AFL Introduces Next-gen FUSEConnect® MPO Splice-on Connector

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories, is launching the next-gen FUSEConnect MPO splice-on field-installable connectors. The FUSEConnect MPO’s updated design migrates from a mechanical splice protection clamp to a heat protection sleeve, using an on-board splicer heater and eliminating the need for a separate mechanical clamp tool. Designed to utilize standard ribbon, SpiderWeb Ribbon®, or loose tube cable, this connector helps minimize the complexity involved in the termination of multi-fiber connectors.

Video: AFL FUSEConnect MPO Connectors on 3mm Cordage
Video: AFL FUSEConnect MPO Connectors on Ribbon or SpiderWeb Ribbon

“As we explored ways to improve on the FUSEConnect MPO, we focused on the viewpoint of field technicians…how could we adapt this connector to make it easier during installation,” explained Sadie Waycaster, optical connectivity product manager for AFL. “The result is in the process. By using a heat sleeve protector design, the overall termination process is cleaner, faster and more efficient.”

The FUSEConnect MPO’s factory pre-polished ferrule allows for a field-termination process that eliminates the need for polishing, adhesives and crimping in the field and minimizes the potential for operator error and expensive connector scrap. The splice-on connector is designed to be used with the RT-02 ribbonizing tool which does not require glue, resulting in a cleaner termination process.

The FUSEConnect MPO is part of the FUSEConnect splice-on connector family which includes SC, LC, ST and FC style connectors. FUSEConnect MPO performs as an equivalent to the standard factory terminated MPO/MTP® assemblies. AFL offers a tool kit as well as a variety of accessories for FUSEConnect MPO application.

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Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

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Sadie Waycaster
Optical Connectivity Product Manager, AFL

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL