AFL gets a dozen fiber-related patents

Oct. 15, 2019
AFL says it has received 12 patents over the past quarter for technology and product developments in fiber-optic cabling, fusion splicing, test equipment and connectivity ...

AFL says it has received 12 patents over the past quarter for technology and product developments in fiber-optic cabling, fusion splicing, test equipment and connectivity.

  • Tactical Deployable Cables - The newly designed cable quadrupled fiber count for existing cable constructions to increase fiber density, reduce cable weight and allow for additional length of deployment reels.
  • Optical Fiber Bulkhead Splice Assemblies for Optical Transceiver Modules - The invention uses a mass fusion splice solution to allow production of a fixed fiber length on the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) line and adds the termination pigtail in packaging post-process.
  • Optical Fiber Furcation Assemblies - The invention is a field installable fan-out kit/furcation assembly with a crimp and a cover with a slot and rail that allows the cover to be installed after assembly.
  • Fiber Optic Transition Assemblies - Designed for outside plant applications, the furcation assembly includes a spring member strain relief on both the transition and connector ends.
  • Communications Module Housing - The invention accepts both LGX legacy and CGM modules. The foldable fiber management tray allows access to the connectors and simplifies removal of modules.
  • Optical Connection Apparatus and Assemblies - The invention includes an adapter device to facilitate optical connections between an MPO/MTP connector and an optical power meter. The device is intended to improve the optical power/loss measurement accuracy on MPO cables and can fit both pinned and unpinned MPO connectors.
  • Laser Feedback Control Systems - The technology is intended to enable the use of multiple CO2 laser technologies for splicing and glass processing applications and to stabilize the laser output power.
  • Parallel Testing of Multiple Optical Fibers - The invention uses parallel instrument functions to test multiple fibers at the same time. For example, one of the instrument's functions can be set up to test, such as cleaning the test jumper and fiber connector, while the other is performing a test so that the overall test time for the two fibers is shorter than testing each fiber in series.
  • Methods for characterizing an optical loss test set and determining optical loss - The method was developed for AFL's ROGUE OLTS/Certification test equipment platform and is designed to improve the optical loss measurement accuracy on fiber optic networks.
  • Optical Fiber Temperature Control System - The invention is a second layer feedback designed to enable fiber temperature stabilization by direct IR radiation measurement. It can be used in LZM glass processing systems.
  • Optical Zooming for Fusion Splicers - The zooming system is intended to enable the viewing of large diameter fibers up to 2.3 mm and for observing the core and fiber structure for alignment. The system is used in all laser splicer products.
  • Method for Making Bent Tip Fibers - The technology sweeps the arc to get a smooth bending curve. Used for medical laser blades, fiber to PCB receivers, and sensors.

Several foreign patents were also received, including optical connectivity products and technologies for Canada and test equipment products and technologies in Europe.        

About the Author

BTR Staff

EDITORIAL
STEPHEN HARDY
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher
[email protected]
MATT VINCENT
Senior Editor
[email protected]
SALES
KRISTINE COLLINS
Business Solutions Manager
(312) 350-0452
[email protected]
JEAN LAUTER
Business Solutions Manager
(516) 695-3899
[email protected]

Sponsored Recommendations

Data Center Interconnection

June 18, 2024
Join us for an interactive discussion on the growing data center interconnection market. Learn about the role of coherent pluggable optics, new connectivity technologies, and ...

The Pluggable Transceiver Revolution

May 30, 2024
Discover the revolution of pluggable transceivers in our upcoming webinar, where we delve into the advancements propelling 400G and 800G coherent optics. Learn how these innovations...

The Journey to 1.6 Terabit Ethernet

May 24, 2024
Embark on a journey into the future of connectivity as the leaders of the IEEE P802.3dj Task Force unveil the groundbreaking strides towards 1.6 Terabit Ethernet, revolutionizing...

FTTx Deployment Strategies

March 29, 2023
Cable operators continue to deploy fiber in their networks at anincreasing rate. As fiber grows in importance, proper choices regardinghow to best fit fiber to the home together...