AFL is introducing the new NOYES FlexTester PRO Kits which combine a FlexTester multi-function optical tester with the FOCIS Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System and cleaning supplies in a convenient hard-shell carry case. Each kit includes a user-specified, handheld OFL280 or FLX380 FlexTester single-mode OTDR with integrated Optical Laser Source (OLS), Optical Power Meter (OPM) and Visual Fault Locator (VFL). FOCIS includes the DFS1 Digital Fiberscope, a fiber optic connector video-inspection probe with USB interface, and the DFD1 handheld touch tablet. Since FOCIS includes its own handheld display, OTDR testing and connector inspection tasks can proceed in parallel.
"With its OTDR and integrated Power Meter, the FlexTester can rapidly detect and locate the source of excess loss or reflections within an installed optical cable," explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL. "The FOCIS probe and display can confirm if contamination or connector damage is the cause."
Connector end-face contamination was reported by both network and cable installers as the leading cause of network failure, according to a recent study by NTT-Advanced Technology. Poor polishing of connector ferrules and connector damage were reported as additional leading causes. Contamination and/or connector damage cause excess loss and reflections in optical networks, leading to degraded network performance.
FlexTester PRO kits additionally include One-Click Cleaners for fast, easy dry-cleaning of connector ends even when mounted inside bulkhead adapters. Cleaning fluid and absorbent cleaning sticks are included in the kit for more stubborn contamination.
Both the FlexTester and FOCIS enable network installers to document network conditions before and after maintenance activities. FlexTesters save OTDR trace and event table results in industry-standard .SOR files. FOCIS supports image capture and save, and provides a unique image-pairing display capability, enabling users to compare connector end-face images before and after cleaning. AFL's TRM® Test Results Manager software is included in FlexTester PRO kits and may be used to prepare customized, professional reports from uploaded OTDR, OPM and FOCIS test results.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
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