AFL unveils FOCIS Flex fiber-optic connector inspection probe

Aug. 25, 2014
AFL has expanded its connector inspection product line with the launch of its FOCIS Flex system.

AFL has expanded its connector inspection product line with the launch of its FOCIS Flex system, billed as "a self-contained, tether-free, compact and handheld" connector inspection probe. According to the company, at the click of a button, FOCIS Flex auto-focuses, captures, centers and analyzes connector end-face images to easily display, transfer or store pass/fail results within seconds.

Significantly, with its rechargeable battery and integrated display, the FOCIS Flex probe can be used completely independent of an OTDR or display unit, allowing technicians to easily view, analyze and save thousands of results internally. Additionally, technicians can pair the FOCIS Flex with the company's FLX380 or OFL280 FlexTester ODTRs via Bluetooth to effortlessly view and save images and pass/fail results on those devices.

FOCIS Flex is available with a wide range of interchangeable adapter tips to support the inspection of a variety of patch cords and bulkhead-mounted connectors with either PC or APC polished end-faces. The FOCIS Flex system is offered as a standalone kit or can be bundled with a FLX380 or OFL280 in FlexTester Complete2 or PRO2 packages.

“As networks move to higher data rates, operators are increasingly concerned about loss and reflections due to dirty or damaged connectors,” notes Michael Scholten, product marketing manager at AFL. “With the addition of FOCIS Flex, AFL offers the broadest line of connector inspection solutions, from low cost viewing scopes to Wi-Fi video scopes with automatic pass/fail analysis for smartphones and tablets, and now an untethered, completely automatic Bluetooth video scope.”

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