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AFL Introduces Highly Bend-Insensitive Multimode Optical Fiber to Harsh Environment Family


North Grafton, MA and Spartanburg, SC – July 26, 2016 – AFL, a leading specialty optical fiber and cable manufacturer, introduces the VHM7000 Series of highly bend-insensitive 50 µm graded-index multimode optical fiber designed for use in tight-bend applications. With its optimized optical design, VHM7000 Series fibers are engineered to operate under extremely small bend radii down to 7.5 mm.
“The VHM7000 series shows a significant improvement in bend loss over standard multimode fibers in a wide spectral range including the 980 nm – 1060 nm region, commonly used in sensing applications,” said Dr. Abdel Soufiane, general manager and Chief Technology Officer with AFL’s Specialty Fibers division. “The addition of a bend-insensitive multimode fiber with our harsh environment and hermetic technologies has been well-received by our customers.”
The VHM7000 fiber family is available with a wide variety of coatings including carbon, silicone, mid-temp acrylate, polyimide and PFA, allowing it to withstand high temperatures and hydrogen-containing atmospheres. Carbon coating can be applied to provide hermeticity against water and hydrogen in downhole applications and for fatigue resistance in long-term deployments.
The VHM7000 fiber series is available at proof test levels of 100 kpsi and 200 kpsi. For more information about AFL, its products and services, visit
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AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, factory, 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 OEM, 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, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Dr. Abdel Soufiane
General Manager and CTO, Specialty Fibers
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager