AFL delivers next-generation FUSEConnect MPO splice-on fiber-optic connector

Feb. 25, 2021
The new design includes a migration from a mechanical splice protection clamp to a heat protection sleeve that uses an on-board splicer heater.

AFL says it has developed a new generation of its FUSEConnect MPO splice-on field-installable fiber-optic connector. The new design includes a migration from a mechanical splice protection clamp to a heat protection sleeve that uses an on-board splicer heater. The approach eliminates the need for a separate mechanical clamp tool and reduces the complexity of multi-fiber cable termination, AFL says.

The FUSEConnect MPO splice-on connector can be used with standard ribbon, SpiderWeb Ribbon, or loose tube fiber cable. The connector’s factory pre-polished ferrule enables field-termination without the need for polishing, adhesives, and crimping in the field. The comparative simplicity minimizes the potential for operator error and connector scrap, AFL says. The splice-on connector is designed to be used with the RT-02 ribbonizing tool, which does not require glue; the result is a cleaner termination process, the company adds.

“As we explored ways to improve on the FUSEConnect MPO, we focused on the viewpoint of field technicians…how could we adapt this connector to make it easier during installation,” explained Sadie Waycaster, optical connectivity product manager for AFL. “The result is in the process. By using a heat sleeve protector design, the overall termination process is cleaner, faster and more efficient.”

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