Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), a specialist in fiber management and connectivity, has released two new fiber management products: Clearview Blue and FieldSmart FxHD. Clearview Blue is the vendor’s latest generation Clearview Cassette with improved density and ease of access, while the vendor claims that FieldSmart FxHD is the highest density fiber distribution system in the industry.
These products are designed to improve density and ease of fiber access, enabling customers to scale operations along with growing subscriber revenues, the company says.
The Clearview Blue cassette is a 12-port, self-contained fiber management device designed for modularity and scalability. Used across the FieldSmart architecture, it provides fiber protection from the inside plant, through the outside plant, and into the access network of panels, frames, outside plant cabinets, and wallboxes. This flexibility enables service providers to stock a single fiber management component for all environments. By reducing inventory levels, and technician training and installation time, the basic principles of fiber management are promoted and the risk of fiber damage is minimized, Clearfiled asserts.
Clearview Blue also offers:
- A smaller footprint that minimizes space requirements, reducing the cost of deployment.
- A simple snap-together design that saves time and accelerates turn-up.
- 10 feet of integrated slack storage and splicing functionality resulting in reduced labor time and greater space savings.
- Flexibility and reliable performance in the access network, central office, and in the field.
Meanwhile, the FieldSmart FxHD is a modular, space-efficient frame system. At a floor footprint of 18x36 inches, the FieldSmart FxHD can house 2,016 ports in 4.5-sq-ft footprint. The unit provides for rear access, but can be fully deployed using a front-access-only approach, minimizing required aisle space and maximizing the use of real estate.
FieldSmart FxHD uses Clearview Blue’s user-defined “Blue Building Blocks” to enable desired cable counts and scales to the highest density in the industry, the company claims. The number of ports housed per square foot is improved by more than 40%, reducing the real estate cost by $0.75 per port per year. For a central office of 20,000 ports, that could add up to annual savings as high as $15,000.
The frame system also offers cable routing integrity that maximizes proper slack storage of any jumper length. An integrated “W” intra-bay route path reduces the chance of improper jumper tie-in or weaving. Upper and lower troughs support a combined 6600 jumpers for inter-bay routing with left and right exit paths. A fold-down lower trough door offers complete access while providing physical fiber protection when closed.
FieldSmart FxHD can be deployed alongside other FieldSmart frame systems or competitive alternatives based on 19-inch or 23-inch frames for an easy migration or growth strategy.
“Our office was excited to hear that Clearfield was developing the FieldSmart FxHD high density fiber frame,” said Steven Weaver, senior project engineer for Mid-State Consultants. “As our clients turn towards utilizing Active Ethernet solutions and higher fiber counts we, in turn, are looking to provide high density fiber solutions for our customers. Thanks to Clearfield for being a part of that solution.”
Clearview Blue and FieldSmart FxHD are currently available from Clearfield and its distribution partners for immediate shipping. Clearview Blue can be purchased individually or assembled in blocks of two or more cassettes (24 ports or more) configured to exact port count specifications.
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