AFL says its FOCIS Duel fiber inspection microscope delivers advanced LC connector analysis performance to minimize fiber handling operating costs. AFL used last week's BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition 2018 in Orlando, FL as the stage to introduce the handheld FOCIS Duel.
AFL's field-ready, straightforward FOCIS Duel is the world's first fiber inspection probe with two optical ports, says the company. With one port enhanced for fast subjective patch cord end-face inspection, the second port supports all the features of AFL's FOCIS Flex inspection system, which AFL launched in 2014 (see "AFL launches FOCIS Flex fiber-optic connector inspection system").
According to AFL, its FOCIS Duel has female "plug-in" fiber-optic connector adapters for rapid end-face inspection operation, and LC adapters to mechanically accommodate the duplex LC connectors typically used in data centers. With no moving parts and no operator adjustments needed to provide automatic image analysis to industry standards and custom criteria, FOCIS Duel supports time-sensitive, rugged environments. FOCIS Duel can be used for field testing, standards-compliant analysis, record archiving, and network management.
The FOCIS Duel's Bluetooth transceiver interworks with AFL's FOCIS app for Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. Offering connectivity to AFL's aeRos cloud-based workflow management platform, the FOCIS app has pinch-to-zoom on end-face images, clear tabular presentation of inspection results, image and report sharing by email and text, and other capabilities.
UPC and APC adapters, auto-focus, auto-capture, auto-analysis to IEC and IPC rules, image saving, image/tabular data/pass/fail results transfer over Bluetooth and PDF report generation are all operating features of FOCIS Duel. According to AFL, fiber-optic network owners and maintenance contractors can reduce operating expenses with FOCIS Duel's 2.4-inch TFT LCD display, six soft buttons, straightforward GUI, instant on, and lightweight form factor, which enable significant productivity.
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