Clearfield Inc. added a new hardened optical fiber terminal, test access point and drop cable options to its FieldShield fiber protection system. The YOURx enclosures enable service providers to match drop cable technology to environmental needs and first-cost priorities.
The products are designed to support multiple drop-cable technologies and incorporate optical component integration. The FieldShield platform includes a hardened optical service terminal, test access point enclosure, and three unique drop cable alternatives. The YOURx products include:
- FieldShield YOURx-Terminal: a hardened optical service terminal that Clearfiedld asserts will support any drop and FieldShield Microduct
- FieldShield YOURx-TAP: the smallest test access point enclosure in the industry, according to the company, accommodates two FieldShield Deploy Reels, each storing slack fiber of up to 300 feet of 900-um FieldShield StrongFiber or 50 feet of 3-mm FLEXdrop; the result is a 10:1 space savings in slack storage at the demark, Clearfield says.
Drop cables route through the YOURx platform via the company's FlexPort opening. Three new drop cable alternatives include:
- FieldShield Flat-SC, designed for traditional flat-drop cable connectivity, but that removes the added cost or need for bulky connectors
- FieldShield D-ROP, a pre-connectorized "Restorable One Pass" drop cable delivered pre-placed in a FieldShield 7-mm microduct
- FieldShield FLEXdrop, for aerial and buried environments in the OSP or plenum and riser-rated configurations in the inside plant.
"We were looking for a bend insensitive fiber that would be 'technician proof' and our trial experience with the FieldShield FLEXdrop fiber was very positive," says Bryan Perry, assistant director of Spanish Fork Community Network. "We used FLEXdrop to run connectivity from the pedestal at the street to the residence, running it externally on the house and then into the home along a/c route paths, through rafters and into the basement final termination point. The design of this fiber provides flexibility of movement that made it very easy to follow tight bends and existing route paths."
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