The need for improved mobility, communications, and security are driving new requirements in the Aerospace and Defense market. Advanced guidance and control systems provide the needed improvement in positional accuracy for mobile platforms such as planes, satellites, drones, and even projectiles. The move to lighter weight composite materials demands new structural integrity measures. Victory in the military theater hinges on intelligence gathering via sensors and high speed communications. AFL's mix of fiber optic solutions support the designers of advanced gyroscopes, structural health monitoring systems, advanced tactical sensors and communications.
To say that mining operations today is a challenge is an understatement. With increasing levels of governing regulations and a fluctuating market, the mining industry is constantly looking for ways to decrease operational costs while improving efficiencies and most importantly, keeping their workers safe. Communication systems for this market cannot be subpar. Mining businesses require network solutions to help reduce costs and increase productivity, while achieving or exceeding operating and financial goals.
Our aging population is a driving demographic to improve our health care cost and efficacy. Minimally invasive surgical procedures support these market needs by using new in-vitro and endoscopic technology that requires small, flexible and controllable catheters and probes. AFL offers a full array of capabilities from optical fibers, cables, assemblies and services to support the needs of today's medical device manufacturers.
Driven by the continued growth in global hydrocarbon consumption, producers have turned to enhanced recovery techniques to identify, reach, and extract new reserves. To enable these enhanced recovery techniques, fiber optics is playing a key role to ensure safe, cost effective deployment and operation. AFL's harsh environment fiber optic products are critical components in these new methods of exploration, production, transportation and processing of hydrocarbons. From advanced sensing to communications, AFL provides cost effective monitoring, process control, integrity management, and information pathways for the new intelligent Oil and Gas fields of the future.
As the transportation industry continues to modernize highway, rail and aviation systems, the need to improve and update the communications infrastructure is leading to more robust networks capable of collecting, managing and transporting increasingly larger amounts of data over greater distances. Municipalities and private providers are quickly embracing fiber optics as the framework infrastructure that can transmit data faster and more reliably than traditional networks. All while avoiding the hazards of electric shocks and interference.