Indoor fiber optic cable is a tight buffer design with internal components consisting of a non-metallic strengthen member, the tight buffer optical fiber, the Kevlar strength member, and the outer cable jacket. The trend is to use LSZH or other RoHS compliant PVC materials to make the cable jacket; this will help protect the environment and the health of the end-users.
Indoor/outdoor fiber-optic cable is designed to meet both the rigorous environment of the outdoors and can be routed indoors, where flame rating requirements also apply. Indoor-outdoor cable eliminates the need for a "transition splice" to an indoor-rated cable when routing an outdoor cable into the building.
Interlocking armored cables are standard distribution cables inside a spirally-wrapped aluminum interlocking armor with a heavy-duty outer jacket. This combination provides superior crush resistance and is also useful for warehouses or attic areas where the presence of rodent chew hazards may exist.
Our Ultra Thin Armored Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies utilize Micro Armor Fiber™. A revolutionary designed fiber optic cable that provides a perfect solution for your fiber optic installs and usage. Instead of a traditional interlocking armor, it utilizes stainless steel coil technology. This allows for the cable to remain highly flexible while also being crush and rodent resistant. Micro Armor Fiber™ features the smallest outer diameter compared to conventional armored fiber optic cable in size and flexibility.
Its lightweight and great flexibility make pulling and installation faster and easier. These assemblies are typically up to 65 percent smaller in diameter and 75 percent lighter than the traditional aluminum interlocking armor cable. These assemblies provide a perfect combination of strong armor and maximum bend radius. Choosing an armored jacket helps save time and money in indoor applications where innerduct or conduit is necessary, or in industrial environments which require extra protection. Although this option is priced higher than standard indoor distribution cable, it outweighs its overall price when compared to the cost of purchasing innerduct/conduit, indoor fiber, and installation for both.
Gel-filled fiber-optic cables ensure water or moisture does not damage a fiber optic cable because the tubes contain water blocking agents. These tubes either include a water blocking gel or a water-swellable material to ensure the optical fibers are not compromised. Gel-filled tubes prevent the ingress of water by filling the negative space within the tube, essentially blocking the entrance and any flow of water. The gel also provides another layer of protection for the optical fibers and, because they are free-floating, causes less tension on the fibers. The main disadvantage of gel-filled loose tube fiber optic cable is that you have to clean the gel from the fibers which slow down the installation process and can be a mess for installers.
Jacket Slitter or Stripper: A cutter for removing the heavy outside jacket of cables
Fiber Stripper: A precise stripper used to remove the buffer coating of the fiber itself for termination. There at three types in common use, called by their trade names: "Miller Stripper", "No-Nik" and "Micro Strip."
Cleaver: A tool that precisely "breaks" the fiber to produce a flat end for polishing or splicing.
Scribe: A hard, sharp tool that scratches the fiber to allow cleaving.
Polishing Puck: for connectors that require polishing, the puck holds the connector in proper alignment to the polishing film.
Polishing Film: Fine grit film used to polish the end of the connector ferrule.
Crimper: A tool that crimps the connector to the aramid fibers in the cable to add mechanical strength.
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