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AFL Expands FlexScan® Family with New One-Touch Optical Troubleshooter
Westford, MA and Spartanburg, SC - October 12, 2020 – AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable, accessories and equipment, has added a new category to its award-winning FlexScan product line. The new FlexScan TS100 is an optical troubleshooter that puts the power to...
Light Brigade® Launches FTTH Remote Classrooms
Kent, WA and Spartanburg, SC – June 9, 2020 – Light Brigade, AFL’s industry-leading training and education division, announced new training options for professionals in the Fiber to the Home space. FTTx Outside Plant Design and Certified Fiber to the Home Professional...
Command The 5G Network: VIAVI and 3Z Deliver Comprehensive Tower Toolkit for Wireless Contractors
San Jose, Calif., June 9, 2020 – As Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) completes the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of 3Z Telecom, the company has unveiled a unified solution set to address the critical needs of wireless contractors in North America....
Command the 5G Network: VIAVI Introduces OneAdvisor, A Modular Test Platform to Simplify and Expedite Network Installation at Scale
San Jose, Calif., February 17, 2020 – Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today launched OneAdvisor, a brand new instrument platform designed to address the evolving requirements of communication service providers, their field technicians and their...
When the “back-side” connector end-face is contaminated, it is difficult to have access to remove the connector for cleaning
In nearly all installation situations----in a patch-bay on an equipment rack, in a termination junction box, on the faceplate of electronic equipment----access to one of the connectors of any mated pair is very limited.  If this “back-side” connector end-face is...
Ways in which the end-face can become contaminated along the way
When a manufacturer inspects an end-face, it is immediately capped afterwards with a plastic dust cap, and (theoretically) this dust-cap is never removed again until immediately before it is plugged into its final installation location by the installer.    In theory,...
Installation and Cleanliness: It Counts
In any mated pair of fiber optic connectors, the cleanliness of both fiber endfaces plays a major role in the performance of the mated pair.   Obviously and intuitively, anything that prevents light from passing freely from one fiber into the other (such as dirt /...
Re-cleaning a connector after installation
If you are an installer, or planning an installation, of fiber optic cable-assemblies----keep in mind the cost and pain that can be (and almost always IS) involved in re-cleaning a connector after installation.   Avoiding system testing delays, degradation of system...
Ensuring connector end-faces meet industry standards on end-face cleanliness (ex. IEC 61300-3-35)
When planning and purchasing cable-assemblies for any installation,  it’s recommended to verify from your supplier that they provide connector end-faces that meet or exceed industry standards on end-face cleanliness (for example, IEC...
End-faces capped until final installation
Question:  When a manufacturer inspects an end-face, is it immediately capped with a plastic dust cap that is not removed again until it is plugged into its final installation location by the installer?  Answer:    Yes and in theory, this ensures connectors will be...

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