3M expands fiber-optic splice closure family

October 5, 2005 Las Vegas, NV -- 3M says its compact fiber-optic splice closure 2178-XSB features a rugged design tested under harsh OSP conditions to stand up to severe conditions of moisture, vibration, and extreme temperatures. The company says the product meets application requirements fiber-optic splice closures in long haul, metro, local access (DSL, HFC, mobile wireless backhaul), and FTTP feeder and distribution networks.

October 5, 2005 Las Vegas, NV -- 3M says its compact fiber-optic splice closure 2178-XSB features a rugged design tested under harsh OSP conditions to stand up to severe conditions of moisture, vibration, and extreme temperatures. The company says the product meets application requirements fiber-optic splice closures in long haul, metro, local access (DSL, HFC, mobile wireless backhaul), and FTTP feeder and distribution networks. The company introduced the product, the smallest member of its 2178 series of fiber-optic splice closures, at the FTTH Conference & Expo, held this week in Las Vegas.

According to the company, the closure is easily re-enterable to allow access to splices and the addition of drops or small diameter cables; it can be installed in any outside environment. Because the 2178-XSB is almost identical - except for in size - to other closures in the product series, no special tools or training are needed by those already experienced with these products, says the company.

Specifically designed only for butt-splicing applications, the closure has three cable entry ports (two 1.0-inch ports and one 1.4-inch port). The company says the closure's multiport grommets, which accommodate flat, round, and various diameters of cable, provide for simple, flexible, and future-proof drop or small-diameter branch cable additions.

The maximum single fusion and mass fusion splice capacity for the fiber-optic splice closure 2178-XSB is 48 fusion and 144 ribbon fibers.

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