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AFL Receives Patent for FuseConnect Splice-On Connector System


AFL announces that it has received a patent for "Spliced-on Connector System and Method, Splicer and Connector Holder for Producing the Same," patent number 8,043,013. AFL's FuseConnect fusion-splice field termination connector system utilizes a fusion splicer to terminate the connector in the field, addressing return loss concerns present in analog optical networks.

All connectors – the SC, LC, keyed LC, FC, ST and MPO – consist of a factory pre-polished ferrule. The field termination process eliminates polishing, adhesives and crimping in the field, minimizing the potential for operator error and expensive connector scrap. Cables types include 900 µm, 2 mm and 3 mm and polish types of UPC, APC and PC. The FuseConnect product line is ideal for connectorizations in RF-overlay FTTP networks, CATV backbone networks, outside plant, Fiber-to-the-Desk and MDU FTTP cabling; central office connector replacement; and data center installation.

AFL is a leading manufacturing of fiber optic cable, connectivity and equipment. AFL's extended portfolio of U.S. and international intellectual property (IP) complements Fujikura's, AFL's parent company, strong global IP position.

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Pictured (left to right): Don Bullman, OCA Quality Engineer, Ted Lichoulas, OCA R&D Engineering Manager and Doug Duke, Senior Application Engineer / Fusion Splicing Systems

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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 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

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