AFL offers the most comprehensive portfolio of fibre optic cable, supporting hardware and compression accessories that are designed to meet the most demanding transmission and distribution environments.
As the leading world manufacturer of fibre optic cable, AFL is uniquely positioned to provide a full line of all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) aerial cables, Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), loose tube cable, customized solutions and supporting hardware and accessories.
ADSS cable is ideal for installation in distribution as well as transmission environments, even when live-line installations are required. As its name indicates, there is no support or messenger wire required, so installation is achieved in a single pass, making ADSS an economical and simple means of building a fibre optic network. AFL-ADSS® cable is designed as a fully integrated solution and available with up to 432 fibers. It is used in extra high (500 kV) voltage applications and capable of long (> 6,000 ft.) spans.
AFL has the largest installed base of OPGW cable on transmission lines—more than any other company in the world. Placed in the secure topmost position of the transmission line, OPGW “shields” the all-important conductors from lightning as well as provides the added benefit of containing optical fibres.
AFL’s OPGW family includes:
- AlumaCore – designed with central aluminium pipe and color-coded optical tubes
- HexaCore – incorporates the use of stranded stainless steel tubes to allow for higher fibre counts;
- CentraCore – blends together the stainless steel technology with AFL’s aluminium pipe.
Our applications engineers can assist with determining which design best suits the unique conditions and challenges for your application.
AFL also manufactures its own line of ADSS and OPGW attachment hardware which simplifies the network design phase of a project while ensuring compatibility between the cable and related components including:
- OPGW Splice Enclosures
- Wedge Dead Ends for OPGW
- Bolted Dead Ends for OPGW
- Downlead Clamps for OPGW
- Trunnions, Supports and Anti-Rotational Devices
- Bonding Clamps
With AFL’s history in the electric utility market and our highly skilled engineers, we are ready to help automate your distribution systems. Minimal customer downtime and 100% customer satisfaction are the goals of every utility and a proper communications network is essential in reaching these goals.