AFL Honored by 2019 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable and equipment, was recognized among the best in the industry by the 2019 Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards. The third-party judging panel included cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast professional experience.

AFL was the recipient of three awards:

• Platinum – Bluetooth®-enabled Splicing Family (click here for video)
• Gold – FlexScan® Quad OTDR
• Silver – FOCIS Lightning Multi-fiber Connector Inspection System (click here for video)

“On behalf of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate AFL on their Platinum, Gold and Silver–level honoree status,” said Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s Chief Editor Patrick McLaughlin. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most original and innovative products in the Industry.”

Fujikura has introduced a new generation of splicing equipment that provides Bluetooth communication between splicer and fiber preparation accessories. Specifically, the Fujikura CT50 fiber cleaver which utilizes a cleave-counting mechanism managed internally from which the splicer continuously reads to track cleaver blade wear and overall life. This innovation reduces time, cost and hassle spent on tool upkeep, so technicians can focus on network installation.

The FlexScan Quad OTDR is designed specifically for contract installers and network operators deploying and maintaining both single-mode and multimode networks, including FTTH PONs, POLANs and point-to-point networks. In addition to new multimode test capability, the FlexScan OTDR consists of a larger, higher-resolution (800x480) gesture-recognition touchscreen display, integrated user-configurable Print-to-PDF, longer battery life plus improved Bluetooth/WiFi communications.

FOCIS Lightning is a self-contained multi-fiber connector inspection probe, intended specifically for the inspection of multi-fiber connectors and bulkheads such as MPO and MTP®. With twin 5M pixel CMOS sensors to image the entire MPO end face simultaneously, FOCIS Lightning performs multi-fiber inspections 10 to 100 times faster than legacy systems. This full view connector end face image is displayed in less than two seconds from power-on.

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About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as 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.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and “like us” on Facebook. Review our blog or subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager