OFS Launches MDU Cabling Solution and Enhancements to Splicers

  • FTTH
  • Fiber Management
  • OFS
DALLAS - Fiber optic equipment vendor OFS launched its HomeRun Indoor MDU Cabling Solution, designed to reduce installation steps and connections, decrease optical loss and make fiber deployment in multiple-dwelling-unit (MDU) buildings less expensive.

The HomeRun Solution uses drop cabling bundled in the factory with a low friction sheath that enables six or 12 compact drop cables to be easily pulled up a riser and down a hallway in a single step. Traditional solutions require difficult field bundling and pulling of large-diameter, multiple-drop cable assemblies up a riser and down a hallway, or installing two segments of smaller connectorized cable in the riser and hallway.

The HomeRun Solution begins with a 7 or 10 mm diameter mini-cord breakout cable containing six or 12 EZ-Bend fibers in 1.6 mm cords in a single, low-friction sheath. One end of the cable is terminated with SC or LC connectors that are plugged directly into the FOX Solution 144 FDH, 64 mini-FDH, or Slimbox terminal. The other end is pulled up the riser and down the hallway past each living unit. The solution can be installed in moldings or above suspended ceilings. It is optimized for garden style low-rise MDUs. Future versions can be installable directly on walls in a hallway.

At each living unit, the outer sheath can be removed with simple tooling and a 1.6 mm cord, terminated with an OFS mechanical or fusion splice mounted connector and plugged into the OFS Slimbox interconnection module. From that point, the living unit is ready to accept a fast and easy service connection using an EZ-Bend Invisilight 4.8 mm or 3.0 mm drop fiber into the residence to the optical network terminal location.

The HomeRun solution features OFS’ ultra-bend-insensitive EZ-Bend Fiber, which offers less than 0.1 dB of added loss at 1550 nm for one turn at a 5 mm bend radius, and is fully compatible with the installed base of fibers. The use of EZ-Bend fiber assemblies allows for sharp bends and conformal routing to reduce visual impact and fit in the confined spaces typical in many MDUs and residences.

Splicer Enhancements
OFS also announced a number of product enhancements to its line of FITEL® hand-held fusion splicers.

The upgrades, which include a built-in battery recharger, a selectable display layout and more user-friendly LCD monitors, further enhance the performance of the company's S123 Clad Alignment Splicer, the S153 Active Alignment Splicer, and the S178 Core Alignment Splicer.

The built-in battery recharger eliminates the need for carrying a separate external charger into the field. The recharger operates during fusion splicing, with a red icon indicating recharging status.

The selectable display layout enables users to select their preferred display style for viewing the fiber image during the splice operation. Users can choose from a conventional layout, a side-by-side display, and a top-to-bottom comparison, all at the flip of a software switch.

LCD monitors on the FITEL machines have been redesigned to provide even greater visibility while the windshield is open. The opening angle of the windshield has been slightly narrowed with no change to accessibility to the splice chamber.

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