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AFL Announces Enhanced Version of OFL280 FlexTester


Spartanburg, SC and Lowell, MA – AFL announces the introduction of an enhanced OFL280 FlexTester family of all-in-one OTDR and Optical Loss test sets with ServiceSafe™ and Wave ID. Each of the OFL280 FlexTesters includes a dual- or triple-wavelength OTDR plus integrated Optical Light Source (OLS), Optical Power Meter (OPM), and Visual Fault Locator (VFL) as standard features. All models support OTDR and Optical Loss testing on point-to-point or FTTx PON links at both 1310 and 1550 nm. Additional models add 1490 nm OTDR and loss testing, and 1625 nm live fiber OTDR test capability.

With integrated PON Power Meter and ServiceSafe™ live fiber detection and measurement capability, the OFL280 FlexTester detects in-service FTTx PONs and prevents service-disrupting tests at 1310 or 1550 nm, while allowing non-disruptive, live fiber testing at 1625 nm. Live testing is required to locate faults in customer drop fibers or between cascaded splitters on in-service PONs with distributed splitters.

The integrated OLS and OPM utilize Wave ID to support simultaneous multi-wavelength testing with automatic wavelength detection, cutting test time in half and eliminating setup errors. The OFL280’s integrated OLS and OPM also support tone generation and detection at 270 Hz, 330 Hz, 1 kHz and 2 kHz.

Designed specifically with outside plant technicians in mind, OFL280 FlexTester models are truly handheld, rugged, and lightweight, weighing in at 0.8 kg (1.8 lbs) and measuring only 20 x 13 x 5 cm (8 x 5 x 2 in). All OFL280s provide “Instant On” power-up, operate for 10 hours on rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, and include a high-contrast, backlit, transflective color LCD for superb viewing in both direct sunlight or dimly lit facilities.

“The OFL280 series has been built to meet the needs of outside plant technicians,” remarked Patrick Dobbins, Vice President and General Manager of The Light Brigade. “While its ease-of-use, rugged construction, and small size naturally appeal to installation crews, its capabilities and performance are optimized for today’s testing and troubleshooting requirements of new generation fiber networks.”

The enhanced OFL280 FlexTester models include end-to-end link length, loss, and optical return loss measurements, enabling rapid verification of overall link quality. With the addition of Japanese and Traditional Chinese user interfaces, OFL280 FlexTesters now support over a dozen languages to meet the needs of optical network installers worldwide.

To learn more about the OFL280 FlexTester and other AFL products, visit

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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 both the central office and outside plant 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

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