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AFL Enters Into Distribution Agreement with BTX


Spartanburg, SC – AFL has entered into a distribution agreement with BTX Technologies, a global value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface and integration products, to cater to the broadcast and pro A/V industries across the United States. Under the agreement, BTX will promote and sell a wide variety of AFL’s fusion splicing kits, test equipment and related products including connectors.

“BTX has an extensive dealer network and offers dealer training that is second to none. Both of these factors will be key in providing us with access to a much wider range of professional integrators, while significantly expanding the market presence of our passive fiber optic products in the U.S.,” said Steve Polidan, national sales manager for AFL.

AFL splicing kits are designed to meet the challenges posed by today’s fiber networks. BTX is offering its customers AFL’s FSM-11S fusion splicer kit featuring SpliceMate™, the world’s smallest and most portable splicer; the FSM-18S fusion splicer kit, a low-cost, fixed V-groove, single-fiber fusion splicer; and the FSM-60S fusion splicer kit, which splices a fiber in 9 seconds and heats a 60-mm splice sleeve in 30 seconds.

“In fiber networks around the world, AFL’s splicing systems are utilized more than any other, having earned a well-deserved reputation for increasing performance, productivity, and reliability,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “The addition of AFL to our product line-up allows BTX to offer our customers incredible pricing on these high quality fiber installation and test products.”

AFL test equipment to be offered by BTX includes:

  • C860 QUAD OTDR and Certification Test Set – a single-mode and multimode fiber optic certification OTDR (Tier 2) and loss (Tier 1) test set that reduces certification and OTDR costs by up to 50%
  • C880 Certification Optical Loss Test Set featuring the new AFL Touch and Test™ intuitive visual user interface
  • M200 OTDR — A rugged, hand-held, and lightweight OTDR for testing single-mode or multimode fiber networks
  • SMLP 5-5 Loss Test Kit — Stores files and organizes data for uploading to a PC
  • OFS 300 Optical Microscope — A versatile optical fiber scope with precision 200X magnification
  • HiLite Visual Fault Locator — Quickly locates defects in single- or multimode fiber optic cable
  • One-Click Cleaner — Easy-to-use option for cleaning fiber connectors

AFL’s splicers are bolstered by a wide offering of connectors and test equipment for high-quality installations while reducing time spent in the field. BTX will be offering AFL’s FAST™ connectors and FuseConnect splice-on connectors. Pre-polished to eliminate the need for hand polishing in the field, AFL’s FAST field-installable connectors feature a proven mechanical splice technology that ensures a prevision fiber alignment.

A FAST connector tool kit provides all the necessary installation tools required for fiber preparation in one carrying case, including the new CT-30A single-/multimode cleaver. Also offered separately by BTX, the CT-30A cleaver is designed for use with all AFL fusion splicers, and offers a larger base for a stable platform, excellent visibility when placing the fiber, and three scrap collection options.

AFL’s FuseConnect splice-on connectors feature a unique design comprised of just four components. With factory pre-polished ferrule, the connectors’ innovative field-termination process eliminates polishing, adhesives, and crimping in the field, minimizing the potential for operator error and expensive connector scrap.

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About AFL
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 telecommunications 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

About BTX Technologies:
BTX Technologies, Inc. is the premier manufacturer and value-added distributor of professional-grade products used throughout digital signage, A/V, control, broadcast, and security systems. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, BTX combines award-winning, cutting-edge solutions with unmatched technical knowledge and customer service to bring innovation and value to its customers. Call 800-666-0996 to request a free catalog or visit BTX at


Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL 



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