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  Cable Assembly Technology

AFL receives five optical technology patents

AFL says its employees have earned five patents for technologies within the company's optical connectivity, fusion splicing, and test and inspection divisions.
For example, AFL's Test & Inspection team earned a patent for the Health Meter interface on the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set. The feature reduces the complexity of using an optical spectrum analyzer by combining multiple parameters into a single diagnosis of "healthy or unhealthy" for all channels in a C/DWDM transmission system. The presentation enables general users to quickly and easily collect expert-level test results in the field, AFL says.

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Technical Content

MT Ferrule Geometry Specifications: Minus-Side Coplanarity in IEC 61755-3-31:2015

Why do fiber optic connectors fail? Cross-sectioning offers a view inside connectors – and insight into why they fail

How to Develop a Fiber Optic Polishing Process that Produces Consistent Results

Are polymer waveguides in the future for the fiber optic industry?

Which passive component tester to purchase? Start by answering 7 basic questions to get correctly configured fiber optic test equipment

Sanding 3D Printed Objects: How to Get a Mirror-Polish Finish


Helpful Epoxy Tips (and a Few Tricks)

Ideas to adjust your epoxy process: Recommendations to reduce waste (and save money) in your fiber optic cable assembly process

Bond Line Thickness & More: Answers to Common Epoxy Questions

Epoxy Bi-Pack News – and Usage Tips for Best Results

Prysmian AirGuard XP fiber-optic cable for industrial and harsh environments

Prysmian Group has added AirGuard XP fiber-optic cable for industrial and other harsh environments to the AirGuard line. The fiber cables offer what Prysmian describes as "world-class" chemical and mechanical protection as well as user friendliness.
The company positions AirGuard XP as an alternative to interlocking armored cables for industrial and harsh environments. While interlocking armored cables can be stiff, heavy, and have metallic properties that may not suit all applications. The AirGuard XP leverages XPRLTM, which Prysmian says has surpassed UL 2556 requirements for oil and gas resistance.

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Technical Consulting with Wayne Kachmar:

Cablers: Are you looking to work with specialty cables or furcation tubes? If so, here are key points to consider.

Advice for raw material suppliers planning to sell to the optical cable industry: 4 points to consider – and pitfalls to avoid

Advice for Cable Manufacturers Looking to Enter the US Fiber Optic Market

Buying used vs. new equipment: challenges in optical cable manufacture and new extrusion line business

So You Want To Start a Cable Company or Add a Cable Making Division?

Fiber Optic Center beefs up support staff

Fiber Optic Center, Inc. (FOC), a distributor of fiber-optic communications technology with an emphasis on cable assembly applications, has announced a promotion and a new hire to improve service to its clients.

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US Conec shows new PRIZM LightTurn mechanical-optical interface for 25+ Gbps

US Conec used last month's Photonics West Exhibition in San Francisco to show off the next generation PRIZM LightTurn mechanical-optical interface (MOI), which is optimized for VCSEL based links of 25 Gbps and greater.

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H.I.G. Capital sells Fibercore to Humanetics Innovative Solutions

Founded more than 30 years ago and based in the UK, Fibercore offers specialty fiber for a variety of industries and applications, including aerospace and defence, oil and gas, and biomedical applications. It also has supplied specialty products for telecommunications applications.

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