inspection system using our technology. We are proud to enable faster and easier inspections for AFL’s customers.”

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